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Archive for March, 2007

Web apps: from idea to launch

Have you been thinking of launching a web based application, plugin, or tool? Well, Achtentachtig has created a list to help you walk through going from the idea to the launch. They give much more detail in their post, but here is the list for you.

1. Idea
2. Research
3. Brainstorm
4. Concept
5. Information architecture and wireframes
6. Design and Interaction guide
7. Designing
8. Programming
9. Invite beta testers
10. Launch

Check out their full post for more details behind each step of the process, and remember that if you work through it one step at a time, you will reach your goal.

Categories: General

WordPress Plugin: InstantUpgrade

I am not sure how safe this plugin is to use, but it definitely seems like one to keep an eye on. Its called InstantUpgrade, and that’s its function.

From Zirona:

There’s no doubt about it: Upgrading is annoying. You must download the new version, unpack it, delete the old files, copy in the new files, run an upgrading routine.

Now for WordPress users, much of this is obsolete. The InstantUpgrade plugin provides is a easy and safe way to upgrade your WordPress automatically with a single click! (It is to say that it needs some preparations, though.) You can upgrade to the latest WordPress version, or you can upgrade to a version of your choice.

The InstantUpgrade plugin is Free Software available under the GNU GPL.

If it makes upgrading any easier, and doesn’t compromise the security of WordPress, then why isn’t this already in the core of WordPress? Try out InstantUpgrade and let me know how it goes.

Categories: WordPress Plugins

5 Ways to Work Less and Get More Done Online

Sharon Sarmiento over on 901am has put up a post detailing what you can do to work less, but get more done.

Her list includes:

  • Restrict your work hours to increase efficiency.
  • Create a map for your day.
  • Schedule times to check email.
  • Relax and don’t try to force yourself to work harder.
  • Cut yourself some slack.

Check out the full reasonings and details behind this list on 901am.

Categories: Blogging Tips

74 CSS Gallery Roundup

Are you looking for some design inspiration? Tired of looking at the same design galleries over and over? Well, over on Nuff-Respec.com there is a post up that links to 74 different galleries for your perusing pleasure.

Check it out.

Categories: General

Start a Corporate Blog

Over at Squarespace Insider there is a post about starting a corporate blog, and it answers the who, what, where, when and how of starting such a blog.

My favorite from the post is the how:

If putting the blog right on the company site, it can quickly be incorporated into the company plan. Consider making announcements on the blog and having promotions for loyal readers. The more that the blog is used as a platform for speaking to the public, the more of that public will be interested in it. Make sure that the rest of the company is aware of the blog and get everyone involved in brainstorming blogging topics and getting the people writing the blog the latest company information. If industry news is sent around the company, get this news on the blog as well as your thoughts on it. This level of cooperation is vital in creating a successful and representative blog.

Check out the full post on Squarespace Insider, definitely a great read.

Categories: Blogging Tips

WordCamp 2007

Well, Matt Mullenweg has finally set a date for WordCamp 2007 (2006 link), and while it’s close, it is still a fair bit more notice than last time around.

There doesn’t seem to be a page yet for organizing the event, but with the date set at July 21st, and 22nd in San Francisco, they have a bit of time to plan it out.

I will have more information as it comes available. It should be an interesting event.

Categories: WordPress News

Grow Up With Your Readers

Darren Rowse has a post on his Problogger.net blog where he talks about growing up with your readers. You start a blog, keep it simple and as it goes on, you slowly post more and more thought provoking and “grown up” posts.

Here is how he puts it:

Start with the basics (after all that’s where many people are at) and then add to the level that you pitch things at over time with more intermediate posts and then advanced ones.

This is what I’ve been attempting to do with Digital Photography School over the last 10 months. The early days focussed in on how to hold a camera and basic rules of composition like the rule of thirds – and over time I’ve gradually attempted to get a little more advanced and have tried to tempt readers out of the auto modes on their cameras with posts on exposure. Adding a forum also grew the blog up a little and attracted a higher level of interaction and learning.

I’m not saying you can’t start a blog at a more advanced level – many have done this successfully – but as I look around most niches I see a lot of blogs that have already gone to the advanced level that might have forgotten about the beginner user – for me the logical response to this is to tap into this forgotten novice market and move on from there.

I totally agree with his assessment, though sometimes, if your blog gets too advanced, it can turn off new readers who aren’t interested in digging through your archives. So it doesn’t always hurt to bring people back to basics. Check out the rest of his post, where he compares this whole experience to McDonald’s of all companies.

Categories: Blogging Tips

WordPress Theme Release: If the Community Wants It

Becca, of Beccary.com has put up a new design for her blog, and says:

Now I don’t usually release my current themes to the public (blame it on my inner narcissist) but depending on public response I am considering releasing this one (replacing the tree and icons of course).

On the plus side it could work at different widths and with a lot of colour schemes. In fact, I was thinking I could package it with a few schemes – not only would that make it more interesting, but it’d then be much easier for users to add their own colours.

So if you like the new Beccary, and want to see the theme released to the world, please head on over and leave a comment on her blog.

Categories: WordPress Themes

SplashPress Media Acquires Tubetorial and Cutline

SplashPress Media is on a roll with its acquisitions of Tubetorial, a video tutorial site, and Cutline, a theme and community. Just recently they also added the Performancing brand to their network.

From 901am:

According to David Krug, “Over the last year Tubetorial has defined itself as a destination for people looking to learn on the web. We plan to continue that growth and dominance in the future for a long time to come. On a side note the Cutline acquisition allows us to develop customizable themes to fit the needs of the entire blogosphere in a fashion that fits in well with our community at Performancing. Cutline and Tubetorial will be operated independently of SplashPress Media under the guidance of the Performancing Team.”

I will be interested to see how this effects the Cutline theme, considered one of the better themes currently for WordPress.

Categories: Blogging News

Simply Successful Secrets Meme

There is a meme going around called the Simply Successful Secrets Meme with the following rules:

Compose a new blog post listing the top 5 to 10 things that you do almost every day that help you to be successful. They can be anything at all, but they have to be things that you do at least 4 or 5 times every week. Anything less than that may be a hobby that helps you out, but we are after the real day in and day out habits that help you to be successful.

Chris Garrett recently answered this meme, and pretty much answered it how I would have. Here is a snippet of what he said:

2. Blog – When I say “blog” I mean everything involved in blogging. Blogging is both a job and a joy for me. I read my RSS, I post, I answer comments, I write new ones on others’ blogs. Far too many bloggers think it is just about writing, how wrong they are. The best bloggers know the truth.
5. Switch Off – This is soooo important but something I don’t manage to always do. In fact I get into trouble with my wife for not doing this most days. It’s a must though. Do something that relaxes your brain, just have some mindless zero-thought time. My solution is to schedule TV programs that I really enjoy. I watch Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, Life on Mars, My Name Is Earl, Ice Hockey, Mythbusters … all stuff that takes little thought and takes me out of my day to day concerns.

A very interesting meme going around, and I can’t wait to see more responses from people I know and respect online.

Categories: General

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