All posts by Michael T Reidy

I am a student in the Web Development Associates of Applied Technology degree program at Clark College, Vancouver, WA. Our instructor is Lorelle VanFossen who was a senior editor of the WordPress codex. I have been working with computers for over 25 years. My first computer job was managing electronic data processing (EDP) for the US Department of Commerce as the Assistant Manager for Electronic Data Processing (AMEDP) in the Tulsa Regional Office of the 1990 Decennial Census. The computer was a midrange DEC VAX/VMS. Soon after, PC Networks became popular and I became a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE+I) and Trainer (MCT). I was recruited by IBM Sales as a Field Technical Support Specialist to launch their new PC Server brand. A few years later, I was invited to join IBM Global Services as a Team Lead Professional Server Expert (PSE) and Global IT Architect for Systems and Storage. I was both a contributing member and review board architect of IBM Global Services Reference Architecture. As Lead Architect for Integrated Storage Management Services (ISMS), I was the sole author of the IBM Global Services (GS) Method for Lean Storage Services: ISMS. When IBM Global Services offshored to India in the financial crises of 2007, I relocated to Vancouver, WA. For the past six years, I have worked independently as an Audio/Video Producer and Web Manager. In my personal life, I am the Minister of the St Clare Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order in Portland, OR and a Regional Councilor for Troubadours of Peace (ToP) Region in the Pacific Northwest states of OR, WA, AK, ID. I am responsible for Communications Technology development for ToP Region. I served the National Franciscan Order – USA (NAFRA) as a Q Committee member (AV Producer) for the NAFRA Quinquennial XVIII in Chicago, 2012. I twice received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for National Engineers Week: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. I chaired the efforts of IBM, in conjunction with Intel, to promote minority recruitment in engineering through such programs as: Hermanas: Diseña Tu Futuro (Design Your Future). I was also an elementary and secondary classroom advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). I currently volunteer as a Spiritual Care Volunteer for Legacy Hospital, Salmon Creek and as a Hospice Volunteer for the Veterans Administration in Vancouver, WA.

Publishing MS Word Content in WordPress

There are 3 ways to blog post from Microsoft Word:

  1. Simple Copy and Paste from Word (Wrong: leaves stray formatting, no pics)
  2. Publish to Blog  (Good: but has it’s issues, plain text and no pictures)
  3. Paste from Word – W-Button in visual editor, drag and drop pics to media library (Better, ease of use with no HTML requirement – reason for this tutorial.)

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Catholic Calendar WordPress Widget

Catholic Liturgy Calendar

Did you know the church year end is in November, not December? The Latin calendar ends with the Solemnity of Christ the King and begins new each Advent (the preparatory season before Christmas). Many people want to know when Christmas is coming, if only to know how many shopping days are left!

Who doesn’t need to know what day it is. While you can add a calendar to a page (embed a Google Calendar), you can also install a variety of available free calendar Plugins. How would you like a specialty calendar that tells you when Christmas or Easter is coming as well as offer the reading of the day?
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Interview with Robert Hughes, Computer Technology (CTEC) Department Chair

Recently I visited with Robert Hughes, the Clark College Chair for Computer Technology (CTEC) to ask about how it is he came to sponsor the first WordPress degree programs to be offered in the country and what he sees for the Information Technology future.

Bob Hughes, Dept Chair CTEC, Clark College Vancouver, WA

Robert Hughes has a long tradition at Clark where he currently serves as Chair for Computer Technology, CTEC Department at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. Mr Hughes has been faculty at Clark for over 20 years, where he also attended as a student, earning degrees and certifications in Scientific-Technical Communications and Electronic Publishing. Mr Hughes came to Clark to explore a range of educational programs with a prior degree in the mid 1980s. His mission at CTEC (Computer Technology) is threefold:
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Landing Page: Lead Generation or Click Through

  • The Home page is not the landing page.
  • Any page a visitor lands on is not the landing page.
  • The landing page is a free-standing page used for one of two purposes:
    1. Inbound Marketing – Lead Generation Landing Page or
    2. Outbound Sales – Click Through Landing Page

A Landing Page is designed with two primary goals:
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Website vs Blog: Never Has So Much Been Said About So Little by So Few

image of Winston Churchill
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
The headline quote is blog sarcasm based on Churchill’s 1940 Battle of Britain address ‘Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.’

The blog sarcasm, attributed variously to English professors in the UK and US, is uninformed. Read why.

Here are some of the most common myths around websites and blogs:
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