All posts by Tonya Bower

I am a full time student, and work part time. I have a very busy lifestyle and I hope to share some of the ways I stay healthy, and reduce my stress level with others. I have a strong belief in the mind, body, and spirit connection.

Interview with Daniel Payne

A Photo of Daniel PayneDaniel Payne of Tualatin Web has been developing commercial web sites since 1995 and programming since 1975. So it made sense to me to get some key insights from someone who has been in the business for a number of years.

Q: What made you decide to become a member of the WordPress community and to become involved in organizing the PDX WordPress meetups?

A: I first heard about WordPress in 2008, after I had already created and sold my own content management system, it become clear that the team at Automattic had a much superior product so I decided to focus on customizing WordPress for business users. Later on I signed up at and then discovered the Portland WordPress Meetup group. After attending a few meetings I started to get more involved, and eventually became an organizer. I wanted to give something back to the WordPress community, and also at the same time raise awareness for my own web development company, Tualatin Web.

Q: How long have you been working with WordPress?

A: My first WordPress install was in 2008. I started coding web sites in 1995, and computer coding in 1975.

Q: What made you choose to use WordPress‘s CMS over other methods of content management systems?

A: I also looked at Joomla, Drupal, Concrete, Wix, etc. It seems like every month we have yet another CMS. WordPress was the most intuitive CMS to learn, use, and develop for. WordPress is also the #1 CMS in the world, so it makes most business sense to specialize on the leading tool. Continue reading Interview with Daniel Payne

Web Accessibility: Lists

Why should we use lists? Why are lists important to web accessibility? How do are lists need to be structured in compliance with web accessibility laws?

Using ul, ol, and dl elements for defining list content ensures users with disabilities can easily distinguish a list from the rest of the content and move between items of a list and between lists themselves. You should write link text that clearly communicates the target of the link making navigation easier for all users. Using link lists also makes it easier to find and update links on web resources.

According to the Web Accessibility Guidelines (WAC), website designers and developers are required to: Continue reading Web Accessibility: Lists

WordPress Words: Attachment

An attachment is an image or other file uploaded through the post editor’s upload utility. Attachments can be displayed on their own ‘page’ or template.”
Attachment – WordPress Codex

Why are Attachments Important

  1. Less Confusing for the User: Allowing the user to see an image more clearly, without navigating away from your site or clicking the back button to get back to your site.
  2. Direct Attachment to Posts and Pages: Simpler to change an image for a single post or page, or changing them all at once across your site, instead changing them individually.
  3. Branding: How you present yourself; is your site professional, establishing a personal confidence and trust in your product or service.

Types of Attachments

Attachments are images and files linked to the web page on WordPress.

There is a range of file types that can be uploaded into the Media Library they include image, video and audio files, but other file types such as document files or spreadsheet files can also be incorporated into your WordPress site. Continue reading WordPress Words: Attachment

WordPress News: How to Move WordPress Fast

WP Beginner offered “How to Move WordPress to a New Host or Server With No Downtime,” an article with a collection of step by step instructional information showing you how to move your WordPress site to a new host or server with no disruptive downtime, making the migration process as straightforward as possible.

WP News: Adding SVG’s with CSS, Security Releases, and Vancouver Meetup

The Clark College WordPress class students review WordPress news around the world to bring you the latest news and WordPress resources during the academic year.

WordPress Development

Styling And Adding SVG’s With CSS: This is an informative article on how to add SVG’s using CSS, written by Sara Soueidan a freelance front-end web developer. This article shows you how to export SVG’s from Adobe Illustrator, and gives you links to other articles and instructional material to optimize your SVG’s.

“CSS can be used to style and animate scalable vector graphics, much like it is used to style and animate HTML elements.”

Short Title: Summary with link of a second WordPress Development news item. Continue reading WP News: Adding SVG’s with CSS, Security Releases, and Vancouver Meetup

Web Accessibility: Text Justification

According to the Business Dictionary Text Justification is defined as

” A paragraph or block of text in which all words in all lines are spaced-out such that the first word aligns with the left margin and last word with the right margin.”

Providing text that is legible and easy to read is import for Web Accessibility. Some users may have difficulty reading text that is not aligned properly. Aligning text to both the left and the right of a paragraph can cause what is known as rivers in a page, these are noticeable spaces between words, you may have noticed this in some newspapers or a magazine article that you have read recently.Justifying your words to the left hand side of a column is usually the first step in avoiding this issue. Continue reading Web Accessibility: Text Justification

WordPress Words: Media Library

Media consists of the images, video, recordings, and files that you upload and use in your blog. Media is typically uploaded and inserted into the content when writing a Post or writing a Page…

The Media Library Screen allows you to edit, view, and delete Media previously uploaded to your blog. Multiple Media objects can be selected for deletion. Search and filtering ability is also provided to allow you to find the desired Media.
Media Library – WordPress Codex

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