Author Archives: Jon Hardison

A designer, photographer and geek... ha media's creative director and chief technologist. You'll generally find him in a dark room plotting the rise of one client or another, giggling cynically.

Google+ & Other Googlets – Forward Thinking, or a reaction to a definitive dip in market share & relevance?

Months ago, news hit the web about Microsoft & Google courting Facebook for access to social data as a means of increasing the relevance of organic search results by adding social proximity to the equation, and as most of us know, Microsoft ultimately won that battle, finally giving Bing a considerable advantage over Google… well,…

Fonts for WordPress, Google Fonts, your own fonts, and why Microsoft is stupid

Hey y’all! Today, I’d like to talk about fonts… yep, fonts.  It’s this designer’s opinion that typefaces and the combinations you use are the single most important consideration when designing, well, pretty much everything.  The use of one font over another can sometimes say as much or more than what’s written with them, but until…

Facebook Comments for WordPress…Notifications!

Back in April I did a post on how to get your Facebook Comments for WordPress working, and it’s been pretty popular, but since then folks have brought up new questions and issues. The most frequently asked (solvable) question we get is about notifications.  Facebook Comments for WordPress provides several options for being notified when…

To WordPress, or not to WordPress…

That was the question… of the day on a recent discussion gone wild in Jimmy Mackin’s ever growing Facebook Group, Tech Support for Real Estate, of which our very own Inna Hardison has been a giving member for some time. Well, in all fairness, that wasn’t the question when it started.  The question was Diverse…

Another chance to make an impact – Are you missing it?

Another of my quick little posts, but this time on Gravatar, and what most already know, but may have not have realized fully. WordPress users are generally familiar with Gravatar.com, as the only way to get your Avatar associated with all your posts on any WordPress site.  Most of us ran off and created our…

Headway Themes finally addresses long standing issues

If you’re like us, or a DIY’er that uses headway on your site, you’ve probably notice that the last few versions have been plagued with some pretty annoying problems. Headers, navigation and footers vanishing on page saves… Some site loading double-long in Chrome… Backgrounds on running all the way to the bottom of the page…

Free US State & County Maps – Why so Expensive?

Hi all:  I’m going to keep this one really short… I recall back in the ’80s and ’90s being able to hop online when I needed a simple map of an area, find one, download it, and move on.  Many of our clients are Realtors®, and as such, having good maps is really, really important…

Facebook Comments for WordPress not working?

Just a quick post here on a great little plug-in for WordPress – Facebook Comments for WordPress After looking through a sea of plug-ins we finally settled on this great one (props for the intro and testing it go to Jay Thompson, the Phoenix Real Estate Guy).  It does everything most will need and doesn’t…

WordPress Next-Previous Links Vastly Improved

One of the most important parts of site design is developing or maintaining a good interface.  Your visitors should be able to easily figure out how to get from one place to another or find what they’re looking for, and WordPress has done a great job providing a consistent experience.  But even with the best…

Oooo! A new broswer just came out!

The vast majority of the world’s users choose a browser (or have one chosen for them) and stick with it for the rest of their (or their computer’s) natural life.  We use this browser for pretty much everything, never really considering the impact this choice may have on how we see the world.  Truth be…