I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the what helped me learn my craft. This post shares many of the sources that have helped me learn everything I know today and the websites I follow to stay up to date.
Last week, I had the pleasure of giving a new webinar for Washington Nonprofits. It covered a lot of information in just under an hour, and we got great feedback! So nice to be reassured that a SIMPLE start is o.k.! The site can grow over time! Webinar Participant The presentation specifically speaks to smaller … Continue reading “Website Basics for Small Nonprofits Webinar & Slides”
I had a great time “speed geeking” with 30 folks. In 5 minutes, I introduce them to web accessibility, showed examples of assistive technology and accessibility problems, and gave them a quick intro to the tota11y accessibility testing tool!
After listing common heading errors in a recent post, it’s time to talk about how to find problems on your own site!
It’s rare that I endorse a product on this blog, but I’m making an exception here. This won’t be a regular thing, which I hope says a lot about my decision to write this post at all. There were a good three years when I struggled to recommend a web host when people asked. After a while, I … Continue reading “Why I Recommend SiteGround Hosting for WordPress and Nonprofits”
Over on my new site, Nonprofit WP, I just published a brief review of the new Idealware report on selecting WordPress plugins for nonprofits.
I’m not a huge fan of Medium.com, but my dislike of PDFs is far stronger, so I was excited to see The Heritage Foundation ((I’m no fan of The Heritage Foundation’s politics and beliefs either. I did not read this report, but the section “Poverty and Dependence” is awfully objectionable. What I like is the technical desire to avoid a … Continue reading “Death To PDFs! [link]”
WordPress 4.3 brings text formatting “autocompletions” and automatic password generation (and weak password shaming!). Check out these features that even the most casual user should know!
I recently released the MRW Web Design Simple TinyMCE plugin for WordPress. It’s a plugin that came directly out of the work I do to serve clients and make using WordPress as easy as possible. In this post, I want to share how I made the final decisions for what buttons I removed from the default WordPress editor, and provide a framework for what it means to format content well on the web.
I recently presented on “How to Pick a Plugin.” A lot of time went into thoughtfully walking people through the process, so I want to share the tips (and an exciting update to one piece of the presentation) with a broader audience.
Whether you love them or hate them, Google offers a lot of tools and services that most of us use. Two recent changes caught my eye and I want to pass them on to all you website owners and builders.
Contrast. You know it when you see it. Literally! Using sufficient contrast in web design ensures that EVERYONE can use your website. To make your site accessible, you’ll need to understand how contrast is measured and how to test it yourself.
Here’s a great to-the-point list of tips for writing for the web.
WordPress 3.8 is out, and if you don’t see it coming, you might get smacked over the head with the drastic change in colors. However, it’s easy to change the default color scheme.
Web utilities are single-use websites that do helpful little tasks. I use a whole bunch of them all the time. Here’s a list of my favorites.
Let me pull back the curtains a bit so you can see how one WordPress theme—think of it as a design—can be turned into many unique websites. In this case, the Twenty Twelve theme helped two clients get beautiful sites.