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Annual 46 Best Free Utilities from Tech Support Alert

Tech Support Alert offers its annual “Best 46 Free Utilities” list this year with few surprises, but it still is a great resource if you are looking for solid and excellent software for no or low prices. Open source software is really leading the pack, sometimes ahead of its commercial brethren, for top quality programs. […]

Bell South Angered at New Orleans Free WIFI System – May Penalize The City

According to a story in the Washington Post, Angry BellSouth Withdrew Donation, New Orleans Says, an agreement to donate a BellSouth building to the city, for the police force, courts, and other city offices, has been nixed due to the announcement that the city of New Orleans will launch a free wireless network to encourage […]

To Blog Free or Paid – It Might Matter

WordPress.com is one of the many free blogs available on the web today. But should you go free or paid when it comes time to create your blog or website? I’ll talk about this more, but to introduce you to the concept and the choices you need to consider when choosing paid or free blogs, […]

Free Text Only Editors for Templates, PHP, HTML, CSS, and More

Over and over again on the WordPress Support Forum and WordPress Codex, I and other volunteers keep saying “Use a TEXT ONLY editor to edit your files.” A text editor is one that only works with raw text. But what does that really mean? When you are working with Word, WordPerfect, or any word processing […]

Huge List of Free Open Source Programs

Wikipedia is an amazing resource and someone has compiled a huge list of free open source programs at List of Open Source Software Packages. The list is broken down by type including math, finance, word processing, assisting technology, file manager, games, media, internet, networking, education, and so many more. If a link is in red, […]

Free Alternatives to Macromedia and Adobe Software

I’ll be listing some great free tools soon for web design and development, but I thought I’d tease you now with some other free software. Vinterstille – Free Alternatives to Macromedia and Adobe Software lists Bluefish Open Office as a replacement for Macromedia, among others. To replace Adobe software, consider Gimp. Other great free software […]

Taking the Steps – Becoming a Freelance Website Developer

Garret Dimon’s Steps to Becoming a Freelance Web Developer is worth reading, whether you are or are not willing to give up your day job, or add a part time job to your resume as a freelance website developer. There are tons of similar articles on the web, but what I like about Dimon’s offering […]

Just a Reminder About Freedom: Blogging Comes With a Price

It is common knowledge that China has spent billions of dollars on creating the “Great Firewall of China”, known in official circles as the “Golden Shield”. This is essentially the blocking, mostly by keyword, of information the Chinese government feels is “unhealthy” for its citizens. This can range from political dissent to pornography. Within the […]

Freedom of Speech – Bloggers Legal Rights

Bloggers have rights. Did you know that? You do. Bloggers also have limits to those rights and freedoms. The Electronic Frontier Foundation – Bloggers Legal Rights outlines what your rights are and what work is being done to protect them. Like all journalists and publishers, bloggers sometimes publish information that other people don’t want published. […]

What to do with your free wordpress.com blog

After the first post or two, many wordpress.com blog users who worked so hard to get an invite to wordpress.com for their own free blog, have no idea what to do with it. Some do, and plow into it with enthusiasm, but I’m seeing a lot of posts from new users who 1) don’t know […]

Website Hammered by Hotlinking, Spammers, and Free Loaders?

My main site recently was hammered by Hotlinking, Spammers, and Free Loaders. This can happen to any website, so we all need to learn how to keep an eye on potential abuse of our sites. Hotlinking Images Hotlinking is the technique of linking to images on your site for use offsite. That’s the simple description. […]

WordPress School: Links

I’ve dreamed of teaching a class or workshop on nothing but links. Web links fascinate me. They are the connective tissue of the web, the glue that binds us all together in the virtual space, an economy in and of themselves, and links can save lives, they are that powerful. In Lorelle’s WordPress School free […]

WordPress School: Video

Images and video are the most common content published in WordPress and the web in general. In today’s tutorial from Lorelle’s WordPress School you are going to learn how to embed a video into a WordPress post as part of the ongoing work on the article series. In the first article in the five-part article […]

WordPress School: Week 5

In Lorelle’s WordPress School free online course last week, we started to cover a little more technical information focusing on code within the content areas and the way WordPress generates links: WordPress School: Addresses and URLs WordPress School: Images WordPress School: Visual and Text Editors WordPress School: Paragraphs and Line Breaks WordPress School: Addresses and […]

WordPress School: Forgetting the Post or Page Title

In the last tutorial in Lorelle’s WordPress School I talked about WordPress addresses and URLs. In this tutorial, I want to cover what happens when a post or Page title is forgotten and left blank, and how that impacts the web page address. This discussion includes your first glance at the WordPress database. We all […]

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