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Creating a Clickable Header in Your WordPress Theme

While working on the CSS design for this site, I wanted two things: A site design that meet web accessibility standards as much as possible. A header design that was interesting, original, and clickable. The accessible part was easy. The Sandbox WordPress Theme, which allows WordPress.com users to customize their blog Theme, puts the blog […]

Random WordPress Plugins: Rotating Banners, Header Art, Images, Quotes, and Content on Your Blog

Some people like to have their header art or banners change with every page reload, making their site look different on each page visit. Some people want to showcase their artwork or photography by having a image change randomly as a visitor moves through the site. Others want to feature posts from the past or […]

Customizing wordpress.com Default Theme Headers

Custom Kubrick or Default Theme Headers are now live for wordpress.com users. Donncha has turned this function on in the Presentation Panel, and you can see it only if you are using the Default/Kubrick Theme. As mentioned, the Kubrick Header Switcher was developed by Andy Skelton for WordPress 1.6, the alpha-stage next version of WordPress. […]

New Kubrick Header Switcher for WordPress 1.6

Andy Skelton has added a Custom Kubrick Header Art Switcher to the development of WordPress 1.6. This handy feature will allow users of the Kubrick/Default WordPress Theme to quick switch their header art to change the look of their site. Now, personally, I haven’t found a reason for anyone to use the Kubrick/Default WordPress Theme […]

Problem Solving the WordPress Header

Tips Apply to the Full Version of WordPress. In order to learn more about WordPress, I started hanging out in the WordPress Codex and on the WordPress Support Forum. Over time, as I became more familiar with the inner workings of WordPress and read much of the documentation in the WordPress Codex, I started answering […]

Future of Header Art in WordPress 1.6?

The news is coming out fast lately about the various and possible changes in WordPress 1.6. Andy Skelton talks about a new solution for header art in WordPress 1.6 for WordPress Default Themes, also known as the Kubrick Theme. His announcement states that changing the header art for the Default Theme will hopefully soon be […]

You’re Invited: Vancouver WordPress Social Meetup October 19

The last WordPress Social Meetup in Vancouver, Washington, was such a success, we’re going forward with these monthly meetings. Vancouver, Washington, is just a few minutes from downtown Portland, and our next meeting is this Sunday, October 19, from 4-7PM. Please arrive by 4:15PM to be allowed into the building. It is normally closed on […]

The Web is All About The Writing

Reading “7 Things You Need to Know about SEO in 2014” from Compete Pulse, I was fascinating to read that “size matters:” Most blog posts range between 400 and 600 words, but the ideal length for highest ranking is actually around 1,500. Many still believe that a successful website is one that offers the information […]

WordPress I Course: Summer at Clark College

My WordPress I course at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, just across the river from Portland, Oregon, is open for registration for Summer Quarter 2014. The course begins July 7, 2014, on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30-9:30PM. This is a five credit hour course, 50 hours of all WordPress basics in 8 weeks. The size […]

WordPress For Writers: WordPress Author Sites

In this part of my series on WordPress For Writers, I’ll cover the basic things to consider when using WordPress on site promoting the work of writers and authors. For more on the subject, see other articles in the WordPress for Writers and Authors series. This article assumes you have some basic familiarity with WordPress […]

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: The Welcome Page

One of the many things I’d like to see gone on the web is the Welcome front page. Think about it this way. You invite friends over for a party. You greet everyone at the door with a full self-introduction, welcoming them to your place, instructing them on how to visit your home, telling them […]

Blog Exercises: Mashups

One of my favorite odd-ball mashups is the movie Moulin Rouge! Released in 2001, the movie features Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, and an outstanding cast of top notch actors singing their way through a Bollywood-style production set in a 1899 France cabaret. There are few original songs in the film. Instead they used pop songs […]

Blog Exercises: Start Here Guides

Training for educators using online learning management systems for high schools and college recommend creating a “Start Here” page to guide the student through the process. If the process is complicated, this makes sense. The question I wanted to know from trainers is why don’t they provide training upon entrance to the school so each […]

Blog Exercises: How to Add Headings to Your Post Articles

I’ve mentioned using headings in your post articles throughout these Blog Exercises. Let’s look closer at these HTML tags that help you structure and increase the readability of your blog posts. Headings are HTML tags used to set the section or subsection titles within your blog posts. They divide your content into sections, but they […]

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