Copying Content from One WordPress Blog to Another

I have two WordPress blogs. Something that I have wanted to do for the past few weeks is to copy a page from this blog and add it to my online portfolio blog. I think it makes sense to have my “WR Project” page describing how I did a web page redesign on my online portfolio blog instead of having people click a link to see that page here.

After doing a little research, I discovered there are two ways to do this:

Method 1: Copy and Paste

This is the easy way and works well if you are trying to copy a small amount of information. I just opened up two windows. One window had the page I was trying to copy on this blog, and the other window had a new page ready to be published on my online portfolio blog. I selected the contents of the page I was trying to copy from this blog and hit CTRL + C and then moved over to the new page and hit CTRL+ V (the copy and paste commands). Everything I copied transferred over to my online portfolio blog without a problem.

Method 2: Using the Export and Import Options Under Tools in the Dashboard

If you need to copy your entire blog or a large section of it, you are probably better off going to your dashboard and trying the Export and Import options located under Tools. The Export option will convert your blog content into an XML file that can then be imported into the new blog using the Import option. I did not try this method myself, so I will refer you to this WordPress Support forum page. This page includes additional links that provide more detailed information about the Export and Import options.

As for me, I like to keep things simple. I plan to use the copy-and-paste method for copying blog content as much as possible and use the Export and Import options under Tools as a last resort.

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The World Is Full of Cheapskates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I normally talk about graphic design topics or WordPress-related topics, but today I am going to talk about an encounter I had today in the supermarket parking lot. I had to buy a lot of food because I had not gone shopping for a week. I was loading my groceries into the car when a woman drove by and tried to get my attention. There was a teenage girl with her. She tells me a story that she has five children and can’t afford to buy them food, so could I go back into the store and buy some food for them? She would pay me back.

This woman was driving in a big SUV truck that looked newer and better than my beat-up 20+ year old car. She even had a pretty new looking cell phone that she pointed to as she offered to give me her phone number. (I was supposed to call her so I could get paid back.) I told her I couldn’t help her, but she would not give up right away. She kept asking something like, “You really can’t help us?” I just kept saying, “I’m sorry.” She finally drove away.

I realize that times are hard for a lot of people these days, but why do people feel free to dump their problems on everyone else? This woman is a complete stranger to me, yet I am supposed to go out of my way and go shopping for her and give her food for free (yeah right, she will pay me back). Why do some people expect that other people or even complete strangers should bail them out of their problems? What happened to personal responsibility and self-reliance?

I know I might seem uncharitable, but there is another story I have to tell you about why I don’t help strangers. There used to be this panhandler that I regularly saw on a main intersection close to where I live. He was probably in his thirties and had crutches and a knee brace. Day after day, he would limp by the roadside looking frail and pathetic in hopes of getting a handout. One day when I was throwing out the trash, I see this same panhandler walk by my house on the other side of the street. He had the knee brace on, but he was walking along with strong, confident strides and no limp. As he walked, he happily swung his crutches in the air. He was probably thinking about how much money he was going to make deceiving people that day.

Even in my attempts to find work, I have encountered many a cheapskate. One time I applied for a job to design a book cover for a writer. His ad said he would pay $100. I offered to do the work for $75 if he gave me a copy of his e-book. He sent me the e-book and a sketch of what he wanted on the cover, but then he tells me he won’t pay for my work unless he likes it. He also tells me that there are so many other talented artists working on this project. When I told him I would not do the work without a signed contract, he came up with excuses for not working with me on a contract basis. He looked at my online portfolio thoroughly and had no problem sending the work to me  when he thought I would do it for free, but suddenly I did not have enough freehand work in my portfolio to make him confident I could do the job. However, if I wanted to prove I was a professional, I just had to send him a quick sketch and he might reconsider . . .

Right now I am working as a freelance copyeditor for an e-book publisher. I have broken my own rule of not working without a contract. All I have is an email agreement. I am receiving a lot of work from them. I would be happy to do more work because more work means receiving more money. However, I have no guarantee that I will be paid after I send the invoice. Last night, I did some research online and found a few anonymous reviews from people who claimed that they did work for this company but were not paid or not paid in full. Now I feel like a fool being suckered by another cheapskate.

Placing Images Side by Side in WordPress

In the short time since I started blogging, I have encountered several moments when I wanted to place images side by side but was not able to. It would seem like a simple enough task, but WordPress tends to push the second image down to its own space.

