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WordPress.com Not Displaying Images

UPDATE: WordPress.com reports that they have fixed the issue but it will take time for the images to process as there have been millions of images uploaded during the past 12 hours. They recommend waiting patiently. Some sites may update immediately, some may take 24 hours, though it is likely to be less. Just keep […]

Blog Challenge: Intelligent Online Toys and Play Things

I recently found the The Perception Laboratory’s Face Transformer, a site that allow you to “mess up your face”, or at least a photograph. There are lot of fun things to do on the web besides just playing traditional games and shoot ’em up games. This week’s blog challenge is: Blog a listing of your […]

WordPress Tip: How to Display a Specific Post Anywhere You Want

By Mohsin at Blogging Bits A few days ago when I made some modifications to my blog’s template and added a featured posts box, I was asked how did I do that. It’s nothing too difficult or technical. All I did was installed the required Plugins, inserted the right code, and did a bit of […]

Displaying the Date in Your WordPress Theme

In the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress Users, there is an article that will help you set the date and time, so to speak, for your WordPress blog, called Formatting Date and Time, using the PHP codes for the time and date. Using a combination of WordPress Template Tags and PHP codes for […]

WordPress Plugins That Play With Paper and Documents

WordPress Plugins can help your WordPress blog break the virtual barrier between the user and the real world by adding aids to print your WordPress blog posts and convert them into documents. Helping You Print Your WordPress Blog You can manually style your WordPress blog for the printed page by using a print.css stylesheet, hiding […]

Playing Blog-Tag With Your Favorite Bloggers

Early in December, Jeff Pulver started a Virtual Cocktail Party Game called “Blog-Tag”. The tag game has spread. Have you participated? The Blog-Tag game is a virtual version of “It”, a children’s game where someone is “It” and has to run around trying to touch another child who then becomes “It” and continues to chase […]

Hosting Your Own Flash Player and Movies on Your WordPress Blog

The Blog Herald has an interesting article called “How to host your own Flash player and movies on your blog (and why you probably shouldn’t)”, offering tips and things you need to know if you are contemplating using YouTube or hosting your own Flash player on your blog. First of all I’d like to warn […]

Display Post Excerpts Only in WordPress

Personally, when I visit the front page of a WordPress blog, I don’t mind seeing the full content of each recent post. You an control how many posts are found on the front page of your full version WordPress blog by choosing Options > Reading > Show Number of Posts on the Front Page in […]

Playing with WordPress.com New Sidebar Widgets

There have been a few recent announcements about the WordPress.com Sidebar Widgets lately, especially from WordPress developer, Andy Skelton, and in the WordPress.com Blog, so what is all the fuss about? Hideously named “WordPress Widgets” is the method of accessorizing your WordPress.com sidebar on WordPress Themes which permit such interaction. Through the use of Javascripts […]

The Power of Blogging On Display – Alaska Airlines Decompression Incident

Just after the Christmas weekend, Jeremy Hermanns and his fiance were returning from a holiday trip when their Alaska Airlines MD-80 had a decompression problem and the plane made an emergency landing at SeaTac Airport in Seattle. While nonexplosive and undramatic emergency landings rarely attract the attention of the media, this one did. Why? Probably […]

Playing Tag With WordPress

Not long ago, I talked about the awesome Ulitmate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin by Christine Davis and how to add this plugin to your full version WordPress blog to put the power of tags on your blog. I thought I’d also point out an excellent guide to putting tags on your WordPress blog by Trainque […]

Blog Exercises: Are You Trending?

In social media, trending are topics attracting the attention of most of the people, thus popular. Unfortunately, trending topics are self-feeding, an accident along the highway where everyone wants to slow down and take a look. Then they want to tell others about it so they can look. Walking by a student glued to their […]

WordPress School: Shortcodes

WordPress shortcodes are abbreviated code placed into the WordPress Visual or Text Editors that expands into a larger code structure. As we continue with Lorelle’s WordPress School free online course, it’s time to explore the basics of WordPress shortcodes. The following is the embed code for a Google Map, pointing to one of my favorite […]

Blog Exercises: Ingredients of a Well-Designed Site

I was asked by a student in my WordPress class recently what defined a “professional blog,” one that met all the criteria for a well-designed, well-formed site that met web standards. What a marvelous question! We brainstormed all the elements that make up a web standard site, and mixed in personal preferences of the students […]

How to Avoid the New WordPress.com Interface

For the past three to four years, WordPress.com users have been “experimenting” with the what is known as the “new” WordPress.com interface. A drag-and-drop-meets-wysiwymg interface (What You See is What You MIGHT Get), it is designed to make interaction with WordPress easier. I’m still waiting. What it continues to do is make my students and […]