All posts by Stephen Miller

Head over heels in love with my wife of 6 years. I'm an avid learn from my mistakes, (the third time.) kinda guy. I am constanly in a state of wonder. I like to wash and rinse, but not repeat. I bore myself sometimes. I think I would like to try everything once. I get to learn and experience new, every day! problem solving thru hackery, I can do that. Theres more, ask me.

Site Titles and Taglines

Site titles and taglines can make or break a site. Let’s just say you have a blog page and that it shows up in search results, now what? You probably want people to pick your site from the list right?

Well it’s not as easy as just hoping it automatically finds readers who like it and waves them over to tell them a story. The image displayed below is a screenshot of the ClarkWP site title and tagline displayed when searched via the web.

tag and taglineThe title itself is simple and the tagline is descriptive and interesting. It makes readers curious about what the students are saying. In short– it works.
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What Gravatar App? Why Gravatar App?

The Gravatar Logo
WP Tavern’s Jeff Chandler Wrote an interesting tidbit today about Toni Schneider’s “No details, yet. Stay tuned.” answer when asked about the upcoming Gravatar mobile app Schnider, who traded places with Matt Mullenweg at auttomatic posted this question on the Gravatar blog. Which platform should a Gravatar app be released for first?.Readers had to choose between iOS, Android, or Other. At this time Android is out in front, with iOS trailing behind.

I found some insight, answers, and conjectures in the comments section of Chandler’s article.

Tom J Nowell said this..

I honestly don’t know what a gravatar app would do that a well done web app wouldn’t do for a fraction of the time/money/effort, we can already upload images on iOS via the web, and Android.

It was followed by a very informative and mildly lengthy comment post by Leland Fiegel, here is some of it.

If I had to guess, the mobile app is just a small part of a MUCH bigger Gravatar pivot. We’ve been seeing hints of this for quite a while with the hovercards, linking websites to your account, etc.

Keep in mind, Gravatar is not just a WordPress thing. It’s also been adopted by other very large sites like GitHub, BitBucket, StackOverflow, and others.

Could you imagine if you could “follow” Gravatar users and keep track of their activity across the massive network of Gravatar-enabled sites? We’ve all been participating in what may be one of the larger social networks on the web without even realizing it.

It’s hard to say if this was Automattic’s vision since they acquired Gravatar back in 2007, but I think Toni has recognized potential to be much bigger than just a “globally recognized avatar” service, and he’s acting on it.

I guess we’ll find out in the near future, I am curious about this plays out….How bout’ you?

Hat Tip:Official Gravatar Mobile App In The Works

The Right Way To Prepare Images For WordPress

Images are an important part of the web nowadays. Before you upload to WordPress, you need to optimize them for quality, size and SEO. Here are some steps to take to properly prepare images before you make the upload. I like to use Photoshop to optimize my images as it is among the best, so we’ll begin there.

1. Open the image inside Photoshop

picture of bass guitar opened in photoshop

2. Use auto adjusters

Or manually adjust your images depending on your skill level. These controls can be found under the Image>>Adjustments tab from the menu bar.
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