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By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, February 01, 2015

He Broke into 'The Biz' with a Job at Disney — Thanks to lynda.com

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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

Teacher Tips: Using Social Media in the Classroom

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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

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 Starshine Roshell | Saturday, November 22, 2014

lynda.com Helps TV Editor Find Time to Be Stay-at-Home Mom

Stay-at-home mom Clare Childs

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

What's So Great About the Genesis Framework?

Here's what's great about the Genesis framework

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.

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

Morten goes to WordCamp San Francisco: A Daily Review

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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 Scott Fegette | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Get the 411 on 404s: Website Error Page Templates

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No one likes to run into website errors, but they inevitably occur: Links are changed, pages are moved, a post is taken offline, and your site visitors end up following a link to a virtual dead end and an error page.

It’s easy to accept this as a fact of life—but armed with a little knowledge, technical know-how, and some inspiration, you can transform your website error page templates from vague and embarrassing to helpful and informative.

And maybe even inject a little humor into an otherwise awkward situation.

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.

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