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I am a 26 year old male who is pursuing a Web Development AAT at Clark College. There is nothing exciting or spectacular to know about me. What was the latest Landmark Event in my life? Celebrating my 1 year wedding anniversary with my wife!

WordPress Plugins: WP Fastest Cache Tutorial

Today, it is important to site users that web sites load as quickly as possible. A blog that is slow to load risks the potential of losing repeat visitors. Everybody wants to get as much information as fast as they can. So what options does WordPress offer to help with making your web site load faster?

WP Fastest Cache WordPress Plugin describes itself as:

This plugin creates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. When a page is rendered, php and mysql are used. Therefor, system needs RAM and CPU. If many visitors come to a site, system uses lots of RAM and CPU so page is rendered so slowly. In this case, you need a cache system not to render page again and again. Cache system generates a static html file and saves. Other users reach to static html page.

WPFC Main Download Page

After installing and activating the WordPress Plugin, go to the Settings > WP Fastest Cache in the Admin Panel and set the options. Continue reading WordPress Plugins: WP Fastest Cache Tutorial

Help WordPress Translate the Admin Panels Interface

For several years, WordPress users have had the option to help translate the WordPress.com interface for any of the 105 languages supported by WordPress. The tool is called the In-Page Translation.

Using the In-Page Translation is as simple as following 3 steps for WordPress.com users:

  1. In the Admin Panel, hover over your name/Gravatar in the upper right corner.
  2. Click on Translate WordPress.com.
  3. The In-Page Translator will appear on the left hand side.
  4. Scroll through the list to find a text string that you want to translate. Enter your best translation for the string and save it.

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WordPress Words: Media Uploader

The Media Add New Screen allows you to upload Media (images, videos, files, etc.) for later use in your posts and pages. This screen allows you to both add single items as well as perform bulk uploads, if you wish to add more than one media item to your Media Library. Uploading media from your local computer into the Media Library is quite simple. Two ‘uploader’ methods, Multi-File Uploader and Browser Uploader, are provided. The Multi-File Uploader is the primary method for adding media to the Media Library, but if doesn’t work then click the “Browser Uploader” link to use the Browser Uploader.
WordPress Codex

As explained above, there are two types of Media Uploaders that are used in WordPress. The first is the Multi-File Uploader. This is considered the preferred method, but if your browser can’t support HTML 5, the Browser Uploader will work.

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WordPress Words: Categories

Categories: “Each post in WordPress is filed under a category. Thoughtful categorization allows posts to be grouped with others of similar content and aids in the navigation of a site.”
WordPress Codex

About WordPress Categories

Categories are an essential part of WordPress. They help group like topics and posts together, which makes it easier for people to search by topics that interest or pertain to them. Categories are not to be confused with tags. Categories tend to be based on broader topic points than the tags that people enter for their posts.

Categories can be placed in a number of different places, depending on what themes and widgets you are working with. They can be displayed at the top of a post, the bottom of a post, on the menu, in the sidebar or in individual post view. Continue reading WordPress Words: Categories

Happy Joe Charity Teaches Veterans WordPress Skills

As we have spent time in class, we have learned countless uses and functions that WordPress can successfully perform. WPTavern reports there is a charity teaching veterans valuable WordPress skills with the goal of finding gainful employment, either through contract work or working for a company.

“Happy Joe is a 501 c3 non-profit organization that helps U.S. veterans with entrepreneurship and employment opportunities. Training initiatives prepare veterans not only for a career in the web technology industry, but also provide the skills necessary to start their own businesses.”

Happy Joe regards WordPress as the “cornerstone” to helping veterans find meaningful (and gainful) employment in the web technology field. As a non-profit organization, 100% of the money that comes to the foundation goes directly to the veterans that Happy Joe is helping. Even companies like Automattic contribute to scholarship funds for the organization. Continue reading Happy Joe Charity Teaches Veterans WordPress Skills

Web Accessibility: Providing Descriptive Titles for Web Pages

The objective of this technique is to give each Web page a descriptive title. Descriptive titles help users find content, orient themselves within it, and navigate through it. A descriptive title allows a user to easily identify what Web page they are using and to tell when the Web page has changed.
W3C Working Group Note

Having a descriptive title for web pages is vital for many reasons, but according to the W3C Working Group Note, it is especially important in regards to web accessibility practices and guidelines.

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What Matt Mullenweg Has To Say About The Future of WordPress

The Future of WordPress, According to Matt Mullenweg

In the WP Tavern article “Contributing Back to WordPress”, Matt Mullenweg reminds the WordPress community that WordPress can make it another ten years, as long as people are willing to continue giving back to WordPress. In the article “Contributing Back to WordPress”, it becomes clear that WordPress users need to recognize the different kind of ways to give back to WordPress (there are indirect and direct ways to do so). According to this article and Mullenweg, WordPress can continue to stay relevant and innovative into the future, as long as its users stick to a 5% rule, in regards to giving back to WordPress.