WordPress and Pictures

WordPress looks best when it has pictures and images to accompany text. Today’s lessons are on working with images in WordPress via the Media Library:

The WordPress Media Library

[wpmudev-video video=”media-library”]

Adding an Image From Media Library

[wpmudev-video video=”add-image-from-media-library”]

Adding an Image From Your Computer

[wpmudev-video video=”add-image-from-pc”]

Adding an Image From a URL

[wpmudev-video video=”add-image-from-url”]

Deleting an image from your post or page

[wpmudev-video video=”delete-image”]

Using Featured Images

[wpmudev-video video=”featured-image”]

Join us tomorrow for editing images in WordPress.

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Getting Started with WordPress

As promised, more WordPress tutorials! Today’s lessons cover:

Navigating the WordPress admin bar:

[wpmudev-video video=”admin-bar”]

Working with Hyperlinks:

[wpmudev-video video=”hyperlinks”]

Editing Text:

[wpmudev-video video=”edit-text”]

Pasting from Word files:

[wpmudev-video video=”paste-from-word”]

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WordPress Support

Lately my development plate has been heaped full of WordPress goodness. Accordingly, I’ll be using my blog for the next interval for some basic WordPress training.

Today’s tutorials are on getting started with a WordPress site.

The WordPress dashboard:

[wpmudev-video video=”dashboard”]

Using the visual editor:

[wpmudev-video video=”the-toolbar”]

Adding a new post to your blog:

[wpmudev-video video=”add-new-post”]

Adding paragraphs to posts or pages:

[wpmudev-video video=”add-paragraph”]

Tomorrow I’ll have 4 more tutorials on WordPress basics. If you have questions or comments on today’s tutorials, please leave a comment.

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Letterpress Printing

Ben Proudfoot brings us a celebration of two historic processes – paper making and letterpress printing. Well worth your time, especially if you love ink on paper:

ink&paper from Ben Proudfoot on Vimeo.

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Programming Note

As a self taught coder I’m always looking to polish up my skills, so I’ve signed up for Code Year, a service supported by Y Combinator, TechStars, Girl Develop It and Hack NY. They send a free weekly interactive lesson in coding via email which promises to have you up and coding quickly.

I may or may not chronicle it here, as I obviously already use this site for coding goodness (ok, mostly testing WordPress hacks and new plugins) but I want to spread the word about this project. Increasingly I re-quote Douglas Rushkoff to prospective clients and friends – learn to program or be programmed. As with making things that matter, I believe the more you know the more employable and happy you are.

If you sign up, let me know!

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Year in Search

I’m always a big fan of Google’s end of the year review of top searches of the year:

The Plus promotion is wildly exaggerated, of course, but overall nice overview.

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The latest WordPress release, Sonny, is available today as a stable download candidate. I’ve already installed 3.3 on this site and we’ll be updating network blogs once we’ve worked through the inevitable plugin conflicts and customization issues.

The new release offers a bevy of new features and a new, critical eye on new users experience within WordPress. We’re excited to begin rolling this out to our clients and will be contacting you soon to schedule your upgrade.

As always, feel free to contact us if you need immediate assistance with your WordPress installation.

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Ideas, Networks and Change

This is a great talk from one of my favorite big thinkers Anil Dash on how new tools can assist in the spread and scope of change. Highly recommended for people interested in learning how one person really can make an impact and help create change.

Anil Dash at Gel 2011 from Gel Conference on Vimeo.

On the power of networks: Anil Dash tells a story of family, history, governments, and ideas – starting and ending with three Malcolm’s.

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Platform or Person?

Mountain farm along Skyline Drive, Va. (LOC)

I had an email exchange earlier today with a non-technical founder who is annoyed with the platform (a modular content management system) he has built his business on.

Apparently his CMS has crashed a few times, but it also seems to him that it’s harder for him to get support for the platform basics (templates, timely updates, readily available freelance support, creative extensions) and that, perhaps, the code is meaner and leaner on another platform.

I replied that, in fact, perhaps the issue was person related. His site is growing quite rapidly – his page views are up 86% from his previous year, his pages per visit are up over 100% from last year, and his bounce rate on the site has plummeted to just 6% – obviously his visitors are sticking around longer and using more resources from the platform while they’re there. Meanwhile, he’s got the same contract support (a couple of hours per month) and hosting (dedicated box with service) that he’s had for the past year.

In other words, the demand on his platform has changed while his technical support personnel have not. My suggestion to him is to audit the responsibilities currently performed under the existing retainer, then consider what additional responsibilities would improve platform performance. Prioritize those in order of income generation, then ensure his existing talent can rise to the occasion.

Once that is assessed, the platform can then honestly be assessed based on its actual (versus intended) use.

Often its easiest to assume stronger, faster technology is the right solution for every problem. Sometimes, though, the issue is people, not the platform.

Would an assessment checklist be helpful to you? If so, leave me a note in the comments. I have several platform assessment checklists I’d be willing to share if there is interest.

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Ready Set Run

The advertising sector would be dandy if all its clients were this willingly creative:

Via the always engaging Scott Berkun.

What did you make today? Share in the comments.

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