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Re: Ghost is Among Us, Now What? - http://torquemag.io/ghost-i...
"Another reason that WordPress is so ubiquitous is that it runs everywhere. You can grab a cheap shared hosting account and set up a WordPress install in a couple of minutes. The node.js dependency prevents Ghost from competing on that level. On the flipside, if the Ghost experience is compelling enough, it's a good motivator for folks to use their hosted version (once it's launched) if they can't wrap their heads around getting it set up otherwise." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: A/B Testing: Mistakes You Can Avoid - http://torquemag.io/ab-test...
"I really dig that last point about audience segmentation. Might be worth digging up the ol' school science textbook for a refresher on controlled variables and the like! (http://www.sciencebuddies.org/... As for the tools: Optimizely (https://www.optimizely.com/) is another good choice for A/B testing. If you're a Google Analytics user, Content Experiments (https://support.google.com/ana... are a similar alternative." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: How to Bill for Your WordPress Work - http://torquemag.io/how-to-...
"Great tips, Jared. Really wish I had this post pinned up somewhere for reference when I started freelancing again in the spring. Not approaching projects with due diligence, especially with how billing is handled, is a recipe for disaster." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Create Your Own Project Management Setup with WordPress Multisite + P2 - http://www.wpuniversity.com/wordpre...
"Good call on that! I prefer to use the New > Post interface for any substantial posts. Two alternatives for front-end-only updates: You can use tags instead of categories, or try out Ian Dunn's P2 New Post Categories plugin (just released in the last couple of weeks): http://wordpress.org/plugins/p..." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Google Provides FAQ About Authorship, From Blocking To No Mascots - http://searchengineland.com/google-...
"Take a look at the WordPress SEO plugin from Yoast. Details/instructions: http://yoast.com/push-rel-auth..." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Automattic Announces WordPress.com Connect - http://torquemag.io/automat...
"Imagine the WordPress toolbar becoming universal across all Jetpack-powered .org, .com, and VIP sites, backed by WordPress.com Connect across the board." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Plugin Check-Up: What We’ve Learned, and Where We’re Going - http://www.wpuniversity.com/plugin-...
"Thanks, Tom. If there's one eternal truth to working with WordPress, it's that change is constant... and if the new WP release cycle is any indication, that constant change is about to go into overdrive." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Plugin Check-Up: What We’ve Learned, and Where We’re Going - http://www.wpuniversity.com/plugin-...
"Thanks a bunch for the words of support! It's poetic, isn't it? We're learning lessons of our own by building a tool that helps others learn. :)" - Andy McIlwain
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Re: The State of WordPress Education - http://torquemag.io/the-sta...
"Was just thinking about this re: WordCamp presentations. Lots of stuff focused on WordPress as a platform, not so much WordPress as a means to an end. Long-form content is hard." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: How To Change the Default Administrator Email Address - http://www.wpuniversity.com/wordpre...
"I did a quick check of the plugin repo and came across this plugin: http://wordpress.org/plugins/w... Might do the trick for you. The templates can be customized, so the visuals are for you to decide on. :)" - Andy McIlwain
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Re: How To Change the Default Administrator Email Address - http://www.wpuniversity.com/wordpre...
"Hey there! What are you trying to do? We can make another blog post out of it. :)" - Andy McIlwain
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Re: The State of WordPress Education - http://torquemag.io/the-sta...
"Glad to see you bringing this up, Al. We've certainly seen a need for it, from a user's perspective, in our time as meetup & WordCamp organizers. There's a difference between instruction and education, and for end-users, we have a lot of the former and not enough of the latter. Bob brings up a good point re: adjusting to your audience. You gotta adapt to different requirements, different learning styles. It's a challenge, but it's also an opportunity. That's where in-person classes and one-on-one training can step in to supplement a standard foundation. TL;DR: Standard WP education = core. Custom training/classes = themes & plugins. ;) In any case... I'm up for contributing what I can as a meetup organizer, even if it's just some feedback. And I can say with confidence that WPUniversity (http://www.wpuniversity.com) is on board to support it as well." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Facebook Advertising? Pshhh. - http://blog.pressgr.am/fb-adve...
"Too much noise in the stream. Facebook has saturated their newsfeed with promoted posts. I tune most of it out. Suspect others do as well. Another problem is promoted stories/posts/ads that aren't relevant, thus "Facebook ads aren't relevant so I'll ignore them." (Opposed to, say, Twitter ads, or Reddit ads, which are usually relevant based on context.)" - Andy McIlwain
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Re: 10 Popular Security WordPress Plugins for Webmasters - http://wphacks.com/10-free...
