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Getting Ready For WordCamp Thessaloniki 2018

I am really glad to be accepted as a speaker at this year WordCamp that will take place on December 15th, in Thessaloniki. 

Some of you already know that I’m working for WPMU DEV, as a support staff. I’ve been with the company for more than 3 years now and have a good experience that I want to share with you. I will speak about how to provide awesome support to leave your client happy, how to manage client’s expectations. Set boundaries about what your support should be about and how to deal crisis cases.

Please see the full Speakers list:

Speakers

If you will attend the #WCTHESS2018 please feel free to find me and talk to me! I will be happy to meat you. I will be wearing WPMU DEV’s t-shirts and will have some stickers to share 😉

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Best Free CSS Optimization Tools

This is not a WordPress related article. WordPress has some amazing plugins that will optimize the CSS for you. Still, there are cases were installing WordPress site for a client is not beneficial. If the site’s requirements is from one to few pages, with static content, the best choice is to build a simple HTML template.

Let’s look at at the case of Slide To The Side, it is simple HTML page I made for a friend of mine. After running PageSpeed Insights, the results for Desktop are 91 out of 100, which is quite a good result, but it can be improved.

Our current goal is to inline and optimizes CSS on this site. There is only one CSS file style.css on the site, so it makes the things more simple. Let’s have a look at the online tools available that can inline/optimize it.

And wow, compression ratio is  29.6% , which means -183 Bytes less from the original size 😉

CSS Compressor – CSS Drive

CSS Compressor provides fewer options compared to the CSS Optimizer. After CSS compression the tool saved 147 bytes, 5.6% less than the previous tool. Though I found it equally good and easy to use.

 

Code Beautifier

This tool I found provided the best results so far. The Compression ratio is 32.3%, -200 Bytes less from the original file. Very simple tool to use. Awesome!

Clean CSS – Optimize and Format your CSS

Many options provided from Clean CSS too. You can also optimize the HTML code, which I did, I guess my code was pretty clean cause saw no changes ;). CSS minify on the other hand the simplest tool to use, with no options available. It also didn’t provide the comparison ratio result, so I did the calculation myself; it made the style.css smaller by 163 KB, so it did 27,1% reduction.

 

That’s it for now, let me know below in the comments if you have any another Inline CSS tool to suggest.

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How To Add CSS Code In MU Plugin

A must-use plugin (also called a ‘mu-plugin’) is a plugin that will always be activated by default, without you needing to do it yourself. To activate a mu-plugin, you just have to upload it in the right directory, and WordPress will automatically know that this plugin must be used. Moreover, a mu-plugin cannot be deactivated: it will always be executed, unless it is uninstalled.

Originally, mu-plugins were only available for WPMU, for those sites which used multiple (multisite) blogs. Back then, a mu-plugin was just a plugin activated for all blogs.

Fun fact, that the WordPress is loading mu-plugins in alphabetical order, before normal plugins.

All mu-plugins must be placed at wp-content/mu-plugins by default, in case /mu-plugins/ folder is not there, feel free to create it.

Add CSS code in mu-plugin

Create a file named style.php and add the following code inside.

<?php
add_action( 'wp_head', function() {
 ?>
 <style>
 
/* YOUR CSS CODE GOES HERE*/

 </style>
 <?php
} );

Add your CSS code between

<style></style>

tags.

 

 

Fell free to comment bellow if you have something new to add 🙂

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Girl Post: How to Be Clean While Working From Home And Not Falling Into A Depression

Admit it, girl, working from home is a blessing for us women. Working from home is both awesome and horrible. The awesome staff is a flexible schedule the bad thing is that sometimes we relax for a long period, doesn’t change our pajamas and don’t care about taking a shower since we are not going anywhere. Being like that for some period make us feel depressed.

So here are some solution that I tried on myself and got rid of my depression

Dress up pretty!

Wear your cocktail dress, just like that & look fancy when you are working. You will feel more like a lady

Check this article, what you wear affect your state of mind and increase your productivity. So wear your best dress!

Make your hair!

Thake the damn curly iron and do your hair or even better give yourself Amy’s look. Make yourself pretty before you start working. I believe that you need to be always ready to get out from your house in last 5 minutes and look perfect. It is a secret to success.

Go To The Gym

Yes girl, get your ass up and go work these glutes out :). Working out before work will feel your energy levels to the max which will help you to work straight for 6 hours without a break. Working out in the morning magically revs up your metabolism as well. Check this article to see how working out will affect your body and mind.

For me,  an hour jogging before work clears my mind and I find it easy to concentrate on things that matter.

 

This small little things will boost your confidence. If you have any useful suggestions, I will be happy to hear theme out. Comment bellow

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24 Pictures You Haven’t Seen Yet From Vienna

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Water Park in Vienna [ Video]

Vienna Part 2

I had a chance to visit a water park when I was last time in Vienna. Very awesome place!  My friend Ari didn’t want to come with me (lazy bastard :P). So I went alone and had like an hour, didn’t have much time to enjoy it. I #blameAri for that.

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Graphic Designer Vs Client [Video]

I really like this video! So true!

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Best WordPress Themes for Photographers [August 2016]

As of today WordPress powers, 25% of all websites globally and even several of the most popular news sites are hosted on WordPress. The main reason for WordPress popularity is its simple interface and limitless customization using themes, plugins or writing your own code. Even if you are not a developer you can find plenty of great WordPress tutorials that will help you to build complex web solutions with ease. 

Each month I will be posting a collection of best WordPress themes.These are one of the best WordPress photography themes but not the only ones since there are thousands of WordPress theme developers and millions of themes available.

