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Blog Exercises: Fix Images in Your Content

One of the most popular help requests on the WordPress forums is how to make the post text wrap around images. I wrote “Wrapping Text Around Images” in the WordPress Codex as a starting point many years ago. I explain it further in “How to Add Images in Your Post Content” on Lorelle Teaches, going […]

Firefox 5 Crashes: What is Causing Them and How to Fix It

If you are one of the thousands suffering constant crashes from the June update of Mozilla Firefox 5, realize you are not alone. Literally thousands have reported on Firefox 5 crashing across all platforms, including Windows and Mac. UPDATE: The crashes were clearly not a result of problems with Firefox but with Adobe Flash. Crashes […]

WordPress 2.0.6 Released With Feedburner Fixes

WordPress 2.0.6 has been released and already there are fixes for the new version, showing how fast WordPress developers respond. Mark Jaquith, one of the lead developers in this new version, has the information on fixing the issues feedburner feeds and NeoSmart explains it a bit further. For those willing to jump on the beta […]

When the Blog Breaks: Fixing Your Broken Blog

In Part One of this two part article series, we explored how to determine when your blog or website is down and explored various monitoring and notification methods. In this part, we will look at what may break a blog, and offer suggestions on troubleshooting and fixing your broken blog. What Can Bring Your Website […]

Understanding and Fixing WordPress Search

There is a lot you can do with WordPress regarding searching your blog. You can use the built-in search capabilities, replace it with a search from Google or Yahoo (or whoever), or use an awesome WordPress Plugin called Search Everything to really get full advantage of searching your blog. Let me explain what and how […]

WordPress 2.0 Breaks Ecto – Here’s the Fix

If you are currently using Ecto to post to your WordPress blog, and you upgrade to WordPress 2.0, according to the Ecto developers, it will break Ecto. But rest assured, the WordPress Development team sprung into action and a fix is available. I recommend not to upgrade to WordPress 2.0 yet as it breaks file […]

Family Holiday Time – Would You Fix My Computer?

It never fails to happen. I show up to any family event, holidays or not, and I’m asked to take a look at the computer. A recent trip to Seattle resulted in just that kind of request from my mother. She is famous for being a clean freak, panicking at the thought of not enough […]

Fixing Browsers: Bugs and Hacks

While the CSS and HTML web standards are in place, they are still a growing and evolving entity. As Internet browsers get more advanced, the codes change with them. Before standards became the norm, a designer would have to design their web pages to accommodate all the different browsers out there and the different ways […]

Testers, Checkers and Fixers for WordPress Themes

There are almost 400 WordPress Themes available from WordPress sponsored outlets. I’m sure there are hundreds more spread out across the web. With so many WordPress Themes, many authors are having a great time creating them, but do little to maintain them. Many WordPress Themes need some serious TLC. Volunteers are being sought by WordPress […]

Russia’s Bloggers Under Attack

If you haven’t been paying attention to one of the largest countries in the world is persecuting bloggers. I’ve written up a summary in the ClarkWP Magazine site produced by my Clark College WordPress students, “The New Blogger’s Law in Russia.” In December 2013, the Russian parliament passed a law to allow the blocking of […]

Blog Exercises: When You Assume…

One of the class projects for my WordPress college course involved the students working together on a single broken post to find all the errors in the content. Typically, this is a quick test of their basic coding skills, but this quarter’s students are not typical. They are exceptional. The goal was to identify and […]

Blog Exercises: Taking Inventory on What Keeps You Blogging

The recent major desktop computer crash has left me reeling. I thought I had all my data backed up. For the most part, I did. What I didn’t have backed up was my programs. Getting back up to speed fast, I’ve had to prioritize the programs I had download and install. Yes, download. Who gets […]

Blog Exercises: Ingredients of a Professional Site

Two questions on the same day triggered this blog exercise. I was asked by a student in my WordPress class recently what defined a “professional blog.” I told him it was one that met all the criteria for a well-designed, well-formed site that met web standards. This is a good definition, but lacked specifics. A […]

Blog Exercises: Bye Bye to Dumb Drafts

Demian Farnworth of Copyblogger wrote a brilliant article, “5 1/2 Reasons You Should Kill a Draft Blog Post. It’s today’s blog exercise. In summary, Demian’s tips are: The idea sounds bad to you days later. It’s likely to create controversy you don’t want. It looks like something you wrote last year. It looks like stolen […]

Update to WordPress 3.6.1 Now

It is upgrade time again. Time to upgrade your WordPress. WordPress 3.6.1 Maintenance and Security Release was announced today. It includes fixes to WordPress 3.6 and some security issues, so this is a mandatory update. WordPress.com users are automatically updated, as are all those on managed WordPress hosting like WP Engine. This update applies to […]

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