WordPress – How To Get A Long URL to Wrap

Wordpress

WordPress

I’ve been having a challenge with a couple of my blog sites where long URLs have not been wrapping and running off the side of the page to the right out of the visual range, which has been pointed out by my site readers.   This fix was much easier than the long URL in a table problem, but Well,  I thought I would share, as well.  Hopefully, others will find it useful.

Code Update Steps

The fix requires a change to the CSS code of your site.  To make the change :

  • Navigate to Appearance > Customize > CSS and add input code
  • Add the CSS URL Wrap Code
  • Publish CSS Change

Appearance Navigation To Customize Menu

Appearance Navigation To Customize Menu

Appearance Navigation To Customize Menu

CSS Navigation Menu

CSS Navigation Menu

CSS Navigation Menu

 

Empty CSS Code Screenshot before Changes

Please note that the table long URL code was added in a previous post.  So, we will be adding the new code just below the existing CSS code modifications.

Customized CSS With URL Wrap

Customized CSS With URL Wrap

CSS change code wrap a long URL on the table

a {
word-wrap: break-word;
}

Customized CSS With Long URL Wrap Code Added

Wrap code for Long URL's

Wrap code for Long URL’s

Publish CSS Changes

Publish CSS Changes

Publish CSS Changes

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Blogging – Software Tools I Use

Blogging Tools for Writing and Publishing

Blogging Tools for Writing and Publishing

I thought it might be useful to put a short list of the tools that I use to create an update my blogs. I don’t use anything spectacular just the basics, but here’s a quick inventory of the tools I use and what I use them for.

Writing and Composition

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

 

I use Microsoft Word for my blog editing and basic blog formatting, mostly because I own it.  Also, it does have some convenient features such as being able to push my blogs out to a PDF and the fact that Grammarly integrates nicely with it. I don’t use the published directly feature, but I have used it in the past.

WordPress Editor

Wordpress

WordPress

I do use the WordPress editors to finalize my posts and sometimes from the iPhone app to create initial drafts when the inspiration hits me. Truthfully, of the two web-based editors, I still use the old format.  I have found the new WordPress editor to be a little clumsy for me, but perhaps that is because I learned the old one first.

Proofing and Editing

Grammarly

Grammarly

For proofing and editing, I use Grammarly, for the most part, but I also use the grammar and spellcheck capabilities of Microsoft Word.

KompoZer HTML WYSIWYG

I use KompoZer mostly to edit my tables and paste them into the text tab to ensure they display correctly on my sites. I have used KompoZer for other uses, but tables are how I use KompoZer most the time. I found that some of the other tools don’t translate quite the way I expected them to.

Photography and Photo Editing

For photography and photo editing, I used several tools, which include paint.net, my iPhone camera, and my digital camera.

Paint.net

Paint.net

Paint.net

Currently, for my photo editing, I’m using Paint.net, it’s fairly basic but it gets what I need to do done. I have you used other tools, but the types of editing I do to support my blogs doesn’t require an expensive fancy tool.

iPhone Camera

iPhone

iPhone

 

I use my iPhone camera mostly to take pictures and, usually, because I have my iPhone on me as a necessity of my day job even on weekends.  And to tell the truth, the camera on my phone not bad at all.

Digital Camera

Blog Digital Camera

Blog Digital Camera

I use my digital camera, mostly to support my iPhone when I have a planned outing to some local venue or a planned trip and I’ve thought ahead and put it packed my camera. Also, I use my digital camera when I want to ensure stability and I want to mount it on my tripod or I happen to have some free time and I’m feeling creative and I want to use a photo box and take some special shots.

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Blogging – Blog Writing Style Tips

Blog Writing Style Checklist

Blog Writing Style Checklist

 Blog Writing Style Checklist

While finishing another post, I stumbled across this Blogging Writing Style Guide, which I started once upon a time. So, I have made a few quick updates and thought I would share this checklist, in case it might be useful for someone else.

Blog Post Style

Here are a few basic guidelines to help you with your blog post structure. These are fairly obvious things, but it never hurts to make sure you cover the basics.

Blog Post Structure

your blog post structure is highly important. One must keep in mind that your post is likely to be read in multiple formats especially mobile formats on phones and iPads. Additionally, everyone’s busy these days and has information overload; so, it’s important to organize your content in a way that people can get the valuable information quickly and easily without filtering through too much excess fluff. Basic items to check are:

  • Format for Scanability
  • Use paragraph headers (usually, levels 1 -3)
  • Paragraph headers should be within 15-60 characters in length for best SEO performance
  • Add tables to organize lists
  • Add Related Reference link at the bottom of the article.

