All posts by Michael W

Greetings everyone! I'm currently attending Clark College for an AAT as a Computing Support Specialist. I love hiking, camping, and the great outdoors. I'm excited to finally be part of the WordPress community!

How to Manage Comments

Managing comments plays an integral role in WordPress. It’s necessary to maintain comments to keep your site free of spam and ensure that all user’s comments are appropriate.

There are some situations where you might want to edit comments in bulk, edit the content of a comment, make comments as spam, and even enable or disable comments altogether.

This tutorial will highlight the basics of comment management so you can be in control of your site’s comments. Continue reading How to Manage Comments

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WordPress Words: Comments

Comments allow your website’s visitors to have a discussion with you and each other.
WordPress Codex

Comments are a fascinating part of how we communicate with each other. They enable us to have discussions through mediums like the internet, and lets us interact with people from all over the world. Comments allow us to socially connect in ways that were previously impossible. In WordPress, a comment form like the one below will appear at the bottom of a post or page, and people can respond to what you have written. Continue reading WordPress Words: Comments

WordPress to Close Kvetch

According to WP Tavern, the ability to anonymously complain about WordPress might disappear in the near future. In 2007 a form was introduced called Kvetch that allowed WordPress users to issue anonymous complaints to developers.  This allows users to have a say in what goes into WordPress and gave developers feedback on the current state of WordPress.

However, Drew Jaynes submitted a ticket that stated the following:

“I don’t think anybody can deny Kvetch is sort of a black hole on .org, but it can also be a good outlet to see unfiltered user feedback.

In their current form, Kvetches don’t really provide a lot of context though. I propose we either:

A) Consider adding a WordPress version field to the Kvetch form
B) Just display the posted-date alongside it.”

Continue reading WordPress to Close Kvetch

WordPress Accessibility: How to Convince a Client to Practice Web Accessibility

Accessibility image showing a ear, eye, hand, and brain.The web should be open and accessible to everyone. Unfortunately, accommodations aren’t always made for those who have a disability or other condition that makes using the web difficult.

If you have a client that hosts a website or blog using WordPress, you should really encourage them to be stepping up to make their website accessible to people who have a variety of conditions.

The Web is used now more than ever to access data, education, employment, healthcare, commerce, and a plethora of other roles that have to be easily and readily accessible to people with disabilities. It’s important to note why clients should take accessibility to heart. Continue reading WordPress Accessibility: How to Convince a Client to Practice Web Accessibility

What Do You Need to Know To Use WordPress?

When it comes to WordPress, there are a few things that people should know in order to be effective WordPress users and authors:

What WordPress is and What it Does

Wikipedia offers an accurate description of WordPress that is nicely summed up:

“WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. WordPress was used by more than 22.0% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites.”

For more information about WordPress, visit the About page on WordPress.org. Continue reading What Do You Need to Know To Use WordPress?

WordPress Words: Media

According to The Business Dictionary, digital media “includes photos, video and music, distributed over the Internet, which are either non-copyrighted or copyrighted materials provided either freely or for a fee.”

How Does Media Effect Us?

Media plays a very important role in today’s society and greatly impacts how we communicate with one another. Almost any form of mass communication can be regarded as media, such as television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet. WordPress itself is a form of media, because it’s a means for people to communicate through a medium. Although media can exist in many different forms, we want to talk about media and its relation to WordPress. This means we want to talk about online media, or more specifically, digital media and how it can be used in WordPress. Continue reading WordPress Words: Media

Make a Better WordCamp

According to Aaron Jorbin, WordCamp organizers need to create an interesting experience for attendees by utilizing strategic and engaging ways to teach WordPress. Subject matter being discussed should be of primary importance. His article suggests that WordCamp should provoke thought, discussion, and make people walk away feeling like they gained valuable knowledge. If people walk away from a WordCamp and don’t think about some aspect of it later, you can’t call it a success.