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February 16th in Wordpress Tips, Wordpress Training by .

Anyone who has done a bit of WordPress programming knows that solid knowledge of PHP is required to develop great plugins and themes. Even if you are not planning to release your own theme or plugin, you should still know a thing or two about PHP to be able to fix theme and plugin issues. There are many books and online courses you can take to take your PHP knowledge to the next level. These 6 video and interactive sites help you learn PHP faster:

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Lynda.com: a membership to this site is not cheap but I have been a member for a few years. They add new material to their website all the time. Lynda.com covers PHP, CSS, HTML, and many other technologies you need to be familiar with. [click to continue…]

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September 30th in Wordpress Tips by .

In order to become a great web developer, you need to know various technologies. WordPress developers need to know their HTML, CSS, and PHP. But that’s not all. Learning jQuery is also important if you want make your work more dynamic. There are many books and video sites covering this topic. These 10 interactive sites can also help you learn jQuery:

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Lynda.com: Lynda.com covers various technologies, including the ones web designers and developers need to master. They have multiple courses on JavaScript and jQuery to help you get started. [click to continue…]

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May 27th in Wordpress Training by .

Learning WordPress is not that hard. Anyone can pick up a simple book and learn the basics of WordPress. Becoming a pro plugin or theme developer takes more work though. You will need to be familiar with multiple technologies and coding to succeed. The good news is there are many awesome tutorial sites available for WordPress fans. Here are 8 WordPress and programming training sites you should not miss:

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Code Academy: teaches you coding in an interactive fashion. It covers PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, and other web technologies you need to be familiar with as a WordPress professional. [click to continue…]

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August 7th in Wordpress Plugins by .

There is a difference between working out for fun and tracking your performance overtime to make sure you keep your body in the top shape. Logging your training sessions each and every-time can give you invaluable information on how you can improve your training sessions. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could keep track of your workout on your website? That’s what Runners Log for WordPress offers. It is a powerful plugin that lets you log your information quickly and access to variety of calculators on your website.

Once you install this application, a log box shows up under your posts. You can take advantage of it to enter your workout data. You also have the option to provide your Garmin link on your website.  The back-end is quite powerful. Users can change how their information is displayed on their website. You can define your distance unit, your gender, height, weight, and other physical attributes.

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August 14th in Wordpress Training by .

I am a serial book reader. Every new book that comes to the market, I try to get and read as soon as possible. You can always catch up with the latest developments in your industry by following blogs. But design books are also a solid choice if you want to learn the latest techniques and find out about the latest developments in the design world. But a lot of people prefer listening, watching, and seeing things done than just reading about them. That’s exactly what you get with interactive video courses on the market. Video courses are particularly useful if you want someone to walk you through a new technology in the shortest time possible. I personally prefer learning the basics in video format before moving to more advanced topics in advanced books and blogs. But your taste maybe different.

Total Training (and Lynda.com) are the two video training services that I have used on a consistent basis in the past few years. I admit that I am not exactly a master in Adobe products, but I have picked up a lot of good stuff from these training videos. Total Training courses are especially impressive as they teach you how to do things and show them to you in a straightforward manner. So you never miss a step and won’t have to spend time trying to figure out how to do things you just watched a video on.

Total Training courses are designed for newbies and intermediate designers. They keep you up to date with the latest technologies such as Web Expression, Flex, CS4, and beyond. They also show you how to master Photoshop and Elements. These are technologies that you will need to know about if you want to make it as a designer. So if you are hoping to get started with a career in design, Total Training courses come in handy. [click to continue…]

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December 22nd in Wordpress Training by .

WordPress Foundations 2.7: Your Simple Step-by-Step Guide To WordPress

If you have been following WP Jedi, you may have already heard I say that WordPress 2.7 is the best and greatest CMS ever made in the history of mankind. I may be biased, but there is not a lot to argue this with the new features that have been implemented in 2.7.

Many bloggers argue that WordPress has changed so much from 2.6 to 2.7 that it feels like a whole new content management system. That may be true, but WordPress’ interface has become more intuitive and the CMS has become very powerful. But if you still can’t find your way around WordPress, you can always get WordPress Foundation.

WordPress Foundation 2.7 is a comprehensive book + digital media (ebook, video, ..) course that is designed to help webmasters master the art of using WordPress 2.7. The book is designed with folks who are more into reading. But the video material is much richer in content, and it is designed to help newbies get hands on training with WordPress 2.7.

Let’s take a look and see what WordPress Foundation 2.7 has to offer:

Chapter 1: Introduction to the book. I never read these chapters. But be my guest.

