Over the weekend, I announced on Twitter that I officially released a plugin I’ve been working on for a while called Simplecast Episodes, which allows you to add and embed podcasts hosted at simplecast.fm into WordPress. I’m happy to say that it’s officially in the WordPress Plugin Directory.
Recently I woke up to an alarming email, possibly from my credit card company, saying there were several unauthorized attempts to use my credit card on various websites. As a general rule I don’t click on links from emails when I’m not 100% sure about them (and maybe I was a little in denial) so I logged into my credit card account and saw that there were some fraudulent charges, including one big one that made it through. I immediately took action and decided to put together this guide of both what to do and some general security advice.
More book news for this week, this time regarding my first book, Building WordPress Themes from Scratch. I’m happy to announce that I worked with @envato to get the book back on Amazon for purchase in both Kindle form and in print. The print version is currently being proofed and should be available next week some time. The Kindle version is available now, so if you were waiting for it, go ahead and pick it up!
Also, I’ve set up Kindle Match, so if you pick up the print version you can get the Kindle version for $1.99. Thanks for everyone’s patience on this. I’m happy to make the book readily available once again!
Building WordPress Themes from Scratch was published by Rockable Press (now part of envato’s Tuts+ Premium program) in June of 2012 and covers how to convert a set of HTML pages to a fully functional WordPress theme. Here is the book’s description:
In this book, I plan to teach you how to use WordPress, as well as how to leverage the API to create your own custom themes, plugins, and content types. In other words, I will show you how to make WordPress your own. As an added bonus, you will be able to download all of the files I talk about in the book to review and modify!
Also keep an eye out. A new website for the book, wpthemesfromscratch.com, launching soon!
Over the summer of 2013 I managed to get into the Google Glass Explorers program and got my hands on a set for myself. After using it for a while, especially spending time in the browser, I realized that this can (and likely will) change the way people will browser the web; Glass is only one of many pieces of wearable technology on the market and/or set to come out soon. With that in mind, I decided to write an article called The Web Designer’s Guide to Google Glass with the promise of an ebook coming out on the same topic. I’m happy to announce that book is finished and will be out in early March!
I’ve had quite a productive week as far as new work, releases, and new projects go and I’d like to share them here on the blog. A few weeks ago I made a decision to revamp the way I work, learn new things, and even adjusted my work schedule a bit to make me more productive. This is the first full week where things really came together and I think it’s shown!