Why Learn?

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
Learning with Milk

Learning with Milk by LadyDragonflyCC <3 Orchid Weekend!, on Flickr

Last December, I wrote a blog post as part of my process of figuring out what I want to do when I grow up. It actually appeared on my old Blogger blog, but of course I imported all of those into this blog when I set up the website. I got so involved in all my exciting new stuff, I completely forgot about it. (more…)

Filters and Hooks

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
Filter Kaapi

Filter Kaapi by Surajram Kumaravel, on Flickr

I found this part of the book the most difficult to comprehend. Up until now everything was still within the realm of my experience with computers (starting back in the early eighties), HTML and CSS. Figuring out PHP was not that hard, either. But Jesse wasn’t kidding when he warned us this section would be harder. (more…)

J2 – It’s the New Black

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
"Geranium" by Jacques Heim (1958)

“Geranium” by Jacques Heim (1958) by jinterwas, on Flickr

Being determined to bring my WordPress project back on track, I downloaded Jesse’s J2 theme from his website. I started the WAMP server, closed every other window on The Geriatric Laptop, said a little prayer, and started WordPress.


Meeting My Ignorance

Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Divina Ignorancia // Blissful Ignorance

Divina Ignorancia // Blissful Ignorance by Alejandro Dagnino J., on Flickr

So I sat down this evening to continue with Jesse Friedman’s book (affiliate link), and I ran smack dab into my own ignorance. Ouch. Let me explain.


The Loop

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Loop by Nick in exsilio, on Flickr

Now to the last section in Part 2 (WordPress Theming Basics) of Jesse Friedman’s book (affiliate link). (more…)

Menus and Stuff

Saturday, January 26th, 2013
Menu and wine glass

Menu and wine glass by soyculto, on Flickr

When last we spoke, we changed the HTML in our little sample file that Jesse gave us to reflect the title we put in our WordPress settings. We have a few more things we need to play with before we get into the heart of our new theme. (more…)

PHP for Poets

Monday, January 21st, 2013

PHP ElephantOK, here we are at the elephant in the room. I don’t know how many of my writer friends are still with me on this journey (especially the one who promised to bombard me with questions but has been ominously silent instead). We are about to start using PHP, and I want to be clear that we are not going to master it. We will use what we need without necessarily understanding the reasons for things. It’s not ideal, but it is better than not learning any at all because it is too intimidating. So buck up, it won’t bite, let’s go! (more…)

My First Theme

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Four CandlesIn Chapter 4 ofJesse Friedman’s book (affiliate link)we finally stop blathering about hierarchy and start making a real theme. A simple little theme, but a real theme nonetheless. So exciting. (more…)

Why I Love Feedback, or Templates and Hierarchy, Continued

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Queen of Hearts - (card, poker)On Feedback

I got some feedback from both ends of the spectrum – my physicist husband who was impatient of my soothing words and dangling participles, and my writer friends who glazed over at the mention of HTML. (more…)

Down the WordPress Rabbit Hole

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Through the rabbit holeBefore getting down and dirty with WordPress, I want to talk very briefly about expectations. While WordPress has a very low entry barrier for users who stick with what is provided, to become a true WordPress ninja takes years. See this wonderful piece by the inimitable Chris Lema. We don’t expect to reach that level by reading one book (affiliate link). But we can do better than we did before, and that’s a gift every day. So let’s go for it. (more…)