By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Monday, May 18, 2015
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
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 Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 08, 2015
How does a Minnesota girl wind up living “on a rock” in the Caribbean?
With help from lynda.com, of course.
“I was doing the corporate thing in Minneapolis,” says Ashley Ladlie, “and I got bit by the ‘tropical-crazy’ bug.”
Now she lives in an indoor/outdoor bungalow surrounded by orchids on St. John in the Virgin Islands and supports her beachside lifestyle by doing freelance web design.
“People say I’m lucky but it really has nothing to do with luck,” she says. “Anybody has the opportunity to do what I did.”
Here’s how she made it work.
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, February 01, 2015
In 2006, Anthony Recendez was unemployed, playing in a band, and living in California’s Central Valley.
“There was no creative around me,” he said of the farm town he called home. “I was trying to move to L.A. I wanted to be around music and videos.”
Then he discovered lynda.com.
“I changed my online resumé from a static HTML to a dynamic WordPress layout, all with the help of lynda.com. And within a few weeks I was working with Disney on contract.”
In fact, he’s been living in Los Angeles and happily working in the entertainment industry for eight years now.
“lynda.com is the reason I’m in L.A.,” he says.
By Ashley Kennedy | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
A growing number of teachers are incorporating social media into their lesson plans—and I’m one of them.
It’s been great to see students really embrace some innovative ways of expression through apps like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress—creating and curating images and ideas while interacting with their world outside of the classroom. It helps us teachers break down classroom walls and class-time barriers as students learn and reflect by using tools on their mobile devices.
Here are some great ways to use social media in the classroom:
By Morten Rand-Hendriksen | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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 Starshine Roshell | Saturday, November 22, 2014
Clare Childs was a successful video editor on high-profile TV shows: “Wife Swap,” “The X Factor,” and “The Secret Millionaire.”
“I was at the top of my game,” she says. “And then I had children—which is a real game-changer.”
No longer willing to work 50+ hours a week in an editing bay, she needed a family-friendly way to keep her mind active and generate income. She found it with lynda.com.
“I learned how to build websites,” she says. “Completely.”
Now she’s a stay-at-home mom who spends evenings building WordPress sites for clients, and days cavorting with her kids.
“I am one happy lady,” she says.
By Carrie Dils | Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I’m a big fan of the Genesis Framework for WordPress. I talk about it when I’m at a WordCamp or local WordPress meetup, and I always get some version of this question:
What is Genesis—and why is it so great?
Whether you’re new to WordPress or you’re a long-time developer looking for a new framework, let me tell you why Genesis is more than just a theme framework.
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