Jackie Dana

WordPress Evangelist. I provide WordPress training and support on a freelance basis via ihelpwp.com. I like shiny gadgets like my iPhone and brewing beer. Follow my blog at jackiedana.com.

Posts by Jackie Dana

You break it, you buy it

Upcoming events BlogathonATX (October 25th) The Freelance Conference (October 28th) Beginner’s WordPress class (Oct. 11th) taught by Jackie Dana You break it, you buy it presentation by Bobbie Wilson Notes at http://www.bobbiejwilson.com/blog/wordpress/break-buy/ Child theme on WordPress Codex: http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes Creating a custom theme When modifying a theme, best practice is to not modify the actual theme files but instead create a […]

WordPress Hooks and Filters

Presentation by Nick Batik, @Nick_Batik Nick’s slides are available at http://presentations.handsonwp.com/category/wordpress-hooks-and-filters/ The WordPress page lifecycle The events from when a web page is requested to when the page is returned to the browser Various information is communicated to and from the server where the website is housed, including a user’s browser and cookie information, and the WP function […]

July WordPress YouthCamp

WordPress Austin held our first “stand-alone” WordPress YouthCamp on July 12th at the Twin Oaks Branch of the Austin Public Library. At this three-hour workshop, local WordPress developer Taylor Christensen taught beginning WordPress (using WordPress.com) to a group of 17 kids and their parents. Taylor has been using WordPress and developing sites for six years, […]

User Experience in the Real World

Presentation by Clark Wimberly Links/slides from presentation here: http://clarklab.com/talks/user-experience Pros and cons of common UX blunders What is UX? What a user experiences study of rules guiding emotions worth their time UI vs UX UI = User interface – what the user interacts with. Buttons, etc. User Experience – how the interface makes them feel Married but […]

Put Your Code Pants On

Be responsible with your code get organized version it if possible, work locally I know you can “just go in and change that one line”. What happens when that one change mushrooms into a rabbit hole? Slow is safe, safe is fast. Compartmentalize your code Compare header.php in Twenty Ten vs. Twenty Fourteen. Look at how […]

Intro to browser tools: Understanding the technical aspects of Firebug

Presented by Nick Batik, Pleiades Services Firebug is a Firefox extension To get it, go to Firefox menu under Tools > Add-ons and search for Firebug and install it into your browser. Firebug allows you to go under the hood of your browser. You can view and change the code on any website to see […]

WordPress.com for Business (and everything else)

Thanks to everyone who attended last night’s Beginner’s WordPress meetup and heard about the “other flavor” of WordPress: sites hosted on WordPress.com. My slides: http://wpaustin.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/wpcom4business.pdf   Requested links: Sign up for free WordPress.com account WordPress.com support documentation  (with a contact support button) Moving from a self-hosted/WordPress.org site Using an existing domain on WordPress.com Upgrade bundles How […]

The Technical Aspects of SEO for WordPress

Announcements WordCamp Austin 2014 will be in April, final location and dates TBA soon. It will be a two day event this year for $40, and we will have an online option for those who can’t attend in person. We are still looking for people who are interested in coordinating different aspects of the program. […]

How To Use Social Networks To Build Your On-line Brands and Customer Awareness

Presentation by Yvonne “V” Young of SincereSocial Social media is networking, sales, customer service and more. You’re building relationships. Customer service through social media is a great way to reach out to your customers. Listen more than you speak. Give other people credit for ideas You’re talking to real people. Who are you? Are you […]

12 Biggest SEO Mistakes Web Designers/Developers Make

Presentation by Tony Tovar Presentation Intro: Question he got from a businessman: “What the heck is wrong with Google? I should totally be ranked high in Google.” This prompted Tony to start talking to the community about SEO. < title > tag  This is what Google sees when it visits your site and displays in […]