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How to Use Lorelle's WordPress School Community

The class assignments and posts are at http://lorelle.wordpress.com on Lorelle on WordPress. All the main links and references will be found there. You may comment on those posts if you wish as everything is a point of connection and communication.

I've let the first week of the program lead me to believe that the majority of people prefer to have most of the interaction here, in the Google+ Community. If you are new to G+ and Communities, or even if you are not, here are the guidelines.

How to reply:

1. To reply to a post, click the reply button or type in the reply box on G+. Try it now on our Introduce Yourself post where you are to start by introducing yourself:  http://bit.ly/1AahWg4
2. To reply to an individual, click the REPLY link by their name at the top of their comment. This will put in their +name or @name.
3. If you wish to get the attention of a participant, use their name by typing a + or @ in front of it. G+ will seek the joined users first then others in your contact list to auto suggest the rest of their name. The use of the name sends a notification to the person that a comment is waiting and forces the comment to appear in their notification area.

For specific help in formatting posts and replies and other G+ tips: http://mashable.com/2013/10/27/google-plus-beginners-guide/

Keep the Conversations Connected to the Assignment: Reply to the posts and other people's comments on the post for the assignment you wish to discuss. If you wish to discuss issues that arose during an assignment, even if the assignment isn't directly related, this may be a thought others might have working on the same assignment, so talk about it there. This will keep the conversations on track and tied to the assignment for future participants jumping in later in the year.

Have a question? If you have a question on an assignment, ask on the post for that assignment here, or on the blog. others may have the same question. If the question is unrelated and you feel it deserves it's own thread, please start it and put it under the right category (described below).

I want to start a topic: You may start a topic if you think it relevant to Lorelle's WordPress School. We encourage sharing!

Notifications: Look in this community on the left under the community title for a gear symbol. Next to it is a bell with the words "Notifications on" or "Notifications off." If you would like to be notified when new information or comments are made, turn notifications on. G+ also allows customization of which notifications you receive.

Posting Links: Properly formed HTML - any HTML - is not permitted in G+ posts or comments. To post a link, just paste the link in. If the link is long and ugly, use Bit.ly or TinyURL or another link shortner to make the link "prettier."

CATEGORIES: The following is a breakdown of the categories and how to make the best decision.

Help Wanted: If you have a question or need help, this is the place to start. We are to help each other find the solution to our questions and challenges. Dive in!

WordPress School Discussions: These are discussions specifically related to the year-long school project, how it works, what to do, and help on the program in general.

Assignments: In general, this is restricted to Lorelle's WordPress School Assignments ONLY. By clicking it, you should see only the assignment posts in a list, helping people to find a specific assignment or see a list of all the assignments.

WordPress News: From time to time I will share news on WordPress related to the course. If you have news on WordPress to share, please post it there. Please keep the information relative to the course, helping us learn more about how WordPress works in general as well as the company, foundation, etc., associated with the WordPress Community and industry.

WordPress Resources: Have a resource, reference, or something that will help people learn WordPress better? This is where to share it.

Feedback on Your Site: If you wish feedback on your site from the instructor or fellow participants, post a note here. Be specific as to the type of feedback you wish, as well as what you want people to look at. Typically it isn't the entire site but a single post or feature you've been working on. Don't make us hunt. :D

General Discussion: This is typically the category you will choose for general discussions.

Suggestions and Ideas: Got some? Put them here.

Events: From time to time I will hold Google Hangouts and other interactive online sessions for free, as well as local classes and workshops if you live in the area. Announcements will be here, as well as announcements of WordPress Meetups, special events, and WordCamps. If someone would like to volunteer to announce upcoming WordCamps regularly, or point out interesting WordPress Meetup groups around the world or of interest to participants, I'd love a volunteer!

Photos: This is for sharing screenshots of your site and other imagery if necessary.

In general, Help Wanted, General Discussions, and WordPress Discussions are where you will most likely put your posts.

RULES

Play nice. I have the right to ban anyone. Don't make me.

We are here to learn from each other and that means making mistakes. See the post for feedback and criticism: https://lorelle.wordpress.com/classes-and-workshops/wordpress-school/feedback-and-criticism/

For a syllabus and description of the course: https://lorelle.wordpress.com/classes-and-workshops/wordpress-school/

For a list of all the assignments and tutorials in Lorelle's WordPress School on Lorelle on WordPress: https://lorelle.wordpress.com/classes-and-workshops/wordpress-school/tutorials/

Guidelines and rules subject to change without warning due to disruptions in the peace and tranquility of this year-long experimental course.
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+Kathryn Trask​ thank you for the kind words. I will be restarting this soon. Changes to WordPress this year made continuing painful - more in that soon. Thanks.
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Hi Lorelle,
I am new here and I have a problem I am hoping I could be helped with. I have one Wordpress Blog and the space between paragraphs (not lines) are quite too big for my liking.
Any tips on how I could reduce the space.
Many thanks!
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Hello Ugochi,

I'm no expert - have asked for help twice recently- but I think I may know the solution to your problem. If you are editing your post in the Text mode then you will likely see the following code to indicate space between paragraphs  

So if you want to reduce the space between paragraphs you could just delete one of more of those pieces of code. Hope that helps. If not, I'm sure Lorelle will be able to help you .
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Sue Jensen

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+Lorelle VanFossen and others I have updated my address on my test blog. It is now: http://shelovestotellherstory.wordpress.com Thanks for the help Lorelle!

