Top tip: fixing broken dynamic content in WordPress admin dashboard

If you change your self-hosted WordPress install so that it starts using SSL to secure the Admin interface, you may have noticed that some dynamic elements are no longer working, such as the Jetpack site stats graph or the fold out sub-menus on the main menu.  Here’s how to fix it.

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How to double the speed of your WordPress site in 3 easy steps

With the investment of a few hours’ effort, I doubled the speed of this WordPress blog and no coding was needed.  This is great news if you’re a little intimidated by performance tuning.  In this article I’m going to walk you through the steps I took.

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7: Public speaking is as much about how you say it as well as what you say

I’m writing about one hundred things I’ve learned about being a product manager.

Closely related to presenting well is the art of public speaking.  While not everyone is thrilled at the prospect at standing up and speaking in front of colleagues or strangers, it is a skill that you can acquire.  As you become more proficient, you’ll be able to control your nerves better before a presentation and you may even come to enjoy it.  Here are some suggested tips:

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6: Good presentation skills are not the same as good PowerPoint skills

I’m writing about one hundred things I’ve learned about being a product manager.

It is inevitable that you will need to stand up and give a presentation at some point during your career as a product manager.  Some people dislike presenting more than others; that’s natural.  Whether you love or hate the sound of your own voice, try some of the following tips to ease some of the stress of presenting.

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2: Find problems rather than guess solutions

I’m writing about one hundred things I’ve learned about being a product manager.

We’re product managers.  We’re in charge of the future direction of our products.  But when we start thinking about the requirements for a new product version, I bet we all make the same mistake when deciding what goes in.

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OMG EOL – LOL

end of life /ɛ́nd ə́v lájf/   v. To discontinue, drop, put out of misery, send to sleep with the fishes, take round the back and shoot, go the way of the Norwegian Blue

 

Product managers are full of contradictions: if we’re not busting a gut to launch something, we’re trying to kill our older products off.

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Lo-fi usability testing – Part 3: Ten top tips

We’ve already covered in the previous articles what usability is and why you need to test it and what you need to do to prepare for your usability tests.  In this thrilling* conclusion to the trilogy, we get down to the nitty-gritty of how to run the tests and how to interpret and act on the results.

* It all depends on your perspective
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How to get your sales team selling value instead of discounting

Does your sales team sell your products (like, in exchange for money), or does it give them away as generous sweeteners to guarantee the sale of something else that will hit their targets?  Or to put it in another way, does your sales force truly understand the value of your products and can it articulate the benefits to the customer?

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33 cut-out-and-keep usability requirements for your product

I strongly believe that all software companies should have a manifesto or a set of guidelines which set out in practical terms how they will ensure that their products are intuitive for the types of user for which they’re intended.

Good Design Quote courtesy of inspireUX

For product managers, even if your company or Development team doesn’t “get” usability, you can build these into your product requirements and use your Quality Assurance team to check the requirements have been delivered.

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DIY Eco Linux Fileserver (part 2)

Earlier this month, I was attempting to appease my wife by reducing my server’s power consumption physical footprint.  In this follow-up, I’ll give you an update on how I got on and pass on a few tips if you’re planning to do the same.

Normal I Manage Products service will be resumed in the next article!

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