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Articles about WordPress specific topics, tutorials, and all things WordPress by the students of WordPress at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington.

WordPress Plugin Review: EverKinetic

Everkinetic was created by Greg Priday. This WordPress Plugin provides users with over 289 specific images of exercises to insert into posts and/or pages. If you a have fitness blog, this Plugin has a library of images that can be downloaded with a push of a button. A shortcode is added to the content area with the image(s) the user selects.

Screen Shot of EverKinetic barbell iconWhen you click on the EverKinetic icon (Barbell) that’s located in the Content Editor Bar, EverKinetic is activated and opens up. Please note that the icon will only appear when in the “Visual” view and not in “Text” view. I couldn’t find anywhere on this subject to see if this is normal functionality or not.

Screen shot of types of exercise images from EverKineticEverKinetic Plugin categorizes its images in several ways, making it easier to locate specific images. The menu located across the top main menu in this Plugin lists all the features the user can search with. Here is a list of those features:

Specific Image Categories:

  • Isolations
  • Compounds
  • Isometrics
  • Primary Muscules
  • Secondary Muscules
  • Equipment

The only downfall to this Plugin is when selecting the exercise, the Plugin provides written steps on how to complete the exercise, these steps do not download with the image. The screen shots below show an example of what you see on the user end and what you see at pageview end.

everkinetic stepspageview

There is not a lot of information available on this Plugin. There are 60+ active installers and the Plugin does require WordPress Version 3.5 or higher.

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WordPress Words: DIV

A “DIV” is an HTML element that divides sections of your WordPress site.

Example: A user can customize their site by adding DIV tags around their content sections in the text editor. Then they can add custom CSS to their DIV’s by going to the Theme Editor in
Appearance–>Editor–>style.css and adding a new line in the file.

.main-grid-content {display:inline-block;background-color:#FFF;}

About the Word

The DIV tag in HTML is used widely on most websites today. By default, a DIV is a block level element, which means it will take up all of the horizontal space  in its current container. In WordPress DIV’s are used to create new sections of content within your site, that may be linked to current classes or new ones.

New sections can help you separate portions of your site to add embedded maps, special offers, promotions, contact information, images and other content.

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WordPress Words: Avatar

An avatar is an important part of your online representation of yourself, usually a picture of you that shows up in places where you leave comments or forum posts.
WordPress.com Support | Avatars.

Example: He used a graphic of a purple penguin as his avatar on League Of Legends.

About The Word

The word avatar is from the Hindu language Sanskrit meaning descent. It’s translation refers to the English word “incarnation”, but towards more as appearance or manifestation.

How Avatars Are Used

An avatar is used to represent someone from behind a computer and/or gaming system. It is an image or an icon that symbolizes who the person is or wants to be. Avatars are commonly seen in multiplayer gaming like World of Warcraft, online communities like The Sims Online, or web forums like the one in WordPress. Avatars are also seen for users around the world to interact and chat without leaving their building.

A gaming forum for a game called Metal Gear Solid.

Dealing with the avatar settings.

see also WordPress Words: Gravatar
see also WordPress Words: Blavatar

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Tutorial: How To Delete Your WordPress Site

There may be a day when you realize that the WordPress.com blog address that you signed up with, may not be the one you want to stay with. If that is the case, you have a few options.  You can:

  • Change your domain name and keep all your current content.
  • Take out all of your posts, or at least the ones you don’t want, but keep the same name.
  • You can make your site completely private so that no one can see it.
  • You can transfer your site to someone else.

If you really want to completely delete your WordPress.com site, there is a way. You need to understand though that
it will be permanent!
Continue reading Tutorial: How To Delete Your WordPress Site

WordPress Tutorial: Categories/Tags

The following tutorial will teach you about categories and tags.

What are the categories and tags?Think of the categories as a table of contents in a book. Categories are important because they help organize, and group content so it’s easy for users to find. Tags are a lot like the index of a book.  Tags are keywords designated to an article, or a post that when a search is done, and a keyword matches a designated tag the content attached to the tag will show up. Tags can either be specific to one piece of content or multiple pieces of content.

Where to find the categories and tags?

When creating a post categories, and tags can be found to the right of the screen.

A picture of the category and tags option in post editing

Where to find categories and tags on the front side of a website?

Tags can be found at the bottom of a post.  Categories can also be found at the bottom of the post.

