Category Archive: Tutorial

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Under the Hood with WordPress, Part 2: HTML

This is Part 2 of a 6-part series on diving "under the hood" with WordPress. Today, we're covering HTML - the markup language that allows a web browser to interpret and display content. Other posts in this series: Intro HTML CSS - Introduction CSS - Examples PHP jQuery Every time you visit a website like one…

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Google Authorship on your Blog: The Why and How

Back in Dublin, I did a session on Google Authorship for the Travel Blogger's Expo (TBEX), explaining the process and meaning behind linking your website to Google+.  The process, while it seems intimidating, is actually very easy, and is (essentially) linking your profile and site together.  I wanted to amend my session notes with some other…

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How to Start a Podcast, Part 3: Publishing the Podcast

So, you've got the podcast idea laid out, and you've recorded it.  You've laid down tracks, mixed down channels, and have ended up with either a video (MP4) or audio (MP3) file of your Podcast.  Congrats, you've overcome the first hurdle, which (to some) is the hardest.  But now we're tasked with getting the file…

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How to Start a Podcast, Part 2: Hardware / Software

Podcasting can be daunting for a number of reasons.  Some people don't have time to mix together, edit, and publish their podcasts.  Others simply hate hearing the sound of their own voice (I honestly fall into this category at times).  And still others are bound by technical or financial limits.  While I can't help you…

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Intro to Podcasting

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How to Start a Podcast, Part 1: Introduction

There's a mantra I repeat when people ask what they should be doing online: "Go where the people are".  A good rule of thumb is to ask your readers what social media they frequently use, and strive to connect with them there.  The one resounding link I've always gotten: the ability to listen to podcasts when they're…

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The Beginner's Guide to CSS

With all of the various tutorials I post on CSS, HTML, and website design, I often get emails from readers that resemble something like this: "This looks awesome, but I have no idea where to start.  Do you have anything that talks about the basics of [css/html/jQuery/etc]" It's worth going back to the very beginning…

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CSS Transitions

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CSS Transitions – A Little Dab'll Do You

CSS Transitions, when used properly, are a great way to provide a bit of eye candy to your site.  Providing movement and motion, either upon scroll or reveal of content, is a great way to subtly draw a viewer's attention.  It's also a way, unfortunately, to annoy the ever-loving crap out of your readers.  When…

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Category Description: SEO for your Category Archive

Did you know WordPress had a special field for category descriptions?  Most people have seen it while working on category lists in their WordPress blog, but chances are you may have skimmed over it or paid it no attention.  You see, most themes are ill-equipped to take advantage of it - that means that, for…

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Featured Images in WordPress: An In-Depth Guide

Adding a featured image (or a post thumbnail) to WordPress is one of the easiest ways to add some spark to your blog post.  Most modern themes support at least some form of the featured image, and any custom-made themes can implement a featured image fairly easily, and with just a small bit of code.  But…

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