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http://foundwithprofound.com WP Dashboard Overview Tutorial. This video will give a basic overview of the WordPress dashboard including how to do a post and a page as well as plugins.

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A member of the judging panel for ComputerWorld Canada’s annual blogging contest “Blogging Idol” this year is Maggie Fox, CEO and founder of Toronto-based Social Media Group.

Fox, who has been blogging for the past six years, shares some valuable advice for those new to blogging or who are intimidated by it.

1. Keep it short

Given that bloggers often have to keep up with a content production schedule that might mean two to three blog entries per week, it helps to keep blog posts nice and short. “You don’t need to blog more than a couple of hundred words to get your point across,” said Fox.

2. The open-ended question

If a topic is of interest, then summarize it in a blog entry and pose a question about it to readers. “It’s a great way to encourage discussion and engagement with the content,” said Fox.

3. Lists

A blogger may come across five to 10 things of interest, in the course of a week, that can be shared in a blog entry. It’s very acceptable to post a series of links accompanied by a few words about what the blogger thinks. “You don’t have to write a novel every time you write a blog post. And, in fact, it’s best if you don’t,” said Fox.

4. Rich media.

Images and videos are a great way to spice up a blog entry, said Fox, especially because readers find that sort of content very engaging and it increases the stickiness of the site.

excerpts from: http://www.itworldcanada.com/news/bloggin-idol-returns/142898

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Fonts are a very important part of web design. There are different ways web designers can use fonts to unleash the greatness of their web design. They can either use images, which has always been the case used for a long time now, but another way is through the use of the new embedded font technology. We have sIFR and FLIR which offer better advantages than using images; they can be detected by search engines and load faster.

1. All in One Cufon

2. Font Burner Control Panel

3. Typekit Fonts for WordPress

4. TextImage

5. WP-Cufon

6. FLIR, Facelift Image Replacement

7. WP sIFR

Source: 7 Really Great WordPress Plugins For Fonts

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“… people in the newspaper industry saw the web as a newspaper. People in TV saw the web as TV, and people in book publishing saw it as a weird kind of potential book. But the web is not just some kind of magic all-absorbing meta-medium. It’s its own thing.”

Paul Ford

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Keyword Statistics

This SEO plugin checks the content of posts/pages for the keyword density (single/phrases) while writing and is automatically setting the META-tags.

With this plugin you can optimize your WordPress blog for search engines. It can automatically generate meta informations (like keywords and description for example) needed for the search engine optimization (SEO) of your blog.

The Keyword-Statistics-Plugin checks the content of a post or a page for keyword density (single words and optionally 2- and 3-word phrases; for each the 1-10 most commonly used can be displayed). It can update its informations automatically while the author is writing his content in a variable interval (every 1-10 seconds) or manually by clicking on a button. The script comes with english and german stopwords, which optionally can be filtered out before calculating the keyword densities. Moreover the commonest keywords are extracted in a list as a META keywords suggestion. Based on this list a META description can be created and automatically set. So the plugin can be used to do the on-page part of your SEO strategy.

Features:

  • Keyword density statistics about the usage of single keywords and keyphrases (2- and 3-words)
  • Setting an individual title for each page and post
  • META keywords will be set automatically based on the page content
  • META description generated from content based on the keyword statistics
  • Definition of individual titles, keywords and descriptions for all kinds of content aggregations. A set of variables that can be used on the specific aggregations – keywords will be filled up automatically to the maximum number of keys (you can define this too) with the ones generated from the listed posts.
  • Predecessors and successors that will be added to all page titles and descriptions served by your blog
  • Sitewide definition of meta keywords that will appear at the end or the beginning of the keyword list on each page of your blog – in addition to the ones defined for single posts or pages and at the various aggregations keyword lists.
  • Page-specific control of robots META
  • Generation of Canonical URLs – also for all kinds of content aggregation (lists with last posts, archive, tag, category, search results and author including pagination)
  • Controls the index/follow settings of the content aggregations (full control of robots for the specific aggregations)
  • Configuration of ODP, Yahoo! Directory and ARCHIVE (archiving of the content for search engines like google but also at archive.org) META
  • Prevents urls resulting in a not found response (404) from indexation
  • All meta tags generated by the plugin can be switched off separately to prevent collisions with other plugins
  • Using nonces for plugins security
  • Allow or deny indexation of the blogs feeds

