Michael Caranza

It really is beautiful…

by Michael Caranza Life
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It’s true what they say about misfortune…that, while bad, it helps us to appreciate what we do have. Helps us to be grateful for the seemingly countless blessings we enjoy every day (if only we take the time to *try* counting). But there’s more than that. More than appreciation and gratitude. There’s beauty. And if [...]

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How to customize the Feedburner email subscription box

by Michael Caranza Free Tuts
wordpress tutorial - customize feedburner email subscription box

So, a while back I wrote a tutorial on adding a Feedburner subscription option to your Thesis site (you can add one to any self-hosted WordPress site, Thesis or not, but my directions are usually specific to Thesis users). It just donned on me that I never told you how to customize the look of [...]

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My departure…

by Michael Caranza Life
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The last four years have been full of lessons for me. That’s no shock, of course. Learning as we go is part of the deal, but it’s good to know I’m capable of seeing the folly of my ways, and adjusting. Yes, adjusting. Much easier said than done. Like muscle memory or bad habits, we [...]

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Beginner’s guide to using PHP w/ WordPress & Thesis

by Michael Caranza Free Tuts
wordpress tutorial - using PHP with thesis and wordpress

Okay, let’s start with an admission. I don’t really understand PHP. HTML and CSS? Sure, got a pretty good handle on those, but PHP has me baffled. I don’t understand why or how it works, but I do know that it does work. And so I use it. In fact, I do it all the [...]

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Giants

by Michael Caranza Life
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Technology such as it is, it’s not difficult to be amazed by what we’ve accomplished as a people. Some of it awe-inspiring, some of it reprehensible, but all of it remarkable in terms of scale and imagination and determination and grit. It’s easy to forget where the inspiration for such accomplishments originates. Easy to think [...]

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How to create a new widget area

by Michael Caranza Free Tuts
wordpress tutorial - creating new sidebars

I’ve found it helpful in certain situations to have widgetized areas (that is, places I can drag/drop widgets into from the Appearance>Widget menu) other than the standard Sidebar 1 and Sidebar 2. Certain themes have this built in, but it’s not terribly difficult to create them yourself, so I thought I’d write up a quick [...]

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How to style a sidebar widget

by Michael Caranza Free Tuts
wordpress tutorial - widget styling

If you’ve used The Thesis Theme for WordPress, you know that out of the box, it has certain stylistic traits. That is, before making any changes at all, there is a certain style to the font, for example, in the menu bar (navbar) and, perhaps more noticeably, in the sidebar columns. If you’re happy with [...]

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How to add a Google +1 button

by Michael Caranza Free Tuts
wordpress tutorial - google plus one and thesis

I recently wrote a tutorial about putting Fixed Position Social Media Icons on your WordPress website, but since Google Plus seems to be a very popular request of late, I thought I would write a quick, detailed tutorial on exactly how to get just a Google +1 button on your site without using a plugin. [...]

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How to add fixed-position social media icons

by Michael Caranza Free Tuts
wordpress tutorial - social media icons

Adding links on your WordPress website or blog to your social media outposts is generally a good idea. Naturally, it depends on your site goals, but if you’re active on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, etc, and you’d like a very clean, unobtrusive way to display linked icons, this tutorial will walk you through the steps [...]

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How to add a sliding panel

by Michael Caranza Free Tuts
WordPress tutorial

I’ve done a few sites recently where a very slick sliding panel could come in handy, so I thought I’d show you how to have one for yourself. NOTE: It’s assumed you’re running The Thesis Theme for WordPress. If not, some of these directions won’t apply. Also if not…you should be. What is a sliding [...]

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