WordPress Plugins: TinyMCE Advanced

The “TinyMCE Advanced plugin” allows for modifications to the visual editor. It allows adding, removing, and rearranging the buttons to accommodate the content creator making it feel more like a word processor.

The Visual Text editor is modified and rearranged.

 

Editor Drop-down MenuDrop down list of the TinyMCE Advanced Toolbar.

 

Add, Remove, and Rearrange

Under settings in “TinyMCE Advanced” there are settings to add, remove, and rearrange the visual editor buttons on the toolbar. The unused buttons are buttons that are not visible on the visual editor  toolbar.

To add an unused button click and drag to the button of choice to the desired location. To remove a button click and drag the button of your choice to the unused buttons. To rearrange a button click and drag to new desired location.

TinyMCE Advanced Settings to allow modification to the visual editor toolbar.

To Install in WordPress

  1. Go to Plugins  tab on the left and click Add New.
  2. Search for “TinyMCE Advanced”
  3. Find and install “Tiny MCE Advanced” by Andrew Ozz.
  4. Once the plugin is installed, open Plugins.
  5. Activate “TinyMCE Advanced” plugin.

Information and Download

For more information and to download visit their official website.

For the WordPress compatible plugin and information visit their website.

 

 

The New iOS and Android Apps Have Arrived

According to Hot Off The Press the new WordPress apps have arrived for Android 2.6 and Apple.

Some things that have changed are the sidebar and the tab-bar layout for the iOS. The latest WordPress update for Android consists of a redesigned interface and provides a much improved native reading experience, different things appear in a snap, and images fade as they are loaded.

 

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Interview with Dave Martin: Automattician

Black and white close up of Dave Martin.Dave Martin is the Creative Director and Growth Lead at Automattic. In his own words he is…

A husband and a father. Those titles mean more to me than anything else. I live in North Carolina with my wife and 3 kids. I have a lot of passions, most of them related to the web. I’m a designer, a developer, and I love startups.

Describe your role in Automattic. What have you done there in the past?

I currently hold two titles, both Creative Director & Growth lead. That may come off sounding fancy but when it comes down to it, they are both really just support roles. My job is to make sure that our 30+ designers and growth explorers are happy, and that they have everything they need to do great work.

I started off at Automattic 5 years ago as a UI designer. In the 5 years that I’ve been there I’ve jumped around to six different roles. Prior to Automattic, I had a habit of jumping around to new companies every 2 years or so – I can thank my A.D.D. for that habit. Fortunately, Automattic has been supportive of me swapping teams whenever I get antsy.

I recently wrote about how the hiring process at Automattic works for WP Tavern. Continue reading Interview with Dave Martin: Automattician

WordPress Tutorial: Evernote and WordPress

If you are the type of person who likes to stay organized, than you may want to try Evernote. Just about anything can be attached to a note, including files, images and audio. You can even attach snapshots taken with your phone or computer. Evernote can help writers and artists stay focused on their ideas moving from inspiration to completion.

A screen shot of Evernote's welcome page.
Integrating this Plugin with your WordPress site gives you the option to store and share information to and from your notebooks from just about anywhere. This visual bookmarking service can also help you build a loyal following as users bookmark your site. There are three ways to integrate Evernote with WordPress.
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WordPress Words: Microformats

A microformat (sometimes abbreviated μF) is a web-based approach to semantic markup which seeks to re-use existing HTML/XHTML tags to convey metadata[1] and other attributes in web pages and other contexts that support (X)HTML such as RSS. This approach allows software to process information intended for end-users (such as contact information, geographic coordinates, calendar events, and similar information) automatically.
Definition of Microformat – Wikipedia.com

Example: In the text “The birds roosted at 52.48, -1.89” is a pair of numbers which may be understood, from their context, to be a set of geographic coordinates. With wrapping in spans (or other HTML elements) with specific class names (in this case geo, latitude and longitude, all part of the geo microformat specification.
An example of a microformat found on Wikipedia.org.

How Microformats Are Used

Using microformats within HTML code provides additional formatting and semantic data that applications can use. The use of microformats can facilitate in exporting a geographical location to maps such as Google Maps.

Advantages of Microformats

Using microformats has advantages. They enable the publishing and sharing of high quality sounds, images, and other information on the Web. You can share your microformat with content providers, ensuring that you’ll get content in the right format and you don’t need to do anything to that content before presenting it to the user.

Microformats and WordPress

WordPress is somewhat microformat enabled. The special code makes your web pages readable by not only people, but computers are able to make sense of your page also. Microformats are extremely useful when applied to themes. You can add them to one place and enable your whole site.

