Every year this incredible event raises millions of pounds for children in need throughout the UK and beyond. And of course it is never enough – perhaps one day it will and all children will be safe and well and cared for, but until then the UK will continue to raise the bar and give more, even through more austere times. It swells the heart, and also makes me sob to see the courage of those children. The Team Rickshaw challenge has especially touched me this year and so to do my small part I am giving my time in return for a donation to Children in Need.
To have a task actioned for you, send details to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll let you know if I can actually help or not (or advise you). Then you donate what you can. The intention is to keep it simple, and I will work through the weekend if needs be.
My Facebook page has more details and will be updated through the day.
Already I have a couple of tasks and inspired someone else to do something similar; my face may ache by the end of the day from smiling so much.
I happened across a retweet of a post written earlier this year by my friend and client, Suze, which considered how we ask for readers’ feedback, questions, thoughts, comments…
For instance, here on the Blogmistress blog, you’re invited to “Leave a Reply” – hardly ideal so that’s added to the site revamp list.
As her site is created using a StudioPress Genesis theme this will not be a terrible task and while I can delve into the Loop and code and things, there is a plugin that will offer a great variety of options for the commenting function in any of the Genesis themes. Wonderful. Indeed while I do like the way Genesis is coded and am not afraid to tweak things to suit, sometimes a plugin is just fine for the task and is unlikely to use up a load of space.
So with such themes I will do a quick search within the Plugins section of the Dashboard, this time for Genesis Comments – and lo, NickTheGeek had created just the tool a few years ago – Genesis Simple Comments. He’s not updated things for a couple of years and this would normally put me off, but in this instance we’re not doing anything particularly difficult and Nick is a full-on Genesis geek, so it’s worth giving it a go (and indeed I may offer to check it out for him).
Anyway – installing this plugin offers the options to change the titles and wording for just about all comment related text. I’ll do a quick video later and add that here for you.
Thanks Nick for the plugin, and Suze for the inspiration.
I wonder how long before she notices 😉
In the Blogmistress Facebook group we were asked about adding a search option to a WordPress website. And while there are plenty of plugins that offer the various search functions you might want, the simplest thing is to add the search option included in your WordPress already, then test that out – if it does the job well, then you’ve no need to add anything further. Here’s how:
- Go to Appearance, Widgets
- Select, drag and drop the Search widget into your sidebar or widget area
It is that simple. Do have a good try at finding things to be sure this search option is good enough for your site. If it’s not up to what you need, that’s the time to have a look at the plugin options and see if what you want is there – as ever, when looking for a plugin, look at the details and go for those that are tended to – kept up-to-date and the support posts on the WordPress plugin page monitored and ideally resolved.
If you get stuck, let me know…
Many of us need and want to know where to find and how to add great images to our WordPress blog posts and pages.
Pictures can take a add polish to good blog, making it a great blog; using quality images is important. Simply using images from a Google image search is not a good idea (unless you want to ensure the copyright situation for the images you find and want to use), nor is copy/pasting scrappy-looking clipart from Word, etc.
There are a many ways to include images legally and we make frequent use of the following:
Fotolia for when you want a polished, specifically created image – yes, it costs a from £1.20 for each image, but you choose exactly what you want and know you are legally allowed to use the image. The downside of Fotolia is that many images look staged and obviously “stock” images (not created specifically for you).
Photopin offers images shared freely through Flickr by the photographers. You need to include the credit details for the photographer – this information and link is provided for you to copy/paste to your post or page. You can read how to use Photopin for your WordPress blog here.
And Stock.xchng is still worth a browse for good no-charge, royalty-free photographs.
Just don’t, whatever you do, use images you find in the Google image search – that is not a good idea unless you want to track down and request permission.
There a few plugins that will help you find images too – have a browse if you like (search within Plugins, Add New) but be aware of any links that may need to be included or that your website doesn’t slow down as a result.
This should cover most of your needs, however we’ll take a look at options to create images and how to resize them. And if you use a good image source, please share…
One other thing – be careful not to spend too much time trying to find the perfect image – before you know it, half an hour has passed in enjoying wonderful images!