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Lorelle VanFossen is a trainer and consultant in WordPress, User Experience (UX), blogging, social media, and online business. She is currently teaching WordPress at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, and other colleges, in addition to private training and various public workshops. Author of Lorelle on WordPress covering WordPress and blogging tips, help, and advice for beginners to advanced users, she is the author of numerous books and ebooks on blogging, social media, web publishing - you name it. She travels the world speaking at conferences about her passion to help people have their say online.

All the Social Media Acronyms and Abbreviations You Need to Know

Working with students on WordPress, web publishing, writing for the web, and social media, it’s important to learn the language of the web – in this case the social web.

All Acronyms offers an extensive list of social media acronyms and abbreviations and NetLingo – The Internet Dictionary claims to be the largest resource featuring all of those funky letter combinations that say so much in so few keystrokes.

Infographic of Social Media Acronyms from B2 Squared.

Some long time favorites are listed:

  • AFAIK: As Far As I Know
  • BFN: By For Now
  • BTW: By The Way
  • FYI: For Your Information
  • IMHO: In My Humble Opinion
  • LOL: Laugh Out Loud
  • TY: Thank You

And of course our favorite WTF.

Some are a little confusing as they haven’t totally standardized like FTL. Depending upon how you use it it is “For the Lose” or “For The Loss,” neither for sorrowful greetings. Dig a little deeper and you will see that FTL also means the following to the rest of the world: Continue reading All the Social Media Acronyms and Abbreviations You Need to Know

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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!

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.

The New Blogger’s Law in Russia

While it isn’t the purpose of this site to publish political news or commentary on current events, this particular issue touched the students of the WordPress class at Clark College and they’ve asked the instructor to expand upon the discussion held in class on this topic.

Reporters Without Borders - World Press Freedom Barometers for 2104.The lives and welfare of bloggers and social media publishers are often restricted by local and national freedom of speech and censorship laws, labeled insurgents, protestors, and activists violating laws with the “goal of inciting riots or government overthrow.”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Reporters Without Borders report frequently on the persecution, imprisonment, and attacks on bloggers and web publishers around the world, citing 27 journalists and “netizens and citizen journalists” killed and 174 journalists and 166 netizens imprisoned since the beginning of 2014 on their Press Freedom Barometer.

This past week, Russia has imposed the Internet Law, commonly known as the “blogger’s law,” imposing registration, site blocking, and harsher penalties against websites found to be inciting dissension in Russia.

Russian President Putin Puts Down Internet Freedoms

“The goal is to kill off the political blogosphere by the fall.” – blogger Andrei Malgin

A report called “World Press Freedom Index 2014 states that Russia is 148th out of 179 countries on their list rating government’s media freedom and rights, and anticipating an even lower score next year due to Putin’s “draconian legislation” and efforts to restrict freedom of speech and transparency within its borders.

In 2013, the Russian Federation government introduced a bill led by Putin that would block websites and blogs regarded as extremist and requiring registration of the site’s owner and contributors with a government agency known as Roskomnadzor, the communications oversight agency. Continue reading The New Blogger’s Law in Russia

WordPress 3.9 Released

The latest version of WordPress, WordPress 3.9, has been released. It is named in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, continuing the tradition of naming major WordPress releases after jazz musicians.

WordPress 3.8 was released in December 2013, and this push to WordPress 3.9 is part of the new faster release schedule.

As of July 2013, Matt Mullenweg announced that WordPress now powers 18.9% of the web with more than 46 million downloads in ten years. WordPress is also being used by mobile users more than ever before according to a WordPress Community survey that found 31% were using it on their iOS devices, 30% on Android, and 18% on Android tablets. A survey by WP Engine on WordPress adoption and name recognition found 30% of those surveys on the Internet have heard of WordPress.

With so many people embracing WordPress and incorporating it into their lives and businesses as a content management and web publishing system, the improvements the development teams worked on for this new version reflect the growing reliance on WordPress across multiple user types and needs. Continue reading WordPress 3.9 Released

WordPress I Class: Students Tell Students What They Need to Know

Clark College’s class isn’t a typical class. It is a class that evolves each quarter with each collection of students. Students contribute tutorial articles to the student-managed and produced online magazine, ClarkWP,  used in the class notes for future student’s education. We call it legacy content.

Among the legacies left behind each quarter is a collection of tips from students completing the course to help new students learn from their mistakes and successes on how to get the most out of the I course at Clark College with Lorelle VanFossen.

Spring Quarter 2013-14

Here are the tips for future students taking the course from the Spring Quarter of 2013-14.

From Stephanie Billmyre:

Getting the opportunity to take a class like Lorelle’s WordPress (CTEC 160) is one you may not get twice, and the advantage should be seized to it’s full potential. Not only is the entire class environment absolutely amazing but, if you truly thrive for knowledge in WordPress writing, web development, css, html, social media, and marketing via the web and want to explore how to start AND MAINTAIN your very own site, then you will enjoy this class. My recommendations come from my own experiences are intended to ultimately encourage you to stick with the class until the very end!

Here is my advise:

  • Do not be shy in this class, it is a collaborative subject [MAKE A BUDDY]. If you do not work well in groups or on team projects then this class may not be for you.
  • Take only this class if your schedule will accommodate for it or take light alternatives to fill your schedule – there is a lot of work and you are expected to complete it.
  • Remember to keep an open mind and think outside of the box – ask for help.
  • Don’t blink; don’t miss ANY classes.

When you are done with class each day give your neighbor a high five; the entire group will need it after racing through the material and trying to capture the thousands of ideas coming your way as you explore all the wonderful opportunities of WordPress.

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How to Become a Professional WordPress Developer

How To Become A Top WordPress Developer” by Smashing Magazine’s WordPress writer, Jonathan Wold, was written in 2012 but still holds true today.

…becoming a top WordPress developer is hard work — very hard work. It’s going to take a lot of time, energy and determination. If you’re looking for an easy checklist or some “fast pass” to the top, you’re going to waste your time. Being one of the best is hard, and statistically speaking, the odds are stacked against you.

The article covers the basic steps and practices you need to take to earn the name “WordPress developer.”
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WordPress Resources and Experts to Follow

This is a list of WordPress resources, experts, and sources for WordPress official news, unofficial news, tutorials, techniques, and information to help students learn more about WordPress.

These sites may be added to a feed reader such as feedly, or mobile feed reader apps such as Google Currents or Flipboard for tracking the latest updates from these sites.

WordPress Official Sites

The following are the official sites for WordPress, the WordPress Community, and news and information.

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What Do You Need to Learn to be a WordPress Expert?

In “Wanna Create Dynamic Websites? Learn JavaScript” by Daily Blog Tips, Daniel Scocco says:

If you want to become an expert programmer and make a living developing software you’ll need to learn a wide range of stuff, from logic gates to how the hardware works, from algorithms to data structures and programming paradigms (if this is actually what you are looking for I suggest you peek at the curriculum of the Computer Science degree on some good university and follow along).

Luckily, Clark College’s degrees for Web Development, Web Programming, and Computer Graphics Technology degrees include the skills you need.

What do you need to learn to be a WordPress expert?
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