Welcome to My Site!

My name is Honey Silvas. I am a website developer and WordPress consultant.

If you need help with your blog or website, whether you want step-by-step coaching or you want me to fix the problem for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I provide support and training for both WordPress.com and WordPress.org (self-hosted) websites.

In this site, you can find out what’s happening in my life, as well as read about my work in web developmentProject Lifephotography, videography and other random projects.

You can find out more about me here.

Most Epic Air Safety Video

This Lord of the Rings-inspired video for New Zealand airlines will definitely make people pay attention to in-flight air safety.

The Book With No Pictures

Here’s a funny, smart children’s book from B.J. Novak, better known as Ryan from the TV show “The Office”. He shows how a book with no pictures can be really entertaining.

How to Embed a Series of Tweets from Twitter into a WordPress.com Post Without Duplicates

If you are trying to embed a series of tweets from Twitter on your WordPress.com site, sometimes it includes the parent conversation, showing duplicates tweets and making it hard to read.

That typically happens when you are trying to post your tweet like this:

https://twitter.com/thetwitterusername/status/thetweetid

Here’s how to remove the duplicate tweets from your WordPress post or page.

You need to embed the tweet with a shortcode like this

[ tweet https://twitter.com/thetwitterusername/status/thetweetid ]

(but remove the space after the opening bracket and before the closing bracket)

and add the

hide_thread="true"

to hide the duplicate parent thread.

Here’s the syntax for it. Just copy and paste this code into your post or page editor and replace the URL (the part that starts with http) with the URL of your status:

[ tweet https://twitter.com/thetwitterusername/status/thetweetid hide_thread="true" ]

(but remove the space after the opening bracket and before the closing bracket)

Here’s more about embedding Twitter into WordPress.com:

http://en.support.wordpress.com/twitter/twitter-embeds/

How to Display Only Certain Posts on a WordPress.com Post or Page

Sometimes, you just want to display only certain posts on a WordPress.com post or page. Here’s how to do it:

1) Assign the posts you want to display to a category by following the directions here:

http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/#adding-categories-via-the-categories-module

2) Then, in the post or page where you want to display your posts, place this code:

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where you replace category-name with the name of your category.

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How to Change the Font in your Post in WordPress.com

Here’s how to change the font face in your post in WordPress.com:

This is some test text!

To make the font bigger or smaller, you can add font size to the style tag like this:

This is some test text!

where 20px is the size that you want your font to be. You can use a higher number to make the font bigger or a lower number to make the font smaller.

If you want an easier way to change your font site-wide, you would need the Custom Design upgrade.
http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/custom-fonts/

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How to Set the Featured Content in WordPress.com’s Chronicle Theme

If you’ve seen the Chronicle theme demo, you might be wondering how to display the 4 horizontal images on the banner, the one that says “Raspberries on a Ledge”, “Bicycles in London”, “Making Cheese on a Summers Morn” and “A Temple in Bali”.

Those posts are marked as Featured Content, and are displayed prominently in the home page.

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How to Change Font Color in WordPress.com’s Chateau Theme Without the Custom Design Upgrade

The default background color of the Chateau theme is white, and the font color of the text is black.

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If you change the background color of Chateau theme to a dark one, it can sometimes be hard to read the text if the default font color is also dark.

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How to Change the Color of the Top Navigation Menu in WordPress.com’s Ubud Theme

Here’s how to change the color of the top navigation menu in WordPress.com’s Ubud theme.

First, you need the Custom Design Upgrade. Then add this CSS code to change the background color of the top menu.


#site-nav {
    background: #000000 !important;
}

where #000000 would be the new color you would like to use.

To change the highlight color of the top menu in Ubud theme, add this CSS code.


#site-nav ul li a:hover {
    color: #00ff00 !important;
    background: #ff0000 !important;
}

where #00ff00 is the color of the text
and #ff0000 is the color of the background of the highlighted menu.

Here’s more about how to customize your Ubud theme:
https://wordpress.com/themes/ubud/

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How to Exclude a Category from the Category Cloud Widget in WordPress.com

Sometimes, you don’t want a category to appear in the Category Cloud widget in your sidebar.

Here’s how to exclude a category from the Category Cloud widget in WordPress.com.

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How to Connect Your WordPress.com Site to your Facebook Business Page

To link your WordPress.com blog to your Facebook Page (business account) instead of your personal account, here’s what you need to do:

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How to Connect your WordPress.com Site to Your Google+ Business Profile

If you want to connect your Google Plus business account to your WordPress.com site:

1) Go to Google Plus at https://plus.google.com/ and log in to the account of your Google+ business page.

2) Then in WordPress.com, go to your Dashboard under Settings > Sharing.

3) Beside Google+, click Connect and it should take you to a page on Google where you can select from your different Google+ accounts. Just select your Google+ business account.

