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Blog Exercises: The Art of List Making

Today’s blog exercise is part two on how to make a list. In “Weekly Link Roundups” and “Making Lists” blog exercises I covered some basics of how to make a list. This blog exercise will take these exercises further to help you create interesting lists in your blog posts that pull the reader through your […]

Happy Anniversary WordPress: The Beginnings

On August 16, 2005, Lorelle on WordPress became blog ID number 72 on the brand new WordPress.com. The first post was appropriately titled “Lorelle on WordPress” to introduce the site. Looking back, it’s amazing how true to form that I’ve kept the mission of this site all these years later as proposed in the first […]

Stripped Down Naked to Honor Web Designers and Developers

In honor of April 9, 2008, as CSS Naked Day, my blog is going naked. I discussed this a few days ago with details on how to strip naked your blog if you would like to join in the celebrations. By going naked, my blog stands with thousands of others who recognize and honor the […]

Using WordPress Categories To Style Posts

By Abhijit Nadgouda UPDATED 2010: See below One of the reasons WordPress fits so many bills is its flexibility. It lets you do things at a much lesser cost, not necessarily money, but time and effort too, as compared to others. This article is about styling WordPress posts differently using the categories they are classified […]

Lorelle is Naked

Oh, no. Don’t look, Ethel! Yes, Lorelle is naked. Well, at least Lorelle on WordPress is naked. Today, April 5th, is CSS Naked Day, a day bloggers and website owners can honor web page design and designers around the world by turning off your stylesheet for the day. UPDATE: Over 1600 sites are listed as […]

The Battle Between Image Width and Column Width

One of the more common complaints and problems for new WordPress users is the issue of their images breaking their WordPress Theme. The Theme they choose is wonderful, reflective of their personality and blog, and the moment they upload their first photograph, it seems to break their blog. Have you ever tried to shove a […]

HTML, CSS, PHP, and More Cheat Sheets

If you are into tweaking your WordPress Theme or designing one from scratch, here are some HTML/XHTML and CSS Cheat Sheets you might want to add to your resources. * UPDATED * HTML/XHTML Cheat Sheets HTML Cheat Sheet HTML Tags Cheat Sheet HTML Tag and Code Cheat Sheet The HTML Source – HTML Cheat Sheet […]

Conquering Site Validation Errors

Validating your web pages is an important part of designing and developing your website design and layout. However, there is a lot of confusion for new users on what all those validation errors mean and what you need to know when working on your website design and layout and WordPress Theme. Begin your web page […]

Linkability – Link Popularity

After you’ve validated your web page’s code, content for search engines, is there anything else you can do to maximize your search engine ranking? Yes, there is. It’s known as linkability or link popularity. Google and other modern search engines are now determining a website’s ranking using the theory that if everyone is talking about […]

CSS and Web Page Design List of Resources

The following are links to sites to help you design a web page or WordPress blog’s WordPress Theme. These include references for styling or designing your site using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), HTML tips and techniques, accessibility issues, web standards, and designing your web design for mobile, handheld computers, and print. CSS – Reference Cascading […]

Website Development – Search Engine Submission Preparation

After you have produced amazingly worthwhile material and resources, and spent time optimizing your web pages, adding tags and categories, and making sure your site is as search engine friendly as possible, it’s time to begin the process of submitting your site to search engines. BUT, there are a couple more things to do before […]

Site Optimization: Checking Loose Links

The three biggest complains by Internet users are speed issues, broken links, and slow ads. Let’s tackle the number two complaint: broken links. Few things are more frustrating than tracking down the information you want, and you click the link and get the famous “404 Page Error – Page Not Found”. The term “web” came […]

Designing a WordPress Theme From Scratch

A lot of people are martyrs and want to get their hands in the dirt and design their own WordPress Theme from scratch. That’s okay. I did that, and then got smarter. Let’s start with the smarter choice. First, find a WordPress Theme architecture that you like, be it one or two sidebars, or no […]

Website Development – Make a Schedule and Calendar

Part of keeping a viable website is to keep it current and updated. To keep up with all the tasks associated with running a website or blog, here are some tasks you need to aded to your calendar to help you keep track. Checking Your Site Statistics Who is visiting, where they are visiting from, […]

Site Optimization: Optimizing Bandwidth and Cleaning Out the Code Closet

The number one complaint by users has little to do with design elements. It has to do with how long it takes for a web page to load and how willing they are to wait for it. While most people just accept and tolerate the long waits for pages to load, they don’t have to. […]

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