I've been working on this new website, and rebranding The Hartsook Letter. By the end of July 2017, the Hartsook Letter will forward to this site. I won't add any new material to the Hartsook Letter site. The new site includes all the posts from The Hartsook Letter site, but the new site is focused on the following three areas
I hope the new site will be better organized, more up-to-date, more informative, and more useful.
Let me know what you think.
If you don’t use the Excerpt field in your posts and rely on WordPress to grab the first few dozen words of your post content what you usually find is the excerpt when displayed on the front end (usually in some sort of archive or post grid display) will have most of the html tags removed leaving you with a single block of plain text.
If I go to the bother of formatting my post content to make it more interesting and easier to read and understand I’d like that formatting to be preserved even in that post’s excerpt.
RSS readers are somewhat old school in 2020, but the RSS feed that is part of WordPress is used by email services like Mailchimp and Mailerlite to create automated email updates when you add a new post to your website.
If you have custom post types though, they are not included in the default URL:
So how to disable the sanitizing for just this field without breaking the default?
The client wanted to display a list of past events in a scrollable column. This was easy to implement using simple css. The page layout was done with Beaver Builder, but the solution should work for any html container.
Sometimes you want to present a navigation menu as a horizontal “mega-menu” instead of a hierarchal dropdown menu. This is really simple if you are using Beaver Builder. The mega-menu feature is built in, but is unfortunately hidden. You have to know the secret to turn it on.
I needed to format a number field (999,999,999), coming from a custom field number-format (no other characters permitted in the number entry field). No “$” no commas or decimal points, etc. to output as a normal currency format.
When displaying the number I could add a “$” in front of the number, but couldn’t find a way to format the number since you can’t do that with CSS.
Ever want to provide your readers with email updates to your website? WordPress’ built in RSS feed functionality provides an easy way to provide the content to email newsletter services like Mailchimp or Mailerlite.
But what if you want to create email updates that don’t include all your new posts, just specific post categories? Well that’s pretty easy. According to
I made an animated gif screenshot recording to demonstrate a code snippet, but I wanted to resize the image and make it loop. I found a useful website that has easy
Master Roofing Company is a family-owned and operated Oakland roofing contractor with nearly 40 years experience of servicing residential and commercial clients in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. They had a Yelp page, but they didn’t have their own website.The Process
After a phone call
I've been working on a new website, and rebranding The Hartsook Letter. By the end of July 2017, the Hartsook Letter will forward to:
I won't add any new material to the Hartsook Letter site after this post you're reading.
The new site includes all the posts from The Hartsook Letter site, but is focused on the following three areas:
I hope the new site will be better organized, more up-to-date, more informative, and more useful. Let me know what you think.
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Google has started rolling out filtering for Google searches from mobile devices. If you site doesn’t meet the criteria for mobile-friendly, your
I recommend Jetpack-Photon module (deactivate all the other Jetpack modules you don’t use). Photon is an image-only CDN solution using Automatic’s servers. All your images are uploaded to their servers the
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Another in a series of painless upgrades from WordPress. Double thumbs up for WordPress.org.
One big advantage of this version of WordPress is that now I can create and
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But, if I deactivate Simple Facebook Connect the Grunion forms show up in the post.
(here’s the current discussion thread on the Simple Facebook Connect support forum that I started)
Simple Facebook Connect still disables the display of
While I was configuring options in the Weaver theme (Weaver II-Pro) in preparation for my presentation at the Configurable Themes presentation for the Oakland WordPress Meetup the other day when I discovered a strange behavior when selecting one of Weaver theme’s most useful page-specific options: selecting the One column: No sidebar option.
I just pasted the URL of a Picasa album below (
Using the raw URL doesn’t does work, but making it a link will take you to the album at Picasa
Using the Photonic “shortcode” will also make it work. The general shortcode format is:
[bracket]gallery type=’picasa’ user_id=’abc’ album=’ablum_name'[closebracket]
So I’m going to use
[bracket]gallery type=’picasa’ user_id=’107310476656218787840′ album=’PieterSUkulele'[closebracket]
There is a great post on the background of this problem by Mark Maunder that I recommend you read to understand the severity of the issue:
But even better, Mark
I thought I’d try out the upcoming version of WordPress since it’s now already rolled out on wordpress.com. I want to see what plugins and themes break before I recommend upgrading to my clients.
So far everything seems to be working with RC2, RC3 3.2 (with one exception….*)
* BackWPup plugin is currently busted, but there is an interim workaround
I use the Hartsook Letter blog as a testbed for WordPress themes, tools, plugins, and extensions. I need to see how these work and ferret out potential interactions among the various extensions before I recommend them for a client’s site.
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StatSurfer dashboard widget doesn’t use Google Analytics.
StatSurfer is the evolution of StatPress and StatPress Reloaded, the plugin is therefore consistent with the data of the two StatPress systems.
I like the aggregate display graph and the alternative view of the site traffic that doesn’t run through Google.
So you want to spice up your posts with Flickr, Picasa, or iPhoto, images from your computer? You can just insert one or two using the Upload/Insert button on the post editor. But what if you want to have a dozen photos, or have your
July 2017 update: The Lightbox Plus plugin is no longer available. I’ve replaced that on this site with Responsive Lightbox by dFactory. This plugin has lots of options for lightbox libraries and display. I’m currently using the prettyPhoto library setting,
This is a demonstration of the Lightbox Plus plugin. Click an image below to
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