West End WP Meetup – Aug 15 Website Grading

The West End Meetup was moved  into a new room instead of the palatial City Council Chambers at Etobicoke Civic Centre. Unfortunately, your organizer was so busy figuring out how to work the electronics in the Main Lounge, he neglected to post a notice that the meeting had been moved to the front of the … Read more

WordPress Database Viewer

At the recent West End Meetup, I noted that WordPress really needed a PHPMyAdmin-like viewer into the WordPress SQL tables. And an attendee chirped “Have you tried ARI Adminer?” No, but now a look see was in order. And lo and behold the ARI Adminer plugin looks and works a lot like PHPMyAdmin as promised: … Read more

West End WordPress Meetup: AWS & Azure Cloud Hosting

Wednesday evening meeting went well given that your Organizer inspected the Committee Room not correct location, the Council Chambers. But there is good news – Council Chambers has a battery of Media capabilities and room for at least 50 attendees. We had 11. Cloud Computing Services The topic itself was crammed with useful information about … Read more

WordPress MultiPurpose Themes + PageBuilders: A WP Visual Development Revolution

Like many of my fellow WordPress Developers, I do not use the WP Visual Editor but rather employ one of the top 6 WP PageBuilders. There are five  primary reasons for this. First,the Tiny MCE WP editor no longer delivers WYSIWYG development. Many shortcodes and full width pages defeat the tool; Second, PageBuilder carry along … Read more

Let’s Talk SEO, Structured Data & Backlinks

The WPToronto East and WPToronto TO-DOers groups came together last weekend for a couple of lightning talks and a hands-on workshop about SEO. Andy McIlwain presented a lightning talk on the current state of SEO; Robin Macrae presented on adding structured data to improve your site’s appearance in search results; and David Michaels presented on … Read more