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Interview with Marci Koski: Fish Biologist

Marci.Marci is an extraordinary women who I had the pleasure of meeting when I began doing a web project for her in Drupal last quarter. Her main site is marcilicious.com.

Marci has an interesting background from cartoonist, belly dancer, roller derby to her current job as a fish biologist. She is also madly in love with cats. Her fascination with Drupal was prominent in our discussions, so it came to my surprise that she was a WordPress user. Coming from the Drupal field I found cat fandom a common trait among WordPress users.

Marci is new to WordPress, giving us a great opportunity to talk about it from the perspective of someone familiar with blogging and web publishing on other platforms who is new to WordPress, specifically WordPress.com. Continue reading Interview with Marci Koski: Fish Biologist

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The Publisher Confirmation WordPress Plugin

Ever go a long your merry way writing a killer article. Your in the zone fingers cruising along the keyboard, you feel great your ready to tell the world. You hit publish but just as you do an overwhelming feeling of dread hits you like burlap sack full of 900 pound gorillas.

You forgot to proof read your post and now the damage has been done. People are reading it as you frantically try to cover your tracks before one more persons eyes can molest your post with snide comments.

Fortunately there is a plugin for that I learned about while reading an article on WP Tavern called “Prevent Publishing Mishaps In WordPress With The Publisher Confirmation Plugin.” The Publisher Confirmation WordPress Plugin was written by TristanH.

When you click the publish button a little alert box arises. And all it does is ask you “Are you SURE you want to publish this post”?

Alert Box for the Publisher Confirmation WordPress Plugin.

Typography Matters

typographyYou may not think what you are writing on the web and the way it is written is important. But it is just as important to your web page and it’s graphics if not more. Typography (I’m talking about fonts, you rookie) speaks volumes and, in my opinion, is far more important than the visuals themselves sometimes. Now, I am not going to cover every definition of type from Humanist Sans to Geometric Sans. But, what I will say is typeface can inspire a feeling depending on weight, point size, and whether it has serifs or not.

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How To Move From Drupal To WordPress

Why?

The first thing you should do when considering changing the platform is ask yourself, “Why?” What is wrong with the platform you are on? Figure out why you cannot improve on what is bugging you. Be a Donald Norman and keep asking yourself what is wrong with that; and, when you answer that, ask it again. You might be surprised that the root problem is not the platform itself but a feature of it.

For instance, if you’re running Drupal and you just do not like the way it loads images, well, why not? I have to create content types; hardcode it in; it is just not easy. What is not easy? Why? Because it takes several clicks and a long process to achieve? Okay, so that is the root of the problem. A simple solution could be a module known as “Image Block,” a click and load feature.

If you have considered all your options and you just wanna switch publishing platforms, here are some precautionary things to keep in mind.

Back Up Your Site

Before you make any updates to your site, download a copy of your SQL database from PHPmyAdmin. If you have know idea what I am talking about, it would benefit you to download a Drupal module called “Back Up And Migrate.” Copy the files off the web host server and save them with your SQL database.

Next, in your administration panel, you should set your Drupal site to maintenance mode and turn “Clean URLs” on.

Now, for a bit of redundancy. Copy your SQL database and hosted files again. If you want to be a bit clever, create a file named something like “Drupal” and move all your hosted files to that folder.

Then, go to your DNS (Domain Naming System) manager and repoint it to “www.’yoursite’.com/Drupal.” This will help you avoid down time while you make the switch.

Delete And Upload

Once you have a backup of everything, you may at this time delete the files associated with your Drupal site on your hosting service.

Then, upload the latest version of WordPress where you had Drupal or another server or web host.

If you are code savvy, explore the WordPress PHP files for your template, erase them and Copy>Paste your Drupal code into it to the correct sections.

Make sure you study WordPress code format correctly and make changes as is necesary or it will not display.

Because this:

<?php get_header(); ?>

is not the same as:

<!--?php print render($page['header']); ?-->

Then, moving your style sheet over would be pretty.

Repoint your domain back to its root file from the Drupal folder you made earlier. Your viewers won’t know the difference.

Tips for Making WordPress Themes Mobile-friendly

Responsive Web Design
Image credits belong to John Polacek

Making a WordPress theme mobile friendly is an easy task to achieve with “media queries” and what is called “responsive design.” Actually, you can achieve this with any CMS or website fairly easy, but first some beforehand knowledge needs to be addressed.

You must be familiar with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) code. We are going to use the most popular method called media queries. Media queries are a type of CSS document that dictates how the DOM (Document Object Model) is organized given the parameters of certain screen sizes. Continue reading Tips for Making WordPress Themes Mobile-friendly