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Zzzzzooom! What’s Quickpress? Woodie knows WordPress

Woodie knows WordPress - Carrie Spencer Smart Ass RomanceHappy 2012 my incisor-impaired friends! The Woodster had a wonderful time with the neighborhood gang at a block party in Carrie’s garage. Fun times, good food, but the service was a bit slow.

Work on that a bit for the next party eh, Carrie?

=)

Today, we’ve got a quickie post on a quickie subject – Quickpress.

Those of you on wordpress.com may see this on your dashboard when you sign in, and probably say eh, what’s that? Then wander on to your regular posting.

And that’s just peachy! BUT, let’s take a quick look at Quickpress can’t we?

For those of you who blog on a regular basis, you know you have to go to dashboard>posts>add new before you can add in a post right?

Wrong.

Now you can use Quickpress. Get as far as your dashboard and you can design your post right then and there. Got a short post where you just want to post a youtube video or a picture of your latest burrow? Go here. All the buttons are the same, you can upload photos and video, etc.

You can’t format, add keywords or categories, but if you’re looking for quick? This is it.

Not that big of a deal, you say? Well truthfully not, unless you’re on your iPhone where waiting for each page to load is agony. Or if you live out in the boonies like me where internet is run by those hamsters in a cage. OR…

If you have a brilliant idea for a post. Not a fully thought out 3 page bonanza on how to woodchuck-proof your hostas, but an idea. One that if you don’t jot it down IMMEDIATELY will be gone in the mists of time forever! Toss it into Quickpress and then click Save as Draft.

It’s short, it’s sweet, it’s a timesaver.

What’s not to love about Quickpress!

=)

til next time!


Jetpack – Woodie flies into the Cloud with Automattic’s new Plugin

Woodie knows WordPress - Carrie Spencer Smart Ass RomanceWoodie’s stretching his wings a bit this week and talking about Jetpack, the new series of plug-ins brought to you by Automattic, the makers of WordPress.

Now if you’re on WP.com, you can skip the entire segment today, maybe make up a fresh vegetable salad or pick up a planter full of pansies for your favorite woodchuck.

If your site, however is self-hosted, or a WordPress.org site, then you’re going to want to bend an ear, or at the very least, listen up, dude. =)


Jetpack combines many plug-ins that the .com users use, and make them available to .org users. Most of you know that installing too many plugins can slow down the performance of your site. Some plugins are badly made or poorly maintained, sometimes leaving you with conflicting plugins that battle it out to YOUR detriment.

Jetpack is designed to eliminate quite a few of those problems.

First you’ll need to connect Jetpack to your WordPress account. This might seem easy, but you have to have a WordPress account! If you don’t have one, go sign up at WordPress.com. Then Jetpack will connect and you’re off and running.

Now go to your dashboard and you’ll see Jetpack installed. From there, you can configure which options you want to use. Statistics, sharing your blog via Twitter and FB, allowing subscriptions via email. In a way, it’s giving you the benefits of WordPress.com all in one little plugin.

If you click under each section, it will pop up a window that says Learn More.

This will give you a run down on what this particular part of the plugin does. If you click “Configure” then you can set up that particular part of the plugin. Just want the stats and sharing? No problemo. Only configure those two. One thing to remember is that installing Jetpack will occasionally disable some of your other plugins, so double check that!

Currently Jetpack is free. Rumor has it that in the future they may charge for some premium plugins.

Should you use Jetpack? Absolutely give it a try. One of the main good points is that it’s made by the same people who make WP, so it will work perfectly with each update. Don’t like it anymore? Go to your plugins page, click deactivate. You can further delete it, then reinstall it later. Easy as pie. Yum, peony pie. =)

The final judge on whether to use Jetpack or not is YOU.



Woodie Knows WordPress – What the heck are permalinks?

Woodie knows WordPress - Carrie Spencer Smart Ass RomanceSometimes when you’re bored, you go wandering through the dashboard of your WordPress site, and you come across something called Permalinks.

Most people generally shudder and move on, not understanding what permalinks can do for you.

Let Woodie explain.

Permalinks are the permanent URL to your post. Like www.cnn.com is their permanent URL, and www.smartass.com is MY URL. However, each individual blog post also has it’s own URL, generally quite a bit longer. I mean like waaaaaaaaaay longer. Longer than a woodchucks front teeth!

Your general default permalink is what we in the industry call “ugly”. It’s a technical term. Honest. What this means is your blog post will be www.smartassromance.com/?p=13

See, I told ya. Ugly.

So, let’s pretty it up some. Kind of like Extreme Makeover. Like I did with that hopelessly emo donkey here, by putting a contrasting yellow flower (delish!) behind her too-long ears.

If it’s important that your date be displayed in your link, such as you are a newspaper or magazine, go with this type of structure.
/%month%/%day%/%year%/
this displays the month/day/year of your post ie:
www.smartassromance.com/december/25/2011

If you want to display your category and post name (which is what I do)
go with this instead
/%category%/%postname%/
now you’ll get this
www.smartassromance.com/family-jewels/turquoise-wrap-bracelet

oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

see how much prettier and more descriptive that is? much better than post 15!

Now these are just the basics to modifying your permalinks. There’s tons more ways to change it, including adding in the time or the author.

Now go forth, and impress the world with your Permalink Knowledge young grasshopper!

=)

Woodie the Woodchuck
Wordpress Expert Extraordinaire

Resizing Pictures – Woodie Knows WordPress

Everyone out there has a blog right? Of course they do. And everyone wants beautiful photos to set off their blog right? (Just agree with me, it’s so much easier)

Problem is, not everyone has graphics software. And those that don’t don’t always know how to um…run it. Therefore, photos on blogs turn out to be horrendously humongous

causing one disaster after another (slow upload, slow download, scrolling issues) or they’re too small to tell exactly what they are….

(this is a tail from pin the tail on the donkey, a completely barbaric game. should be outlawed)

So, let’s break those photos down to size shall we?

First, when we upload our photo, WP asks us right away what size we want. And we rarely and I do mean RARELY (are you listening?) want to go larger than 500px. So choose your size wisely, grasshopper. If you want a thumbnail, choose thumbnail. (My God, they make this difficult!) Also choose your alignment. Do you want it to sit to the left, in the center or to the right?

Already have your picture uploaded when you notice it’s larger than Obama’s ears? No prob. WordPress has a handy dandy gadget built right in. Insert your picture as per usual, then on the VISUAL side of the post, click once on the photo. Here’s what pops up.

Click on the blue landscape, and now you get this

On the left hand side is 100%, 90% and so on. Move the slider down, and zoooooom there goes the size of your picture down down down. Down in the valleyyyyyyy the valley so looooowwwww……ahem. Back to work.

Click update. Voila, smaller picture.

But Carrie, isn’t there any OTHER way? What if I’m not on WordPress??

Quit yer whinin and pay attention. I’ve got tons of ideas for you if you’ll just listen!

So first of all, go to PicResize and follow the instructions. They also let you crop and apply a variety of special effects. Oooooooo. Or try on Resizr. All free, all online.

I know, I know, I’m a goddess right?

Here’s a few to download onto your computer if you’d rather….
Free Picture Resize
Light Image Resizer

And here’s some to apply special effects
Be Funky
Pizap

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