Archives for April 2012

Seeking Best Practices for Editorial Calendars

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In my role as Editorial Manager here at Stem, I’ve been kicking around the idea of using an editorial calendar to help us better manage the content we publish. With four authors, two main blogs (plus a couple other sites that have fairly scheduled content requirements), one news feed, and tons of projects on the go, we sometimes struggle with… more »

Adding 2-Step Verification to Your Gmail Account

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After spending too much time thinking about WordPress security this week, I stumbled across this post by Jeff Atwood about the importance of email security, and how to turn on Gmail’s two-step verification. Often when I read about online security, the content is often so over-the-top fear-based that I roll my eyes and click away. This time… more »

WordPress Wednesdays: Preventing and Fixing Hack Attacks

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Picture this: You are working on a WordPress website, say, for a local non-profit. The site is currently under construction, so it is blocked from all search engines; up until a few days ago viewing the site required a password, but that’s since been removed. You send an email to your contact at the non-profit with a link to the… more »

Another Blogging Pet Peeve: No RSS Feed

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In my recent post about blogging pet peeves, I overlooked a major one: not having an RSS feed! I am a big-time consumer of content via RSS — so much so that sometimes when I click through to read a post on its website, I realize I had no idea what the website looked like until just then, despite… more »

Hillman Curtis

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Hillman Curtis, an amazing and inspiring filmmaker, graphic designer, new media designer, and much more, passed away earlier this week. I remember being introduced to his work when I was studying digital media, and still have a well-worn copy of his book, MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer, within arm’s reach of my desk.… more »

WordPress Wednesdays: Adding Custom Fields to User Profiles

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In this week’s WordPress Wednesday, we’re going to talk about how to add custom fields to user profiles in WordPress. When building or managing a site that has multiple users, it can be handy to pull information from the user profile to display with each author’s posts. Although WordPress does include a number of useful built-in fields, it lacks simple… more »

Personal vs. Professional Online Identities

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Lifehacker recently covered the issue of whether to keep your personal and professional identities separate online.  Oh boy. I was glad to see this post, because I think about it all the time. Alan Henry outlines the pros and cons of doing things either way and makes the case for using different networks for different aspects of your identity.… more »

WordPress Wednesday: Why WordPress? Our Top Five Reasons for Using WP

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Since the start of the WordPress Wednesdays, I’ve spent a lot of time writing about various ways that we use WordPress to build websites at Stem Legal, but I’ve never really covered why it’s been our software of choice. I could spend weeks on why WP works so well for the work we do; rather than turn the Greenhouse… more »

WordPress Wednesdays: Adding Notes to the Dashboard and Admin Screens

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In this week’s WordPress Wednesday, I’m tackling an issue we’re dealing with right now on at Stem: how to add a note to the WordPress admin screens. The ability to add a quick note or statement to a WordPress admin screen can be very helpful. For example, the Stem website has four authors publishing over three difference channels — more »

Blogging Pet Peeves

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As I followed the stream of live-tweeting from last week’s ABA TECHSHOW, I was thrilled to see this tweet: You see, calling a blog post a “blog” is one of my greatest blogging pet peeves, and apparently I’m not alone – the barrage of retweets proved it! While I’m on the topic of blogging pet peeves, here are a… more »

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