How to Set Up a Local Copy of Your WordPress Site

As the organizer of the Las Vegas WordPress Meetup, I'm constantly telling people that they should test new releases of WordPress using a staging site or on a local development site prior to running the update on their live site. Never has this been truer than with the upcoming release of WordPress 5.0 that includes…

How to Decide Where to Host Your Websites

When somebody asks me where I host my websites, I always think they are missing the most important question. The real question they should be asking is, “Why did you pick the host you use for hosting?” To answer their question, I host websites at one of two places: WP Engine or SiteGround. Why not…

WordPress Webinar Series

If you ask any WordPress enthusiast why they like WordPress, you're likely to hear “because it's so easy.” It's a response I've given many times myself. Aside from being easy to use, WordPress is powerful, flexible, and people use it in a myriad of ways. So if we're being totally honest, WordPress is one complicated…

Git + MAMP + SiteGround

For too long now I have put off the chore of getting my local development environment set up in a way that would allow me to use Git to push my code directly to SiteGround. I had tried in the past but always ended up hitting a stumbling block somewhere along the way. There is…

Cutting the Cord

As of last Sunday, we are officially cord cutters! We are no longer paying for DirecTV. I wanted to write this post today to document how we're feeling after the first week without access to 1000 channels so I could compare a year from now. I also wanted to document the amount we're spending in place…

Single use apps

Last month at work, I took on a new project; AppPresser. If you haven't heard of it, AppPresser is a suite of plugins for WordPress that make it easy for site owners to turn their site into a native iOS or Android app. Making apps is something that I've wanted to do for several years, so…

Tell me about your tools

A few months back I was at a conference called Pressnomics. It's an absolutely fantastic event not only for the solid presentations, but the hallway conversations had at this event are better than any I've at any other event ever. At the end of one of the days of presentations there was an after party.…

Crossfit, Pain & Depression

For many of us tech folk, our hobbies usually revolve around our day to day work. For example, at my past several jobs, my work was building websites. Then, in my spare time, I'd build websites. Doesn't sound like much of a break, does it? About 2 years ago, I found CrossFit. It was exactly…

A powerful phrase to remember

This week at work we made a change in staffing. We moved somebody out of one group in to another group. Not a promotion or demotion. Just a move. Still, when I passed along the news, I was sensitive to the fact that any time somebody is moved to a new position, there is the potential…