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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: Comments on the Contact Page

Do you have comments on your Contact Page? It’s a simple question. Have you checked lately? A well-formed contact page features a welcoming introduction and encouragement to contact the site administrator or owner, typically you. If you have a store-front, it often contains an address, phone number, driving directions, and map or link to a […]

Blog Exercises: Page and Post Abuse

If you are on WordPress, you are familiar with the concept of Pages and Posts. If you are on another Content Management System (CMS), it is likely you have similar content with a different name. In WordPress, Pages, with a capital P, are pseudo-static web pages on your site. They exist outside of the reverse […]

Blog Exercises: Know Your Pageviews

In this Blog Exercise, it is time to learn some website jargon, specifically, what are all the web pages of your site called. I teach web publishing with WordPress and web design courses at two colleges, and I’m stunned that students don’t know at the lack of proper names for all the parts of a […]

Managing Multiple Authors: Customizing the WordPress Author Page

We’ve been covering a lot of different suggestions for increasing the exposure of a contributor in a multiple author blog, and in this article, I want to focus specifically on one of the most important page on a WordPress site to an author, the author page. The author page in WordPress is generated automatically, featuring […]

Do Business Blogs Need Help Pages?

By Greg Balanko-Dickson I was wondering what might happen if a blog or website had a set of help pages? We expect help pages when using a software or web application. We see About pages and FAQ on blogs but how often do we see a set of “Help” pages on a business blog? Never? […]

Are You Abusing Your WordPress Pages – and Your Blog?

Here are two of the most important definitions you need to know about your WordPress blog: Post: An article published within a blog and displayed in chronological order within multi-post pages such as the front page, category, searches, archives, tags, and other page views. Page: A pseudo-static web page which holds content on a blog […]

The Rant Against Multiple Page Posts

WordPress and other blogs, as well as many websites, can use a feature known as multiple page posts, slicing up a long post into more than one “page”. While this may seem like a smart idea, it sucks. How many times have you been frustrated arriving on a web page looking for information only to […]

Validating Multiple Pages on Your Blog

Validating one web page full of code on your WordPress blog doesn’t help you find all the errors that may be hiding out among all the various pages and page views on your blog. The W3C Canada Validator validates multiple pages on your blog, tracking down errors across the different pages and page views. You […]

The Beauty of a Good 404 Page Not Found Page

On the lighter side of web page design and development, check out this fabulous “pleases everyone” 404 Page Not Found Error from ibiblio.org. Not only is it a fairly good and helpful Page Not Found Error page, it provides information explaining what has happened in tons of different languages, including: 1337/h4x0r – j00 f001, 7|-|47 […]

Are Web Page Link Previews Here to Stay?

According to Read/Write Web’s article, “Browster is Gone, But Are Web Previews Here to Stay”, the first company to produce programming to preview web pages is now gone, but there are many others battling for popularity on the web. I recently made my opinion very clear that I find Snap Preview Anywhere exceptionally annoying on […]

Akismet Auntie Spam Firefox-Greasemonkey Page Viewing Script

My buddy, Engtech has come up with a neat Firefox Greasemonkey script which “shrinks” your screen view of Akismet’s comment spam page viewing. The Akismet Auntie Spam Greasemonkey Script for Firefox changes the way the comment spam caught by Akismet is viewed. Instead of viewing the whole comment spam, and scrolling down screen after screen […]

Bye-Bye Page View Brag

The page view in web statistics is the number of times a web page is “viewed”. This statistic is used to track your traffic and visitors on your blog or website and a favorite brag for blog owners. Advertisers have been taking page views into account for years, but now modern technology in web page […]

WordPress Pages: Exploring the Pseudo-Static Pages of WordPress

I fought long and hard to change the name “Pages” in WordPress jargon. After failing miserably, we’re now almost two years into spreading the word that the pseudo-static web pages on WordPress are called “Pages” and all other pages generated by WordPress are called “web pages” or “post views”. While most of the confusion seems […]

WP-SNAP WordPress Plugin: Alphabetized Index Listing of Posts for Category Pages

Many people use their blogs like encyclopedias, wikis, or great repositories of information. Or for handling collections of information such as quotes, poetry, recipes, code, research, or facts. Others write reviews of books, movies, television shows, and technology. So wouldn’t it be slick to be able to sort through the collection of posts in alphabetical […]

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