Stopwords filtered for:

  • Brazilian Portoguese
  • Bulgarian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Polish
  • Slovak
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

Backend translations for:

  • English
  • German
  • Slovak

Please notify: The SEO-relevant meta-information (meta keywords, meta description and the robots meta-tag) will be generated – and served – only for pages and posts which are saved after plugin installation. You have to open and save an older post or page if you want to generate the meta data for the particular content. For now there is no way to do this automatically.

The administrator can allow ordinary authors to change META informations or not. Even if changing is disallowed an author can see the keyword density and can be guided from the statistics while he is writing the content. He can do the on-page search engine optimization incidentally by knowing which keyword density should be reached. This makes SEO easier for authors.

Learn more about this plugin on keyword statistics plugingerman

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Touring examples of data visualization
By Tom Geller

Drupal’s built-in data presentation tools offer several ways for web designers to clearly and attractively package their data. In Drupal 6: Online Presentation of Data, Tom Geller explains how Drupal handles data so users can set up intelligent structures and implement them with Drupal’s Content Construction Kit. Tom also shows how a data-driven web site can improve its interactivity by using geographic data to connect real-world addresses to maps. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:

Importing and manipulating data in Drupal

  • Presenting date-formatted information in calendars
  • Understanding Drupal’s data-query interface, “Views”
  • Improving view appearances with grid, list, and table formatting
  • Importing, exporting, and cloning views
  • Extending views with arguments and relationships

Introduction

Hi! I’m Tom Geller. This is Drupal 6 Online Presentation of Data. In Drupal 6 Online Presentation of Data, I’ll teach you how to structure your information and how to present it in both charts and maps. I’ll describe how Drupal handles data, how you can set up intelligent data structures and how to implement them in Drupal using the Content Construction Kit or CCK and you will get a step-by-step guide to Drupal’s data query interface called Views.

I’ll explain how Drupal can improve site’s interactivity by using geographic data to connect addresses with real world maps. If you’ve have taken our Drupal Essential Training course, you know what a valuable tool this program can be when it comes to managing and presenting data and the techniques you learn in this course will help you to format them to be more attractive to your users.

So if you want to get the most out of this course, first review the Drupal Essential Training course on lynda.com and you will be ready to use all the features I’ll be demonstrating here. So if you are a web designer or a site administrator who wants to produce a dynamic data driven website, Drupal can help and I’m here to show you how. Let’s get started.

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Touring examples of data visualization

This course is really about two things. First of all, it’s about the Drupal software of course, but just as importantly it’s about the organization of information. That is how to take what you already have and put it in forms that make sense and are easy to understand.

Let’s take a look at a few examples of data organization. Some of these won’t be Drupal sites although all of them could be replicated using Drupal. I think a quick tour of popular sites will give you an idea of how others have approached data presentation problems and will help you plan to get the best solutions for your site.

We will start as everybody should with lynda.com. As you know, lynda.com has dozens and dozens of courses available and these all had to be arranged in some way. At the top we have these pop-up menus where you can choose by Subject, Product, Vendor and so forth. Let’s just choose any subject. Oh, why don’t we say Web Development and we get a list of varying products that are available for web development and all the courses that lynda.com offers for those products. This is an example where each product was actually tagged according to which subject it was in, so for AJAX, ASP, and of course Drupal these were all considered web development topics.

In addition to choosing by Subject, you could choose by Product or Vendor or by Author. So, for example, we can take a look here and see everything that Don Barnett has done. This is an example of taking some information and presenting it in several different ways. It’s done by tagging each course, so this particular course for example might be tagged as Typography and Don Barnett and we’ll show you how to do that in this course.

