So, you’ve been a participant on Zoom meetings and are familiar with the basics. But now you’re considering playing the role of host. Where do you start? What do you need to consider?

I’ll take you on a short tour of the Zoom settings and some handy tips to get you started. Please note the information and screenshots were compiled using a Mac laptop, therefore you may find some differences in your own setup.

1. Sign up for a Zoom account plan
Visit the Zoom website for details. There are multiple plans available starting with the Basic plan, which is free…


Part of my work is making custom changes to invoice and purchase order templates, for clients who use Saasu (the online accounting application). Sometimes there’s a need to add a new field or modify a layout for a particular customer, or perhaps as a result of internal business reporting requirements. After months of thinking about changing my own accounting templates, I have finally revised my quotation and invoice. They’re not perfect but it’s certainly an improvement!

My key motivations for change were to create a closer alignment with my business branding and to improve usability. “Usability?” you might say. Yes…


Demolition of a building in Brisbane, Australia

Yes, it’s largely a dirty word in the Wordpress community right now and that’s exactly why I am currently beta testing it. I’ve also been spending a lot of time trawling through the Github repo issues and comments where developers are angered, incredulous and trying desperately to point out the shortfalls and potentially massive ramifications of Gutenberg becoming part of Wordpress core.

The install experience

I downloaded the Gutenberg plugin and placed it in the plugins folder. When I activated the plugin, I noticed the word Gutenberg in the left sidebar of the Dashboard. …


Reeds and seahorses

I’ve been on a personal mission these past few months- let’s call it digging up hidden treasure. The kind that you personally own but haven’t visited in years or decades…

I’m talking specifically about those interests/hobbies you once indulged in but gave up for whatever reason; the kind when you look back on them, you feel a pang of regret for abandoning them on the roadside and never looking back.

Because life got in the way. Or you felt it was ‘silly’ to continue. Or worse, someone close to you didn’t agree with what you were doing.

These abandoned interests…


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Recently my work has involved a lot of plugins. And I mean a LOT. From the simple to the complex, they have featured prominently in a range of client websites. So, it seems timely to blog about my experience to date and share some practical advice for those who are looking for it.

What’s a plugin?
In the context of websites, a plugin is a piece of software which can extend functionality and/or add new features. They are designed to ‘plug in’ to your existing software and work happily within that environment. There are tens of thousands to choose from, including…


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What is valuable to you? How do you define what has value?

There are at least eight dictionary definitions for the word, but the one I’d like to focus on for a minute is the one described as “relative worth, utility, or importance”.

It’s a pretty broad application when thinking about our work lives. But one aspect that bothers me is this idea of adding value; the idea that it’s extra, non-standard and could be taken away at anytime. …


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In my last post, I talked about the lure of the dream website and the cost. This one is about the other type of cost — time.

I think it’s safe to say that the majority of us are time poor because we love to cram in as much as we can and we wonder why we can’t get through everything we want! This is why most ideal deadlines for launching websites are just that — ideal. A product of the dream website.

Are you saying my deadline is not realistic?

Yes, but you can always prove me wrong :)

Let’s look at two areas: content and images.


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There’s a lot of blue sky in this picture isn’t there? It’s dreamy and beautiful until the architectural waves of the building below it comes into view. Structured, reflective and restricted in its own way. Much like the process of websites.

The initial idea of a website can start off pretty straightforward — “I just want something simple and clean” but then something happens. …


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Background

Long before I started coding, I was training people. And I still get the opportunity, but not as frequently as I used to. For the better part of 18 years, I was in training roles for workplaces and classrooms (physical and online). The people I trained were students, employees and trainees with ages ranging from 18–86. And, most of the training was nationally accredited vocational training, along with some non-accredited and undergraduate degree subjects.

The training experiences were diverse; not just because of the age differences but because of the subject matter (technology, healthcare, retail, business admin, management) and work…


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I’ve just launched a new website for my business, Resonancy. I wrote about its humble beginnings in a previous post and now it’s time to reflect on the experience.

Building my website has been a labour of love. It’s taken months longer than I anticipated and many weekend hours to get to where it is today. And in that time I also built a code-based pattern library / style guide to accompany my site.

Why did it take so long?

The answer is simple. I wanted to do things properly. Of course, this takes a lot longer than the standard…

Angela Jann

Founder of Resonancy; web developer & educator. Always the deep thinker & problem solver, Angela writes on topics to explore, challenge, ponder & share.

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