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Archive for May, 2007

Test Your Contact Forms

So, I just realized, thanks to a comment, that I wasn’t getting Blogging Pro’s contact messages. I figured I was doing something wrong, that reader participation was down, but really what had happened is that I had the contact form submitting the information to my Gmail account, and since it was getting used to spam me, Google marked it as such and even good contact messages were marked spam, and thus never seen by me.

I am so sorry, and I hope all those that have attempted to contact me without response will now understand why it seems like I have been ignoring you all.

This problem has been fixed, and I look forward to your comments.

Categories: BloggingPro News

Elliott’s Top Free WordPress Themes

There are so many themes out in the WordPress community, and while that can be a great thing sometimes, other times it is hard to cut through the noise, and so one of my good friends, Elliott Bäck has released his list of the Top 7 Free WordPress Themes.

He includes some favorites of mine like Andreas 1.12 and Dark Theme as well as some others that I, personally, am not too fond of, but if you have a sense of style and taste like Elliott, then you will appreciate his list.

I also have to say that I like Chris Pearson’s Cutline, better than the Presscut mention included in his list. But that’s just me. Check out the full list at Elliott’s blog.

Categories: WordPress Themes

Elliott’s Top Free WordPress Themes

There are so many themes out in the WordPress community, and while that can be a great thing sometimes, other times it is hard to cut through the noise, and so one of my good friends, Elliott Bäck has released his list of the Top 7 Free WordPress Themes.

He includes some favorites of mine like Andreas 1.12 and Dark Theme as well as some others that I, personally, am not too fond of, but if you have a sense of style and taste like Elliott, then you will appreciate his list.

I also have to say that I like Chris Pearson’s Cutline, better than the Presscut mention included in his list. But that’s just me. Check out the full list at Elliott’s blog.

Categories: WordPress Themes

WordPress Theme: Copyblogger

For those of us that loved the old Copyblogger theme, they have released it now as a free download. A great use of old themes, and I am really happy that they did this. I have to thank both Brian and Chris for pushing it out.

When Brian rolled out the latest design for Copyblogger, he promised to chain me to a computer and whip me until I was able to resurrect the old design as a ubiquitous WordPress theme.

Today, I’m happy to announce that the chains have come off, the welts on my back are beginning to heal, and you, my friends, have a brand new toy—the Copyblogger Theme for WordPress.

A great addition to the free, quality WordPress themes. Check out their post on Copyblogger, as well as the demo.

Categories: WordPress Themes

Logo Design Tutorials

One of the hardest parts of personal branding in my opinion, is the logo. A logo can decide what people think of you, as a professional logo can say volumes about a person, brand, or site. Bloggers far too often forget that a logo can help brand them. Our logo here at Blogging Pro is simple, but I think effective. I am currently redesigning my personal site, to include a logo, and this has been slow and difficult, as I am no designer, but on E Logo Design, they have compiled a link list of 50 logo design tutorials that might help you create the logo you have always wanted.

Categories: Blog Design

WordPress Plugin Database Tutorial

Over on Devlounge you can find out some great tips, tricks and tutorials on how to create a plugin that can use a databse, be it your own tables, and/or WordPress’ own.

When you are writing a plugin, you will inevitably have to store variables in a database and retrieve them. Fortunately WordPress makes data retrieval simple with options and a database object. This post will cover storing and retrieving data from a WordPress database.

This is just part of a great WordPress Plugin development series going on at Devlounge.

Categories: WordPress Plugins, WordPress Tips

Twitter for Search Engine Power

Blog Herald has an interesting post on Twitter, and how it could become a haven for people trying to get a little boost on search engines like Google and others.

Twitter status pages themselves are starting to get indexed by the search engines, and I would think many of these have been getting good Google PageRanks on their own. To illustrate, the twitter.com home page has a PageRank of 8/10, which is considerably high. Robert Scoble’s Twitter page has a pagerank of 5/10, while my own Twitter page has a PR of 4/10.

I think in this aspect, Twitter has an advantage over Jaiku, because Twitter statuses and user pages are set as subdirectories (i.e., twitter.com/username), while Jaiku uses subdomains (i.e., username.jaiku.com). SEO-wise, subfolders are treated as part of the original domain, while subdomains are treated as separate sites altogether. Therefore, whatever SEO benefits twitter.com is getting will trickle down to its subfolders, including user status pages and tweets.

I never thought of using such services to help promote myself and my blog, but it seems like it is already happening. Check out the full article on Blog Herald for more details. Very interesting issue that will have to be dealt with if we don’t want “cheaters” always outranking us.

Categories: Blogging News

Tips for Building Online Communities

Darren has some tips for building online communities, one of the hardest things you can do online. Creating a community can be a few parts skill and planning mixed in with some luck.

Darren walks you through some ideas and steps to get you started on the right foot. He gets his main points from a great writer, Matthew Haughey, but reflects on each one as he goes through.

Included in the list are things like:

  • Talk like a human, not a robot
  • Give people something they can be proud of
  • Moderation is a full-time job

Check out the articles by both Darren and Matthew.

Categories: Blogging Tips

So You Want to Be a Speaker?

Jonathan Snook, a web developer and speaker I respect a lot, has posted some details on how people with things to say can get into having speaking engagements.

He lists tips like just asking, as conference makers are always looking for new blood, and having an idea, as that will entice them to use you and your idea to present a popular or interest idea to their attendees.

Check out his full article called “So you want to be a speaker?”, where he does a great job of making you feel like you too could be speaking at a conference.

Categories: General

WordPress 2.2: Three Things Developers Will Like

If you thought built-in widgets were all you got with WordPress 2.2, Austin Matzko of Il Filosofo has some details that might interest you.

You can now set your site’s “home” and “siteurl” values in the wp-config.php file
WordPress now uses PHPMailer for email
WordPress Now Includes the jQuery JavaScript library

This is a great addition to the software, and if you want details on how all these things work, and what they mean, be sure to check out Il Filosofo.

The most useful currently for me would have to be controlling the home and site URL in the wp-config.php file. A great way to help move sites from one place to another.

Categories: WordPress Tips