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Installing WordPress: When to Say, “I need help”, and when to know how much to pay

July 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Installing WordPressIf the kind folks at WordPress cannot help you install your WordPress for free, see here, there are alternatives.  If you are inclined not to even try installing WordPress yourself, you have a couple of solid choices that cost you nothing or very little. First, let me say that it’s not difficult to install WordPress even if you are completely tech-unsavvy. But, I do understand how some would rather not touch complicated looking files in gibberish language. Visit WordPress’s page on the 5-minute installation. It actually takes 5 minutes if you’re somewhat computer savvy, but maybe 10 minutes if you’re not. Also visit WordPress’ main installation pages if you’re installation requires a bit more elbow grease for whatever reason.

Now, on to the nitty-gritty. There are usually two types of installations you can do. Either a new installation or an upgrade. Upgrades may or may not be simple depending on the difference in versions. If, for example, you’re upgrading to the current version, 2.5.1 from let’s say version 1, which I hope to goodness you’re not, things can get a bit complicated…maybe.

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Tags: Essentials · WordPress

Two New WordPress Themes that Inspire!

June 10th, 2008 · No Comments

WPTouch WordPress theme

WPTouch: This is a pretty cool theme and smart idea for a theme! WpTouch WordPress theme is a complimentary theme installed as a plugin on your WordPress blog or website that will format your content with this Apple-inspired, full-featured theme when your visitors are using an iPhone or iPod touch.

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Tags: Design · WordPress

WordPress is 5 Years Old Today!

May 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Happy 5th Birthday WordPressI’ve been using WordPress since I think 2006, maybe 2005 and had absolutely no idea that it was only 5 years ago that the first version of WordPress was released! WordPress, like technology itself has progressed in leaps and bounds.

At the Minna Gallery in downtown San Francisco, WordPress is having their 5th Birthday Party from 9pm to 2am. Read more about it at or the official blog.

Tags: WordPress

Great New Free WordPress Themes Gallery

May 21st, 2008 · No Comments

Yay! Last week I stumbled upon a great new website listing the latest new attractive FREE WordPress themes available for download. Check it out at

Tags: Design · WordPress

Creating an Author Page with an Author Image

May 11th, 2008 · No Comments

So you want to create a an author page for your WordPress blog? Good, I don’t know why most blog themes don’t already come with one. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult. I won’t bother explaining the code to those of you who don’t know or care about programming ’cause frankly I couldn’t anyway. I’m a designer and front end developer and certainly not well versed in PHP language. But, fortunately for your I am excellent at problem solving, analyzing and just following bloody directions :0)

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Tags: WordPress

WordPress Ajax, Compress CSS, Decrease Page Load Time on Your Blog

April 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Sorry I have been so bad with consistent posts lately. I’m working on a couple of WordPress projects that are diverting my attention and which I’ll share with you once they’re up (in beta). Anyway, on one of the current projects I installed the WordPress plugin, AJAXed WordPress, and implemented a trick to compress my CSS stylesheets to decrease load time.

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Tags: (Web) Technology · Design and Development · Tools · WordPress

New WordPress Themes You’ll Love (3)

April 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Below are some especially beautifully designed and conceptualized WordPress themes I think you’ll love.

Under Water

Under Water: Just look at it. This is a well conceptualized, simple and fun WordPress theme. Great use of a background png and one of few times I see a static background with scrolling content not seem amateurish and visually distracting. I also love how the post meta is like a little sidebar for each post.

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Tags: Design · WordPress

Manipulating Your WordPress And External OPML Files

April 22nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

OPMLRecently I’ve had to manipulate my OPML files to get some feeds and a blogroll to work the way I want. I found that there are fortunately quite a few options to get links and rss feed URLs to read and link the way I need and thought I would share these options with y’all. What is an OPML file you ask? Well, let me show you rather than tell you. Add “wp-links-opml.php” to the end of your home page URL for your WordPress blog (example: See all that XML code gibberish, that’s your blogroll (list of links) as an outline.

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Tags: Design and Development · Tools · WordPress