WordPress 4.7 and the further proliferation of video headers

As of Dec 6th, 2016 WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan” is available and in following with WordPress tradition is named for a jazz musician. In this case the team chose vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan:

There is a video introducing the Update made by the WordPress team as well:

Should you update an existing website to WordPress 4.7?

You will probably want to make this update as it is a pretty major one with a lot of cool features including updates to the REST API content endpoints, Custom CSS, user Admin languages, PDF Thumbnails, changes to the editor, starter content for new sites, and more. You can read more here and here.

As with any WordPress core files update you should be testing your theme on a separate server before going live, if you have customized your theme files. There are a lot of things that change under the hood with these and they can play havoc with layouts and other functions.

Word of Warning on Video Headers!

One of the new features in WP 4.7 is the ability to add video clips to your websites header/top of the page. This is the latest thing for all the cool kids. Please please please use this carefully. Video files are huge and will make your site take longer to load especially for anyone on their cell phone. Yes this looks cool but not if it can’t load or eats up their pricey cell phone bandwidth. If you decide that a video header will be helpful to your users then try to get the file to be under 1MB, please.

The cool thing is that the WordPress team took a lot of things into consideration when implementing this. For small screens the video header does not show up by default so mobile users shouldn’t be as affected. It is also only available on the front page by default. They also suggest you have an image matched with the video so that while the video downloads there is something displayed.

If you want to use video headers please read this page.

Go get WordPress 4.7 and see whats new.

12 Content Curation Tools To Make You A Sharing Machine

12 Content Curation Tools To Make You A Sharing Machine

Excellent post on a variety of tools to help you create more and better/relevant content for your customers. Researching content ideas takes time and effort to find things that are relevant to your company and interesting to your customers. Using the tools listed in this article will help you find the right good sources of information that you can share with your customers.

Searching for the right resources, taking notes, organising all of that information, developing a thesis – all of this before I could even begin to write, the only part I actually liked.

When I got into content writing, and specifically content curation, it hit me. All of the old hatred of research papers bubbled up. But things have changed. Content curation tools have done the hard work for me, and there are 12 that have turned me into a “curation machine.” […]

Zed’s First Flight – Phantom 3 Pro 4K in Burlington VT

zeds first flight dji phantom 3 pro 4k burlington vt

Overview

Recently purchased the DJI Phantom 3 Pro 4K flying camera and took it on its first flight. It is a lot of fun to fly and really easy to take boring video with. This short edit has more spinning shots that I prefer but this is how we learn, right? If you have a 4K tv be sure to crank the resolution up and let me know what you think.

What’s the 4K all about?

4K is the next thing you need to buy after spending all that cash on 1080 tv’s. Its going to have a lot more detail and take longer to download. If you have a Mac with a Retina screen then you will also see the benefits of this Ultra High Resolution.

Equipment

DJI Phantom 3 Pro 4K
Browser backpack for DJI Phantom
Extra Phantom 3 battery
RC Hood for iPad or iPhone

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TV stations in Phoenix AZ News Channels and Call Symbols

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
3 KTVK Ind.
5 KPHO-TV CBS
8 KAET PBS
10 KSAZ-TV Fox
12 KPNX NBC
15 KNXV-TV ABC

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.