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APIs, Talking Tech

Working with SVG and navigating common obstacles.

Lisa Buch, Associate Web Developer

Using JavaScript and jQuery, I recently built an interactive online coloring page to promote an episode of PBS’ Secrets of the Dead that focused on Van Gogh. The page allowed users to color in a stylized sketch of the Van Gogh’s famous painting, “Bedroom in Arles.” It was clear that an SVG for the stylized sketch would be the best […]

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Building Better Systems, Talking Tech

How to Be Efficient: THINK ABOUT ALGORITHMS

  Understanding the concept of algorithms is an empowering thing to have in your arsenal. It makes you think about scaling, performance, and being efficient at what you’re doing. You can decrease your workload and the time you spend at your desk. I’m not an algorithmic or a mathematical expert, but I understand algorithms to increase efficiency at what I’m […]

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APIs, WordPress Tips and Tricks

Taking Control of the WordPress Scheduler — The Basics

The WordPress scheduler is a tricky beast. ‘WP-Cron‘ as configured by default can alternately fail spectacularly with a ‘missed schedule’ error on a post you were depending on publishing at a specific time, or slow down your server to a crawl. On the other hand, with proper configuration on the server end and clever development in your plugins, the scheduler […]

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APIs, WordPress Tips and Tricks

Google’s Custom Search Engine

We do not use the built-in WordPress search on any of the sites we develop, instead we add a filter to disable the search function entirely. There are two primary reasons for this decision: Although the WordPress search may be adequate for a small blog or portfolio, we focus on performance ensuring our sites run fast no matter the size […]

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Inside IEG

Join the Team

Alexandra White, Web Developer

UPDATE: This position has been filled. Thanks for your interest! We’ve got a job opening here at IEG! Join our team as a Digital Media Producer and help make our web presence stronger. To apply, create a profile on WNET’s career site. About the Position As a Digital Media Producer, you will develop, manage and create online video, graphic and written […]

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Building Better Systems, WordPress Tips and Tricks

WordPress Performance Optimization Part 1: Know Your Database Queries!

There are many bad habits that WordPress developers should avoid. Some of these include using asterisk (*) for SELECT queries, redundant queries, and most importantly not being familiar enough with SQL. After years of developing on enterprise websites, developers often ask themselves these following questions: Why did I not know this method before? How was I able to get by before? Most developers […]

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WordPress Tips and Tricks

WordPress MultiSite add new user and skip confirmation email

When working in a WordPress MultiSite Network, users with Admin/Editor level access can create new users if enabled but they lack the “Skip Confirmation Email” toggle that Super Admins have which allows them to add the user without sending an email that requires their confirmation. In order to give regular WordPress Admin/Editor users this same ability we came up with […]

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Talking Tech

An Ode to Sass: Make Your CSS Better

Alexandra White, Web Developer

I’ve learned a lot since I started working at IEG in August 2014, from building better WordPress themes via MVC to the ins-and-outs of git (how I got by before, I’ll never know). The greatest tool that I’ve embraced in my tenure is Sass. For those unfamiliar, Sass is a CSS preprocessor which takes giant complex stylesheets and neatly organizes […]

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WordPress Tips and Tricks

Should I create a plugin or build the functionality into my WordPress theme?

This is a tricky question that comes up quite often. My general rule is to determine if the new function would be re-usable on other WordPress themes or a future revision to my site’s theme. Does your site’s content require your custom functionality to always be there? An example where this would be the case is the use of custom […]

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APIs, Inside IEG

PBS Logins on Thirteen.org = THIRTEEN Passport

The smart people at the Public Broadcasting Service have built a system to provide video-on-demand for members of PBS stations on PBS.org. We call this system ‘Passport‘ — since it’s a benefit for members of individual PBS stations, we refer to it at WNET/Thirteen as ‘THIRTEEN Passport’, while another station such as Oregon Public Broadcasting calls it ‘OPB Passport’. This […]

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Security, Talking Tech

Security measures to avoid getting hacked

“The hackers are breaching the architecture, not the authentication mechanism” – Garret Grajek, CSO at dinCloud How do I protect myself from being hacked? Here are twelve best practices that will help you protect your accounts. You should never trust anyone or any site with your credentials. Period. Two-factor authentication The difficulty of obtaining both authentication factors make 2FA accounts more difficult to […]

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WordPress Tips and Tricks

Replacing the default WordPress gallery shortcode

The built-in WordPress gallery view isn’t all that exciting. There are limited features and no way to customize the setup of the photos beyond how many columns you want. With a little know how you can completely replace the front-end view for your photo galleries. The first step is to remove the current gallery short code and replace it with […]

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