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Spring Favorites: Refresh Your Blog

Spring Favorites: Refresh Your Blog

To attract an audience and keep it we bloggers need to do more than publishing fresh content. We also need to repair and replace what`s broken, refresh our theme and breath new life into our content. And what better time is there than spring to do this?

More Sources of Free Images for Blogs and Websites

There are thousands of free photos available online and stock images do not have a negative impact on search engine rankings. So don’t let the lack of a camera prevent you from enhancing your posts with individual high resolution public domain pictures and/or collages.

Colors! We have colors!

There is an exciting new color palette feature addition that WordPress.com bloggers using eight free themes will enjoy. Eight free themes, including Superhero, Writr, Spun, Panel, Zoren, Fontfolio, Twenty Thirteen, and Typo,  now offer free color palettes you can apply. Read the announcement. Hopefully, more themes will be graced with the same feature soon.

More Christmas freebies for your blog

Every year I do some web surfing to locate free Christmas graphics.  Below are sites I selected I this year. Also visit Free Christmas blog headers and graphics, a collection which has been updated every year since 2009, and don’t forget these 4 Year End Blog Post Ideas.

Better Blogging by the Numbers

Want to find blogging tips, tools and tutorials in this blog fast? This index of links  to blogging tips articles in list post format that itemize ways to build a better blog, become a better blogger and promote effectively may help you find what you need quickly.

Responsive Web Design: The Gold Standard

Considered to be a fad when introduced, Tablets are quickly replacing PCs and Tablet sales are likely to surpass PCs by 2015. Worldwide PC shipments are down 11 percent.  So, as Peter Cashmore predicted, 2013 is the year  responsive design has taken off and soared.

Freshen Your Theme with Seasonal Touches

You can freshen your blog appearance in many ways that reflect seasonal changes and holidays that range from changing themes  temporarily to less dramatic decorative changes to the theme you are using now.  Consult your calendar and  unleash your creativity to transmit your brand to your readership through seasonal events, holidays and special occasions.

WordPress Automatic Image Resizing

WordPress.com Staff are continually working to improve our user experience. The result of their latest work is a welcome media update change to the way WordPress resizes images when theme changes are made.

OMG! My images are gone

Just imagine what it would be like to log into your blog and find your pictures are missing.  What to do? Provided you are running a current browser version and don’t have a browser related issue, then where the images are hosted is key to finding out what happened to them.

WordPress.com Retired Themes

Have you ever wondered what the most to least popular FREE WordPress.com themes are? Has your theme been retired? If you were to chose another theme which one would it be?

WordPress.com Themes with Automatic Excerpts

Do you want a WordPress.com theme with a magazine style layout that provides your readers with brief front page previews (teasers) of posts to select from and click into without you having to insert the more tag into each post? 

Twenty Fourteen: Going Further

The New WordPress default theme; ‘Twenty Fourteen’ is a dark magazine styled beauty with balanced use of white space that’s absolutely packed useful and eye-popping features. From lovely typography and a prominent featured content area up top to multiple sidebars and post formats, Twenty Fourteen has it all.

8 Hot WordPress.com Widget Tips

8 Hot WordPress.com Widget Tips

All WordPress.com themes are widget-activated. This is the main link to all the available widgets that WordPress.com provides – Widgets & Sidebars.  Clicking links on that page for individual widgets will get you to specific descriptions and instructions for each one.

WordPress.com Theme Tips

Every WordPress.com theme has some customizable features – features that vary in number, kind and location from theme to theme. You can select from a wide assortment of themes for no charge. Or you can purchase a premium theme featuring interesting designs, options for customization, and premium theme support directly from the theme authors themselves.

WordPress.com Theme Choice: Twenty Eleven

Between 2011 – 2012 I noted those visiting my blog using mobiles and tablets were on the rise. I also noted the affects the mobile explosion was having on blog design and learned either selecting a mobile friendly theme or responsive width theme was a choice I could make. That’s when I began experimenting with … Continue reading

Searching for the perfect WordPress.com theme

WordPress.com bloggers do not have FTP access to free hosted WordPress.com blogs and we not able to upload third party themes. However, we have a fabulous selection of attractive themes with many customizable features in the Themes Showcase, which currently contains 154 free themes and 61 premium themes and the collection is growing weekly.

WordPress.com Dashboard Facelift Feedback

We’ve being using the updated WordPress dashboard, a work in progress since early last month and I’m giving this dashboard makeover a thumbs up. No new features have been added and the arrangement has stayed the same but they’ve painted it black and readability has been improved.

Which Widgets are Essential?

Blogs are as different from each other as bloggers interests are, but widgets are commonly used to add content and features to sidebars and or footer areas on any blog. They can also provide navigation to content located deeper than the front page in any blog.

Mobile Technology in Classrooms

Desktop and laptop computers have long been a staple in middle and high schools but that is rapidly changing. Schools across the USA are spending billions on various kinds of technology for the classroom and aren’t investing only in computer stations and keyboards. 

Mobile Growth and Blogging

The growth of mobile use shows no signs of slowing. A new report suggests by the end of 2013, there will be more mobile devices on Earth than people. Mobile data traffic worldwide will increase 13 times by 2017. That’s from the latest Cisco VNI Mobile Data Forecast Update, 2012-2017 released in early February. 

