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How to add a button link with the block editor

I’ve recently been asked how to add a link, formatted as a button, in a page or post built with the new WordPress block editor, aka Gutenberg. Here’s how: First, you are going to add the button as a new block. This means, you need to use the small + sign, either from the top…

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Nashville, WCUS, and Gutenberg – all the excitement!

It’s just another Thursday, right? Well, not in my world. (It is Thursday, though, right?) Right now I am sitting in the Toronto airport, my flight to Nashville delayed. I am heading to WordCamp US (WCUS) – the biggest gathering of WordPress folks, held on an annual basis.  I’m going as a volunteer, but I’m…

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Vancouver WordCamp

Last night, at our monthly South Okanagan WordPress Meetup meeting, the topic of the Vancouver WordCamp came up – along with the question of “Why attend?” I attended my first WordCamp in 2015, in Vancouver. It cost me $20, and included lunch, a t-shirt and a full day of workshops (both a beginner and an…

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WooCommerce: Stripe 4.0 Icons

Note: The colour icons have been returned in the 4.1.0 update. These edits are no longer relevant.  The WooCommerce Stripe 4.0 extension has recently been released, with many exciting upgrades. But one of the results of this upgrade is a change in the way the payment icons are displayed at checkout. The previous version of Stripe…

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Adding custom functions to your website

Sometimes, when you are editing a website, you will come across php code snippets that you can use to edit your WordPress/WooCommerce website’s functionality. Until you’ve practiced this a few times, the first question will be, “Where do I put this?” There’s an easy answer, but it requires a bit of thinking things through. There…

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Collecting Donations with WooCommerce

I have been experimenting with using WooCommerce to set up a site to collect donations, on both a one-time and recurring basis. Here is a screenshot of the finished product work in progress:     I’ve set this up with a number of WooCommerce’s paid extensions. I’ll start with the essentials, then tell you about…

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Abbotsford earns a place in Automattic’s Hall of Shame

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Automattic, the company I work for, has a mission: to democratize publishing – and one of the ways it does it is with the open source software, WordPress. In other words, because of WordPress, virtually anyone can use the same software to build their site as the large news corporations, and can therefore speak their mind openly…

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Four Ways to learn WordPress

Are you interested in learning more about how to build websites with WordPress? Here are some ways to do that. Take a course. One of the first ways I learned about WordPress, and related topics like HTML, CSS and PHP, is by taking tutorials. Lynda.com, Treehouse, Know the Code, WP101 – there are all awesome sources.…

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Engineering Happiness

When I applied for the position of Happiness Engineer with a company called Automattic, I thought it sounded like a dream job. I had first heard about “Happiness Engineers” from someone who was telling me that she had reached out to WordPress.com for help on a website she was working on. It is quite a…

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How to Install WordPress

Judging by the numbers, WordPress is the world’s most popular Content Management System (CMS) in use today – and it’s growing. According to W3Techs, a website that provides information about the usage of various types of technologies on the web, as of January 2016, WordPress is used to power “59 per cent of all the websites whose…

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