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What I Learned about Firebug

Tonight I attended a meetup with the Austin WordPress group on how to use Firebug presented by Nick Batik. I have used Firebug for ages, but no one ever taught me how to use it, so I’ve just fumbled around and pretty much stuck to finding out what CSS elements did what. Here’s what I learned tonight! When inspecting an element you can click on a color code and then  [ Read More ]

Find Plugins Used on a Site

I wrote a little while back about a plugin for Chrome that lets you find out what WordPress theme a site is using, now I have one to find plugins! Thanks to WordPress Jedi for pointing out SpyBar for Chrome and Firefox. It helps you find out what WordPress plugins and themes a site is using. Once you install SpyBar, you will be able to analyze websites and find each  [ Read More ]

Use WordPress as a Wiki

I’m not sure why you’d want to do use a content management system as a wiki – but I’m such a fan of WordPress that I thought this article on WordPress Jedi looked interesting. Many webmasters use solutions such as MediaWiki to add a Wiki section to their website. There is nothing wrong with that approach. But integrating MediaWiki with WordPress could be challenging. Besides, having to deal with a  [ Read More ]

Bulk WordPress Plugin Installer

I am always setting up new WordPress sites and the first thing I do – the first thing we all do – is install a set of the same plugins. Now there is a plugin to make it easier to bulk install those favorites! Bulk Plugin Installation is a new plugin that allows you to install one or more plugins simply by typing their names or download URLs in a  [ Read More ]

Tom Ewer at WPMU has created a list of the top 40 best WordPress sites. If you’re interested in WordPress you should check out the list – and of course if you think something is missing let him know! I also have my own WordPress bookmarks and bibliography (which are by no means comprehensive) if you’re interested in bookmarking those.

WordPress Plugins

In preparation for a workshop I’m doing with Polly Farrington at Internet Librarian I’ve been creating a bibliography of WordPress plugins. Here’s what I have so far: Akismet All in One SEO Pack Best Plugins For Everything Best WordPress Plugins Broken Link Checker Cimy User Extra Fields Contact Form 7 EasyRotator for WordPress – Slider Plugin Editorial Calendar Exploit Scanner FeedStats Google Analytics for WordPress Google XML Sitemaps Grid Columns  [ Read More ]

Usability and User Testing

Most of you know that I teach WordPress classes for libraries. One of the things that I always have trouble with is teaching plugins. There are so many different plugins out there and they all work differently. Some you install and that’s it, some you install and have to set up, some have their own control panel and others put their menus under Settings or Tools. It’s hard to explain  [ Read More ]

WordPress Favicon

One of the things I wish was easier in many WordPress themes was adding a favicon. The favicon is the little icon that appears in the address bar of most websites to the left of the URL. A favicon (short for favorites icon), also known as a shortcut icon, website icon, URL icon, or bookmark icon, is a 16×16 or 32×32 pixel square icon associated with a particular website or  [ Read More ]

What’s that theme?

Have you ever visited a website and wondered what theme was being used? I have! And now there is a way using Chrome to sniff out the WordPress theme being used by a site you’re looking at. Chrome Theme Sniffer is a add-on for Chrome that will detect the theme or template being used on current site for several major open source CMS’s, including Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. All you  [ Read More ]

WordPress bookshelf plugin

Are you using WordPress for your library website? This tutorial from Smashing Magazine walks you through creating a bookshelf plugin for your WordPress site. From the tutorial’s conclusion: Having done this tutorial, you should be able to create a nice shelving plugin for your books. The plugin might serve your needs if you need an online book archive or library. The options aren’t limited to books either; you could create  [ Read More ]

Bookmarks for April

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Bookmarks for April

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Bookmarks for April

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Bookmarks for March

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Bookmarks for March

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