WordPress, Genesis Framework, and Dynamik Website Builder

wordpress-logoI’ve been developing websites since before the turn of the century, both as a hobby and as a small business. For many years I used Adobe Dreamweaver to build sites with HTML and CSS, but then I discovered that the development process is faster, easier, and much less costly using WordPress.  I’ve tried a number of frameworks and themes with WordPress and my personal preference is the Genesis Framework and Dynamik Website Builder.  I developed a website to provide a brief introduction to the combination of WordPress, Genesis Framework and Dynamik Website Builder. I invite you to visit the site at http://pittwebs.com/gendyn/.

Goodbye OnePlus, Hello Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4Based on what I have read, the OnePlus One (OPO) is a very good smartphone at an unbelievably low price ($299 for 16GB or $349 for 64GB). The OPO has many of the same features as the flagship phones from other companies, and it comes with CyanogenMod (CM) installed. I’m a big fan of CM.  I have a rooted 2013 Nexus 7 with CM11 installed and I run nightly builds. However, while the OPO may be a “Flagship Killer”, it’s not going to kill many flagships if people can’t buy it. Since its introduction the only way to get an OPO has been through a rather strange “invite” system (the company has said it may launch a pre-order system in late October).

I have been reading the OPO forums and reviewers’ comments for months – thinking about buying the OP – and then Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4. I have had a Note II for almost two years and I like the size and the features. One of our sons-in-law has a Galaxy S5 and I’ve been very impressed with his phone. The Note 4 appears to be a larger and improved version of the S5 with some new features added. Unfortunately, the cost of the Note 4 is about $750, although you can opt to pay T-Mobile in 24 monthly installments with no interest.  Also, Samsung is offering a $200 trade-in allowance for pre-orders. Still, the Note 4 is $200 to $400 more than the 64GB OnePlus One. Could I justify that additional expense?

After giving the matter a great deal of thought I pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 from T-Mobile. Why, you ask, am I willing to spend the extra money? Here are some of my reasons:

  • Ability to pre-order and have a reliable delivery date.
  • After sale support.
  • Expandable memory.
  • Fast charging and replaceable battery.
  • Wi-fi calling.
  • Better rear camera with OIS.


I’ll give you my impressions after I receive the phone (sometime after October 17th).


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OnePlus One – Very Impressive!

OnePlus OneUpdated 04/30/2014 – According to a company forum post, the much-anticipated OnePlus One smartphone will reach general availability in June. You can read the C\NET article here.

According to the specs and a hands-on review from Engadget, the OnePlus One, due in late May, is a top-tier smartphone at a bargain basement price.  The retail price for the phone will be $299US for the 16GB model and $349US for the 64GB model.  Keep those prices in mind when you review the following specs:

  • Qualcomm’s latest SoC, the Snapdragon 801 with a quad-core 2.5GHz CPU
  • Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM.
  • JDI’s 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD panel protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
  • Built-in 3,100mAh battery.
  • A speedy 13-megapixel f/2.0 camera (Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor with a 6-lens module and dual LED; 4K video; 720p slow-motion at 120 fps).
  • A 5-megapixel wide-angle selfie cam.
  • Loud stereo speakers (tuned by JBL) and tri-microphone with noise cancellation.
  • NFC, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 plus GPS radios.
  • Support for LTE bands 1/3/4/7/17/38/40, as well as WCDMA bands 1/2/4/5/8.

The phone is powered by the popular CyanogenMod 11, based on Android 4.4.

About the only features lacking are microSD expansion and USB 3.0.  The phone should work with most US carriers except Sprint and Verizon.

You can expect the phone to be hard to get, at least for a while.  It won’t be sold through carriers but only direct from OnePlus using the OnePlus Invite System. According to a post on the OnePlus forum:

With an invite, you can be 100% sure that you’ll actually be able to buy it, and it ships within a few days. In contrast to staying up in the middle of the night trying to buy one along with 20,000 other people. So in the true spirit of the OnePlus name, a good product gets spread by word of mouth, shared among friends for that extra personalized touch.

So how do you get an invite? Invites will also be made available through friends, contests, and on this forum (you have not been forgotten). We value thoughtful contributions from active fans. Once you’ve bought a OnePlus One, you’ll also become eligible to invite your friends in the future.

As soon as we can get our hands on a OnePlus One we’ll give you our complete evaluation. In the meantime, go to the OnePlus One website for more information and sign up for an invitation.

A Confession: Sometimes I Use Tables.

I saw the following post on a web development forum:

In web design that are 2 camps:
1. People who think that CSS should be used for everything. If something cannot be done with CSS than it should never be done.
2. People who understand the limitations of CSS and incompatibilities between different browsers and decide to use the best tool for the job. CSS when it works. Tables when it’s make more sense.

I am not a CSS purist.  Several years ago I switched from tables to CSS layouts, but I must admit that there are times when I find it quicker and easier to use a table.  Recently, for example, I needed to place two image links on a page, centered horizontally.  I used a table formatted with the following CSS:

table#table1 {