Adding “Read Time” To Your WordPress Posts

Let your readers know what sort of time commitment they are getting into before starting to read your posts on a WordPress based site. People are busy and need to have a reassurance that they can read your post and move on in an expected amount of time. Reading Time WP is the plugin I use to get this done automatically every time I post something new.

Install the Reading Time WP by going to your Admin Dashboard -> Plugins -> Add New.

Search for “Reading Time WP” and click the Install Now button. Now, then click Activate.

Once the plugin is installed you can look at the settings for the plugin by going to Settings -> Reading Time WP. You should see this:

The plugin automatically adds the “Reading Time” to the beginning of your post excerpt and main content. If you don’t want this to happen simply uncheck these boxes and click Update Options.

The basic install and activation could use a small tweak in it’s look.

I like adding a line break after “Reading Time” to give the content below it some space to breath. I also like making “Reading Time” bold.

This edit can be done by editing the plugin. Remember to make a backup so you don’t lose anything on your site before editing any plugins or themes.

Go to Plugins -> Editor.

Select the Reading Time WP plugin from the drop-down and hit Select. Now go to line 169 and find this code:

 $content = '<span class="rt-reading-time" style="display: block;">'.'<span class="rt-label">'.$label.'</span>'.'<span class="rt-time">'.$this->readingTime.'</span>'.'<span class="rt-label"> '.$calculatedPostfix.'</span>'.'</span>';

You’ll want to change it to this:

 $content = '<span class="rt-reading-time" style="display: block;">'.'<strong><span class="rt-label">'.$label.'</span></strong>'.'<span class="rt-time">'.$this->readingTime.'</span>'.'<span class="rt-label"> '.$calculatedPostfix.'</span>'.'</span><br>';

If you get an error that the file cannot be updated while doing this edit just deactivate the plugin, make the edit, and reactivate the plugin.

Now the top of your posts will look like this:

If you’re more technically minded and want to add a custom PHP line to your site’s theme to more strategically place the reading time you can get details on how to do that on the plugin’s official WordPress Repository page.

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How To Get That ZIP of MP3s, WAVs or Other Audio Files Onto Your iOS Device

Let’s say you just downloaded that rad new album from your favorite indie band. They are likely distributing their music on their own through a service like Shopify or PulleyApp and have given you a ZIP file in exchange for your hard earned money. Here is how to take that ZIP file (assuming it has audio files and an album cover in it) and get those new tunes onto your iPhone or iPad. Let’s face it, its not as easy as iTunes store but it does help support your local music makers.

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1.) Download the ZIP file

The first thing you’re going to do is download that ZIP file. This most often happens with an email sent from the band’s store with a download link in it. Click on that link and let the file download to your Mac or PC. Remember where your browser saves files so you don’t have to go hunting for it. Usually its just in a “Downloads” folder, but that’s not a hard and fast rule.


2.) Unzip the ZIP Folder

If you have a modern computer this process may have already happened. You’ll know if you see a folder with the same name as the ZIP file. If not, just double click on the zip and it will automatically expand.

Still not working? Try downloading the free StuffIt Expander for either Mac or Windows. Install. Drag. Drop. Done.


3.) Import the Files Into iTunes

Open iTunes. Click on “File” and then “Add to Library…” From there you’ll select the file(s) you want imported and then “Okay.” Wait a few seconds for the files to import into your library and you’ll be on to step 4.


4.) Make Sure the Album Information and Cover is Correct

Sometimes you’ll get music without a cover or correct ID tags. Hey, it happens. You can fix this by selecting the song(s) you want to update, right-clicking on them and selecting “Get Info.” Update any fields you’d like to change. You can go to the “Artwork” tab and upload any JPG you’d like to assign as an album cover if one wasn’t provided in your download. Click “Okay.”


5.) Sync the New Music to Your iOS Device

Now that the music is in your iTunes library all you have to do is sync them to your iOS device. Make sure that the “Sync Music” check box is selected. If you have “Entire music library” selected then you’re good to go. Just select “Apply” and you’re set. If you have “Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres” selected you’ll want to make sure to go to the Artist and/or Album area and select the music you want synced first. Then you’ll want to hit “Apply.”

If you don’t see the “Sync Music” option at all, but instead see “iCloud Music Library is On” you’re basically set. Make sure you’re signed into your Apple ID on both iTunes and your iOS device. The songs will show up shortly thereafter.

Give Your Photos a Feather Effect in Photoshop


Sometimes it can be nice to add a simple feather effect to the borders of photos for online galleries or scrapbooks. Here is a simple how-to guide to show you how to make it happen with Photoshop in 8 steps. I’m using Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 in this example but these general instructions will work in many previous versions as well.

1.) Open your image.



2.) Set your “Feather” size.



3.) Select your “Marquee” or “Lasso” type.


4.) Make the selection you want over your image. 

5.) Click “Select” and then “Inverse.”


6.) Set your Background Color.

7.) Click “Edit” and then “Cut.”

8.) Save your image.

That was easy wasn’t it? If you have any questions leave ’em in the comments.

The Amazingly Simple Trick Every New iPhone User Needs To Know, But No One Is Telling You


There have been a slew of posts from Apple lovers and haters a like that complain of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus bigger size. Most of them complain about the screen being too big to use the phone with one hand. Apple thought of this and included a simple way to bring the iPhone screen down so you can reach everything with your thumb. What’s the trick?

Swipe your thumb left to right and back. That shortcut moves the iPhone’s screen down far enough for you to reach anything you need with just one hand. Crazy simple right? That means all of those complaints about the phone being too big to use with one hand are moot. You’re welcome.


Joining the internet is easy. Quitting the Internet and removing your information can be a real headache. Ever tried finding the deactivate/delete area on Facebook? Exactly. was created to help make quitting the Internet a little bit easier. It is a self-proclaimed “directory of direct links to delete your account from web services.” Now you can find that ever changing link location with a quick search and click. The site currently has dozens of services listed including Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and many more. If you see one missing you can also suggest that it be added. Enjoy!

How To Add Twitter Card Support To Your WordPress Website

It is easier than you think to add Twitter Card support to your WordPress based website. It took me several days to figure out this easy way to add this functionality to my site. The reason? I just needed to find the right plugin! Two steps really. There it a bit more detail to it, but I’ll walk you through it below.

Make Sure WordPress is Updated & Backed-up. Before attempting any site changes it is a good idea to back everything up. That way if anything goes wrong you have a good place to go back to instead of starting from an old backup or from scratch!

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The JM Twitter Card settings screen is simple to use.

1.) Install, activate & input your Twitter handle/image URL in the JM Twitter Cards plugin settings. Then preview your “card” using Twitter’s Card Preview Tool to make sure everything works like you want.

Twitter Card Signup Screen
You have to be approved by Twitter in order to have Twitter Cards on your site.

2.) Apply to the Twitter Card program. Once you are approved you will get an email confirmation from Twitter. Most (if not all) eligible links from your site shared on Twitter by you or others will then include the Twitter Card summaries. Turn around time on approval varies widely. I’ve had approvals for accounts take over a week and some happen within a day.

My Twitter Account Before Adding Twitter Card Support


My Twitter Account After Adding Twitter Card Support


This is the two step process that worked for me. There are other plugins that work, but this is the one I found to be most user friendly. Have other suggestions or questions? Sound off in the comments.