WordPress Developer & Argyle Lover http://www.iheartargyle.com Not just argyle. I also heart creating awesome WordPress websites. Thu, 30 May 2013 20:46:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.6 Plymouth Rock Energy http://www.iheartargyle.com/2013/wordpress/plymouth-rock-energy/ http://www.iheartargyle.com/2013/wordpress/plymouth-rock-energy/#comments Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:07:02 +0000 http://www.iheartargyle.com/?p=675 This client retains my services to handle their on-going WordPress development, maintenance, and content migration. Original design and development was done by CasJam Media.

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Learner Log http://www.iheartargyle.com/2013/wordpress/learner-log/ http://www.iheartargyle.com/2013/wordpress/learner-log/#comments Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:05:48 +0000 http://www.iheartargyle.com/?p=672 I worked in tandem with Ideal Design Co to build a new web presence for Learner Log, a teaching and learning blog for Annenberg Learner.

The site is built on the Genesis theme framework for WordPress.

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The Atavist http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/wordpress/the-atavist/ http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/wordpress/the-atavist/#comments Sun, 08 Jul 2012 21:02:34 +0000 http://www.iheartargyle.com/?p=621 The Atavist is a publishing platform for e-books, recently featured in The New York Times (who also runs WordPress!) and received seed money from Google co-founder Eric Schmidt, and Founders Fund.

Client / Mayday-Mayday-Mayday

Project Date / 2012

Project Role / Custom Theme Modifications & Development

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Fixed Gnar eCommerce http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/wordpress/fixed-gnar-ecommerce/ http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/wordpress/fixed-gnar-ecommerce/#comments Fri, 25 May 2012 02:04:31 +0000 http://www.iheartargyle.com/?p=535 Fixed GNAR needed modifications to a WordPress eCommerce site running the popular WooCommerce plugin.

Client / Fixed GNAR

Project Date / 2012

Project Role / Custom Theme Modifications, Plugin Modification, and Design.

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Blonde Summer http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/wordpress/blonde-summer/ http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/wordpress/blonde-summer/#comments Tue, 22 May 2012 23:26:57 +0000 http://www.iheartargyle.com/?p=530 Blonde Summer is an indie group hailing from sunny LA. They needed development work done to a pre-existing theme to get it where they wanted it.

  • Custom CSS styling of the Bandsintown WordPress plugin.
  • Tumblr integration to display Tumblr posts in a page, and also post from WordPress to Tumblr automatically.
  • Social sharing icons and custom CSS styling used to create page separation on blog posts.

Be sure to check out their site and have a listen to their awesome music.

Client / Blonde Summer

Project Date / 2012

Project Role / Custom Theme Modifications

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Chelsey Christensen Website http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/wordpress/chelsey-christensen-website/ http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/wordpress/chelsey-christensen-website/#comments Tue, 22 May 2012 23:18:51 +0000 http://www.iheartargyle.com/?p=515 HTML or Design to WordPress? Yeah, I do that too. Jack of all trades!

Client / Velocity Strategies

Project Date / 2012

Project Role / Front-End Development

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How To Speed Up WordPress http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/wordpress/how-to-speed-up-wordpress/ http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/wordpress/how-to-speed-up-wordpress/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:45:11 +0000 http://www.iheartargyle.com/?p=496 So everyone is talking about Page Speed, Yslow!, and how it affects your SEO and search engine rankings.

The search engines have all said “yes, we’re looking at site and page speed.” But how do you speed your WordPress site up?

There are a lot of avenues to go down when looking at how to increase your page speed in WordPress.

I’m going to touch on just a few things you can do right now.

First is to measure your WordPress sites speed using tools that Google gives you at Page Speed Online, which also has pointers on what to improve and why. Awesome, right? They tell you exactly what to do to fix your issues.

We are going to test with http://www.argylemd.com – a newly setup site that has had nothing done to it.

51 out of 100 is basically terrible. We can get that higher and I’m going to show you how to.

First Step:

Hop back over to your WordPress site and install WP Smush.it to get image file sizes down to optimal.

You’ll find Smush.it under “Media” in your Dashboard, or you can manually go through each image and run Smush.it. I’ve never had any trouble running the bulk options though and it only takes a few minutes.

Second Step:

Lets install the W3 Total Cache plugin. Here is where things can get rather intimidating as W3 Total Cache plugin is pretty in-depth and complicated. I’m just going to run you through some basic settings that should work well for speeding up most WordPress sites.

You’ll notice a new tab at the bottom of the dashboard labeled Performance. Give her a click and lets get underway.

Here are some basic settings I suggest to speed up your WordPress site:


Enable Page Cache and select Disk: Enhanced.

Enable Minify and select Auto. The default settings should be fine unless you have a preference for what HTML, JS, and CSS minifier you use.

Unless you are on a VPS or Dedicated solution, you should leave Database and Object Cache both set to disabled.

Enable Browser Cache

CDN: look for a post on this later.

Save all your settings and move on to Page Cache Settings:

Enable: Don’t cache pages for logged in users, Cache Home Page, and Cache Feeds.

You can leave advanced settings alone. Cache Preload if you’re on a quick hosting environment with the default settings. You can try it on a shared environment, but lower the Pages Per Interval to 5-7.

You may want to toggle this off later to see how it effected load time.

Minify Settings:

General: Enable Rewrite URL Structure

HTML & XML: Enable Inline CSS and JS.

JS: Enable

CSS: Enable, and @import Handling set to Bubble.

Browser Cache Settings:

General: Enable Set Expires Header, Cache Control Header, eTag, W3TC Header, and Gzip Compression.

The rest of the Browser Cache page in W3 Total Cache is fine left as default.

Now you can save all settings and click Deploy.

And now I’m going to refresh the Google Page Speed site and see how our WordPress speed looks:

This should take you about an hour at most, depending how many images Smush.it needs to handle.

Look for the next post, we’re going to get this site to the mid 90’s by adding a CDN and tweaking W3 Total Cache on a more advanced level.


Overwhelmed by W3 Total Cache or looking to take your WordPress site to the next level with more advanced tuning? I offer flat-rate services for those interested.

Check out my Speeding up WordPress Service.

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Things We Like: New SlideDeck 2! http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/wordpress/slidedeck-2-released-wordpress/ http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/wordpress/slidedeck-2-released-wordpress/#comments Tue, 20 Mar 2012 21:26:08 +0000 http://www.iheartargyle.com/?p=469 It pretty much speaks for itself. The new upgrades and enhancements look awesome though.

What’s New:

  • Multiple Content Sources
  • Lenses and Overlays
  • Google Font Support

I think SD3 we will see Responsive actions.

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29 Ways To Stay Creative http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/creative/29-ways-to-stay-creative/ http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/creative/29-ways-to-stay-creative/#comments Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:22:09 +0000 http://www.iheartargyle.com/?p=464 So true… especially getting away from the computer and carrying a notebook everywhere. You never know when the ideas are going to start pouring.


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The Definition of Community http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/misc/the-definition-of-community/ http://www.iheartargyle.com/2012/misc/the-definition-of-community/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2012 18:10:16 +0000 http://www.iheartargyle.com/?p=459 Sometimes when you have an epiphany about something, you just have to sketch it out!

I was having great conversation over lunch with Ceeko / Shishir at NextSpace SJ about design and user flow, UX, that kinda geeky stuff. I had to leave but while out I just had great ideas pop in my head. Shishir was gone by the time I returned but this big blue dry eraser wall wasn’t!

I’m just happy everyone loved it and I can’t wait for Ceeko to launch to see if my idea or parts of it were adapted to the final design.

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