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Entries for June, 2008

The Basics of HTML for Blogging

If you’re blogging, there’s a little bit of HTML code you should know. Yes, there are plenty of WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) tools out there that require no coding, from the visual editor in WordPress to offline blogging tool like Windows Live Writer (which I’ll write about in another post). But […]

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Saturday Matinée: What Are Your Favorite Tools?

I’ve written about a lot of tools for writers, some that I love and use regularly and some that I just find interesting and want to share with others who might get some use out of them. I’ll keep doing that, of course, but I’m always looking out for tools I either haven’t heard of […]

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WordPress Plugins for Writers: Part 5 — Just for Writers

So far in this series, I’ve talked about plugins that would be useful for just about any WordPress site. Today, I want to talk about a few plugins that are designed specifically for the needs of writers. The first three deal with formatting, allowing you to easily produce article series (like this one), a table […]

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WordPress Plugins for Writers: Part 4 — Site Maintenance

Like anything else technological, a website needs to be maintained and backed up. There is a lot that can go wrong with your website  —  hackers could get in and mess with your files, your web host could experience a hardware failure and not have sufficient backups to restore from, you could accidentally delete a crucial file […]

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WordPress Plugins for Writers: Part 3 — Feeds and Comments

One of the keys to building a successful website is making it easy for your users to read and participate in your site. The two most important ways are built in to WordPress: all WordPress are comment-enabled, and all WordPress sites create an RSS feed so that readers can subscribe in the reader of their […]

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RSS Craziness

My apologies for recent craziness with the RSS feed. It seems that one of my plugins has interfered with the operation of another plugin. I’m trying to straighten it out right now. Incidentally, this is an issue that comes up sometimes. WordPress plugins are written by a host of third-party developers who have no way of […]

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WordPress Plugins for Writers: Part 2 — Anti-Spam

The #1 hassle of running a website is the inevitable flood of spam that, if left unattended, will fill your posts’ comments sections. Most of these are obvious attempts to get either click-throughs (people clicking on the links to see what’s up) or link-backs (links from your site to theirs which affect their site’s rating […]

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WordPress Plugins for Writers: Part 1 — Introduction

One of the reasons I recommend WordPress as the backbone of your writing website is that it is very easy to extend what WP can do using plugins. Installing a WordPress plugin is easy  —  for the most part, you just upload the folder to the wp-content/plugins folder on your server, go to the “Plugins” tab in […]

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Writing on a Palm Pilot

OK, they haven’t been called “Palm Pilots” for years, but I find it helpful to distinguish between the electronic device and the inside of the hand, so I say “Palm Pilot”. So sue me. Meanwhile, let’s talk about writing on your Palm brand personal digital assistant device thingy, ok? I’m a longtime Palm user. I […]

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Choose Your Own ADDventure with Protagonize

Protagonize is a collaborative fiction-writing community that allows writers to author stories separately or together, build new branches off of other writer’s stories, and rate each other’s work. The twist is, the stories are interactive, like the Choose Your Own Adventure Stories of yore. The folks at Protagonize call them “addventure” stories, with each author […]

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