Monthly Archives: August 2008

Don’t Forget to Provide Training

A recent post on WP Candy posed the question "Does WordPress Scare Your Clients?"  It is absolutely true that to some degree, new users will not be comfortable with the WordPress administrative dashboard and will not know how to do even the simplest tasks such as adding a new post.  But being scared and not [...]

Technology Folks Need to Branch Out

From all accounts I’ve read in the past two days, I missed an excellent weekend of influential presentations and priceless conversations at Gnomedex.  Would have love to have been there, but such is life with two little kids. But one conversation was somewhat encapsulated online by Britt Raybould and Chris Brogan.  In their posts, Britt [...]

From $0 to $2500 in 90 minutes

At the recent Gnomedex conference, Beth Kanter raised well over $2500 to send a Cambodian child to school.  As she reports, a lot of this happened without her being aware of it, while she was giving a presentation. How did this actually happen? It started with less than 140 characters posted to Twitter and a [...]

Another successful WordCamp wraps up

WordCamp is easily one of my favorite events of the year. Meeting our fantastic community and geeking out over WordPress is the best. Plus, JJ and I were pretty excited this year since we launched WP Screencasts. So, we always make it a point to go (sorry to say that JJ did miss out on [...]

Keep it Simple with Eventbrite

I’m a big fan of saving time and energy by using best of breed online services that already exist.  Keep it simple and don’t reinvent the wheel is something any software developer hears repeatedly while they are working on a new project.  When Holly and I work with our clients, we often recommend third party [...]

Save Pandora

Federal government fees are crippling music recommendation and streaming service Pandora to the point that it may have to shut down.  This would be a major loss to the Internet as well anyone who likes music – basically everybody. Justin Dorfman offers some ideas on what we can do to save it.  Please give his [...]

Introducing WP Screencasts

Today, just in time for WordCamp San Francisco 2008, Shiny New Toy is taking the wraps off a new website we’ve been working on: WP Screencasts.  WP Screencasts is a compilation of instructional training videos for managing web content with the WordPress platform. If you are a current client of ours and we’ve built a [...]

WordPress Charity Scavenger Hunt

Right on the heels of WordCamp is the WordPress Charity Scavenger Hunt.  Proceeds from this event – which looks like it will be very fun – will benefit 826 Valencia. To play a little six degrees of WordPress separation… The WordPress Charity Scavenger Hunt benefits 826 Valencia 826 Valencia was founded by Dave Eggers Dave [...]

The Shiniest New Toy

I don’t often write about the intimate happenings of my personal life here.  My personal blog is the place to learn more about that.  But every once and a while, something pretty special happens.  On August 4,my second son, Jude, was born.  Complete details are here.

WordPress Plugins We Always Use

Akismet is an obvious choice for any list of WordPress plugins we always use.  But there’s plenty of other plugins that we find ourselves installing every single time we build a site with WordPress.  If Matt and the Automattic crew ever decide to make these part of the core WP software, Holly and I certainly [...]