It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a month (a whole month!) since the second #chatwp, but time flies, and here we are announcing the next instalment of our TweetChat for WordPress-aficionados.
In this third edition of #chatwp (on Tuesday March 18th at 3pm EST), I’m so excited to welcome Tracy Rotton, alias @taupecat, to discuss responsive theming in WordPress. Tracy has contributed to WordPress core, is an avid Sass user (just like us; yay!), and is the author of the upcoming book Responsive WordPress Theming. In other words, she’s the perfect person to discuss this topic.
For some businesses—usually the ones with physical offices or retail stores—setting business hours is a no-brainer. Closing at night gives you and your team time to rest, recharge, and deal with life’s other demands before the next day begins.
But for many virtual small businesses (web design firms like us, online shops, freelancers, and other “solopreneurs”), forgetting about business hours is frequently the norm. Many virtual business owners even use that as a selling point: “We’re entirely virtual, so we can be available all the time!”
What those business owners don’t realise is that this attitude can quickly lead to too much work, not enough sleep, and many more stress-induced headaches. That’s why even a totally virtual small business can benefit from clearly defined office hours.
If you missed #chatwp round one, don’t fret. #chatwp is back on February 11th at 3pm with special guest Tom Harrigan (he’s the developer of WooSlider); we’ll be talking all about sliders.
In case you haven’t heard, #chatwp is our awesome new Twitter chat for WordPress users, developers, and hobbyists. It’s about an hour of solid WordPress-y goodness, and you don’t want to miss it. The chat is at 3pm (EST) on the third Tuesday of each month. In our inaugural chat, we spoke to developer Jason Coleman about membership sites (he’s the developer of Paid Memberships Pro).
One thing I’m particularly proud of about Van Patten Media is our ability to move quickly. Often, clients come to us with projects that other, larger agencies might take a year to complete, while we’re able to deliver results in just months. That’s due in part to our incredible automated workflow (full of tools like wpframe) and also due to our size. Because we’re smaller, we can be more flexible and move resources around to accomplish bigger things in tighter timeframes.
But nothing we had done quite prepared me for the whirlwind development process of the new OffBroadway.com.
One of our favourite customisations is tweaking the admin panel menus. We’re all used to the usual few menus: “Posts”, “Links”, “Media”, etc. But if you think about it, many of those options aren’t relevant to your website, and certainly aren’t relevant to your clients. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix. With the power of the plugin Admin Menu Editor (or WordPress’s native functions) you can customise these menus to fit exactly to the site you’re building.
Below the jump, check out a screencast showing off Admin Menu Editor (the latest in our Admin Inspiration series), along with some ideas for quick improvements you can make.