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What I Learned about Firebug

Tonight I attended a meetup with the Austin WordPress group on how to use Firebug presented by Nick Batik. I have used Firebug for ages, but no one ever taught me how to use it, so I’ve just fumbled around and pretty much stuck to finding out what CSS elements did what. Here’s what I learned tonight! When inspecting an element you can click on a color code and then  [ Read More ]

WordPress Plugins

In preparation for a workshop I’m doing with Polly Farrington at Internet Librarian I’ve been creating a bibliography of WordPress plugins. Here’s what I have so far: Akismet All in One SEO Pack Best Plugins For Everything Best WordPress Plugins Broken Link Checker Cimy User Extra Fields Contact Form 7 EasyRotator for WordPress – Slider Plugin Editorial Calendar Exploit Scanner FeedStats Google Analytics for WordPress Google XML Sitemaps Grid Columns  [ Read More ]

Usability and User Testing

Most of you know that I teach WordPress classes for libraries. One of the things that I always have trouble with is teaching plugins. There are so many different plugins out there and they all work differently. Some you install and that’s it, some you install and have to set up, some have their own control panel and others put their menus under Settings or Tools. It’s hard to explain  [ Read More ]

Learn to Code by Watching

When people ask me how to learn to code, I always say that we’re all different. A lot of my friends and colleagues learned using books like those from O’Reilly, but I need to learn with a helper. I like to be in a class where I can talk to someone and watch someone else write the code the first time around. Well, an article on Lifehacker has made me  [ Read More ]

WordPress Favicon

One of the things I wish was easier in many WordPress themes was adding a favicon. The favicon is the little icon that appears in the address bar of most websites to the left of the URL. A favicon (short for favorites icon), also known as a shortcut icon, website icon, URL icon, or bookmark icon, is a 16×16 or 32×32 pixel square icon associated with a particular website or  [ Read More ]

What’s that theme?

Have you ever visited a website and wondered what theme was being used? I have! And now there is a way using Chrome to sniff out the WordPress theme being used by a site you’re looking at. Chrome Theme Sniffer is a add-on for Chrome that will detect the theme or template being used on current site for several major open source CMS’s, including Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. All you  [ Read More ]

WordPress bookshelf plugin

Are you using WordPress for your library website? This tutorial from Smashing Magazine walks you through creating a bookshelf plugin for your WordPress site. From the tutorial’s conclusion: Having done this tutorial, you should be able to create a nice shelving plugin for your books. The plugin might serve your needs if you need an online book archive or library. The options aren’t limited to books either; you could create  [ Read More ]

Tech Employers Searching GitHub

This article from CNET is pretty cool (well cool to this open source advocate at least): Forget LinkedIn: Companies turn to GitHub to find tech talent Because engineers and designers can post their work for all to see, more and more companies are realizing they can see what people can actually do, not just say they can do. If you don’t know, GitHub is one of many sites out there  [ Read More ]

Embed Slidehare Presentations in HTML5

I am not a fan of Flash, but I see it as a necessary evil to share things like my tutorial videos and presentations on my various different sites. However it looks like that might not be the case for much longer. Slideshare has announced that they now have HTML5 embed code for presentations. As part of our transition to HTML5, we are pleased to let you know that embedded  [ Read More ]

Educate future female programmers

I’m lucky enough to work in an open source community that has many strong women, but not all programming projects are that way and I like the idea of supporting a movement that helps mold the next generation of Girls Who Code. For the about page: Girls Who Code is a new organization working to educate, inspire and equip 13- to 17-year-old girls with the skills and resources to pursue  [ Read More ]

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