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Author Archives: Lorelle VanFossen

Lorelle VanFossen is a trainer and consultant in WordPress, User Experience (UX), blogging, social media, and online business. She is currently teaching WordPress at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, and other colleges, in addition to private training and various public workshops.

She is author and host of Lorelle on WordPress covering WordPress and blogging tips, help, and advice for beginners to advanced users. She is the author of numerous books and ebooks on blogging, social media, web publishing – you name it. She travels the world speaking at conferences about her passion to help people have their say online.

WordPress School: Gravatar

In the last lesson in this WordPress School course, you were to fill in the blanks of your WordPress site profile on your test site. In this lesson, you are to create your Gravatar. Gravatar is a “Globally Recognized Avatar.” Aside from the popular movie, most are familiar with avatars, the images used to represent […]

WordPress School: Your Profile

Last Friday and over the weekend, you should have setup your WordPress test site that you will be using throughout this year-long course. Remember, I want you to treat this like it is a real site with a real purpose and mission to get the most out of this process. Have fun with it and […]

WordPress School: Week 2

We’ve just completed the first week of Lorelle’s WordPress School. Whew! In the first week, you did a lot of homework with a variety of forms and assignments to get you thinking before doing, part of the secret recipe for learning WordPress from the inside out. The discussions are rocking in the WordPress School Google+ […]

WordPress School: About Page

Now that we’ve covered the basics of posts and Pages, it’s time to cull from the information in your Site Master Plan to create your first page: About. By default, WordPress automatically generates an About Page called “About.” Some web hosting services have chosen to rename this “Sample Page” or “Example Page” for their one-click […]

WordPress School: The Test Site

To participate in Lorelle’s WordPress School, you will need a test site to experiment and play on. This is a site that is not accessible and viewable by the general public, your private playground to experiment and break your WordPress site, but accessible by anyone with a link to the site, which makes it great […]

WordPress School: Terms – WordPress

Throughout Lorelle’s WordPress School this year, I will be teaching you the words, jargon, and names of things, including their nick names. We’ll start with the word “WordPress.” WordPress WordPress is an Open Source web publishing, content management system platform. That’s a mouthful. Let’s break it down. Open Source Open Source is software for which […]

WordPress School: Categories and Tags

We’ve covered WordPress posts and Pages, the core content elements associated with a basic WordPress site. Today we are going to focus on posts, specifically how they are organized and structured within a WordPress site. Categories are your site’s Table of Contents. Tags are your site’s index words. Honestly, it is that simple. Think of […]

WordPress School: Posts and Pages

Let’s be Lorelle’s WordPress School with the two core content elements of WordPress: posts and Pages. By default, WordPress displays content in posts and Pages. Each behaves differently and distinctively in WordPress, and can confuse people easily. Let’s make this simple. Pages hold timeless content. Posts hold timely content. Please be patient with the videos. […]

WordPress School: Site Master Plan

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. Tony Robbins A website is an intangible, a virtual nothing in which we create something tangible to human perception. When it boils right down to it, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little created nothing with WordPress. WordPress isn’t a physical object you can […]

WordPress School: Week 1

Welcome to the first of Lorelle’s WordPress School, a year-long project to teach you WordPress from the inside out. This is the first week, and there is much to cover to help kick start this program and your learning in WordPress. Remember, for those who are new to WordPress, this will all be fresh and […]

Presentation: Blog Your Passion

The following are the presentations notes for my workshop called “Blogging Your Passion” at Making it in Changing Times in 2015. In 2010 I was in Chicago for SOBCon, the Successful Online Business Conference, and I had an amazing encounter with a woman on the crowded downtown streets: …I was storming away from the last […]

WordPress and Blogging Community Course in Forest Grove, Oregon

Attention all on the west side of Portland and around the Portland Metro area. Beginning February 18 through April 8, 2015, I’m honored to be teaching an 8-week community WordPress and blogging class in Forest Grove, Oregon, on Wednesdays from 6:30-9PM at the Forest Grove Senior Center. I rarely present community-based WordPress courses in the […]

Welcome to Lorelle’s WordPress School

I was one of the first asked to write and publish a text book on WordPress. I worked with the BIG NAME text book publishing company for months to create a structure and outline for WordPress users. As a long-time WordPress user, WordPress Codex contributor and editor, WordPress support forums volunteer, developer, designer, and WordPress […]

Making It In Changing Times Writers Conference

I will be speaking on “Blogging Your Passion” at the Making it in Changing Times conference January 31, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. Produced by author Jessica Page Morrell, this day-long conference is designed to kick your writing and publishing butt in the new world of publishing. The conference features: Cathy Lamb, best-selling New York Times […]

WordPress Publishing Checklist

The following is a brief summary of the workflow to publishing content in WordPress. Print this out to remind yourself of each step in the process. Consider this your checklist to review before publishing every post until you become accustomed to the process. This is your guide to the WordPress publishing process. This guideline is […]

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