Wordpress online tutorials & resources

February 25th, 2010

WordPress is an open source blog publishing application powered by PHP and MySQL which can also be used for content management. It has a templating system, which includes widgets that can be rearranged without editing PHP or HTML code, as well as themes that can be installed and switched between.

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Install XAMPP

February 24th, 2010

XAMPP is an easy way to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. Treat your local drive like a server and save more valuable time.

Wordpress Plugins to maximize traffic & followers

February 23rd, 2010

“Blogging is essentially about reaching out to people, readers and followers to deliver a message, opinions, knowledge, taking lead etc. Writing great posts, being a SEO guru, sharing links etc. is well known tricks but not enough any more. Most bloggers have realized that social networks is where the modern “www sapiens” “party” all day long sucking up as much screen radiation as possible while connecting with virtual friends and peers…I have noticed that many plugins in this category is not being maintained any more. While all plugins listed in this post should be compatible with latest version of Wordpress (2.9.x). it may be a sign that may social network related plugins are created because it is hyped and many will not remain maintained for very long. This means you may risk using a plugin that will not be supported next time there’s a major upgrade for Wordpress.”
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WordPress 3.0 – Most needed features

February 22nd, 2010

WordPress 3.0 is more than just the next in a long line of WordPress releases. It will see the merging of WordPress with WordPress MU (multi-user), which lets you run as many blogs as you like with a single install, a move that’s been widely welcomed by the blogging community.
wordpress 3.0
9 most needed features for the new update:
1. Multi-Domain Support
2. A New Theme
3. Improved Back-End
4. Page and Post Reordering
5. Increased Security
6. Integration with Canonical Plugins
7. Galleries
8. Image Manipulation
9. A Built In Welcome
Read full article on Design.ag

Wordpress plugins to decorate dashboard

January 26th, 2010

Article on 1st Web Designer

Ozh’s Admin Drop Down Menu
Fluency Admin 2.2

Wordpress jQuery plugin

January 2nd, 2010

Article on Web Design Ledger

Google Analyticator – adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics logging on any WordPress blog. This eliminates the need to edit your template code to begin logging. Google Analyticator also includes several widgets for displaying Analytics data in the admin and on your blog.
google analyticator

jQuery Pagebar – jQuery-Pagebar displays a jQuery slider instead of the normal previous/next links. User would be able to change the width and color of the bar.
jquery pagebar

Wordpress plugins

December 27th, 2009

Article on Tripwire Magazine

“Wordpress is one of the most popular and beloved CMS’s and it is hardly surprising that there are thousands of plugins for it. While it is an exaggeration to say that all these plugins are great, many of them are. In that aspect, creating any Top 5, Top 10, or Top N lists of Wordpress plugins is a very difficult task because there is no way to include all great Wordpress plugins. Additionally, no matter how great a plugin is, different blogs and different webmasters have different needs and as a result, their personal Top 10s are different. Still, there are some plugins, which are more or less universal and can be used on any type of blog.”

All In One SEO Pack
Akismet
Adsense Injection
Advertising Manager
Most Popular Posts
Wordpress Backup
Sociable
External Links
NextGEN Gallery
Zemanta

Wordpress 2.9

December 20th, 2009

Wordpress released the latest 2.9 version this past weekend, there are some cool features including Global undo/”trash” – if you accidentally delete a post or comment you can bring it back from the grave. Built-in image editor allows you to crop, edit, rotate, flip, and scale your images. Batch plugin update and compatibility checking, which means you can update 10 plugins at once, versus having to do multiple clicks for each one. Easier video embeds that allow you to just paste a URL on its own line and have it magically turn it into the proper embed code.

Note: Most of the plugin won’t be able to work in the latest version so make sure you don’t necessary need it before any update.

Optimizing Wordpress for search engine

December 20th, 2009

WordPress has good SEO features, this article by Matt Alexander (Web junkie from Dallas, TX specializing in WordPress blog design) on Six Revisions will help you maximize your search engine results while also making sure your site is the best it can be. Take a few minutes out of every day and do them one at a time. By the end of the week, you will have an SEO optimized blog that you and the search engines will be proud of showing in their search results.

Title of post comes first
Use good meta descriptions
URLs with permalinks – [ /%category%/%postname% ]
Use breadcrumbs
Generate an XML Sitemap
Describe your post images meaningfully
Link to related posts
Use good keywords in post headings
Avoiding duplicate content with robots.txt

Centering body background image

November 3rd, 2009

Last night I was working on the DD Blog, spend a couple hours and still couldn’t figure out how to center a background image in the body. Finally I decided to Google search and found this little trick on someone’s blog. It’s pretty straight forward and all you have to do is structure your CSS code like the following:

html { background-color: #000; }
body {
     background: url(images.png) top center no-repeat;
     min-width: 1000px;
}

Basically you have to set the background color to the <html> tag instead of the tag and place the background image to the <body> tag, also you have to set minimum width to the <body>.

How does this work
Basically it is standards behavior, when you do not declare a background property on <html>, anything you declare on <body> will be rendered on <html>. Once you declare something on <html> as well, anything declared on <body> will be rendered on <body>.

