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I am currently a student at Clark College and I am nearly finished with my degree in Web Programming. WordPress is one of many tools that I am learning about during my studies.

Interview with Freelance Photographer Ming Gullo

N-Photo screenshot featuring Ode to the MoonI recently had the opportunity to interview Ming Gullo, who is a very talented freelance photographer that uses WordPress to showcase some of her work. Ming is one of the featured photographers that has written articles for the Photography 101 series of the Daily Post. She has written a great two part article series titled, A Primer on Color Photography. One of her most popular photos, Ode to the Moon, was published by N-Photo Magazine in the November 2013 issue. The screenshot to the right shows the N-Photo issue that featured Ode to the Moon. I would like to give a big thanks to Ming for taking time out of her busy life to share some of her thoughts on WordPress. Continue reading Interview with Freelance Photographer Ming Gullo

Categories Versus Tags

Understanding the differences between categories and tags in WordPress is extremely important. The topic of categories vs tags often causes confusion for individuals that are new to WordPress. To get started, they are both used as a way to group content together. They also provide an easier way for visitors to navigate your site and find related posts. Now, let’s look at each one in more detail.

What is a Category?

My professor, Lorelle VanFossen, says it best, “categories are your site’s table of contents.” When creating categories, you should be thinking about how you can provide easy navigation for your visitors. Categories provide a broad grouping of post topics. A list of categories should give visitors a clear idea of what your blog is about. They should also provide readers with an easy way to find posts that are about related topics.

What is a Tag?

Once again, I’m going to have to quote Lorelle VanFossen in saying that “tags are your site’s index words.” Essentially, tags are your site’s micro-categorization. They are more specific than categories and they should give readers a clear idea of what a specific post is about. A single post will often have multiple tags, which provides insight on what specific topics are discussed in that post. Tags also make navigation easier. For example, if a visitor only wants to read about HTML, they could click on the “HTML” tag and view all posts that have been assigned an “HTML” tag. This is easier than searching through a category such as “Web Design” in order to find posts that deal with HTML.
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Using Sticky Posts in WordPress

This article provides information on how to create a sticky post in WordPress and in what situations you should consider using them. It also covers the pros and cons of using sticky posts. If you are unfamiliar with what a sticky post is, it is simply a post that will always appear at the top of the front page of your blog. WordPress posts are displayed in reverse chronological order by default. So sticky posts provide a way to stick a post at the top of the front page even if it is not the newest post.

This article assumes that you already know how to edit a post. If you are unsure of how to edit a post then I recommend reading How to Edit a Post or Page, by Jesse Byars.
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WordPress Usage Statistics

WordPress has been growing in popularity ever since its creation in 2003, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. As of October 2013, WordPress is being used on 71.4 million sites around the world. During the 2013 San Francisco WordCamp, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg stated that “18.9% of the web is now running on WordPress.” That is a 2.2% improvement over 2012.

Google Trends supports the fact that WordPress is becoming more popular around the world. The following chart shows how often WordPress has been searched for in relation to the total amount of searches during the specified time period. This chart shows that the interest in WordPress has continued to grow over the years, and WordPress now has a significant advantage over the competition. Please click on the chart if you would like to see the larger interactive Google Trends chart.

Google Trends for WordPress
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