"Don't forget the importance of using secure passwords for your accounts and only installing plugins/themes from reliable sources. A handy tool for generating passwords: http://www.pctools.com/guides/..." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Uber Toronto Activates Surge Pricing During Storm, Triggering a Bad PR Storm of Its Own - http://www.techvibes.com/blog...
"That makes sense for something like consumer goods, but cab fares? Really? Are people going to be hoarding a fleet of cabbies to escort them through the storm, entourage style?" - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Designers, it’s here. Hoefler & Frere-Jones has launched its web typography service, Cloud.typography - http://thenextweb.com/dd...
"Open Sans is the modern equivalent of Arial or Verdana. Free web fonts are awesome (ty Google), but they're restrictive." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Goodbye Historic Concourse Building, Hello Ernst & Young Tower - http://torontoist.com/2013...
"Facadism is a better approach than completely gutting the building and leaving no sign of what used to exist." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Goodbye Historic Concourse Building, Hello Ernst & Young Tower - http://stage.torontoist.com/2013...
"Facadism is a better approach than completely gutting the building and leaving no sign of what used to exist." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Week in WordPress Episode 1: There’s money in the banana stand! - http://slocumstudio.com/2013...
"Great to see more WordPress podcasts popping up. I'm a longtime fan of the format. :) Good stuff." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: 3 Light, Easy, and Effective Blog Customizations - http://john.do/3-blog-...
"My own grievance about Disqus: threaded comments on mobile really bug me. When conversations spin off into a sub-thread, you're stuck reading comments that take up only 1/4th of the screen." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: 3 Light, Easy, and Effective Blog Customizations - http://john.do/3-blog-...
"And if you're wondering "but what does it MEAN?" ... tl;dr = too long; didn't read." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Organizing WordCamp Toronto 2013 - http://www.andymci.com/organiz...
"Hey Mathieu, venue details are on the way. ;) By the way, could you get that WordCamp Toronto domain workin'? I always get emails about the malware warnings. :(" - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Effective Website Planning - http://2013.podcamptoronto.com/session...
"Uploading to YouTube right now. :) I was too ambitious with my editing timelines..." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: No Jokes, Please: Starbucks Says Blonde Is Catching On - http://www.businessweek.com/article...
"Starbucks has been pushing the Blonde roast aggressively up here in Canada. I've never been a fan of lighter roasts -- I absolutely adore good ol' Pike Place -- but I applaud them for their ambition to pull folks away from cultural institutions like Tim Hortons." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Telefonica, Mozilla and VCs Still Betting Big on HTML as They Pour $25 Million Into Everything.Me - http://allthingsd.com/2012112...
"iOS = closed ecosystem. Browser = open ecosystem. See also: Chrome OS." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: ReadWriteWeb Technology DeathWatch: QR Codes - http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterpr...
"Meh. Solution for the real estate question is pretty obvious: QR code points to simple mobile landing page. That page provides more detail about the property, some photos, maybe an embedded video tour. Also on the page is a phone number. If the person is interested in scheduling a viewing, they can call. Alternatively, they can fill in a brief form with their contact details to receive a follow-up call. The limitations of the QR code isn't the technology itself; the limitation is in how it's used. QR codes on a subway where there's no data signal? Bad idea. QR codes pointing to a bloated, non-mobile-friendly site? Also a bad idea. On the flipside, QR codes won't see mass adoption until there's a compelling reason to use QR codes. Just my $0.02." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: HP Previews Windows 8 All-in-One PCs With NFC, Touchscreens - http://allthingsd.com/2012090...
"It's not just the brushed aluminum look that makes the Spectre One look like an iMac. The form factor is identical - the stand, the black bezel, the logo placement, the trackpad. It screams Apple design. Maybe I'm alone here, but I've always associated the colour black with HP. Simply changing the colour would make a world of difference, I think." - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Twitter to Developers: Display Tweets Our Way Or Else - http://www.readwriteweb.com/archive...
"You can still hook your Facebook account into Tweetdeck (at least the Chrome extension version, anyway). Perhaps each column is seen as a separate timeline? That'd be a way to consolidate updates from different platforms without violating the display requirements, no?" - Andy McIlwain
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Re: Marketing Fundamentals: Blocking and Tackling - http://geofflivingston.com/2012...
"I'm a recent graduate (2009), and Integrated Marketing Communications was the main takeaway from my time in school. We were told that all channels should co-exist to support a central goal. But the disconnect between what we were taught, and what I've seen in practice, is mind blowing. The well-oiled machine is more of a broken system of isolated cogs." - Andy McIlwain
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