Photo and Graphics

it’s long been known that nearly everyone is visual and that pictures speak more than words in a compact way. So, paying attention to your pictures and your infographics to quickly and efficiently communicate your main points is essential. These items should be helpful:

  • Always add pictures to an article
  • Add process step picture to clarify written instructions
  • Add infographics, if you have them
  • Populate the Caption, Alternate text, and Image Title Attribute properties on Photos
  • Always set the open in separate tab property

SEO Essentials For Writing Blogs and Pages

SEO is a critical part of any blog post. However, no one can be an expert on all the search engines out there. So here are a few quick things that are appropriate to almost any search engine:

  • Use Hierarchical categories and sub-categories to relate topics
  • Add Menu should only hold essential categories organized for shallow logical navigation (minimal clicking)
  • Menu should contain both page and category structures
  • Periodically review and update menu to ensure recent changes, if appropriate, included

Driving Blog Visits

the reason most of us write blogs is to disseminate information, ideas, and help others. So is essential that people be able to find our blog and want to come back to our blog. Here are a few quick tips:

  • Publish new blog posts on social media (twitter, etc.)
  • Revise blog posts as they age and add additional content (e.g., new pictures,  infographic, more current information, expand essential facts, etc.)
  • Republish revised blog post to social media (twitter, etc.)

Content Strategies

blogs are all about content so you need a strategy to make sure that you can publish regularly and that you publish when your blog is likely to have the most interest to your reading community. Here are some ideas:

  • Keep a list of articles to be published
  • Pay attention to seasonal opportunities, if they apply to your blog’s content
  • Read site comments and address issues
  • Use blogs to document questions and answers from your readers. Also, be sure to answer the reader’s comment directly.

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WordPress – How To Get A Long URL to Wrap in a Table

Wordpress

WordPress

I’ve been having a challenge with a couple of my blog sites where long URLs have not been wrapping when enclosed in the table.  Therefore,  the URL’s run off the side of the page to the right out of the visual range.  I even have gotten a few comments from my site visitors saying that I ought to try to fix the Long URLs leaving the page.   Well, after some investigation and some trial and error, I have managed to fix the problem. So, I thought I would share the solution in case anybody else would like to save themselves a little time correcting the long URL problem in the future.

The fix requires a change to the CSS code of your site.  To make the change :

  • Navigate to Appearance > Customize > CSS and add input code
  • Add the CSS URL Wrap Code
  • Publish CSS Change

Appearance Navigation To Customize Menu

Appearance Navigation To Customize Menu

Appearance Navigation To Customize Menu

CSS Navigation Menu

CSS Navigation Menu

CSS Navigation Menu

 

Empty CSS Code Screenshot before Changes

Customizing CSS Before Changes

Customizing CSS Before Changes

 

CSS change code wrap a long URL on the table

table a {

overflow-wrap: break-word;

word-wrap: break-word;

-ms-word-break: break-all;

word-break: break-all;

word-break: break-word;

-ms-hyphens: auto;

-moz-hyphens: auto;

-webkit-hyphens: auto;

hyphens: auto;

}

Customized CSS With URL Wrap Table Code Added

Customized CSS With URL Wrap Table Code

Customized CSS With URL Wrap Table Code

Publish CSS Changes

Publish CSS Changes

Publish CSS Changes

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The Benefits of Having a Project Cart

Office Project Cart

Office Project Cart

I never really thought about how to make my home office more convenient even though I have worked from home for several years. However, I recently purchased a nice three-level cart and have found it extraordinarily useful. Especially, for writing projects, as I have my books and other reference materials scattered throughout my house in multiple bookcases and even in the garage on shelves.

Advantages of a project cart

Among the advantages of a project cart that I have found are:

  • ability to declutter my office
  • put my research materials and notes into organized buckets
  • ability to swap out my reference materials according to my work priorities for the day
  • the ability to hide the cart and what the contents of it are

Qualities of a good home office cart

here are some things I would recommend you consider before buying your office cart, which may make the cart more valuable to you:

  • first, the cart should be sturdy, you really don’t want a rickety cart, if you’re going to be rolling around your house and loading it up with heavy books or other project materials according to your interests.
  • the cart should be small enough to tuck away someplace when you wanted out of sight in case you have visitors or company or something. For example, when my cart is not in use, I roll the cart into a nice little closet in the hall out of the way.
  • Consider carefully the wheels; my house has tile throughout, so, small wheels are fine. However, if you have carpeting or uneven edges that you must cross with the cart you may want to consider larger and wider wheels.
  • Of course, there are the aesthetics, do you care if the cart has a rustic look, or a modern office look, or even what color it is.
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The First Rule of Photograph

Photographer In Action

Photographer In Action

The First Rule of Photograph

The first rule of photography is that “Any picture Worth taking, is work taking more than one picture of.”

Why should you take more than one picture?

There are many very good reasons, but here are a few which come to mind immediately:

  • The first picture may be the quality you expected—blurry or darker than wanted, etc.,
  • The picture you thought you wanted, may not be the one you end up using,
  • By varying your position on the target of your photography, may provide you with pictures, which may be useful for other reasons,
  • If like me you are not the best photographer on earth, carefully and thoughtfully taking more pictures, can be more forgiving than risking everything one photograph,
  • And in an age of digital photography why not? Once you get back to the office or home, you can put them up on the computer and then decide, which to keep for future use.

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The line of a people

Line of People Moving Forward

Line of People Moving Forward

It is in the fullness of the journey of our life that we begin to understand the true meaning of the smallness of our place in the lineage of life.   As we look forward and back, it becomes apparent that our actual contribution is not the material things we gather.  But instead, our the accumulation of contribution to the building of the future through those we help, teach, and our progeny which constitute the path into the future.

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