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Designing WordPress Themes For the Slowing Web

Jonathan Bailey of the Blog Herald wrote about Surfing the Slow Web, a summary of his recent experience trying to connect to the Internet as an evacuee from Hurricane Gustav. While most web designers are pushing the limits of heavy handed design towards high bandwidth, the world still doesn’t work that fast or wide. According […]

Blog Challenge: Describe Your Computer Setup – Then and Now

This week’s blog challenge is to blog about your computer setup as it was “then” in the early days of your computer life, and how it is now, in your modern technology life. What computer tools are you dependent upon for your blog that surround you on your desk? Do you podcast? What do you […]

Shopping for a Blogging, Traveling Laptop

My laptop has reached the four year birthday and I’m ready for a new one. Every computer and laptop I’ve owned I’ve pushed beyond it’s capabilities from day one. I will never forget the first computer my husband and I bought “together”. Within three days, I’d filled the 2 gig hard drive, the largest one […]

Weekly Digest: Interviews, Non-stop Writing, Setting Clocks, and Challenging You to Blog Better

It’s another week in the blogging neighborhood of Lorelle’s World with plenty of activity and action. A few minutes ago I competed a podcast interview with the Download Squad on the topics of blogging and blog writing. I’m working hard on my two upcoming big article series on blog writing and personal blogging. Working on […]

Holiday Season Request: Open Your Internet Access Points

I’ve made this an annual request for the past few years: Please Open Your Internet Access Points During the Holiday Season. No matter where you live in the world, the next couple months are filled with some form of traditional, cultural, or religious holiday. Family members will be taking time off from work and their […]

Blog Challenge: How Do You Blog?

The Blog Herald’s “How I Blog” is a fascinating series on how bloggers blog. Each article highlights how each blogger works on their blog in their own fashion, from how they come up with content to the technology and hardware that is part of their blogging process. Your Blogging Challenge this week is: How Do […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Web Design

I’ve reviewed my writings over the past year for WordPress Tips, Tricks and Techniques, Designing WordPress Themes, Accessibility and Usability, and the basics of Web Development, which brings me to the more generalized category of web page design. As I explained in Designing WordPress Themes, designing a blog or website using WordPress is more complex […]

The Question: What Do You Love and Hate About a Website?

BCC News’ Newsnight is having second thoughts on their web design recently and asked a very important question: Web designers should ALWAYS remember: just because it can be done, doesn’t mean it should be done.” Stung by that challenge we’ve resolved to enter a period of rationalization. Let us know what you love and hate, […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Accessibility and Usability

In “Usability Isn’t Expensive. It’s Practical. Usability is Useful.”, I explained the differences, and similarities between accessibility and usability: Accessibility is the development of a website or blog to be accessible to everyone. This means that the design must meet web standards and pass a range of validation tests in order to be compliant with […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Choosing a WordPress Theme

One of the slick features with all WordPress and WordPress.com blogs is the ability to change the look of your blog in seconds. This feature was added in WordPress 1.5 in the beginning of 2005 and continues to be one of the most fascinating and exciting features WordPress has to offer. With WordPress, you can […]

Blogging Challenge: Write WordPress Tips

I was digging around Technorati looking for something to blog about and I put in “WordPress Tips”, a fairly innocuous tag that I was hoping would generate a bunch of interesting tidbits for me to bring to your attention to help you with WordPress. Well, thank goodness for David Esrati of Blogosopher. Without him, all […]

What’s New With WordPress News and WordCamp WordPress Conference

After over four months on the road almost non-stop, traveling by air, motor home, car, truck, SUV, bus, and foot, covering over 18,000 miles across 24 states, repeating some of them more than once (which total to 30 states, I think, but whose counting?), it’s time to play a little catch up with what is […]

Free Digital Books from The World eBook Fair

Everton Publishers’ Genealogy Blog reports that Project Gutenberg and World eBook Library are sponsoring the World eBook Fair. Project Gutenberg, with the cooperation of many other eBook publishers, is currently sponsoring a month-long eBook Fair. They have made available about 1/3 million books – free of charge – until August 4, 2006. The World eBook […]

Website Accessibility is Now Getting Serious in the USA

The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect. Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web As a long time advocate of website accessibility and meeting web standards for accessibility, I was amused by the San Fransisco Chronicle News story about […]

Usability Isn’t Expensive. It’s Practical. Usability is Useful.

456 Berea Street tackles “Usability Testing Without a Budget” is a prime example and explanation defending usability. It doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it’s practical. It’s the difference between a successful, and potentially money making website, and a dud. The truth is, Usability is useful. And worth it. Even larger projects can often […]

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