Category Blog Bytes

Tidy Up Your WordPress Blog With WP-Sweep

If you’ve been blogging for a while with a self-hosted WordPress site, chances are good you’ve changed themes once or twice, experimented with a few plugins and done more than a few revisions. These actions often generate a lot of digital trash which is hiding in the corners and behind the “real” stuff. This can […]

Jetpack Updates

Embedding rich media (videos, maps, etc.) into WordPress blog posts using shortcodes has  been a delight for all . . . except those people who are email followers on our sites. Today, WordPress announced a Jetpack update that fixes that issue for those email subscribers on your site. Why is this interesting? If you are […]

Spotlight Your Photos in WordPress

In order to get your family interested in the family’s history, you need a bit of creativity. Photos – old and new – always attract attention. Fortunately, WordPress offers a number of eye-catching ways to display them. You’ll be surprised to see how easy it is to do. This example is called a mosaic gallery. […]

WordPress Shortcodes – Recipes

Are you familiar with WordPress Shortcodes? These are handy little codes that simplify adding all kinds of formatted elements to your blog posts. For example, shortcodes make it easy to build a presentation right in your post. No PowerPoint or Keynote needed. Shortcodes simplify embedding videos, make it easy to create a sitemap of your […]

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Reimagining the Scrapbook

Did you keep a scrapbook in your childhood? Was it something like this – black pages with all kinds of ephemera pasted or taped to them? It’s always a delight to pull out an old photo album or scrapbook and take a trip down memory lane. It’s even more exciting when we get our hands […]

WordPress Gets Personal

Yummy! WordPress.com has added a new Personal plan. For $2.99/month (billed annually), you get: a custom domain name basic design customization using hundreds of free themes site support via email and live chat with WordPress support personnel 3GB of storage for images and files no ads Look at the Media page on your WordPress.com site […]

Blog A Family History Scrapbook

WordPress’s post formats feature can customize the look of your posts and attract more attention to your family stories. See how.

WordPress.com Introduces Content Options Customizer

I’m liking these options! This week WordPress.com introduced a new Customizer panel to its users called Content Options. The new panel offers a number of minor tweaks that would ordinarily be handled by a few simple free pl… Learn more at WordPress Tavern.

Browser Notifications on WordPress.com

Today we’re launching a feature that will show instant notifications for new comments and likes — even when you are not actively using WordPress.com. Browser notifications give you a real-time sense of your readers’ reactions, allowing you to stay more engaged with your audience. Notifications will show up in Chrome or Firefox in the same […]

The Editor in WordPress 4.6 Will Detect Broken Links

WordPress 4.6 is set to introduce a broken link checker in the editor, a handy new feature which lead developer Andrew Ozz dubbed “spellcheck for URLs.” Nice! Learn more at WordPress Tavern.