Category Archive: Tutorial

June 19, 2014 • Written by

How to Start a Podcast, Part 2: Hardware / Software

Podcasting can be daunting for a number of reasons.  Some people don't have time to mix together, edit, and publish their podcasts.  Others simply hate hearing the sound of their own voice (I honestly fall into this category at times).  And still others are bound by technical or financial limits.  While I can't help you…

June 18, 2014 • Written by

How to Start a Podcast, Part 1: Introduction

Intro to Podcasting

There's a mantra I repeat when people ask what they should be doing online: "Go where the people are".  A good rule of thumb is to ask your readers what social media they frequently use, and strive to connect with them there.  The one resounding link I've always gotten: the ability to listen to podcasts when they're…

June 10, 2014 • Written by

The Beginner’s Guide to CSS

With all of the various tutorials I post on CSS, HTML, and website design, I often get emails from readers that resemble something like this: "This looks awesome, but I have no idea where to start.  Do you have anything that talks about the basics of [css/html/jQuery/etc]" It's worth going back to the very beginning…

June 9, 2014 • Written by

CSS Transitions – A Little Dab’ll Do You

CSS Transitions

CSS Transitions, when used properly, are a great way to provide a bit of eye candy to your site.  Providing movement and motion, either upon scroll or reveal of content, is a great way to subtly draw a viewer's attention.  It's also a way, unfortunately, to annoy the ever-loving crap out of your readers.  When…

June 6, 2014 • Written by

Category Description: SEO for your Category Archive

Did you know WordPress had a special field for category descriptions?  Most people have seen it while working on category lists in their WordPress blog, but chances are you may have skimmed over it or paid it no attention.  You see, most themes are ill-equipped to take advantage of it - that means that, for…

June 4, 2014 • Written by

Featured Images in WordPress: An In-Depth Guide

Adding a featured image (or a post thumbnail) to WordPress is one of the easiest ways to add some spark to your blog post.  Most modern themes support at least some form of the featured image, and any custom-made themes can implement a featured image fairly easily, and with just a small bit of code.  But…

March 21, 2014 • Written by

A Guide to Choosing Web Hosting

Of the two "pieces" of your website (your domain and your hosting), finding appropriate hosting is the most important the appropriate thing would be to choose one of the top hosting ranking agencies.  Beyond that, it can also be the most challenging, as there are literally hundreds of choices, with varying price points and features…

February 15, 2012 • Written by

Checking for A Specific Post Type in WordPress

Conditional Tags are one of my all-time favorite tools to use when developing a WordPress theme.  It's an intelligent use of programming logic that allows even non-coders to grasp the basics and, in turn, create complex and functional WordPress themes.  With the advent of custom post types, a method was needed to check for the…