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Old stuff

Start your blogging

After we finish our quick look at HTML, CSS and PHP, we’ll talk about RSS feeds. You need to have one set up wherever you work most often.

Then it’s time to jump in. My blog is hosted at lasalle.edu (note the URL), which was done with a “manual installation.” You might want to do that [...]

Questions for later

I seem to add the same category and tag each time, e.g. tag=images, category=images. What’s the functional difference between those, so that I don’t always do it that way?

What’s the functional difference between the blogroll and a list of links?

What are the limitations of using a wordpress.com site, as opposed to the manual install that [...]

8 changes I'd like to make

Couldn’t stick to 5:

Change the favicon. In the images folder there is a favicon folder with about 50 examples. Also would prefer to use my own. Probably just an upload, but first I’d have to figure out which one it’s using. Also that image appears in header as logo.png, so would have to replace that [...]

SEO part 1

Besides submitting to Google, Yahoo and MSN (now goes to Bing), Frank at IWA also recommends DMOZ and Technorati. The latter used to search blogs specifically, but has since expanded.

Adding PollDaddy polls

OK. I made a widget on PollDaddy.com and pasted the text in from there. Jan was right—it does have to go in a post, apparently. There’s also an Upload/Insert poll button when you are posting. Now to see if it will center in the post. Right—had to put it in a div. And I have [...]

Images and galleries

I went in to the HTML to take out a style attribute <p style=”text-align:center”> but the two thumbs below stayed to the left. I added a third one, but WordPress then created a gallery. Something to get back to later … .

Themes (and FTP)

Well, this is a bit severe (Dark Wood from the WP free theme library). But I might leave it for now as it’s taking about 30-45 minutes to FTP a single theme to the server. (Also, it’s Saturday.) I am using a really old FTP client b/c Filezilla was having firewall issues.

Later, if they upload:

Show comments

Comments don’t seem to show by default—user has to click the link. So put that on the list. It seems to me most sites have them displayed automatically.

Questions as we go

Was this a good idea?

OK. I’m using the 402 blog to ask questions for later referral. I tried that last week, but it might have looked a bit snooty when I figured out an answer. But at the moment, I’m wondering how to upload a mug shot—hate those anonymous gray silhouettes. Plus, I want to [...]

Tagline +

I have the book for WordPress 2. The dashboard looks a lot different, so I’m not finding the (basic) way to edit the tagline. I also have not changed the categories successfully, but I’ll wait for the guru on that. Also students will feel my pain. Oh-I think I get the categories now.

One way or another

OK–I confess. I asked our IT folks to set up the MySQL database for me so I could do the manual install on the Web server (alpha) that hosts my home page, class pages and the like. As we were approaching the end of the week, I was getting a bit nervous.

Next thing I knew, [...]