Verify Invisible reCAPTCHA in WordPress with AJAX

While researching to see if there was a good solution to verifying Invisible reCAPTCHA in WordPress, I came across several solutions that didn’t quite fit the bill for me. There are some plugins that will do this, for instance, but they generally hook into existing forms like the login and registration pieces. In my case, I had a form that lives on a page in WordPress, but is sending its information off to a 3rd party CRM that lives elsewhere. I came across Andrew Cross’s solution, which was pretty close to what I needed, and what follows is my modified approach to his idea. Read More

Why Does DirecTV Now Suck?

Hello, my name is Michael, and I’m a cordcutter. Years of cable rate increases, additional hardware requirements, and garbage network selection recently drove me to canceling my cable subscription. I already have a home theater PC and Chromecast hooked up in my living room, so the addition of a streaming service was pretty straightforward. My HTPC has a tuner card installed, which lets me use an antenna for broadcast stations (FOOTBALL), and I use Kodi along with a NAS for media. I know that might sound like a lot of complexity to some folks, but it’s not bad if you’re willing to just put a few hours into it, and the flexibility is fantastic. When I first moved to streaming TV, I used Sling. Sling was far from bad. What got me to jump was the initial DirecTV offer of their penultimate streaming package for $35/month. I’ve been using it a while now, and given that time, I feel obligated to bitch about some stuff. Like I do.

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Grouping Content with Content Groupings

This week I had the pleasure of presenting a workshop on Google Analytics at WPCampus in Buffalo, NY. One feature I demonstrated during the session was using content groupings to be able to better understand sections of your website as comparative units. After talking with some other folks, I decided that a more in depth discussion of this feature and some examples were warranted. So, here you go! Read More

A Web Security Primer – Sliced, Diced, and Giuliani’d

So, a couple weeks ago Donald Trump nominated Rudy Giuliani to head up his cybersecurity advisory position. Shortly after this announcement, I thought it’d be interesting to see what the strengths of Giuliani’s cybersecurity experience were. I was, to say the least… unprepared for what was to come over the next 48 hours. Thousands of retweets, over half a million Twitter impressions, triple digit Facebook shares, and several articles ended up sourcing the things I and a couple other friends found and shared (shout out to Paul Gilzow and Aaron Hill there). Things that, to me, were so incredibly basic that I was shocked that apparently no one else had noticed them and called them out.

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Tag Manager Analytics and EU Cookie Law Compliance

The specific exercise I’m going to go over in this topic may not apply to many that might read this article. However, I’d encourage you to skim it anyway, as there will still be some valuable information on using dataLayer variables to set up triggers that determine behavior based on cookies (or local storage, if you’re so inclined). What I’m talking about is using an EU cookie law compliance script on your website to effectively turn tracking on and off without completely disabling Tag Manager.

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President Elect Trump Needs a Safe Space

I want to take just a moment to address something many have heard about. Last night at a performance of Hamilton, Vice President-Elect Mike Pence was in attendance, where the cast gave a brief message to him directly at the end of the show. If you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to go do so. It’s very measured, non-combative, calm, and honestly, could have been a message to ANY newly elected official. Make sure you watch it before continuing, because the context and delivery of this message will be important to keep in mind. Read More

Tag Manager Strategy: One Container or Many?

More than any other question I got at HighEdWeb this year, this one came up over and over: Should I use one container across all of my sites in Google Tag Manager, or make a separate container for each site? This was occasionally coupled with a question about performance impacts. There are merits to both approaches, and neither is necessarily “wrong.” During my final presentation, I made a promise to the community to start addressing these sorts of questions in detail, so this will be the first of many articles on Tag Manager you’ll be seeing in the near future. Let’s talk about each container approach and what the implications of each are. Read More

Dear Higher Ed Administrators

If you’re in higher ed web development, you probably saw this article making the rounds criticizing university web sitesMelonie Fullick put this together along with the feedback of other Twitter users after trying to research some information from various sites. I, too, recently had some complaints doing some research on programs at institutions and finding it infuriating at times trying to get relatively simple information. I’ve talked with a couple folks about the article as well, and thought I’d give some additional commentary. Not necessarily counterpoint, or refutations, just an additional viewpoint as someone who spent years behind that curtain. Read More