Website usability goes beyond broken links and bug fixes

Read my friend and colleague's post to be sure your site's message is heard loud and clear.

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A new post (finally!) on the 563 Media blog.

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How to Usability Test Your Website | 563 Media
If you have a business website, it needs to be tested for usability, preferably by someone who isn't 100% familiar with your business. This post explains how to test your site for clarity and understa…

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Advanced WordPress Tip

How to create a nice looking table within WordPress… using a shortcode and CSV (comma separated values).

A client of mine needed nice looking tables on their site – and they will need to be able to update it without going cross-eyed by sorting through the code. Here's what I came up with.

Can it get any easier to add a table to your site? (Actually… Yes. But hey, this is pretty easy once you get the supporting php in place.) If you want this on your site and need any help, feel free to ask.

Good luck!

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WordPress Tip

Do you consider yourself a basic WP user and are you currently using the TwentyEleven theme? Do you wish you had a sidebar on every page and post?

Good news – you’re getting a lot more design control. First, there is a visual editor built into the new WP version (3.4.1) and second, if you’re like me and you like sidebars to be omnipresent – simply load this plugin and set the options to show the sidebars on all pages and posts.

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Forum permissions on bbpress

This is an advanced and pretty specific need, but good to have in your toolkit.

On bbpress 2, if you set a forum from “Public” to “Hidden” or “Private”, then back again to “Public” there is a bug that will hide the all the public forum posts from general users! Here’s a great solution (posted by mjpg): Install the WordPress plugin “User Role Editor” and set the extra capabilities of the user role right there. SOLVED!

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WordPress Custom Fields

We all see it… that Custom Fields area hanging down below the editing pane for each page – but have you used them?

Custom fields are very helpful when you’re looking to create dynamic data (especially helpful per page/post) that you want pulled into your theme. I’m currently using it to color the background and header image for a site in development.

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