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  • Member Since: September 6th, 2006
  • Location: Toronto, ON
  • Website: focusedcreative.com
  • Job Title: Principal / Owner / Creative Director
  • Employer: Focused Creative
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Bio

I create Branding, Messaging, Design, Marketing, Websites and Social Media that enable businesses and national non-profits to identify, clarify and communicate who they are, what they do and why people should care. I’ve worked with national non-profits, technology, retail, IT, manufacturing and transportation sectors, creating everything from brands, to corporate identity systems, multi-channel marketing campaigns, annual reports, marketing materials, WordPress & BuddyPress websites, videos and online communities.

Interests

Music performance, songwriting, organizing and hosting of monthly songwriting workshops, public speaking, travel, photography, book clubs. Founder and co-host of the Song Talk Radio Podcast & Radio Show on 1280AM Toronto

WordPress Origin Story

Back in 2004, I was re-building my bands (The Parkdale Hookers website. I had created lots of websites for clients as static html pages. I knew that if the updating process on the new site was too onerous, after a while the site would become out of date. I had see that happen on too many client sites.

I thought about what would be required: a simple site, database driven that would have new content displayed on the front page. Realizing a blog engine would fit the bill, I already knew that Blogger was hard to customize, I started to look around. I tried Joomla, but that would only output table based output and I had long moved over to css based coding – to the point where I couldn’t really remember how to do table based layouts – I also knew I’d never go back.

I found WordPress and installed it. There were very few resources on the web at the time (figuring out how to create multiple loops on the front page was a challenge) but I was really happy with the result. The next couple of updates broke lots of stuff as old calls were removed (gettext anyone?) – which worried me. But it settled down after a bit.

After that I’ve never looked back!

  • Created a topic, Email Text WYSIWYG editor dispays without style, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    When editing the "User Email" or any outgoing email te…

    2 weeks ago

  • Created a topic, Crashy Crashy, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I think this plugin is defunct - whitescreens on save …

    2 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Dashboard: Selecting links in sidebar results in 404, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Ah - the old "it's a plugin / theme issue" Actually I've noticed that this…

    3 months ago

  • Created a topic, Dashboard: Selecting links in sidebar results in 404, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    On a few different sites we run, I've noticed that whe…

    3 months ago

  • Created a topic, Including full header in landing page, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I know lots of landing pages don't have the header wit…

    4 months ago

  • Created a topic, Webinars in Menu, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I'd like to get a list of Webinars that are published …

    4 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Timezone is off, displaying UTC on all events, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    It was a plugin that was causing this. It was custom-image-sizes-by-99-robots plug-in. Disabling the plugin…

    6 months ago

  • Created a topic, date_default_timezone_set causing time zone issues, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi The call in this plugin "date_default_timezone_set…

    6 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Timezone is off, displaying UTC on all events, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Having the same issue

    7 months ago

  • Posted a reply to since the update two days ago the plugin does not work, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Same problem here.

    7 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Wondering if still in production?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I moved on. Thanks for all the caching (been using this from the very beginning).…

    7 months ago

  • Created a topic, Never gets past the “You need to reauthenticate your Google account”, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Disabled Cache (and cleaned htaccess file) and disable…

    7 months ago

  • Created a topic, Wondering if still in production?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I see a bunch of issues with no fixes and no replies t…

    7 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Event showing incorrect time, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Ah So how do we fix this?

    7 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Event showing incorrect time, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks nablar for the info So not sure what that means though - so is…

    7 months ago

  • Created a topic, It works as of Jan 10, 2020, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    installed to hide related videos - works as advertised!

    7 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Event showing incorrect time, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    We had to hide the date as it was wrong.

    7 months ago

  • Created a topic, Event showing incorrect time, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    The plugin has been fine for about 3 years. Now a new…

    7 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Receiver information, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    me too

    8 months ago

  • Created a topic, How to set Shipping Rates? Instructions are not clear, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I've been trying to set shipping rates but the instruc…

    9 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Global Uncloaking (no) despite checkbox in settings, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    ?! I think you need to read that again.

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Global Uncloaking (no) despite checkbox in settings, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    To make sure we don't go astray of Amazon's requiremen…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Terrible, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    You would think it would do a find and replace on the …

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Can’t get to Forms, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    After going to the "My Forms" it just goes to the acco…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Do you need the Pro Version to add the “&showinfo=0” info, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    We've been following the guide and manually adding the…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Multiple notification emails, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I think it might be when people make mistakes in the form and it gets…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Multiple notification emails, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    After some people purchase we're getting multiple noti…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Confirmation message not getting sent, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Doesn't' seem to generate any bounce messages, any ide…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Yeah!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    That's the way you do it, Baby

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Is WP Super Cache still going?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    There's lots of posts here with no responses. Is Super…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, 0 Cached Pages error persisiting, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    There seems to be numerous reports here of the "0 Cach…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Error message with Paypal, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    getting this as well

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Error Message While Processing in Google Chrome, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    we started to get this as well

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to URGENT: Last update breaks, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    yeah - managed to find an old version of the plug in and now back…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, URGENT: Last update breaks, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Form gets stuck on "processing" No other changes othe…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Ninja forms stuck on processing will not submit, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Yep - happening here -after the update. Not good

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to non-numeric value encountered, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi Getting this now too with the new update. PHP 7

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to “Rewrite rules must be updated” message on WordPress 4.9, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    still happening

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Ninja Form Getting stuck on processing, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    me too

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, 2 Submit buttons, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I need to create a form with 2 submit buttons. One th…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to +“The Events Calendar” plugin – accessing date fields, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi Ben - this works a treat - just now looking through your documentation on…

    3 years ago

  • Posted a reply to +“The Events Calendar” plugin – accessing date fields, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Ah, thanks. No, I think I'm using the non-beta version, just what comes in the…

    3 years ago

  • Created a topic, KnowledgeBase article incorrect, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi Using both recent versions of The Event Calendar Pl…

    3 years ago

  • Created a topic, Working with Beaver Builder, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Working in BeaverBuilder, I can get the events to show…

    3 years ago

  • Created a topic, +“The Events Calendar” plugin – accessing date fields, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I can get the events to show up in a loop on a page vi…

    3 years ago

  • Created a topic, returning error on “show table data”, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi Getting the following error when clicking on the "S…

    3 years ago

  • Created a topic, Call-to-Action Widget Hangs on edit after saving., on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi (using the Sydney theme) The Call-to-Action Widget …

    3 years ago

  • Created a topic, Pagebuilder & MultiLingual plugins: no go, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Hi Just to let everyone know that the builtin Pagebuil…

    3 years ago

  • Created a topic, A Must Have!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Must.

    4 years ago

  • Suggested an idea, selectable post sorting by Category

    12 years ago