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Mobile Blogging Update

I find I’m spending a lot more time blogging from my iPad. Not only have blogging apps improved significantly, but thanks to Markdown it’s a lot easier to include formatting that used to require HTML coding (a real effort on…

Coming Soon – WordPress 4.0

WordPress 4.0 is expected any day now. It’s bringing some very interesting features: Widgets will have a live customizer much like themes have had for some time. You’ll be able to preview your changes in the work area before saving…

Jetpack: Widget Visibility

The Widget Visibility tool in the Jetpack plugin can be very useful. It makes it possible to place a widget so it’s only visible in certain situations. For example, I’m building a digital library [see Society Journal for details] for my genealogy…

Moving to Markdown

When it comes to writing, I find I’m spending more time in the Byword text editing app than in Pages (my word-processing app), the WordPress dashboard, the Tumblr dashboard or Scrivener. Why? Because Byword supports Markdown – as does WordPress,…

Jetpack: Related Posts

The Jetpack plugin was created by Automattic (the folks who operate WordPress.com) to give self-hosted WordPress users a number of the functions once only available to WordPress.com users. Once you’ve installed the plugin and connected it to WordPress.com, you can…

WordPress Image Galleries

One of the many reasons genealogists like blogging is the ability to show off those great family photos. WordPress lets us show them off in style with a very nice gallery function. In this gallery, you see four photos arranged…