Posts Tagged ‘WordPress’

Regenerate Thumbnails WordPress Plugin

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

I’d been needing a plugin that would fix my past thumbnails that I had already saved. I should have known that there would be a plugin that would do it that’s appropriately named Regenerate Thumbnails. If you’ve ever had to play around with Thumbnail size, then you can understand how great this plugin is.

Full Disclosure: I haven’t used it yet, but it’s from a popular WordPress developer and I found it from another WP core developer who used it successfully. In fact, this post is so I can easily find this plugin in the future as much as anything else.

WordPress Contact Form 7 Plugin – Special Mail Tags

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

I’m a big fan of the Contact Form 7 Plugin for WordPress. I’ve used some of the other form plugins for WordPress including the behemoth CForms, but I quickly turned back to the Contact Form 7 plugin. There’s something about just being a Contact Form that I like. I don’t usually need all the bells and whistles. I just want a contact form that will send me info.

Plus, I’ve been finding out that Contact Form 7 can actually do more than I even realized. One example of this is the Special Mail Tags. Basically, it’s a bunch of extra information you can include in the email you receive from your contact form.

I personally use the [_url] which sends me the “This tag will be replaced by the URL of the contact form.” This way I can track my landing pages based on the URL that someone used to fill out the form. It’s a great way for me to know which of my various ad campaigns is working the best.

I love small little tweaks like this that are very powerful. Plus, it’s what I love about the simple, but flexible WordPress plugins like Contact Form 7.

From Hobby to Full Time Blogger: Lessons Learned from 5 Years of Blogging

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Today I did a presentation at Las Vegas WordCamp called “From Hobby to Full Time Blogger: Lessons Learned from 5 Years of Blogging.” Looking at people’s comments on Twitter, it seems like people generally liked my presentation. I’m not sure how much you will get from the slides below, because as one person mentioned on Twitter: I do presentations the right way where the slides just hit the main points. I don’t ever just read the slides off to people. Either way, check it out. I had a lot of fun presenting my story.

Good Backups Make Happy IT People

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Backups are such a pain. Mostly because you don’t ever need them until you need them and then you just hope that they work. Of course, they also hit you at a time when you’re least expecting them. You can be completely consistent checking and verifying your backups and then the week you decide to not test it (or just plain get busy and don’t do it) is the week that you end up needing it for real.

Luckily, I’m writing this post without an experience to share in this regard. Although, I am in an evening where I’m going through and adding some more backups to my various blogs. I’d say I do a reasonably good job with backups considering the data that I’m working with, but I could always do better.

The good part for bloggers is that there are a lot of plugins out there to help you with your backup needs. wp-db-backup is my favorite. Simple and just straight up works. It doesn’t get the files which is annoying on some sites, but most of my sites are content anyway, so for me it’s all about the DB backup.

Add the email backup it provides with gmail’s filters and space and it’s a pretty sweet backup solution.

BuddyPress Presentation at WordCamp Utah

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

The following is my presentation on “Why BuddyPress Rocks” at WordCamp Utah. Feel free to leave any questions you have about my presentation. Feedback is also appreciated.