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POSTED: August 31, 2013

New Brooklyn Legal Services WordPress Website

Brooklyn Legal Services websiteI just launched a new custom WordPress theme website for Brooklyn Legal Services. They are a not-for-profit group of lawyers who have provided high-quality, neighborhood based civil legal services to low-income individuals, families, community groups, and nonprofit organizations in Brooklyn for over forty-four years. In short, they are awesome and I’m really proud to be working with them on their new website!

They are using my MF Gig Calendar plugin for their online events calendar, plus I created a custom featured-content slider for their homepage. READ MORE

POSTED: July 19, 2013

Using MF Gig Calendar with MailChimp

I’m a big fan of MailChimp and here’s yet another reason: their RSS importer for email campaigns is really great. I’ve connected that tool to the MF Gig Calendar RSS feed and have been automatically including upcoming events in emails I send out. I thought I’d put up a quick tutorial on how I did it. Nothing fancy – I’m no monkey-guru – but it works for me.

It’s really easy to get the basic content included – just a few steps… READ MORE

POSTED: July 17, 2013 | 6 Comments

New Shortcode Control Added in Version 0.9.9.2

Version 0.9.9.2 of MF Gig Calendar is now available. The current version fixes a silly mistake I included in the previous version (thanks to Chris Meijer for catching that so quickly!). While I was tinkering I also enhanced the shortcode variables for customizing a list of events. I’ve also reworked the documentation just a bit to (hopefully) make it a little clearer to understand. READ MORE

POSTED: July 6, 2013 | 3 Comments

MF Gig Calendar Version 0.9.9 Released

I finally updated the MF Gig Calendar with a few fixes (nasty little bugs…) and a few new features:

  • I’ve improved the way the RSS feed works, giving you the option of how much content you want to include in your feed.
  • I’ve also added a few more shortcode variables to customize exactly what events you want to display.
  • A new Swedish translastion
  • Plus a few other goodies…

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POSTED: May 10, 2013

New Ron Oswanski Website

ronoswanski.comI recently completed a custom WordPress theme for my friend and fellow musician, Ron Oswanski. Ron is an extremely creative keyboard player – he plays great piano, but is feels most at home on the Hammond organ or his accordion. If you’re a jazz fan he’s definitely somebody you should know.

I tried to create a moody theme with rich colors using photos he provided. The theme needed to resize nicely to smaller screens and mobile devices while leaving him plenty of room for the heaps and heaps of information he is putting up there. He’s posting news, concert dates, videos, a press kit, reviews and a complete online store where he sells CDs and high-quality digital audio downloads.

He’s using my MF Gig Calendar plugin for his calendar, plus a custom feature-slider plugin I built for him as well. READ MORE

POSTED: April 7, 2013 | 8 Comments

Using Shortcode Variables in MF Gig Calendar

As of version 0.9.8 you can display more specific event information from your MF Gig Calendar WordPress plugin on any Pages or Posts by including simple variables in your short code.

[mfgigcal id=event_id] – display only one specific event
[mfgigcal date=YYYY-MM-DD] – display events that are happening on a particular day
[mfgigcal range=YYYY-MM-DD:YYYY-MM-DD] – display a range of dates (START:END)

Note: The archive navigation will not be displayed. READ MORE