Author: Robert

  • Deadline almost, five days out

    I’ve been working on PZ blocks for a good long while now, but sometime early in the summer I realized I needed a deadline. Or, to be perfectly honest, it was my therapist who realized I needed a deadline. Once the suggestion was put to me, it seemed obvious that the deadline had to be…

  • Wordcamp Phoenix Slides

    Here are the slides from my presentation at WCPHX, Using Blocks to Build Applications. Note that most of the presentation was a live demo. I’ve included the backup slides I made in case the demo went south– a series of screen shots that captures much of what I showed.

  • GutenTour: Kadence Blocks, Part 1

    A lot of the third-party activity around blocks these days is centered on putting together sets of blocks, and one of the more widely used sets out there is Kadence blocks, which has a free and a pro option. For a recent project I spent quite a bit of time working with the Kadence Pro…

  • GutenTour: Spectra Blocks

    Let’s check out some more WordPress blocks. Third-party blocks. On our last outing we looked at blocks that work together for a specialized purpose—JetFormBuilder, which is a forms package that builds forms using a block for each field.   The people that make the widely used Astra theme have built (and continue to expand) a…

  • GutenTour: JetFormBuilder Block Collection by CrocoBlock

    I’ve headed out on a world tour of Gutenberg blocks. Third-party blocks. There are starting to be quite a few of them out there, sometimes singly, sometimes in groups of layout and design-related blocks. Especially for the groups of them, you’ve typically got to pony up a few bucks to license them. But one I…

  • the Dashboard Gets a CPT and wordpress child theme

    But wait! I’ve got more about dashboards! Dashboards in WordPress, I mean. Not the admin dashboard, but other kinds of dashboards. We need a WordPress child theme and a custom post type (CPT) to do the job right. When we left last week’s dashboard scenario, we had a flat page built using Divi. Dashboard Custom…

  • Creating Your Canva Ebook

    Let’s talk about Canva, shall we? It’s a brilliant execution of an online service that caters to the world of people (like me, maybe like you, too) who aren’t professional designers but who need things that look reasonably good, that look like they were designed by a competent, if not necessarily downright brilliant designer. You…

  • Toward web3 Marketing

    Supposing you are a startup in the blockchain space… How can you do a genuine web3 thing around your presence and your marketing? What does it mean to communicate in a “web3 way?” Here are some thoughts, still a bit random, but “experiments are ongoing”… Probably better launch a coin of some kind. Unless your…

  • A WordPress Client Dashboard

    Just to be clear right up front, this is not an article about customizing the back-end dashboard that WordPress provides to system administrators. This is an article that captures my journey in creating a WordPress client dashboard to show various kinds of statistical progress to PeakZebra clients. These folks don’t care how many page views…

  • A Solidity Definition

    If you’re keeping an eye on Blockchain, you may have run across mentions of “solidity” as part of discussions of the Ethereum blockchain, and in particular alongside discussion of smart contracts. Any solidity definition is going to lead you straight into the topic of smart contracts and this post is no exception. The smart contract…