3 Simple Steps to Get Your Photography Found on Pinterest

You know what grinds my gears as a reader? Not having an easy way to pin articles!! What is “pinning” you ask? It’s a way to share an article on a site called Pinterest to over 100 MILLION USERS! Dead serious. Pinterest is up there with Google (pins from Pinterest are indexed by search engines), and YouTube as go-to places to search for information online. So if you have articles you’re sharing, and would like to amp-up the way your information is being shared… Make sure your images are pinnable! We’ll go over 5 steps to make your posts Pinterest-ready, so … Read more…

Why You Should Join or Start a WordPress Meetup in Your Area

AWP Meetup

I’m really fortunate to have a really awesome WordPress Meetup in San Diego that I can attend every month. I’m also super fortunate that the folks who started the Meetup asked me to be one of the coordinators. These same people are the ones who started the amazing Advanced WordPress Facebook group. Michael Bastos, Chris Lema, Ansel Taft, Phelan Riessen and others all had a vision of having local developers come together and talk about pushing the envelope in WordPress development. Almost 2 years later and our Facebook group has grown to roughly 8,600 members, and we have about 30 people come … Read more…

Gems of Docs: FooBox OnLoad Shortcode

FooBox Onload screenshot

  Seriously, ask yourself this question: “Is there anything FooBox CAN’T do!?” I mean, it’s a lightbox for images, galleries, maps, videos, slides, PDFs, forms. Now this short article will show you how it can also be a lead generation tool. FooBox OnLoad Shortcode First, go check out our detailed documentation on making FooBox load when the page loads. So you’ll notice that this enables you to load a FooBox instance immediately when the page loads. All this takes is adding the shortcode anywhere on your page and FooBox will load the very first instance of FooBox on the page. … Read more…

Gems of Docs: Embed PDFs with FooBox Lightbox

Gems of Docs

Reliably embedding PDFs in a website is not as straight-forward as one might think. This is primarily because each browser handles PDFs differently. Some treat it only as a file, others as media, and Chrome even created its own unique PDF viewer. This means that users in every different browser will have a different experience with embedded PDFs. Enter PDF.js The good new is that the folks at Mozilla have been working on a really slick and responsive, cross-browser PDF embed tool. They just call it PDF.js. Here’s their demo of a PDF embedded into a page. Of course, no … Read more…

Gems of Docs: Custom Captions in FooBox

Gems of Docs

Today I’m starting a new series called “Gems of Docs”. I want to use this to highlight some features of our plugins that we’ve documented, but that seem overlooked. I also want to highlight great use-cases for how you can implement them on your site to excellent effect. Custom Captions in FooBox To kick off this series, I wanted to highlight my latest favorite tool in FooBox: Custom Captions. First, head over and read the docs article about it: Custom Captions. OK, so from that docs page you can see that you can do two cool things with Custom Captions … Read more…

Plugin Troubleshooting

How to Troubleshoot a Plugin Conflict

We’ve all been there: You’re excited about a new plugin, you download it, install it, and then BOOOM! Your site is a blank white page. Maybe you got the courtesy of an error message. Bottom line: A plugin broke your website and now it’s time to start troubleshooting. Why Does This Happen? WordPress is an amazing platform with which to build websites, specifically because it is Open Source. What that means though, is that young developers and designers get to experiment with an amazing code base – which is great, but it can sometimes wreck havoc on your site even … Read more…