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9 Vital Considerations Before Purchasing or Downloading a WordPress Template

One of the most important steps to take when launching a website is deciding a theme or design that is perfectly suited for your style, goals, niche and target audience. For me, this decision making process can take up to 3 weeks before I finally chose a direction and idea that I am confident and comfortable with. Even then, there’s a chance that I may end up feeling for a change because of a new development and perspective. Nevertheless, it’s a crucial step in brainstorming and developing your site. Whether you’re designing it from scratch or purchasing a template.

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Having been in web development and online publishing for a while, I’ve come across the good, bad and ugly in WordPress theme development and design; and have seen many site owners spend money on templates they live to regret. Read More

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Blogging When Things Slow Down

Slow Speed ImageIt’s that time of year: School’s out, workers are leaving for vacation in droves and, in the United States, it’s a holiday weekend.

If you don’t have a site that’s specifically targeted toward summer activities, it’s almost certainly the slow season.

For me and my sites, it’s pretty routine for traffic to drop between 25 and 33 percent during these months and, though the drop off is less than in previous years, it’s definitely noticeable this one as well.

So what’s a blogger to do?

The truth is that, while you can’t avoid the slowdowns that come with the seasons, you can make the best of them and use this relatively slow time to both improve your site and even grow it.

In short, if you treat the slower months not as a obstacle, but an opportunity, you can do a great deal of good that can have both you and your site ready for when things ramp up as the weather begins to cool off.

So what can you do with a temporary slowdown? Here are five suggestions to get you started. Read More

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WordPress and 10 Years of Relevancy

WordPress LogoWith the 10-year anniversary of the first release of WordPress coming up on May 25 of this year, a lot of attention is already being paid to the reigning champion of the blogging platforms and both how it changed the Internet and how the Internet changed around it.

On one hand, it’s amazing to look at how an upstart fork of b2/cafelog, one that was created simply because Textpattern wasn’t being updated, came to be such a dominant force on the Web and launch a company, Automattic, that now employs some 150 people worldwide.

On the other hand, it’s easy to look at WordPress as a besieged king. An application and a service created in a world of desktops and blogs now living in a world of mobile devices and social media.

It’s obvious that WordPress has helped to shape the Web we’re in today. It’s used by millions of blogs large and small, including many of the most popular sites on the Web. However, the question remains, will WordPress and the WordPress platform be as important in the next ten years as it has been the previous?

It’s tough to say, but I agree with Matt Mullenweg that there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic.

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PressWork, A Free HTML5 Drag & Drop Framework for WordPress

presswork-front-end-editor-smallWhen somebody uses the tagline PressWork is not only a framework… we’re setting the standards for premium themes too! on the paid WordPress themes section of their website, eyeballs are caught and we here at BloggingPro like to have a closer look at things.

PressWork is a new and free, WordPress theme framework, developed by c.bavota and Brendan Sera-Shriar A.K.A. digibomb.

PressWork, A Drag & Drop HTML5 Framework for WordPress

PressWork in its most basic form is an ultra-clean and well organized theme but the magic truly is in its features. Read More

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Free WordPress Google+ Themes

Google+ has been very popular and the people who have signed up for the still closed Beta service, tend to like it. It is too early to say whether Google+ will stick and disrupt the social scene or even SERPs, but active designers have already released Google+ themes for WordPress.

Two free Google+ themes for WordPress have been released already.

WordPress Google+ Theme by Hacktrix

WordPress +1 Theme by Hacktrix.

WordPress Google+ Theme by Tricksdaddy

WordPress Google+ Theme by Tricksdaddy.

Both themes are very clean and reminiscent of the Google+ look.

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Blogging Pitfalls: Why You Should Update Your Themes (and Use Child Themes)

Twenty Eleven ImageMost bloggers and webmasters who use WordPress understand that you need to keep their core files up to date and also update any plugins that they may have. Fortunately, WordPress makes the process of doing so very easy and painless, usually just a click away, and most users seem to do it without thinking about it.

Unfortunately, most users don’t feel nearly as strongly about their themes. Among many WordPress users, there’s a mentality to equate “theme” with “design” and it is unfortunate because modern WordPress themes are much more than HTML and CSS. PHP, JavaScript and tighter integration with WordPress means that themes are capable of much more than laying out a page.

To drive this point home, prominent WordPress core developer Mark Jaquith said in a recent talk at WordCamp Phoenix 2011 that “The themes of today are pretty much like plugins in terms of what they can do.”

In short, the functionality of themes and plugins overlap greatly as even “basic” themes include additional elements that manipulate WordPress by adding new options and settings.

However, while all of this new functionality is a great thing for bloggers, especially those who want to easily design a great site, it’s bad news for security. WordPress themes are a potential security risk, just as with any plugin, and they require maintenance and testing to make sure they are still safe.

Unfortunately, few people give their themes such weighty consideration, possibly leading to major problems down the road.

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Love Tumblr Themes? 3 Questions To Ask Before Installing One

Regardless of whether you use Tumblr for professional or personal reasons (or even to compliment your existing blog), choosing a Tumblr theme can determine whether or not anyone reads your blog beyond the dashboard.

Tumblr currently boasts over 700 themes, with thousands more existing outside of Tumblr’s theme garden.

Regardless of whether you purchase a premium theme or install a free Tumblr layout, here are a few tips you should follow before selecting a Tumblr theme. Read More

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Blogging Pitfalls: Template Fail

Here’s a scary thought for most bloggers. At some point, most likely, you’re going to screw up your site in a very bad way.

Computers are finicky things and your site is no different. With one wrong move you are more than liable to blow your site up, making it either extremely ugly or entirely unusable to your visitors.

This can be a very frightening and embarrassing thing. Not only is it a failure that creates a tremendous panic when it happens, it’s a very public blunder that, quite literally, the entire world can see.

But while there’s no shame in making a mistake with your site and borking it for all to see, it’s a pitfall that is still well worth avoiding if you can. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to ensure that you don’t fall into this trap and that, if you do, you can get out of it easily. Read More

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Blogging Pitfalls: Why You Need to Know HTML & CSS

Keyboard ImageIt wasn’t that long ago that starting up a website required a great deal of expertise, time and commitment. There was a reason that those who created sites in the early days of the Web were stereotyped as “dorks” and “nerds”, it was because you had to know HTML, the ins and outs of site construction and at least a decent amount about how the Web worked just to get a basic site off the ground.

However, for Web development, the march of technology has been toward simplicity and ease of use. Blogging and Web publishing in general are both more approachable than ever. Not only can one set up a Facebook account in minutes but they can do the same with a WordPress.com account or a Tumblr blog as well.

In short, anyone who wants to publish a blog can easily do so and almost no experience is required, just the ability to fill in a short form and write some new content.

But this doesn’t mean we’ve gotten away from HTML and CSS being a requirement for creating a successful site. Not knowing these languages can be very detrimental to your site and not only keeps great content from finding the audience it deserves, but can actually cripple your site in ways you can’t predict.

Simply put, if you don’t know HTML and CSS, at least to a minimal extent, you are holding your blog back and gambling with its future.

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Correct Coding for WP Sidebars

Great entry by Justin Tadlock, of Hybrid Theme fame, on the correct way to integrate sidebar into WordPress themes. Also contains a very detailed explanation of the term sidebar and its possible uses in WordPress Themes.

A must read for anyone who want to develop themes for WordPress: Read Justin’s entry here.

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