You may also try the following code.
body {
     width: 100%;
     display: table;
}

Google Analytics for Wordpress

August 22nd, 2009

Article on Yoast

Google Analytics is the enterprise-class web analytics solution that gives you rich insights into your website traffic and marketing effectiveness. Powerful, flexible and easy-to-use features now let you see and analyze your traffic data in an entirely new way. With Google Analytics, you’re more prepared to write better-targeted ads, strengthen your marketing initiatives and create higher converting websites.

Find your Google Analytics Account ID from Joost de Valk on Vimeo.

WordPress 2.8 Features

June 19th, 2009

Article by Andrew Turner on Net Tuts+

New features in Wordpress 2.8 make blogging more easier.
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01. Dashboard Columns
02. Password Reminder
03. Theme Installer
04. Theme/Plugin Editor – Syntax Highlighter & Function Reference
05. Widgets Interface
06. Widgets API
07. Timezones and DST
08. Custom Taxonomies
09. Faster Administration Pages
10. Plugin Management Updated
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Wordpress 2.8 is now available

June 14th, 2009

wordpress 2.8

Wordpress version 2.8 is named for noted trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker, was release on June 10th. 2.8 is way faster to use, lots of feature and improvement on themes, widgets, taxonomies, and overall speed. Full list of over 180 new features, changes, upgrades, and improvements on Wordpress Codex. Article Extensive Wordpress 2.8 Getting Started Guide @ Tripwire Magazine.

Download Wordpress 2.8

Wordpress – back up database

May 18th, 2009

Just an ordinary post, notes on how to Backup Database in Wordpress.
01. Open the MySQL Admin client and login as you had previously set up to do
02. From the icon menu on the left hand side of the client window select Backup
03. Click on “New Project” button at the lower part of the window and type in a name
04. Select one or more databases that you want to Backup (called a “Schema”).
05. Add them to the Backup Content window using the right-pointing arrow button.
06. When you have selected the Schema(ta), you can save the Backup Project
07. Or choose to Backup Now using the button on the lower right of the window.
08. A dialogue will come up asking you where to put the Backup.
09. Enter the pathname or browse to the location using the dialogue.
10. Assuming all is correct and the backup will complete shortly.

How to backup and restore Wordpress database @ Clearpoint Systems

HTML Best Practices for Beginners

May 14th, 2009

Article by Jeffery Way on Net Tuts+

HTML (Hypertext Mark-up Language) describe the structure of text-based information in a document by denoting certain text as links, headings, paragraphs, lists, etc. and to supplement that text with interactive forms, embedded images, and other objects. HTML is written in the form of “tags” that are surrounded by angle brackets.

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01. Always Close Your Tags
02. Declare the Correct DocType
03. Never Use Inline Styles
04. Place all External CSS Files Within the Head Tag
05. Consider Placing Javascript Files at the Bottom
06. Never Use Inline Javascript
07. Validate Continuously
08. Download Firebug
09. Use Firebug
10. Keep Your Tag Names Lowercase
11. Use H1 – H6 Tags
12. Save the H1 for the Article Title of a Blog
13. Download ySlow – an extension for Firebug
14. Wrap Navigation with an Unordered List
15. Learn How to Target IE
16. Choose a Great Code Editor
17. Once the Website is Complete…Compress
18. Cut…Cut…Cut
19. All Images Require “Alt” Attributes
20. Stay up Late
21. View Source
22. Style all Elements
23. Use Twitter
24. Learn Photoshop
25. Learn Each HTML Tag
26. Participate in the Community
27. Use a CSS Reset
28. Line up your elements
29. Slice your Mockup
30. Don’t Use a Framework…Yet
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Wordpress TV

March 14th, 2009

“On WordPress.tv, you’ll find tutorials for both WordPress self-installs and WordPress.com to help you get blogging fast and hassle-free. We’ve kicked things off with the basics — now you can shape what comes next. Just drop us a line and let us know what you’d like to see added. WordPress.tv is also now the place to find all that awesome WordCamp footage that was floating around the web without a home. See the presentations you missed and get a peek at behind-the-scenes action. We call it WordCampTV.

I hope you’ll consider WordPress.tv not just a support resource, but also a place to hang out and keep up with all the geeky goodness going on in the WordPress community. Tune in regularly for fresh content and updates to the WordPress.tv blog.”

Documentation on Wordpress

February 4th, 2009

Notice more people are writing article on Wordpress this day and post on more popular sites like Web Designer Wall, Nettuts and Smashing Magazine. Giving more supports to user who want to create blog by the system

Articles in Web Designer Wall below help you build the blog

1. Installing WordPress Locally – How to install WordPress on a local computer. By doing so, it will save you time from updating and previewing files. You can also use the local version to test new plugins, themes, and upgrades.

2. Building Custom WordPress Theme – How to build a custom WordPress theme. Although the Codex site provides very good documentations on how to create a theme, but I find it too complicated for a beginner. No PHP skill is required, but you need Photoshop and CSS skills to create your own design.

3. Exporting and Importing WordPress – How to export local WordPress to a web host. Assume you are done with the local WordPress development, it is time to learn how to export and import WordPress.

Just an ordinary Wordpress mockup

January 21st, 2009

Create a wordpress blog mockup for Term 1 Web Authoring class.

wordpress mockup
Download photoshop file

Set up & create wordpress account

June 11th, 2008

How to set up server database and create a Wordpress account.

Wordpress.com: Step-by-step tutorial on how to blog.