About Me

I'm a coder, based in Massachusetts. I like WordPress and JavaScript. I also write about books that interest me.

Real Direction

Real direction was the first site I coded for the Llewellyn Creative group, in the summer of 2014. The client is a real estate sales coach in Boston.…

Look Better, Feel Better

This is another website I coded for Llewellyn Creative, in the fall of 2014. Its is the site for plastic surgeon Rita Sadowski’s own clinic. There is some stylish javascript scrolling on the procedures pages. See the body page and hit the items on the left nav. Each procedure is a WordPress post, which makes this thing very simple to maintain.…

The Jonah font

I’m not really that sentimental.. but this is such a cute font!…

A smart PayPal form

I created this smart PayPal form for Trekkers.org. See trekkers.org/donate/. It lets the user switch back and forth between recurring and one-time donations. I couldn’t find a free plugin that can do this. If this is installed on a WordPress or other CMS site, it is better set up as a plugin. A site owner does not need to lose all functionality just because he/she switches themes.…

Some social media non-plugins

I like these: WordPress snippets to interact with social networks Update, 4 years later. Obviously, these snippets are way out of date. In any case, if you want to add social media buttons to your site you are probably better off with a plugin, that hopefully will stay updated and not snoop on you.. I can’t recommend one. Frankly, I think social media buttons are overrated.…

Categories, Tags and Custom Taxonomies for your WordPress site

WordPress comes with 2 taxonomies built in: Categories and Tags, but you can add Custom Taxonomies if you like. I was building WP sites for three years before I needed to set up a custom taxonomy for a client. There is a lot you can do with Categories and Tags. I’ve always told my clients “use as few categories as you need to organize your site, and as many tags as you like”.…

A simple related posts widget

If you want to put some related posts in a widget you can use the smart YARPP plugin. Or, if you merely want to list posts with matching tags, you can put a function in your WordPress theme. In some ways this is better than the fuzzy logic of YARPP because it gives you more control: you just give posts the same tag, and you know they are related.…