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Encryption, WordPress, Terrorism, and the Modern Web

Encryption, WordPress, Terrorism, and the Modern Web

Editor’s Note: I try not to bring politics into my development discussions, but when they intersect, it’s always a good time for a teaching moment. If you leave a comment, be civil and follow the rules of having a good discussion, or I will outright delete your comments. There’s no room here for rude people. […]

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Upcoming Conferences to Consider

Upcoming Conferences to Consider

I love conferences. There is a certain vibe you can only get from being in a room with people who are just as excited as you about a subject.  And not just because there’s great speakers: some of my favorite times at a conference come from the “hallway track” – getting out of the session […]

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WooCommerce: Third Party API Calls At Checkout

WooCommerce: Third Party API Calls At Checkout

I’ve been doing a lot more WooCommerce work as of late. And with good reason – WooCommerce (as of the end of 2016) powers nearly 42% of all eCommerce stores on the internet. One of the biggest requests I have when working with WooCommerce is how to integrate a third party vendor into a checkout […]

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Local by Flywheel: An Overview

Local by Flywheel: An Overview

I’ve been using Vagrant and VVV with VV (a site creation wizard) for a while now as the cornerstone of my development workflow. I have customized my VVV quite a bit over the years, and – while I was happy with it – I was always on the lookout for something better to see if […]

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Twitch Conditional – A WordPress Plugin for Twitch Streamers

Twitch Conditional – A WordPress Plugin for Twitch Streamers

I love Twitch. I actually spend my work day with one browser dedicated to Twitch, and subscribe to MrHappy’s daily Stream. So when rumors surfaced a few years ago their API, of course I wanted a way to interface with that API. In doing research, I realized that a lot of streamers don’t have real […]

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Achievers & Gamification: “I Wanna Be The Very Best”

Achievers & Gamification: “I Wanna Be The Very Best”

Achievers in games want one thing out of their experience: to be the absolute best in whatever the game has in store. Whether it’s winning the top prize or beating the baddest boss, these players want to climb to the top of the pyramid of success.  Prestige, and the thrill of the achievement, are what […]

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Bartle’s Taxonomy: Understanding The “Players” In Gamification

Bartle’s Taxonomy: Understanding The “Players” In Gamification

We’ve learned that Gamification is the act of taking gaming principles and applying them to real world situations in order to modify behavior.  But before we jump in with both feet, there’s a few things we have to consider.  Let’s look at a few sample “players” – a term used to define the users we will be interacting […]

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Gamification: How to Level Up Your Marketing Campaign

Gamification: How to Level Up Your Marketing Campaign

I’ve never shied away from the fact that I’m a huge fan of gaming. Most nights, once the rest of the family has gone to bed, you’ll see me traversing the lands of Eorzea as my alter ego Lucina. Beating bosses, collecting loot, and enjoying the company of the other players I work with – […]

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The Hidden WordPress Options Panel

The Hidden WordPress Options Panel

Did you know that there’s a hidden options panel in WordPress?

It’s one page you can visit that will allow you to set every single option available to you on your site – even some of the hidden ones that are set via plugins and/or other functions.

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The Road Ahead

The Road Ahead

Hibernation. I’ve been trying to come up with a good word that explains my life for the past year or so.  Hibernation, I think, fits the bill quite nicely. The last few months have been a transition period.  A new job (at Vanderbilt University). A new baby (who’s three months old now). A myriad of other things […]

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