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Create a Website with WordPress Class

Come learn the basic principles of creating a website with WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Both are popular, free applications that people use to build professional websites and blogs. No special software is necessary and WordPress can run on Windows and Mac computers. We’ll be using WordPress.com on PCs in class; but feel free to bring your own laptop if you’d like to use it.

WordPress is user-friendly; provides good search engine optimization; and has lots of free online support. In addition, it’s easy to update your content online and set up your site with a professional theme. Come see why there are over 56 million WordPress sites in the world today!

In this class, you’ll…

Come with an idea of how you would like your website to look, the content you would like to include, and any Web-ready photos that have been re-sized for web pages.

You’ll need to be able to access your email account online in class to set up a WordPress.com account.

When: Friday, July 18 OR September 19 OR November 14, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Tuition: $80.00
Materials Cost: $10.00

Create a Website with WordPress

Instructor: Kathy Van Pelt

MiraCosta College
Location: MiraCosta College-San Elijo Campus

San Elijo campus, Room 112

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Office 2011 for Mac – Save $50 off Family Pack for 3 Users

Great price for Office 2011 for Mac: Family Pack: 3 Users for $99

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Need a little help with Microsoft Outlook?

Maybe it’s time to take an Outlook class. 2EducateYou offers an Outlook 2010 class and an Outlook 2007 class. Both of these six-week, non-credit, online classes start the third Wednesday of each month. Here’s a little info about each of the classes:

Microsoft Outlook 2010

Are you overwhelmed by emails, meetings, and to-do lists? Harness the power of Microsoft Outlook 2010, and you’ll instantly enhance your efficiency and productivity.

In this course, you’ll learn your way around the new ribbon-based interface and get up and running quickly. Then you’ll focus on the core skills you really need in order to work smarter and faster.

First, you’ll learn how to manage the flood of emails you receive, creating folders and archives so you can always find what you need. Then you’ll discover how to keep track of your contacts and how to use Outlook’s Calendar and Alert features. You’ll also find out how to customize Outlook so it perfectly meets your needs, and you’ll discover how to automate your work with rules.

As a bonus, you’ll get insider tips that will make you the Outlook guru in your office. For example, did you know that you can create, send, and receive email messages without ever touching the mouse? You’ll find out how, and learn lots of other tricks for getting the most out of Outlook’s versatile tools.

Whether you’re new to Outlook or you’ve been using it for years, you’re sure to learn something useful in every lesson. In just a few weeks, you’ll be a skilled and confident user of this time-saving tool—and you’ll never have to worry about missing a meeting, losing an email, or forgetting an important task again!

A free 60-day trial version of Office 2010 may be available at http://www2.buyoffice.microsoft.com/usa/?torb=4&WT.mc_id=ODC_ENUS_GenTry_Control. Both the Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 and the Microsoft Office Professional 2010 editions include Outlook 2010.

Microsoft Outlook 2007

Want to learn Microsoft Outlook 2007 fast? Want to become a confident and productive user of this powerful program without having to memorize a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo? In this course, you’ll see what’s new in Outlook 2007 and get up and running quickly with the most important aspects of the program, from basic e-mailing to automating your work with rules. You’ll learn security basics and how to perform maintenance tasks, like backing up your data. You’ll even create a Google Gmail account for class assignments and personal use. You’ll also interact with other students and an instructor whose Outlook books, articles, and online courses have helped thousands of people like you learn the essentials of earlier editions of Outlook. Whether you’re new to Outlook or you’ve been using it for years, you’re sure to learn something useful in every lesson.

Enroll today in Office 2010 or Outlook 2007

Kathy

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Converting Text to Columns in Excel

Today, I taught myself how to separate text in an Excel column into two columns with the Text To Columns function. This can be a huge time-saver when you have a lot of data to convert.

I have a spreadsheet with student info…name, email address, etc. The first and last names were in one column separated with a comma. Well, I needed the names in separate columns, and discovered the Text to Columns function. Now, I would like to share it with you.

It’s a good idea to create empty columns for your converted data to the right of the column holding the text you’d like to convert or split (first and last names for me). Then select the column you’d like to split and click Text to Columns on the Data tab on the Ribbon.

