It’s About the Words of WordPress

This year, the ClarkWP student staff will be creating a glossary of WordPress words, terminology, and jargon as part of the Clark College WordPress class in Vancouver, Washington.

WordPress Wordle by Lorelle VanFossen.

Part of their class assignments will be to find a word specific to WordPress and write a post defining and clarifying the word, featuring links to resources and references to help us better understand the word and see examples in usage.

If you have a word you’d like to see added to this project, please let us know below. The word must be WordPress-specific, though we may expand into blogging terminology.

Thanks for your support!

Installing WordPress on Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services  (AWS) offer a way to host your own WordPress sight with no hardware and little to no expense on a small WP blog site. This is ideal if you want to start working with a self hosted WordPress site for developmental purposes, monetization of your blog, or just good ol’ bragging rights.

In this article I will go into an overview of the EC2 service and the various Virtual Machines (referred to as instances from here on out) that are free and paid. Some may be free to download and initially spin up but may incur an additional cost to the AWS price tier even if you are in the Free Tier. Even though I discuss the free tier exclusively and micro-instances it should be mentioned that the AWS allows for scalability of your WordPress site so it can grow as your site(s) grow.

Bitnami Logo for WP instance.There are various pre-made instances for use with your AWS account that are configured for just about “one touch” configuration. Some are free, others are free to upload to AWS but incur a usage cost, and others cost for upload and usage. A few of the providers are; Bitnami, JumpBox, and Turnkey Linux. If you do choose to go with these “one click” solutions be sure to read all the print to verify if there are any charges for the instance or use of and how the charges are calculated. Continue reading

WordPress Content Type Standards Community Project

WP Tavern reported recently that WordPress Developers are organizing a community initiative to standardize common post types, taxonomies and meta data. Led by Justin Tadlock, popular WordPress developer and author of Professional WordPress Plugin Development, the goals of the community project are to name these common parts of WordPress to create a more stable and portable nomenclature for WordPress.

If you are interested in participating, check out the Content Type Standards community project.

WordPress 4.0 Beta Releases

WordPress.org logoWordPress 4.0 Beta 1 and Beta 2 have been released for testing.

The list of changes and improvements include:

  • Multimedia Links: Instead of using embed codes or shortcodes, WordPress developers are working to permit multimedia link embeds into posts and Pages. Just get the address of the YouTube, Flickr, DailyMotion, Blip, Photobucket, SmugMug, Viddler, Vimeo, and many others and they will appear as the multimedia content. Work has been going on with this for several versions, but this is a big push to improve the system.
  • Media Library Grid View: Work on improving the Media Library and media management system in WordPress continues with the addition of a grid view in addition to the existing list view, and image and image information previews.
  • TinyMCE/Toolbar: The Toolbar for the Visual Editor in WordPress, called TinyMCE, has improvements for lists and other features, and the color picker was added back in.

WordPress 4.0 is expected next month in August.

Remember, this is a beta release and not for the light of heart.

Interview With Kaylee Allen Author Support And Web Developer

The following interview was obtained through conversation through a Skype SMS message conversation with Kaylee Allen.

Kayelle Allen, portrait.Kayelle Allen is a published award winning Science Fiction Romance author. In 2006, she founded Marketing for Romance Writers and MFRW – Marketing for Romance Writers (on Blogspot), a peer-mentoring group open to the entire literary community. The site is now the largest online author group of its kind, and provides no-cost training in book marketing skills as well as promotional services.

In 2009, Kayelle opened her Romance Lives Forever blog (adult content warning) for authors, publishers, and blog tour companies. The blog has an online reach of over one million. Continue reading

WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast: Harness the Power of the Search Engines

WordPress is already a fantastic platform for search engine optimization, however WordPress SEO by Yoast, a SEO enhancement Plugin, takes the power of the Internet and places it right in your hands. Properly configured websites that take advantage of SEO can reap the potential benefit of some serious traffic for your site.

It not only usefully supplies the titles and descriptions of a site’s pages and posts, but it helps with the site’s design process by designing it from the inside, out.

Create Content that People will See

The snippet preview lets you see what your page will look like in the search results so that adjustments can be made (such as shortening or elongating code or tags) accordingly to make all the meta data and other attributes fit your SEO plan, and assure that the search engines properly process your site.

Being able to see these issues will help you increase its rankings as well as gage the search engine results to your content, further clarifying if your content is delivering quality content to whatever target niche you chose. Continue reading

HHVM: Speed in WordPress Development

HHVM or Hip Hop Virtual Machine has been ported over to the WordPress development crowd down to the core. HHVM was originally developed by Facebook as a way to curb expenses of more hardware for improved speed and reliability of server side php execution though a process know as JIT or Just In Time.

