Category: Wordpress

Rel = author (or how to get your picture in Google search results)

I have been meaning to highlight this for ages… how to get your picture displayed in Google search results.  The image below will best describe what I mean… It’s been shown to improve click through rates (although presumably it’s somewhat dependant on the picture you have…?).  The benefit is understandable, as it makes the results stand out from the crowd a little. The good news is that this is incredibly…

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WordPress 3.5.1 released

Towards the end of last week, WordPress 3.5.1 was released – the first security/maintenance release after WordPress 3.5 came out back in December. All Hexagon clients will of course be upgraded to WordPress 3.5.1 automatically in due course (one of the perks of being a Hexagon client!).  I normally hold off updating client websites after a big WordPress release, until the first main security/maintenance patch has been released, as it…

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Where to find (good) photos for blogging

Finding good images for blog posts can be a little bit like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Doing an image search on Google usually yields plenty of results… but using these (normally copyrighted) images on your blog is generally a big no-no unless you get the owner’s permission first.  Which is far too much hassle. Then there are stock libraries, such as iStock.  If you choose carefully,…

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WordPress Update

As so many almost all of my wesbites are built on WordPress, I thought it might not be amiss to do a quick round up of a few WordPress-y things, for those interested. State of the Word 2012 Here’s a link to the 2012 ‘State of the Word’ presentation by Matt Mullenweg, WordPress Founder: http://wordpress.tv/2012/08/06/matt-mullenweg-state-of-the-word-2012/.  It gives an overview of WordPress achievements over the last year, where it’s headed, and…

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Responsive video (updated)

It’s been a while since I posted about how to make a locally-hosted video responsive, using Video JS. Since then, Video JS itself has been updated (the current version at the time of writing is 3.2.0), and although I posted an update in the comments of my previous post, several people were still getting confused, so thought best to post again here. Essentially, the containing div that Video JS uses…

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Why you should be using WordPress

It’s a few years now since I started using WordPress.  For those who’ve never heard of it (and yes fellow web designers, there are people who have never heard of it – namely ordinary, non-techie people who have a business to run!!), WordPress is a Content Management System – a tool which allows non-techie people to change and update their website on an on-going basis. So what’s the point of…

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WordPress 3.2: What you need to know

Last week, WordPress released WordPress 3.2 – the fifteenth major release of WordPress.  I saw a slideshow on Mashable of how the WordPress interface has changed over the years since 2003 – and wow, it’s come a long way. The focus for this release was to make WordPress faster and lighter, but 3.2 also sees a new & improved administrative interface, and the much talked about distraction-free writing mode (which…

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Showing off your work with WordPress

I’ve recently built three websites – one for a landscape design company, one for an interior design company, and the last for a graphic designer. For each of these, showing examples of past work is crucial.  A picture is worth a thousand words – and all the more so in design.  Design is so subjective; clients understandably need to see examples of your work and style before they commit to…

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Easier internal linking with WP 3.1

WordPress 3.1 was released last week.  It made me think about how much WordPress has developed since I first started using it.  Although the basics have remained the same, there has been an array of features added in the past year making WordPress (to quote the recent 3.1 announcement), ‘more of a CMS than ever before’.  It’s not perfect, but it’s a brilliant system. It’s brilliance is in large part…

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