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One Year Anniversary Review: Designing WordPress Themes for the Public

An article I wrote during the past year that got a lot of attention, and criticism, was “WordPress Theme Designers: Slapping You Upside the Head”. It was a rant, but also a guide to help those who design WordPress Themes for public release, and to WordPress.com and those who choose and prepare WordPress Themes for […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Designing WordPress Themes

WordPress Theme design is fairly unique in web design techniques as a WordPress Theme isn’t just about the design of the website, it is about web design based upon generated and controllable content. Programming code helps to create each page on a WordPress blog, influencing the look and feel of every element of a WordPress […]

Blogging Pro WordPress Themes and Plugins Contest

Blogging Pro started a WordPress Themes and Plugins Contest on June 23 with a deadline of June 30th. The goal of the contest was to 1) revitalize the WordPress creative community, and 2) feature the best new Themes and Plugins on Blogging Pro to help promote them. Unfortunately, it was a flop. I found that […]

WordPress Themes – Do You Want Someone Messing Around With Your Theme?

There is a lot of excitement over the new trend in WordPress Themes which allows some form of customization by the user. This is enhanced by the new WordPress Widgets, the ability to accessorize and change your sidebar in some WordPress Themes on WordPress.com and with a WordPress Plugin for full version WordPress blogs. This […]

Breaking the Limits of Customizable WordPress Themes

Binary Moon’s Regulus WordPress Theme was one of the new breed of WordPress Themes that helped break the limits of the non-customizable WordPress Themes. Using WordPress Plugins and some interesting twists and turns with WordPress tags, WordPress.com and WordPress users can now do some customization of how a WordPress Theme looks, including changing the header […]

New Features for WordPress.com: New Themes, Import, Video Links, and Some Privacy Protection

The developers of WordPressMU and WordPress.com have been working overtime lately and there are a few new features for WordPress.com users to play with. One of the most popular requests from WordPress.com users is how to import their old blogs into WordPress.com. Well, there are now three import features for Blogger, Moveable Type, and Typepad […]

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 […]

Testers, Checkers and Fixers for WordPress Themes

There are almost 400 WordPress Themes available from WordPress sponsored outlets. I’m sure there are hundreds more spread out across the web. With so many WordPress Themes, many authors are having a great time creating them, but do little to maintain them. Many WordPress Themes need some serious TLC. Volunteers are being sought by WordPress […]

The Secret of Successful Editing of WordPress Themes

The WordPress Support Forum get questions every day for help on how to tweak this or that part and piece on user’s WordPress Themes. Do you want to know the secret behind successful editing and designing of your WordPress Theme? Mozilla Firefox. Isn’t Firefox just an Internet browser? Yes, it is, but it is also […]

Looking for Lists of WordPress Themes?

Emily Robbins’ How to Blog has created a list of over 350 WordPress Themes on her site. This is great, though it isn’t as good as a the WordPress Codex Official WordPress Theme List, which is currently being updated with descriptive keywords and categories for the listed Themes, WordPress Theme Viewer, or WordPress Extend Official […]

Attention WordPress Theme Designers: Designing Themes for WordPressMU

One of the best features of WordPress is the ability to choose from over 300 different WordPress Themes for your site’s layout. You can choose from among a wide range of looks, layouts, and styles, from minimalistic to bombastic. You can have no sidebar or four sidebars. You can have huge header art or no […]

WordPress For Writers: WordPress Author Sites

In this part of my series on WordPress For Writers, I’ll cover the basic things to consider when using WordPress on site promoting the work of writers and authors. For more on the subject, see other articles in the WordPress for Writers and Authors series. This article assumes you have some basic familiarity with WordPress […]

Blog Exercises: Taking Inventory on What Keeps You Blogging

The recent major desktop computer crash has left me reeling. I thought I had all my data backed up. For the most part, I did. What I didn’t have backed up was my programs. Getting back up to speed fast, I’ve had to prioritize the programs I had download and install. Yes, download. Who gets […]

Blog Exercises: Site Models

In “WordPress Site Models” I describe the three main formats for a site layout. They are static, blog, and hybrid. Each site model works for a variety of content and presentation of that content, though some work better for specific types of sites. A static site model, even in WordPress, uses Pages and not posts […]

Blog Exercises: Mashups

One of my favorite odd-ball mashups is the movie Moulin Rouge! Released in 2001, the movie features Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, and an outstanding cast of top notch actors singing their way through a Bollywood-style production set in a 1899 France cabaret. There are few original songs in the film. Instead they used pop songs […]

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