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You Have A WordPress Blog, Right?

So let me ask you, do you write all your posts to your WordPress Blog online? Maybe you write them in Office, using Word and then copy-paste them into the editor?

Well there’s a much easier way. Microsoft Word allows you to write your post and publish it directly to your blog. Maybe not…

I asked my Facebook and Twitter friends and followers and it appears that I’m the only one doing this. Some out of preference, some because they simply aren’t aware of this awesome feature in Word.

In fact, you can connect Word to pretty much all the main blogging platforms and you are good to go.

How Does It Work?

The steps here relate to Office 365, because you’re missing out if you haven’t upgraded. Let’s be honest, Office 365 has been around since 2013. What are you waiting for folks?

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. You have two ways to publish to your blog:
    1. File – New – select the Blog post template for a new post.
    2. File – Share – post to a blog to publish an existing document to your blog.
  3. Assuming you have never used this feature: click on Register Now.
  4. Choose from the drop-down your blog provider. In our case this is a WordPress blog but, this feature supports all the popular providers.
  5. A dialog will open, where you add your blog URL, but keep the PHP file at the end of the URL i.e. http://<Enter your blog URL here>/xmlrpc.php
    1. Add a user name and password that has posting rights on the blog.
    2. Click the Picture options button and select the way you want to handle images on your blog.
  6. You are good to go and if you selected Remember password, then each time you choose the blog template Word will be connected to your blog.
  7. The template will load and you will see the menus in Word change to display File, Blog Post & Insert.
  8. You can setup multiple blogs, (each can be a different provider) from Blog Post – Manage Accounts – New.

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The Warptest POV

Whilst most people prefer to copy-paste this requires the removal of the excess code that gets carried across to from Word to your WordPress blog. Some others prefer to use Google Docs not Microsoft Word.

Overall the impression I got from speaking to various WordPressers is that this is not widely known. Why did I discover this? I was writing a review of Office and found this feature. Why am I only writing this now? As my incredibly smart wife is prone to remind me,

“Just because I know how to do something, doesn’t mean everybody else does. Keep sharing this stuff.”

– Thanks Missus Ross.

For the copy-paste folks out there, this is incredibly easy to setup. Once done, any time you select new blog post from Word templates you’re ready to go. Since Windows Live Writer is no longer supported, this is a great alternative and IMHO a better option.

The blog post menu in Microsoft Word has a publish button with an option to publish to drafts, allowing you to change the formatting (if you want), add images or galleries and add any SEO keywords etc.

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I give this a strong Warptest recommendation and suggest you try it for yourself. One additional tip: if you are already working in Word you can seamlessly backup every post to OneDrive.

The how-to is above, are you ready to take this for a test drive? You are already paying for Office, you might as well maximize your ROI.

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Web Accessibility is Law in Israel…

We heard a talk about Israel Web Accessibility law at WordCamp Jerusalem 2016, several days ago. To begin with, I’m not a lawyer. I don’t even play one on TV so I’m not going to cite the law nor should you interpret the opinions you read here as an acceptance of liability or that I am claiming any legal knowledge. I’m not. What I am sharing is the food for thought I came away with.

The law is interesting and of course, web accessibility is important if not crucial. However, the ramifications of the law are almost as relevant.

Israel Web Accessibility Law - Dammit Jim

The following points came across during the presentation:

  • This law has been in effect since 2013.
  • The law enables a complainant to sue for damages in a case where a site does not meet the standards required by law for accessibility.
  • Other countries have web accessibility standards but none makes this a legal requirement involving liability.
  • It applies allegedly to sites that provide “information to the public”.
  • No litigation case has appeared in Israeli courts since the law’s inception.
  • Public sector sites have an extension until 2018 to become web accessible.

CUI BONO?

This is certainly an opportunity for any skilled, knowledgeable professional to provide web accessibility compliance or testing services, so long as they are not risk adverse. One of the concerns voiced during the presentation at WordCamp was that liability can include not just the site itself, the theme the site builder recommends or customizations, but also content subsequently posted to the site.

The government and the public sector as a whole are benefitting from the extension they granted themselves until 2018 for their sites to become compliant. In Israel most IT services in the public sector are provided by outsourcing companies who compete for tenders. One can assume that if the public sector has not already begun issuing these tenders to make their sites accessible, it will wake up to the need for this shortly. The outsourcing companies are big enough to acquire the knowledge and handle the liability issues. Web accessibility, an opportunity for them.

The WARPTEST POV

The presentation at WordCamp highlighted the sense among attendees that the government had done what it does best: imprinted existing physical world standards on the digital domain. Technology professionals often feel that legislators pass laws without a full comprehension of the tech or the impact. There weren’t a lot of smiling faces about all this:

Again, don’t misconstrue what I’m saying. Web accessibility is important and this is where I part ways with the lawyer who gave the WordCamp presentation.

