My latest ramblings.
Enjoy! I definitely got important things to say
My latest ramblings.
Enjoy! I definitely got important things to say
Occasionally I have a client get on the TV news. Its pretty cool to see someone you know on the TV talking about something important and looking good. I use a service to get a copy of those segments and then edit them and add them to their website. Its part of the online video marketing services work that I do (you can click here to learn more about that).
One of the fun parts of ordering these segments is that I have to give them the Channel numbers and call signs. Here is that list:
|Channel #||Call ID||Station Name|
If I created a webform form I would have made all of these checkbox options so that clients could just click on the Station Names (which they have a higher probability of recognizing) and get their orders in faster.
Hey, everybody. It’s Roger Williams with Roger Williams Media. Just doing a quick screencast today about WordPress and categories. This is a test site I’m doing this on, Rolling With Grass. My wife and I are currently traveling around the country and this blog basically follows our journeys.
If we come here into the ever familiar dashboard we’ve got our posts. My recommendation is that you sit down and you write 20 to 30 posts before you even start thinking about categories. Why? Until you start writing your posts you’re not going to really have a good idea of what you want to write about. Write about it first. Figure out what you want to write about and then sit back and take a high level overview of the different categories that your writing fits into.
When we come in here and we look at the categories for this site you can tell that I did not do that. Learn from me in what not to do. As you can see, I’ve got a ton of categories here, way too many. More importantly, you can see I’ve got categories with one post. I’ve got some categories … none with zero but I’ve got a bunch of categories with just one post. That’s not very effective.
My recommendation to you is write first, then come back and figure out what categories you want. As you can see, we’ve got campgrounds, we’ve got 16 posts in campgrounds, so I like writing about that a lot. I’ve got on the road. Turns out we’re on the road so that’s a good category to fill stuff into. We’ve got equipment. I’ve got three posts in there, so I can get more going.
Today I’m just going to create a very simple category called test just to show you what you’ve got going on. You’ve got the name of it, you’ve got the slug. If you want it to be a child to a parent category you can do that here. Then if you want to add a description you put that here. I’ll show you how that can work for you later on. We add the category, we see that it’s right here, and then now if we want to add posts to it we can come in here to all posts and there’s two ways of adding a post to a category.
The first one is we click into the actual post, we scroll down the right side, click on the category we want to ad it to, hit update, and it’s updated that post. The alternate way is we go back to this all post page, and as you mouse over the posts you’ll see that there is edit and quick edit. If we come here and we click on quick edit it just keeps us on the same page. We add it to that category, we hit update, we can scroll down here really quick, bam, and we can update a bunch of posts very quickly with that.
Now, as we go to the website we can make an update where we come in here to the menu and we can choose categories. Scroll down, there’s the category that we just added. We want to add this to the menu. For this theme this is how this is going to work. Your theme might be a little different. We can drag this around, put it where we want it to be. Let’s have it just under others who wonder. Hit save menu, hit visit site, and boom, there’s our new category and there’s the description of the category. That’s where the description of the category comes in handy. When you’re showing it in the menu on this them for instance, the description shows up right there, tells you what that category’s about. When you click on the category it actually has an archive of all the posts that are in that category.
There you go. There’s adding a category to a WordPress and there’s adding posts to your category, and there’s adding your category to the menu for your theme. Very simple, very easy to use. If you have any questions please let me know. If there’s anything else you’d like to learn about WordPress, let me know what videos you want me to make. I’ll make the video for you. Hope you enjoyed it. We’ll talk to you soon.
I hate being Chicken Little but this one sounds pretty critical:
Highly critical “Ghost” allowing code execution affects most Linux systems | Ars Technica
The vulnerability in the GNU C Library (glibc) represents a major Internet threat, in some ways comparable to the Heartbleed and Shellshock bugs that came to light last year. The bug, which is being dubbed “Ghost” by some researchers, has the common vulnerability and exposures designation of CVE-2015-0235. While a patch was issued two years ago, most Linux versions used in production systems remain unprotected at the moment. What’s more, patching systems requires core functions or the entire affected server to be rebooted, a requirement that may cause some systems to remain vulnerable for some time to come.
I have a VPS at LiquidWeb and when I reached out to them about my server this morning the patch had not been applied. They patched and rebooted the server for me. Here is what I sent them. I suggest you reach out to your web host or sysadmin as well:
Subject: Is this a concern? The vulnerability in the GNU C Library (glibc)
I just read about The vulnerability in the GNU C Library (glibc) on this page:
Has the patch for this been applied to all LW servers? Besides this account I have a handful of client accounts and want to make sure all VPS and Shared servers are up to date.
Really good presentation from Simon Sinek a few years ago about how critical it is to understand and care about people if you want your business to thrive:
[pullquote]When I work with clients on their content marketing I tell them not to have a script. They need to speak unrehearsed about their business and how they can help clients.[/pullquote] Its a connection thing. You have to care about the people you work with if you want them to continue working with you.
Take a moment the next time you are talking with a client and think about what you are saying and how you are saying it. Are you acting in self interest to make the sale or are you listening to what their problem and is really trying to fix it?
Thanks to Mike at Phonami for sharing this with me after we met at the Clio Conference this week.
Did you get your ticket yet? Based on the reminder email I got this morning I am pretty sure this conference is gonna rock it!
Clio is going to have some strong hands on presentations about using Clio to make your law practice better – Clio 101
Still on the fence? Read about a few experiences from last years #ClioCloud and why they are coming back for more – Three Clio Returnees
Worried about what to pack? The Clio team has put a good resource together here – What to pack for #ClioCloud9
See you in Chicago!
The self install version of WordPress released its latest update this week and the version number is 4.0. This release adds a lot of nice features for creating and managing content on the worlds most popular website creation platform. Here is a nice short video introducing the new features. I like the update to the content creation page that will reduce scrolling, though it doesn’t seem to be working on my site just this moment. The media management update will be very handy as well: