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I am 20 years old, I have a passion football and exercise. I am studying to to get my Exercise Science degree so I can be a personal trainer and a football coach.

WordPress News: Emoji Coming to Jetpack

“Emoji” is a Japanese term meaning “picture character.” It’s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like :), every emoji has its own letter.
Marcus Kazmierczak

According to Sarah Gooding’s post, Twitter has “open sourced Twemoji,” meaning the emoji characters/symbols we all know and love to use on our phones are now accessible on twitter and can be seen all alike on mobile devices and desktops.Examples of emoji's used universally

In even more interesting news, Twitter also partnered up with Automattic to help WordPress do the same. Sarah also briefly explains how it may be easy to use emoji’s on a mobile device, but could prove slightly more challenging to desktop users. So to help she shared a small cheat sheet to use emoji on desktop.  She also says, “Mac users type Command + Control + Space while in a text editor. Windows… users can make use of the touch keyboard, which includes emoji support” (Sarah Gooding).

This is a great step for emoji users and it eraser a very annoying problem that’s been around for quite some time.

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  • Marcus Kazmierczak – Emoji Everywhere 🎃
  • WordPress Adds Emoji Support, Coming Soon to Jetpack – WPTavern
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WordPress Tutorial: Categories: Add New Categories

When writing posts in WordPress it is often useful to have related posts categorized together. This way if you want to see more post on the same subject it is easy to find.

With the categories feature on WordPress you can do this. If you are viewing the WP Admin part of your WordPress site take your mouse and hold it over the sidebar on the area that says “Posts,” then once it appears move your mouse over to the area labelled “categories” and left click .

Now you should be in the categories section. Viewing this page you should now see a section that say “Add New Category” on the left of the page and on the right a box with your current categories you have made so far (if you’ve made any). If you have not made a category yet you should have a default category that says something like “uncategorized,” and if you haven’t made any other categories then this is where all your posts live.

categories under post in sidebar

Lets focus on the “Add New Category.” First Enter the name you want the category to have, next you’ll see a drop down box called “Parent,” this box gives you a selection to relate the article you are creating to another. For example; If I revolve my site around Football and have a category named “Football,” if I make a category called “How to Throw a Football” I might relate the two using the Parent function. Next, below parent function you will see a place to put write a description. This is used to give a little more information on your category. Lastly, just click the “Add New Category” button to officially create a category.

Now that you’ve created a category, all that’s left to do is use it! When writing a post look to the right on the sidebar and scroll down to the section called “Categories.” You should see one category already selected which would most likely be your default category. Now all you have to do is click on the box you want to set as categories that you think relate to the post and the content within it. That’s how you use and make new categories.

When adding categories while writing a post you can do this here as well on the post editor page:

Categories in the post editor.

WordPress Words: Blavatar

“Blavatar is term we came up with by combining blog and avatar. Blavatars are used in a number of ways. It will be displayed as the favicon for your blog, which shows up in a browser’s address bar and on browser tabs..”
WordPress Support

Example: Blavatar can be used as icons for your blogs.

About The Word

A Blavatar or also known as a Favicon is an icon used for ones blog. “It will show up in the comments section of a blog if you send out any Pingbacks” (WordPress Support).

Example of a Blavatar:Image of blavatar

Notice the icon, that is a Blavatar. The picture that shows up to represent your post or blog.

If you wish to upload a Blavatar go to settings then go to general and at the right you will see something that says Blog Icon, click that then upload your picture then you have your Blavatar!

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