Articles tagged with how-to

How to apply visual changes with Textile

4 March 11 ,

In a pinch, Textile shorthand markup can be used to changed alignment, padding, or colors in your text.

Tidy and backup your computer for the New Year

31 December 10 ,

The end of the year is a good time to tidy and backup your computer, and make sure you have a regular and reliable backup system in place.

How to add titles to your links

Adding titles to your links can aid accessibility as well as findability/SEO.

How to use the cite tag

6 May 10 ,

Find yourself discussing books or quoting people on your blog? Use the <cite> element!

How to use em and strong

6 May 10 ,

When to use the “em” and “strong” tags in your text content, and how to insert them using Textile.

What's in a filename?

4 November 09 , , ,

General thoughts and specific guidelines on naming conventions for files on the web.

How to stay secure online

25 October 09 ,

More tips and guidelines for staying secure online.

How to generate strong passwords

24 October 09 , ,

With internet use requiring so many passwords, it’s best to have a system in place for creating and remembering them. Here are two simple methods for coming up with memorable yet strong passwords.

Horizontal rules!

13 September 09 ,

Horizontal rules provide a way to divide sections of content, and also to “clear” floated images.

Textile tips

11 September 09 , ,

Here are a few helpful Textile tips I’ve learned—including how to use Textile markup with no spaces around it.

Mind your urls!

URL’s (which stands for Uniform Resource Locator, and is another term for web address) are important for Search Engine Optimization, links, and general “findability” of your blog posts. You have control over the url-only title in Textpattern, and here’s how to use it.

Add your listing to Google Local

20 May 09 , ,

Follow a few simple steps to add your business to Google Local search results.

Files to send? Zip 'em!

4 May 09 , , ,

If you have several files to email, it may be easier to gather them into a single zip file. I’ll explain how, and mention a couple services for sending files too large for email.

New Screencast: Tag your site

I’ve recorded a new screencast on tagging content and managing tags on your site.

New Screencast: Add metadata to your site

17 February 09 , , , ,

Meta-data is behind-the-scenes information about a web page, and it is helpful for Search Engine Optimization. In a new screencast, I show how to add this data to your pages using Textpattern.

What is RSS?

2 May 08 , , ,

After putting it off for ages, I’ve finally learned everything I need to know (for now) about RSS, and I’m passing some of that on to you.

Widget-ize your stats!

23 April 08 , , , ,

A fun trick for Mac users to display Google stats as a widget in your dashboard.

Adding a new event

Some websites require events listings, and you can create and maintain these with Texpattern. If your site has an events section, here is how to manage it.

Hit me with your screenshot

12 March 08 ,

The phrase “a picture says a thousand words” certainly applies to the situation in which one person is seeing a perfect website on her computer, and another is seeing something a little wonky on hers. Enter our friend, the screenshot.

Read all about an e-mail newsletter

Many small businesses are starting their own email newsletters. This post lists some important things to remember when putting together an email newsletter, and links to other good resources.

Tables with Textile

Need to add a simple table to your blog post or other article? You can do it with Textile.

Link it; link it good

12 February 08 ,

Links are what make the web a web. You can easily include both external and internal links in your posts, and this article explains how.

Promoting your website online

8 November 07 ,

It’s a great feeling to have your website complete, looking great, and filled with relevant content about your business. But how do you get people to visit your new online real-estate? Here are a few free ways to promote your website online, along with links to more resources.

Promoting your website: old-school

6 November 07 , ,

You may have thought about how to advertise your site online, but there are lots of affordable ways to promote it off-line as well. Here are a few old-school methods to let people know about your site.

Making edits

30 October 07 , , ,

It’s very easy to make edits in any article in Textpattern, including “static” or “sticky” articles such as About Me information.

Including multiple article images

21 October 07 , ,

Though a bit more complicated than including just a single article image, adding multiple images to your article is still fairly straightforward.

Including a single article image

21 October 07 , ,

My first post on images explained how to upload your images using the Images tab of the Textpattern interface. But now that your images on uploaded, how do you include them in your article? The process is different depending on whether you have one or multiple images you want to include. This post will explain the simpler process of including a single article image.

Logging in to Textpattern

17 October 07 , ,

How to log in to your Textpattern admin user interface.


17 October 07 , ,

I have made (and will continue to make) screencasts of many of the common tasks you’ll want to do with Textpattern and Textile.

Using Textile to add formatting

Textile is a set of cues you can use that tells Textpattern what kind of formatting to apply to your text. This allows you to put add italicized or bold text, lists, headings, links, and much more to your posts. This article shows you some of the most commonly used Textile cues.

Writing an article

This post explains the basic steps for writing a new article in the Content Management System (CMS) Textpattern.

Uploading images

14 October 07 , ,

Many times, you will want to include one or more images with an article. This is fairly straightforward to accomplish, though it sometimes involves a few steps, depending on how many images you want to include and whether you are using thumbnails. This post explains the first step of the process, uploading images.