Text to Columns command on the Data tab in Excel

Text to Columns command on the Data tab in Excel

When you click the Text to Columns command, the Convert Text to Column Wizard dialog box appears with a two choices…Delimited or Fixed width. Use Delimited if the text in the column is separated with a comma, tab, semicolon, or a space; and choose Fixed if the text is aligned in columns with spaces between each field.

In the next step of the Wizard, you’ll choose the column format, like Text or General; and the destination column for your output. If you don’t choose a destination, the converted text will replace the original text in the column you selected earlier and flow into the column or columns to the right when you click Finish. It’s so easy and it works with Microsoft Excel 2007 or 2010 (Windows) and Excel 2011 (Mac). So cool!

I need to use this function two times a year; so if I forget it, I’ll refer to this blog post to refresh my memory. And,you can do the same.

I hope you found this Excel tip helpful. Post a comment if you have an Excel question for me!

Kathy

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Photoshop for Web Design is free to watch for lynda.com Facebook fans

 

Reminder: Photoshop for Web Design is free to watch for lynda.com Facebook fans, now through September 14. http://on.fb.me/MZjpfY

The course covers creating a custom web workspace for maximum efficiency; drawing, coloring, and optimizing web graphics; creating vector shapes and text that scale seamlessly; mastering transparency; building navigation bars and buttons; and speeding up these tasks with the Photoshop automation tools.

Photo: Reminder: Photoshop for Web Design is free to watch for lynda.com Facebook fans, now through September 14. http://on.fb.me/MZjpfY The course covers creating a custom web workspace for maximum efficiency; drawing, coloring, and optimizing web graphics; creating vector shapes and text that scale seamlessly; mastering transparency; building navigation bars and buttons; and speeding up these tasks with the Photoshop automation tools. Check out the course and let us know what you think!
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WordArt Commands on the PowerPoint Ribbon

Having trouble finding the Text Fill, Text Outline, or Text Effects commands on the PowerPoint Ribbon? It could be because the look of the commands on the WordArt Styles group differ depending on the the size and resolution of your monitor. Here is an example of the full view of the WordArt Styles group on the PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 Ribbon:

WordArtSyles Group - Full View

This view shows three WordArt styles (or Quick Styles), the Previous, Next, and More buttons, and the Text Fill, Text Outline, and Text Effects commands, and the WordArt Styles dialog box launcher.

If you’re using a laptop or have resized your screen, your WordArt Styles group could look like one of the two examples below. In the first example, notice that the Text Fill, Text Outline, and Text Effects commands are displayed on the WordArt Styles group, but they are not labeled. In the other example, the WordArt styles, or Quick Styles, have been reduced to one icon instead of three and the Text Fill, Text Outline, and Text Effects commands are unlabeled.

WordArt Styles group with unlabeled Text Fill, Outline, and Effects commands WordArt Styles groups with unlabeled commands

When you move your mouse to a command button on the Ribbon when you are editing or creating a WordArt object in PowerPoint, you’ll see a ScreenTip for the command you are pointing to. Here’s what the ScreenTip for the Text Fill command looks like:

TextFill ScreenTip

The WordArt Styles group on the Drawing Tools Format contextual tab displays at the end of the Ribbon when you are creating or editing a piece of WordArt. When you click off the WordArt, the Drawing Tools tab closes. Contextual tabs always display at the end of the Ribbon. Here’s an example of the Drawing Tools contextual tab and its Format tab at the end of the PowerPoint 2010 Ribbon.

Drawing Tools Format tab on PowerPoint Ribbon

If you’re using Office 2011 for the Mac or PowerPoint 2011, you’ll find the WordArt commands on the Text Styles group on the PowerPoint 2011 Ribbon. The Text Styles group looks like one of the examples below depending on the size or resolution of your monitor.

Text Styles group on PowerPoint 2011 Ribbon            Text Fill and Text Outline not labeled in the Text Styles group

So, even through you may not see all the commands labeled with text on the WordArt Styles group or the Text Styles group, all the commands are available. If you’re not sure what the unlabeled commands are, point to them with your mouse when the WordArt Styles group (PC) or Text Styles group (Mac) is active on the Ribbon.

I hope you learned something from this post and would love to answer any comments or questions you have about these WordArt commands!

