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One Year Anniversary Review: Blog Housekeeping and Maintenance

Remember the old term “home pages” to represent a website? It was used in the earliest days of website design and development and had two meanings. The first was the term “home page” which meant the front or first page of a website. The second reference was to “home pages”, your personal website. In a […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Choosing a WordPress Theme

One of the slick features with all WordPress and WordPress.com blogs is the ability to change the look of your blog in seconds. This feature was added in WordPress 1.5 in the beginning of 2005 and continues to be one of the most fascinating and exciting features WordPress has to offer. With WordPress, you can […]

WordPress.com Custom CSS – All The Styles for the Sandbox Theme

While not complete, here is my first attempt to put all the styles together from within the new WordPress.com Sandbox Theme stylesheet. You can copy the styles from this CSS file. This style sheet does not include the core layout architecture. You choose that from the “skins” after selecting the Sandbox Theme, setting the columns […]

Web Page Design: Talking Only to Internet Explorer

The more I work with Firefox as my main web browser, the more I want to kick Microsoft Internet Explorer off the planet. When it comes to web page design, working with and displaying web pages, Firefox is so incredible. I want to bash my head against the web design wall when it comes to […]

Global Awareness May Change The Way You Communicate on the Web

In an interesting twist in forum demeanor, Topic.net’s Blog write about “What Do You Do With Your Online Community When Things Get Hot?” which I found very interesting. The Washington Post recently closed down a message forum after getting 700 heated posts in response to a story about the Abramoff scandal. Last June, the LA […]

The Holy Grail of Web Page Layout – Without Hacks

NOTE: After extensive public testing, it has been found that the hunt for the Holy Grail of Web Page Layouts Without Hacks is still on. The layout described below from A List Part fell apart in the latest version of Internet Explorer. It suffered a bit with a few other browsers, too. This is another […]

Improving Your SEO Standards with WordPress.com Blogs

Yes, I know. Whine, whine. You can’t choose or tweak your own WordPress.com Theme. Heard it. Been there. Done that. Suffer for it, myself. While WordPress and most WordPress Themes come SEO ready out of the box, WordPress.com users can still use web standards and accessibility standards and SEO practices in your WordPress.com blog to […]

Testing Search Engine Page Ranking Techniques

I’ve talked a lot about how Google ranks websites with their patented Page Rank program, analyzing the process from a variety of sources, with some hearsay evidence as well as facts. There is still a lot that we don’t know about how Google ranks web pages and how search engines read your web pages, but […]

The Movement Towards Collective Intelligence on the Web

Dion Hinchcliffe’s Web 2.0 Workgroup writes about “Five Great Ways to Harness Collective Intelligence”, and makes a good point about the concept of collective intelligence. One of the things Ellyssa discusses is some practical examples of harnessing collective intelligence, one of the linchpin techniques of successful Web 2.0 software. The article describes this as when […]

Trackbacks and Pings Out of Order? Ping-o-matic now back online

According to news on the new Pingomatic blog now on WordPress.com, Ping-o-matic is now up and running after a few days of trouble. So if your trackbacks and pings were out of order or not functioning with WordPress.com or your full WordPress blog, this is why: Sorry for the downtime, it was actually NOT related […]

Blogs That Look Like Blogs But Ain’t – Splogs

Pam Blackstone’s post on the “Blogging Phenomenon” brings up a very good point. …it seems like at least half the results are likely to come from blogs or from pages that look like blogs. Blogs have become such a serious phenomenon that a new genre of search tools has evolved just to search and/or aggregate […]

A Gallery of Website Layout Designs and Ideas

Website Layout Cookbook – An Illustrated Reference for Designing Website Layouts showcases various website layouts in a catalog format for you or your client to browse looking for possible layout styles. As a reference for the web designer, this website provides over 500 layouts to use in planning and designing websites. Various elements such as […]

Designing Themes for WordPressMU – Fill In All The Details

This WordPress Theme called “Pool” I’m currently using is designed by Borja Fernandez and works well for my blog here on wordpress.com. We don’t have a lot of choices here, but I liked the look and some of the details, but after a few months using this Theme, there are a lot of details I […]

A Guide to the WordPress Codex, The Online Manual for WordPress Users

WordPress is so easy, for the most part, you can use it right out of the box. Once you get familiar with the powerful features beyond the most simple post writing, creating Pages and categories, you will probably want to do more. The WordPress Codex is the online manual for WordPress users. It takes you […]

CSS Maintainability – Serious Style Sheets

Simon Willison brought up the fact that now that Slashdot has gone totally CSS in their website design and layout, that CSS has now gained respectability. He brings up a good point: What’s needed is a well understood set of techniques for writing maintainable stylesheets. I’m interested in collecting advice on this, especially from people […]

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