5 Reasons You Should Attend Your Local WordCamp

After attending the inaugural WordCamp Jacksonville, I’m still reeling from all the great information I got and connections I made. Even a few days later, I realize how important these types of conferences – and this community – can be…and if you’re anything like I was, you aren’t taking advantage of a great opportunity yet….

Harnessing The Power of Video on the Web & Social Media on A Budget (with Wes Benwick from #WCJAX)

This post is apart of my live blog notes from WordCamp Jacksonville (#WCJAX). This session was led by Wes Benwick, CEO of FileLogix. “A video without sound is like a car without wheels.” Key Elements for Creating High Quality Video Composure: thoughtful framing and controlled movements Complimentary lighting: natural and color balanced Clear and crisp audio:…

Accessibility: Empathy in Action (with Robert Jolly at #WCJAX)

This post is apart of my live blog notes from WordCamp Jacksonville (#WCJAX). This session was led by Robert Jolly, a Digital Project Strategist and Manager.  Robert started his presentation off with a powerful, personal story about having a stroke and how recovering from it made him realize how important accessibility really is. Being a…

WordPress Hosting: Happily Ever After (with Binary Gary at #WCJAX)

This post is apart of my live blog notes from WordCamp Jacksonville (#WCJAX). This session was led by Binary Gary who specializes in hosting technology and coding.  Hosting your own website is like owning a cow to have a glass of milk…it's feasible, but it's not realistic. @binarygary #wcjax — Nicki Hicks (@nickihicks) April 16, 2016 7…

Be a Google Analytics Master (with Chris Edwards at #WCJAX)

This post is apart of my live blog notes from WordCamp Jacksonville (#WCJAX). This session was led by Chris Edwards, a Google Analytics expert, from effinamazing. There is more to Google Analytics than just reviewing your traffic. In fact, most of us aren’t using Google Analytics to the best of its ability. Here are some major features…

How to Make a Popup Execute Once per Session in WordPress

Start Session First, you’ll want to register your session by placing the following in your functions.php file. Create Popup Here we’ll ensure our popup only loads once per session by incrementing our ‘popup’ session variable. Include your popup markup and javascript within the following:

How to Start a Session in WordPress

You can register a session in WordPress by placing the following in your functions.php file.

How to Read RSS Feeds with PHP (using SimpleXML)

I recently rebuilt my personal website and rather than create a personal blog (let’s be honest, I barely find the time to post here!) I decided to pull a few blog and portfolio posts from our business website. To accomplish this, I wrote a couple PHP functions to parse the necessary RSS feeds using SimpleXML….

How to display WordPress Custom Posts according to Category using WP_Query

We recently did a complete overhaul of our website design and content. When redesigning our FAQ page, I decided to opt for a custom post type rather than using shortcodes. The goal was to sort the FAQ posts by category and then loop through each post for said category. This can be accomplished by the…

How to Build a Simple WordPress Custom Post Loop Using WP Query

Here we are using WP Query to pull custom posts. It is up to you to choose what you’d like to display and in what order for each post. Here we are displaying the thumbnail, title and excerpt. A huge advantage to using WP Query for your post loops is the ease of customization! Check…