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By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Friday, July 17, 2015

Start a Blog, Kids! Here's how ... and Why

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Every time you leave a comment on a YouTube video, post a picture to Instagram, send a message through Snapchat, connect with friends over Facebook, or do any of the other things you do with your smartphone or tablet or computer, you’re creating content and sharing it with the world through the web.

Why not take this one step further and create your own website to share your talent, your ideas, your creations—and let them travel to the far reaches of our planet like messages in a bottle?

With a blog, you can do that, and so much more. Here’s how!

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Monday, May 18, 2015

Our WordPress Training Draws 100,000 Viewers!

WordPress training hits 100,000 viewers!

In the fall of 2010, shortly after the release of WordPress 3.0, I spent a week building a WordPress training course for lynda.com. The months prior were spent experimenting, testing, and planning out every detail with a simple goal: Make the course that I needed when I first started using WordPress.

This was my first lynda.com course, and I hoped my WordPress training would be watched by a few hundred subscribers. Five years, four course editions, and countless minor updates later, that goal has been reached this week—by a factor of 1,000!

As WordPress Essential Training was watched by its 100,000th viewer this week, I was working on its fifth revision—so this is a perfect time to reflect on where we were, where we are now, and where we’re headed in the world of WordPress.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Monday, April 27, 2015

Zero Day and Other Threats: Is WordPress Safe?

Is WordPress safe? Find out

WordPress users may have felt a cold chill run down their spines this morning as they read the title of Forbes Magazine’s post “WordPress Under Attack As Double Zero-Day Trouble Lands”—or any of the numerous other articles covering the latest WordPress vulnerability to be uncovered.

Over the past two months, there’s been talk of several WordPress security issues, and WordPress users around the world are asking the obvious question: Is WordPress safe?

The simple answer is that WordPress is safe—relatively speaking. But that’s not to say these latest issues are not worrysome.

To understand why WordPress is safe in spite of these latest exploits, and why WordPress exploits are becoming such a hot topic in the media, we have to look at both the safety—and the vulnerability—in numbers, and the security that results from keeping your code open source.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY Standing Desk: Make Your Own and Save Money

Make this DIY standing desk by following these tips

Tired of sitting in front of your computer all day? I think we all are. And it turns out all that sitting is very bad for us. It has to stop.

Fortunately there’s such a thing as a stand-up desk. Unfortunately, it’s not cheap.

Office furniture is expensive, and trendy office furniture is more expensive. Standing desks will always run you more than the sitting variety, and if you want one that lets you change the height back and forth from sitting to standing, you’ll have to shell out big bucks—which is not really an option for most of us.

So I came up with a better solution: I made my own.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, December 18, 2014

WordPress 4.1: A Crucial Update to End the Year

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What better way to cap off the year than with a new version of everyone’s favourite web publishing application? WordPress 4.1, code-named “Dinah” (after the legendary jazz vocalist Dinah Washington), is now live and ready for your WordPress-powered sites. WordPress 4.1 ships complete with both feature updates and a sparkling new theme—and I’ve got the skinny on what you’ll get when you click the Update Now button.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Saturday, October 25, 2014

Morten goes to WordCamp San Francisco: A Daily Review

Morten Goes to WordCamp San Francisco 2014

LAST UPDATED: Monday, October 26th

For one weekend each year the California Bay Area is host to the flagship WordPress conference WordCamp San Francisco, bringing WordPress users, designers, developers, and business people across the world together. WordCamp isn’t just one event, however- it’s actually a distributed series of conferences with branches all over the world. No matter where you find yourself there is more than likely a WordCamp hosted near you each year.

In theory, WordCamp San Francisco is just another one of these distributed WordPress conferences. In reality, WordCamp San Francisco is the WordPress conference to attend, where the future of WordPress is unveiled each year to the WordPress community.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, September 04, 2014

WordPress 4.0: Improved Internationalization and UX

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To cap off the summer, WordPress is crossing the 4.0 milestone with its newest release code-named “Benny”, named after jazz great Benny Goodman.

For an open-source application that now powers 23% of the web, this is a very big deal. In response to its widespread adoption, the WordPress development team is putting a strong emphasis on user experience and accessibility in this release. The result is a 4.0 release that feels more like the maturing of a young and feisty wine than a box of new goodies.

Some will see this as a bit of an anti-climax; we’ve come to expect big additions and UI changes with full number releases of WordPress. But in reality it’s more exciting than a new set of features as it shows that WordPress has reached a point in its development where it can start refining itself more often than throwing new features and ideas at the wall to see what sticks.

That said, there are plenty of innovations and updates to talk about in WordPress 4.0.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Create Responsive Featured Images in WordPress

Create Responsive Featured Images in WordPress

Responsive layouts have become commonplace in today’s web experiences, but the current HTML <img> element still has a fundamental flaw when used with responsive designs: It assumes uniformity in the screens it’s displayed upon, a uniformity that doesn’t exist in today’s mobile-saturated world.

Consider an image on a web page from the viewer’s perspective. Although it appears to be part of the page, it’s actually a replaced element: The code of the page cuts a hole in the page big enough to contain the image, and then retrieves it from its remote location to fill that hole. In some cases the hole has a specified width and height; in others the hole is built to be flexible and scale to a percentage, or proportion, of the screen size.

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