Refreshing design

A Bank Holiday weekend is a good quiet time for a web project and to roll out a new look to NevilleHobson.com. The look and feel of a website – whether it’s a blog like this one or a corporate site like any you can think of – is a key element in the overall experience someone enjoys (or not) when they come to your presence on the web. It plays a role in your brand presence, whether it’s personal or corporate. (Ask Jakob Nielsen about web usability.) In thinking about the reader experience, the focus in my mind was on putting the content front and centre. Consuming content in a blog or wherever else primarily ought to be about […]

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How to secure your WordPress site against hacker attacks

One of the easiest content management systems to set up and use is WordPress, the largest self-hosted blogging platform in the world, powering more than 60 million websites worldwide. That fact may be a key reason why WordPress is in the news right now as the subject of a large-scale attack from a huge number of computers from across the internet  – known as an automated botnet attack – attempting to take over servers that run WordPress. Some are saying that this current attack is the precursor of a botnet of infected computers vastly stronger and more destructive than those of today. That’s because the servers have bandwidth connections that are typically tens, hundreds, or even thousands of times faster […]

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A fix for Windows Live Writer to ‘see’ a WordPress theme

I’ve used the Windows Live Writer content creation and publishing tool for blog posts and pages from Microsoft since it first appeared in beta form in the mid-00s. In my experience, it is the best offline blog editor for Windows bar none. It’s not perfect, mind you, with probably the biggest frustration being that of configuration with a theme on your blog, often manifesting itself  when you change the theme from one to another. When WLW doesn’t recognize your theme, it means that you don’t get almost-true WYSIWYG when you write or edit content. So you don’t see your writing as you would when the post or page is published on your blog. It is frustrating when you can’t see […]

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Boost your WordPress blog with Jetpack

If you self-host a WordPress blog, one of the most useful plug-ins you can install is Jetpack, created by WordPress publisher Automattic originally for blogs built on the hosted WordPress.com service The Jetpack plug-in has recently been updated to version 2, which now makes it an indispensible part of your blog presence on the social web. Jetpack offers a huge range of features, services and functionality that enhances your WordPress experience – both yours as the content publisher and those who interact with your content. With version 2, Jetpack currently brings nearly two dozen modules that you activate to use in your WordPress site. Once you install the plugin, it created a dashboard in your WordPress admin through which you […]

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Live blogging comes to WordPress

[UPDATE: Venturebeat reports that a serious bug exists in this plugin. It seems that the developers created the plugin and tested it on a pre-release version of the next version of the WordPress software. My recommendation: don’t use the plugin until you have installed an updated version that has been verified that it corrects the deadly issue(s). Hat tip for the news to Julio Romo.] If you use the self-hosted WordPress open-source blogging tool and content management system, a new feature has just been launched by its developer, Automattic, that let’s you live-blog an event in real time, using only your blog. This short video succinctly explains how the new WordPress plugin works: (If you don’t see the video embedded […]

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