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WordPress

WordPress 2.8.5

It’s been a year now since I was first properly introduced to WordPress and started using it to create an online archive of my work.  Over the last 12 months I have grown to appreciate the power and flexibility of this piece of online blogging software and feel the need today to go in to a little more detail.

WordPress is a free and open source publishing application which gives home users the ability to quickly and easily create an online blog using their own domain name.   Blogging, the term used to describe the maintenance of a website used to chronicle information has become incredibly popular in recent years as more users realise that the Internet provides a global platform which can be used to broadcast their ideas or opinions.

For most, the prospect of coding a website from scratch is not just a daunting but potentially impossible task, and so it is down to worthy applications such as WordPress to make blogging accessible to the masses.  Undeniably a small amount of technical knowhow is required however the process of the initial installation couldn’t really have been made any simpler.

Begin by registering your domain name (for example, I chose www.computerarticles.co.uk) and sort out a hosting package.  The hosting of your blog shouldn’t cost more than around ?25 a year and you may want to use the same company for this that you used to register the domain.

With this process complete, download the WordPress application from www.wordpress.org and upload it to your web space before running a single installation file which will configure the software to work with your web host and allow you to set up initial settings such as a user name and password.  Someone with a basic knowledge of setting up a website should be able to complete the process in a couple of minutes however even basic users should find they are able to complete the installation in around 20 minutes by following the step by step guide online.

Once installed you can begin adding content by way of a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) text editor which allows you to quickly and easily knock out an article using features such as bullet pointing, text alignment and text effects without having to worry about getting your hands dirty by doing any coding.

So far this is all fairly basic stuff however WordPress comes in to its own when you start to play around with some of the settings relating to the look and feel of your new blog.  The theme selector for example is an incredibly powerful element of the software which allows you to automatically style your site in a set fashion by choosing one of over one thousand themes.  Don’t assume that these are all incredibly similar and that every WordPress site will look the same.  The theme you use will radically change not only how your blog looks but also how it feels; for example, the entire navigational layout of the site can be changed simply by selecting a new theme.

Updating the blog and providing additional functionality for both you and your users is also easily achieved but unfortunately I’ve reached my word limit so this will be continued next week.

Accomplish web projects with website designing services

Accomplish Web Projects With Website Designing Services

Websites have become essential part of every company and people are ready to invest good sum of money for getting top quality of web design that can attract the target traffic and sustain them. As money investment is there in website designing and its project, it becomes essential to have clear understanding about the procedure of it. Site maintenance, marketing and development are three main pillars of website project designing.
Websites are of two types- Static and dynamic, all sites fall in either of the category. Static websites contain simple and straight HTML coding whereas dynamic sites are constructed using database. So when a particular web page is being requested, the entire content is segregated together from a database. Few examples of dynamic sites are ecommerce websites, forums, blogs, etc. When static and dynamic sites are compared, the later one is easier to update, manage and is not expensive also. The field of website design and development is very vast and huge. Before selecting a web design company, review carefully the range of services being offered by them, consult in detail about your project and how they can work to give the exact end result desired by them. It would help you decide whether you can get the project quality that fulfills your needs. After a site is designed the next and important step is to do its internet marketing.
Investing all your money in website designing itself is not a good idea, it should be developed in such a manner that it attracts the potential web traffic from the search engines and website directories. Listings in search engines are of two types Organic and Paved listings or Pay-per-click ads. The later ones can bring you in the first page ranking.
Achieving good and high organic results cannot be obtained overnightly, it is a long term process but stays on for longer time duration as well. Even the top most websites cannot get best organic results in a day. Many site developers suggest Google Adwords that is the primary step towards development of SEO planning. Before taking any step for online marketing take help of professional website marketing professionals. Let them know your exact requirements, your objectives so that they can make exact marketing plan that can fulfill your needs. Generally maximum number of SEO professionals offer free consultation to their potential clients and give free cost evaluation also.
Every website requires web hosting for strong and prompt technical support. These website hosting providers display you your website, keep the back up data and also secures it from computer viruses.
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Image upload the easy way

