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Blog Exercises: Site Models

In “WordPress Site Models” I describe the three main formats for a site layout. They are static, blog, and hybrid. Each site model works for a variety of content and presentation of that content, though some work better for specific types of sites. A static site model, even in WordPress, uses Pages and not posts […]

Fighting Comment Spam: WordPress Comments Mass Edit Mode

Every once in a while, the comment spammers win. Just a little. They use new techniques, new IP addresses, some method that slips by Akismet and other comment spam fighting tools. Your Comments Panel overflows with comment spam. After marking 10 or 20 as comment spam, your natural inclination is to fire off an angry […]

Developing a Business Model with Greg Balanko-Dickson

My friend, Greg Balanko-Dickson, has decided to jump off the risk cliff out of his comfort zone and you all get the benefit. You may be familiar with Greg as he is an occasional guest blogger on this blog. He’s brought you the wonderful articles such as Business Blogging Strategy: Build Trust and Rapport, Relationship […]

Blog Models: Ways to Use Blogs

Tan Kian Ann of Blogopreneur offers “10 Practical Ways to Use a Blog”, outlining some common blog models. These include: Personal weblog Professional interest blog Company website Online resume Newsletter publisher A communication platform for companies A brainless instant publishing site to make money Project development and status announcements Collaboration project logs Chatroom creator Some […]

Modern Crusader: Plagiarism Today with Jonathan Bailey

When you look around the world today, especially in the blogosphere, do you find many serious crusaders? I have, and Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today is one of my modern crusader heroes. When it comes to defending copyrights, few are better at digging into the truth and destroying the myths than Jonathan Bailey. While admittedly […]

WordPress.com Blog Remodel: Stay Tuned for Graphic Changes Here

I’m sorry, but I’m moving the furniture around and you are just going to have to learn to live with the noise of the construction and remodel for a while. ;-) The look of this blog will be changing soon. And probably a lot over the next month or so as no web design is […]

Your Comment Has Been Moderated – Stay Tuned for Approval

You come across a blog post you really want to comment on. You think out your comment, carefully type it in, check it for misspellings, and, when you are ready, you hit the submit button. The page reloads and…where’s your comment? It’s not there! Did it take it? What happened? Some people understand that comments, […]

WordPress Theme Easy Remodeling: Does She or Doesn’t She?

Ousshhh! My heart took a nasty jump, when I went to your blog for the latest and the brightest on WordPress and blogging philosophy. Suddenly I wasn’t at home, but in some white and bright desert. That was my first impression only, and the explanation came pronto: She’s only experimenting with some new and nifty […]

Computer Models – How New Words Become Part of the Language

In an interesting post, New Scientist’s Mark Buchanan reports on “How New Words Become Part of the Language”. Since words are an important part of blogging, understanding where words come from, how they developed, and how they are used, and to use them appropriately, is critical to a successful blog. When unwanted email first came […]

Research on the WordPress, Web Development, and Web Design Job Market

In 2012 and 2013, I did extensive research for the grant program to develop and rewrite the Web Developer degree program at Clark College. This research included an analysis of current and future job opportunities for students graduating with that degree with a solid understanding of WordPress. Now that the program has completed its first […]

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 […]

It’s About Access

If you have a few minutes today, watch this. Oh, watch it anyway. And share it. It won a Webby, the equivalent of the Oscar for the web world. And I have to admit that at the end, I cried. Seriously. Like those in the satirical episode, I don’t live in the wildest woolliest of […]

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 […]

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. […]

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