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How to turn off automatic capitalization of first word in LibreOffice Writer

logo for LibreOffice - open-source softwareAs a writer who often includes glossaries and other material for which I do NOT want any automatic capitalization turned on, I finally decided to figure out how to turn it off. This was just after I switched from Microsoft Word to LibreOffice Writer, but it’s apparently pretty similar.

In LibreOffice, select ToolsAutoCorrect Options then choose Options, the third tab across the top. The item you are looking for is near the top (the third item on my system): Capitalize first letter of every sentence. Just uncheck the two checkboxes – [M] (modifying existing text) and [T] (modifying as you type). Then click OK and you are done.

Aside

Aren’t you glad you switched from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice… from Microsoft Word to LibreOffice Writer… from corporate offerings to the universe of open source and free software in general?

Personally, I’m truly enjoying it; the process of setting up Linux Mint and Linux Ubuntu machines as Microsoft Windows replacements has actually re-ignited my old hobby of tinkering with computers and technology — something I became rather burned out on after working in computer and network support for a few years over a decade ago.

Resources: How to turn off automatic capitalization of first word in LibreOffice

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Testing WordPress themes: ‘Stylesheet is missing’ error

public domain artworkWe at Nashville SEO & Web Content manage dozens of blogs for clients, many on rather low budgets — so we are constantly on the lookout for the very best free WordPress themes we can find. I am investing significant time and effort this evening in the testing of dozens of free WordPress themes collected from various sites over the last few months.

One of the most common problems users encounter when testing new WordPress themes is the missing stylesheet. When this happens, the theme is listed at the bottom of the Manage Themes page (under Appearance -- Themes in the WordPress administration backend) in a list of “Broken Themes” with the description, “Stylesheet is missing”.

This issue is explained very well in the knowledgebase of Envato’s support section under “My WordPress Theme isn’t working, what should I do” in the section called “Common ‘Broken Theme’ and ‘Stylesheet Missing’ WordPress Issues”.

Luckily, this issue is almost always due to a very simple circumstance which is easily corrected. In a nutshell, many zips (compressed files & folders) contain an extra directory (folder) layer which often tricks WordPress into believing the style sheet isn’t there, when it really is there. It’s just buried too deeply within the theme folders.

For instance, let us suppose you downloaded a WordPress theme called Brown. The zip file you downloaded is called brown-ver-1. When you unzip the brown-ver-1 folder, you see that it contains a folder called brown. Inside the brown folder are the actual files comprising the WordPress theme. You must get rid of that extra layer before you upload the theme to WordPress for testing. That is, when you open the final package there should not be an extra directory layer before you see the style.css file and all the other files that make up the applicable WordPress theme.

Correct: brown — style.css
Incorrect: brown-ver-1 — brown — style.css

Exactly how one corrects the issue depends on which method is being used to upload new themes to the WordPress installation on the web server.

The two main methods are:

1. Using WordPress upload process
2. Using an FTP client

I strongly prefer to use an FTP client to move files back and forth between my system and the web server. I cannot imagine taking the extra time to use the built-in WordPress uploading process. The two categories of uploads on which much time can be saved with an FTP client are images and themes.

Results of testing: Will finish this later

Successful themes
These themes look great and work well as soon as they are activated; they require little or no implementation time.

  • DailyPost 1.0.5 by wplook

Themes requiring setup

  • Business lite 3.1.19 by CyberChimps WordPress Themes
  • BizWay 1.5 by InkThemes.com

Themes failing preview

  • Yasmin 1.0.0

Resources: Testing WordPress themes: ‘Stylesheet is missing’ error

This post was started on Sunday, September 09, 2012

Google Chrome: How to open specific web pages on launch

It sure is convenient — not to mention quick and easy — to configure your Google Chrome web browser to open a specific set of web pages automatically on every launch. In fact, I rely on it.

    Google Chrome logo
  1. Click on the wrench icon (upper right) and choose Settings
  2. One of the first items listed is On startup
  3. The third choice in the On startup section is: Open a specific page or set of pages
  4. Click Set pages
  5. Modify as needed
  6. Click OK
  7. Close the Chrome settings page

That’s it; it’s that simple!

Resources: Google Chrome web browser

This post was started on Monday, August 13, 2012

How to update name servers

This post is part of the Blogging Noob 101 series

Overview

These simple instructions apply to the following situation:

You have 1) Purchased a new domain name and 2) You have prepaid for the web hosting account to be used with this domain name. Next, your new domain name must somehow be associated with the web hosting space you purchased. That’s what these steps are for.

Prerequisites & requirements

You must know the name server settings (e.g., the values of the variable “name server”). There are usually two values: a name server 1 and a name server 2. If you don’t have this information, it’s quite easy to obtain. The required name server settings can be obtained from your web host; simply refer to their web site or telephone their tech support department. (Also, the name server settings are likely described in an email sent to you by your web hosting company when you signed up.)