Kathy

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New PhotoShop Online Classes

I am pleased to announce three recently-released Online Instructor-Led Courses offered this month. Each six-week course is facilitated by an instructor and is the perfect way to enhance a skill or learn a new one. I have learned SO much from the many online courses I’ve taken, and I think you will too!

The August session begins Wednesday, August 15. To enroll, visit my Online Instruction Center at http://2educateyou.com/online-classes/, search for the course you want to take, and follow the enrollment instructions.

Featured Classes:

Introduction to Photoshop CS6

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This hands-on, project-oriented course is filled with easy-to-follow, detailed step-by-step instructions that teach you about editing photos and creating basic paintings. Discover how to improve photographs by removing flaws, correcting for poor exposure, or adding new elements using the newest techniques Photoshop CS6 can offer. You’ll even learn how much fun it can be to paint again, without the mess of cleaning up. And, best of all, you need no prior artistic ability or Photoshop experience to take this course.

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Photoshop CS6 for the Digital Photographer

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In this course, you’ll master techniques to make the most of your digital images and add a professional polish to your work. This course offers simple, step-by-step instructions for correcting flaws, enhancing the final product, adding text, and preparing images for email and the Web. Designed for those with no image-editing experience, this class will take you from novice to accomplished photo editor.

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Intermediate Photoshop CS6

Intermediate PhotoshopExtend your Photoshop knowledge and learn how to enhance graphics by using layers, layer masks, and other advanced photo-editing features. You’ll learn non-destructive editing techniques that let you easily re-edit and change projects long after they were originally created. You’ll see how to use Smart Objects, so that even if you crop or resize an image, you’ll be able to get it back to its original size months afterwards. This course will teach you the building blocks you need to unleash your creativity!

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5 Essential Microsoft Excel 2010 Tips for Advanced Users

 

Fine tune your Microsoft Office 2010 Excel skills with a few masterful tricks.

By Edward Mendelson, Jill Duffy

June 16, 2011

 

 100 Essential Tips for Microsoft Office 2010

Like learning a foreign language, trying to become a Microsoft Excel master comes with a “use or it lose it” quandary. You can learn all the tips and tricks in Excel you like, but if you don’t practice them often enough, they slip from your mind, fleeing your memory without a trace—not even the name of the darn thing you’re trying to remember. Pick up a new idea for Excel on Monday, and if you don’t use it Tuesday or Wednesday, it’ll be gone by Thursday.

The five tips in this article are things we think all advanced users of Microsoft Excel will not only learn quickly, but also use often enough to remember them tomorrow. They cover some of the most important features that spreadsheet makers should know, as well as some of the new features in the latest version, Microsoft Office 2010 Excel. For example, we take a walk-through creating the new Sparkline Microcharts, or charts that fit inside a single cell. We also cover in detail working with transposed tables, including how to make them “live.” We even go over how to add content or formatting to more than one sheet at once, and explain when and why you should ungroup sheets.

For more Microsoft Office 2010 tips, including beginner tips for Outlook, Excel, and Word, see the complete list of links at the end of this article. Also see our complete reviews of Microsoft Office 2010 ($389 street, 4 stars) and Microsoft Office 2010 for Mac ($99 street, 4.5 stars). You can either read our tips in the slideshow below or page through them in the Table of Content.—Next: Insert a Transposed Copy of a Table with Two Mouse Clicks >

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Create a Website-in-a-Day FAQs

I’d like to share with you the answers to some questions my Create a Website-in-a-Day students asked in class recently.

Which software do I use to create my web site?

In class, you learned different ways to create web pages. One is to create the HTML code with a text editor such as Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (MAC). There are many free online resources available to you to further your HTML knowledge. Check out the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for their online tutorials and courses. There are also many html how-too books on the market for purchase.

Another alternative is to use an html editor (web authoring software) such as NVU or Kompozer. (You may use the Kompozer installation file on the CD I provided in class to install Kompozer on your computer.)  There are tons of other html editors available for purchase ranging in price from cheap to expensive ($200+). Dreamweaver is a very sophisticated program, but expensive. If you have used Adobe Photoshop, you may like using Dreamweaver. Another html editor you can try is Coffee Cup. I’ve never used it, but it looks pretty good and is much cheaper than Dreamweaver.

