Tina (a.k.a. swissmiss) has been an amazing friend and continued inspiration since the day we met. I’ve been fortunate to work with her, meet her family (and feel like I’m a part of it), and watch her well-deserved success explosion. Tina is as genuine and awesome as she appears.
Not only do I think the world of her, I also love the 11 rules to live by from her SXSW keynote. They are definitely relevant in my life. How about yours?
Invest your life in what you love
Don’t complain. Make things better.
Trust and empower
Experiences > Money
Surround yourself with like-minded people
Make time to think and breathe
If an opportunity scares you, take it
Be someone’s eccentric aunt
P.S. – Thanks Tina for the awesome shout out in the presentation!!! (around minute 16)
I agree that learning to program is an important skill and pretty much essential as we continue to depend on computers. I love what sites like Skillcrush, Code.org, Codecademy, and others are doing to make it easy to learn online.
Some server configurations, typically running Pure-FTPd, have trouble updating WordPress via FTP. When doing an upgrade or a plugin install things may start fine but fail in the middle. It’s a bummer during an update since your site is also in maintenance mode and visitors can’t reach your site. Maintenance mode will timeout but to quickly get out of it just delete the .maintenance file from the root of your website.
Common error messages might look like this:
Could not copy file.: /wp-admin/css/theme-editor.dev.css
Could not copy file.: /public_html/wp-admin/css/theme-editor.dev.css
Could not copy file.: /.../.../wp-admin/css/theme-editor.dev.css
Could not create file.: /public_html/
And then you’ll probably see an Installation Failed message.
There is a patch going into WordPress 3.2 that should permanently take care of the issue and the plugin will be obsolete after upgrading to that version. In the meantime, installing and activating the plugin should make upgrades work as expected.
Download the FTP Upgrade Fix plugin from WordPress.org or search for it within the WordPress admin. You may have to install it manually via FTP if you’re also having trouble installing plugins through WordPress.
I just got home from a month-long trip in Australia and New Zealand that involved visiting family, two amazing WordCamps (New Zealand and Melbourne), the Sydney WordPress meetup, Webstock, and a bit (ok, lots) of fun. A big shout out to the organizers who put on these fantastic events. It’s always amazing to see the communities come together to share and take part.
I have a confession. Don’t tell my boss but I had ulterior motives on this trip. Queenstown, New Zealand is one of the best locations in the world for extreme sports. So, I took a little detour for a bungee jump… or five. Yes, I’m hooked.
If you’re interested, here are the presentations I gave in Melbourne which were similar in Wellington, New Zealand. Unfortunately, just reading slides aren’t funny and I removed the intros. But then again, my jokes may have been agonizing and this saves you the pain. :-)
A big thanks to Mark Jaquith for letting me base this lightening talk on one of his presentations.
As part of the Triad Web Meetup blogging series, I’ll be giving a detailed look at how to use WordPress. Some of the items that will be covered include:
Walking through a WordPress installation on a web server
Navigating the admin tool
Installing themes and plugins
Using WordPress as a Content Management System
The possibilities of WordPress (it’s not just a blogging tool)
All skill levels are welcome and there is no need for previous WordPress experience. Let me know if there is anything else you’d like to learn about WordPress. We usually have time for specific questions after the presentation.
What: WordPress in Depth When: February, 17 2010 7:00pm – 8:30pm Where: Greensboro Public Library Downtown (take a right as soon as you walk in and head to the end of the hall) RSVP & Details: Triad Web Meetup
These events are always free and everyone is welcome so please spread the word!
John Ford presently works on Farmstand, an iPhone app connecting communities with locally-grown food. Passion for coding is what motivates John, but some people are beginning to question his attachment to his iPad. Mix equal parts beautiful code writer, lover of healthy living, world traveler, living room DJ, and community giver and you'll have the geek known as John Ford.
John is a city-dwelling developer based in Greensboro, NC, where he relishes time eating fine vegetarian food, riding his mountain bike, hosting living room DJ parties, and plotting his next world tour. With his penchant for code magic, WordPress, and pretty girls - few can resist his charm.