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Archive for August, 2007

Blogger Talk Podcast

I was recently a guest on the Blogger Talk Podcast, hosted by Anthony Feint of BloggingDosh.com.

Another guest on the show was Nate Whitehill who you might have heard of since he did the redesign for JohnChow.com.

It was a lot of fun, and I hope you will all check it out.

Categories: Podcasting News

Dmoz Extortionist Wanted $5000

I couldn’t believe was I was reading. Shoemoney was asked to pay $5000 to a DMOZ editor to keep his site listed in the directory.

Seriously!?

A while back I got a email from a guy claiming to be a DMOZ editor saying that I had to pay him $5,000.00 or he would have my site: shoemoney.com removed from the dmoz.

I thought nothing of it…. then today I got a email from him saying it was removed and I might want to rethink not paying him. I thought I would check just for grins.

It was removed… WOW

dmoz… corrupt… no…..

I never thought I would say this but I don’t even care anymore. I am stunned Google still uses this as there business directory as its the most corrupt “editorial” system EVER and especially since now they are trying to talk about paid links

Check out the full post, and the comments over at Shoemoney.

Categories: Blogging News

WordPress 2.3 Beta 1 Released

For those of you that love being on the cutting edge, and are willing to help test out the Beta version of WordPress, you are in for a treat. Matt has just posted on WordPress.org letting everyone know that the Beta of WordPress 2.3 is available.

Some of the features of 2.3 include plugin and core update notification, built-in tags support, faster javascript, and SEO-friendly URL redirection.

However all of the new functionality is still very rough, so only test the beta if you are comfortable troubleshooting PHP issues, filing tickets, and backing up your data religiously.

Check out the full post on WordPress.org and get downloading. Don’t forget to let me know how it goes.

Categories: WordPress News

Interview with Habari Developers

Over on Blog Kazani, a blog that looks very similar somehow to this one, is a post that is very lengthy, but it gives some great information on where Habari came from and where it is going. Khaled Abou Alfa, Scott Merrill, Owen Winkler and others answered a variety of questions.

One of the questions that interested me the most was when normal people can expect to see a version released for them.

moeffju: When it’s done : )

epithet: As soon as there are enough ponies to merit a stable.

lairmail: When it’s done.

chrisdmitri: We have a commitment, especially in these early days, to release when its ready. We want to release something beautiful and as bug free as possible. This means a bit more development and testing time than some people are used to.

smerrill: When it’s done.

Check out the full interview over at Blog Kazani.

Categories: Habari News

45 Excellent Blog Designs

Smashing Magazine has put together a list of 45 excellent blog designs from various different publishing platforms like WordPress, Expression Engine, Movable Type and others.

What really caught my eye is that our intrepid designer over at Design Disease made the list.

A big congrats to everyone listed as there are some absolutely amazing blog designs. For me it just goes to show that it doesn’t matter what platform you are using, each and every one can be manipulated to create amazing blogs.

Categories: Blog Design

ThemesPress

Have an XHTML/CSS based design that you think would make a great WordPress theme, but only have $10 to your name? Well, ThemesPress is looking at filling that void with their service.

ThemesPress is a service that allows you to automatically convert your HTML and CSS based design into a WordPress blog theme, allowing you to take full control of the look of your blog without having to know or bother with PHP. Get your design powered by WordPress in minutes!

All generated themes are Widget ready!

I am not sure of the quality of this service, but it is an interesting idea, and one that I think could be developed into an amazing service. It won’t ever fully replace real programmers and WordPress experts, but for standard two column designs, I don’t see why a service like this couldn’t take care of it for non-programmers.

If you have tried this, or similar services, please let me know what you think.

Categories: WordPress Themes

Technosailor’s Movable Type 4 Review

I have to admit, I haven’t bitten the bullet and tried out the new Movable Type, but reading reviews online, it seems like people are very divided on which software comes out on top. Aaron Brazell, someone I trust, has created not only a review, but some suggestions that SixApart might want to take and use to improve their publishing platform.

Here is a snippet from his post, and something I still hear the most complaints about:

Setup Fixes

I’m still disgruntled about Movable Type setup routine. It’s easier than it used to be but it is far from easy and frustrated me as a technologically competent guy. For instance, why can’t the setup wizard trim whitespace from around database login info. I don’t know how it is done in Perl, but in PHP it’s as simple as trim($string);.

Check out the full post on Technosailor.com.

Categories: Movable Type News

Technosailor’s Movable Type 4 Review

I have to admit, I haven’t bitten the bullet and tried out the new Movable Type, but reading reviews online, it seems like people are very divided on which software comes out on top. Aaron Brazell, someone I trust, has created not only a review, but some suggestions that SixApart might want to take and use to improve their publishing platform.

Here is a snippet from his post, and something I still hear the most complaints about:

Setup Fixes

I’m still disgruntled about Movable Type setup routine. It’s easier than it used to be but it is far from easy and frustrated me as a technologically competent guy. For instance, why can’t the setup wizard trim whitespace from around database login info. I don’t know how it is done in Perl, but in PHP it’s as simple as trim($string);.

Check out the full post on Technosailor.com.

Categories: Movable Type News

WordPress Theme: Retro MacOS

There are very few themes that catch my eye anymore, but I have to admit there is something about the Retro MacOS that just makes me both wince in pain, and laugh like a little child.

The theme takes elements from Mac OS system 6, back in the days where your choices for color were non-existent.

I thought I’d try my hands at WordPress tweakery, and so I thought I’d mark up my first custom theme. For whatever reason, I decided that a rendition of the monochrome MacOS from circa System 6 would be cool – with a few liberties taken for the sake of the web, of course.

It’s my first real attempt at a theme, so goodness knows if it’ll work on anything other than WP 2.1.2 (which is what it was developed under). Still, it’s based on some of the structure behind the default Kubrick theme, so it should be relatively complete.

Check out Retro MacOS.

Categories: WordPress Themes

WordPress.com Celebrates its Second Birthday

Can you believe that WordPress.com has already been around for two years? Sometimes it feels like it has been around for much longer, and you would assume as much looking at how many blogs are now hosted by the service.

Matt has put up a post commemorating the second year of service on WordPress.com’s main blog:

It’s overwhelming to even begin to chronicle everything that has happened, but a year ago we didn’t have domain mapping, custom CSS, private blogs, auto-save, any language-specific homepages, the tag surfer, my comments, avatars, VIPs, friend surfer, space upgrades, Snap, click stats, audio embedding, a blog switcher, LaTEX, OpenID, contact forms, and dozens more features.

Great job everyone at Automattic, and I look forward to seeing what is added to the service over the next year.

Categories: WordPress News