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Lynda.com WordPress

Start with a Theme: Twenty Fourteen – new course on lynda.com

Learn how to use the Twenty Fourteen theme for WordPress in this lynda.com course by Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Get the most out of the new Twenty Fourteen magazine-style theme that ships with WordPress 3.8 with my new lynda.com course Start with a Theme: Twenty Fourteen. This new theme has a lot to offer if you know how to use it properly, and in the course I take you through all the features, functions, and weird side effects of using this theme.

From the site:

“All great WordPress sites start with a great theme. Twenty Fourteen is the default: a new, magazine-style theme with a heavy focus on images and content. In this quick course, Morten-Rand Hendriksen walks through the setup and configuration of Twenty Fourteen, and then helps you get the most out of advanced options such as the featured content grid or slider, custom menus and sidebars, and featured images.

If you’ve updated to WordPress 3.8 you have Twenty Fourteen installed already and it’s worth a good look. So go check out Start with a Theme: Twenty Fourteen and get your WordPress site started for the new year!

If you don’t already have a lynda.com subscription you can get a 7 day free trial by following this link: lynda.com/trial/mor10

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Lynda.com

Start with a Theme: Twenty Thirteen – new course on lynda.com

All new and totally free! The new Start with a Theme: Twenty Thirteen course from Morten Rand-Hendriksen and lynda.com is here!

Hot off the presses my latest lynda.com course Start with a Theme: Twenty Thirteen walks you through all the features of the new default WordPress theme released earlier this summer. Twenty Thirteen is blog-centric and focusses heavily on Post Formats. This short course shows you how to use the theme to its fullest and how to get the most out of the advanced Post Formats. If you are a blogger looking for a new look for your site, Twenty Thirteen may well be the way to go. Check out Start with a Theme: Twenty Thirteen on lynda.com  and see if the new default theme works for you.

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Lynda.com

WordPress Plugins: SEO – new course on lynda.com

SEO is a much talked about and often misunderstood topic for web designers, developers, and bloggers alike. In my new course WordPress Plugins: SEO I demonstrate how you can use two popular WordPress SEO plugins, All In One SEO Pack and WordPress SEO by Yoast, to boost SEO and social sharing on your WordPress site without turning to alchemy.

This is a short and straight to the point course that will get you up and on your way in just about an hour flat. It is also the first course in my WordPress Plugins series on lynda.com which I am very excited about. If you have any plugins or plugin-type tasks you want to learn more about, let me know in the comments and I’ll put it on my list for a future course.

But for now, get your SEO in order with WordPress Plugins: SEO!

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WordPress Survey

The 2013 DIP WordPress Survey: Help me understand how you use WordPress

2013 Design is Philosophy WordPress SurveyEverybody’s favourite content management system and blogging platform WordPress is 10 years old this year. It powers 18% of the web. One in four new websites launched run WordPress. It represents over 58% of all CMS powered websites online. Yet we know very little about how people actually use WordPress.

Take the 2013 Design is Philosophy WordPress Survey

There have been several surveys about WordPress usage before, but these primarily look at power users and developers – the people who build stuff with and for WordPress. What I’m interested in is how the average WordPress user uses the application. Because at the end of the day it is all the non-developer, non-designer, non-power users who are the true users of the application and it is for them we should be building and extending the application.

To remedy this issue I have created a comprehensive survey and I am hoping you will take part. Whether you are a designer, developer, or you have only touched WordPress once I want to know more about how  you use the application; what features you use, how you configured your site, how you learn about WordPress and so on. The goal is to get as many responses as possible to get a snapshot of the WordPress user base anno the summer of 2013, so take the survey yourself and share it with your friends, family, clients, Meetup group members, and anyone else using WordPress.

So, take 10 minutes out of your day, complete the survey, and share it with the world. When the survey period is over I will take all the numbers, crunch them, analyze them, and share them with the world right here on Design is Philosophy.

Thank you for helping me understand how you use WordPress!

 

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Authored Content

Authored Content, Ep. 6: HTML5 main tag, Twenty Thirteen WordPress theme, and Emmet

Authored Content crew James Williamson, Morten Rand-Hendriksen and Ray Villalobos talk about the new main HTML5 tag, the Twenty Thirteen WordPress theme, Emmet code completion, and high rez displays.

Watch the video and join the discussion!

You can watch all the episodes of Authored Content on YouTube (playlist), like Authored Content on Facebook, and join the Authored Content Community on Google+.

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Lynda.com

Start with a Theme: Video Blogs in WordPress – new lynda.com course

Want to build a video blog in WordPress but don’t know where to start? Look no further than my new lynda.com course Start with a Theme: Video Blogs in WordPress. The course looks at best practices around adding videos to and creating a video blog with WordPress and features three themes that make your videos shine: Twenty Twelve, Origami, and Sundance. The course is just under one hour long and gives you a complete runthrough of all the features of the three themes as well as tips on how to use them for the best results possible when posting videos from sites like YouTube and Vimeo.

