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WordPress Popup PDFs

This tutorial is based on the fact that PDFs have become the leading document integrators on the Web.  Note the distinction – PDF are multi-page containers for completed rich output like word documents, spreadsheet tables or Visio,  UML Object diagrams.  PDFs are not like web development containers like Docker, Kubernetes, and Envoy which encompass complete …

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Measuring your Website

Measuring the Web The Web is the20th Century’s Cauldron of Change. The Web  is spilling  out change that is innovative, widespread and intimidating. Innovative because with DIY- Do-It-yourself Web Development tools  it is possible for individuals and teams to create online presences and services that would have been improbable before the Internet. Widespread because in …

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Editorx Beta Bolsters Wix?

Wix and Squarspace have to watch out, Shopify, a Canadian startup specializing in shopping sites, has taken over their runner-up position in the Content Management System sweepstakes  Both Wix and and Squarespace are saddled with same dynamic – low usage websites and comparatively a small number of website than their competitors. Wix appeared to have …

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Element Kits Free & Pro Elementor Widgets

At the Toronto WordPress Meetup Group we have been doing a series of presentations about the substantial  widgets and features  available in  Elementor. But in the process of doing the research  some Elementor add-on vendors offer freemium packages in which their free components and widgets are very attractive – such is the case with ElementKits …

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Happy Addon’s Free & Pro Elementor Widgets

At the Toronto WordPress Meetup Group we have been doing a series of presentations about the substantial  widgets and features  available in  Elementor. But in the process of doing the research  some Elementor add-on vendors offer freemium packages in which their free components and widgets are very attractive such is the case with Happy Add-ons. …

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ClassicPress: Why a WordPress Clone?

ClassicPress is a GPLv2[Free Software Foundation] clone of WordPress version 4.9.x – any theme, plugin or website that runs on WordPress 4.9 will run on ClassicPress. The ClassicPress FAQ page provides key insights into the reason for ClassicPress: ClassicPress is a community-led fork of the WordPress content management system that preserves the classic TinyMCE editor …

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Embedding Content via EmbedPress

Embed Press Test – Too long to load when?? Brochure 1 via EmbedPress Cartoon via EmbedPress Google Docs via EmpedPress Google Slides via EmbedPress

Thinking Styles and UI Widgets

There has been a revolution in thinking over the past 50 years. How rationalizations is colored. The dual nature of Decision making. And better processes for thinking in general. The following set of presentationa and talks highlight some of these thinking insights. But there is also a revolution in creating smart UI interfaces in WordPress. …

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Interactive News

If this post’s title sounds like an oxymoron – it is deliberately so. Print newspapers are declining – not yet Dodo material. Even in Toronto with 4 daily print newspapers [Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The National Post and The Sun – note each of these are Internet editions], the newspapers are surviving. The …

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Website Backups – WayBackups

As a website developer it is amazing and disconcerting the number of times the “problem du jour” is a website backup recovery. Yes, just getting a website recovered either after a hack attack or sometimes simple “misplacement” is a 4-8 times a year consulting task. Now the reason this is surprising is because most hosting …

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Mobile Development With “No-Coding-Required” Mandate

moble data traffic trends

While doing a review of Google Sites, a second “no coding required” app making system was encountered. Forrester calls this tool system – Mobile Low-Code Platforms For Business Developers. Forrester and Clutch identify this as a fast  growing development segment as companies look to speed up data and information exchange internally between offices and divisions …

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Web Development Tools Overview

While completing a posting on the Mobile Mandate in Web Development, I ran across this excellent review of contemporary  Web Development  skills and tools.  What makes this video compelling is that there is a natural order to the explaining the tools. Thus, the progression is from HTML and CSS to SQL,PHP and Vanilla JavaScript and …

