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A New Look for Life Learning Today: Canvas Theme

Canvas Woo Theme


Today I’m updating Life Learning Today with a new theme. I’m using “Canvas” theme from WooThemes. The goal is for a simpler look so it will be easier to read and pleasing to the eye. I want y’all to want to come back here everyday to get some good info on making your life the best it can be. (Above is the screenshot of the old site.)

I won’t be going into maintenance mode as I want my readers to still be able to read my content while I’m making changes.

Should be mostly done by the end of the day today. If you notice anything that is broken or if you have any feedback on the layout/look, I’d be grateful if you can contact me with that information. Click for my contact page.

Thank you!

And in the meantime, it would totally make my day to hear from you in the comments at the end of my posts. You can comment via WordPress comments, Facebook, Google+ or even Disqus or Livefyre.

Thank you for all your comments, tweets and other social shares. I always reciprocate!


Best Floating Share Bar Plugin for WordPress

This week I researched floating share button bar plugins for my websites. A floating share button bar is a widget that remains stationary on either the left or right side of your website with links popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or StumbleUpon. Here is a review of 4 of the top free floating share plugins along with an additional one you may want to check out that I didn’t test myself.

I will add more if I come across other plugins. Feel free to subscribe to comments so you can be updated as well as let me know if you want to suggest any that I don’t cover.

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How to Add a Favicon to Your WordPress Blog

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What is a Favicon and Why Should Your Blog Have One?

A favicon is short for “favorite icon.” It is the little image you see in your browser tab next to the name of the website you are viewing. All favicons are the same size: 16×16 pixels. The one for Life Learning Today blog is:

The reason why you want to have one is for branding purposes. People will get to know your favicon and can quickly switch to your site on one of their browser tabs simply by recognizing your favicon. They will also be able to quickly spot it in their list of bookmarks. So now that you see the value in doing this the next step is how to get a favicon image. It’s really easy and free. Here’s how:

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Complete Guide to Set Up a WordPress Blog and Make Money

How to set up WordPress Blog and Make Money

How to set up a WordPress Blog and Make Money

image byMike Licht,

Are you a writer? Would you like to make some good money writing about topics that interest you? Then starting a blog is something that I highly recommend. Because of my experience and success, I’ve had a couple friends and family members ask me how to set this up. I thought I would share it with everyone here for free. This is a Complete guide to starting a WordPress Blog and earning money from it. And as a bonus you can download a free checklist to keep you on track. Here are the topics that will be covered: Continue Reading →

How to Make More Than 9 Text Sidebar Widgets in WordPress

UPDATE Feb 2008: If you are using Wordpress 2.3, here is an article that gives you information how to get more widgets with WP 2.3. If you are using an older version of Wordpress then read on.

If you are using the plugin Sidebar Widgets by Automattic, Inc. you’ve noticed that there are only 9 text widgets available. If you need more than 9 text widgets, here is the simple hack to increase this number.

You will need to edit the widgets.php file which is not as hard as it seems.

Here’s how:

  1. UPDATE OFFLINE. Open widgets.php from your files on your computer.
  2. SAVE BACKUP. Do Save As on widgets.php and call it original_widgets.php so if anything happens you can go back to the original. (Of course you could always download it again too if you have a problem.)
  3. CHANGE FILES. Make the following changes:
  4. FIND: widget_text_setup(), CHANGE the number 9 to your desired number where it says if ( $number > 9 ) $number = 9;
  5. FIND widget_text_register(), CHANGE the number 9 to your desired number where it says if ( $number > 9 ) $number = 9;
    for ($i = 1; $i <= 9; $i++)
  6. FIND widget_text_page(), then look for <?php for ( $i = 1; $i < 10; ++$i ) echo CHANGE the number 10 to be your desired higher number plus one. For example if you are changing the number of items to 20 then you will put 21 here.
  7. UPLOAD. Save and Upload this new via FTP to your server. You may either overwrite the old file or delete the old file and then upload the newer version. (Keep the same name of the file)
  8. INCREASE. Go into your Wordpress admin panel>Presentation>Sidebar Widgets and using the dropdown menu click on the number of widgets you want.

You now can have as many Sidebar Text Widgets as your blog can handle! Happy Plugin Time!

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