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Blog Exercises: Battling the Blue Funk

My mother just sent an email saying she was in a funk. Ten minutes later I got a phone call from a friend asking to visit to help her get over the “winter funk – summer blues” – her words. I just got over my blue funk a couple weeks ago. Funks are mini-depressions, short […]

WordCamp 2008 San Francisco – Great Fun. Pictures Don’t Lie.

WordCamp 2008 brought WordPress fans from around the world to San Francisco. I am always stunned by the lengths so many people take to travel so far for WordPress. Their passion and dedication is to be applauded as every one brings their unique perspective to a WordPress event and the WordPress Community. And they bring […]

Weekly Digest: WordPress Tips, Guest Bloggers Party On, and More WordPress and Blogging Fun

There are less than three weeks left as part of the two months of guest blogging fun celebrating the two year anniversary of WordPress.com and this blog. This month is dedicated to WordPress tips. This is the Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress. To subscribe to the Weekly Digest category of Lorelle on WordPress, you […]

The Magic and Fun of Incoming Links

On your WordPress blog in the Dashboard, or on your WordPress.com blog on your Blog Stats panel, you will find Incoming Links. If you aren’t using WordPress, you can find your incoming links through Technorati with: http://technorati.com/search/example.wordpress.com And through Google Blog Search with: http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?q=link:http://example.wordpress.com/ So what is so magical and fun about incoming links? Incoming […]

WordPress.com Blog Bling: Fun Font Bling

Why not dress up your WordPress.com blog with some font bling? So far on this series on WordPress.com Blog Bling, I’ve covered how to using images, logos, and badges to decorate your WordPress.com blog, how to add horizontal and vertical lines and smilies, and Social Bookmarking Submit Links on WordPress Blogs, including WordPress.com blogs. In […]

WordPress 2.1: Template Tag and Function Changes

I’m just beginning to dig into some of the template tag and function changes in WordPress 2.1, as are many volunteers covering the WordPress Support Forums and WordPress Codex. Here is a DRAFT list of some of the template tag and function changes I’ve found in WordPress 2.1. If you know of any others or […]

WordPress Server Crash – Well, That Was Fun

Yes, well, that was fun. NOT. If you didn’t figure it out, the WordPress.com servers took a stumble again for many hours today. The promise is that Matt and his team of developers and fixers have fixed this so it won’t happen again, but then whose counting. ;-) Thanks to everyone for protecting our precious […]

WordPress Pluggable Functions and Plugins by Nadgouda

My new found friend, Abhijit Nadgouda @ iface, has a new article on WordPress Pluggable Functions and Plugins that takes a great inside look at WordPress Plugins and their functions. What is so cool about this is that, without hacking, i.e., without changing any existing code in WordPress, I can change its behavior through plugins. […]

WordPress School: Polls and Surveys

Coming up soon in Lorelle’s WordPress School free online course is a huge section on interactivity with WordPress, learning about comments, integrating social media, social media automation, and how to encourage and support such interactivity without draining your time, energy, and emotional being. To help you get started thinking about how you can use your […]

WordPress School: Screen Capture Images

In this mini-series of tutorials helping you learn how to create and use graphic images in your WordPress site, we’ve covered header art images, adding text overlays to images, and made a call-to-action graphic with a link wrapped around it, all common uses of images with WordPress sites. I’ve also introduced you to the free […]

WordPress School: Call-to-Action Graphic Images

In this mini-series of lessons on creating images for your WordPress site, we’ve covered the basics, experimented with two ways of creating header art from scratch and with text overlaying a photograph, and learned how to put text on images for quotes and other purposes. Today’s image lesson in this series is about creating a […]

WordPress School: Text on Images

In this mini-series of lessons on creating images for your WordPress site, we’ve covered the basics and experimented with two ways of creating header art from scratch and with text overlaying a photograph. This tutorial covers creating a quote graphic, words over an image used to showcase a quote or to display an image with […]

WordPress School: Header Art Images

In the first article in this mini-series on learning how to create images for WordPress header art, call-to-action images, and add text to images for your site’s design elements, I covered the basic tools and materials you will need for these tutorials. In this tutorial, you will learn simple basics for header art, specifically how […]

WordPress School: Image Lessons

I’m often asked by students in the college degree programs of web development and web design how much familiarity and expertise do they need with images. “Do I need to learn PhotoShop and Illustrator?” The truth? You need to know more about images and graphic design than you would ever imagine. Web design and development […]

WordPress School: Week 8

In Lorelle’s WordPress School free online course last week, we covered: WordPress School: Category Names WordPress School: Blavatars WordPress School: Google Maps WordPress School: WordPress Login WordPress School: Text Editors This week, the end of our second month in this year-long series, we are starting to move more into site customization, beginning with ensuring you […]

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