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Missionary Blogger Update, Issue #002 -- Post Pictures and the MOVE
December 29, 2008

Welcome to the Missionary Blogger Update!  I hope you will find this publication helpful as you continue to serve the Lord through your blog.

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Missionary Blog Watch - On Wordpress?

I've long wanted to move Missionary Blog Watch to Wordpress software.  The desire wasn't lacking - just the funds!  Wordpress, of course, is free.  But there is a small cost to the hosting option I wanted.

Well, the good news is that the money is now available for the move!  So Lord willing before too long you'll hear the announcement that Missionary Blog Watch has a brand new look.

Using Wordpress will make things a lot easier in the long run, for me and for our visitors.  Also, as Wordpress users know, there are a host of things you can easily do with Wordpress that can enhance any blog in many ways.

Volunteer(s) Needed!

But I could still use some help!  I'm looking for a volunteer who has a little technical knowledge (doesn't have to be fancy, but you do need to know what html is and be basically computer literate!) to help me with the transfer.

Most important is just the transfer of the posts and comments (unfortunately it will need to be done manually), but also some basic setup, installing of plugins, etc would also be a help.

If you're willing to give a bit of your time over the next 3-4 weeks, please contact me here.  I can tell you exactly what needs to be done.  If you do a good job, I would be happy to make a small donation to your ministry as a thank you.

Today's tip...

Pictures on a blog are a great idea.  Unfortunately, they also require time to load.

Believe it or not, many people in the world are still on a dial-up connection.  Some people pay by the minute to use the internet.  Or, if you're like me, you have "high speed" which isn't all that speedy, when it works at all.

That's why it's still recommended that you make your main page load as quickly as possible.  Many people will visit your page for only a few seconds - if it's taking too long to load, they're gone, probably forever!

The temptation is to post a picture of whatever size and then use the code to make it smaller.  But that just means the entire photo has to load, even though your visitor only sees a smaller version!

So how big should your pictures be?  Well - an ideal size is 15kb for the entire main page.

Now that's pushing it for most of us, especially if we want lots of pictures.  But I would recommend aiming for about 15kb per picture.  Resize the picture exactly the way you want it seen on the post, and no bigger.

And be very careful about putting a lot of excess graphics on the page that just increase load time.  Use the pictures you need, and consider keeping the page total to a minimum.

On my personal blog I wrote a tutorial for resizing photos for a web page.  Maybe it will be a good introduction for some of you have haven't thought about how to optimize your graphics.  Some other methods may be easier, but at least consider taking more time with major posts and site logos, etc.  Here it is:  Resizing photos

Remember - the upcoming carnival...

Thanks to all of you who have already posted your carnival entry!  I just read one today, as a matter of fact.  The carnival entries are open until January 31st, but please don't wait until the last minute - post now and enter here!  The topic is advice for people wanting to become missionaries.

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