The SWAT (Start With A Theme) series is an ongoing project to showcase different themes and the way you can use them to create cool WordPress sites the easy way. Other courses in the series include

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Lynda.com

Installing and Running WordPress: BitNami – New lynda.com course

The last (for now) course in the Installing and Running WordPress series in the lynda.com Online Training Library was just released: Installing and Running WordPress: BitNami.

The course is a detailed walk-through of how to use BitNami to install and run WordPress on any Windows PC or Mac. Topics covered include how to install BitNami and WordPress and make them work together, how to access and work with WordPress and its files while running under BitNami, and how to back up your content from BitNami so you can uninstall it without losing all your work in the process.

Having WordPress installed natively on your computer makes experimenting with and building things for WordPress much easier and is an important tool in your WordPress toolkit. Installing and Running WordPress: BitNami is now available, so go check it out and let me know what you think!

This course is part of the Installing and Running WordPress course series. Other courses available include:

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Lynda.com

Installing and Running WordPress: WebMatrix – New lynda.com course

Part three of my new Installing and Running WordPress series is now out. The new course, called Installing and Running WordPress: WebMatrix is now available in the lynda.com Online Training Library and focuses on how to use Microsoft’s free WebMatrix 2 application to install and run WordPress on any Windows computer. WebMatrix is more than just a server environment for WordPress to run in: It’s also a code editor that makes it easy to write code for WordPress, so if you want to try something new, it is worth a look.

Having WordPress installed natively on your computer makes experimenting with and building things for WordPress much easier and is an important tool in your WordPress toolkit. Installing and Running WordPress: WebMatrix is now available, so go check it out and let me know what you think!

This course is part of the Installing and Running WordPress course series. Other courses available include:

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Lynda.com

Installing and Running WordPress: MAMP – New lynda.com course

Hot on the heels of Installing and Running WordPress: WAMP comes my new course Installing and Running WordPress: MAMP in the lynda.com Online Training Library. I think you can see a pattern here. The WAMP and MAMP courses are two of a series of four different courses outlining four different methods for installing and running WordPress on Windows and Mac computers. The courses were created to provide you with options when it comes to creating your own custom development environment.

The course is a detailed walk-through of how to use MAMP to install and run WordPress on any Mac. Topics covered include how to install MAMP and WordPress and make them work together, how to access and work with WordPress and its files while running under MAMP, and how to back up your content from MAMP so you can uninstall it without losing all your work in the process.

Having WordPress installed natively on your computer makes experimenting with and building things for WordPress much easier and is an important tool in your WordPress toolkit. Installing and Running WordPress: MAMP is now available, so go check it out and let me know what you think!

This course is part of the Installing and Running WordPress course series. Other courses available include:

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Lynda.com

Installing and Running WordPress: WAMP – New lynda.com course

It’s been on the books for quite some time and now it’s finally out. We have just released the new course Installing and Running WordPress: WAMP in the lynda.com Online Training Library. The course is a detailed walk-through of how to use WAMPServer to install and run WordPress on any Windows computer. Topics covered include how to install WAMP and WordPress and make them work together, how to access and work with WordPress and its files while running under WAMP, and how to back up your content from WAMP so you can uninstall it without losing all your work in the process.

Having WordPress installed natively on your computer makes experimenting with and building things for WordPress much easier and is an important tool in your WordPress toolkit. Installing and Running WordPress: WAMP is now available, so go check it out and let me know what you think!

This course is part of the Installing and Running WordPress course series. Other courses available include:

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lynda.com blog posts

Why WordPress? New post on the lynda.com blog

As I slowly ease myself into my new role as a staff author at lynda.com I’ll be blogging regularly on the lynda.com blog. To keep you in the loop I’ll post excerpts of those articles here on Design is Philosophy with links to the full articles.

What makes WordPress a good solution? Why is it so popular? Regardless of the question, the answer is the same, and it can be boiled down to three simple words:

Because WordPress works.

Of course, it’s a little more complicated than that. Let me put it into context from the perspective of the three main users of WordPress: the end user, the site owner, and the designer/developer.

Read the full article at the lynda.com blog.

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News

Join Morten for a Live Q&A on Facebook this Wednesday

I’m doing a live Q&A session with lynda.com on Facebook this coming Wednesday December 12 from 11am to 1pm Pacific Time. It’ll be an Ask Me Anything of sorts (as long as it’s vaguely related to WordPress) and it is a bit of an experiment so we’ll see how it goes. You can either submit your questions ahead of time through the lynda.com Facebook page or through Twitter @lyndadotcom or you can show up on the day and partake in the festivities.