Jennifer Zelazny

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Step by step guides to help with technical issues that I have worked on over the years.

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Quick iCal Tip: Set Your Default Calendar

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I have been going crazy trying to figure out why all my incoming meeting.ics files were going to my QuickBooks calendar (I have several calendars) and not another one. There had to be a setting somewhere, right? I could not find it, but I did discover how to inadvertently set it: drag the calendar you want to use as the default to the top (same goes with with setting the default account). Read more

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WordPress Wednesdays: Custom Taxonomies

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I recently worked on a project where we needed something sort of like tagging, and sort of like categorizing – but neither really worked as there would be way too many exclude this and only show that stuff involved. I needed a way to classify certain content, have easy access to it, and display it in a manner that be effective and quick. After exhausting all ideas – someone pointed me towards using “Custom Taxonomies” and it was a perfect fit. What is a taxonomy? Simple – a way to group things. Why not use categories and or tags? An... Read More » Read more

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CSS Tuesday: Images as List Bullets

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There are plenty of ways to spruce up the boring bullets used in HTML lists. The best way and most browser compatible way I have found to do this is using the following code: You can see that here: Example of fancy bullet Another bullet point Vs. The plain list: Example of fancy bullet Another bullet point Something like this may seem simple, but it is often overlooked and can really dress up a site. Read more

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WordPress Wednesdays: Jappler Category/Tag Feeds

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Perhaps you come to this site because you personally know me or like some of the WordPress hints I like, or like my CSS posts, or just like my personal rants (which seem to happen less…hmm I need to get on that!). If you are only interested in some of my posts but not others, you can easily subscribe to just certain “subjects” very easily. For example, lately I have been posting on a certain subject each day. (WordPress Wednesdays, etc). If you are only interested in reading those posts, subscribe to this RSS feed: Perhaps you only want... Read More » Read more


WordPress Wednesdays: Setting up Default Settings for FTP in WordPress

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Now that you are using WordPress 2.7 or WordPress 2.8 and are updating your plugins when new updates are available using the WordPress admin – you might be tired of entering the same information over and over (FTP host, FTP user, and FTP password). If you want to just have the WordPress admin automatically connect and not prompt you for these items – you can enter the following in your wp-config.php file and you will set from then on to update plugins without having to remember all the info. define(“FTP_HOST”, “”); define(“FTP_USER”, “user”); define(“FTP_PASS”, “password”); * Please note that this... Read More » Read more

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WordPress Wednesdays: It is All About the Query

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My last ten or so projects I have been working on all have a common theme: maximize WordPress’s ability to be a powerful CMS. Clients more and more are coming to me with the need to create a custom fields which they can store/query data throughout their site. WordPress is completely customizable and because of this – it is easy to add custom fields to any post or page and then use the data put in them throughout the page. Example: You have all your clients listed on your web site – and have created profile pages for them. Not... Read More » Read more

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WordPress Wednesdays: Take Control of Missed Spam

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Even with Akismet, and http:BL installed to stop spam – I still get the occasional spam comment. Until a few days ago, I simply got frustrated, went into the WordPress admin and then marked them as spam. Then after thinking about this more, I remembered you could actually enter in your own text pattern that WordPress would use to mark comments as spam or block the comment completely. All the spam that was coming through – all had the same text in it (a series of question marks) so I added that into the “Comment BModeration” box to make sure... Read More » Read more


CSS Tuesday: Overide Inline Style

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How many times have you worked with either someone else’s code or some crazy dynamically generated code that uses inline styles for everything which you need to change or override but cannot for some reason or another? I have seen this a lot with custom applications written by programmers who think they are doing designers some sort of favor. Something that I recently found that will allow you to override inline styles: Let’s override that because I think 20px is overkill and I only have access to the stylesheet: Of course that will override any paragraph tag that has an... Read More » Read more

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PHP 4 or PHP 5? You Pick the Flavor

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I recently ran into a situation where there were two versions of PHP on a server and I needed to make sure PHP 5 was being used. To pick the version – all you need to do is add the following into your .htaccess file (assuming you do not have access to your httpd config): For PHP 5: AddType application/x-httpd-php5 .php For PHP 4: AddType application/x-httpd-php4 .php It does not get much more easier than that! Read more