• Tessa Needham Synnott

    Tessa is passionate about designing for and teaching WordPress! She also has a background in performance, video, design, photography and writing. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, baby boy and cat.

    Tessa recently launched a new website, WP SuperGeek: Your fearless WordPress help desk. WP SuperGeek offers courses, advice, and a forum to ask questions. They speak geek so you don't have to!

  • Posts by Tessa Needham Synnott:

  • What’s new in WordPress 3.8

    WordPress 3.8

    Hot on the heels of WordPress 3.6 and 3.7, another quick-fire WordPress release has happened from the folks at Automattic. In keeping with their promise to put out future releases quickly, WordPress 3.8 brings a load of even more new features to the WordPress core.

  • You need to know about the big change in WordPress 3.7

    WordPress has recently been updated to 3.7. *Record screech* Uh… what? But it only just got updated to 3.6! What’s going on?? It’s true, this upgrade has come hot on the heels of WordPress 3.6, which is unusual timing for updates to the core WordPress package. You might have just spent of load of time

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  • The whys and hows of premium WordPress themes

    I have just completed a total overhaul of my personal website, changing it from a freelancer-for-hire focus to a minimalist portfolio. Even though I’m a website designer, I chose a premium theme I’d never worked with before, and used it pretty much straight out-of-the-box, doing very few customisations to it. Why?

  • How to Speed Up Your WordPress Website

    Loading speed is critical to the success of your website. Your website should be loading in a matter of seconds. If it’s too slow to load, you will lose visitors who won’t wait around when they could be visiting faster pages! So, let’s look at how to find out your page loading speed, identify common

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  • How to upgrade your website to WordPress 3.6

    On August 1st, the latest major release of WordPress was launched. WordPress 3.6 has several cool new features: Built-in audio and video support, which means you don’t need to upload to YouTube or Vimeo first to embed video or audio in your website; Revised autosave and revisions; New menu interface, to make managing menus less confusing;

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  • How to see what your website looks like for different visitors

    What’s the best way to test your website on different devices? Should you buy a laptop at every size and operating system, and every smartphone and tablet on the market? Well, of course not! There are easier ways to make sure your website looks great for every visitor. Browser testing tools are a must for

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  • Why you should be wary of spec work

    Spec (speculative) work is a contentious issue in the field of design. You may have heard of it and not known what all the fuss is about. Or maybe it’s a totally new concept to you. Whichever camp you fall into, this article aims to explain the issues and give you some perspective on why

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  • 14 great reasons to keep your web design simple

    Cake Pops

    The most common comments from my clients about their website design is “I want it simple,” or “I like this site because it’s clean,” or “I want it really minimal,” or some variation on these. Why is minimal web design so popular? Perhaps it’s because a lot of people are already intimidated by getting a

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  • Think a free WordPress theme is too good to be true? It probably is.

    Every new owner of a WordPress.org website is giddy with excitement. The thrill of a new business, a new blog, a redesign or refresh is palpable. And it all seems so easy and cheap – just get your discount hosting, install WordPress with a couple of clicks, grab a free theme and BLAMMO! Instant website!

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  • How to optimise your WordPress website for mobile visitors

    Have you looked at your website on a smartphone lately? A tablet? Chances are, if you have one of these devices, you have noticed that some websites look great on them, and some look… well, tiny. So how can you ensure that your website looks great for all visitors, and more importantly, gives them the

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