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Annual Reminder (and some options) to Backup Your WordPress Blog

Having suffered from numerous computer crashes and server breakdowns, in spite of their promises, trust me when I say you need to make backing up your WordPress blog a part of your regularly scheduled maintenance and housekeeping. Futurosity offers “8 MySQL Backup Strategies for WordPress Bloggers (And Others)”, an interesting compilation of tips to help […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Web Design

I’ve reviewed my writings over the past year for WordPress Tips, Tricks and Techniques, Designing WordPress Themes, Accessibility and Usability, and the basics of Web Development, which brings me to the more generalized category of web page design. As I explained in Designing WordPress Themes, designing a blog or website using WordPress is more complex […]

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: The Power of the Link

<a href=”https://lorelle.wordpress.com/&#8221; title=”Lorelle on WordPress” rel=”tag bookmark”>Lorelle on WordPress</a> Nestled inside of that simple HTML link is the power that makes the web the web. Like the spokes of a spider web, links connect each part and piece with another part and piece, making the part critical to the whole. You followed a link to […]

Site Under Construction: Things Left Undone

In the early days of web design, working with Taking Your Camera on the Road, I kept frequent “Under Construction” signs on many areas of my site as I poked and prodded its development. The Under Construction signs were to indicate that I was changing the look or feel of the web page’s design, or […]

Technical Tips for Publishing a Series of Articles on Your Blog

In-Series Under New Management REM State has taken over support and management of the In-Series WordPress Plugin and you can find their latest version at the REM State In-Series WordPress Plugin page. They’ve added a GUI interface and a few other bells and whistles. ProBlogger’s 10 Steps to Writing a Successful Series on Your Blog […]

Link Referrals – Linking to Site Search Tags

I received notice of an interesting referrer link the other day. Conversations’ Get Started Blogging workshop post, “Whistle Stops”, included a link to Lorelle on WordPress – wordpressdotcom tagged posts. Interesting. Instead of linking to a single post, or even a category, or just to my site in general, he linked to a site search […]

Changing Titles in the Titles of WordPress Posts

Damn, damn, damn. I found some posts I wrote before I found Spellbound Online Spell Checker which puts built-in spell checking in Firefox. The word “perseverance” was misspelled in the title. ARGH! So I had to go back and change the spelling. I quickly learned there is more to fixing or changing a title in […]

Customizing RSS Feed Links for WordPress.com and WordPress Sidebar Widgets

With the new feature in WordPress.com blogs to add feeds to your sidebar using Sidebar Widget enabled WordPress Themes and/or the soon-to-be-released Sidebar Widget WordPress Plugin, you now have a powerful feature to add content to your blog and accessorize your sidebar. If you would like to add feeds from another WordPress blog, the feed […]

Creating a “Bad Code Day” Error Message for Your Blog

I am a fan of fun 404 Page Error pages. I also like entertaining messages for readers when blogs or websites take a “bad day off”. I’ve created such a page for my main site to put up when things go bork in the code to let people know what is happening. It also acts […]

InfoRapid Multiple Files Search and Replace Across Multiple Files

While I was frantically working on importing my huge static HTML website into the WordPress database, I used several tools that made the process easier, and one of those tools was InfoRapid’s Search and Replace Freeware Utility. While WordPress now has a bunch of wonderfully powerful import scripts that come with WordPress, there is still […]

Housekeeping: Cleaning Out Post Drafts

You see them every day you open your WordPress blog’s Administration Panels. They stare at you. They are right there near the top, lurking. Haunting. You try to ignore them but they sit there, like eyes watching in the night. They are the things you have left undone, unfinished, incomplete, or in debate. They are […]

Search Engine Friendly: Helping Googlebot Crawl Your Blog

I’ve talked about Google, how search engines search your site, and how people use search engines to find your site, so check out Scribbling.net’s “Help the Googlebot Understand Your Website, a step-by-step look at how Google’s spider crawls through your blog or site gathering information and storing it in its database for the world to […]

Extreme Site Optimization For Speed Loading

While I don’t agree with everything said, Brave New Word’s article, “Web Developers, Speed Up Your Web Pages”, does offer some excellent tips on optimizing for web pages for speed. Excellent points for everyone to follow include cleaning out unnecessary spaces, tabs, and code; using medium to high compression and small file sizes on images; […]

Do-It-Yourself Search Engine Optimization Guide

Search engine optimization doesn’t cost, but not paying attention to search engine optimization costs you plenty. The following are tips, techniques, and the tools you need to create a search engine friendly website or blog. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the technique of fixing code, writing keywords, and making your site an open door to […]