A blog about web development, productivity tools, photography, and occasionally an existential quip.

Which WordPress theme to choose

You’ve been dreaming for years of opening your own coffee shop, and you’re finally on your way. The loan has been secured, build-out has begun, and suppliers are sending enough coffee samples to supercharge your creativity. Heck, you’ve even purchased hosting, set up your WordPress website, and have figured out all the basics. Now the […]

The simplest cart abandonment solution on earth

TL;DR (If you want the punchline of this article) – If you use WooCommerce or EDD, sign up for Jilt to fix cart abandonment — implement it in 10 minutes. I’ve been playing with WooCommerce on GoDaddy Managed WordPress lately and recently started thinking a lot about cart abandonment. Mine isn’t high by quantity of abandons, but […]

Importing multiple checkbox values using WP All Import

I’ve recently been working on a project that requires the import of data from a CSV sheet to ACF (Advanced Custom Fields) values for a CPT (custom post type). It’s been a frustratingly long journey, so I thought I’d share to make your life a bit easier. In theory, it’s a super straightforward process, but […]

Places to eat in austin, my top picks

If you’re looking for places to eat in Austin (especially if you’re headed out for SXSW, F1, iHeart Radio, ACL, etc), take a sip of your coffee and start-a-clickin’. I’ve lived in Austin for over 3 year, and have put together a list of some of my favorite spots. Skip the touristy places to eat […]

Sometimes truth is best discovered for yourself

There are so many attributes of a place that can’t be seen from an airplane. The way the mountains majestically encircle the city. The desperation of the homeless begging for food near an upscale restaurant. Moss growing fat on a snowy mountain trail. The life-cycle of brine flies. Natural soft water in the morning. Living […]

A simple reminder: openness

The inside of my nostrils were stained with the smell of fresh paint. The work of the day was done, and a quick sightseeing trip was in order after a day caged in the confines of newly sanded and painted walls (we were doing the painting). It’s funny how when you’re not looking for something, […]

WordCamp US, the North America WordPress conference

WordCamp US 2016 Well, WordCamp US has come and gone twice in Philadelphia, and I’m just now getting around to posting photos from ’16 (I’ll hopefully eventually get to 2015). This year was fun for so many reasons. Lets see… long lost friends… great food… awesome networking… cocktails… oh and lots and lots of WordPress. […]

Pressnomics, a WordPress conference in Tempe Arizona

Pressnomics 2017 It’s baaaaack and looks like it’s gonna be a blast. Are you going to Pressnomics this year? Drop me a line and let me know you’re coming! If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, go here: https://pressnomics.com/ Pressnomics 2016 Pressnomics brings together the who’s who of WordPress businesspeople for a couple days of intense […]

WordPress performance and risk management tips

When I first started creating WordPress websites… …I was just happy to be able to offer my clients an admin area, and visitors a consistent navigation and theme. Ten years ago, security, disaster recovery, redundancy, performance, and scaleability were things I thought about (that hasn’t changed), but modifications to address those issues weren’t easy to […]

Travel Ban Protests at RDU (Raleigh-Durham International Airport) on Jan 29, 2017

It was a surreal afternoon at the Raleigh-Durham airport today. I arrived for my flight a little earlier than normal to get a bite to eat. My Uber driver was diverted by police to the lower arrivals area. When I stepped out of the car, I could hear the methodical protests of crowds on the […]