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ADA compliance for Revolution Slider (and other WordPress plugins)

Feb 12th, 2019 by Max Tokman

Frameworks such as WordPress and Drupal are great in giving us ready to use, configurable website plugins and modules. The drawback is that sometimes these plugins lag behind in terms of compliance, which requires manual changes to code.  In this example we will look at bringing Revolution Slider into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for website, specifically for ADA compliance with screen readers.

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2018 WP plugins recommendations

Jan 11th, 2018 by Max Tokman

Here's our pick of WP plugins, recommended for use in 2018

Caldera Form is a free and powerful plugin that creates responsive forms with a simple drag and drop editor that makes it easy to create forms for WordPress.  The plug-in  includes conditional logic, anti-spam, notification emails, and database entry tracking

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Skip security updates and your website just might end up selling Viagra

Mar 8th, 2016 by Max Tokman

This is what happens when Drupal or WordPress security updates are ignored - nothing.  Yet again, maybe your website gets hacked, malicious code is inserted into page templates, and next thing you know, you’re in the business of selling Motilium, as happened recently on an actual website we had to fix.

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Why would Apple release iOS 8.01 that makes your phone not work like a phone?

Sep 25th, 2014 by Max Tokman

We all know the recent news - a software and electronics giant Apple, Inc. released an updated version of its new operating system only to receive severe backlash from users installing it on their phones, which often stopped performing their primary function of making phone calls. Apple quickly recalled the update but the question remains - why would a preeminent software company engage in such embarrassment in the first place?

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Thoughts on Website Design

Aug 27th, 2014 by Max Tokman

Disclaimer: this is not an actionable guide on website design.  Just carefully measured thoughts on background and trends of designing for web, a discipline that is entering its third decade.

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WordPress themes and plugins: benefits and potential issues

Aug 25th, 2014 by Max Tokman

When we talk about WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and other popular frameworks, it is almost implied that framework is a toolkit that provides building blocks for web site construction. To some extent, that’s true - frameworks do allow you to quickly create sites based on existing themes and modules.
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WordPress - the best tool for every job?

Nov 22nd, 2013 by Max Tokman

Our approach to frameworks is that there's a tool for every job. In case of WordPress, it is a very good solution for very simple sites based on an existing theme, with functionality and layout requirements not exceeding theme's original capabilities.
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Wordpress plugins

Mar 26th, 2013 by Max Tokman

WordPress plugins are developed by tens of thousands of programmers participating in development of the WordPress framework and are made available to larger development community either free of charge or for a fee.
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OSS' List of Recommended Wordpress Plug-ins

Jun 29th, 2010 by Max Tokman

At OSS, Wordpress has become a big part of our production capabilities during the last year.
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Wordpress as a CMS

Dec 7th, 2009 by Max Tokman

For the last several months we've begun to use Wordpress on a number of projects, first simply for blogs, and eventually as a full-blown content management system. This was something as a change in mindset for OSS, we previously shunned off the shelf software in favor of building our own solutions for every project.
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