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WordCamp CT

worldcamp-imagetempI just recently attended the WordPress WordCamp CT in Stamford CT and had a wonderful time.

It was the first WordCamp in CT and was spearheaded by Clinton Warren, who owns his own freelance (Stacked Agency) and education business (Illuminate WP). Met lots of great people and sat in on some great presentations and will definitely be back next year.

Here are some of the presentations that were given:

Akilah Thompkins: Integrating Social Media with WordPress
Alex Miranda: Optimizing Your WordPress Website
Brian Casel: How to Use Email to Grow Your Audience
Doug Yuen: Optimizing WordPress Performance
Jake Goldman: Leveraging WordPress’s HTML5 Media Player
Laura Hartwig: Theme Customization using Firebug & Basic CSS
Meeky Hwang: WordPress VIP Best Practices
Sam Hotchkiss: WordPress Security
Thomas Morel: Introduction to Plugin Development
Ulrike Gencarelle: The Professional Design Process

WordPress Accessibiltiy

website-accessibilityThere are several reasons why your WordPress site (or any website) should be accessible.

The more people that can access your site, the better. An accessible site is great for search engine optimatization and some accessibility measures just make websites easier to use for everyone.

Building an accessible WordPress site does not have to be difficult, but many are not sure where to begin. Read more ›

Using WordPress Child Themes

Any WordPress theme can act as a parent theme.

If you’re using a third-party theme, and want to tweak it for your own project, it’s a much better practice to use a child theme than to hack the main theme, which exposes you to the risk of losing your changes when you update the theme to future versions.

To create a child theme, create a new theme, and at the beginning of its style sheet, add:

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Creating a WordPress Multisite

With WordPress multisite, you can essentially build your own blog network, similar to or Tumblr. Multisite is an integrated part of the WordPress core. That means you won’t have to download anything other than the official WordPress package to get set up.

Configuring the WordPress multisite feature

First you need to install for a single site, then after that install is done, you will edit wp-config.php to enable multisite. Also make sure all plugins are disabled.

Open up wp-config.php and add this line above where it says /* That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */. If it doesn’t say that anywhere, then add the line somewhere above the first line that begins with require or include:

After making those changes to wp-config.php, save the file and upload it back to your server. Read more ›

Offline Blogging Tools

External blogging tools are specialized pieces of software that allow you to work with your blog from the desktop of your computer.  The main difference between them and working with WordPress directly is that they make it possible to create content (posts) offline, and then export it directly to your WordPress site.

This has some great benefits, and the biggest of which is that you can write posts whenever inspiration hits you, not only when you have an Internet connection at your disposal (particularly handy for creating content while traveling).

Another benefit is that your posts are stored as normal files, which you can copy wherever you want, send to  someone via e-mail, or back up on Dropbox or other similar solutions.

The best tool available considered by most is Windows Live Writer, works on Windows only, so Mac users will have to make due with other tools such as MarsEdit or Qumana.

For iOS, refer to the official WordPress app or an alternative app named Blogsy. They can be both used to write posts locally, on your iOS device, and then have them exported to your blog once you go online.