October 13, 2016 • Written by

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. http://www.mydomain.com/wp-admin/options.php Navigating here will show you any options,…

October 6, 2016 • Written by

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…

January 20, 2016 • Written by

Adding A “Let’s Encrypt” SSL Certificate to an Amazon AWS Instance

A few days ago we showed you how to add an SSL certificate - one that you can purchase - to your newly created Amazon AWS Instances. As I was researching SSL certificates, I came across an interesting initiative: Let's Encrypt.  It's an organization dedicated to serving up free SSL certfiicates so you can encrypt your…

January 15, 2016 • Written by

Adding SSL To Your Amazon AWS Instance

The last few blog posts have been an in-depth tutorial on how to set up an Amazon AWS Instance.  And, while the basics were more than covered, I had a few reader asking me about a super important topic: SSL and Encryption. What exactly is SSL Encryption? The short answer: it's that fancy green lock…

January 14, 2016 • Written by

Setting Up An Amazon Web Services (AWS) Instance for WordPress: Part 2

This post is part two of a series on setting up an Amazon Web Service Instance for a WordPress site.  Part 1 covers the initial setup, security, and terminology of Amazon's AWS. Edited: Oct 12, 2016 to include newest versions of software. If you've read the link above, you should have a newly created Amazon…

January 13, 2016 • Written by

Setting Up An Amazon Web Services (AWS) Instance for WordPress: Part 1

For a while now, I've been diving more and more into the realm of the "server administrator" and setting up servers for clients. I started with Ramnode, but eventually moved to Digital Ocean because of its ease-of-use for a (then) newbie like myself. Over the past few days, however, I've been migrating a client away…

January 11, 2016 • Written by

Discussion: Are Blog Comments Truly “Social”?

Let's talk "comments", shall we? I popped into the #blogchat tonight for the first time in a while. Partly trying to avoid work, and partly trying to avoid the Golden Globes, I realized that I was actually in front of my computer at a decent time to be able to follow along. What came out of…

December 2, 2015 • Written by

Creating a Site Specific Plugin in WordPress

Quick: how do you add a custom function into a theme. If you said 'add it to your functions.php file', then you would be correct. But is that really the best way to go about things? The Problem Let's say you've customized your site with some pretty fancy functions you've added in through the hooks…

November 30, 2015 • Written by

Using Hyperlinks Correctly in WordPress

Any good content marketer worth his or her salt knows the value of using links in their content. It's a good strategy to practice - whether you're linking internally to content you've written in the past or to external resources you mention in posts.  However, a lot of people overlook a small, single detail that could…

October 5, 2015 • Written by

WTF Is… A Digital Strategy?

Let's be honest: there's a lot to take in online lately. We started with Facebook and Twitter, might have dipped our toes into Plurk and Google+, and have communicated with Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope and Meerkat. Who knew that over such a short course of human history that the walls of communication could be broken down…