A third alternative is to use one of the templates provided by your web hosting company, which has its advantages and disadvantages. The biggest advantage is that you can create professionally-designed web pages without knowing how to write html. Of course, there will be a learning curve as you learn how to work with the template tools; but you may find this method easier and quicker in the long run. The disadvantage is that if you switch to a different web hosting company, you may need to re-create your web site as many templates will not transfer to the new hosting company.

A few of you are familiar with the free Wix online templates, which are fairly easy to use to build web sites. Wix provides a lot of online text and video support to help you build you site with them. The disadvantage of most free web sites is that they are filled with ads and logos, and you don’t have your own domain name. For example, the site I created on Wix is http://www.wix.com/kat223/create-a-website. The domain name is www.wix.com; Wix assigned kat223 to the name; and I choose create-a-website. If this were my own domain name, it would not include www.wix.com/kat223. I would not recommend Wix for a business web site unless you upgrade to one of their premium plans where you can purchase or transfer your domain name. If you plan to sell products online, you’ll need to purchase the package that includes an e-commerce shopping cart.

You can create professional-looking web sites with WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Both offer free blogging software, and with either you can create a web site with or without a blog. You won’t have your own domain name with a WordPress.com account; so your web site name might look something like this: 2educateyou.wordpress.com. If you have a domain name, you can use it with WordPress.com so that wordpress.com doesn’t show in your URL. If you’d like to show videos on your site, you’ll need to purchase a video add-on or use WordPress.org.

With WordPress.org you’ll build your web site online with a WordPress theme just like you’d do with WordPress.com; however, you’ll need a domain name and a web host. Notice that my WordPress.org site at 2educateyou.com does not include any mention of wordpress.org in the 2educateyou.com domain name. Or, you can upgrade your WordPress.com site with your own domain name for $18/year. With WordPress.org you can upload and customize themes, upload plugins, and use an e-commerce shopping cart. Read more about the differences in this WordPress.com Support article: WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org.

How do I edit my web site which was started by somebody else?

First of all, you need to know your username and password. Then you need to know how to navigate your web hosting site to find and edit your web site. If your site was built using one of the templates provided by your web host, you’ll need to know how to use the template editing tools to update your web pages. If your web pages were created from scratch with html code or with an html editor and/or with style sheets, you need to know how download your current web pages and style sheets so you can edit them then upload the corrected pages to your web host server. One method is with FTP (file transfer protocol) which I demonstrated in class. Check with your web host for your options. You may have multiple upload options with certain web hosting companies. I was able to download an icon on my computer’s desktop to log into my Network Solutions account to manage my web documents.

How do I guarantee that people find my web site when using a search engine?

You can’t really guarantee what people find with a search engine unless you pay an advertising fee to Google or other search engines to get your name at the top of their lists. Of course, you can do some search engine optimization (SEO) yourself and ask your web hosting company what kind of tools they provide. I found some good resources in the Marketing Your Business on the Internet iconclass:

Google Information for Webmasters: Use the info at this site to improve your search engine rankings.

Megatag Generator: Use this tool to help you create meta tags. Do you remember learning about meta tags in class?

SEO Chat: Learn about search engine optimization—including optimizing your site for Google and Yahoo.

What other classes do you suggest?

It seems there’s always something new to learn in the web site world! Here are a few suggestions, which are six-week non-credit online classes:

Creating Web Pages. You’ll learn more about HTML in this class.

Designing Effective Web Sites. This site focuses on web site design, not HTML.

Web 2.0: Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts. In this class you’ll get a good introduction to working with blogs, wikis, and podcasts.

Introduction to Creating WordPress Web Sites.This is a great way to learn WordPress.com. Much of the material applies to WordPress.org as well.

MiraCosta College has an extensive number of wonderful full semester courses in their Media Arts & Technologies program including web design, graphic design, animation, typography, video production, and more.

I hope you found this information helpful. Good luck with your web site!

Kathy

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How to Add YouTube Videos to WordPress

 

This video explains how to add a YouTube video to WordPress.org  (by competenowwebtips) with the YouTube Shortcode plugin. I used the instructions in the  video to create this post.

You can insert a YouTube video by pasting the video’s URL into your post; but the YouTube Shortcode plugin gives you more options. It works really well!

 

Kathy

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