Desktop tools for blogging • WordPress Help

Mainly we usually support online tools to make the publication in blogs but there are many good applications, not only interesting but even essential for a blogger who boasts because they offer utilities and functions that you do not always find in Web 2.0

Based on my experience, I have made a list of free and some that are not, but deserve separate mention. All of them will help you publish and improve your experience as a blogger.

Applications to publish in your blogs by editing your articles before on your computer

Mobile version of your blog thanks to Google • WordPress Help

The feeds reading service Google Reader can offer you a simple and free way to offer your articles to readers with mobile devices.

You just have to take advantage of the possibility of this subscription service and Read RSS feeds to show a reduced version of your blog posts. To achieve this you only have to first check that it works with the address of your feed, and for that you will have to type the following:

And if you want to offer the mobile version to your readers you just have to put a link, or image with link to that address somewhere in your blog.

Optimizing the speed of our blog

Reading the blog of Joost de Valk, I found a post where he exposes some original and interesting tips to improve the speed of response of our WordPress, avoiding to the maximum the queries to the database.

Something very basic is to replace all the calls to "generic" things with static HTML, how:

So you know, if they optimize until they can not, take into account the replacement of all queries possible for static HTML, your readers, and your hosting service, grateful.

Meet the Administration Panel

When your blog grows it's a good idea to invite other bloggers to participate in it. Not only is it an enriching experience but is part of the very essence of Web 2.0 .

And if you want to have complete control of the management of these users and their permissions you must know the management panel of them in your Dashboard.

In the initial list of users you will find the basic information, which you can edit of course.

When editing a user it is interesting to indicate two fundamental data . The email will serve to receive notifications from the system, such as new users, comments to the entries or new messages in your subscriptions. It is also important if you have assets avatars, because they show the image depending on the email address declared. Including your web or blog will make the name that appears in the comments that you include in the blog have an active link to your page, allowing the readers of the blog to know it better.

Last, but not least, you can select multiple users in the selection boxes and change their profile or even delete them from the system . Be careful with this last option because it would also erase your entries, although before it will ask you if you want to assign your articles to another user.

Matt Mullenweg interviewed in "La Nacion"

The newspaper La Nación has published a interview to Matt Mullenweg the creator of WordPress, Taking advantage of his visit to Argentina for the last edition of Wordpcamp, Ariel Torres, editor of that newspaper was the interviewer, who preferred to delve into the human aspect of Matt, something that many may not know.

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Image: Fayerwayer

The interview is unmissable both for people who follow WordPress closely, and for anyone who likes to know aspects of the life of a person who deals to improve yourself day by day without losing your values ​​as a person on the road.

Some excellent quotes:

– What's so special about WordPress?

– I think there are three things. First, his philosophy, his vision; that the Web can be better than it is. That is a vision that attracts very smart people to the project. Second, it is easy to use and install. Before it was all very difficult, you had to edit text files and things like that to make these platforms work. Now it's all through assistants. And the third has to do with timing. At the time we appeared there were not many other options, but people were looking for them. In addition, WordPress proved to be a great name and our competitors made decisions that created an opportunity for us.

I ask you what worries you about the future. Among other things -some very technical ones, such as the legal gaps in the General Public License regarding software as a service- tells me: " I am worried about the direction the government of my country is taking, the erosion of civil liberties to security change ".

It would not be unusual for the report to one of the promoters of a new form of journalism conclude the reverse of how it should be. Not with an answer. Not with an auction But with a question. And not a question from the journalist, but from the interviewee. So be it.

After the interview, while we wait in a corridor to start the photo shoot, we talk about lost oxen. In a moment he can not with curiosity, and he is sincere with a doubt that, apparently, has been maturing for a long time: "Do all women wear high heels in Argentina?"

NOTICE : This publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say that we have not warned you.

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Meet the Administration Panel – Presentation

We are dealing this time with the section of the administration panel where we will configure the look of our blog what our readers.

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In this section is where we can change the template and add functions that improve navigation by our blog, and the first thing we find is the selection window of themes

Just doing click on the name of a template or on the image that represents will automatically change the whole aspect of our blog . In this window you will see all the themes that you have uploaded to your directory wp-content / themes if you have WordPress hosted, or those of the standard installation if you use the free service of WordPress.com.

A then we have the section of Widgets which is the system that uses WordPress to add features to our blog without having to know programming . By default you will see a few but if you can install more you will see more possibilities.

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A very powerful function is the fact of being able to include in text widgets code HTML so if you know basic commands of this programming language you can expand your possibilities. If not, you can always take advantage of the predefined widgets, in which you can easily configure them with a mouse click . You just have to click on this button to open the options of each widget.

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Just install WordPress you will find this empty section, with the indication that you can "drag and drop" the small boxes from the bottom to these samples of the sidebars to add utilities to the blog.

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If you saw that you have a few widgets, especially the text ones, because they are so versatile, you can add up to 9 of each in the next section.

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Once you have finished configuring your sidebars with the widgets that you want to include, you just have to click on the "Save changes" button to show the modifications in your blog.

We continue with the section with a window [1 9459009] only for connoisseurs of programming and is that in the tab of Editor of Themes you will be able to access the code of each one of the files that contains the template and manipulate them so that they remain personalized. With this function you avoid the need to access via FTP and use an external editor. From here you can touch up the necessary code and save the changes so they are instantly displayed on the blog.

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And these are all the tabs that you you will always find Now, depending on the template chosen you can see more tabs. If the installed theme has customizable options you would find the corresponding tab, varying according to the theme.

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And there are enough that, at least, allow you change the header image and text colors even the default WordPress template, and it will show you a screen like the one below.

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And with this we already know the presentation panel of our blog. Its use is very simple but very powerful what it offers you. Without knowing anything about programming, you can greatly customize your blog, just using the mouse and some practice.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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WordPress.com up the space to 3 Gb

Impressive today's update of free blog hosting service WordPress.com. Have gone from offering a miserable 50 Mb for storage to give away nothing less than 3 Gb so you can have your multimedia blog if you wish.

With this measure increase for 60 the space offered for free and surpass its competitor Typepad, which offers 1 Gb but paying $ 300 a year. It seems that the guys from Automattic are on the right track.

WordPress, winner of The Crunchies

The Crunchies is something like "The Oscars" but referred to technological innovation, better releases, and internet sites in general.

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WordPress won in the category "Most likely to have Success"

The open source blogging platform that powers the long tale and turned into a multi-million dollar spam fighting and hosted blogging service.

From this humble blog, we congratulate those responsible.

What you read is an original content of WordPress Help – Resources, themes, plugins and tutorials in Spanish and published Guillermo Mayoraz first here: WordPress, winner of The Crunchies

Colored Boxes – Learn CSS step by step

In Max Design have developed a method in 11 steps to learn how to create a CSS template in a simple way.

The process, which they call Colored Boxes (from the English "colored boxes") takes you step by step with explanations and samples by the whole process of creation and, what is more important, understanding of what a CSS is and its subsequent application to a web template.

The goal is to achieve a complete template design that works in all browsers . Through explanations of each key, and "box to box" tests, progress is being made to achieve the final design.

At the moment the tutorial is in English, French and German but I think that traducé I have already translated it, and it will be published next January 26, to make life easier for those who want to start in the world of CSS because this guide is the best that exists

Incidentally, Max Design are the creators of the fantastic book " CSS in 10 minutes ".