Chapter 2: Blogging basics: this chapter is a must read for folks who are not familiar with the concept of blogging. Blogging is not about talking to folks about your lunch. It’s more complicated than that. You’ll learn the terminology here.

Chapter 3: Cover different versions of WordPress. Whether you want to outsource the hosting to WordPress folks or you want to go MU, you can get the info here.

Chapter 4: WordPress basics are covered here. You learn how to do all kinds of basic stuff such as setting up accounts and logging in, and more.

Chapter 5: If you are interested in finding your way through the new dashboard, this chapter is a must read too. You can learn using the new dashboard so fast.

Chapter 6: Covers more blog options. You learn how to customize your profile. You also learn how to moderate comments and all other little things that you will need to do for your WordPress blog.

Chapter 7: this chapter covers the writing panel. It’s amazing how many bloggers don’t know how to use all the awesome features that are available in the writing panel.

Chapter 8: want to create new pages on your WordPress blog? Got to read this chapter. It’s not that hard, but if you have trouble with it, this chapter will be helpful.

Chapter 9: is all about finding the right theme for your blog. Jason goes over 5 themes that you may want to use on your blog. He tells you about what it takes to make a good theme. At the end of the day, choosing a theme for your blog is very personal, but it never hurts to hear from someone who knows what he is talking about.

Chapter 10: have you heard of widgets? If you haven’t, you are going to learn how to use them on your blog.

Chapter 11: covers WordPress.com upgrades and extras. There are many options to choose from, and even folks who have hosted their own blogs sometimes need a hand here.

Chapter 12, 13: covers custom header image and how you can add a logo to your blog using this function.

Chapter 14: If you have owned a blog before, you probably know the challenges of moderating and managing comments. Managing comments shouldn’t be hard, and after this chapter, it won’t be.

Chapter 15: multimedia blogs are the way to go. Videoblogs and audioblogs are the next big things, and you are going to learn PDF, Mp3, and other multimedia files to your blog.

Chapter 16,17: this chapter is all about blogging strategies and where tags fit in the big picture. Chapter 17 covers more on tags, categories, and how you can get the best out of your blog.

Chapter 18: it’s about adding users to your website. Whether you want to add editors, admins, or authors, you can do so easily after reading this chapter.

Chapter 19: one of the more important chapters of this book. It’s all about security of your blog and content. It shows you how to implement password protection.

Chapter 20: covers blog roll. This should be a fast read.

Chapter 21: site maintenance is a big task once you get going with your WordPress blog. You will learn how to optimize your blog and how to protect your blog against spammers.

Chapter 22: self-hosted WordPress installation is covered here. You learn what you need to know to create a WordPress blog under 5 minutes. It’s so easy you wonder why you haven’t been using WordPress before.

Chapter 23: If you choose the book, this is where you are going to realize that you may want to get the video course to get everything there is about WordPress. There are more advanced topics out there that can get a bit more technical, which means you may need someone to walk you through those topics.

Video/Audio Course: the multimedia course covers more WordPress 2.7 for folks who are interested. You are going to learn how to create content fast, and you will also learn how to master the art of SEO for WordPress. Getting found by Google and other search engines means that you will have more “monetization” option. You will also get to master the art of videoblogging with this course. Nobody can teach you how to develop your online personality, but Jason does teach you how to run a video-based blog like a pro. You don’t have to get the video course to get the book, though I recommend it for beginners (you can get it here).

WordPress Foundation 2.7 is a decent course for beginners to WordPress. Don’t for a second think that things will get easier once you know more about WordPress. The truth is, once you know what you don’t know now, you are going to realize how you have not getting the best out of your powerful CMS.

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November 8th in Wordpress Training by .

Blogging to the bank 3.0 has finally been released by the Rob Benwell. Blogging to the bank is probably the most popular digital blogging product on the market. Now, I usually don’t recommend any digital product as most of these products disappoint. Blogging to the Bank is close to my heart as it helped me get started with blogging.

Blogging to the bank has something for everyone. If you are a beginner, blogging to the bank shows you how to set up your blog from scratch. In essence you learn how to:

  • set up blogs for fun or for your business
  • drive traffic to your blogs through promotion and other methods
  • blog for success (how blogging works as a business).
  • how to promote your side businesses with your blog.

Now if you are a super expert blogger, you probably won’t need this product, but if you have set up your WordPress blog and want to follow a decent blueprint to build your blog up, then you should consider blogging to the back 3.

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