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Alan Levine

An early 90s builder of the web and blogging, Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling, photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river.

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More Than a Musical, Hamilton WordPress Theme as a Top of the Domain Hub

In recent work on ushering people into a Domain of Their Own I’ve been looking for ways to have them conceptualize their domain as more than one site or blog, as more like a plot of land. For the eCampus Ontario Extend workshops we emphasized putting some kind of calling card or simple front gate at the top, at the entrance, using the simple cPanel Site Publisher as a starter. I reworked that as well for the DML Staking a […]

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Big Picture for WordPress, a Newly Hatched Calling Card Theme

I’ve taken a second stab at converting the elegant, Creative Commons licensed static HTML themes from HTML5 UP and baking it into a WordPress calling card theme. The first one I did was based on the Dimension theme, and got a nice tweet from Dan who just put it to use Holy crap! I have a website…https://t.co/kkk8JEixgy …still a work in progress, but thx to @cogdog for inspiration to get me started… — Dan Zuberbier (@dpzuberbier) September 3, 2017 The […]

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The Indispensable Digital Research Tool I can Say, Without Lying, Saves Time

I sometimes tell people that when technology evangelists espouse that their tool saves you time, that it’s a red flag warning / code talk for “I am lying”. But here, I share my one, career tested exception; it’s old technology that many people have abandoned. I will wade carefully through the acronym jargon, but it’s using an RSS Feed Reader to monitor the most recent news, blog posts, data from sources you choose to follow, not dished out by some […]

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When People Use Your Stuff…Updated WP-Dimension Calling Card Theme

I fully expected people not to be satisfied with the simple calling card templates we introduced to the Ontario Extend participants last week. I would not be. The idea was again to put a temporary placeholder at the entrance to one’s domain. Something to come back to. But you cannot suppress keeners like @NurseKillam so when she contacted me about alternatives, since she had already gotten an understanding of installing WordPress, I suggested the WP-Dimension WordPress theme I built a […]

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Extending, DoOOing in Ontario

I’m just back from an intense but rewarding (best combo) of helping with three days of workshops for a new project supported by eCampus Ontario. This is the first attempt to capture some broader ideas, and is in the vein of what I tried to describe to participants as using a blog post to think out loud, not to encapsulate some grand articulate point (though if that happens, it’s a nice bonus). Bearing a project name that might launch a […]

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It Came From Canada? Best Conference Swag over 14 Years

Good swag? In the bag? I’m just back from Toronto where I was part of an eCampus Ontario team doing workshops for a new project aimed at capacity building among institutions in Northern Ontario (I still insist geographically it’s central, but I will stop) (soon). Ontario Extend is on the burner for it’s own post tomorrow. But as someone who usually loathes bringing “stuff” back home from meetings, I gotta hand it to the eCampus Ontario planners (a guy named […]

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