Keyboard and Lock

I was hacked on May 27th, 2015. It started with one site. Seven sites on the server were hacked three days after that. I discovered it by accident 33 days later. Back in February I decided I should secure my WordPress sites. WordPress is frequently a target for hacking, and I was sure my sites […]

The WordPress Statistics Experiment

Papers and Graphs

Last year I was spending increasing amounts of time working on WordPress and noticed that I was having a hard time finding good plugins for specific tasks, e.g. adding custom content types. WordPress boasts an impressive number of plugins (over 30,000 free ones), but finding good plugins can be a frustrating experience. WordPress’ own search […]

The Report Creator Experiment


I’ve received my fair share of white papers and other reports in my years. Many times they have lousy designs. Sometimes they’re beautiful though, as I noticed with a recent example SEO audit I found. But how do you create good looking reports without being a graphic designer? Or becoming a master of InDesign or […]

Notes from Amy Hoy’s Stacking the Bricks presentation

Stack of Bricks

I watched Amy Hoy’s Stacking the Bricks presentation today and found it useful, and so I’m sharing the notes I took while watching it. Amy starts by talking about 37signals, a company that makes a variety of simple, useful webapps for small businesses/teams. Products like Basecamp, for project management. 37signals built a successful company on […]

I won the Zappos developer contest


Recently I had the good fortune of winning $1000 and being featured in the local news. Here’s how it happened. In the middle of March I was doing some research for a blog post and I came across a contest that Zappos was running. I had recently decided that I was spending too much time […]