How To Use WordPress To Kill Facebook

August 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Matt Mullenweg WordPress Founder at WordCamp San Diego 2011

Matt Mullenweg – The Man Who Killed Facebook

        Shortly after WordCamp San Diego 2011, I had an epiphany:  WordPress is going to kill Facebook, ease the world’s pain in the aftermath and then play a utopian role in building a better internet society.

        Think about what drove you to Facebook in the first place: You wanted to have an online presence, for whatever reason, but you didn’t know how to do it.  Facebook quickly and easily solved that problem.  You didn’t need to learn how to cook because Facebook had a 24 hour all you can eat buffet on every internet connected device in the world.

        Guess what?  There is something better out there on all those same devices and it’s called, WordPress.  This blog, The World Is Raw is powered by WordPress, has been since day 1.  WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS), but to you and me it’s the core of a website and the platform for a blog.  Remember how you didn’t know anything about Facebook at first, but little by little you learned how to do stuff and before you knew it you were a pro?  Put the same amount of effort into WordPress and you will realize you not only have what you need to build a Facebook life raft, you also have the materials to build your own beautiful internet kingdom.

        You must realize that Facebook will end and the free ride of being an internet coach potato will be over.  From now on, when you present yourself online you must also account for yourself and your privacy and you must use WordPress to do it.

        Here’s how:

        1. If you have money, take $225 and use around $180 to purchase a two year lease on a domain and the rest to buy an accompanying dedicated IP.  Don’t skimp, spend the entire $225.  I went with Bluehost.com, and I have never had any issues at all, my site is always up.

        a. Download and install WordPress.

        b. Navigate to and read this First Steps with WordPress page on WordPress.org and start building something beautiful!

        2. If you don’t have money, navigate to and read this Getting Starting page on WordPress.com.

        a. Sign up for a free WordPress.com hosted blog and start building something beautiful!

        There are some things, terms and websites to pay attention to here:

        If you pay for a domain you are “self-hosted” and you will get all your information and support from WordPress.org. If you don’t pay for your domain you are “WordPress hosted” and will get your information and support from WordPress.com

        It really is just that easy.  Before you know it, you’ll have everything you had on Facebook and more.  You friends and family will too because after following your lead they will be empowered with the tools to build their own internet kingdoms, and you will be able to help them do it.  You will be able to help your friends and family build an internet community from the ground up and you won’t even realize you’re doing it because WordPress is silently doing all the heavy lifting for you.  Because of the inclusive, open-source nature of WordPress, people reaching out to you and your community will be able to do so without having to sign up for some third party’s website, they can leave a comment on your very own blog or shoot you an email via your own website’s comment form!  Once you see what WordPress can do for you, starting right now, including giving your friends and family democratic and unobstructed access to your beautiful website or blog I think you’ll realize you are not preparing to survive the fall of Facebook, you are simply moving on to bigger and better things in the form of you, your audience and WordPress.  Cheers!

WordCamp San Diego 2011

July 17, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

WordCamp San Diego 2011 organizers WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg & WordCamp San Diego 2011 Organizers

        WordCamp San Diego 2011 was a success for the WordPress community, and for me. WordPress is a website and blogging platform, or a content management system (CMS). It is 100% what I use the run this blog. All the content you see; the photos, the text, the fonts, the sidebar, the header, the footer and their arrangement on the site are all done by me, with WordPress. It’s the best way to beautifully publish your words and photos to the internet for the whole wide world to see. If you want to publish or sell something, anything on the net, do it with WordPress and people will not only see it, they will be amazed by what you’ve been able to do.

Dre Armeda and Matt Mullenweg at WordCamp San Diego 2011

Dre Armeda and Matt Mullenweg

        Practically by sheer luck, I was able to attend the sold-out WordCamp San Diego 2011 convention as a live blogger. WPCandy.com had reached out asking for volunteers to contribute to the live blog so, if it included a ticket, I said I would. My offer was accepted so the next thing I know I’m on the SDSU campus early yesterday morning with my bag, camera, pen… and no laptop! Yes, I forgot to bring it. No problem, Dre Armeda managed to rustle one up for me. After he did, there I was, live blogging for WordCamp San Diego 2011.

Matt Mullenweg WordPress Founder at WordCamp San Diego 2011

WordPress Founder Matt Mullenweg At WordCamp San Diego 2011

        Matt Mullenweg is the founder of WordPress, among other things and he was gracious enough to hold a town hall Q&A that acted as the close of WordCamp San Diego 2011. The problem with blogging before WordPress was that it was a royal pain in a ass to do because it was very technical. You had to know as much HTML and CSS as you did English so for a person like me that just wanted to put some photos and words on the net, I didn’t like being forced to learn blippy and bleepy computer languages just to show people my photography. That problem is what Matt solved with WordPress. It democratized publishing on the internet by allowing anyone to do it, and do it beautifully. WordPress knows that you want to show words and photos to human beings, not speak cyborg to a data-machine. You can’t start a conversation if you can’t speak the language, right? Wrong! With WordPress you can.

WordCamp San Diego 2011 Crowd

WordCamp San Diego 2011 Attendees

        For the next 8 hours or so, everyone present and those watching on the live webcast were blessed to listen to 16 or so people give talks and lectures about all things WordPress. Users and developers of WordPress and WordPress plug-ins converge on these WordCamps to learn, to mingle and help each other out. That “helping out” atmosphere of the WordPress community turned out to be my best lesson of the day. This was a convention of the people, by the people, for the people.

Matt Mullenweg Town Hall at WordCamp San Diego 2011

Matt Wraps Up WordCamp San Diego 2011

        This really is revolutionary. WordPress allows anyone to publish a blog or a website and do it beautifully. It allows anyone to speak in their own voice in their own language and be understood by all. Awesome! So, a very big thank you to everyone involved for making this WordCamp happen right here in San Diego, all the WordPress people I met and to WPCandy.com for sorting out the live blog, which enabled me to go to the convention in the first place. Cheers!

IMG Mouseover Plugin For WordPress

April 3, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

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Mouseover Photo Above For Black & White Version

        While editing photos, I may end up with a few different versions of the same photo. Trying to decide which version I will present to the world can be difficult. There is a plugin for WordPress called IMG Mouseover that helps make this choice a little easier. It allows two photos to occupy the same space on a page, changing from one to the other when the viewer hovers their mouse over the image. If you mouseover the image above, it will switch to a black & white version. This is a very clever way to show more photos with less space but you will want to make sure to include some text or a caption so your viewers will know they need to mouseover images to see something else. Back in February, San Diego had a “King Tide” event so I was able to use the IMG Mouseover plugin to show the difference between high & low water marks. Being able to switch between two photos really helps to make a point and tell the story. That post, with photos that show the difference in San Diego Bay’s tides can be seen here.