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‘Accessibility Ready’ WordPress Themes

Long a fan of the content-management-system software WordPress, I’m encouraged and impressed by the developers who are working to make WordPress as accessible as possible to a wide variety of users (including people with disabilities). Last month, I explained the basics of Joe Dolson’s WordPress Accessibility plugin.

Today, I’d like to draw your attention to the WordPress themes that have now passed the “Theme Accessibility Audit” guidelines (still in draft form) from the WordPress Accessibilit…

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Make Your WordPress Site More Accessible

Like many blogs, ProfHacker runs on software called WordPress, and we’ve written many posts over the years about this software. WordPress is a great tool for creating a variety of different kinds of digital resources. An important issue to consider when creating a digital resource is how accessible it is to a diversity of users — including, but not limited to, people with disabilities. (For a consideration of the various reasons why, read “Why: The Case for Web Accessibility.”) However, if you’…

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WordPress Accessibility Team

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve written a great deal about WordPress, and we’ve also tried to emphasize the importance of accessibility, the need to make digital (and other) environments as usable as possible to the widest range of people possible. In a combination of these two topics, a couple of weeks ago, I drew your attention to the handy-dandy WordPress Accessibility Plugin, an almost-all-in-one tool for making your WordPress installs more accessible. Just this week, I saw the following announcem…

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Check Your Backups. RIGHT NOW.

Safety Deposit BoxAs Amy noted last week, we write a lot—a lot—about backing up your work.

Guess what? It’s time to write about backups again, but with a twist. I’m not going to exhort you to backup your essential computer files. Instead, I’ll assume you’re already running some sort of automated backup system. Dropbox. SpiderOak. BitTorrent Sync, whatever. I’m not going to exhort you to backup your files. I am going to exhort you to check that your backup system is indeed backing up what you want it to, when you …

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Open Thread Wednesday: Digital Accessibility Hacks?

Here at ProfHacker, it’s not secret that we’re big fans of WordPress, the free and open-source software for creating and managine web sites. We’ve also written several posts about accessibility over the years. Recently, one of my collaborators, James Smith (@jgsmith), made me aware of the WordPress Accessibility Plugin, which I haven’t had time to test out, yet. The associated description, however, sounds promising:

This plug-in helps correct a variety of common accessibility problems in WordPre…

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Call for Open Peer Review: Web Writing

A sign that reads Four years ago, ProfHacker’s own Kathleen Fitzpatrick posted the text of her new book, Planned Obsolescence, online. This act kicked off a radical experiment on the part of Fitzpatrick and NYU Press, which had the book under contract, to engage in an open peer review of the text. Thanks to the CommentPress theme for WordPress, readers would be able to write in the Internet’s margins and add commentary and suggestions to individual paragraphs or chapters of Kathleen’s book. When Planned Obsolesce…

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Why Use an Online Syllabus?

Online syllabusMost of us are now a few weeks into the new semester, and some among us may already be pointing students to our syllabus for answers to their questions about the course.

Syllabuses aren’t exactly a new topic of discussion. George has explained how to create a syllabus using a spreadsheet and a calendar app, and Jason’s taken up the topic of creative syllabuses on more than one occasion. And those are hardly our only posts on the subject.

For a few years now, I’ve been creating my syllabus entire…

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WordPress Plugin Now Available for JotForm

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Looking for a plugin to add form features to your WordPress installation? We’ve written previously about JotForm (here and here), a service which allows you to create forms and link to some collection service, such as Dropbox. Getting those forms on a website was not terribly difficult but took a few extra steps.

But now JotForm has recently announced the availability of a WordPress plugin that streamlines the process. Once you install the plugin (which you can do by downloading it from here

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Website Security and WordPress Attacks

IMG_3181Many of us at ProfHacker rely on WordPress. I use it for everything from managing my academic web presence to hosting online course materials and communities. This means I have a lot of out-of-date sites that serve their purpose for one semester and live on only as archives. Ever since WordPress 3.6 came out (ok, and for a year before that) I’ve been planning on taking a day to update all these installations and manage my server. Last week, I opened my email to find a message from my hosting pro…

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Get Started Modifying Themes with Naked WordPress

blankcanvasA constant here at the site is our collective fondness for WordPress, the open-source blogging platform that’s easily adapted to a whole range of needs. Indeed, one of the reasons that we’re so fond of WordPress is that it’s so easily extended and modified. The WordPress backend makes the code for the various themes readily available, and so it’s quite easy to apply some CSS and a little light PHP to make a theme of your very own.

For those new to the platform, or new to the idea of trying out …