I love fonts almost as much as thrifting, which is a lot. But I do not love the paralyzing ache of searching through fonts and trying to make good pairings until your eyes cross and it looks like you’ve spelled your name wrong and are no longer sure if English is your first language. I like my thrift stores clean and restocked regularly and I like my fonts pre-paired.
If you have taken my class you have likely heard me say that I prefer to learn by doing not from books and I feel like tech books become outdated too quickly in this field . Well, I have read some good books on web design but they are on concepts that are more long-lasting. Since students have asked for recommendations, here goes: Continue reading
I’m teaching WordPress this semester to a group of emerging web professionals. They have a lot of questions about themes and plugins to start with. Here are some themes and plugins we have identified as “good” to try.
- Sela by Automattic. Download Sela for your self-hosted WordPress site. This site uses a child theme of Sela that I modified.
- Gateway is lovely, I used it in the housekeeping demo. Download Gateway for your self-hosted WordPress site.
- Hemingway Rewritten I’ve used on a client site. Download Hemingway Rewritten for your self-hosted WordPress site.
- I have a client running Virtue. I’ve had no trouble working with it.
- I like Storefront for WooCommerce sites
- SKT Full Width has a nice background image slideshow.
- I’ve also used Edin for business sites.
- iThemes Security
- Jetpack for Custom CSS, tiled galleries, social media integration
- Yoast SEO for boosting and configuring SEO
- Duplicator by Life in the Grid for backups and imports into ServerPress
- The Events Calendar by Modern Tribe
- Google Analytics by Yoast
- Some good slideshow plugins include: Photo Gallery, NextGen Slider, Meta Slider
- Add a button for a Call to Action: Buttons Shortcode and Widget
- Create a Child theme with Child Theme Configurator
- Install the Google Fonts Library with Styleguide
- Add a Newsletter Signup via the blog subscription widget in Jetpack or copy and paste your HTML signup form from MailChimp into a Text widget or page.
- Generate a Style Tile from an existing site with Stylify.me. What is a Style Tile you ask?
- When selecting themes and plugins, check WordPress.com, if they use it you know its been peer reviewed by a developer for stability and security. Then check number of users and 4-5 star reviews – there is strength in numbers. Lastly, check how often the developer updates the plugin – you want the code to be compatible with other tools on your site.
What other themes, plugins and tips do you have to offer newbies?
I’m very proud and excited to be a part of the organizing team for the first WordCamp Sacramento. As the Entertainment Director, I researched and am coordinating venues for our speaker/sponsor dinner and the event after party. We selected Ten22 for the dinner; they have a private dining room and a tasty, seasonal fixed menu for a decent price. The after party will be held at the River City Saloon in Old Sacramento. Continue reading
Have you ever been enjoying a much-anticipated fancy dinner somewhere like Mulvaney’s B&L or Ella, enjoying your amuse bouche, sipping an aperitif, digging the vibe around you to suddenly have the spell broken by a too-rockin’ song or a lipstick-stained water-glass? I have and it hurts me to be yanked out of my happy time. Continue reading
What is Stream?
Stream is a plugin for WordPress that tracks logged-in user activity organized by context, action and IP address for easy filtering. Developers can extend Stream with custom connectors to log any kind of action.
For non-techie folks it’s a list of all the activity on a site. Not of the activities of people who view the site, but those who build and maintain it.
After years of debating, shopping, discussion, and test runs at various vacation rentals my parents decided to purchase a vacation home; I am overjoyed! I spent much of my childhood playing in the snow around “Aunt Lee’s Cabin” in Crestline (in the mountains above San Bernardino). It was a perfect easy getaway for our family when I was a kid, and I have many fond memories of the house and area. Continue reading
My amazing friend Elizabeth is opening her own Montessori Preschool in a space attached to her house which she specifically designed for this purpose. I’m very excited to have been involved in a minor way — from talking over the plans for the remodel to helping craft her school website mapleseedpdx.org. Recently, I took a stab at some logo designs for her. Continue reading
The more that audacious coders dream of changing the world, the more they need to fill their companies with social alchemists who can connect with customers–and make progress seem pleasant.
–George Anders, Forbes
What is Slack?
Slack is an online chat tool for teams. It replaces email in many ways, you can text, share files, add images, and you can have private rooms or public rooms for specific topics. The system stores all your conversations in one place that is searchable so a team member can easily catch up on the conversation. You can also have Slack alert you when your name or a keyword of interest is mentioned. It’s pretty cool and free for a limited version. Once you join one, you will likely join more.
Its a great place to get help with a tricky problem.
I often help companies define their business needs for their website and develop a scope of work or RFP to present to potential vendors. I usually stick around through the procurement process to ensure that it runs smoothly. After years of reading RFP’s and writing proposals it’s really interesting to be on the receiving end. If I could whisper to my younger self (and the other proposal writers out there) I’d share these mistakes to avoid. Continue reading
On a recent visit to Arnold, California, we took a detour off highway 4 to Quyle Kilns. I was lucky to get a full backstage tour of the studios from Pamela Quyle. Short story is this woman grew up in the arts, raised her kids in the studios, and works there today (her sister runs the winery and organic farming ventures). Continue reading
I haven’t made tie dyes since high school, but I’ve had this kit since then! Finally the time had come. My daughter and I had a great time making our drab whites way colorful on a lovely Saturday afternoon. I had been saving up white shirts and bottoms for months. We probably colored 30 pieces (many kids clothes). I also colored a number of types of paper for printmaking. I’ll post those once I make something of them! Now that I know I can do it in half a day we might host a little tie dye party next time.