Archive for: April 2013

WordPress and CSS for Beginners

css-featuredA lot of people use WordPress these days to build websites. It makes it fairly easy for people to do it themselves, but sometimes when these people are adding content, such as new pages or posts, they have difficulty formatting the look of the page. This is where a little knowledge of CSS can come in handy. CSS is an acronym for Cascading Style Sheets. It controls the presentation of the HTML elements and tags.

What this knowledge does, is it frees you from the confines of the markup, that is already established in the  theme you are using. You may want to change the color of the text, add some highlights, adjust a link, or move images to different locations on the page. You may wish to have a border around the image, more space, or have it aligned differently so the text flows around it a little better.

Dr. Andy Williams book, CSS for Beginners, walks you through learning to use CSS. It's a good starting point. The book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. If you don't get it today, you can buy it later. It's only $3.84, so it won't break the bank.

There is something I'd like to discuss, that wasn't referenced in the book and that's inline styles. Dr. Williams talks about editing an external stylesheet. While it's quite possible to do this in WordPress, there may be times you don't need to edit the stylesheet. You can add the CSS to various elements and tags using inline styles. You would want to use this method for a specific page of content that you're trying to format better. If you edit the main theme stylesheet, then there is a good chance that whatever changes you make will have a global effect on the theme and affect other pages and posts too.

Of course, you could always add new classes and selectors to the external sheet, but if you're new to all of this, you might just want to leave it alone. There is the potential to do a lot of damage to your WordPress installation, and if you aren't sure of what you're doing, you may have to hire someone to fix it later on.

Using inline styles takes priority over other styles that have already been set for an element or tag. You add the CSS directly to the tag or element itself. After you have read CSS for Beginners, have a look at this page on W3Schools.com to understand how you can apply what you learned in the book, to the page or post you're trying to format a little better.

Now let's switch gears here. Suppose you wanted all of the pages and posts in WordPress to have a different color for headlines. It is possible to load the external styles sheet into a window to edit by choosing appearance/editor from your dashboard. But, sometimes the permissions don't get set properly when the external stylesheet has been installed. In order to save the changes, the permissions on the file have to be set so that you are allowed to write to it. If these permission haven't been set properly, any changes you make in the editor window won't be saved. Of course you can test whether this is the case or not, by making a minor change to one of the elements, saving it, and then viewing a page or post that would reflect the changes.

Still, even if the file does have the proper permissions set and you can make changes, you would be well advised to FTP into the blog and download a copy of the stylesheet so you have a backup should things go horribly wrong. FTP is an acronym for File Transfer Protocol which is how actual files are uploaded and downloaded from your website.

A good, free FTP client software for Windows, is Core FTP LE  -- and there is a free PDF file you can download from here, that will show you how to install and use it. If you decide to do this, I can't reiterate enough how important it is, to always make sure you have a backup of the file(s) you are going to work with.

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I feel like dancing…

dancing-queen-featuredA woman in the English town of Eastleigh, was waiting at the bus stop for her bus. But she certainly seemed to be enjoying life. Some one captured a video of her and then added in a musical track from ABBA, titled the Dancing Queen.

No one seems to know who the woman is, but people are taking notice. The video was uploaded to YouTube 5 days ago and has already had over 370,000 views.

I want my life to be like hers.....

Who wants to join me? Let's dance each day like no one is watching.

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Breaking Your Own Heart

breaking-heart-featuredIf you're over fifty there is a good chance that you have had more than one serious relationship in your life. You've had your heart broken a number of times. You ask the question, "Why did I let this happen again?" Baylor Barbee, author of Breaking Your Own heart, claims it's us who are breaking our own hearts. We let it happen by repeating familiar cycles.

Does this sound crazy? Rita Mae, in her book Sudden Death, says, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results."

Baylor Barbee works with a gentleman named Trent Shelton at rehabtime.org. Watch the short video below as he discusses five ways to break your own heart.

The first one he speaks of is returning to a bad situation you've left and going back for more.  I think we get trapped into thinking that people can change, and maybe if we try harder, they actually will. Like the old saying a leopard can't change its spots; but people aren't leopards.  The fact of the matter is, hoping and praying is not going to bring about change in someone else. They have to want to change. It's going to take time. It's quite possible that you need to distance yourself from the situation, before change is ever initiated.

A lot of this comes down to trust. Trent asks if you would let a thief into your house. Of course you wouldn't. The thief can't be trusted. Trust isn't something that is given. Trust is something that needs to be earned. This doesn't happen overnight. Sometimes, it can take years.

He also speaks about expecting change. He uses an example of going to McDonalds and expecting Taco Bell. It isn't going to happen. And, it's for reasons like this that you are breaking your own heart.

You already know a lot of this in your mind and I expect you've heard it all before. But your heart is telling you something different. If change is needed, you can't count on your partner. The only person you can count on is yourself. This is where change needs to start.

