Category Archive for: Austin Drupal Developer

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


How to Solve Error #1045 in phpMyAdmin

After installing a local WAMP server and trying to access your phpMyAdmin, you may encounter the error: #1045 Access Denied for user ‘root’@’localhost’ (using password: YES). This may happen if your [email protected] database user was not granted the necessary rights to access the database. Or if you provided a wrong password. In this tutorial, you will learn how to solve this error for the WAMP local server using phpMyAdmin. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

How to Handle Spam in WordPress without a Captcha

Spam is more than an irritation. It can reduce your productivity. Sometimes the spam prevention can be as bad as the spam itself, making your visitors spot similar images, do maths sums or answer questions to prove that they are human. This can put people off interacting with your website. Fortunately, WordPress has plugins that can handle spam transparently, without creating irritation to either you or your visitors. In this blog post, you will take a look at two of them. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

The OSTraining Podcast #18: Nick Croft and the Genesis Framework

Nick Croft has just published the “Genesis Explained” book, which is a developers guide to the most popular theme framework in WordPress. Nick worked as a full-time support person for Genesis, before moving on to work as a developer on the framework. He later became a SaaS architect for the Rainmaker Platform, built on Genesis. Even before he literally wrote the book, he wrote the figurative book on Genesis. Nick is also a core contributor to Genesis and has multiple, popular Genesis plugins. Follow Nick on Twitter at @nick_thegeek and check out his personal site at NickGeek.com. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

The OSTraining Podcast #18: Nick Croft and the Genesis Framework

Nick Croft has just published the “Genesis Explained” book, which is a developers guide to the most popular theme framework in WordPress. Nick worked as a full-time support person for Genesis, before moving on to work as a developer on the framework. He later became a SaaS architect for the Rainmaker Platform, built on Genesis. Even before he literally wrote the book, he wrote the figurative book on Genesis. Nick is also a core contributor to Genesis and has multiple, popular Genesis plugins. Follow Nick on Twitter at @nick_thegeek and check out his personal site at NickGeek.com. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

The WooCommerce Explained Book Is Here

Today, I’m delighted to announce the official launch of “WooCommerce Explained”. This book will teach everything you need to know to make a WooCommerce site. And, it will do it in plain English, with a simple step-by-step approach. We’ve partnered with Patrick Rauland for this book. Patrick was project lead at WooCommerce and currently helps to run WooConf, the official developers’ conference. WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce platform on the web and is capable of selling anything, whether it’s physical products, digital products or services. If you want to spend less time struggling with complex instructions, and more time building sites that make you proud, this is the book for you! This book is over 250 pages long and is packed with WooCommerce knowledge. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Conflicts are rarely just about the cards on the table

Most disagreements aren’t just about the cards on the table. They’re just as much about who’s at the table. What time the game is being played. The last fifty games before this one. And about all the other people the current participants ever played with as well.So it’s no wonder the game ends up making little sense to folks who think everything they need to know to make the winning argument is reading the cards facing up.One good way to tell how much a conflict is about those cards, or about something else, is to gauge the temperature of the tone. If it’s unreasonably, disproportionately hot, then it’s probably not just about the current specifics. There are very few specific situations and details that’ll make people hit the red zone on the account of those alone.People get worked up by compounding circumstances and repeating dynamics. Like, why does he always have to say…

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New in Basecamp: Improved Schedule Cards

A more complete picture of what’s coming upThis was a classic case of “How hard could it be?” that started as a series of customer requests and bug reports. People wanted to see their events AND their dated to-dos on their Basecamp 3 Schedule cards. Totally reasonable, right? Like anything involving dates, timezones, and computers, it took more than a little wrangling… But now you can!Let There Be To-dosHere’s a great example from our Ops Team. Before, we only showed upcoming schedule events. That triggered a misleading message that said “Nothing’s coming up!”Nothing’s coming up! Maybe?Why is this misleading? If you click through to the Schedule itself, you’ll see there’s actually a to-do due tomorrow:Surpise!You wouldn’t have known that glancing at the Schedule card. With the changes we just added, you’ll now see something like this when you’ve got upcoming to-dos:Voila! Just like the full ScheduleWho and When?Another thing was missing from the previous design: It…

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Cultivating an Inclusive Culture

The honest introspection and continuous work for a better teamReconsider DiversityThe typical approach to diversity in corporate environments can usually be summed up in two ways: lazy and superficial.To be fair, diversity is a difficult word to put into action. Most attempts to do so will probably end up feeling superficial. For example, companies often ironically state that they’re “committed to diversity” when the word itself is pretty noncommittal. The ambiguous nature of diversity means it can be interpreted in a number of different ways.That laxity is an allowance for laziness. Initiatives based on diversity are notorious for having vague, or non-existent, standards and accountability. Diversity has become a clichéd ideal versus an agent for change.Diversity is a difficult word to put into action.Attempts to execute diversity in a more specific way can also be problematic. Companies confronted with unfavorable demographic numbers and public pressure to do better find it easy to reach…

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Should I Re-use Existing Drupal Fields?

