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New Version of AddMySite Released!

We are happy to announce the release of AddMySite (AMS) version 0.77. The new version features support for syndicated content feeds, and enables users to add their site’s feed to fifteen different feed-syndication and social-aggregator sites. Plus, the new version of AMS includes twenty-five social-bookmarking services to which users may easily add your site. The entire list of 40 sites is concisely presented via drop-down menu or as a customizable list. One file. Simple installation. Easy to use. Clean output and XHTML strict. Plus, the new version of AddMySite is fully compatible with WordPress 2.1 (Ella). Click on over to […] Read more »

WordPress Basics: Setting the Date, Author, and other Post Options

Note: This article continues a series of tutorials covering the very basics of using WordPress. Now that we are comfortable logging in, publishing a post, and saving and editing posts, it is time to look at a few other useful posting options. In this tutorial, we explain how to set and change the post date, post author, and several other useful post options. Setting/changing the post date and time By default, the date & time associated with a post is the same as the date & time when the post was originally published. To change the default date & time […] Read more »

WordPress Basics: Saving and Editing Posts

Note: This article continues a series of tutorials covering the very basics of using WordPress. After logging in to WordPress and publishing a post, you may wish to return to the post for additional editing or to add new content. Or, perhaps you draft a post for which you would like to postpone publishing until later. This tutorial covers both of these processes. Editing a post that has already been published To edit a post that has already been published, login to the WordPress Admin area and follow these steps: 1. Click on the Manage tab Click on the "Manage" […] Read more »

WordPress Basics: Publishing Posts

Note: This article continues a series of tutorials covering the very basics of using WordPress. Once you have successfully logged in to the WordPress Admin area, you may want to publish a post. To do so, follow these steps: 1. Locate and click on the Write tab Within the WordPress Admin, there are many menu tabs. Each tab provides access to a different feature of WordPress. To write and publish a post, locate and click on the "Write" tab (see example). 2. Write the title of the post After clicking the Write tab, you should find yourself within the "Write […] Read more »

WordPress Basics: Login to Admin

Update (May 2011) – New screencast available on how to login to the WordPress Admin using version 3.1.2 (current). The article below may still be useful, but is quite old now and refers to an earlier version of WordPress. Note: This article begins a series of tutorials covering the very basics of using WordPress. To login to the WordPress (WP) Administration area, follow these steps: 1. Go to the Admin Login screen Go to the WordPress login screen, generally located at http://yoursite.com/wp-login.php or http://yoursite.com/wp-admin/ (note: if WordPress has been installed in a subdirectory, the login screen should be located at […] Read more »

Hide Content on Windows 98SE

This brief tutorial on hiding content applies to Windows 95, 98, and 98SE. Although this method may be old hat or even irrelevant, I have found it useful on a number of occasions, and therefore found it worthwhile to include here for the sake of prosperity. On Windows 98SE (and others), it is possible to create a folder that is both listed and inaccessible via the Windows file system. Using an old DOS trick involving an obscure character reference, we create a folder that, when clicked on via Windows, produces a "The File does not Exist" error message, thus denying […] Read more »

Embed QuickTime Notes Plus

This post contains random notes for embedding QuickTime within web pages. QuickTime Embed Attributes via CSS <style> <!– embed, .embed { pluginspage: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/; controller: false; autoplay: true; bgcolor: #000; loop: true; } //–> </style> Read more »

Feed your Image via Atom or RSS

This quick tutorial explains how to add images to both Atom and RSS feeds. Although both formats allow for image-inclusion, feed-reader support for image-display is currently quite limited. Hopefully, that will change in the near future.. Images for Atom Feeds Images included within Atom feeds must have a ratio of either 1:1 or 2:1. There are no other restrictions as to file type or size. Use the < icon> XML element for URL’s targeting 1:1 images. Otherwise, use the < logo> XML element for URL’s targeting 2:1 images. Either element should be placed in the < feed> element: <feed> <icon>http://domain.tld/path/icon.ico</icon> […] Read more »