Based on the articles I have looked at on this issue, I discovered that the secret to placing images side by side in WordPress is a combination of alignment and image size. The images need to have either left or right alignment and must be small enough in size so that they fit on the same line. For easy-to-follow instructions, I recommend reading “Images >> Image Alignment” in the Support section of WordPress. It helped me to place the following two pictures of my graphic design work together on the same line. The first image has left alignment, and the second one has right alignment. If you know HTML coding, you can make more specific changes to the alignment and spacing in the text editor.

 

WordPress Reader Page Access Problems

Last week I could not access my Reader page. I received a notice that my browser needed to be upgraded, so I did that and still could not look around at the other WordPress blogs through the Reader. Finally, I came across this WordPress forum page and found the help I needed. One of the posts includes a helpful checklist of things to do in addition to upgrading the browser. I thought I would share this information because other people might be having the same problem too.

Sidebar: A Simple Way to Add a Contact Page to Your Free WordPress Blog

Part of the reason I did not publish my previous post called “More Online Portfolio Info” right away was because I had to figure out how to add a contact page to my online portfolio. When I did an online search about this topic, I discovered various plug-in contact forms mixed in with numerous how-to articles and videos. These plug-ins are designed for people who have custom WordPress blogs. I was getting a little worried. What about the rest of us who have free WordPress blogs? Is it possible for us to add a contact page to our blogs?

The answer is yes. Here is a list of resources that helped me to add a contact page to my WordPress online portfolio and to this blog. The procedure is simple, but don’t be alarmed if your form seems incomplete and/or contains your own contact information. The forum posts I have included in this resource list will calm your fears.

“Contact Forms” (WordPress.com blog post)
“Can’t insert ‘contact form’!”  (WordPress.com forum post)
“Why do I show up myself in my own contact form?”  (WordPress.com forum post)

More Online Portfolio Info

Illustration by Arlene G.

I was looking for articles about online portfolios on Tuesday, and I came across “Creating an Online Graphic Design Portfolio” by David Airey. In this article, he discusses common online portfolio mistakes graphic designers make and shares mistake checklists made by other designers.

I think pointing out these common mistakes is helpful, but you have to consider these errors in light of your own personal situation. For example, I agree that having a portfolio with nothing but thumbnails is a mistake, but I have to keep in mind that I have space limitations on the amount of photos I can post on my online portfolio. Right now my online portfolio has a limit of 3 GB for media items (photos, video, etc.) unless I pay for more file storage space. I would like to make all of the images on my portfolio large, but I am concerned that will take up too much memory. In order to save space, I tend to compromise and use a combination of thumbnails, medium size images, and a few large images.

I decided to correct the mistake of not having a contact form on my portfolio site, but I did it mainly out of curiosity. I have mixed feelings about working with people online. While telecommuting has some advantages, it also has some serious drawbacks. It requires placing a lot of trust in someone you do not know very well and will most likely never meet, and collecting payment from clients in another state or country is difficult if they are unwilling to pay.  Although I have not completely ruled out working with people in a telecommuting relationship, I think I am more comfortable working with people in my local area. I like the possibility of meeting a client in person. However, I am not really worrying about attracting national and international clients. Hardly anyone visits my online portfolio except for prospective employers that I contact in response to job ads.

I am not so sure that the absence of a resume/CV is a mistake for everyone. What if you have little or no experience doing graphic design work for others? Won’t the resume/CV emphasize your lack of experience? Perhaps it is better to describe your graphic design experience briefly in the “bio” or “about” section of your website. I think Seth Godin has some good ideas about what to do in place of a resume, but they require a lot of work and time to accomplish.

I am glad I read this article because it contains advice from people who are also graphic designers. This article also reminds me that my online portfolio is definitely a work in progress, especially as I transition from doing student work to doing professional work. Getting advice is great, but you really have to experiment and see what works for you.

What I Did Since Spring Break

I know it has been awhile since I wrote my last post. My final project for my GCOM 360 class has been completed and graded. (I plan to post an entire page about my final project.) I finished the final two classes I needed to graduate with an AS degree in Graphic Communication from Sacramento City College. I have also put together an online portfolio of my graphic design work on WordPress: http://imaginenewdesignsportfolio.wordpress.com/. In addition, I have been trying to find work without much success.

In short, I have been busy, and I am still busy. However, after noticing how many people have visited this site for information about WordPress and online portfolio information, I would like to try to write posts about these topics again as well as other graphic design topics. I have come across a number of articles and resources that aspiring graphic designers might find helpful to read, and I would like to share them with you. I will see what I can do.