Free Online Design Tools for your WordPress Blog

Free Online Design Tools

Online graphic design tools can be used to add something extra to your images, blogs and WordPress site. There are a number of tools freely available, or some with free versions. And the great thing is, you don’t need to be a graphic designer to use them. From designing blog title images and Facebook graphics, to creating infographics, here are 18 online design tools that you can use to boost the visual appeal of your WordPress site. Canva Canva is accessible and easy-to-use, even for non-designers. It provides a nice variety of templates, taking the guess-work out of choosing the … Read more…

FooGallery – Now with Retina Creation and Display Support

retina creation metabox in FooGallery plugin

FooGallery has just been updated to v1.2.18. It comes with two big features, one for end users and one for developers. Look for this version in your updates list or on the .org repo. This post will cover the new retina support. Look for the developer feature post coming in a few days. What Is Retina Display and Why Do We Support It? If you’re not familiar with what “retina display” really means when it comes to images viewed on your website, allow me to explain briefly. Retina Display is a marketing term developed by Apple to refer to devices and … Read more…

4 Rules for Using Images on Your Website

Rules for using images on your website

If you have a food blog, a how-to website or if sell anything online, then you should be using images. In fact, anyone who wants their website to get noticed these days needs to use the right images. This might sound obvious, but not everyone gets it right. So here are a few tips to help you with your website images. Rule #1 – Use Alt Text Make sure your images are correctly labelled by using Alt tags on your images. An Alt tag is a text alternative to an image and looks like this in HTML: < img src=”…” … Read more…

FooBox Update – v1.1.9

Best WordPress Lightbox Plugin

You may have read our last post about the changes we’re making to FooPlugins. I’m happy to report that things are moving along nicely.   1.1.9 New setting for dropping IE7 support (for valid CSS) Fix for when multiple jQuery versions loaded on page! Fix for not including scripts for setting ‘disable other lightboxes’ 1.1.8 IMPORTANT : clear your site cache when updating – if you use a caching plugin. Added clear cache message to getting started page Removed duplicate settings page Updated opt-in message Fix : loosing scroll position when scrollbars are hidden

How to Create an Online Video Course in WordPress

Astronomy course

If you search Google for “how to create a video course with WordPress” you’ll get a nice list of plugins designed for that very purpose. Most of them come packed with features specific to course management and running membership-type sites. But what if you don’t need all those features? What if you just want to display your course videos one after the other with easy navigation, all on the same page? In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use our free FooGallery plugin, along with the premium FooVideo extension to easily create and display your course videos. We’ll be … Read more…

How to Enlarge Thumbnails in the Media Library

Media Thumbnail Enlarger Before and After

Our friend Nick Ciske has recently released the Media Thumbnail Enlarger plugin for free on the WordPress repository. What This Plugin Does This plugin increases the size of the media library thumbnails seen when viewing your WordPress Media Library page. By default, it uses the thumbnail size as determined in your WordPress Media Settings. This is typically 150×150. You can also set a custom Media Library Thumbnail size using a simple image size code snippet in your theme’s functions.php file, which is probably where this plugin will be most useful. add_image_size( ‘mte_thumbnail’, 300, 300, true ); … or whatever size … Read more…

Beware : Your Site Is Part of a WordPress Pingback DDoS Botnet

WordPress Pinback DDoS Prevention Plugin

18 Mar 2014 Update : the plugin has been accepted and is now available on the plugin repo! Recently, Sucuri posted about 160,000 WordPress sites being used in a DDoS attack. This got me worried about my personal blog, as someone had emailed me last year, claiming that my blog was being used in a DDoS attack. I immediately figured the email was spam and thought “There is no way my site can be so badly compromised!” and I deleted the mail. The truth was, my personal blog was used in a WordPress Pingback DDoS attack against some poor … Read more…