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Rant Over Excuses for Not Being a Web Professional

I’ve long wanted to rant about how anyone today seems to be able to pass themselves off as an expert, especially when it comes to web design and development. Oh, I could easily build up some steam. Today, I don’t have to rant. Roger Johansson of 456 Berea Street lets go in “Lame Excuses for […]

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 […]

Which WordPress Plugins Does Lorelle on WordPress Use?

As part of my month long series about WordPress Plugins, I was recently asked which WordPress Plugins I use on Lorelle on WordPress. Do you want to know which WordPress Plugins I have on this blog? The answer is: none. This blog is hosted by the free WordPress.com blog service. Part of the price for […]

How to Install, Configure, and Use WordPress Plugins

WordPress Plugins come in two styles: drop-in and mess with. Those are my terms, not the official ones. Drop in WordPress Plugins are Plugins you upload, activate, and then interact with only through the WordPress Administration Panels. Mess With WordPress Plugins are the ones you install and interact with through the Administration Panels, but they […]

Please Don’t Use Google To Research References

I’m a huge fan of Information Wants To Be Free, a wonderful blog for librarians by Meridith Wolfwater. I’ll be writing more about her blog later, but I wanted to point out a great article called Whatever you do, don’t use Google. After we teach our students how to distinguish between authoritative and unauthoritative resources, […]

WordPress.com Blogs Now Offer More Than 35 Users Per Blog – For a Small Fee

WordPress.com offers unlimited users now on private blogs so you can turn your WordPress.com blog into your own blogging community. The free limit of 35 users will be enough for most people but if you’re building a private site that will have a large community or you’re a large organisation buying this upgrade is the […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Blog Housekeeping and Maintenance

Remember the old term “home pages” to represent a website? It was used in the earliest days of website design and development and had two meanings. The first was the term “home page” which meant the front or first page of a website. The second reference was to “home pages”, your personal website. In a […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Helping WordPress.com Users

WordPress has won very high marks and reviews for awesome customer service and documentation in the past two years. It was only natural when things got going for WordPress.com bloggers to provide similar top quality help and support. It took a while to create a WordPress.com Support Forum. Before it arrived, I pitched in with […]

Do You Need Permission to Use Feeds

I recently wrote about asking permission to include a blog in your blogroll and asking permission to link to website or blog content, and now I want to know if you need permission to publish a feed on your blog. This is a complex issue. Like blogrolls, I think it is a compliment to include […]

At the Bottom: New Delete Comment Spam Button in Akismet for WordPress.com Users

With the recent high volume of nasty comment spam, most of which is caught by Akismet within WordPress.com blogs, I’ve been mentally chastising the developers for not including a DELETE SPAM button at the bottom of the caught spam list. I would scroll through 90 or more caught spam comments and get to the bottom […]

Because Ignoring Reality Is The Next Best Thing To Changing It

Recently, a Pearls Before Swine cartoon by Stephan Pastis caught my attention. The conversation between the two pig characters was: “What are you doing?” “Life has overwhelmed me, so I have shoved my head into the sand.” “Why would you do that?” “Because ignoring reality is the next best thing to changing it.” [Fellow pig […]

What Blogging Tool Do You Use and Why?

I had a long talk with the Seattle Webloggers Meetup group and listened to their reasons for staying with the blogging software tool they use. I heard about what they liked and what they didn’t like about their blogging software tool. Many of them mentioned they had done a little research and WordPress was one […]

Abuse: Keyword Spamming versus Tag Spamming

I met a person recently who stopped learning web page design in 1999 and still considers himself still an expert. You know the type. Dangerous with just a little bit of experience. He knows nothing of web standards, tableless web page design, or any modern techniques or technologies. He knows 1999 HTML and CSS 101 […]

JPG, PNG, or GIF – When and How to Use Different Web Graphic Formats

While it isn’t pretty and a bit rude, this tutorial on when and how to use internet image formats via email or web page is helpful for learning about which image or graphic format to choose. For a basic understanding, and visual examples, of the differences between GIF, JPEG, and PNG, it does the job. […]

More Broadband Users Using Net for News

A new survey from the Pew Internet Technology Research, there has been a huge increase in the use of home broadband to access the news. By the end of 2005, 50 million Americans got news online on a typical day, a sizable increase since 2002. Much of that growth has been fueled by the rise […]

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