Category: WordPress

Notes and thoughts about using WordPress to get the word out there.

Transcoding JPEG optimizer from Mozilla

The people at Mozilla have produced a transcoding JPEG optimizer. This thing is sweet: it takes ordinary JPEG files and recompresses them much more efficiently without making the images deteriorate. It uses the long-standing and well-tested Independent JPEG Group reference implementation, and adds a bunch of optimizations. It’s not built for GUI users; it’s a command-line utility. For those… Read more →

Cost-effective Digital Signs

A digital sign is a big TV set in a public place showing information or possibly advertisements. Ideally a digital sign can show upcoming events, announcements, pictures, advertisements, and other stuff that’s relevant to a community of people who might look at the sign. How can you make a digital sign with off-the-shelf 2014 technology? One way is to buy… Read more →

Resources for WordPress plugin development

PHP Manual   PHP The Right Way  Vagrant Opscode Chef Cookbook sources    php-o … some function wrappers Guidelines for theme development: some of this applies to plugins as well. Messing around with the new media manager   Gmail Modern HTML/CSS tutorial PDF metadata From the CODEX Hints and tips Best practices Intro catalog Coding pitfalls… Read more →

Shortpack — a WordPress plugin

What is Shortpack? This Shortpack plugin is a straight ripoff from Jetpack, containing just its media shortcodes.  I packaged it up it because of reliability problems I was having in the network connection between the servers and my hosting provider.  It provides the same shortcodes as Jetpack: archives, audio, blip, dailymotion, diggthis, flickr, googlemaps, googlevideo, polldaddy, scribd, slideshare, slideshow,… Read more →

Setup for a new WordPress web site

WordPress setup is a task that some of us do a lot.  If you’re setting up a site on, you really don’t need to do much; it’s all done for you.  But if you’re setting up a site, you may find this little checklist helpful. Plugins When I set up a new web site with WordPress, I put… Read more →