Sometimes we’re able to give really clear advice: “Do this!” or “Don’t do that!” This is not going to be one of those blog posts. Drupal gives you the ability to re-use fields. If you have an “Image” field, you could choose to use that same field on every content type on your site. However, it’s not always clear whether re-using fields is a good idea. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t. Here’s an overview of the advantages and disadvantages to consider before re-using Drupal fields. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Web Design Advice

I have a segment on my YouTube channel, where people send me the things they’re working on and I give them random advice. 🙂 If you want your work featured on my YouTube channel and elsewhere please send your ideas along ([email protected]). And I’ll give constructive, fair advice that I hope won’t leave you sorry you asked.Brandon Wu sent me this awesome site called Markd. He’s received nice organic traction with it so far because it ranked well on Product Hunt.Brandon, you’ve gotten a ton further than a lot of people do by getting an idea out there into the world. Clearly people are using it and it fits a need people have. So a huge congratulations!These are just some things that I’d experiment with if it were my project.Social ProofOne of the first things that stands out to me about the site is “Where are the Testimonials!?” There are a bunch of people…

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How to Embed WordPress Posts and WooCommerce Products

You probably know that WordPress makes it easy to embed social media in Posts and Pages. But did you know that you can easily embed snippets from WordPress posts and WooCommerce products in other content, using just a URL? Here’s an overview of how WordPress allows you to share posts on other sites (and even your own site). [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Is WooCommerce or Magento Best for Your E-Commerce Store?

Magento and WooCommerce are both huge players in online selling. When you’re deciding on an online sales channel, how do you choose between these two titans of ecommerce? Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so let’s take a look and compare them. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Social Support

A few weeks ago my father was taken by ambulance to the emergency room with trouble breathing. After that 5 day hospital stay, he’s been doing really well!But one thing that stands out from the experience was how my own psychology fluctuated. During the initial couple days I’d go to sleep at my parents by myself leaving my mom and father at the hospital. And I was a mess.Plunging ourselves into ice cold water isn’t usually a pleasant experience. So it’s a common practice research psychologists make people do when studying how people deal with pain. They call it the cold pressor test.And in 2003, a group of researchers performed the cold pressor test, but this time they tested what would happen if people with their hands submerged in ice cold water were with someone else. A friend. Even a stranger.The people who had company during that painful moment felt less pain.Things remarkably changed…

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How to Add Featured Image Support to a WordPress Theme

WordPress themes makes it possible to give your users control of many aspects of their site’s designs. One of the most common design features in themes are featured images. Many bloggers love to use large, high-quality images for their posts. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to add featured image support in a custom WordPress theme. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Interruption is Not Collaboration

What’s happening?Hey, are you busy? Can you listen to this real quick? It’s an episode about interruptions in the workplace. You’ll hear from academic researchers, Basecamp’s head data wrangler, and the CEO of a remote company about how they’ve tackled not just the disruptions themselves, but also the workplace culture that allows those intrusions to flourish.https://medium.com/media/be038859090808903e17296adc07e770/hrefInterruption is Not Collaboration was originally published in Signal v. Noise on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. Source: 37signals

How to Add a Preview Image to WordPress Videos

WordPress makes adding videos easy. However, many WordPress users don’t realize that they can make their videos more attractive. In particular, it often helps to add a preview image to your videos. An eye-catching preview image can really draw attention to your video. If you allow the preview image be chosen automatically, you can often end up with a snapshot taken at a bad moment in the video. Please note, this will only work with videos that you have directly uploaded and stored in WordPress. This won’t work with WordPress YouTube, WordPress Vimeo, or WordPress Wistia videos. This tutorial will show you how to add a custom preview image to your WordPress videos. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Things to Know Before Installing Magento

Are you planning to add a website to your brick-and-mortar store? If Yes, then running your site on Magento could be one of your best choices. You have several options to install Magento. In this tutorial, you will learn what you need to know before installing it. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

How to Create Password Protected Posts in WordPress

Did you know that WordPress offer the ability to password-protect the posts that you write? This feature doesn’t require a plugin and is a core feature of WordPress. In this short, I’m going to show you how to create protected posts. Each WordPress post will need it’s own password, so this won’t work for protecting a whole site. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

The world needs more modest, linear growth companies. Please make some.

14 years of linear growth at Basecamp.Exponential growth gets all the glory. Every startup story that lands on the cover of a magazine has a hockey-stick chart to flaunt. Yes, disruption is driven by such violent expansion, and the world needs some disruption some of the time. But for the other 360 days out of the year, what it also needs is some modest, linear growth.Linear growth is what happens in domains that aren’t animated by network effects (and when no artificial growth hormones are injected!). It’s the simplicity of good products sold at reasonable prices that find happy customers. These customers talk to friends and colleagues in other businesses, and over time that word of mouth spreads the good vibes, which turns the business up.But the limelight has no patience with such simple, slow methods as word of mouth. It’s not infectious enough. Not exponential enough. That’s a shame.Because the world is…

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