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Installing WordPress on Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services  (AWS) offer a way to host your own WordPress sight with no hardware and little to no expense on a small WP blog site. This is ideal if you want to start working with a self hosted WordPress site for developmental purposes, monetization of your blog, or just good ol’ bragging rights.

In this article I will go into an overview of the EC2 service and the various Virtual Machines (referred to as instances from here on out) that are free and paid. Some may be free to download and initially spin up but may incur an additional cost to the AWS price tier even if you are in the Free Tier. Even though I discuss the free tier exclusively and micro-instances it should be mentioned that the AWS allows for scalability of your WordPress site so it can grow as your site(s) grow.

Bitnami Logo for WP instance.There are various pre-made instances for use with your AWS account that are configured for just about “one touch” configuration. Some are free, others are free to upload to AWS but incur a usage cost, and others cost for upload and usage. A few of the providers are; Bitnami, JumpBox, and Turnkey Linux. If you do choose to go with these “one click” solutions be sure to read all the print to verify if there are any charges for the instance or use of and how the charges are calculated. Continue reading Installing WordPress on Amazon Web Services

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Tidio Gallery: How will you show off your photos?

Tidio Gallery is a WordPress Plugin that allows you to have a different Gallery then the stock one WordPress offers you. It opens over your page and allows you to scroll through all the photos with a limited UI on the bottom of the screen that only pops up in the beginning for a few seconds and then when you click the page.

It is a simple plugin if you are looking for something like the stock gallery but a little different.

  • Pros:
    • It’s full screen.
    • It’s minimal UI intensive
    • Unlike the stock Gallery view you are able to see the whole screen with no cut offs whether or not you have a “big enough” screen as seen below.

WordPress Gallery cuts off text

  • Cons:
    • Doesn’t offer an obvious way to get out of viewing the pictures
    • Similar to the updated Gallery view with Stock WordPress

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Interview with Kate Ringland: Grad Student

Photograph of Kate Ringland sitting on bench with laptop
Copyright Kate Ringland
WordPress can be utilized by more than just businesses and passionate bloggers. As WordPress community member Kate Ringland demonstrates, the content manager can be used as a virtual resume and a means to network with current and potential business associates. Kate says:

Overall, WordPress makes building and maintaining my website easy…WordPress is also the choice of most academics I’ve been involved with, so it’s easier for everyone if we’re all using the same system.

Kate is a Ph.D. student in Informatics at University of California, Irvine. She studies human computer interaction, Assistive Technology, and technology for people with autism. Continue reading Interview with Kate Ringland: Grad Student

WP Weekly Podcasts: An Untapped Resource

If you’ve been looking for a fun and informative source for WordPress news and info checkout WordPress Tavern: WP Weekly Podcasts, a great resource for WordPress news, reviews, and interviews. Contributor Jeff Chandler is the host of WP Weekly Podcasts provides community members with great advice from WordPress developers, contributors and other web based companies, who provide insights that you would not have access to anywhere else.

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The WordPress App by Automattic for iOS 7: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This review of the WordPress Mobile App by Automattic is for an older version. The review may not represent issues with the current version.

Initially, this article was to cover the use of WordPress Mobile by Automattic that I tested from my iPhone 4s. But, with the release of iOS 7, developers have been rushing to get their apps ready to use, and those at Automattic are no different. So this is more of a review than anything else. You can follow along as best as you can, and if you are the app’s developer, I urge you to do so.

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Plugin Review: Shortcode Ultimate

While writing my WordPress Plugin article, “Top WordPress Plugins: 2012 versus 2013” for the Clark College WordPress Class, I was exposed to the highest rated and most popular WordPress Plugins.

Some of these sparked my interest, and I wanted to try a few of them out.

Some led me to find ones that were not mentioned in the lists that I ended up liking better, and some sounded better than what they turned out to be. In the article, I included “Isobel’s Picks“, but the one I am choosing to review today is: Shortcode Ultimate WordPress Plugin.
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Top WordPress Plugins: 2012 versus 2013

As a WordPress user, the proverbial Pokemon cards of this particular trade are Plugins. Once you have a few, you need to find more, better, cooler ones and bulk up your website to raise its stats and level up to make the other sites faint in your presence. Plugins are the meat to your potatoes. The corner pieces of your puzzle. The prosthetic limbs that help your WordPress page win the race while everyone else is dragging behind. You can browse for new limbs in the Plugins directory, or you can join me here and become informed of the most popular and highest rated Plugins since 2012.
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