Although there are exceptions, the most popular naming conventions used for name servers are NS1.hostingcompany.com and NS2.hostingcompany.com.

The simple steps

  1. Login to your domain registrar[1]
  2. Choose Domain Manager
  3. From the list of domain names in your account, select the applicable domain name
  4. Update the two (2) name server variables with the values you obtained from your web host

If you would prefer your webmaster or web developer to take care of this for you, then he would need your login info (the "credentials") to your domain registrar account.

GoDaddy instructions

Follow these instructions to change the name servers for your new domain name registered at GoDaddy.

1. Go to the GoDaddy.com home page
2. Login to your account
3. Go to the Domain Manager for the list of your domain names (All Products -- Domains -- Domain management)
4. Place a check mark in the box the left of the domain name you want to configure (Allows various domain variables and options to be selected and configured)
5. Click on Nameservers -- Set Nameservers
6. Change the first two existing name servers to the name server variables provided by your web host (e.g., NS1.BLUEHOST.COM, NS2.BLUEHOST.COM)

That’s it! Now the updated name server information must propagate across the web. While this can sometimes take over an hour, it usually happens in five or ten minutes (or even less).

Bluehost instructions

Follow these instructions to add your new domain name to your existing Bluehost web hosting account. This can only be done after the name servers have been updated properly at GoDaddy and after the new settings have propagated.

1. Login to Bluehost
2. Choose Domain Manager
3. Click on Assign a domain to your cPanel account

Assign domain steps

1. Choose the second option: Use a domain that is not already associated with your account. (unless the domain name is already associated with your account for some reason); Type your new domain name into the second field
2. Verify Ownership

Bluehost now conducts a quick automatic search to determine name servers. If the name server information has propogated, then you will be allowed to continue setting it up. If not, you will have to give the new name server values (the ones you entered into GoDaddy in the applicable steps above) additional time to propogate. Once the name servers are set correctly and have propogated, continue with the setup:

Choose Addon Domain (unless you just want to park it)
Choose Addon Directory and Sub-domain
• The directory should exactly match your domain name without the .com (or .org, .net, or other extension); all lowercase, no spaces
• The sub-domain should be the same as the addon directory

Footnotes

[1] Domain registrar

Domain registrar is a fancy name for the site/company you used to buy the applicable domain name(s). An example of a popular domain registrar would be GoDaddy.com, which happens to be this blogger’s preferred domain registrar.

Resources: How to update name servers

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First, we must login to your domain registrar (in your case, probably GoDaddy.com) and then associate your new domain name with the web hosting account. To accomplish this, we simply update the name servers (aka “nameservers”) associated with your domain.

as follows: (NOTE: The IP addresses provided below are only FYI; the IP addresses are generally NOT required)
1. ns1.bluehost.com (IP address: 74.220.195.31)
2. ns2.bluehost.com (IP address: 69.89.16.4)

Finding the best free WordPress themes in 2012

The list below (“Resources“) contains some great places to look for nice, new – and best of all, FREE — WordPress themes.

logo: WordPressWhen choosing from amongst WordPress themes, I strongly recommend choosing at least five or ten of your favorite themes. WordPress themes can be rather unpredictable, and only a portion of these themes actually appear as advertised without requiring substantial additional setup work. It has been my experience that more than half of the WordPress themes I test do not look anything like the model or example site indicated the theme would look, which probably means that more work is required in order to configure the theme to an operational or usable level.

When this happens, I immediately remove that theme from the running and move on to the next choice.

Resources: Best free WordPress themes 2012

Resources: Other WordPress theme links

This section contains links to timely and interesting resources about WordPress themes — but not free themes.

Useful WordPress Tools, Themes And Plugins (Mar 2012) – Smashing Magazine
http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2012/03/22/useful-wordpress-tools-themes-plugins/
Best Newspaper Themes For WordPress – Smashing Magazine
http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2012/05/23/best-wordpress-themes-newspapers/
http://bloggingexperiment.com/best-wordpress-themes
http://www.site5.com/wordpress-themes/

http://www.briskstudios.com/theme-starter-for-wordpress-3-0/

Monthly roundups: Free WordPress themes

Free WordPress themes: 2011 collections

Free WordPress themes: 2010 collections

Testing new WordPress themes

To be edited and posted later
logo: WordPressIf you wish to test new WordPress themes yourself, it’s not hard. You must have an FTP account to your web host & know how to use it (Purpose: To transfer files from your local hard drive to your web hosting server). You must find the WordPress themes you’d like to test, download files for the WordPress themes you’d like to test, unzip the files, then upload them to your web host, then test them by logging in and choosing Appearance – Themes from the main WordPress menu. [ read more ]

Issues with WordPress themes

After you have downloaded and tested a few new WordPress themes to see how they look skinning (as the new skin on) your existing WordPress blog, you will quickly learn that some WordPress themes do not always appear or behave as one might expect. [ read more ]

This post was started on April 2, 2012.
This post was updated on Sunday, August 05, 2012.