IMHO if the government is legislating web accessibility in much the way they do with car licensing, then why shouldn’t the government be obligated to provide a standard automated testing tool for site builders to verify compliance to standards. This would be akin to the test center you take your car to prior to annual licensing.

The really interesting thing is that this law doesn’t just apply to web sites. Compliance to accessibility also applies to mobile apps. One might assume that should this become a burning issue, Google, Apple and Microsoft will all have a dog in this fight.

Israel Web Accessibility Law - app stores

Many people came away from the presentation feeling that the government went too far. This opens up huge opportunities for the litigious and turns site building and content writing into something as risky as feeding crocodiles.

A law that has been around since 2013 and has not generated one court case leaves questions. Are sites more web accessible since the law was passed? I believe not. Has the law ensured that those who need web accessibility are receiving it? I’m unconvinced that the law changed that for the better either.

Nutshell, there are opportunities here for the bold and the knowledgeable. WordPress Theme creators, mobile app developers and QA are just a few. If we are willing to accept the risk of providing web accessibility compliance services then this is a niche waiting to be filled.

Which do you see, the risk or the opportunity?

Smoking Hot Wordpress Tip

Tip of the Day is Back on Warptest…

Today I have a meaningful tip for your WordPress blog.

We all love Jetpack right? Of course we do. Jetpack is your one stop shop for managing your blog dashboard and it only gets better with each release.

Jetpack for WordPress

Jetpack has a whole slew of features to make your WordPress life easier but I’m going to focus on Stats for today.

Jetpack Stats

One of the really nice things about Jetpack is it gives you statistics that give you a nice outline of what’s working to draw traffic to your blog.

Jetpack Stats

You get a nice bar chart and basic metrics which for those intimidated by Google Analytics and Bing Webmaster Tools are a good starting point until you can learn either or both of those and how to turn the extensive information there into actionable intelligence.

Sometimes it’s also about feeling good…

Seeing which posts on a given day are getting how many views, web sources and links clicked is great and when a post has that halo effect and the numbers really start climbing you feel validated in terms of your writing and technical knowhow.

The point isn’t simply an Ego Boost though, it’s about learning what works and what doesn’t and applying those lessons onwards to bring your message to the people.

Cadbury Boost Bar

With thanks to Cadbury’s Chocolate …

http://www.cadbury.co.uk/products/Boost-2393?p=2393

What’s missing?

The one statistic that I couldn’t easily find or produce without some scripted / automated intervention was total number of views per post.

I didn’t want to have to jump through hoops or hear the Mission Impossible theme every time I wanted to track this metric but it wasn’t there at the click of a mouse.

Courtesy of the Amazing Lindsey Stirling and The Piano Guys via YouTube.com

Warptest POV

(Here is a tip within a tip:) 99% of the time if you see a problem then someone else is also feeling your pain. Sometimes this means the solution is already out there waiting to be discovered, at best you have someone to collaborate with on solving the problem.

In this case, most WordPress problems have solutions waiting to be found by searching through Plugins; I found my solution in the Jetpack Post Statistics Link which according to the Developer has one limitation “…only if the post appears in the top 10 posts for the day.”

Let’s face it though, your best work should be your most recent, certainly in terms of lessons learned (about content writing, SEO etc.)

In a nutshell, this plugin delivers nicely. Well played HomeDev.

So WordPressers, I hope this helps you out and if there is anything you would like to see in another Tip of the Day then drop me line either in the post Comments or you can get me on Twitter as @jonathanross

Farewell Blogger

Auf weidersehen Blogger & welcome to my all-new and improved site. The move from Blogger to WordPress and my own .COM hasn’t been without some hiccups but that is how the best of us learn, right?

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Warptest as a name came to me during the last testing project I was involved in. An agile project where the testing and Dev cycles were run in sprints.

I started work testing a mobile application and was able to ramp up rapidly; this led to a realization about test planning but that’s another article I’m working on.

The sprint ran at faster than expected speed and when I was discussing it with a fellow tester I joked I was working at warpspeed.

I had been looking for a .COM and couldn’t believe that Warptest was available so I leapt on it and here we are.

The underlying principle of our testing is do it rapidly, do it efficiently and do it right!

The point is for any given test project to arrive at the bugs as fast as possible without compromising the quality of the testing.

In addition Warptest is now my main blog for other subjects I enjoy writing about e.g. tech or espresso.

So..

If your R&D, mobile app or other Dev is reaching critical defect mass and you need someone to step up and either hands on test, guide you with tools selection or anything else test-related then contact me.

Timeslots are filling up for the next month based on sprints in the pipeline so don’t delay folks.

The “warptest-ed” stamp of approval  (as seen in the header) can be yours!

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