Welcome WordPress 3.6 — and HTML5

Twenty Thirteen theme default WP

The up-to-the-second version of WordPress hit the Internet today. It's Christmas and Bastille Day all in one. Put on the party hats ... and start brewing coffee. The count brings us to WordPress 3.6, and true to WP upgrades it's named after a jazz … [Continue reading]

Entropy, links & redirects

website image of broken link

"Entropy requires no maintenance," said the noted agnostic mystic Robert Anton Wilson. But your links do. People throw around the term entropy, to physicists' horror. It's hard to discuss accurately without getting into thermodynamics -- fun! -- … [Continue reading]

Curses! Dealing with 4-letter words

Blouto of Popeye fame

I used to work for an entertainment industry trade publication, written for the good people of Hollywood. For a fairly conservative paper, it had a liberal commonsense policy on profanity: If the word occurs naturally, use it. If the quote … [Continue reading]

The tao of Dash Rip Rock

rock band dash rip rock is from New Orleans

Unless you're famous or incredibly well connected, it's lonely work starting a blog. Especially before the search engines acknowledge you're there. The traffic comes in single digits, no one comments and there are only a couple of posts to show … [Continue reading]

Writing alt tags that matter

sales tag with basic alt attribute code

We all know about alt country, alt rock and now even alt classical, but what about alt tags? A little background: The alt tag (or alt attribute -- the proper name) replaces web site images for someone not able to view them. Such as blind people or … [Continue reading]

Fear of blogging: The lay of the land

japanese garden for blog post

I once had a client seeking better visibility for his landscaping web site. He was a good guy, in the country a few years out of Israel. The landscaper showed me beautiful color images of his work, spread out there on the kitchen table. He … [Continue reading]

SEO black hats: Out of style

villain in black hat for SEO post

To me, amateur SEO is a bit like amateur dentistry. Or amateur hair styling, if you prefer. In all likelihood, nothing good is going to happen, and quite possibly something really bad will happen. Every now and then I have a client or friend who … [Continue reading]