About Microformats

“Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. Instead of throwing away what works today, microformats intend to solve simpler problems first by adapting to current behaviors and usage patterns.”

To learn more on various Microformats :

WordPress Tutorial: Switch Sites

Why Switch Sites?

Many user of WordPress will end up creating or contributing to more than one WordPress site. In order for the user to to access each of these sites, they are going to need the  Switch Sites feature.

Switch Site Picture on WordPress Account
Here is what the button to switch sites looks like on your WordPress My Sites page.

How Do I Switch Sites?

When you click this feature, you are now able to select the site you want to work with. This features is found on the top left of your page when you login into WordPress with your username and password. It is important that you login through WordPress and not one of the websites you are trying to access. When you login through a website, you go directly to that websites dashboard and not to your WordPress account page.

All My Sites

WordPress Tutorial All My Sites Function
Here is what it looks like when you click the “Switch Sites” button.

Once you have clicked Switch Site, you now enter “All My Sites” which gives you more options. Here you can select the site you wish to begin to edit or view. After selecting one, you now are able to view the Stats, WP Admin, and View Site functions the site offer. Depending on your clearance on the site, what you can do will be limited. The  last feature that “All My Sites” provides is the “ADD NEW WORDPRESS” Where you can add another site onto the list of current sites you have access to.

 

Another Way to Switch Sites

There is another way to login to access the Switch Sites option from the dashboard of a WordPress site. From the dashboard you go  (My Sites > Switch Site > Site Name > Site Screen ) to get to site that you want.

WordPress Tutorial All My Sites Function2

Benefits of Switch Site

The Switch Site feature allows you to:

  • By pass logins on individual websites.
  • Save time
  • Switch between sites easier
  • Add sites to your “My Sites”

The Switch Site  is one the many features that WordPress offers for making your job a lot easier. I encourage you to pursue more of these tutorials and gain in your knowledge of WordPress.

 

 

 

 

How to Change the WordPress Page and Post Authors

An author is the person who is credited with writing a post or page on WordPress. By default, the author is set to the name of the logged-in user who originally created the post or page. In some WordPress Themes, the author appears a a link to the users Gravatar biography, in others it may the biography as part of the page or post.

How to Select or Change Authors

Page and post authors may be changed from the edit screen on new pages/posts, or by editing existing ones Admin Side Bar > Posts/Pages > All Posts/Pages then click item to edit.

By default, the author selection menu is hidden. To unhide it, click Screen Options > Author.  The Author Menu is now added below the Visual/Text Editor (click-and-drag the menu title to move).

Screenshot showing the location of the Screen Options and Help menus in the upper-right of the Post Edit screen.

To change authors, click the drop-down selection menu:  Author > Selection. (Only one author selection is permitted; be sure to update or save).

Authorship may also be changed from the All Posts and All Pages screens, either by using Quick or Bulk Edit.

WordPress.com Theme Submissions Suspended

It used to be that you could only submit a new theme for WordPress.com if they had invited you to. That all changed at the beginning of 2014 when WordPress.com announced that they would add a submission form to their site for anyone who would like to sell their themes.

How Theme Developers Feel

There have been mixed feelings about how well that has gone. Theme sellers are excited to have the opportunity to submit their themes freely, but at the same time, allowing so many people to submit themes is slowing down the approval time for the themes. That can cause some frustration among sellers.  Theme creator, Mike McAlister said on his own review of how WordPress.com submissions were going:

I’m not talking about weeks long, I’m talking about months long. Each Array theme review has taken at least a month, usually longer. Our latest theme for WP.com, Camera, took 4 months from the day I submitted it to the day it was released.

There have been other complaints with the new submission process as well, especially for people who design commercial themes. They are saying that WordPress.com is not spending enough time promoting the commercial themes. Some of them are abandoning their desire to sell to WordPress.com and are returning to other buyers like Themeforest.

What Automattic Says

Right now, this is what the theme submission page at WordPress.com says.

Screenshot of the submission page text for themes on WordPress.com.
When contacted about why it took down the theme submission option, Automattic said:A Screenshot of a quote that Automattic gave about why they took down their theme submission form. While theme creators may be upset by the take down of the open theme submission form on WordPress.com, it should be helpful for them to realize that WordPress is working on getting the system updated so it won’t take so long for their themes to be approved. Automattic did not give a date on when their form will be available again.
Hat tip: WP Tavern