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Sue Jensen

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I have finished the Introduction and Tutorial Post on my sample WordPress site: sdsuesblog.wordpress.com
Thanks
Experimenting With WordPress
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You are very welcome a thousand times. :D
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Sue Jensen

General Discussion  - 
 
Hi I am new to the WordPress School by Lorelle and looking forward to participating.

I have 6 active WordPress blogs now and one that I will us as a "test" site.

I am excited to learn more about WordPress and all we can do together.
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+Sue Jensen​ welcome. With 6 sites, you are busy. Glad to have you join us. 
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Janet Williams

Suggestions and Ideas  - 
 
http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/modules/l197

Don't forget to sign up for the L197 module - Beginners' Chinese, with the Open University.  The new term starts in October.

Proud to be one of the tutors in the family of Open University. 
Teaches beginners to speak and understand simple Chinese (Mandarin) in a wide range of practical, everyday situations, and explores aspects of Chinese society and culture.
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+Janet Williams​ wonderful! Congrats. 
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Gai Lorna

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Hello Lorelle and everyone in this community,

i just want to express my extreme appreciation for the thoroughness of the information provided in the WordPress School tutorials and the excellent way in which this is communicated, even taking the trouble to give instructions for using either Visual or Text editor.

Over the weekend , I went through part of the Publishing Checklist , referring to most of the linked articles, and found solutions to my current  problems in setting up a WordPress.org site for my husband.

I took special note of the warning about the client who wanted a new theme design but really just needed to learn how to use properly the one they already had. You have saved us the trouble and expense of starting over with a new theme.

I am looking forward to improving my husband's site whilst I work on a test site of my own.

Thanks so much!
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Hello Lorelle,

Very kind of you to "check in" with me. We actually launched the site in August., using the original theme. Your tutorials on image preparation and sizing were invaluable. Thanks so much.
As for the assignments , I am not able to be consistent at this stage. I would love to learn more from you about the proper way to go about setting up a WordPress website. I tend to just dip in and search in your tutorials for what I need at the time.
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Jamil Ali Ahmed

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If you are building a WordPress website that hosts a portfolio with large image files or a video hosting site with single media file size running into GBs, than you might face a roadblock of not being able to upload media files larger than 25MB (in most cases).
http://www.cloudways.com/blog/increase-media-file-maximum-upload-size-in-wordpress/
The blog post tells you the method of increasing the maximum upload size of media files in WordPress.
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Belinda Yarosh

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Well I have some free time on my hands thought I would check out wordpress.  I have a business site a local business built using my content from another site, promising all these wonderful things, like more sales, and product movement, etc.  Not sure but don't think he looked let alone read your information.  Make along expensive story short, we have had this site up for four years, and one sale is all we have gotten off it.  The designer refuses to make it good, I have had two webmasters tell me the SEO is not in compliance.  I feel it is not user friendly, layout flow, shopping experience is not a good one, I tried it myself.  My other site that did not have a shopping cart just information was better and easier to navigate.  So group here is my site : www.thefeatheredpony.com   oh, he also called it resurfacing, added two other sites to this that are small businesses I own and operate at the same location.  My dilemma is scrap and rebuilt or salvage, this site cost me close to six grand.  Tell me your thoughts, be kind but upfront in what you see.  Thanks
Feathered Pony Boutique,support shop local,us made, boots, native american, leather, unique southwest gifts, music Tallahassee, florida, 850-297-0096, best little secret in town
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Belinda, I took a look at your website.  I can understand dilemma  A couple things that stick out for me:  1) The printing is hard to read.  It's a combination of small print and poor coloring choices (particularly the customer support at the top of the page).  2) When you click on a category, the new options show up below the "page cut."  Unless you're really paying attention, you might not be aware that new information has loaded.  3) The "site architecture," meaning the categories and menu items, is confusing to me.  I think it could be better organized.  4)  I also looked at the blog, but it's very difficult to read.  The font color is too light given the patterned background.

You have a lot of good content, it just needs to be better organized, cleaner (I'm not a fan of patterned backgrounds for official sites), and more easily accessible.  I think you can salvage the content, but I'd recommend scrapping the design and starting fresh.

Gail
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Andrew Waatz

WordPress School Discussions  - 
 
How to create a drop down menu on WordPress.