Another example of data presentation is Google. If we do a search for something for example, oh let’s say Drupal. We get a list of different web pages that mention Drupal in one way or another. What most people don’t realize is that the Google Corporation had to figure out what information to present at any given time. So for example, on this first page after you have searched you see the title of the page, you see the URL and you see a very brief excerpt of information. Along with those, you can see additional links and in some cases you see subparts of that site if it’s an important enough site.

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This is once again an example of taking a large amount of data and presenting it in a useful way. In this case part of the criteria was that it be short enough so many hits could be displayed on one page. A third example of data presentation is eBay. Let’s do a search for unicycle and we of course get hits of people who are selling unicycles and unicycling accessories.

Once again choices had to be made as to what to show on this page. In this case, we get a picture, the title, the price, how long is left to bid on it and if you click through on any of these, you get a different set of information. All of this is drawing data out of a database and choosing to present it in different ways depending on where you are coming from to see it.

We will show you how to do that in this course as well. lynda.com, Google and eBay are all data driven sites that are mostly text-based with some graphics, however data can also appear in other forms, for example, as maps. Here is one example of a Drupal site that’s presenting mapping information along with other sorts of data. It’s for a real estate company in Phoenix and if we scroll down a little bit we see the map.

Now let’s say that we want to see only products that are in the Goodyear area. We click on that little button and we see more information about the area, what things are available there, as well an outline around the map section that’s specific to Goodyear. This is a fairly simple example, but with a bit of work Drupal can even turn out amazingly beautiful maps like these two by the Washington DC based company Development Seed.

The Stumble Safely site correlates popular nightclubs and nightspots with areas of high crime. So you can decide whether you want to go there or not. Another site by Development Seed is called DC Bikes. In this case, it correlates bike thefts with different areas of the city. One more example. This site, Understand Rap, explains certain terms in rap music which you might not understand if you are not familiar with the culture, but it does more than just have a list of terms. It links up the terms with the artists and the albums and the location, so as we come down we see a map. We can click on say Dallas. Oh, Vanilla Ice, he is popular. Click on Vanilla Ice, see the albums that he has recorded, see any terms that are specific to him and then click through there and get more information. All of this incidentally is done on Drupal.

Obviously this very brief look at a few sites only scratches the surface.

For example, we haven’t talked much at all about charts and graphs and data visualization on the whole comprises a whole academic subject. But I hope this introduction gives you a sense of what’s possible and I want to remind you that most of what you have seen here is possible in Drupal and in fact was done in Drupal.

About lynda.com
www.lynda.com is an award-winning provider of educational materials, including Hands-On Training instructional books, the Online Training Library, CD- and DVD-based video training, and events for creative designers, instructors, students, and hobbyists.

The lynda.com Online Training Library and CD-ROM titles include such subjects as Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Office, digital photography, Web design, digital video, and many others. lynda.com’s all-star team of trainers and teachers provides comprehensive and unbiased movie-based training to an international membership of tens of thousands of subscribers. Considering the speed at which technology evolves, the Online Training Library is a great solution for keeping your skills current. Library subscriptions begin as low as $25 a month, with no long-term commitment required.

Tom Geller became involved in computers in 1976, playing “Hunt the Wumpus” on a hardwired terminal that spewed tractor-feed paper onto the floor. He later became a computer journalist, first providing shareware reviews to Apple’s “eWorld” online service, and later serving as a reviews editor at MacWEEK. Since returning to freelance writing in 2006 after a five-year hiatus, his work has been published by Apple, Nature Magazine, the IEEE Computer Society, and Chemical Heritage Foundation. He lives in San Francisco. http://tomgeller.com

Source: http://digitalproducer.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=1155233

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About ScribeFire

ScribeFire is an addon/extension for both the Mozilla Firefox Web Browser and Google Chrome Web Browsers which allows easy posting to all of your blogs right from within the browsers.

