If you missed my presentation, here it is online (delivered through WordPress)

Doc Train presentationIf you missed my presentation today, here it is online: presentation home.

Also relevant are some posts I published last week. Read my posts on themes and plugins.

If you don’t have time to read those posts, at least check out my theme viewer and plugins used page.

And don’t forget the post that increased my readership from 80 subscribers to 250: Twenty Usability Tips for your Blog: Condensed from Dozens of Blogger’s Experiences.

Where are the PowerPoint slides, you ask? I am using WordPress as my PowerPoint tool. It made more sense for my topic, and it was more fun to work with.

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By Tom Johnson

I'm a technical writer working for the 41st Parameter in San Jose, California. I'm interested in topics related to technical writing, such as visual communication, API documentation, information architecture, web publishing, JavaScript, front-end design, content strategy, Jekyll, and more. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

  • http://www.manyger.de/blog German

    Thanks for tipps and very useful information for a “newbie” like me.

  • http://www.dmncommunications.com Scott


    Thanks for an eye-opening session. You’ve convinced me to switch to WordPress (something Aaron has been trying to do for a while!).

    And it was good to finally meet you in person. It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t sit down and chat a little bit more. Maybe next time.

  • http://foodperson.com Janet Majure

    Found your blog via Weblog Tools Collection, and you seem to have a lot of info I’ll be checking into. The online presentation, though, was like so many of the WordPress info pages I find: long on good ideas, short on how-to.

    I’m doing OK (I think) with my blog (foodperson.com), but there are lots of things I’d like to change that I can’t quite seem to get to and I can’t seem to find a good resource. The reply form is a case in point. I’d like to include, as you do, some text on the form that assures commenters that their email address will not show up, but I can’t seem to find where that text is. Very frustrating!

    Anyway, thanks for the great-looking, readable and informative blog/website. I’ll be back.

  • http://idratherbewriting.com Tom

    Scott, one plugin I didn’t mention is Podpress — (from mightyseek.com). Previously, I used it exclusively. Then in an upgrade it suddenly conflicted with my feed, so I stopped using it for a while (and just used the audio player from one pixel out). But still, you should try it. It syncs with iTunes and other directories and offers download stats and convenient formatting for podcasts.

  • http://idratherbewriting.com Tom

    Janet, thanks for checking out my presentation. I realize it’s not long on technical explanations — there’s the codex for that (codex.wordpress.com). But also, I did much of the technical stuff by demonstration during the presentation.

    The support forums (wordpress.org/support) provide a wealth of technical instructions. To edit the comment text, go into your dashboard, then go to Presentation > Theme Editor. Then click the comments.php file and search for the text that you want to change.

    Also, the email obfuscator plugin encrypts email that is actually displayed on your site.

    I hope this helps.

  • http://foodperson.com Janet Majure

    Thanks, Tom. I seem to be in that awkward phase where the “intro” stuff on the Codex and support forums isn’t enough and the techy stuff is _too_ technical. Guess I’ll keep chipping away as as time allows.

    By the way, I already did just as you suggested re the comment form text, and I swear I couldn’t find it. Guess I need to look again.

    As to the plug-in, not sure what you’re getting at. I’m not displaying emails on my site. I’m going to assume you’re just telling me that such a plug-in exists should I decide to start displaying them. Thanks again.

  • http://idratherbewriting.com Tom

    I’d have to play around with your comments file to give more accurate advice. But it seems like this section is an area you could reveal to add some explanatory info around your comment.


    [Note: This is an image because pasting in the php code actually runs it on my blog.]

    The little arrows make WordPress skip over the code, so try taking those surrounding arrows out and the php call will generate some text that shows up in your comment form. You can return to this place in your comments file and add little intro information about leaving a comment. You can delete this php tag entirely and write your own information. Keep your own commentary within the small tags.

    Let me know if this works.

    Re the email obfuscator plugin, yes, I’m just letting you know it exists in case I was misinterpreting your original question.

    Thanks for visiting my site.

  • http://foodperson.com Janet Majure

    Thanks, Tom. That didn’t seem to work. Of course, I may have misunderstood your instructions. I appreciate your suggestion anyway.

    I’ve downloaded WAMP and got it set up so I can try to work out this (or perhaps another) theme offline. I stopped, though, when it came to installing WordPress. I’m currently using the next-to-last version. I had more or less decided for my live site not to fool with the update/upgrade and just wait for WP 2. So now I’m trying to decide whether to go ahead and install the recent upgrade to both live and offline site or wait for WP2 for both. Bleck. It’s things like this that make me think I should have used Blogger!

    Anyway, I appreciate your help, and I’ll keep reading.

  • http://www.x-pubs.com Noz

    “Found your blog via Weblog Tools Collection, and you seem to have a lot of info I’ll be checking into. The online presentation, though, was like so many of the WordPress info pages I find: long on good ideas, short on how-to.”

    This year’s X-Pubs conference theme is “How did they do it?” it is based on case-studies and practical examples. Worth a look:

  • http://foodperson.com Janet Majure

    Hey, thanks, Noz.

  • http://foodperson.com Janet Majure

    Probably won’t make it to that side of the pond, though.

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  • http://www.toweringambitions.com/ Success

    Thanks for the informative post.. and thanks for adding our comment to the blog. I am subscribing to your feed so I don’t miss the next post!

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    Thanks for the great and informative post.