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Appointment Scheduling

Appointment Scheduling is a pervasive requirement for  a wide range of service businesses.Think of rentals of equipment, rooms, expertise. Or scheduling events, classes, and training. Or booking flights and other modes of transportation.   Or the range of personal care appointments made by doctors, dentists, chiropractors, yoga instructors, physiotherapists, hair stylists, beauty spas, etc, etc. The …

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WordCamp Toronto 2018 Features Gutenberg

WordCamp Toronto 2018 is coming to the North York Civic Centre at roughly the same time as WordPress 5.0 and the new Gutenberg will be released.  So it should not be a surprise that the  WordCamp theme is Gutenberg  and the Future of WordPress. The timing could not be more  fortuitous because the much delayed …

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Keywords Help Everywhere

  Having been badly cash-burned by Facebook and Google on their pay for click schemes, this reviewer has concentrated on 2 different SEO Marketing strategies. First, conversion lead strategies like one-time discount prices for trying a service, or free copies of tutorials in exchange for an email address or free advisories with links to other providers  …

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Zedity: Killer Addon to WordPress Classic Editor

Gutenberg as upcoming replacement for the Classic Editor this Fall is forcing an issue for WordPress users from newbies to hard-in-the-trenches WP Pro Developers – what is the best WordPress editor for them to use? There are three main candidates. The tried and true Classic WordPress Editor known as TinyMCE with maybe some  addons to …

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How Gutenberg is Shaking WordPress UI Foundations

But It Is Theme And PageBuilder Vendors Who Are Currently Transforming How WordPress UI Design Is Actually Done Let us be clear, Gutenberg is by itself having a profound effect on WordPress UI Design and Development. Here are some of the major trends. Gutenberg brings the 3rd Generation JavaScript frameworks to WordPress. In the case …

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Speed Wins: Why WordPress Adopted JavaScript

Why More of WordPress UI is written in JavaScript not PHP With the announcement of Calypso, a JavaScript based UI in November of 2015 and then the launch of the Gutenberg project in 2016 using React.js,  WordPress Head Honcho Matt Mullenweg tripped off a lot of conjectures as to why the departures from WordPress’ primary …

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TPL Recommends Security & Data Privacy Measures

TPL- Toronto Public Library prides itself on staying current on the latest computing trends. And they certainnly delivered this past week with their  presentaion on Security and Data Privacy best practices. The lecture was delivered at TPL’s Lillian H. Smith branch on Thursday May 31st: Lock Down Your Digital Privacy in 10 Easy Steps. And …

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Cornerstone & Divi PageBuilders

Here are two WordPress PageBuilders which support important features that make for productive development – extensive styling options for each UI element plus targetted  section as well as page templates. One of the key advantages of PageBuilders is that they deliver  frontend, WYSIWYG editing so end users as well as developers see what they are …

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CSI Member’s Excellent Website: Evergreen.ca

Evergreen is another HTML5 website that tracks the many policies associated with Evergreen  and the associated leisure time activities at the Evergreen Brickworks. Evergreen follows  in the style of  excellent CSI Member’s websites. Its mission is clearly declared on the opening page, the navigation is easy to follow and the website is chock full of …

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CSI Member’s Excellent Website: Art Institute Canada

Art Institute Canada is a bilingual website which is “dedicated to making Canadian art history a contemporary conversation “. And they more than succeed with wonderful stories  filled with great historical and contemporary images of some of  the best  Canadian artists at work.  Art Institute Canada is a throwback – it is written in  straightforward HTML5  showing what …

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Now WordPress PageBuilders Become SiteBuilders

There is no doubt there is a lot of competition in the WebBuilders marketplace. There are at least 10 very good WordPress PageBuilders. WordPress is now used on 29.2% of the world’s websites. Yet it is  undergoing a PHP to JavaScript makeover with Gutenberg. Gutenberg , you see, is more than a Javascript based new Visual Editor …

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CSI Member’s Excellent Website: Kunle.TV

Kunle.TV states its purpose and vision on its front page with a full width, video mission statement  capped with the Cisco declaration – “By 2019, 80% 0f all the world’s Internet traffic will be video”. Kunle.tv is written in WordPress and every page is filled  with informative videos ranging from Futurism Weekly through Video Presenting …

