Crusing along at WordCampSF 2009

WordCampSF 2009

After a GPS and Google Maps adventure of helping our taxi driver get to the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, it’s been a jam packed morning at WordCampSF 2009. And actually, it’s been very relaxed and chilled in terms of the sessions so far today.

WordCampSF 2009

Andy Peatling gave a great session on BuddyPress, Matt Cutts from Google had a variety of great insights when it comes to SEO and your WordPress site, and the “State of the Word” by none other than Matt Mullenweg himself was great. I learned a lot about the history of this CMS, and the future looks really promising for WordPress on multiple fronts. It’s one of those days that makes you excited to be a developer and gets those ideas cranked up in your head.

There have been a variety of great announcements that are going around the circles, and I can’t even recall them all. It’ll take a little while for me to digest them all and give my insights to later, but a lot of what I’ve seen today make our projects with sixty4media clients look even more exciting when it comes to current and future endeavors.

Needless to say, there is a lot more to check out today. The afternoon sessions are getting ready to kick off, and I have my time at the Genius Bar at 4:55PM to 5:45PM. If the morning has been any preview, the rest of the day should be pretty kick ass.


sixty4media I keep having troubles figuring out how to start this post because this has been something Rebecca and I have been working on for months. It’s not a brand new announcement because we have rolled out a bit of a “soft launch” with the company we have formed, but I’m proud to publicly announce, on my blog at least, the formation of sixty4media.

sixty4media is dedicated to sharing our knowledge and offering our years of expertise with several key services.

We have each managed to bridge technologies in our own way and so far it’s been paying off. Our knowledge of the new media realm has lead to our profiles showing up in various magazines, online publications, newspapers, and radio programs individually. However together we have discovered that pretty much anything is possible and it’s time to give back to the community here in Techcouver, and around Metro Vancouver. [sixty4media]

With the abundance of social media, blogging, and podcasting that Rebecca and I do on the web, this is the natural progression of taking our knowledge into the professional realm. People consistently ask us for our time and knowledge about these elements that we know about, so it makes sense for us to pool together our resources and help those that want to get into the things that we are doing and seeing how they can use it professionally.

Going back to what I said about a soft launch, we have already had a few clients asking for our services, and those projects have been extremely fun to work on. However, it’s more than having clients to work for as much as it is giving back to the community that has taught us so much. For us, that comes by teaching others what we have learned and sharing that information to those who are anxious to learn.

When it comes down to it, these are the things we love to do. Consulting, blogging, web design, and social media are tools available to many people who are not sure how it can help their online presence, so that’s where we come in. If you want to contact us, you know where to find us.

Designing drop down menus with CSS on WordPress

I designed a WordPress site for my friend Andy at No some months ago, and the final version that we settled on really pushed my personal boundaries of knowledge in terms of PHP and CSS to get some of the things to work that he was wishing for. Never wanting to let a good friend down, I got something to work that came up tonight at WordCamp Fraser Valley.

I’m not sure what the original question was, but my design for No Boundaries had custom drop down menus added to the header so that Andy could easily add and remove pages from where ever he was in the world and have them show up in those menus.

And to be honest, I can’t really tell you how I got it all to work because it was that long ago. However, Stu Nicholls made a great blog post about how to do this with simple CSS. I used this post to hack together my concept for Andy’s site, and the final design turned out to be what he wanted.

Now doing a quick Google search to find this resource again, I came across this WordPress plugin, WordPress CSS Drop-down Menu, that could do this for you without getting into all the code. I have no experience using it, but the author makes reference to the same blog post that I just did, so it might be worth checking out first before you get into the code.