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Blog About Someone or Something That Has Changed Your Life

You would think that as experts in nature photography, travel, and web design, our main site, Taking Your Camera on the Road, would have certain articles that would attract a high level of consistent traffic, right? You would think that exciting and innovative articles like CSS Unleashed – CSS Experiments with Design Elements, which took […]

When Blogging is Threatened: Losing a Finger

No, I didn’t lose a finger. I’ve lost the use of a finger. Temporarily. This is the second time is a little over a year that I’ve tried to cut off one of my digits with a knife. Must be that time of life for me. A year ago, I had a run-in with a […]

New Interface and Administration Panels Coming for WordPress.com

NOTE AND UPDATE: The following post was written in 2006 and is no longer valid. The Shuttle Project did not last long after this announcement. While their intentions were good, Happy Cog Studios is overseeing the research and development of the new WordPress Administrative Panels due for inclusion in the WordPress 2.4 release. Matt Mullenweg […]

CSS Tabs – The Ultimate Tab Menus

Part of designing a WordPress Theme is the decision on how to structure the tab menus. There are two core tab menus in a traditional WordPress Theme: Categories and Pages. The Page menu lists the pseudo-static Pages such as About, Contact, Events, Schedule, Site Map, and other non-chronological web pages. The category lists are the […]

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 […]

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 […]

PhD Bloggers

I’ve written a bit about different types of bloggers and the reasons they blog, like celebrities, disabled, and even blogs about Hurricane Katrina. I just found a blog hosting site that specializes in blogs for PhD candidates that might be of interest to our more learned crowd. PhD Weblogs features a wide range of thesis […]

Accessibility: For Everyone, Including the Colorblind

I know that you all may think that it’s my mantra, but accessibility is a critical factor to take into consideration when designing a web page. With more than 25% of Internet users disabled in some way, you need to know that 1 in 4 visitors may be viewing your website or blog with limited […]

Image Replacement Techniques

The limitations for fonts available on the web has frustrated many web designers. With millions of awesome fonts available, the web is limited to merely a couple dozen since the font must be on the user’s computer in order to generate on the page. Faced with this font limitation, many designers resort to using graphic […]

Accessibility Doesn’t Have to Be Boring

Eyes Apart: Living with strabismus, a blog by Lois, who suffers with Strabismus which causes one or both eyes to not point in the same direction at the same time. She has written a lovely article about my main site, Taking Your Camera on the Road, highlighting the fact that producing a website that meets […]

Benefits of WordPress: Choosing What You Turn On and Turn Off

There is a lot to love about WordPress, and one of the great things is the ability to choose what you turn on and turn off through the use of powerful WordPress Plugins like the new Admin Revert WordPress Plugin by Owen Winkler of Asymptomatic. The yet-to-be-released WordPress 1.6 is still in alpha-moving-towards-beta testing, and […]

How Search Engines See, Search, and Visit Your Website

There are several kinds of search engines. Some collect their own data through “robots” or “spiders”, software that crawls through the web, tracking the various links between pages and sites, gathering data which the search engine filters and adds to its database. These include Google and Yahoo. Some rely upon individuals and businesses to enter […]

Winning Blog and Website Awards and Contests

Did you know that there are a variety of awards you can win for your website and/or blog? There are blog specific annual awards and there are a ton of website awards and contests. Since I’m having a sort of contest of my own to pick 5 wordpress.com bloggers to interview on this site about […]

Blogging About Disabilities

“If equal protection is a collective commitment and not just a courtroom catch-phrase, its first beneficiaries must be voters–such as minorities and those with disabilities–who have been systematically excluded from shaping the world in which they live.” –From an OP/ED in the Los Angeles Times (Dec. 26) As I continue examining how people blog, I […]

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