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Nick Daw’s Book Writing Tutorial

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Have you ever wanted to write a book but have no idea where to start? Well there are various book writing tutorials floating around in libraries, book stores, and the Internet. Your humble narrator has reviewed a few of these book writing tutorials and have found most to be mediocre at best.

My latest discovery in the book writing outlines is Nick Daw’s book writing tutorial. Extremely effective for actual implementation, and to the point. One of the most impressive things you will notice about Nick Daw is his own writing credentials, and more importantly the creditials of the writers who use his teachings. You can read some of the testimonials on his site for that.



Tutorial On Setting Pictures In WordPress

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

UPDATE: Disregard all below. Download and install the WordPress plugin called Image Manager

Had a few people asking how to upload pictures in their WordPress blog posts. The following tutorial shows how I do it.

First of all, make sure your image is not MASSIVE. I use an image editing program to size my images down to a reasonable size. I like to size my images at around 300 x 300 pixels or less. This way your pages won’t load like tractors. If you don’t have an imaging editing program you can download this free image editing program. They ask you to register with an email. You can skip the part that asks you for more personal information, and the program will still work. I won’t go into anything further with image editing. That can be a little fun project and adventure to go on.

Once you have your image sized to 300 x 300 or less put it on your desktop for easy access. You can store them somewhere else after you have this tutorial down pat. Now login to your WordPress admin area, and click “write a new post”. 

Once you have the new post open, title it and enter your text. Once you have your text (post) complete, click the “save and continue editing” (this saves your work while you get ready to load your image) Now click the “browse” button below your post area, and select the image you have on the desktop from the step above. Make sure you title your image as well, but don’t worry about the description (unless you want to of course). When you are ready click the “upload” button. You should see a thumbnail of the picture appear in the image upload area.

Now – drag and drop the image into your post area. I put it right before the first letter of the first word of the post. You will see the thumbnail picture appear in the post edit area. Once it’s there, click on it once and then click the “html” icon in your post toolbox (same place as the bold, italic, and hyperlink tools are) Look in the html code for the address of the uploaded image. It should look something like; http://www.yourblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/09/your-picture.thumbnail.jpg. Now copy/paste your image’s web address and close the “html” window.

Now click on the thumbnail and hit your delete key. (yes….delete the thumbnail that is in your post) Now set your curser just before the first letter of the first word of your post. Click the image tool icon in your post editing toolbox (beside the hyperlink icons and is the picture of a tree) Enter the image link that you copied from the step below, but shorten the link to http://www.yourblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/09/your-picture.jpg (notice how I removed the word “thumbnail” from the link. This way you get the full picture published on your post, and not the smaller thumbnail. Enter your image description and the alignment setting, and click the “insert” button. That should do it.

You may have to read this a few times and try it to get it right. If you’re new at this and have trouble, just ask questions in the comment section of this post. 

Create Your Own Favicon The Easy Way

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Depending on the browser you use, there is usually a small icon before the URL, which is found in your browser’s web page address field. This is usually found at the top of your browser.

While you are on this page, you will notice in the address bar, directly before http:, a black Z with a reddish-brownish background. This is what you call a favicon.

I’m going to show you the EASY way to create a favicon for your web site or blog. First of all, go create a favicon on this page. Simply browse to the image you want to use, or enter the URL address of the image you want to use. Once the number crunching is done, you’ll see a download link. Download your new favicon to your computer and upload it to the root directory of your web site or blog. (the root directory is where your index or default file lives)

Once you have successfully uploaded your favicon into the root directory of your website or blog, you need to add a wee bit of code into the header area of page you want the favicon to be shown on. Use the line of code below. Make sure to add < before the line of code and add> after the line of code. 

link rel=”icon” href=”/favicon.ico” mce_href=”/favicon.ico” type=”image/x-icon”

Replace the yourdomain portion with yours of course. If you don’t see your favicon, then try uploading the favicon to the root directory of your server in binary mode. You can do this with most all FTP client programs. My favorite is Filezilla, which you can download here for free.

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WordPress Video Tutorials

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

This post will be updated as more WordPress video tutorials are created. The first list of videos (10) simply outline some of the main tasks required to upload the WordPress blogging platform to a hosting server, configure it, and make an initial post. Note: I will also be including video tutorials from other sources.

Included in this first batch of WordPress video tutorials are; changing file permissions, installing WordPress plugins, completing a WordPress trackback, embedding Adsense code in the WordPress default theme, and how to setup a Feedburner datafeed link.

Many beginners get confused when viewing the WordPress videos on uploading. In the list below, there are two videos on uploading. The first one in the list assumes you already have a web site, and you just want to add a Wordpress blog to the domain. In other words, you end up with a link off your existing home page (index page) to your new WordPress blog. The second uploading video assumes you are using WordPress as your main site. In other words, your blog IS the site and there is not an existing web site or domain. (more…)