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BlogTips got a new layout

Mar 24th, 2013 | By
BlogTips got a new layout

BlogTips is four years old. What originally started as a collection of posts on social media, grew to a mixed bag of 200 posts, covering a variety of topics. The old layout was a conventional blog setup of a chronological string of posts. As time went by, and the amount of posts grew, it became (…)

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Blogger: New user interface and mobile themes

Sep 6th, 2011 | By
Blogger: New user interface and mobile themes

Well, Blogger catches on! They just announced a brand new user interface. The last significant upgrade of Blogger was way back in 2007. Even though they added a new template designer and added a new preview function just one year ago, the basic user interface remained unchanged and archaic. Not so with the latest changes. (…)

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Got a lot of blog content? Try a magazine layout!

Apr 12th, 2011 | By
Got a lot of blog content? Try a magazine layout!

Long gone are the times where blogs were just a mere sequential series of short posts. Some blogs have grown to thousands of content pieces. Keeping a large blog as just a serial row of posts will obscure content for your visitors, allowing only horizontal navigation: from post to post to post to post… Key (…)

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How to enable a mobile theme on your WordPress blog in one minute

Jan 18th, 2011 | By
How to enable a mobile theme on your WordPress blog in one minute

Accessing a standard website from a mobile phone is a pain. If the site does not support a mobile theme, it will cramp the pages, which normally barely fit on a laptop screen, onto a teeny-weeny mobile phone screen. Microscopic fonts, impossible to navigate, or to click links, etc. Bummer! Nevertheless, the amount of visitors (…)

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How to evaluate a blog – Part 8:
Graphical Presentation

Dec 2nd, 2010 | By
How to evaluate a blog – Part 8: <br />Graphical Presentation

While most of the previous blog evaluation criteria were pretty objective, we now move into a much more “touchy & feely” area: the aesthetical presentation of a blog. Website graphics are a means, and not a goal by themselves. Graphics support the purpose of the site. They can emphasize areas, group different topics together, give (…)

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How to evaluate a blog – Part 5:
The user experience

Sep 29th, 2010 | By
How to evaluate a blog – Part 5:<br />The user experience

“User experience” or “Usability” is a big word for webmasters and serious bloggers. It is all – as many things while evaluating a blog or a website- all about “putting yourself in the shoes of your visitors”. In this part of our evaluation series, I will restrict our analysis to the key points of “How (…)

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How to evaluate a blog – Part 4:
The use of real estate

Sep 24th, 2010 | By
How to evaluate a blog – Part 4:<br/>The use of real estate

After questions, numbers and first impressions, we are gradually moving into the technical part of our blog evaluation series. Let’s start with the most important piece first: “the blog’s real estate” or “how are the different bits of information used to build the blog”. A blog cramps a massive amount of data onto a small (…)

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How to evaluate a blog – Part 3:
First impressions

Sep 20th, 2010 | By
How to evaluate a blog – Part 3: <br/>First impressions

In the previous parts, we have explored mostly “the environment” of the blog. From the blogmaster, we got all the information of the blog’s setup, its purpose, what they want out of the evaluation,… In the second step of the evaluation, we looked at the Google Analytics figures to find areas for improvement aided by (…)

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BlogTips Tutorial:
How to evaluate a blog

Sep 14th, 2010 | By
BlogTips Tutorial:<br/>How to evaluate a blog

It is encouraging to see how many nonprofit organisations discover the power of social media and the added-value of blogs. Comes a time, though, where any blogmaster asks the question: “I am on the right track here?” You can look at your own blog until you are dizzy. You still won’t see what someone else (…)

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Nonprofit blogs: the common problems

Jun 25th, 2010 | By
Nonprofit blogs: the common problems

777,  Seven hundred seventy-seven. That is the amount of nonprofit blogs I have collected so far. They are all on my Delicious bookmarking list. Excerpts from their posts are republished on Humanitarian News and The NonProfit Blogs. 777, discarding blogs which have not been updated since six months.  777, including the Good, the Bad and (…)

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Blogger now features a true preview

Jun 13th, 2010 | By
Blogger now features a true preview

For years, bloggers cursed the lack of a real preview function in Blogger, one of the most popular blog platforms. After you wrote a blogpost, the ‘old’ preview button used to bring up a pop-up screen which gave a ‘kinda’ preview of your post, which did not take into account most styling options you had (…)

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