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Better Blogging: CSS Image Swap on Hover

Just in case you ever want to display one image and have it swap to another one when someone hovers on it, here’s how! Hover your mouse over the image below (Yay, Bitmoji!) and you’ll see what I mean. I came across this method for swapping images on hover here and it worked better (and on more browsers) than methods I’ve previously tried, so it’s the one I’d use for now. (Note: The directions here work if your site is on and has an upgrade that allows Custom CSS.) In the Text Editor on a page or post or a Text Widget, paste the following HTML where you want your image to appear: Edit the HTML to include the URLs to your images in the two spots designated in the code above. Save/publish. Then go to Customize > CSS and add this: (If you’re using your own install of WordPress, you can do this with the Jetpack plugin with the Custom CSS module activated. Once activated, paste the CSS in Appearance > Edit CSS.) …

Additional Notes for my Session at NTC’s WordPress Day

Hi, WordPress Day-ers! As promised, here are the additional notes to accompany my slides from my session, “From Sharing to Hashtags: Social Media Musts for Your WordPress Site.” Slides are shared here. (And thanks for joining me!) Everyone else: I made this presentation for WordPress Day at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Jose on March 22. Some of the information is geared specifically toward nonprofits, but lots of it is pretty universal for using WordPress & social media together, so enjoy! 🙂 Note: I’m not rehashing all of the text on the slides, so look at those for the main ideas and images. These notes include the additional things I said and things I wish I would’ve had time to say.

Achievement Unlocked

WordPress Day was a success! I talked about social media and WordPress: @sarahblackstock talking about where to find your supporters on social media at #16ntcwp #16ntc — Ira Horowitz (@ira_horowitz) March 22, 2016 And then I celebrated with a milkshake for dinner: Celebratory milkshake for dinner! Also: fries & hotel lounging. #mymilkshakesj A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Mar 22, 2016 at 6:54pm PDT   It feels good to be flying home tomorrow having accomplished a goal I set for 2016. And it’s only March! 😀

NTC’s WordPress Day

I’m speaking at the Nonprofit Technology Conference’s WordPress Day tomorrow (March 22) in San Jose, California. 11:30-12:10pm From Sharing to Hashtags: Social Media Musts for Your WordPress Site – Social media is a must for every organization in 2016. We’ll check out the sharing features built right into WordPress, as well as top plugins, apps, and tips, to update your social media strategy and extend your reach even further this year.   My slides are posted here. Additional notes to accompany them will be up by Wednesday. Wish me luck! 🙂

Better Blogging: Notes on a Design Change

Today I’ve got more notes on my blog’s recent theme change. This time, we’ll be checking out how to add a credit to the footer, and also change the look of the existing credits down there too. If you missed a previous CSS post, browse my blogging tips tag, or check out these posts: Fix Up Your Blockquotes Dress Up Your Highlighted Text Notes on a Design Change, Part 1 (Site Header) Notes on a Design Change, Part 2 (Round Image & Social Media Icons) Add a Credit to the Footer I added CSS so I could have my own credit down in the footer next to the existing two. See: Here’s the CSS I used to make that happen: Notes: Different themes label the footer credit area differently, but Edin (and several others) will use this selector to target it. Use the right-click Inspect method again (here!) in Chrome to find the correct selector for your theme. Switch “before” to “after” to move your credit to the end. Edit the Size & Color of the Footer Credits You can also use CSS to …

Better Blogging: Notes on a Design Change

Continuing on with the notes on my blog’s recent theme change, I’ve got more tips for customizing your blog and CSS today. Last time, I shared how I used CSS to take the header from this: to this: I’ve also previously discussed how to customize your text highlight color and style your blockquotes to make your blog more personalized. This time, we’ll see how to turn a photo from square to round with CSS, and learn some simple adjustments that can be made to the Social Media Icons Widget on Round a Photo’s Corners I added a photo of me to my about page. It started out cropped as a square, then I used CSS to make it display as a circle on the page. Here’s the code I added: Notes: I figured out how to target the image (with the wp-image-3932 selector) seen in line one by right clicking on it on my about page, then clicking Inspect in Chrome. (See the screenshot to the right.) I explained this process under the section titled, Here’s how I …

Better Blogging: Notes on a Design Change

I switched the theme of this blog from Singl to Edin recently. They’re both free themes by Automattic on, and are also available for download to use on self-hosted WordPress sites. (Not sure of the difference? See here.) I’ve shared some CSS tips here before, on styling blockquotes and changing the color of your highlighted text. And since changing themes means changing CSS, I thought I’d share a few details on some adjustments I’ve made to the Edin theme so far. If you’re a user (like me!), you’ll need the Premium or Business upgrade to add CSS under Customize > CSS. Note: I’ve left the blockquotes as-is (but the same CSS would work on this theme) and made my highlighting color match the new orange with the same method I shared before, so those directions remain the same. The masthead area in Edin includes the site title and two menus, so of course I had to tweak those a bit to get a more customized look (while still leaving it super simple and not using a …