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Code Standards Project to Take WordPress Into the FutureLorelleFeed on Lorelle on WordPress

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:57:41 +0000

WP Tavern reported recently that WordPress Developers are organizing a community initiative to standardize common post types, taxonomies and meta data. Led by Justin Tadlock, popular WordPress developer and author of Professional WordPress Plugin Development, the goals of the community project are to name these common parts of WordPress to create a more stable and […]

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Blog Exercises: The Domino EffectLorelleBlog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.Sign with 404 - the end of the world on it to represent page not found errors - by Lorelle VanFossen of Lorelle on WordPress.Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Feed on Lorelle on WordPressFeedburner icon

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:24:24 +0000

I recently created a domino effect on one of my sites. The Domino Effect is based upon the traditional game of domino pieces stacked standing upright in rows, typically in a straight or curved path carefully spaced close together. Knock over the first one and it falls against the second, and third, knocking down each […]

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Blog Exercises: Patterns in the StatsLorelleBlog Exercises on Lorelle on stats chartLorelle on WordPress blog stats, day by day cyclical fluctuations.Stats from - referrer links year to date - Lorelle on WordPress with Lorelle VanFossenBlog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Feed on Lorelle on WordPressFeedburner icon

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:06:46 +0000

As we proceed through this year of blogging tips and exercises, we’ll talk more about statistics and web analytics to help you check in with yourself that you are on the right track. Today’s blog exercise is to familiarize yourself with tracking your site’s stats, learning the key numbers and data to watch. I introduced […]

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Blog Exercises: Under the Hood Spring CleaningLorelleBlog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Feed on Lorelle on WordPressFeedburner icon

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:50:01 +0000

One of my students in my Portland Community College WordPress class reminded me that clutter is clutter, no matter where you find it. Peter Smith reminds us that too many WordPress Themes is a waste of resources. Today, I feature his post to remind us all to clean up our sites under the hood. I […]

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Blog Exercises: Own Your Site and Protect YourselfLorelleBlog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Feed on Lorelle on WordPressFeedburner icon

Wed, 01 May 2013 11:10:25 +0000

I hear it every day. A webmaster, developer, or designer does the site owner wrong and the site owner is victimized, helpless, and frustrated with what to do next. I’ve gotten calls in the middle of the night from people around the world trying to get help recovering their WordPress password because their “web guy” […]

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WordPress Course at PCC-Rock Creek in BeavertonLorelleWordPress NewsFeed on Lorelle on WordPressFeedburner icon

Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:44:18 +0000

I will be teaching a WordPress Introduction college course at Portland Community College in Beaverton, just west of Portland, Oregon, starting April 3 – June 12, 2013. The course is a hybrid online course meetings Wednesdays from 6-9PM with a minimum of two hours online per week. Called “CMS Website Creation: WordPress,” this 3 credit […]

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How Many is Too Many WordPress Plugins?LorelleWordPress PluginsFeed on Lorelle on WordPressFeedburner icon

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:17:17 +0000

In “How Many WordPress Plugins Should You Install on Your Site?” WPBeginner asks a question I bring up in my workshops, training programs, and college courses: How many WordPress Plugins are too many. The article brings up some valid points worth considering when choosing WordPress Plugins. Are WordPress Plugins a security risk? How would you […]

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Blogrolls Gone in WordPress. How to Save Your Links.LorelleWordPress NewsLinks Manager in WordPress - Add New LinkLinks Manager in WordPress - Show All ListsOPML Version of WordPress Links ExportCustom Menus - Creating a Custom Link in WordPressFeed on Lorelle on WordPressFeedburner icon

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:42:39 +0000

For the past few months, rumors were flying that WordPress was going to remove the Links/Blogroll feature of WordPress. As of August 2012, it is now gone from many MacManx, Happiness Engineer at, recently stated: The Links section was removed from the core software, which means that it will probably be removed […]

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Evaluating What Makes a Shopping Cart Work BestLorelleWordPress PluginsFeed on Lorelle on WordPressFeedburner icon

Wed, 05 Sep 2012 11:45:28 +0000

Before you check out your next WordPress shopping cart or ecommerce WordPress Plugin, you need to read this. In April 2011, Smashing Magazine published “Fundamental Guidelines Of E-Commerce Checkout Design” in their UX (User Experience) column exploring what they called the “harsh reality” of e-commerce websites. According to recent e-commerce studies, at least 59.8% of […]

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What You Most Need to Know About WordPressLorellewordpress more buttonWordPress login through the Admin BarSunrise over Toledo, Spain, photograph by Brent VanFossenTombstone in Istanbul, Turkey, photography by Lorelle VanFossenwordpress kitchen sink button visual editorThe sound of awesome rueben front pageview 2011 Themewordpress future postsCharles Stricklin and John Pozadzides welcome everyone to WordCamp DallasFeed on Lorelle on WordPressFeedburner icon

Sat, 25 Aug 2012 01:48:08 +0000

At the recent WordCamp Portland 2012, I was asked by several attendees to cover the basics of WordPress and we came up with What You Most Need to Know About WordPress. Here are the “notes” from that unconference presentation. The Difference Between Categories and Tags I hear this question at WordCamps, from readers, students, and […]

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