Archive for category WordPress

WordPress updated

Posted by on Tuesday, 9 February, 2016

Our network has been updated to WordPress 4.4.2.  Please let me know if you experience any strange or unexpected behavior on your site.

Jetpack disconnection

Posted by on Friday, 11 December, 2015

A few of our libraries have reported that their Jetpack plugin has been disconnected.  If you’re seeing the notification below when you log in to your site, you’ll need to click the Connect Jetpack button in order to reestablish that connection.  You will need a free wordpress.com account in order to do this—the credentials that you use to log in to your website won’t work.  If you’d prefer, please feel free to get in touch with me and I can reconnect Jetpack on your site.  Among other things, Jetpack keeps tracks of visits to your site and can send posts from your website directly to Facebook, Twitter, and more, so it’s a very handy add-on.  My apologies for the inconvenience!

Please Connect Jetpack

 

 

WordPress 4.3.1

Posted by on Tuesday, 22 September, 2015

Our WordPress installation has been upgraded to 4.3.1. You shouldn’t see any differences in using your sites, but please let me know if you run into any weird behavior or find that something isn’t functioning the way that it should. Thanks!

Using Screen Options

Posted by on Monday, 31 August, 2015

Screen OptionsIf you’re like me and prefer a distraction-free environment when you’re writing, you might want to get to know the Screen Options feature in WordPress.  The menu resides at the top right corner of your Dashboard and allows you to add or remove elements from your screen.  Don’t need to see WordPress news?  Remove it with a single click.  Can’t find something that’s ordinarily present?  Check Screen Options and see if the option has been unchecked.

In the image to the right, I’ve hidden the QuickDraft and WordPress News sections from my screen.  If I want to bring them back, I’ll simply click Screen Options to expand the menu and then check them again.  The options vary depending upon which section you’re viewing, so give it a try and see what you can find!

Are your post still going to Facebook and Twitter?

Posted by on Monday, 23 February, 2015

JetpackQuite a while back I installed Jetpack which allowed interested sites to have their posts automatically post to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter via the Publicize function. In the past week I’ve had two libraries report that this no longer seems to be working for them. In both cases, the connection between Jetpack and WordPress.com has been lost.

So, if this is a feature that you previously set up, please make sure that it’s still working. You can do this by checking to see if your most recent post was sent to your social media site(s). If not, log into your dashboard and select Jetpack from the menu. If you see a large green area at the top of the page telling you to “Connect to Get Started” this means your connection has been lost and needs to be reestablished.

The Setting Up Jetpack and Publicize videos will walk you through the steps needed to get you up and running again. You will need your WordPress.com account login information to get this to work. (There is no need to sign up for another WordPress.com account.)

If you also were using the Statistics and/or Subscription services from Jetpack, you may need to set those up again too.

WordPress 4.1

Posted by on Monday, 12 January, 2015

We’ve upgraded to WordPress 4.1. There’s just one thing that you’ll probably notice: the icons available when you click on an image that’s been inserted into a post or page. Here’s a short video that describes the change.

WordPress 4.0 Upgrade Complete & Print User Guide

Posted by on Wednesday, 19 November, 2014

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbWe successfully completed the upgrade to WordPress 4.0 early yesterday afternoon and from this end saw no problems. If you notice anything out of whack please let me know ASAP. However, there is one caveat as mentioned in yesterday’s e-mail to everyone:

There is a small chance that some themes will “reset” their sidebars. If any content disappears from your sidebars check the “Inactive Widgets” section of your Widgets page on the Dashboard. More often than not, missing content has been moved there. This shouldn’t happen but there is a small chance sidebar material will completely disappear and will need to be recreated. Unfortunately this is unpredictable at best so I can’t give anyone a more specific heads up than I’m doing here.

My next step is the training videos. Most of them are done, but not all. Today and tomorrow I’ll be uploading the ones that are complete to YouTube, posting each as their own blog post, and updating the list on the Online Training page. For any video that doesn’t yet have a new version, I’ll leave the old version up and mark it accordingly.

