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Promises to your customers

Promises are tricky. Whether you promise your kid that extra treat or that toy if … or you want to sell shoes, t-shirts or cookies. You better think carefully before you let yourself be tempted to promise something you might not want to deliver.

A short story about selling shoes

I happen to have subscribed to a newsletter of a brand of shoes I like. That is, I even signed up for a “friends & family” program. So once in a while I get these emails inviting me to get a sneak preview of the new collection or an extra discount for being a friend. Same thing now, as summer moves on everybody is doing summer sales. So I got this coupon in my email promising me 50% discount, applicable only to items that are already on sale. Sounds like a good deal. Continue reading “Promises to your customers”

Multisite: From Subdomain to Subfolder

A few years ago we changed a multilingual blog into a WordPress Multisite network using MultilingualPress for the multilingual part. Today, with wanting to have SSL on all sites, this slowly grew into a nightmare.

So after checking all options, I realized everything would be so easy if we just could change the network from the domain based network (“subdomain” install) it was into a path based one (“subfolder” install).

Continue reading “Multisite: From Subdomain to Subfolder”

Restricting Content to User Roles

Sometimes, content is aimed at certain people or user groups only. Sometimes it contains data you need to make sure it’s not spread all over our beautiful World Wide Web. And in some of these cases, the way to do it is not to just add a plugin and click a button. 😉

So my task was to not only hide content from plain sight but it should be accessible  to two user groups only. Continue reading “Restricting Content to User Roles”

A Week of REST – Retrospect

This year I spent quite a bit of time learning. The last big challenge was the Week of REST in beautiful Derbyshire, September 5th – 9th. It was an amazing week and I am still impressed by how much I learnt during those few days. And it sure wasn’t necessary to be so nervous about it. 😉 Continue reading “A Week of REST – Retrospect”

Talking about Fear

I surely am not the most confident person walking the earth. As a matter of fact, I doubt myself more often than not. It probably isn’t an entirely bad habit to consider that you yourself might have made a mistake and I highly appreciate it with other people as well.
But there are times, actually there are a lot of times, when it really gets in my way. Continue reading “Talking about Fear”

Troubleshooting Common BackupBuddy Errors

As I stated before, I do love my BackupBuddy. I haven’t encountered a backup and restore plugin that seems to work better for me. It usually is fast, fairly pain-free and it very rarely happens that it doesn’t work out of the box.

It does happen, however, and I figured I’d just quickly note the problems I run into most often and how to fix them. Continue reading “Troubleshooting Common BackupBuddy Errors”

Being part of WordCamp Nuremberg

WordCamp Nuremberg took place on April 16 and 17, with a Contributor Day on the 18th. I loved being there and therefore meant to write a recap. So I better sit down with it now.

For me, WordCamp Nuremberg was a lot about community. Maybe it was because I was volunteering (again) and got the job title of “Head of Registration”. But more likely it was because over the years I have been getting closer and closer to this community. Continue reading “Being part of WordCamp Nuremberg”

Struggling with customer satisfaction

Actually I meant to write a post on how to find a good hosting company for your WordPress projects. In the end it turned out to be an article on customer satisfaction, due to my experiences with different hosting companies.

Every once in a while, the question of where to host your website pops up and is rather persistent. What looked like a pretty good fit years ago just doesn’t feel right anymore. Continue reading “Struggling with customer satisfaction”

In Flanders Fields

In the beginning of February, we spent a week of vacations at the Belgian coast. We had planned to spend a quiet week with the family, including long walks at the beach, famous Belgian fries, waffles and chocolate.

We did have all of those; but we also found something so much more important and almost unbelievable: We found my great-grandfather. Continue reading “In Flanders Fields”