An Easy Way To Limit URLs Allowed To Embed A Video

One of the more popular questions coming in from my Venture Platform users right now is how to embed a video so it can only playback on a password protected page. The goal is straightforward: performing arts organizations are looking for ways to offer protected video content. Unfortunately, most of the popular video hosting services are designed to give away your content free of charge. Fortunately, Vimeo provides a solution that won’t require any custom programming or special knowledge. The only tick is it requires a paid account. Thankfully, those only begin … Read more

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

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