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Hi, my name is Nikki. I'm a Graphic and Web Design student at Clark College. I enjoy making vector portraits, and photography as well as making web sites.

Interview with Danielle Baldwin: Social Media/Content Strategist, WordPress Developer

L.Danielle Baldwin

This is L. Danielle Baldwin. She is a Social Media/Content Strategist, WordPress Developer and The Founder of the very first WordCamp RDU in 2009.

Why did you start using WordPress?

I started using WordPress back in the day when it was called b2 cafelog around 2002. From there I have just followed the application and was able to watch it morph into what WordPress has become today. I started using it initially as a blogging tool but very soon after I got the hang of it, I started using it to create blogs for other people.

Website Whole Lotta Yadda by L. Danielle Baldwin - screenshot. Continue reading Interview with Danielle Baldwin: Social Media/Content Strategist, WordPress Developer

WordPress Plugin: Akismet

Akismet WordPress Plugin come with every WordPress installation, including sites. Users must activate it on their self-hosted WordPress installation. The Akismet WordPress Plugin takes care of spam within comments and pingbacks. The owner is able to review all incoming comments and pingbacks that were filtered by Akismet in case of accidental spam categorization. Akismet also has a discard feature which automatically blocks out the worst spam, which speeds up the site and saves disk place. Akismet will discard trackbacks, pingbacks and new comments after 30 of being in the spam queues.

The Akismet filtering service learns from previous interactions, from the site the author is on and from other sites. When enough sites start calling things spam the Akismet Plugin learns from the algorithm and puts the same types of comments and pingbacks into the spam categories.

Akismet Comment Spam - Comment Panel.

Akimset allows one to spend more time on important messages instead of wasting hours upon hours going through spam. Estimates range, but some say 15 out of ever 1000 comments are legitimate. Akismet tries catching the spam before it hits the comment panel on WordPress and many other web publishing platforms including forums.

For being an semi-automated system that is user influenced, the WordPress Plugin can only be so precise on what is spam and what is not, yet few come closer. If there is a comment that the majority of people mark as spam then Akismet will recognize it as spam and delete it. For a person to know if their comment has been detected as spam the awaiting moderation notice will not show like it does normally.

Akismet WordPress Plugin is free as long as it is used for personal use and non-commercial sites and includes standard customer support.  Business sites, commercial and professional sites, are five dollars per month. The user will get one commercial site with priority customer support when needed. The last level of Akismet is called Enterprise, this is meant for people who are pulsing networks, hosting, universities and even agencies, for fifty dollars a month.  

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WordPress Words: Link

A segment of text or a graphical item that serves as a cross- reference between parts of a webpage or other hypertext documents or between webpages or other hypertext documents.

Links connect content and sites together on the web. They are critical to the organizational structures and facilities of the web, connecting sites and information. This is what makes World Wide Web a web.

Choose wisely what words or images are going to be a link. Don’t say Click here for a link, instead use a descriptive link that tells the users what they are linking to. A phrase for a link is more beneficial than just one word. Continue reading WordPress Words: Link

New Extension for AppBuddy Presented in Miami at BuddyCamp

WP Tavern reports that AppBuddy, a social networking app for iOS and Android that helps to create a social media app for WordPress sites, has a new extension and it was presented at BuddyCamp for BuddyPress users.


This new extension is designed for WordCamps, WordPress conferences, that are being hosted by the Armchair program. On May 9, 2014, this extension was made assessable to customers who had the Agency bundle.

The team of created AppBuddy is working on making the app run faster by using the local storage. The usability of the camera is already in place. Live updates to BuddyPress notification are being made possible in the next couple of weeks. In the future the team of AppBuddy hopes they can make the phone contacts able to connect with this app to make it easier to connect with friends. According to the developer, Messenlehner:

It is a powerful tool for people who have big ideas but don’t have the development skills to realize them and don’t want to spend $100,000 developing a custom app.

The AppBuddy can be downloaded from WP Armchair site or through the app stores.

Is Your Server Safe from the “ShellShock” Bug?

According to Troy Hunt: “ShellShock” Bug is far worse than the Heart-bleed bug. If your server has this “ShellShock” your code is up for grabs by any hacker.  Vladimir Prelovac has made a Plugin to check your server for the ShellShock “CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169” If your server has a bug take a screenshot and let your host know ASAP.