Basically, it’s a full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to your blog. You can drag & drop formatted text from pages you are browsing, take notes, upload images, and post to multiple blogs.

You can Install ScribeFire for Firefox Here »
or Get ScribeFire for Chrome here »

Instructions for Getting Started
With ScribeFire

(If you haven’t already installed the ScribeFire addon, you can read these installation
instructions.
)

Once you’ve installed it, you can start using it to simply, quickly
and easily update your blog(s). To open a ScribeFire window in the
browser, use any of the following methods:

  • Press F8
  • Click on the icon in the status bar:
  • Select ScribeFire from the Tools menu:
  • Right-click on the page and select “Blog this page” from the
    ScribeFire submenu.
  • There is also a ScribeFire toolbar button you can use to open and
    close ScribeFire. Add it to your toolbar by selecting Customize
    from the View > Toolbars menu, and then drag the button to
    your chosen location.

The first time you open ScribeFire, an account wizard will appear to
help you connect ScribeFire to your blog. (Here is a list
of the blogging services that are compatible with ScribeFire.) Simply
fill in the information it asks for, and when you finish, your blog will
be listed in the right-hand pane:

To post to your blog, simply type some text in the main editor panel
of ScribeFire, give it a title…

…and click the Publish button:

That’s all there is to it! ScribeFire will post the entry to your
blog, and it will appear in the list of entries in the right sidebar so
that you can edit or delete it later if you want.

Other Features

Other features of ScribeFire allow you to categorize and tag your
blog posts, upload images, set the timestamp of your posts, save
works-in-progress as notes, post an entry as a draft, share your posts
on social websites, and upload files via FTP, HTTP & HTTPS. For help with these
features, see the complete listing of ScribeFire Help topics.

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WordPress, one of the Web’s most popular blogging platforms is about to get another update. And this one is significant. The update, version 3.0, is due in early May and pushes the platform closer to a full-blown CMS. Here are some of the most important new features for Web professionals:

The merging of WordPress MU (MultiUser) is perhaps the most significant upgrade and will play a major role in several industries. In its most basic form, WordPress MU (or WPMU) allows publishers to install and manage WordPress on multiple domains all at once. This means that updates to WordPress (including plugins) can be executed across multiple sites at the same time. That’s an enormous time-saver, particularly for those managers running tens or hundreds of WordPress blogs at the same time. What’s more, MU allows multiple themes to be available and activated to any one (or two or three) of your blogs with a click.

It also allows a blog manager to enable admin privileges for individual users for individual portions of each website. For example, one user can have access to a subdomain for blogging about products, while another can be given access to a section about services. WPMU is ideal for community-style blogs and websites. It’s never been easier for multiple authors to post and for admins to manage. Combine this with a plug-in like BuddyPress and you’re getting into full-blown social media territory.

WPMU integration is going to save time which, in turn, will give the ability to spawn new websites as fast as you can dream them up. This could be a powerful tool for developers, agencies, marketers (creating branded microsites) and even domainers looking to build a little content and traffic, then resell. Here are some details about using WPMU.

Custom Post Types lets users create any kind of content they want, then assign its attributes for easy management. So, you could create a custom post type ‘video,’ then use its own admin section to get a head-start on formatting of those posts, categorization, etc. This will be a great help to multiple-author blogs so that one user can get very comfortable with a specific type of content and not need to worry about site-wide tweaks formats.

Custom Menus lets you quickly and easily add pages and categories, then manage them through a drag and drop functionality – even to add or remove posts.

Custom Taxonomies have been improved and more easily allows the grouping of items across categories, according to how they are defined. Useful, say for an e-commerce WordPress site that wants the ability to sort items by size, price, color, etc.

In all, many of the features and functions of WordPress 3.0 have been in the works (and actively tested) for a while now. What’s changed is that (hopefully) the bugs have been worked out and the process will be much more user-friendly. This should help WordPress spread even farther across the Web and help businesses increase visibility and production using a fraction of the time.


Posted Apr 22 2010, 11:30 AM by Mike Phillips

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