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As you may have noticed, we have been having server issues here at Blogging Pro.
I want to apologize to everyone. It seems the new server we are on isn’t working out for us. Hopefully, we will have all of these issues resolved soon, and I am very sorry for any inconvenience or nuisance this has caused.
If I could stop these issues before they happen, I would. My server administrator assures me that he is working on it.
Bloggy Network has started another blog network focused on local blogging.
Here are some details about the network from the Bloggy Network blog:
As such, Bloggy Network is very proud to launch a new mini-network centered around local cities called ‘is My Home‘. We have started out in nine cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville, and Philadelphia.
Each is My Home blog is tailored to your city – this ain’t no cookie-cutter content. Our bloggers will be poring over their cities, making sure you know what is going on. If you are looking for a great wealth of local information, and haven’t found what you are looking for, our blogs are a great place to start.
It is just the start of a much larger network and project, and we hope you’ll all check it out, and let us know what you think.
Also we are looking for more bloggers to talk about their city (US only at this time). Feel free to contact me at [email protected]
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.
Bloggy Network is looking for some new people to add to its ranks, specifically bloggers that want to talk about the cities they live in. Local bloggers in major US cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Houston can contact us at local[at]bloggynetwork.com.
Again, we are looking for local bloggers from major US cities, so if you want to blog about the city you live in, and get paid for it, please drop us a line.
Ahmed has begun a series on Tech Soapbox which is covering all the in’s and out’s of Bloggy Network, the company that owns, and maintains Blogging Pro.
So far he has written three posts, which cover the creation of the network, a major component of the network, Blog Flux, and some details on our server infrastructure.
Ahmed is a very savvy business person, and I am honored to be working with him, and I am really enjoying his series on the network.
Continuing from our last success with the Blogging Pro theme, we wanted to continue to release themes for WordPress that had a strong sense of design, and so with the help of Design Disease, we have worked on creating InSense, a two column theme with the popular blue and orange color set that the web is known for.
Some rounded edges, some subtle lines, InSense is a very nice looking theme, that would be even easier that our previous theme to modify.
Having such themes created though takes time and money, and so we have gone ahead and added a sponsor to the theme. We want to be up front about this and mention it, as it is not something we feel should be hidden. This sponsorship has allowed us to produce this theme, and will allow us to continue to produce themes for the WordPress community. We hope that you will keep this link intact, but it is not required as part of our Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.
InSense is Widget ready though the search box is not moveable, and when using widgets, the different areas will not use the nicer icon graphics that we have set up. It is a bit of a trade-off, but we are limited in what we can make the WordPress Widgets code do.
InSense requires no plugins to run and function.
Check out the Demo.
Released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.
So the Blogging Pro Theme has been circulating for a while now, and has even been transformed into a Textpattern theme, but has anyone gone beyond uploading and activating it? Yes, and we have some examples for you.
Adding in their own header graphic as well as changing the colors around is Caracasapie.
Another shift in colors and header area is CwickCrown. I love the gray shift.
The most popular shift seems to be towards green, and I have three examples of that. The first example is from ToddNation.com.
The second is from TalkNewMedia.
Both use very different greens, but both look absolutely great, but the third example is something completely different, and at first I didn’t even recognize it as using the Blogging Pro theme and that would be the Expression blog.
Last but not least is my favorite shift in colors for the Blogging Pro theme. It basically flips our colors around in a one-eighty, and you come up with the blog for The Situation.
I am looking forward to seeing more modifications to the Blogging Pro theme, and if you have created a major color or design shift using the Blogging Pro theme as a basis, please let us know.
Also, if you liked the Blogging Pro theme, you are going to love what we have for you coming out tomorrow.
If you are a fan of WordPress Widgets from Automattic, and were disappointed that we didn’t include Widget support for the Blogging Pro theme, you are in luck, as we have decided to release a Widget Ready version.
We have made it so both sidebars, and the footer area are enabled so that you can add widgets all over the place.
We have already had more than 1500 downloads of the Blogging Pro theme from the great readers and supporters of Blogging Pro and it has been less than 48 hours since it was released.
The addition of Widgets was also in hopes to appease the WordPress.com administrators, as we are hoping to see our theme added to their ranks, but it will take WordPress.com users requesting this theme for it to be added.
Reading up on how to get a theme added to WordPress.com, I found out that you have to ask for it in their Ideas forum, and so we have created a thread there in hopes that you’ll leave a comment showing your support for the addition of this theme to WordPress.com.
Download Blogging Pro Theme Widget Ready Version
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.
Second Update: We have added a Widget Ready version and we are looking for support from WordPress.com users in getting it added to the service.
Updated: We have implemented some fixes in our theme, and so if you have already downloaded the theme, we ask that you at least download a new header.php (zip/phps) file.
The below zip files have also been fixed.
We have been getting some compliments on our design here at Blogging Pro, and a few e-mails asking where they can get our theme. I have been wanting us to release a WordPress theme for a while now, and so I present to you this design, Blogging Pro’s Theme as a free to download theme.
This theme was created by Design Disease for Blogging Pro, we have made a few changes for public release though, including:
- making the site information text, rather than an image
- making the navigation text rather than images
- removing one of the Adsense spots we have on our site
- making sure the third column can be used for more than just advertising
We ask only that you keep the attribution links in the footer, and link to this post, rather than directly to the zip files, when spreading the word about this and other themes we will be providing on Blogging Pro.
This three column theme is WordPress 2.1 ready and should work just fine in WordPress 2.0.x. It has been tested on a variety of browsers, but we can’t promise that there will be no problems.
It comes in two versions, one with the big footer like Blogging Pro, that gives information on recent posts, recent comments and most commented stories, and one without the big footer, and thus no need for any plugins at all.
For the plugin required version, we have included a separate zip file that contains the three plugins needed. All three are from the talented Nick Momrik of MtDewVirus and we always recommend you get the latest version from the plugin author.
Note: If you already have Nick’s Most Commented, Recent Comments and Recent Posts plugins, you will most likely not need the plugins.zip file.
Blogging Pro Theme
Blogging Pro Theme (no plugins needed)
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.
No, you aren’t going crazy, we have made some major tweaks to the design once again, though not as major as last time, this new design should improve readability among other things. I want to again thank Elena of DesignDisease, and hope you’ll all join me in welcoming the new design.
I don’t know about all of you, but I love the new comments button.