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Strip Down Your Blog: CSS Naked Day

Get ready to go naked. On April 9th, 2008, hundreds, possibly thousands, of blogs and websites will go naked in honor of CSS Naked Day. Join fellow WordPress bloggers in honoring web designers and WordPress Theme builders by going naked. This is the third year of the annual CSS Naked Day which honors web design […]

Scott Reilly: Two Weeks of WordPress Plugin Releases and Updates

In March of 2005, Scott Reilly of Coffee2Code shook up the WordPress Community with 7 Days of Plugins. During that week, Scott created and released: Easy Post-to-Post Links WordPress Plugin: A shortcut code for referencing onsite blog posts by id or post slug name. Obfuscate E-mail WordPress Plugin: Automatically disguise emails within blog posts and […]

Weekly Digest: Catching Up, Speaking San Francisco, Future Post Mixup, Talking to Blogger Talks, and More

Yikes, it’s been a rough few weeks. Along with some nasty business stuff, which is actually normal in my line of work, I was supposed to be on my first real, non-working vacation in 14 years, which turned into a workation. What should have been normal was much less fun than usual as my husband […]

How to Speed Up the Blog Image Hunt

It was late and I needed to repeat the use of an image I uploaded a year ago to the Blog Herald. I know WordPress is working on a new image uploader and multimedia management interface, but it can’t come soon enough for me. Clicking through only a few groups of the hundreds of images […]

The Art of Smilies in WordPress Blogs

I recently ;-) ran across a blog :D that was stuffed with 8O . You know, those yellow smiling faces :) that grin, wink, blink and snarl at you from many blog posts? They are called emoticons by their proper term, but also known as smilies or smileys. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t, […]

Creating a Clickable Header in Your WordPress Theme

While working on the CSS design for this site, I wanted two things: A site design that meet web accessibility standards as much as possible. A header design that was interesting, original, and clickable. The accessible part was easy. The Sandbox WordPress Theme, which allows WordPress.com users to customize their blog Theme, puts the blog […]

Converting a Newsletter Into a Blog

I just finished an article series on the Blog Herald on Converting a Newsletter Into a Blog. The series is stuffed with blogging tips, as well as many tips for using WordPress, both as a replacement for your newsletter and how to use it for a small business or membership association. Here are some of […]

Protecting Your WordPress Blog

I’ve written extensively about the choices you have in responding to negative comments and bloggers. You can respond or ignore, but never retaliate. However, a few months ago, Darren Rowse of Problogger was the victim of a spammer and hacker and it made me want to jump up and hit back, as I’m sure it […]

Melissa McAvoy Offers 8 Tips for Accessible Blogging

Melissa McAvoy, a web accessibility and usability specialist, shares 8 Tips for Accessible Blogging, a quick list of tips to help you make your blog or website accessible to everyone, including the blind and visually impaired. A lot of the tips make good sense whether or not you are physically impaired. 2. Always include meaningful […]

Blogging Tips Book: Blog Syndication and Subscription Tips

The following excerpt is from Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging by Lorelle on WordPress. Blog syndication is the use of your blog’s feed to deliver your blog’s content to other blogs, feed readers and aggregators. Many consider feeds to be a replacement for print or emailed newsletters, bringing the content directly […]

Save Images As High Quality With Version Numbers

When working on designing a blog or website, I create many of the graphic images and logos from scratch, often using PaintShop Pro. As I work, I frequently save the original images as high quality and resolution PaintShop Pro files by version numbers for those “just in case” or back tracking needs. For example, while […]

Bloggers Share Step-by-Step Tips for Increasing Blog Usability

Twenty Usability Tips for Your Blog — Condensed from Dozens of Bloggers’ Experiences is a great step-by-step guide on how to improve the usability of your blog, and improve your visitor’s experience. I’m particularly fond of the About Page point. ;-) But I also have long been a fan of “Archive by Topic Not Date” […]

Future Laptops Faster and Less Battery Drain – But Cooler?

The New York Times reports that Intel chips will run faster and use less power, and be even smaller. The microprocessor chips, which Intel plans to begin making in the second half of this year, are designed for computers but they could also have applications in consumer devices. Their combination of processing power and energy […]

Integrating FeedBlitz Feed Email Service Into WordPress

FeedBlitz is a feed subscription service which includes feeds by email. According to Feedblitz, 11% of web users use feeds and feed readers to track favorite blogs and sites, which leaves a lot of your blog’s visitors struggling to keep up with the latest posts and news from your blog. Since email is a more […]

WordPress Thumbnail Size Limit Hack

WordPress 2.1 Thumbnail Hack from Nick Smit offers a way to get around the WordPress limit of not creating a thumbnail for an image over 3 megapixels. Since blog images are smaller than this, a 3 megapixel image is huge and unusual for publishing on the web. Most reduce the size, and along with it […]

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