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The best way to learn a subject is to teach it

One of the many groups I’m involved with is called Shift Vegas. The goal is to shift the outsider’s perception of what Las Vegas is all about. Believe it or not, casinos and strip clubs isn’t all we have going. There are many sub-groups to Shift Vegas and my main area of interest is education.…

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Another reason why WordPress kicks ass

I’m working with a client (who shall remain nameless) to help get their WordPress site up to date. They are currently running version 2.8.4, which is about 3 years out of date. I wasn’t sure how the theme or the plugins were going to handle the upgrades, so I obviously didn’t want to do the…

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Contribute, don’t clutter

A few months back I wrote a post that featured a chunk of code I use when developing/debugging WordPress sites. All it did was display the path to the template file that was being used to display the page you were viewing. Not overly complicated or anything, but super helpful and a time saver. After…

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Business aspects of WordPress plugin development

Last September I attended WordCamp Portland which was set up as an unconference. If you are unfamiliar with the term, an unconference doesn’t have a pre-scheduled list of speakers. At the beginning of the day there was a large whiteboard with squares drawn to create a grid of rooms and time slots. Anybody who had…

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WordPress Tip: Which template is being used?

Whenever I’m working on a new WordPress theme, especially one that uses different templates for Custom Post Types, archives, tags or any other string of possible data types, there always comes a time when I’m just not certain exactly which template WordPress is displaying. If you aren’t sure how the WordPress theme hierarchy works, this…

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New plugin: Ipsum Maker

Caution: Silly project ahead. It’s no secret I build a lot of websites. During the build process, I’m constantly using lorem ipsum filler text to see how elements are going to lay out on the page. Normally that means heading over to lipsum.com to generate a few paragraphs. But seriously, that is some boring text!…

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WordCamp Portland – Round 3

One of my favorite WordCamp events each year is always the one up in Portland. No, not just because they had kegs of beer just inside the front door. Although that certainly didn’t suck. Their local WordPress community is awesome and invited in us outsiders with open arms. By the end of the first weekend…

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WordPress meetup date change

A funny thing happened while planning WordPress meetup. Turns out, I managed to plan it for a time when several of the WordPress peeps in Vegas will be out of town for WordCamp San Francisco. Oopsy. After a quick bit of rearranging, we are now scheduled for Wednesday, August 10th, 7pm – 9pm at The…

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WordPress Meetup Hits Vegas!

Last week while attending my first Vegas Jelly event at The Beat Coffeehouse, I knew immediately that I had found what I’ve been trying to find for a long time; a place to host a regular WordPress meetup group. After exchanging a couple emails with the owner, I knew we were in business. Food, beer,…

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Bookmarks Theme for WordPress

Back in the day I used del.icio.us for storing public bookmarks. It was an easy enough system to use, but two things always troubled me; If they change layout or functionality, I had to just accept it, and if they shut down, all my content goes with it. Ultimately what I wanted was my own…

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