Hope this will help some of you;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz-hKwQfSQw
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About this community

Lorelle's WordPress School is a project to teach you how to learn to use WordPress from beginning to intermediate levels. Reading assignments are published on *Lorelle on WordPress* in the *WordPress School* category. This site is open to all participating in the 2015 WordPress School on Lorelle on WordPress. This is an open community, but abuse will not be tolerated. Play nice. We are all here to learn from each other. Sharing is encouraged - demanded! *** This tends to be an active community. To help us keep track, please respond on the appropriate assignment or discussion post to keep the conversation together, or post a new one if the topic is new or a tangent. Thanks. See "How to use this community" in the links below for help. ***
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Gai Lorna

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I have another problem with the same website (as yet not public). My husband wants a blog and a separate articles page that works like a blog with an archive even though there may only be about 5 or 6 articles all up.

Is this something I should ask the website theme creators about or can someone in this community suggest how to keep on adding articles without having one very long page of them.? Each article is about 2,000 words long.

Thank you
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I just found a very helpful article which addresses our problem lorelle.wordpress.com - Are You Abusing Your WordPress Pages – and Your Blog?

So, thank you , Lorelle , once again.
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Gai Lorna

Help Wanted  - 
 
I have started setting up another website for my husband. This time he wants the menu to include Articles as well as Blog. I had already set up one article as a blog post. Now he would like it moved to Articles instead. Can anyone advise me how to do this, please?.
Strangely, as I am typing this question , a possible solution come to mind. Do I just save the post as a Word Document, delete it as a blog post, then paste it onto the Articles page? Sorry, I am not at liberty to post a link to the website (under construction) here. 
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Thank you very much , +Jim Crain for taking the time to reply. I actually was able to do this without using another plugin, just as I described above. Funny how writing out the problem helps one to think more clearly! However it is useful to know other shortcuts for the future.
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Jennifer Camara

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Good Morning,
I am here to learn all about WordPress! I was a Web Developer at Monster.com many years ago and I am trying to get back into the field.

In interviews, everyone has asked me if I worked with WordPress.
I have tinkered with it but not really used it so...I thought it may be time to learn!

I have an interview Monday and although I know it will take waaaayyy longer than that to learn...I have to start sometime!

Thanks for having this free Wordpress School!
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+Jennifer Camara Welcome. This is a self-directed course for beginners and novices. You will learn plenty here on the basics, but what they are looking for in a web developer is far from what we cover - at least so far in the course.

If you know PHP, MySQL databases, servers, HTML, CSS, and core web design, then you know more than what is offered here. There are some fabulous advanced courses through Lynda.com and other online sources, many of them free, and some fabulous books that take you deep into the code, which is needed by developers.

I teach the basic WordPress course at the college level, and have developed intermediate and advanced WordPress courses, and I hope to soon add more of the intermediate material here in the coming year, but do what you can with the basics here. I've found many "professional" developers skip the basics, which hurts them in the long run with clients, so you can't lose by jumping through the material in the course so far.

Either way, good for you for taking this on. WordPress skills continue to be in great demand, and it won't hurt you to add these to your toolbox.
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Sue Jensen

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+Lorelle VanFossen Thanks to the wonderful articles on your website Lorelle, I have been updating and improving my other blogs! you Rock!

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Sue Jensen

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I have my Test Site blog set up with the About page. It may be found at http://sdsuesblog.wordpress.com s
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You are welcome. Check out my notes on your latest post here. You ate really doing fantastic. 
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Gai Lorna

WordPress Resources  - 
 
I just discovered a very useful site for converting images such as eps to jpg or png. It only takes a few minutes and you can also preview or resize before downloading.
Convert EPS to Jpg - Free Online EPS to JPG converter that provides options to convert, resize, preview and download jpg images for free.
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Atif Qureshi

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WordPress New Version 4.5 Has Released

WordPress 4.5 Beta 1 version has released with new exciting features including do follow link in the comments section. Moreover, you will find easy search options in WordPress now. Read The full post and know what's new in this version.
 
Check out our review of WordPress 4.5 "Coleman". It has over 12 new features that will help both bloggers and developers alike.
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Hammad Afzal

WordPress Resources  - 
This is comprehensive article with step by step video tutorial which help us to backup, transfer website to new host in quickest way using wordpress duplicator.
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John Hayes

General Discussion  - 
 
Ok so here is a little thing I found to learn coding (like HTML/CSS) for free. Figured I'd share this and see if we are all coming back from summer vacation yet?
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thank you...will look at code academy too.
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Elizabeth Smith

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Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am new to WordPress and am excited to join this community!
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Welcome. Check out the links in the sidebar on the right where there is a link to the place to introduce yourself.

We work on the assignments at our own pace. Please read through "how to use this community" and other guides to help you take advantage of the educational and learning process.

Glad to have you hear and eager to get to know you!
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