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When the Blog Breaks: Fixing Your Broken Blog

In Part One of this two part article series, we explored how to determine when your blog or website is down and explored various monitoring and notification methods. In this part, we will look at what may break a blog, and offer suggestions on troubleshooting and fixing your broken blog. What Can Bring Your Website […]

When The Blog Breaks: Site Monitoring

A few months ago, it seemed like every two or three hours, my main site, Taking Your Camera on the Road, would go down. Eventually, with the help of my fabulous WordPress friends, we discovered that my host server changed their database monitoring security method to prevent abuse by putting a limit on the number […]

Editing the Edit This WordPress Template Tag

For those of you just reading WordPress blogs, there is a part of the blog, just under the title, that you can’t see. If you are the administrator, owner, or chef-cook-and-bottle-washer of a WordPress blog, and logged in, you see it. It’s called the Edit Post Link Template Tag. Once you are logged in, the […]

Power Blogging: Web Browser Blogging Tips

WordPress and many other blogging tools require you to interface with your blog through your web browser, be it Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, or whatever you are using. While I’ve used any browser I could find on any public and private computer to access my blogs, and I declare Firefox to be the […]

Link Referrals – Linking to Site Search Tags

I received notice of an interesting referrer link the other day. Conversations’ Get Started Blogging workshop post, “Whistle Stops”, included a link to Lorelle on WordPress – wordpressdotcom tagged posts. Interesting. Instead of linking to a single post, or even a category, or just to my site in general, he linked to a site search […]

Changing Titles in the Titles of WordPress Posts

Damn, damn, damn. I found some posts I wrote before I found Spellbound Online Spell Checker which puts built-in spell checking in Firefox. The word “perseverance” was misspelled in the title. ARGH! So I had to go back and change the spelling. I quickly learned there is more to fixing or changing a title in […]

WordPress Administration Panel Confusion – Changing the wpadmin.css

I have several blogs and I was going crazy figuring out which one was which in my Firefox browser. With the three tone blue Administration Panels in WordPress, I couldn’t tell which blog I was in without looking at the title. I work very fast and I needed something faster to catch my eye to […]

Comment Live Preview Placement

A feature I really appreciate on many blogs, including WordPress blogs, is the comment live preview feature. This is a feature that allows the writer to see what they are writing in the comment form as they write. To be honest, there are two forms of comment preview. One is the live preview which displays […]

Customizing Your WordPress Quicktag Buttons

If you have upgraded your WordPress blog, you may have made changes to your quicktag buttons in your previous version and need to know how to add them back. There used to be a few WordPress Plugins you could choose from to allow you to customize or add to your quicktag buttons, the buttons found […]

How Do You Choose a WordPress Theme?

How to Choose a WordPress Theme for Your eChapbook and Blog is part of an ongoing lesson for young people on web page design and development, and blogging, of course. The first instruction is to choose a WordPress Theme for their blog and discuss why they made the choice they made. Choosing a theme is […]

Importing Quotes Into the Random Quote Generator WordPress Plugin – WP-Quotes

I’ve been using the WordPress Random Witty Text Plugin on my main site for well over a year. I’ve always had random quotes on my web pages for a variety of reasons, but mostly because I’ve been collecting quotes since I was a child and I like to share them. Witty Text WordPress Plugin was […]

Creating a “Bad Code Day” Error Message for Your Blog

I am a fan of fun 404 Page Error pages. I also like entertaining messages for readers when blogs or websites take a “bad day off”. I’ve created such a page for my main site to put up when things go bork in the code to let people know what is happening. It also acts […]

Putting Some Thought Into Blog Categories and Tags

There has been a lot of talk about the differences and similarities between categories and tags, and how to implement their use. I’d like to talk about the process of choosing categories for your posts. But first, let’s take a moment to examine what categories and tags are. What are Categories and Tags? In the […]

Search Engine Site Submission Secrets

I write a lot about website development and how to make your site or blog as search engine friendly as possible. I wanted to share a few search engine site submission secrets I’ve learned over the many years. Be Prepared – You Never Know When a Search Engine Will Visit Remember, a search engine’s work […]

Like Owner Looks Like Dog, Do You Look Like Your Aggregator?

I loved how the Squash blog by Phil Sim titled this: Do You Look Like Your Aggregator. Brilliant. You know how they say pets tend to look like their owners. Well, after playing around with content aggregators over the last few days, it’s become strikingly obvious to me that the content aggregators share the same […]

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