Oshine

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Oshine is a beautiful creative multi-layout, multi-purpose WordPress portfolio theme with 23 unique demos. Oshine has been rated as one of the Best Portfolio & Photography themes in many popular blogs. We have carefully crafted each & every demo to ensure that a clean and modern design is carried through. Great design and Powerful features make Oshine irresistible. What you see below are full-fledged demos and features from various demos can be combined.

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Uncode

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Uncode is a pixel perfect creative multi purpose WordPress Theme based on Visual Composer designed with terrific attention to details, flexibility, and performance. It is ultra professional, smooth and sleek, with a clean modern layout, for almost any need: agency, freelance, blog, magazine, portfolio, photography, corporate and e-commerce shop. Build beautiful, intelligent websites. Uncode is the result of many years experience in creating award winning web designs by a team of designers and developers dedicated to creating visually stunning websites.

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Luke + Sara

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My Personal choice is Luke + Sara, built with Upfront. Luke + Sara is a contemporary WordPress photography theme that is pre-configured with all the essential elements you need for selling your creative services online. With its big, beautiful images and custom-built layout, Luke + Sara offers indie-artists and freelance photographers a polished design with understated elegance.It’s the huge images that steal the focus in this theme. Take advantage of unique boxy image layouts, a sortable masonry portfolio and wall-to-wall feature sliders to highlight your work.

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Shutter

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Shutter is an incredibly gorgeous and profoundly impressive, solemn and sober, graceful and stylish, aesthetically minimal and polished, technologically engaging and cutting edge, smoothly animated and quite dynamic, malleable and flexible, functional and resourceful, creative and highly responsive WordPress art and photography multipurpose website theme. Shutter is a subtle, understated, beautiful work of art of a theme, a carefully developed solution for webmasters looking for a gracious, elegant way to present high resolution, appealing and powerful visual content to a wide, undifferentiated, massive online audience.

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15 Facts About Google

Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University, and was formally incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. You know there’s more to something than meets the eye when such a massively successful company has such a simple layout, though, and I mean that in the best way possible. Google has always done things a little bit differently, and that works to keep things fresh, immersive and consistently progressive.

Here are some Google facts you may not know!

Top 12 Unknown Awesome Facts About Google

  1. The name ‘Google’ is actually derived from the mathematical term ‘googol’ which is basically 1 with 100 zeros following itgg
  2. Google was established by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were doing Ph.D. at Stanford University, California.
  3. Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin originally named Google ‘Backrub’backr
  4. Google earns maximum profits with its Google AdWords (Online Advertising Service).
  5. The domain name of Google (www.google.com)  was purchased on 15 September 1997.
  6. In 2012, Google earned US 50$ Billion in annual revenue.
  7. Keyhole Inc. developed a product name Earth Viewer. After some time, Google acquired this product and rename it as “Google Earth”.
  8. Google has been evaluated to run more than one million servers in server farms far and wide (starting 2007).
  9. Google reported the another organisation called Calico on 19th September 2013, which will be driven by Apple administrator Arthur Levinson.
  10. In 2005, Google joined with NASA Ames Research Center to make 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2) of workplaces.
  11. Google’s 2005 associations likewise included financing the new .mobi high-level URL domain for cell phones, alongside different organisations including Microsoft, Nokia, and Ericsson.
  12. In 2010, Google Energy made its first interest in a renewable vitality venture, putting $38.8 million into two wind ranches in North Dakota.
  13. Google records billions of pages, with the goal that clients can look for the data they cover using keywords.
  14. Gmail is a free webmail service gave by Google, was dispatched as a welcome just beta system on 1st April 2004.
  15. Since 2010, Google has been acquiring an average of one company every week

    Android, Youtube, Waze, you name it, Google owns it.

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Feeling stuck? See what you need to do

You have a project to deliver and you don’t know what to do, or you need to be creative and the ideas just not coming to your head. On days that seem like you are totally uninspired or stuck in a creative rut, follow these simple steps.

 

Go for a walk

Researchers at Stanford have found that walking improves creativity by as much as 60%. They found that inspiration and creativity not only occur when out walking but also when you return to your desk.

Take a shower

Research also shows that there is a relationship between being relaxed and creative.According to Scott, 72% of people have new ideas while in the shower. Scott attributes the shower as an ideal place for creative thinking because –

“The relaxing, solitary, and non-judgmental shower environment may afford creative thinking by allowing the mind to wander freely, and causing people to be more open to their inner stream of consciousness and daydreams.”

Sleep well

The benefits of sleep on our productivity and creativity have been well documented. It helps improve our memory by solidifying memories.

How?

It clears information out of our temporary storage areas and processes information.

Tip – Keep a notepad and pen next to your bed in case you come up with ideas and solutions to the problems you are tackling.

Consume less coffee

Most people, when looking for external sources to help boost creativity, turn to coffee. While caffeine has many benefits, research shows it can undermine one’s creativity rather than stimulating it.

Why?

Because it leads to impulse judgments and energy that allows for unnaturally long work sessions, which interferes with the natural incubation periods required for creativity in individuals.

Exercise daily

Henry Thoreau claimed that he was able to think better when his legs were moving.Research studies seem to indicate that Thoreau was on to something. People who exercise on a regular basis were found to outperform those that didn’t.

So hit the gym, do yoga, go for a long walk or run, but be sure to make it a regular part of your daily routine.

Change your environment

At times a change in environment may be called for. Research seems to support the habits of people who break away from order, tradition, and convention. A messy desk, dim lighting and some ambient noise like that in a café can help boost creativity.

Why is this the case?

Because creativity comes from making connections and seeing patterns where others see chaos. So try creating a remix with a fresh pair of eyes or taking old ideas to new perspectives

 

Let me know what are your thoughts about this?