Tag Archives: writing

WordPress Words: Visual Editor

The visual editor provides a semi-WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) content editor that allows you to easily create, edit, and format your blog content in a view similar to that of a word processor.
WordPress.com Support – Visual Editor

It mimics the behavior of desktop publishing tools such as Microsoft Word and even has many of their features such as a toolbar along the top allowing you to format your content.
WPbeginner – What is Visual Editor in WordPress?

What is the WordPress Visual Editor?

The point of the Visual Editor is to emulate software like Windows Notpad or like Apples TextEdit. It is somewhat basic but has some new features, like adding pictures and videos with in the content. In the editor it shows what the site will or might look like, hence WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) or also known as WYSIWYMG (What You See is What You Might Get). It is an easy way to build content without the creator needing to know the raw code.

This is what the Visual Editor looks like when the 2 rows are visible.

WordPress visual toolbar

[YouTube video]

Video Hat tip:T&S Webdesign

References

Advertisements

WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast: Harness the Power of the Search Engines

WordPress is already a fantastic platform for search engine optimization, however WordPress SEO by Yoast, a SEO enhancement Plugin, takes the power of the Internet and places it right in your hands. Properly configured websites that take advantage of SEO can reap the potential benefit of some serious traffic for your site.

It not only usefully supplies the titles and descriptions of a site’s pages and posts, but it helps with the site’s design process by designing it from the inside, out.

Create Content that People will See

The snippet preview lets you see what your page will look like in the search results so that adjustments can be made (such as shortening or elongating code or tags) accordingly to make all the meta data and other attributes fit your SEO plan, and assure that the search engines properly process your site.

Being able to see these issues will help you increase its rankings as well as gage the search engine results to your content, further clarifying if your content is delivering quality content to whatever target niche you chose. Continue reading WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast: Harness the Power of the Search Engines

Understanding Your Audience With Personas

When you first studied the fundamentals of effective writing, you probably learned what an audience is. For example, “My audience is people who like cats,” or “I am writing for people interested in learning about the Spanish Inquisition.” Knowing who your audience is helps you to tailor your style and the information you provide in a way that your specific audience will understand best.

However, it may not be that simple. You can sum up your audience in one lump statement, but doing so prevents you from understanding the diverse needs and qualities of those who visit your site. Fortunately, creating personas for your site is a great way to understand your audience and be a more effective writer.

What is a Persona?

In the context of web design and usability, a persona is a hypothetical user of your site based on real information you have gathered about your audience. Step Two Designs says personas “act as ‘stand-ins’ for real users and help guide decisions about functionality and design.”

Typically, you should have three to five personas that represent your site’s audience. According to Boxcar Marketing, ideally the personas you create should represent both your primary users and your secondary users. These personas should be similar in that they share a relationship with your site, but should be different enough to help you recognize variances between the groups actually viewing your site. Continue reading Understanding Your Audience With Personas

Why Not Center?

In order to write valid HTML, you need to avoid the elements that have been deprecated. Many HTML tags, including the <center> tag, are now obsolete. It turns out that HTML, like all technology, is constantly evolving, changing, and improving. While the HTML tag is still part of the HTML specification, it will not be included in the future. If it’s not included, browsers won’t support it. This will result in Web pages that may not work in future websites or applications.

Why is the <center> tag deprecated?

Many HTML elements are deprecated in favor of CSS style sheets, the design aspect of the HTML architecture. The <center> tag is one of those elements. While it once centered whatever it wrapped around, CSS styles now manage the centering process.

This article is about how the <center> tag came to be gone from HTML, no longer supported by the time HTML 4 (XHTML 1) was adopted, and why. Continue reading Why Not Center?

Become a Better Web Writer: Quick and Essential Tips

A few important guidelines are all you need to transition from writing for print to writing for the web. This collection of tips will enhance your web writing skills, attract a larger audience, and keep readers on your site longer.

Write Catchy Titles

A catchy title is a sure way to attract an audience. Without a good title, potential readers will never click on the link to your article in the first place.

Ensure that the title is:

  • Brief
  • Clearly states its purpose
  • Creates curiosity in the reader
  • Properly capitalized (this is partially a style choice)

Brainstorming titles until you find a title that sounds perfect is a great technique. Don’t overlook this step. Continue reading Become a Better Web Writer: Quick and Essential Tips

Blogging With Evernote

A graphic for EvernoteEvernote is a powerful note-taking tool that enables users to write and cross-platform share between computers, phones, tablets and other mobile devices. Evernote has the capability to save notes in different forms, such as: web sites, photographs, voice memos, or hand written (ink notes) notes. This tool is especially handy for anyone writing for the web.

As a blogger, it is important to keep track of many notes for current and future blog posts. Because Evernote is web based, it partners quite nicely with most blogging platforms, and enables writers to work side-by-side with their posts and articles.

Evernote can be looked at as a blogging workbench. By utilizing the following tips, you will better understand the purpose of Evernote, and will be able to efficiently apply these tips to your writing/ blogging routine. Continue reading Blogging With Evernote

Difference Between Visual and Text Editor

There is a huge difference between the two editors in WordPress. If you are determined to be a serious blogger working with WordPress, you need to understand how both work, why you should use one over the other and when.

In general, if you are a novice blogger, then stick to the Visual Editor. If you wish to be a speed blogger or professional blogger and web publisher, then get comfortable with the Text (HTML) Editor – both editors in fact – because you will be able to publish at high speed. I’ll offer tips and information on both editors to help you learn more about how they work.
Continue reading Difference Between Visual and Text Editor