Welcome to WPHighEd

I am very happy to announce the all-new website WPHighEd. I’m hoping that the site will gradually grow into a community of people using WordPress at higher education institutions. Right now, there’s not much to look at, but hopefully that will change in the near future. Until then, here are a few notes:

Quick Tip: Avoiding Conflicting Favicons With Genesis & JetPack

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A few versions back, JetPack added a nice new module that allows site owners to easily set up their own “Site Icon” (generally known as a favicon). However, recently, I noticed an issue when trying to use that new module on a site that was running a custom Genesis child theme. Genesis automatically outputs a […]

Quick Tip: Keeping Users Out of the Admin Area

Every once in a while, you may have a need to keep specific user roles out of the administrative dashboard, more than likely to simply keep them from getting confused by the design differences between the front-end and the back-end. Doing so is fairly simple, but there’s one item you have to watch out for. When any AJAX requests […]

Major Drupal Vulnerability

A major exploit in Drupal 7, allowing SQL injection, was reported a few weeks ago. Many security blogs are reporting that all Drupal systems that are running v7 should consider themselves potentially exploited, unless they patched their system on or before October 15 (when the vulnerability was reported). For those of us that constantly hear […]

New Dreamweaver Offers Great New Feature

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Let me preface this post by saying: I totally understand that using Dreamweaver as an IDE is laughable to many, but, the bottom line for me is that it’s functional, and has always offered a handful of nice features for straight HTML, CSS and PHP coding. I also understand that a lot of designers have long […]

Potential Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability in jQuery Scripts

A few days ago, Eric A Mann posted an article explaining a potential XSS vulnerability in various jQuery scripts. The basic premise is that a very common coding practice in jQuery (checking to see if an element exists before trying to use it) could lead to an XSS attack. Essentially, if you use jQuery to […]

WordPress 3.9.2 – Major Security Release

If you are using WordPress (and, if you’re reading this site, chances are pretty good that you are), you’ll want to make sure your site gets updated to 3.9.2 right away. WordPress 3.9.2 was released earlier today, and it fixes what’s being reported as a pretty major security hole (which is also present, and has also been […]

Being Pro-Active Instead of Reactive – HEWeb Southeast

On Tuesday, the day after I presented the WordPress plugin workshop, I also had the pleasure of reprising the presentation that Shelley & I made together at HighEdWeb Pitt. This time, I presented the session by myself (as she did at HighEdWeb Northeast). The presentation is titled “Use the Tool, Don’t Be the Tool: Pro-Active […]

Writing a WordPress Plugin – HEWeb Southeast

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Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of reworking and reprising one of my old workshops. At HighEdWeb Southeast, at Frances Marion University, I presented a half-day workshop explaining the basics of developing a WordPress plugin. The plugin implements a very basic functionality allowing you to insert a greeting along with the user’s name. The first […]