Weekend Blogging Reads and Resources

Another week is  almost gone and I’m wondering where it went.  Here’s my weekly offering for you readers. Blog Log #2: The One Thing I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started Blogging – When you first start out blogging, you’re hungry. You’re excited. You have a million ideas. But nobody talks about how … Continue reading

12 Website Navigation Guidelines

Recent studies indicate we bloggers now have as few as 30 seconds to impress or lose the attention of a visitor. While there is no one correct way to move visitors around your site good web design means easy navigation for all visitors.  If your site navigation isn’t intuitive then all the hard work you … Continue reading

WordPress.com Media Makeover

As an early Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa gift to us all WordPress.com changed the entire format for image uploading, editing,  creating slideshows and galleries. Predictably, the support forum has been busy since the announcement was made and bloggers discovered they could now Upload and Edit Media Seamlessly on WordPress.com.

Create a Website at WordPress.com

The primary thing to remember in creating a website is that you’re not creating the website for you; you’re creating the site for your visitors. If you have created websites on other software and now want to create one on WordPress.com software it’s important to fully comprehend the limitations of blogging on the WordPress.com multiuser … Continue reading

Free Images for Your Blog or Website

Looking for inspiration? Images add visual interest to posts and SEO value.  Do you need a free wallpaper, background, header image or illustration for your blog or website?  Do you want to get the most out of image search? The quick and easy way to find free images you have permission to use is by … Continue reading

Infinite Scroll Poll

If you are a regular reader then you know I immediately disabled infinite scroll when it was implemented on Twenty Eleven and Twenty Ten in early February.  I was horrified when I witnessed a distracting never ending river of posts (text loading first and images lagging behind) on the front page of this blog.  I … Continue reading

4 Ways to Refresh Your Blog

These days bloggers need to do more than publishing fresh content frequently to attract an audience and keep it.  We need to constantly repair and refresh our blogs.   When was the last time you did a complete blog over-haul? Have you ever done one?  These four  steps will help you refresh your blog by breathing … Continue reading

WordPress.com Sharing Buttons

WordPress.com bloggers can enable social networking sharing buttons that appear below their posts on their blogs. I originally enabled Official buttons on this page > Settings > Sharing  to appear on my Front Page, Archive Pages, and Search Results as well as on Posts and Pages. I have now chosen to enable display only on … Continue reading

WordPress 3.4 in the works

I’ve enjoyed the ease of switching themes to one I’ve used before and having my header images fetched from the Media Library for me. I’ve also wished same was the case with background images and I’m going to my wish, along with legions of other WordPress users. 

Disabling Infinite Scroll on your WordPress.com Blog

Imagine the surprise WordPress.com bloggers using  the Twenty Ten,  Twenty Eleven, Coraline and MistyLook themes experienced when they logged-in and discovered they had lost control of the number of posts they set to display on the main page for posts on their WordPress.com blogs. 

Is Your Blog Mobile Compatible?

The mobile web is growing at a phenomenal rate, and is forecast to overtake the desktop web in 2014.  Then more people will access the internet for the first time using a mobile phone rather than using a desktop or a laptop. Do you know which sites are getting  the most mobile web traffic across … Continue reading

Waiting for Twenty Twelve?

I have been eagerly watching the theme announcements while awaiting the introduction of the new default WordPress Twenty Twelve theme. Twenty Twelve, will be a part of the next major WordPress release, version 3.4. Primary development of 3.4 will likely begin around the 3rd week of January. 

WordPress.com Changes Bylines for Authors

In case you missed it there has been a change made by the Theme Team to the display of Author bylines on WordPress.com free hosted blogs.  Previously, there were theme specific variations. Many but not all theme displayed an Author author byline in the post metadata.  Some themes displayed Author bylines and some also displayed … Continue reading

Dynamic View templates for Blogger Blogs

Have you noticed the new and improved appearance of Blogger (blogspot) blogs? I noticed the interactive layouts on blogs I visit  have resulted in faster page loading times. I likewise noticed the new dynamic templates made blogs look fresh again, so I did some research to see what had changed. I began by logging into … Continue reading

WordPress Fly Out Menus Coming Soon

WordPress 3.3 Beta 2 has been released  and that means more changes to WordPress user dashboards are coming soon. Expand and collapse menus will be replaced by fly out menus. Update! They have arrived.  Drag & Drop Media Uploader & Flyout Dashboard Menus Currently we can have our left dashboard menu sections simultaneously expanded in as … Continue reading

Blogging through the Seasons

Do you blog under the North Star or the Southern Cross? Do you blog close to the equator? Or are you blogging far from it? How many seasons do you experience? What characterizes those seasons? How does your blog’s  appearance and content reflect what the seasons symbolize, and how your offline life changes with the … Continue reading

Blogging and Using Media Effectively

I’m always looking for way to enhance the value of the content in my blog and that includes being privileged to receive and publish posts by guest authors. Today I’m issuing a guest blogger invitation to regular readers and subscribers, who have some specific skills. Those who have the skills required and who will agree become … Continue reading

WordPress.com custom menu walk-through

The arrival of custom menus at WordPress.com last year was very well received as many of us wanted this kind of flexibility for a long time. Creating a custom menus allows us to structure a website. Have you ever wanted to have a different title for one of your pages than the label displayed in … Continue reading

WordPress.com Theme Team Stellar Performers

Choosing a well designed theme is important because your image is important and a well designed, easy to navigate,  professional looking theme will create an immediate impact on  first-time visitors.   There are now over 130 very attractive WordPress.com themes to choose from in a wide range of styles. This wide array of  themes available to us … Continue reading

Freshening your WordPress.com Theme

Suppose you find a free WordPress.com theme among the hundreds available that you love, but you aren’t quite crazy about the color scheme. You cannot build or use your own custom theme built from scratch at WordPress.com, but you can spring forward and green, or blue, or red or otherwise bring some spring into your … Continue reading