Someone recently asked me this question during a WordPress clinic: "How do I know if a WordPress plugin is a good one to use?" An excellent question, though the answer is a little less straightforward than I'd prefer.WordPress is an open source community and as such, anyone who wants to create a plugin can do so. WordPress.org maintains a plugin directory but the guidelines for submission are primarily centered on licensing and keeping people from doing illegal things via plugins.One would … [Read more...] about Evaluating WordPress Plugins
A new top-level domain, .eco, will be available in early 2017. Organizations, businesses and people working for positive environmental change are able to apply before December 16, 2016 for up to three .eco domain names for an organization or an upcoming campaign. The domain creators are giving 500 domain names for free in this process, anticipating that the names will become expensive and competitive after the domain launches.According to their website "You can apply for a .eco domain grant … [Read more...] about Apply for a Free Dot Eco (.eco) Domain Name!
Andy Stitt, creator of the new "WordPress for Nonprofits" podcast, kindly interviewed me for a recent episode. I'm thankful to Andy for the opportunity. He makes giving an interview so easy, with his gentle and curious demeanor.In his own words:"WordPress for Nonprofits is an interview podcast, where guests include nonprofit employees and consultants. Topics include:Why the guests chose WordPress for their website(s) Content management workflow Favorite WordPress themes and … [Read more...] about Check out the new “WordPress for Nonprofits” Podcast!
A few years ago, I started an online WordPress Community through the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). NTEN is the membership organization for nonprofit technology professionals.I've been an NTEN member for 12 or 13 years (I've lost track) and early on, there was always a large Drupal component in NTEN's programming. Drupal online community, Drupal Day at their annual NTC conference, etc. I knew there had to be other WordPress users in the larger NTEN community, so started to rally … [Read more...] about Online WordPress Community
To my delight, I attended WordCamp Pittsburgh (the first ever!) on September 17, 2016.First, let me say that Melinda Helt's organizing skills are phenomenal. I organize the Bayer Center's annual TechNow conference and I know how much work is involved to make that kind of event happen. What she pulled off starting from zero is amazing. She put together a fantastic organizing team, found lots of sponsors, speakers and a ton of volunteers, a great venue and made it all come together. Kudos to the … [Read more...] about What I Learned at WordCamp Pgh