This is a post that’s completely different than any I’ve ever done, but it’s relevant to some of the consulting I’ve been doing lately.
A fairly new acquaintance of mine recently launched a crowdfunding campaign. I’m at the point that whenever someone I know lets me know they have a crowdfunding campaign, I cringe and sigh a bit inside. It’s horrible, I know, especially given how many crowdfunding campaigns I’ve backed in the last 3.5 years, but someone with an active crowdfunding campaign means constant tweets, emails, and other social media posts about it. Thankfully I’m not on Facebook, so there’s one less place I have to endure the constant reminders about the campaign, but I sincerely hope they reach their goal.
Constant reminders of your crowdfunding campaign in social media is a necessary evil. You have to approach it that way if you have any hope of meeting your goal. If you can walk that fine line between keeping your campaign in front of people so they’ll back you and/or help spread the word, while not being overbearing and completely annoying about it, you are exceptionally skilled, and should teach other people how to do that. Seriously, you should.
In case you haven’t heard, WordPress 3.6, codename Oscar, has been released. While you may want to rush to upgrade immediately, I typically recommend waiting about a month, until the inevitable bugs that found their way through beta testing are found and fixed. Basically, wait until 3.6.1 is released.
What’s new in 3.6? The folks at WP Beginner have a great breakdown of features.
If you’re going to jump in and upgrade, make sure to back up your database, theme(s), and plugins before you do.
Responsive design is a term you may be hearing a lot these days. I could write a long explanation with examples, but this post isn’t really about the whys and hows of responsive design. It’s about a simple tool that can help you view your responsive sites at different resolutions.
In my previous blog post Protecting Your Site From the WordPress-attacking Botnet, I mentioned adding the Google Authenticator plugin to your WordPress site. I’ve gotten some questions about what it is, what it does, and how to make it work with a WordPress site. In this screencast, I answer those three questions, and show you how to configure the Google Authenticator app on your device. Both the plugin and the app are free.