Embed Videos

WordPress Tips #1

How to embed a YouTube video in a WordPress Post or Page: this 3 step tutorial shows you how to add playable videos into your WordPress posts and pages.

STEP 1: Grab the code from YouTube.

While watching the YouTube video you want to embed in your post click on the SHARE button. A whole number of options will pop up but we’re only interested in 1.
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Push the EMBED button and a further pop out will be displayed. A grey code window appears with a number of options below it. Sort through these (they are pretty self explanatory) and choose the size you want the video embed to be. The code will change depending on the options you choose.
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Once you are happy with your choices, making sure that the code snippet is highlighted, press Control C (or Command C for Mac users) on the keyboard.
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STEP 2: Embed the code in your blog/page

In your EDIT window in your blog’s back end, click on the HTML tag on the right side of the text input.
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If you know nothing about the code that changes the appearance of your page, this is a great place to get an idea of how HTML mark up and other scripts look. It’s also where you can really cause some ugly changes to the look of your copy, so resist changes, unless you really know what you are changing and why.

Find the place in the text where you want to insert your embedded video and click Control V (Command V for Mac users)
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STEP 3: Save/Update and preview

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Google Translate

Google translate is a great tool for non-english speakers

Have you considered whether your site’s content may be relevant to non-english speakers? If your site’s raison d’être is providing information, such as a blog, or is a personal or business profile, you may be missing out on some important traffic.

Statistics of internet use by language show that English speakers are a distinct minority at 26.8%.. How can you reach this vast audience without investing thousands on mirror sites in other languages?

Enter the amazing Google translate plugin. It’s not perfect and some of the translations may come across as plain bizarre, but it gives non-english speakers a better idea of whether your content is relevant to them.

Further it’s easy to install and it’s free. It’s as simple as registering your website with Google and then copying a bit of code into the head and then placing the translator script in your header, sidebar or wherever you want it.
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Scrolling in Design

Scrolling Design Innovation

As the design community embraces the new CSS and HTML standards we can expect the web to get more exciting and challenging.

However a flash design, for it’s own sake, can be as much a turn off as it can be a turn on. The users of a site need to be considered first and foremost in any design, after all if a person browsing to your site has no idea how to access the information you want to convey, because it is hidden behind flash effects, you’re not going to get your message out there to the people that matter — your readers or clients.

This article from the great resource Design Festival looks at 20 examples of scrolling as an innovative web-design tool.
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