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Save Images As High Quality With Version Numbers

When working on designing a blog or website, I create many of the graphic images and logos from scratch, often using PaintShop Pro. As I work, I frequently save the original images as high quality and resolution PaintShop Pro files by version numbers for those “just in case” or back tracking needs. For example, while […]

Bloggers Share Step-by-Step Tips for Increasing Blog Usability

Twenty Usability Tips for Your Blog — Condensed from Dozens of Bloggers’ Experiences is a great step-by-step guide on how to improve the usability of your blog, and improve your visitor’s experience. I’m particularly fond of the About Page point. ;-) But I also have long been a fan of “Archive by Topic Not Date” […]

Future Laptops Faster and Less Battery Drain – But Cooler?

The New York Times reports that Intel chips will run faster and use less power, and be even smaller. The microprocessor chips, which Intel plans to begin making in the second half of this year, are designed for computers but they could also have applications in consumer devices. Their combination of processing power and energy […]

Integrating FeedBlitz Feed Email Service Into WordPress

FeedBlitz is a feed subscription service which includes feeds by email. According to Feedblitz, 11% of web users use feeds and feed readers to track favorite blogs and sites, which leaves a lot of your blog’s visitors struggling to keep up with the latest posts and news from your blog. Since email is a more […]

WordPress Thumbnail Size Limit Hack

WordPress 2.1 Thumbnail Hack from Nick Smit offers a way to get around the WordPress limit of not creating a thumbnail for an image over 3 megapixels. Since blog images are smaller than this, a 3 megapixel image is huge and unusual for publishing on the web. Most reduce the size, and along with it […]

Online Image Editing: Any Good Ones Out There?

Looking for a free online image editing program? Check out Picnik, recently reviewed by Solution Watch. Picnik is an online photo editing program, completely powered by Flash, and includes a notable abundance of helpful attributes within its simplistic core. Grabbing images from either your computer, your Flickr account, a desired website, Yahoo! search, or even […]

Odds and Ends WordPress Plugins You Must Know About

When I started researching and planning this month long series on WordPress Plugins over six months ago, I had a very specific list of 30 different categories of WordPress Plugins to bring to you such as WordPress Plugins for comment spam, feeds, subscriptions, statistics, layout and formating, multimedia and images, comments, multiple bloggers, polls and […]

WordPress Plugins for Multiple Blogger Blogs

Many blogs feature more than one blogger contributing to the blog’s content. There are WordPress Plugins that can help you control access to your WordPress blog as well as help customize the blog to accommodate multiple bloggers on one blog. As part of my almost finished month long series on WordPress Plugins, I wanted to […]

WordPress Plugins for Feeds

Feeds are the hottest technology on the web today, as far as I’m concerned. I get my news through my feed reader, bringing the web to me instead of me going to it. People are exchanging information through feeds, tracking industries, investments, news, and story ideas. I’ve got three feeds in my sidebar, showcasing links […]

Contact Form WordPress Plugins

As noted in Subscribe, Email Mailing List, Blog Update Alerts, and Newsletter WordPress Plugins and WordPress Plugins for Comments from the month long series of WordPress Plugins, there are a lot of ways for you to keep in contact with your blog’s readers. There are also different ways for them to get in contact with […]

Helping WordPress Search With WordPress Plugins

WARNING: For WordPress versions 2+, this WordPress Plugin no longer works, nor is it currently being supported or upgraded. If you would like to take over support, I’m sure the author would be interested. Contact him directly. For those battling the challenges of providing a decent search function on your WordPress blogs, the hunt for […]

WordPress Plugins for Images, Photographs, and Graphics

Photographs and graphic images are an integral part of our blogs today. We want to show people what our words often can’t. Besides, pictures are fun to look at. WordPress offers fairly simple image uploading and the automatic creation of thumbnails, but there are a lot more you can do with your images with WordPress […]

Editing Your Blog Comments

I’ve written a lot about comments, how to handle them, respond to them, and some guidelines for posting comments. One aspect of comments rarely covered indepth is the issue of editing your comments. Not “your” comments left on other blogs, but the comments you receive on your blog. As a general rule, you can judge […]

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: Accessibility and Usability

In “Usability Isn’t Expensive. It’s Practical. Usability is Useful.”, I explained the differences, and similarities between accessibility and usability: Accessibility is the development of a website or blog to be accessible to everyone. This means that the design must meet web standards and pass a range of validation tests in order to be compliant with […]

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