Buttons and anchor targets: Two free plugins

We’ve created two new plugins to make content editing a little easier. The first is for WordPress sites using Bootstrap based themes or that have had Bootstrap added to them. It adds a button in the Visual Editor that lets you specify destination, label, size, type/color and full-width (or not) then inserts the correct markup …

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Play in the sandbox, not on your website

If your website is based on a content management system like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc., you’ve no doubt been intrigued by a plugin that adds functionality to these systems. Stop. Don’t press install! If you want to try out new plugins to see if they meet your needs, it is really, really important to do …

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The importance of staying up to date

A new client called this week. Their site had been polluted with spam. There were 2 – 3 links to questionable ads in nearly each of their nearly 500 posts. After doing a backup in case anything went wrong with the cleanup, we added the Wordfence security plugin and scanned the site. We replaced a …

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Want Dynamic Google Trail Maps? Have a party!

We conservationists have work parties all the time. We get a crew together and we get a project done. Many hands make light work and all that. It’s how we work. When contemplating adding dynamic maps to your website, like the ones Trail Data Manager generates, you need data. GPS data. Lots of it. So …

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Using Google Earth to show change over time

Have you found yourself working on a grant application or preparing a public presentation trying to figure out how to show what has happened to a space over time? Maybe you want to show the effects of invasive species and what an area might look like if brought back to pre-invasion status.

Google Earth’s Historical Imagery feature can help if the area is larger and viewable from above.

Google Earth's Historical Imagery Feature
Google Earth’s Historical Imagery Feature

I recently worked with a fellow trustee of Littleton Conservation Trust to show the before and after views of 20 years of vegetation and development in an area. He was working on a grant application to try to secure some funds to restore this area to a true natural state, sans invasive species.

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Trail Mapper Demo

Image of Trail Mapper Demo page
Trail Mapper Demo
We’ve just released the first generation of our trail mapper demo page. This is a simple page where you drag and drop a GPS track file onto the map and it shows the track on the map. It also creates a Trail Data Managerâ„¢-ready string of points. You can copy and paste the string from the text box on the page into a Polyline field on a marker in Trail Data Managerâ„¢ to add a trail to the dynamic parking, trailheads and trails map for one of your properties.

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Don’t make it easy for attackers

WordPress is a great tool. So great that it powers about 1 out of every 4 sites on the internet by some estimates. With fame comes risk.

user-lockout

 
Wordpress is attacked more than other CMSes because of its popularity (kind of like Microsoft Windows being the target of so many viruses and malware for so long because there were so many targets). You don’t have to make it easy for the attackers.

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Content Management System or Site Builder?

Many simple web hosting plans come with a site builder type of tool that makes it fairly easy to build a nice looking website. So why, and when, do we avoid them and use a Content Management System (CMS) that is a little more complicate to initially setup?

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Owned v. Earned Media – Why you still need a website

Some trusts have wondered whether they really need a website at all anymore. Why not just make a facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ or other social media site page and call it good?

The answer has to do with earned and owned media. On other people’s social sites, they control the ads, the sponsored content and even what updates make it in front of users’ eyes. If your content is good enough, has broad enough appeal and, in some cases, you pay enough, some of your audience might find out you posted it. Most won’t.

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Dynamic Locator and Trail Maps

Building a nice looking Map is fairly easy these days thanks to tools like Google Maps. Google has a handy javascript API that makes it easy to add markers, icons and lines to maps you display. The hard part is actually collecting all the latitude and longitude coordinates. The other hard part is managing all this data over time.

For those that want to build their own maps with Google’s API, hop on over to Google’s guides to get started. If you’re interested in the maps Trail Data Manager enables:

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