Posts by Steve Zehngut

Rule #11: You Can’t Please Everyone

Last week, I had the honor of speaking at Pressnomics 3. I closed the day on Thursday and gave my 10 rules for managing client expectations. After I explained the 10 rules, the infamous Chris Lema joined me on stage and we did some role playing to show how to put the rules to work. There was a…

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Networking Creates Lucky Paths

My name is Steve and I have always considered myself good at networking. I was lucky to inherit that skill from my father who has been an entrepreneur since before I was born. My dad owns LA Art Exchange, a custom picture frame store and art gallery in Santa Monica. He is the picture framer…

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Lucky in Life, Lucky in Business

Luck means different things to different people. Some are lucky in business. Others are lucky in love. And others, like long-distance swimmer Steven Robles are lucky to be alive. Robles was an hour into his regular Manhattan Beach swim when he was attacked by a shark last week. Robles was pulled to shore, further extending his…

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Lucky Breaks Impact Business and Life

Basketball wonder Josh McRoberts committed to the Miami Heat yesterday. His actual contract resulted in a four-year, $23 million deal. Talk about lucky breaks! McRoberts has talent, boundless energy, an intense ability to train and withstand the stress of the game, and height. The guy stands 6 foot 10 inches. Yet, no matter how good a player…

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WordPress Mobile

Yesterday, I spoke at WordCamp Orange County about WordPress Mobile. We discussed theory for a bit, then demonstrated a few live examples of how you can create your own mobile app using WordPress as the delivery platform. The three examples I demonstrated were AppMakr.com, Red Foundry and a custom iPhone app that the Zeek team built from scratch.…

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add_feed();

I discussed this function during the lightning round at WordCamp San Diego 2013. add_feed() adds a custom feed to your WordPress site. I discovered this function recently when I needed to create a feed that uses a custom query. Specifically, a client needed a feed that pulled together content in a single category from multiple…

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When Developers Go Rogue

Yesterday, Suzette Franck posted the following to the OC WordPress Facebook group: A German developer named Frank Jonen had a dispute with his client, Fitness SF. He claims that the client did not pay their bill. Frank took his dispute to the web by hijacking Fitnes SF’s website and posted a note complaining (frankly, whining) to the…

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Overspending in Aliso Viejo

Joanna Clay recently interviewed me for an article she wrote in the OC Register: Aliso Viejo website arouses security, cost questions. She asked my opinions on alisoviejoexchange.com, a site built by a local developer. They were paid $37,500 to build the site and that it took 5 months to develop. D’oh! It’s not really my desire to…

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How To Speak Geek, Part 4 – Bug Reporting

Problems are going to occur. The way your developer handles problems is what sets good developers apart from bad ones. I have never found a website that was 100% bug free; not even the largest websites. Knowing this ahead of time may help you handle problems more rationally.

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