Using a WordPress theme? You might want to read this … | Sherry Holub | LinkedIn

As of January 2015, more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites are using WordPress (source). To say it’s a popular choice for a content management system is an understatement. Part of its appeal are the thousands of free and commercial, pre-made themes available for the system. They are an enticing way to publish a website with little or no knowledge of programming required.

It helps to understand the motivation different parties may have in creating a WordPress theme for sale or free download.

Individual programmers are often motivated to create a theme to upload it to a site that sells them at low cost. Much like a stock photo, think of these themes as stock themes. You pay a fee that is a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional to create a custom design and theme, you download it for your website, and the individual programmer gets a small cut of that fee. With free themes, the original programmer usually requires that a link back to them appear on the site, gaining them more internet exposure.

However, there’s also a third, more nefarious reason for creating free themes – to spread malware and other malicious code. That’s right, some unscrupulous individuals will code nasty stuff right into a theme hoping to cash in on the popularity of themes and the ease of installing them, as well as uneducated or uninformed user. So how do you avoid this one? Of course I’d recommend going custom (more on that shortly), but if you’re determined to use a pre-made theme, be careful where you get them. There are several popular sites that sell themes, and has a directory of themes. Those are your best bets but you often have little recourse if you purchase or download a free theme and install it yourself any of these occur:

  • you manage to screw something up on the site
  • your site is hacked
  • your site is flagged by Google for containing malware


Using a WordPress theme? You might want to read this … | Sherry Holub | LinkedIn.

“The Culture of Quitting” | LinkedIn

Interesting article on job quitting/hopping

“The Culture of Quitting” | LinkedIn.

Job Interview Questions You Should NOT Answer Or Ask | LinkedIn

LinkedIn never ceases to amaze with me the articles it has, especially about recruitment. Did you know some questions that may be asked in interviews are actually ILLEGAL in some parts of the world?

Looking at this list, I realised that I’ve been asked some of these questions before in some of my own interviews without realising they are not really relevant (or in some cases, legal).

Here are some commonly asked interview questions that are inappropriate and in fact illegal in many parts of the world:

  • Have you got children?

  • What is your age?

  • What is your citizen status?

  • What is your weight?

  • What is your financial status or credit rating?

  • Have you got any debts?

  • What is your family status?

  • Do you believe in God?

  • Where do you go to church?

  • Do you drink alcohol?

  • What do you do at the weekends?

  • What religious holidays do you observe?

  • What is your race?

  • Have you ever been arrested?

Job Interview Questions You Should NOT Answer Or Ask | LinkedIn.

5 Myths about Introverts and Extraverts at Work | LinkedIn

A really nice article about Intro and Extraverts. My favourite quote:

General Charles Krulak, the former commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, introduced himself to me as an introvert too. When Krulak took over as the CEO of a bank, he sat down with his vice presidents and said, “Everyone around this table has forgotten more about banking than I know. And because of that, I’m going to need and seek your advice. I may not always agree with you, and if I don’t, I’ll let you know why. If you get to a point where you don’t feel you can come to me, I’ve failed as a leader.”

5 Myths about Introverts and Extraverts at Work | LinkedIn.

Microsoft and Google lead coalition demanding limits on government surveillance

In October, the tech industry’s biggest companies petitioned congress to reform the US Government’s surveillance policies. Now, the firms are taking their pleas global. Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo and AOL (Engadget’s parent company) have banded together to ask the world’s governments to reassess its intelligence practices. This time, however, the firms are presenting more than a strongly worded letter – they’ve laid out five core reform principals, detailed both on an official website and in full-page ads in national publications.
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