If you want to connect your personal Google+ account to WordPress.com instead, you can follow the steps outlined here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/google-plus-profile/

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Scorpion: A Review (Not Really a Review, More Like a Fact-Check)

Scorpion, a new TV show on CBS, is in one of my least favorite genres of all: the action-IT genre.  This is the genre where high speed car chases, explosions and the like feature prominently in the life of an IT person.  As soon as I saw the trailer with the Ferrari under a flying airplane, I already knew this was going to be one of those shows.

The show is based loosely (and I mean very, very loosely) on the life of Walter O’Brien, a computer expert who helps the government solve complex issues.  Walter is considered one of the five smartest people alive worldwide with an IQ of 197.

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How to Display Retina-Ready Images in your WordPress.com Site

Here’s how you can display retina-ready images on your WordPress.com site.

First of all, what are Retina-ready images?
Retina-ready images are basically just high-resolution images for Retina HD display devices such as the iPhone 6.

This technique should work with any WordPress theme and should work for blogs hosted at WordPress.com as well as self-hosted blogs.

1. Create an image and make the width and the height twice the size of what you want to display it at.
(So if you want your image to display at 200 x 300 pixels, create an image 400 x 600 pixels.)

2. Insert the image into your post or page.

3. Go to image properties.

4. Change the displayed image size to half the width and half the height.
(In our example, the displayed image size would be 200 x 300.)

 

You can also modify your CSS to show high-dpi images.
Please read these threads to see how it’s done via CSS:

http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/adding-retina-graphics?replies=8#post-856539

http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/retina-images-again?replies=32#post-938101

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Create. Love. Live.

Donald Trump almost named his building Tiffany Tower after the famous jewelry store, but then he decided to name Trump Tower after himself. He thought it was important to put his own name and brand on the property he was building.

I decided to name my website simply after my own name to reflect my brand (brand of what, I don’t know). I’ve blogged before under different names (like businesses or pseudonyms) but now I just want to blog as me: Honey Silvas.

The tagline for my site is “Create. Love. Live.” because I love creating, whether it’s photo, video, a website, an app or anything. I think it is really important these days to not just be a consumer of technology, but also be an active creator.

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This is the logo for my site. I had retooled a logo for an old business (Silvas Films) that one of my friends (@iamjopay) had made for me.

I love the logo so I just changed the colors from blue to pink and reused it. The letters in the center are actually “sf” for Silvas Films, but it can also read as an “H” for Honey so I am just going with it. The logo is the shape of a honeycomb after the Honey in my name and the swish at the top is kinda like a bee antenna. When I told Jopay about the concept of my logo, she really captured the essence that I wanted so I am glad to be able to use this logo (forever!).

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I asked my baby

I asked my baby, “Do you want some mam-mams (to breastfeed)?” She smiled happily and clapped excitedly. I was like, “Thank you, I deserve an applause.” ‪#‎golden‬

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Who Am I?

Hi! My name is Honey Silvas, and this is a blog about my life.

I was born and grew up in the Philippines. I’m 3/4 Chinese and 1/4 Filipino. If that’s a lot of math for you, that means my mom is 100% Chinese while my dad is half Chinese and half Filipino. I worked as a cruise ship photographer in Royal Caribbean International for a couple of years, travelling to over 20 countries.

Then I moved here to the US over 7 years ago. I am now living in sunny Sarasota, Florida with my husband, my daughter and my dog.

About Honey Silvas

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Project Life Baby Mini Album: Last Page

This is the last page of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.

Last Page.  I just used some more of the portraits from Day 1 to finish the album.

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Show and Tell Time

Do you have a photo of your Project Life baby mini album?  Please share a link in the comments below.


Project Life Baby Mini Album: Even More Month 5

This is even more Month 5 of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.

Still Month 5.

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On the right side are some shots of her at church and in the church nursery.

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Show and Tell Time

Do you have a photo of your Project Life baby mini album?  Please share a link in the comments below.


Project Life Baby Mini Album: More Month 5

This is more Month 5 of the brag book I made for my baby using Project Life mini album and Project Life Kit Baby Edition for Her.

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Gmail Password Leak Update

Honey Silvas:

It’s time to change passwords… again! Have a password changing party!

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

This week, a group of hackers released a list of about 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. This list was not generated as a result of an exploit of WordPress.com, but since a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with WordPress.com accounts, we took steps to protect our users.

We downloaded the list, compared it to our user database, and proactively reset over 100,000 accounts for which the password given in the list matched the WordPress.com password. We also sent email notification of the password reset containing instructions for regaining access to the account. Users who received the email were instructed to follow these steps:

  1. Go to WordPress.com.
  2. Click the “Login” button on the homepage.
  3. Click on the link “Lost your password?”
  4. Enter your WordPress.com username.
  5. Click the “Get New Password” button.

In general, it’s very important that passwords be unique for each account. Using the same…

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