I have been a collector my entire life. I think I come by it naturally since my mother's side of the family tends to "collect" things in the form of never throwing anything away on the off chance it might be valuable or hold the key to the family's history. From reality television, I now know they are hoarders, not collectors. Me? I tend to deny my problem because what I mostly collect are links. That is, when I read an article online that I think may come in handy some day, I save the link. I have a folder on my computer's desktop called mhl, (short for Mighty Helpful Links). Within that folder are sub-folders for specific categories for things like SEO, vlogging, analytics, etc. Oh, yes. Make no mistake: I hoard links. Today, though, that may work in your favor--especially if you're at all interested in learning the basics of HTML or CSS or have a WordPress blog you'd like to tweak. That's right, folks, I'm sharing some of my links to tutorials.
- HTML Tutorial Series via Beep the Geek. HTML is the most basic part of structuring web pages. You'll need to understand a little HTML and the logic behind it if you want to move up to CSS and PHP and some other stuff I don't pretend to know a lot about. You'll be surprised by how much you can fake it if you know a little HTML.
- Web Basics via Web Monkey. Rather than point you to a specific article at this site, I'm pointing you to the main page for the Web Basics category. Here you'll find tutorials for HTML, CSS, and XML.
- 20 Websites To Help You Learn and Master CSS via Six Revisions. If you aren't currently following Six Revisions, you should be. I noticed that many of my hoarded links are from this site. I learn a lot there. And they use the word "grok", so, you know, I love them and stuff. This particular article lists and describes 20 sites with tutorials. You're sure to find at least a few that can help you get started with CSS.
- 30 Exceptional CSS Navigation Techniques via Six Revisions. Are you fairly comfortable with CSS and want to try your hand at a nav bar? This is the article for you. It provides sample nav bars and, when you click on the title of the nav bar, you're taken to a page with instructions on how to build that nav bar.
- Custom Styling for Posts via Blogging Tips. As the author, Sarah, points out, customizing the style of individual posts can be handy if you're using a platform like WordPress as a content management system (CMS). This article shows you how to customize a single post, all posts in a specific category, or all posts in a sub-category.
- CSS Builder via MetaTitan. This is a simple tool to help you build CSS on the fly. There you go. Done.
- Resetting Your Styles with CSS Reset via Six Revisions. I told you I learn a lot here. This article shows you how to set the styles of your page elements "to a baseline value so that you avoid cross-browser differences due to their built-in default style settings. By resetting your styles, you avoid defaulting to the browser’s built-in styles, which differs from browser to browser."
- WordPress.tv. The tagline says it all: WordPress.tv is your visual resource for all things WordPress. If you are at all interested in learning about WordPress, this should be your first stop. The web site is categorized so you can find what you're looking for easily. On the home page you'll see options that offer Latest Videos, WordCamp Videos (WordCamps are mini conferences where WP fans congregate to share their knowledge; all levels welcome), and Popular Videos.
- 100+ WordPress Video Tutorials, from Basic to Advanced via SpeckyBoy. This article provides a list of tutorials grouped by web site. The tutorials listed cover everything from installing WP to configuring your Google site map to inserting an image in PHP list.
- 25+ Essential Articles for Every WordPress Beginner via Elite by Design. This list points you to information about the WP Codex, using SEO with WordPress, choosing plug-ins and widgets, using your admin settings, and more.
- How to Create a WordPress Theme via ThemeShaper. Are you ready to make your own theme? Perfect it and sell it? I applaud your tenacity and drive. Start here.
- A List of Essential Web Design Skills via Hub Pages. Liz is one of my favorite tech gals. In this article she explains what you need to know if you want to design web sites or, at least what you should be looking for if you're hiring it out.
- Web 2.0 in just under 5 minutes. An interesting visual overview of Web 2.0, how we got here, and where we're going.
Melanie Nelson writes tips and instructions for bloggers at Blogging Basics 101.
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