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February 12th, 2008
If you use Word Press for blogging you know that it comes with a stock visual editor that is basiclly a limited WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor and you can switch over to a HTML code view. One thing that annoyed me was the lack of some very basic editing buttons in the visual editor. Things like underlining and redo and undo for instance along with a formating options for things like headings and paragraphs as well.
I mean come on! These are very basic word processing functions. Then I learned they were there you just needed to know how to access them.
The command to do so is, hold down alt and shift and then hit the “v” key. This adds the features mentioned above along with some others like a code cleaner and the ability to insert special characters (like Î or €, etc). Now do not ask me why these functions are hidden. That makes no sense but now you know how to access them. Give it a try I think most bloggers will enjoy the added editing power with out having to switch to code view and doing it manually.Filed under Blogging | Comment (0)
February 11th, 2008
One of my people who knows me as the true author of this blog absoultely hates the “Mandigo Theme” I have on this blog as of right now.
[If you don’t see a blue swirl like mark in the header that means I changed it since this post.]
I honestly have been using it for one main reason and that is a feature it has that I have yet to find another theme that had it built in. That feature is the ability to not display some of the pages in the navigation of the blog.
What I mean is like this, say I want a nice page that says “Thank You for Subscribing to my Blog” after an email opt in. Right now if I use the “Pages Feature” in Word Press and publish it then it shows up in my page navigation. Now I really don’t want a link that says “Thank You for Subscribing to my Blog” across the top of my blog do I? It wouldn’t make sense to a visitor if they clicked on it.
Also perhaps in a given post I want to promote a product and have a sales page for it. May be I just want to create that page in Word Press rather then with software and then upload it. May be it is a “landing page” to be used with PPC or for any one of many reasons I just want a page that is not displayed in the navigation of my site for every visitor. With Word Press I just can’t do it.
So when I found Mandigo despite not really liking the look of it (compared to some other themes) I compromised and used it because it has a tab called “Theme Options” where you can hide or show pages.
Now I have found a much better solution! It is called Page Links Manager, and it is a simple to install plug in that ads a tab to the “Manage” Tab in word press. This plugin takes blogging with word press to a new level creating what ammounts to a real website content management system. With it all you do is deselect the pages you don’t want to display and they don’t show up in the navigation. I put a simple sample page on this blog to show you what I mean, you can see that page here, Page Link Manager Example.
Here is a screen shot of the control panel as you can see it is very easy to use. There are also some folders in the download zip that are for MACOS, just ignore those and upload only the simple .php file and activate and after that it could not be any easier. Great plug in and very big Kudos to the author.
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