We're happy to unveil our twice-monthly class sessions. We'll teach you how to build your own WordPress powered website using a set of tools that require no programming skills (but we'll throw in a few CSS tricks to use).
The classes meet just a couple of blocks from the Dunn Loring Metro station on the Orange Line and right outside the DC Beltway. First and Third Tuesdays from 10:30am to 3:30pm. The cost for the class session is just $225.
This is great for small businesses who want to design their own site, someone who wants to get familiar with website design, and for bloggers.
You can get full details and sign up for the next session on our Class page.
ROYGBIV: A Pixar Supercut
When trying to open up some jpg images obtained from the web into Photoshop, I kept encountering this error: “Could not complete your request because an unknown or invalid JPEG marker type is found”. The images would open in browsers and other applications, but not in Photoshop. It was driving me crazy.
Doing some Google research, I read that changing the extension of the file name to .psd might work, but alas, it didn’t solve the problem, just gave a new error: “Could not complete your request because it is not a valid Photoshop document.”
On a whim, I tried another extension and changed it to .png. And… voila! The image opened up in Photoshop perfectly. Turns out it was actually a png file pretending to be a jpg. Problem solved!
So if you ever come across the ‘Invalid JPEG marker’ roadblock, see if it’s a png in disguise.
One of the most significant updates to WordPress in years has released this week. Codenamed ‘Benny’, WordPress 4.0 features many new features and improvements. Here are some of the things we’re excited about:
Writing in WordPress has vastly improved. The style toolbar for posts and pages now stays stationary at the top of the page so the user doesn’t have to scroll up to find the Bold or Italic buttons. And the footer at the bottom also stays put so the word count is always accessible.
Embedding media into posts and pages is much more dynamic and useful. Before, when inserting a YouTube embed code into the text, the Visual Mode would display a pale yellow box to indicate it’s position. Now, the complete video shows up while editing, fully playable. The same goes for Tweets and other embedible media.
Working with images is also much easier. The Media Library used to show thumbnails in a paginated list, but now there is a seamless grid with larger examples and infinite scrolling. No more clicking ‘Next Page’ to find the right image. Just scroll and browse. Video and audio files are also now playable from within the library.
There is also a brand new plug-in browser, to make finding the right functionality even easier. Instead of a list after a search, WordPress now displays a grid including review information and graphics.
With each new release, WordPress gets stronger and more user friendly. Consider ‘Benny’ one of the biggest leaps forward!