I have a dream…er, a tech learning goal = Bachelor or WordPress

I have a dream…er, a tech learning goal = Bachelor or WordPress

Here’s another ‘tech learning’ goal to add to my (growing) bucket list in terms of new and different tech skills I want to equip myself with…. Bachelor of WordPress! Sounds impressive, right? 🙂

Many months ago, I started doing some online learning courses at WPMU DEV’s Academy and I really enjoyed them.  The one problem was, I had to keep up with the week by week lesson pace and complete the assignments before moving on and I just found that I fell behind on some weeks and found it hard to catch up again.

That is why I am delighted that the Academy has gone ‘on demand’ (all except the one course called dream small market big dont do it this way – which sounds interesting too).

So its off to the Academy again this weekend to start the Bachelor of WordPress course and do it at my own pace.  I’ll be qualified in no time   a few years hopefully some day! 😉

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WooCommerce 3.x : I’m excited

WooCommerce 3.x : I’m excited

Today I was catching up on some of my tech reading and one thing on the reading list was about the new release of WooCommerce – version 3.0

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Some of the features I really like include:

  • The addition of CRUD classes – yay for CRUD, the ability to Create, Read, Update and Delete WooCommerce ‘objects’
  • A new CLI powered by the REST API – GUI’s are overrated, I love the ‘old school’ Command Line Interface approach, so fast to do stuff

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The announcement was back in April (yes, that’s how far I am behind in my tech reading) and so now release 3.01 (at least) is now available, so I would not be on the ‘bleeding edge’ to install it.

For anyone else who is keen to try the instructions for updating your site can be found here.   If anyone has already installed the new release let me know of your experiences (good and bad) 🙂

New Themify.me Slideshow Addon

New Themify.me Slideshow Addon

Just a short post about a new WordPress Addon from Themify.me that I really like – the new Slideshow addon.  See example in features image…

I’ve been a member of Themify.me for some years now and use their Theme’s and Addon’s in a number of the WordPress web sites I have developed.  I was attracted to join Themify.me because I liked the variety and ‘freshness’ of their WordPress stuff.

It was ‘cost effective’ to join and have access to all the content, rather than (initially) buy just the few things I needed for some of my early sites, and the Themify team have been updating their content and adding new content ever since and I always find something of interest and value in their releases.

The new Slideshow addon is just the latest example and, fo me, stands out as one of the best slideshow addons I have seen amonst the plethora out there in the WordPress-blog-o-sphere.

I’m going to update one of my sites to include the new addon soon as a ‘weekend project’, watch this space 🙂

Evernote ‘templates’

Evernote ‘templates’

I have been an Evernote user for a number of years and just love the ability to be able to:

  • make notes on any of my devices – Mac, iPhone, iPad
  • store them in the Evernote cloud
  • access them wherever and share them with whoever I want
  • tag them for easy search and discovery

Recently an email popped into my inbox with a link to a blog on ‘Evernote templates’ and I decided to check them out and see how I might be able to use them in my ‘work’ (and play) with Evernote.

The blog gives a good overview of the concept and has links to ‘template’ resources created by Evernote and other people.

While not exactly ‘templates’ (more like a re-usable Evernote document) the ideas presented in the blog are very interesting and I have already started to use some of the sample templates provided.

If, like me, you already use Evernote, check out the ideas in the blog.  They gave me some additional ideas for saving time and effort using Evernote and I’m already on the way to creating some of my own ‘templates’ for common Evernote notes, tasks, etc.

Helping others: Finding good affordable web site hosting for small WordPress sites

Helping others: Finding good affordable web site hosting for small WordPress sites

The title of this Blog sounds like the holy grail for us WordPress site owners doesn’t it? If you don’t think so, then thank your lucky stars because you have probably never experienced the problems I have been wrestling with over the past few months… and I hope you never will! 🙂 Continue reading “Helping others: Finding good affordable web site hosting for small WordPress sites”

Helping others: does Google say your web site is unsafe?

Helping others: does Google say your web site is unsafe?

Xmas is the time for giving, ho ho ho 🙂 and this year I decided to help others by telling of an (unpleasant) experience I had with some of my web sites recently and how I was able to fix it with the help of some other kind people on the Internet (thanks!) 🙂 Continue reading “Helping others: does Google say your web site is unsafe?”

Cold Chisel Live at Manly Vale Hotel in 1980

Cold Chisel Live at Manly Vale Hotel in 1980

On the way home yesterday, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a poster on a telegraph pole: Cold Chisel at Manly Vale Hotel.  My first though was “whe? when?!”, I wanted to see them again.  My second though was “The Manly Vale Hotel was demolished years ago to make way for apartments” 😦 Continue reading “Cold Chisel Live at Manly Vale Hotel in 1980”