Fun with the DOS Command Prompt

Note: This article assumes a basic familiarity with the DOS command prompt, and is somewhat of a continuation of our previous article on DOS, Basic DOS Commands. Here, we are exploring a few of the more interesting commands available via the DOS command prompt. For a more complete reference please consult the Windows Help file (Windows XP) by entering hh.exe ms-its:C:\WINDOWS\Help\ntcmds.chm::/ntcmds.htm at the command line prompt (or via the Start > Run… dialogue box). For a brief overview of essential DOS commands, characters, devices, and variables, check out DOS Fundamentals. Read more »

DOS Fundamentals

A brief overview of essential DOS commands, characters, devices, and variables Ahh, the fun I have at work while experimenting with the command line. I will be the first to admit that I understand very little of DOS, especially when considering the scope of its functional capacity. Nonetheless, I am taking the time to chronicle a few interesting DOScoveries here in this article, as well as in at least a couple of others (see related articles section at the end of this article). The first thing that I should mention is that there are at least several different entities commonly […] Read more »

Cultivating a Successful Screenshot Archive

Let’s face it. Websites are as transient as the wind. Developers and designers spend countless hours producing sites that may exist online for mere months or even less before being restructured, redesigned or removed completely, forever disappearing into eternal nothingness — or, even worse, into the sterile void of a search engine database. Clearly not the best situation for designers looking to maintain a complete record of their online work. Even for sites proactively encouraging their caching and archiving by the search engines, accurate and reliable online site preservation approaches the impossible. Unfortunately, search engines are extremely inconsistent when it […] Read more »

Embed Flash and Video via the object Tag

Embed Windows Media Player via the object tag Here is the general format for including .wmv files in web pages: <object type=”video/x-ms-wmv” data=”http://www.domain.com/path/to/winmovie.wmv” width=”340″ height=”280″> <param name=”src” value=”http://www.domain.com/path/to/winmovie.wmv” /> <param name=”controller” value=”true” /> <param name=”autostart” value=”true” /> </object> Read more »

WordPress 2.1 Released

As promised, the fine folks at WordPress have released WordPress 2.1, which has been named "Ella" after jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald. The new version features several key improvements, including lossless XML import/export, spell checking, post Autosave, and even a new search-engine privacy option. All that, and much more. Reading through the vast list of changes and developer features, we are quite excited to dive in and explore the new and improved, "state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform." Download WordPress 2.1 (direct download) Read more »

Invite Only: Visitor Exclusivity via the Opt-In Method

Web developers trying to control comment-spam, bandwidth-theft, and content-scraping must choose between two fundamentally different approaches: selectively deny target offenders (the "blacklist" method) or selectively allow desirable agents (the "opt-in", or "whitelist" method). Currently popular according to various online forums and discussion boards is the blacklist method. The blacklist method requires the webmaster to create and maintain a working list of undesirable agents, usually blocking their access via htaccess or php. The downside of "blacklisting" is that it requires considerable effort to stay current with the exponential number of ever-evolving threats, which require exceedingly long lists for an effective response. […] Read more »

Essential Mint Extensions

Mint As many statistics freaks already know, Mint is an excellent way to keep a close eye on your site’s visitors, referrers, most requested resources, and much more. Even better, Mint’s functionality is easily enhanced via a growing collection of free extensions referred to as "Peppers". Peppers provide Mint functionality for a wide range of statistical operations, including everything from geographical IP information to nice, graphical summaries of collected data. While we have not tried every Pepper available today, we have managed to incorporate an extremely powerful arsenal of statistical weaponry that keeps us well-informed about our site’s online activity. […] Read more »

Maximum and Minimum Height and Width in Internet Explorer

Behold the seventh wonder of the virtual world: max/min-height and max/min-width properties are possible in Internet Explorer! Indeed, by taking advantage of IE’s proprietary CSS attribute, expression, you too can whip IE widths and heights into desirable proportions. The CSS expression attribute enables JavaScript commands to be executed within Internet Explorer. JavaScript via CSS? Thanks, Microsoft! Why is this so great? Well, because in other, standards-compliant browsers, max/min-height and max/min-width properties are easily accomplished with this simple bit of CSS.. Read more »

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