PirateBox

When I was looking into nifty Raspberry Pi projects, I stumbled across the PirateBox project. The website describes it well: PirateBox is a DIY anonymous offline file-sharing and communications system built with free software and inexpensive off-the-shelf hardware. In other words, it’s a bit of preconfigured software you can run on a Raspberry Pi that lets folks chat, […]

Improving the WordPress experience

This is a copy of a post I initially wrote for a8c design. The experience of creating a WordPress site can vary wildly. Occasionally, I hear how someone set it up without any major roadblocks. I more often witness nightmare-level setup experiences. Together, with help from the community and hosts, we’re working to improve the […]

Organize your CSS properties however you dang like

Over the last several years, I have read several lengthy articles on how everyone should organize your CSS and why one method is better than another. In fact, I have even bought into several of these ideas in the past, but let’s take a look at what these systems are trying to solve and why they are largely unnecessary […]

blog. to .blog

I’m super excited to finally ditch my old blog.michaelarestad.com blog address for something a bit nicer. Thanks to my generous employer, I now am the super proud owner of michael.blog. I went through the process of setting up the domain on get.blog and I have to say, it was pretty dang slick. I moved all […]

Top 10 Delightful WordPress plugins

There are enough WordPress plugin and theme listicles out there to match a single day of Buzzfeed-generated articles (probably not), but I think it’s time we took a good look at some of the truly inspiring plugins out there. Note: I have “extensively” tested these plugins on my local test site… and by “extensively” I mean […]

Fight with colors on my blog, please

George Stephanis and I created a nifty little WordPress plugin over the last couple days for funsies called Hugh. Hugh allows to add a widget to your site that does one thing and one thing only. Hugh allows anyone on your site to change the color of your blog theme! But wait, it gets better! When someone […]