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Making DKIM/SPF work with cPanel add-on domains

Over the last month, I’ve begun receiving complaints from folks that emails I send are getting filtered into spam. It seems that the evolution of the internet had passed me by, and I have failed to properly set up my email with DKIM and SPF records/kets/what have you. Long story…

Me vs. A Minor Edit in Squarespace – Episode 1

I was recently tasked with creating one of those ‘back to top’ scrolly buttons in a Squarespace site. I built a vanilla HTML prototype, which worked across all browsers, within like an hour. However, upon migrating my little script to Squarespace, I found myself cursing a blue streak when I could…

Show your Support for First Peoples’ Radio!

Taking a minute or two to send in letters of support would make a HUGE difference, please do this. #AllyUp https://t.co/qxKlJp8U8W — âpihtawikosisân (@apihtawikosisan) January 25, 2017 Did you glorious nerds know that the fine folks behind APTN are applying to launch radio stations in 5 major urban centres (specifically…

WTF is SSHing into a server?

You know that moment when you realize, “Uh oh, I’m in WAY over my head?” I have a lot of those. A few years ago, I was asked by a colleague to SSH into a server and grep for a file. At the time, this sounded like total nonsense to…

Deploying an App to Heroku (with Git) for Beginners

After recently completing a Rails 4 tutorial, I was faced with a frustrating challenge: how the !#$% do I get my new app out in the internet? A former colleague had suggested using Heroku for app hosting while I was in the learning stages. Since the kind of beginner apps I’m…

Setting up jQuery

Oh, the pain of trying to implement a pre-made script from the internet when you don’t understand how it works! I used to go through this all the time –  I’d find someone’s plugin for a sweet jQuery carousel or lightbox or hover effect, but I didn’t understand enough code to figure out what…

Beautiful Free Stock Photos

Short and sweet: if you’re looking for beautiful Creative Commons images for your site, check StockSnap. They have nature shots, urban shots and even elusive, non-cheesy “startup team” photos – perfect for portfolios and professional sites. They also take submissions.

wpyeg November

I was lucky enough to be invited to do a beginner level presentation at the recent WordPress Edmonton meetup. I talked about my brief (but really fun!) stint as a Happiness Engineer with Automattic – I got through my training and few days of solo work before realizing that I…

Cross Post: Ain’t No Shame in Quitting.

I wanted to link to this post  that I recently wrote about quitting, for the Edmontonian Media Co. website that Jeff and I share. Having worked in agile for about a year and a half, I’m finally learning that half the value in most projects, web or otherwise, comes from seeing…

How to use SimpleWeather.js with WordPress, Pt. 2

As previously mentioned, I had quite the battle implementing SimpleWeather.js into my custom WordPress theme (entirely my own damn fault). I finally got it up and working, though – and I’m going to outline how I did it, and what I needed to debug to get things working as I…