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May Day Protests: Having Your Say Beyond the Web

Yesterday was the annual May Day protests across the United States. I stumbled upon the Portland, Oregon, May Day protest parade on my way to meet with the panel members for the WordPress Theme Panel at WebVisions 2012. The power of the blog is the ability to have your say. A blog doesn’t guarantee the […]

Saying Goodbye to Delicious, MyBlogLog, AltaVista, and Larry King

With the announcement that Yahoo! will retire Delicious, MyBlogLog, Altavista and other Yahoo! services, WordPress users around the world will have their blogging habits change. UPDATE: I’ve updated the news on WordCast with Delicious Lives – Yahoo! Might Not. Yahoo! and Delicious announced that Delicious will not close. They are looking at selling or spinning […]

Building a Tourist Community Website With WordPress: Navigation and Usability Rules

By Amir Helzer of ICanLocalize In Building a Tourist Community Website With WordPress: Content Rules, I described how our new tourist community website, Baripedia, has made the decision to hire a writing professional to rewrite and edit all the content on our site to make it professional, web-friendly, SEO-friendly, and easy to read. My decisions […]

Blog Navigation WordPress Plugins: Related, Recent, Most Popular Posts and More

As part of this month long series about WordPress Plugins, I’ve been digging deep to find some great WordPress Plugins to help you increase the navigation of your WordPress blog. Navigational tools include showcasing recent posts, related posts, most popular posts, posts by category, breadcrumbs, tags, and so much more. I’ve come up with some […]

Bad-Behavior Continues to Give the Finger to Comment Spammers

The brilliant brain behind Bad Behavior, the comment spam fighter that “gives the finger to comment spammers” before they gain access to your blog, is Michael Hampton. Before I get more to bragging on my buddy, Michael, I’d like to announce that the latest update to Bad Behavior, version 2.09, has been released and version […]

Looks Like Your Page Was Heavily Hit By Spam – Yeah, Right, Spammer!

Among the recent, slowly dying down, recent spam attack, I find this comment spam: Kim… Looks like your page was heavily hit by spam… Oh, please. Give me a break. It’s really cute to send this kind of nice spam message right after a massive comment spam attack. Do they really think we are that […]

Help Visitors Navigate Your Site: Make a Site Index

This lands in the brain as “why didn’t I think of that”. A long time writer both of non-fiction and technical writing, on paper and computer, I adore indexes. I’ve created many of them within my word processor and think of them whenever I’m doing a book. Why didn’t I think of doing one on […]

Bad Behavior – Latest Update

I’m a huge fan of IOERROR’s Bad Behavior, a WordPress Plugin that literally “gives the finger” to comment spammers and site abusers. There is a new update out at Bad Behavior 1.2.3 with the download site located on Download Bad Behavior WordPress Plugin. Just unzip the file and copy the entire folder into your wp-content/plugins […]

Bad Behavior – Updated New Release

If you are a fan of the wonderful comment spam plugin Bad Behavior, the WordPress Plugin with “gives the finger to spammers and bots not on good behavior”, then get excited because ioerror has released a new version! As a paranoid website administrator, I am constantly on the alert for comment spam, and I’m a […]

Navigating Your WordPress Site

How visitors nagivate through your site is critical to how long they stay on your site. While having quality content helps, their ability to move from one post to another, or through the archives and categories, finding the information they need about the site, you, and the content, is very important to a successful website. […]

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 […]

WordPress For Writers

I will be speaking this year at several workshops and conferences on the subject of “WordPress for Writers.” The workshop covers the basic elements of WordPress content structure and organization, then adds the complexities of a site for writers and authors. This is one of a series of articles on WordPress for Writers and Authors. […]

Blog Exercises: Where You Came From

Inspired by these blog exercises, Janet Williams of Janet’s Notebook has been taking her readers on a journey back through time and space, exploring her family’s Chinese heritage from her little corner of the south of England. Her “Letters from China” have evolved from a few posts to an entire series, and eventually, I hope, […]

Blog Exercises: I Don’t Trust That Site

I recommended an article to a student and they said they didn’t trust that site, thus shed doubt on my personal integrity. I asked why. “Because it’s on Blogspot.” Wow. I have to say that wasn’t the answer I expected. I didn’t expect someone, not web savvy in the least, would associate a blogger on […]

Blog Exercises: How to Create a Blogger Identity

A rebroadcast of “How Much Does Your Name Matter?” from Freakonomics Radio looked at the impact of a name on society, perception, prejudice, and ability to succeed. Indeed, there is some evidence that a name can influence how a child performs in school and even her career opportunities. There’s also the fact that different groups […]

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