Breaking Your Own heart is being offered for free today as a promotion on Amazon. If you have found yourself stuck in a rut, you might want to download it and learn what can be done about it. I realize some of the readers to this blog, who may be 50 and alone, aren't happy about it. You either need to move forward and get to a place where positive changes in yourself have made you ready to love again, or choose to be happy and single.

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Communication rules for the 21st century

tech-et-featuredIt doesn't matter if you're fifteen or over fifty, some people need to learn more about tech etiquette. Causing people around you to become angry, or having the person you are trying to communicate misunderstand your message, is one of the top pet peeves of the 21st century. I've been guilty of this myself.  From Linkedin, Facebook, Google plus, email, chat, video-chat, skype, tweeting, texting, smart phones and even online message forums, there are proper ways to express yourself, without leaving the other party confused, frustrated, or even angry. And with smart phones, there are some other manners to learn, like when the phone should be turned off.

One of the issues my daughter complains the most about is a short reply to a long text message. Here is an example of what would tick her off:

Daughter: I was thinking we could go to the A & W for a treat and then maybe to the park for a walk, after supper. How does this sound to you?

Friend: K

That's it? "K"?!! What kind of answer is that?

I don't know how many times I've heard people complain about a message they received, only to find out later that they misunderstood the format in which it was delivered. It's pretty easy from someone to take a joke as being rude, when they can't see the facial expressions of the person who sent it.

Dr. Richard L. Travis' book, Tech Etiquette: OMG addresses how we communicate via text, email, phone, video chat, tweet, or using any social network. This book is filled with tips and guidelines to help improve your communication skills, while whisking through the technological world.

It's important that people who are going to engage communicating in all of these newer ways learn to do it properly. There have been divorces, people losing their jobs, all kinds of missed opportunities, simply because of poor tech etiquette. We don't want any of these things to happen to you.

Tech Etiquette: OMG is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. If you miss this free offer, it's still worth getting for the price of $2.95. I'd say it's a bargain at any price, if it saves your relationship or job. One review had this to say about the book:

Really a great guideline for today's world. I think we've all experienced many of the situations personally and had to learn by the trial and error method. Would be a great 'hand out' at business conferences, employee handbooks, school orientations, etc to bring the world up to speed and to avoid lessons hard learned! Etiquette/awareness shouldn't be left behind by technology!

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Home Medical Treatments from Herbs

Herbs-gone-featuredIn the 1900's doctors were trained in cures for ailments based on herbs on food, and drugs... if needed. Then the Universities who taught the doctors were bribed by pharmaceutical companies to focus on drug based cures. The medical community was split, but eventually the money behind the group pushing medical treatment in the form of drug therapies was able to denounce, and suppress those who would advocate homeopathic remedies. It could almost be considered underground medicine now. Doctors and  Big Pharma don't make any money if you get well on your own.

If you would like more information on how the medical industry was split, you can  watch the first few minutes from the video in the article on this website titled The Forgotten and Forbidden Cancer Cures.

There are still people who will tell you how to treat ailments and diseases yourself. One of these people is Diane Kidman. She is the author of Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose. And... if you click that link you can download a free Kindle version of her book today from Amazon, which is being offered today as a promotion. In her book you learn how to treat things like:

  • Cold, Flu, & Virus
  • Sore Throat
  • Tonsillitis
  • Fever
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chicken Pox & Measles
  • Cold Sores
  • Boils
  • Eczema & Psoriasis
  • Sunburns
  • Poison Ivy
  • Mosquito Bites
  • Cardiovascular Issues
  • High Blood pressure
  • Diarrhea, Vomiting, and Nausea
  • Acid Indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Constipation
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • PMS
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety & Panic
  • Insomnia
  • and much, much more...

Besides knowing what herbs to use you will learn how to "make medicinal teas and tinctures with proper dosages are laid out simply. You'll even learn how to make your own tinctures and salves, saving money and improving your family's health naturally. And with the help of the Herbal Medicine Chest guide at the end of the book, you'll be able to quickly reference over 70 herbs for home use."

One of the people who provided a review of the book, B. Nadine Feldman, had this to say:

I already own several herb books, but I bought this one because I loved the title. I wish I would have bought it as my first herb book, as the author removes anything intimidating about working with herbs. I've had to "weed" through other books that were aimed more at aspiring herbalists rather than those of us who just want to know what herb to use for which condition. Others were too esoteric for my taste. Herbs Gone Wild! works for those of us who want practical, easy-to-use remedies.

This book will be a great addition to your Kindle collection, and as mentioned, you can get it for free today. Click here to download it. It's 116 pages, and there isn't any fluff. If you miss this free offer, the regular price is only $9.99, and for the type of quality instruction you will have at your fingertips, it's still a bargain at that price.

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