Image Upload – The Easy Way

When you are a little unsure and unconfident about your skills on a computer you might think that performing an image upload would be something you would never be able to achieve. Today, due to the huge number of image and file sharing websites this process has become so easy that anyone can do it. Here for anyone who would like to understand how an image upload works here is a brief rundown of how to do this, the easy way.
Firstly, the same way you would like your image upload to go. For example do you want it to be on a blog, a social networking site or an image hosting website? Once you have decided it is time to start on your image upload and get your photographs online for the world to see.
Login to the site where you would like your image to go and find the image upload or photo upload section or button. Many sites which allow you to upload images will have this clearly labelled on many of their pages. Once you found this click on it. You are normally then taken to a screen which will ask you what you want to do, so click on to ‘add image’. Then you will be asked where you would like to upload your image from – the choice is usually from your computer or from a website. If your image is on your computer, and if you are using an image upload website for the first time, this will be where your image is located. Click onto this and find the image you wish to upload using its filename. Then click on the image upload or upload button – and the image will be uploaded onto the website, it is easy as that. To do this to several images, simply repeat the steps for each image upload that you would like to perform on the website.
Some of the image upload websites will word some of the steps slightly different to what detailed above. However the steps to successfully upload an image to website tend to always be the same, so you will not have any difficulty in getting your photograph online. Once you have done makes a few times, you will find that the process is very straightforward and can be done in just a few moments. As soon as you have mastered this, you might want to go on to create image upload albums and slideshows online.
Don’t be put off by the thought of a complicated and tricky process just to perform an image upload. As you can see, putting your photos online for friends and family to take a look at is a whole lot easier than you probably thought. So the next time you have photos that you would like to share, you now know how to quickly and easily upload images to any website in less time than it would take you to write an e-mail and attach an image.

The next big thing on the internet

The “NEXT BIG THING” on the Internet

The word “podcasting” is used often around the internet these days, although many people are still not exactly clear on just what a podcast is! Simply put, a podcast is a blog (web log) that is made available in audio format. The audio portion is a standard MP3 file that contains a program or “show” that can be created by anyone. Think of it as a radio talk show that can be transmitted from a computer.
The podcast transmission uses Real Simple Syndication (RSS) technology. It may seem complicated but, as the name implies, it is actually fairly simple. There are many resources available to help people learn how to record and set up a podcast. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow. In fact, with just a few easy to learn skills, some low-cost (or free) computer programs, and the basic computer equipment and internet connections that you probably already have, YOU can create a podcast and host your own show.
In addition to setting up a podcast, you’ll also want to provide a written blog that offers helpful, supplemental text for your podcast material. For example, you may briefly mention a topic in your podcast and then tell your listeners: “For more information on this topic, please see the web site….” In this way, you can expand the amount of information your subscribers receive from your transmission.
When you have set up a blog and website, anyone with an internet connection can subscribe to your show. Listeners will use an RSS “aggregator,” such as Doppler or Ipodder. Both of these are FREE downloadable program that allow others to subscribe to any podcast of interest. They’re easy to set up and can be pre-configured to check for new podcast updates at set intervals. In this way, a subscriber doesn’t have to be “tuned in” to your podcast at a certain time; he can just receive notice of an update that is automatically downloaded to his computer and then listen to it at his leisure. Subscribers listen to these files just like their music files, using Windows Media Player, iTunes, or any other similar audio program that is compatible with MP3 files.
Needless to say, the topics of a podcast are limitless. For example, maybe you have a special interest (even expertise) in fly-fishing. What a great idea to have a podcast devoted to the art and adventures of this great sport! You can share techniques, stories, and even take live calls during pre-set transmission times. Podcasting offers you the opportunity to become a true “internet personality.”