All posts by Ted Dejony

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in late 2006. This prompted me to go to college to learn skills for a new career. I went, and graduated in 2010 with honors (3.897 GPA). After graduating, I immediately started a web design business and have been working as a self-employed contractor ever since. I am returning to Clark College in 2015 to take a 1 year Web Development certificate to update my skill set and learn newer programming languages and skills.

Interview: Tina Granzo, City Beautiful Design

A photograph of Tina Granzo sitting on red brick stairs outside.Tina Granzo founded City Beautiful Design (CBD), a website design and web application development firm located in Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Portland in 2006.

Tina attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for 2 years, and then transferred to the University of Michigan where she earned a BFA in 1995.

Tina built her first database in 1992. She has been making websites and databases talk to each other since 1997. Continue reading Interview: Tina Granzo, City Beautiful Design

WordPress News: WordPress 4.4 Beta 1

wordpress-4-4On October 22, 2015 Scott Taylor, who is leading the WordPress 4.4 development cycle, announced the release of WordPress 4.4 Beta 1. It offers a wide variety of improvements and enhancements, and developers are excited to test drive the new version.

In a recent article, Scott gave the following recommendation:

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version.

He went on to list four reasons to be excited about WordPress 4.4 Beta 1:

  • REST API (phase 1) — The underlying infrastructure of the WordPress REST API plugin is included in WordPress 4.4. Plugin authors can take advantage of this by adding custom endpoints.
  • Term Metadata — Taxonomy term metadata is included in WordPress 4.4. Developers who are using a plugin to implement term metadata should read this post on how to prepare for the switch. Also, the underlying WP_Term class improves caching when working with terms.
  • Improved <title> outputwp_title() is deprecated; WordPress will handle the rendering of the document title automatically.
  • Comments — Comment queries are now split for performance. Also, the underlying WP_Comment class improves caching and introduces strong-typing. (#8071, #32619)

In an article on the WP Tavern website, Jeff Chandler details whats under the hood, which may explain all the excitement.

Three New Distinct User Facing Features

  • Twenty Sixteen – Twenty Sixteen is a new default theme with a simple layout and color scheme designed by Takashi Irie, who also designed the Twenty Fourteen and Twenty Fifteen default themes.
  • Responsive Images – WordPress will automatically deliver a more appropriate image to users depending on a variety of conditions like screen size, view port size, and screen resolution.
  • oEmbed Posts – In addition to YouTube, WordCamp.TV and other whitelisted providers, users will be able to easily embed content from almost any site that supports the oEmbed standard, including WordPress sites.

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WordPress Tutorial: When to set Attachments as Media Files

When writing a post or a page it is often useful to attach audio, video, images, text files, or zipped files to your post or page. The method you use to attach your files will play an important role in how your documents are presented in WordPress. This article will discuss when, and why you should set your attachments as Media Files, and will provide a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this. Continue reading WordPress Tutorial: When to set Attachments as Media Files

WordPress Words: WordPress Text Editor

The text editor allows you to write your posts in HTML or edit a post’s HTML. When you need to add a shortcode, add some font style, or paste in code from an outside source, you can use the HTML editor.
WordPress.com Support

This editing mode is aimed at users who are comfortable working with HTML. When you need to add some font style, or paste in code from an outside source, you can use the Text editor.
WordPress.org Support

Example: When creating a new article for a website sometimes it is necessary to cite a source or author. The text editor allows the user to add HTML tags to the post or page in order to accomplish this task. Continue reading WordPress Words: WordPress Text Editor