And, for those of you that prefer print materials to learn from or to have as a reference I’d like to point you to the WordPress 4.0 User Guide from interconnect/it. They have a free download version of their user manual and it is a great resource. (There are some minor differences based on the customizations we’ve made but you probably won’t notice them all that much.) Just head on over to their site, click the big Get it Now button, then select the free version. I’ll also be linking to this on the Online Training page for future reference.

WordPress 4.0 Coming on Monday

Posted by on Wednesday, 12 November, 2014

WordPress logoJust wanted to post a heads-up for everyone. We will be upgrading to WordPress 4.0 on Monday, November 17, 2014. There won’t be a lot of differences but you’ll notice a few. Mostly I just want to make sure you’re keeping an eye out for any problems as results of the upgrade. We’re not expecting any, but I’ll be in the office all week just in case.

WordPress 4.0 Status Update

Posted by on Friday, 12 September, 2014

Please Update NowAs you may have noticed, your dashboard is encouraging you to “Please update now.” Yes, this means that WordPress 4.0 is out but the update is something that can only be done from this end. I’ve been testing and will be creating all of the new training videos between now and NLA Conference in early October. I’ll then fill in folks on the changes and other project updates at the WordPress users group meeting at conference and then update everyone and post the videos the week after conference. So, as we hoped, so far everything is right on schedule. Thanks for your patience.

The History of WordPress

Posted by on Friday, 5 September, 2014

For those interested in the background of WordPress and how it all works…

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbWordPress is the most popular content management system on the planet. With over 22% of websites run on this platform, we thought we would look at the history of it, how it transformed from a simple blogging system into its current form, how its community was born, and the ecosystem around WordPress.

The platform is changing how websites from all around the world work, with more power and performance than traditional websites or most other CMS systems. Because of the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) ability to change parts of your site, more and more people are becoming bloggers, webmasters, and internet marketers than ever before.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a content management system, or CMS for short, that helps bloggers and webmasters edit content on a regular basis without the need to use a traditional HTML editor software for example Dreamweaver of Frontpage. If you don’t even know what are those, consider yourself lucky :).

WordPress itself is an open source software licensed under GPLv2 which means it’s free to use and free to modify. This package can be found on WordPress.org. Be careful with those domain extensions as Automattic, a company founded by the creator of WP, Matt Mullenweg runs WordPress.com which is a free, hosted version of the platform that lives on Automattic’s servers and they offer a couple of paid extras, for example you can use your own domain name, but you have to fork out a couple of bucks for this option. There are a few other options to get a free, hosted WordPress site other than Automattic’s WordPress.com service, however that is the most popular choice.

WordPress.org is the self-hosted version, that you can run on your own servers (if you have any) or purchase a hosting package from one of the numerous web hosting companies for example Kinsta, WPEngine, Flywheel, GoDaddy, HostGator, BlueHost and a litany of other third party hosts. There are monthly costs to consider plus you’ll have to pay for your own domain name which can range from $3 to around $60 based on what domain extension you’ll choose: .com’s are the cheapest, while exotic TLDs like “.io” are usually more expensive.

The benefit of a self-hosted blog is that webmasters have access to the code behind their site, as well as the roughly 32,000 free plugins and 2,500 themes that are listed on the official repository (WordPress.org) – and even more from commercial sources.

These are all GPL licensed, just like WP itself, which means site owners can use them on their sites free of charge. We will discuss this more in-depth in the community section as well as the premium plugins available for WordPress users.

Understanding This Guide

We understand that the history of WordPress is evolving at a rapid pace. That is why Kinsta is dedicated to updating this guide as changes happen in the world of WordPress.

Furthermore, this is not only a guide of statistics. This is a guide to understanding what WordPress is, and how the history of this dynamic community can affect your business. This guide will provide you with information about the major building blocks and players, so you can understand how every aspect of WordPress works

Read the full guide @ Kinsta.com.