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Microformats and WordPress Themes

By Otto of Nothing to See Here Question: What are Microformats? The short answer: Microformats are a way to make your web pages readable by more than just people. The idea is that you put special forms of HTML in your page, around the stuff you already have in your page. This special code lets […]

Weekly Digest: Guest Bloggers Galore, Theme Spam, Blog Scraping, and Personal Blogging

It’s been a week and a half of fabulous guest bloggers bringing some color and excitement to Lorelle on WordPress. Wow! And some babble about WordPress Themes with link spam and vulnerabilities that must be addressed, and blog scrapers stealing content from WordPress.com Blogs. And one of my guest bloggers begins a series on the […]

Are You Risking Your Blog With an Unofficial or Vulnerable WordPress Theme?

Recently, Automattic and WordPress decided to clean up the WordPress Themes Viewer, removing all the “sponsored Themes” from its database. There has been a lot of debate over the definition of a sponsored WordPress Theme. In theory, any WordPress Theme design which was “paid” for development and construction is a sponsored Theme. Those aren’t the […]

Sandbox Theme for WordPress Design Competition

This is a guest post from engtech of Internet Duct Tape. The Sandbox WordPress Design Competition has come to a close after two months. It was a resounding success. Live previews of the 46 new Sandbox designs will be available on August 5th, 2007. Over 31 people who participated in the competition. Some designers were […]

Weekly Digest: On The Road to WordCamp, Sponsored Themes, Selling Your Blog, NoFollow, and More

The Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress this week will be shorter, and do not expect a Weekly Digest next week as I will be in San Francisco playing with my WordPress friends. I’ll have a ton of news on my blog following the WordCamp conference! To subscribe to the Weekly Digest category of Lorelle […]

It’s Official. Sponsored WordPress Themes Are Out.

Matt Mullenweg has made the WordPress policy on sponsored WordPress Themes official: Before WordCamp all sponsored themes should be removed from http://themes.wordpress.net. He’s not alone. Mark Ghosh on Weblog Tools Collection declared that he would no longer feature sponsored WordPress Themes on Weblog Tools Collection, one of the most important sources for news on new […]

Duplicate Content Controlled Naturally Through Themes

Worried about all the fuss over duplicated content. WordPress, Duplicate Content, and Wrong SEO Plugins by Planet Ozh will help set you straight. Keeping your site safe from the duplicate content issue, and more generally getting things optimized for search engines, should not be a plugin’s job, it must be your theme’s job, it must […]

WordPress.com Hiccup with Themes

If you are experiencing, like I am, a bad WordPress Theme day, your messed up WordPress Theme issue has been reported and they are looking into it. Another Update – Everything has been fixed. If you are still having trouble, contact WordPress.com support through the FEEDBACK button. Thanks, WordPress.com crew! So if your custom CSS […]

Accomplished: WPDesigners One Month Challenge on WordPress Themes

Small Potatoes of WPDesigner has completed the task of a WordPress Theme a day for the past month, as of tomorrow. Amazing. And what makes this Ridiculously Mind-Numbing WordPress Self-Challenge even more of an accomplishment is the release of WordPress 2.1 in the middle of the challenge, bringing with it new WordPress template tags and […]

New WordPress 2.1 Theme Compatibility List

The WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress Users, has a new page featuring a list of WordPress Theme compatible with WordPress 2.1 called the WordPress 2.1 Theme Compatibility List. If you have found your WordPress Theme to be compatible with WordPress 2.1, make sure it’s on the list. If you have found your WordPress […]

Google’s Custom Search Engine Helps Sites Search by Theme

Google Blog announces a new Google Custom Search Engine, a customized search engine for your own blog. This isn’t your normal site search engine. In fact, I wish they’d called it something else more distinctive to clarify what this is. The Custom Search Engine can be used on your site to do themed and targeted […]

Alex King: WordPress Themes Versus Templates

Alex King’s “WP Themes vs. Templates” discusses the modular system of how WordPress Themes work with some good tips on creating a template form to work within your WordPress Theme. While the theme system works well as advertised, it doesn’t work exactly the way I like to set up my web front-end code. Luckily, it […]

Are WordPress Themes and Plugins Ready for Internet Explorer 7?

In the very near future, you may go to bed and wake up to check your WordPress blog and find the WordPress Theme web design borked or bent. Microsoft is getting ready to force feed Internet Explorer 7 onto Windows XP computers automatically in the next month or so, and your WordPress Theme or Plugin […]

Integrating Google Gadgets Into WordPress Themes

As if you weren’t satisfied with all the WordPress Widgets, you can also incorporate a wide variety of Google Gadgets into your full version WordPress Theme. Google Gadgets are, well, anything. They are services, searches, feeds, games, toys, information, and anything. Basically, they are tools, utilities, and games you can add to your web pages […]

Cybercafe Experiments: How to Convert Any Web Template Into a WordPress Theme

Max Limpag of The Cybercafe Experiments has written a great guide on “How to convert any web template into a WordPress theme” so you can take any open source or free web design template and convert it into a WordPress Theme. Among blogging applications, WordPress probably has the largest number of great-looking themes to use. […]

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