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Review of WordPress Face Detection Cropping Plugin: My Eyes Are Up Here

What a great name for a plugin: “My Eyes Are Up Here” It helps get around the problem of WordPress cropped thumbnails that always take the center of an image – but sometimes you have a a face or other point of interest that is not in the center.  From an aesthetic point of view, if […]

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Notes on WordPress 4.0 – “evolutionary”

Evolutionary but not revolutionary. It’s a big new number but a “regular” number of new features—some really useful, however. The other good news is that fewer big changes means fewer chances of breakage while updating. WordPress 4.0 “Benny” has been released today. Here’s the intro video   Features new media library uses space more effectively: […]

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Alternatives to Hello Bar: WordPress Notification Bar Plugins

Hello Bar is a SaaS which charges based on the number of clicks the bar receives. If your bar receives 7,500 clicks per month, HelloBar would cost you $50/month. It’s a great service and includes it’s own analytics but many sites will benefit from a simpler option without ongoing fees. Foobar ($14) Foobar is my favorite […]

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Google “local” “places” and “+”

It’s another Google riddle: What’s local yet keeps moving? I had a listing on Google “local” and then that became a Google “places” page and now it’s a “Google+” page. I’m sure they’ll change it again soon enough but for now it’s nice to have more integration with reviewers identities. BTW if you are a client that I have worked […]

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Akismet Error Code #10003

This is a pretty new development. Akismet is not free anymore – but they do have a free version for “personal” use (well, it’s listed as “pay what you want”). If you see this error then don’t panic. For that matter, in general, don’t panic. I think for now you can leave things as-is and my guess […]

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How to remove a Google account from “Choose an account” page list

Here’s a quick tip on something very simple that I could not figure out for the longest time. One of those bugs that was somehow thought to be a feature at some point in the development process over at Google. Too busy not doing evil, I guess… The graphic above is very straightforward and familiar […]

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What’s the difference between a logotype and a logomark?

When clients ask me to design a logo for their business I always start with this discussion of what kind of “logo” they need. A “logo” is often made of a logotype and a logomark. But not every business needs both. A logotype stands for words or the name of a business that is designed in a customized way. […]

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Embedded tweets in WordPress

It was a great idea when introduced just a year or two ago but at this point it seems it’s a feature that is no longer supported. Some users report that it only works sometimes. Twitter is famous for having its servers become unavailable so perhaps it’s not ideal to rely on “oEmbed” anyway. Embeds work just […]

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Stripe, Gravity Forms and WooCommerce

I have more and more clients who are enjoying using Gravity Forms and Stripe or Braintree to build order forms and take payments on their own sites. Note that the Stripe Add-on for Gravity Forms is free – no yearly fees for the software – if you host your WordPress site with me and/or have […]

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Feet+wheelchair=Staircase

  What an amazing idea – take a wide staircase and “overlap” a ramp for wheelchairs. Makes me want to think out of the box about using phrases like “think out of the box”. For everyone who has ever gotten around in a or pushed around a baby stroller, you know how frustrating it is […]

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