How To Effectively Communicate COVID-19 Announcements Using WordPress

No need for any backstory here, we’re all well aware of how much COVID-19 is impacting operations and one of the more pressing challenges is communicating organizational announcements to patrons. Today’s post provides step-by-step instructions on how to quickly create and manage COVID-19 announcements for websites running on WordPress. Goals Provide a single page for all COVID-19 related messages. Generate an update RSS feed you can use to push new messages into an automated email marketing campaign. Easily remove everything once operations are back to normal. Step 1: Create A New Post … Read more

Two Easy Methods For Shutting Down Comments In WordPress

WordPress is great…until it isn’t. The good news is most of those shortcomings are pretty easy to work with if you know your options. Moreover, most of them tend to be holdovers from the days when WP was primarily a blogging platform. Case in point: comments. For most arts organizations using WordPress for their publishing platform, the comment functionality is a pretty low priority if not entirely unnecessary. Unfortunately, comment fields show by default on posts and even when deactivated, you can still get targeted by comment spammers. We’re going to cover … Read more

Does Your Navigation Suffer From UIC (Unnecessary Icon Labels)?

Recently, SmashingMagazine.com published an article by Suzanne Scacca that examines web trends that may be time to retire. While several aren’t applicable to most nonprofit arts orgs, there is one you should consider: unnecessary icon labels. Inside the design world, navigation icons are a great way to make clients feel like they are getting something super personal but in reality, it’s just billable filler that is easy to produce. Scacca uses a Geico app design for some of her examples. The icons aren’t all that easy to decipher (except the tow truck) … Read more

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