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CSI Best Website: GreenMajority.ca

GreenMajority.ca is an example of excellence in small business, non-profit websites at Toronto’s CSI- Centre for Social Innovation. Here is is a screenshot of GreenMajority.ca : What makes CSI-Centre for Social Innovation interesting is that it supplies co-working space and collaboration tools for small businesses [about 35% of members] and non-profit organizations [about 55% of …

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Gutenberg will be THE WordPress Visual Editor

Late October  2017 the latest 1.6.1 release of Gutenberg, the new WP Visual Editor => PageBuilder => SiteBuilder being created by Automattic for WordPress, appeared in the WordPress plugin library. This is about 8 weeks from the previous upgrade and there are clearly many new improvements. But also Gutenberg has a long way to go  …

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JavaScript Arriving in WordPress Stealthily

With Calypso and Gutenberg, clearly JavaScript is arriving onto WordPress in a big way. Here are seven reasons why: Gutenberg is not just the new Visual Editor but is the “official” WordPress PageBuilder; But Gutenberg goes beyond page building and is a complete Web canvas builder – header, content, footer, sidebar plus any popups and …

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WordPress JavaScript Reactions

WordPress Gutenberg and Calypso are back in the tech news now that  CIC Matt Mullenweg has rejected React.js as the core JavaScript library for WordPress. The issue is the Patent Clause in  Facebook’s licensing  which is less than the Open Source Software’s adherence to unencumbered usage standards as in MIT’s license.  So Matt felt compelled by some …

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Post Grid Plugins

Grids are vital UI elements in medium to large scale websites. Think  of websites with scores if not hundreds of products or properties or simply posts. Grids go well beyond tabular layouts or even accordion lists. Grids are able to show off  all  items in varying sorted order and subject to category and/or filters. The …

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Gutenberg Page Builder: A September UI Autopsy

Matt Mullenweg has written a detailed post on Gutenberg, the upcoming WordPress PageBuilder plugin. Within the post  is a critical commitment by Matt: WordPress has always been about websites, but it’s not just about websites. It’s about freedom, about possibility, and about carving out your own livelihood, whether it’s by making a living through your …

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CiviCRM: CMS Integration Example

I discovered CiviCRM this past Tuesday at The Social Impact Meetup at CSI [The Centre for Social Innnovation]. What makes CiviCRM compelling is that it is a complete Customer Relationship Management system integrated well with some of the most popular CMS software – Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress. CMS systems have taken off in the past …

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The Gutenberg Post

Here is our Gutenberg Post transferred to theOpensourcery.com See the complete Gutenberg preview and impact analysis here. Below the line is our first post using Gutenberg – note we copied for test purposes the first 3 paragraphs  of the WPTavern review of Gutenberg: Gutenberg has been in development for six months and is ready for …

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Figma For Online Designs

Figma is a  tool for Web Design that vies with Balsamiq and Sketch except that it is an online tool. Think of Figma like Pixlr is for PhotoShop – an online tool that gives you the 80-20 rule of features  for Web Desig/Layout while being conveniently available online. Here is the intro chat from Figma …

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SquareSpace vs WordPress : A Second Look

A review of SquareSpace vs WordPress in the WPMUDev blog raises the question of whether web development reviews are becoming as partisan as politics. Jenni McKinnon in writing 27 Reasons Why WordPress Crushes Squarespace Every Time has committed to print a yuge number of Trumpian fallacies which knocks the review way off balance. WordPress.com vs WordPress.org Distinction …

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How Much Does a WordPress Website Cost?

Codeable has an interesting infographic about the pricing for building a new  WordPress Business website with 6 pages and a blog as shown below. Lets look at some of the key assumptions being made by Codeable about developing this Business Website. First and foremost, Codeable does not define the nature of the 6 pages nor does …

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