Through Varying Vagrant Vagrants or VVV, HMVM is ported into an Apache web development environment which allows for near production environment on WordPress functionality down to the core. VVV is a replacement sandbox for MAMP/XAMPP development tools and environments. Continue reading

Domain Name Services: Postman of the Internet

Domain Name Services (DNS) is a service which exist to help us humanize the addresses of networked resources. Humans remember words as a whole easier than numbers representing octal based Internet Protocol addresses of those same networked resources be them across the Wide World Web or just an arms length away on our local network.

That was a mouth full. Essentially through DNS you can type in a URL into your favorite web browser and through the process of name resolution your system contacts a server acting in your behalf to find the correct IP address that matches the human oriented address you type in.

Sounds simple but a lot of chatter between various servers near and far may happen just to pull up that favorite site that you wish to view. First your own system will see if it has the particular IP/URL pairing locally in it’s own tables. On your computer this information will be kept in a host.txt file and depending on the operating system the location varies. Continue reading

Protocol Data Unit: A Suitcase for Electrons

The data, conversations, or pictures of your cute pet you send or view across this web of connections all have to be packed up for travel to the various addresses linked through the strands of the web. Where IP addresses are the street addresses and cables of copper, strands of glass, or the air waves themselves are the roadways you still have to get those ideas of yours you so diligently produced on that machine we call a computer into a format ready for travel.

To help understand the process of packing up those electrons Network Admins and Gurus have developed two models illustrating what happens to the data we see on the screen to the point of the 1’s and 0’s being transmitted back and forth across the web or for that matter any network. The two models are called the OSI (Open System Interconnection) model and the TCP/IP model which we touched on in the article Internet Protocol: Street Address of the Internet. Continue reading

WordPress.com’s Transparancy Report

Among the more lovable pieces of web entertainment, one can not deny that watching the NSA and multimillion companies partake in political intrigue is one of those events in which you take up a seat and grab the popcorn.

While most sites are trying to combat the “threat” of government monitoring and takedowns, WordPress decided it clearly had nothing to hide in this game of political intrigue and released their WordPress Transparency Report on Automattic, the commercial company behind WordPress.com. Continue reading

Ozh Tweet Archiver WordPress Plugin

Ozh’ Tweet Archiver is a plugin that was designed to be a powerful plugin tool that will give Twitter users the ability to archive all their tweets to their current or even a new Twitter Themed WordPress site.  The Ozh Tweet Archiver is a very resourceful plugin for active Twitter users who have sent out over 3200 tweets, and are having difficulties tracking down some of those older tweets they sent out days, months, or years ago.

Good luck finding them because Twitter does not keep track of them.

How Ozh’ Tweet Archiver Plugin Works

Ozh’ Tweet Archiver plugin should be installed on a fresh WordPress.com site or a sub-domain of a current WordPress site. This free plugin will archive all of your tweets to your WordPress site, automatically. The Ozh’ Tweet Archive plugin will make life so much easier since searching on WordPress is way more effortless then Twitter.

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Hand holding iPhone with WordPress App

WordPress Mobile iOS Update Available

The WordPress iOS App is designed to let Apple mobile users write, add photos, check spelling, and create links within their WordPress site.

Version 4.0.3

WordPress has just released (May 18th, 2014) an update for iOS mobile devices. If you are an apple user and want to take your WordPress experience to the next level, WordPress for iOS will do just that. With multiple changes made with the new version 4.0.3, WordPress for iOS continues to amuse the Apple community.

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Interview Arlen Nagata: Designer on WordPress

Arlen Nagata, of Hawaii’s Small Business Tech and WordPress Resource recently participated in an interview highlighting his passion and expertise on WordPress design and development.

Mr. Nagata’s love for web design and WordPress is reflected in a quote below:

I love websites that look great and function well. I have been designing websites these past few years, and I’ve seen things move from traditional static websites, to dynamic websites. I’ve seen the shift from traditional web design to WordPress.

- Arlen Nagata

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Plugins: The Fancy Gallery Light

When you want to add a gallery to your page or post, the Fancy Gallery Light Plugin will help you to create a gallery where the images stand out.

Fancy Gallery Light

This Plugin will add all the pictures you want together, and create the correct HTML short code for the gallery to be added in the Text editor. All you will have to do is choose your images, size them, add alt text, and add the short code to the text editor, the plugin does the rest.
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Archive Your Tweets With WordPress

For those of us who love using Twitter, yet hate the fact that it is so hard to find tweets or used hashtags, from not too long ago but that by now are long gone into the Twitter universe.

Fortunately for those brands, businesses, or people that are dependent on Twitter, and face the battle of trying to backup your tweets, there is a free WordPress plugin created for this.

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