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Interesting Church Tech links for June 14, 2009

June 14, 2009

With WordPress 2.8 out, here’s some good WordPress links.

WordPress 2.8 And 10 Things That You Should Know Before/After You Upgrade
DST is finally supported if you’re running on PHP 5… unfortunately none of my sites are… time to ask for an upgrade…
Joomla to WordPress – Content Converter!
Seems like a good starting place for a Joomla migration.
10 Useful WordPress Loop Hacks
Somehow I’ve missed #4 and am doing it a much harder way… I have code to update now.
WordPress Theme Development Frameworks
When I do my next WP project I will be looking closely at these frameworks.
Simple WordPress Example Plugin
Having started building my own plugin this is a nice simple example.

Interesting Church Tech Links for May 31, 2009

May 31, 2009

Some visual design links today:

Fluid Grids
One of the best pure CSS implementations of fluid grids I’ve seen.
O rule + golden proportion for calculating the gutter in the grid
A interesting experiment in picking spacing for grid systems.
Create a clean PSD layout with a 3D look
A really nice tutorial showing some easy techniques for those of us who aren’t graphic designers by nature – uses Photoshop but anyone should be able to adapt the instructions to their tool of choice (Inkscape for me).
How to Choose Colors Everyone Likes
An interesting way of picking sets of colors.

Interesting Church Tech Links for May 17, 2009

May 17, 2009

Some more WordPress links today:

101 Techniques for a Powerful CMS using WordPress
A whole lot of interesting ways to make WordPress work more like a CMS. Some I’ve used, some I’ve not.
Broken Link Checker for WordPress
Been using this and it finally forced me to fix a few already known but broken image links
Analyze WordPress Performance – Plugin!
This plugin generates some interesting stats about the queries for generating a page. Not sure exactly what I’m going to do with the information right now but I’m glad to have another tool for when I will need it.
Change Admin Pagination on Posts, Pages and Comments
WordPress 2.8 looks like its going to have some nice upgrades, but for those who cannot wait, here’s some code to let you alter the number of comments, posts or pages listed in the admin module.

Interesting Church Tech Links for May 3, 2009

May 3, 2009

Some good articles for WordPress and Google Apps.

Syndicated WordPress Plugin Keeps Your Brand Intact
A WordPress plugin that does URL shortening so you don’t need TinyURL.com or such and you keep your domain name in the resulting URL – good for keeping your brand identity in the steam for Twitter and such.
Mt. Gilead’s Experience with Google Apps for Domains – Part I and Part II
Some interesting analysis and experience with Google Apps for Domains
Embed WordPress Functions Outside WordPress
Used this technique to integrate my error pages into the WordPress template.

Interesting Church Tech Links for April 19, 2009

April 19, 2009

Theme for today is “WordPress”.

WPSeek.com
I’ve been working on a new WordPress plugin and not being all that familiar with the details of the WP environment this site has been a valuable resource.
Removing Curly Quotes in WordPress
This has long been an annoyance and its a simple fix.
Embed WordPress Functions Outside WordPress
In case you’re writing some PHP outside of the WP environment and need to tie in, this is how you do it.
Top 50 WordPress Tutorials
There’s many “Top 1000” type posts out there – this is a good one from a good source.

Interesting Church Tech Links for April 5, 2009

April 5, 2009

Some links aimed more at those of us who are more technical than creative but need to do quality visual design work:

The Golden Ratio in Web Design
A nice breakdown of good general proportioning in side design and layout
8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography In Your Designs
Excellent review of standard typography considerations and what we can do about them with CSS
50 Useful Design Tools for Beautiful Web Typology
A nice collection of font and CSS tools
70 Expert Ideas For Better CSS Coding
This one’s a couple years old but still very much relevant for good CSS coding practices

Interesting Church Tech Links for March 22, 2009

March 22, 2009

I seem to be in a planning and strategy mood these days…

20 Tips for Success in Church Technology Projects
All good things to remember
A Social Media Strategy for Ministry
People, Objectives, Strategy, Technology
Is Your Church Social?
“The physical church is limited by time and space. The social web has no limitations on time and space.”
Church Website Design, assess and improve your website to reach outsiders
There are so many aspects of church site content and design to consider it is hard to remember them all