By Steve Krug published by New Riders
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These days we try to avoid using HTML tables for layout purposes but there are times when a table is absolutely the right answer, for example when laying out a set of data points, pricing information or other structured data. Yesterday I was helping my son with a blog post using WordPress and told him to insert a table only to find that by default these days the WordPress editor doesn’t actually have an Insert > Table or Insert > Table > Row function. We were in a hurry at the time and we needed to get the job done so I just popped into the HTML view and entered the code. I’m happy to do this as I’ve been writing HTML and the like since the dawn of time… but it’s not acceptable or a great experience for people starting out or those who just don’t want to get into that detail.
Today I’ve had a bit more time to research this and I’ve found that the WordPress Insert Table and WordPress Insert Table Row editor functions can easily be added back via a very popular plugin.
To add the WordPress Table editor function, click on Plugin’s on the left hand navigation menu. Then in the keyword search box in the top right enter “MCE Table Buttons”. You should then see a plugin called “MCE Table Buttons” (shown here top right). As you can see it’s very popular with over 100,000 active installations. Just click the Install Now button and then activate the plugin.
Once you have installed the MCE Table Buttons plugin you will then find the missing Table Editor button in the WordPress Editor.
If you have any questions about HTML tables or using the Table Function in the WordPress Editor just leave a question in a comment below and I’ll try and get straight back to you.
If you are interested in how to get started in software development or have any suggestions do get in touch or leave a comment below. I’ll write some follow-up blogs if there is any demand for articles on this subject.
If you work in IT in the UK you will know how hard it is to recruit good junior IT staff. The schools and universities were switching youngsters off to IT until very recently.
I was therefore very pleased to receive a press release from the Government Education Department promoting the new Hour of Code and the uk.code.org website.
If you’ve got school aged children the site is a great way to get them into coding BUT perhaps more importantly it’s a great way for parents to learn a little bit of coding so that they can help their children.
I think it’s a really great tool for anyone who wants to learn a little bit about software / application development. I’m often asked what people can do to get into IT and I’d say studying this site would be a great stepping stone in that direction. From this you should then be able to get into basic app creation or web site development. Certainly enough to put together a small portfolio to show agencies and future employers…. IT is still any industry where ability and experience count for more than formal qualifications.
I loved the simple Elsa development studio, which reminded me of LOGO back in the 1980’s but brought right up to date with characters from Frozen. My children who are technically still too young for this were immediately captivated by being able to move Elsa around the screen with some simple instructions…. little did they know they’d written their first lines of code.
I’ve pasted in some text from the official government press release below because I think it’s useful.
Secretary of State Nicky Morgan is asking parents to consider trying Coding for the first time in 2016 having recently taken her own first coding lesson.
Coding for many will seem a far removed and unnecessary skill to learn in later life but the reality is the more parents can support the skills their children are learning in the classroom the more likely we are to ensure a generation of digital natives progress into adulthood.
Getting an introduction is easier than you might with the Hour of Code website offering a wide range of introductory tutorials aimed at young and old.
After years of switching children off to computing with boring ICT lessons that just taught them how to use Powerpoint the government has done something to help develop the next generation of IT professionals. The new computing curriculum, introduced in the UK during September 2014, has a greater focus on how computers work. Transform children from passive users to active creators of technology, it includes teaching children how to code and create their own programmes.
Demand for high-level skills in computing is set to grow, with the UK’s long-term economic future dependent on high-level technology skills.
The Government has a vision for a secure cyberspace, contributing to economic prosperity, national security and a strong society. That’s why the government is encouraging a new generation of pupils with the digital skills and confidence needed to meet this challenge.
I’d encourage you to give this excellent site a go and recommend people who want to understand IT / Computing.
I spotted this really useful Social Media Image Sizes infographic earlier on twitter. It has all the image dimensions and file size restrictions for all the major social media platforms. I thought I’d post it to the blog, if only so I know where to find it when I need it, but I think you’ll find it useful.
Profile image: 180x180px but note that Facebook will also generate a 32 x 32 version as a thumbnail which will be used throughout Facebook.
Cover Photo: 851 x 315px – if you make it any smaller then it will be scaled to this size. For best results upload an RGB JPG file less than 100kb. Images with a logo or text may be best as a PNG file.
Uploaded / Shared Images: The recommended size is 1,200 x 630 px. These will appear in feed at a max width of 470 px and will scale to this size if you upload a smaller image.
Profile Image: 400 x 400px – Recommend between 400×400 and 20,000 x 20,000px with a max file size of 10mb
Channel Cover Photo: 2560×1440
There are a lot of different platforms and devices that users can stream YouTube on so it’s important that your brand has a photo optimised for each one.
Tab!et displays: 1855 x 423 –
TV display’. 2560 x 1440
Mobile display: 1546 x 423
Desktop: 2560 x 423
(1546 x 423 – pixels are always visible).
Header Photo: 1500×500
Profile Photo: 400×400 but is displayed at 200×200
In-Stream Photo: 400×250
Apple’s password manager (iCloud KeyChain for Safari) may not be the best password manager but that’s completely irrelevant because by now it’s already the most popular, most widely adopted password manager in the World. It’s therefore important that you make sure your website is compatible with this piece of Apple technology. As a user of Apple’s Safari I’m increasingly shocked at the number of major websites that are not compatible with the Apple password manager.
Testing that your site works with Apples iCloud password manager will improve your User Experience (UX) and also improves your sites security. In my experience people are much more likely to use a strong password if Safari picks the password for them. In addition to this Safari generates a random strong password for each site, so the chances of a hack on one site being used to gain access to another are greatly reduced.
The key points to making your site compatible are:
If you discover any hints or tips for making your website work really well with Apple’s Safari / iCloud KeyChain password manager do please get in touch and leave a comment below. We’ll be sure to update this blog post as we discover more about it.