Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

Give your WordPress blog some touchy-feely love

September 16th, 2009
Give your WordPress blog some touchy-feely love

I’ll admit it, I’ve become a real WordPress convert. I particularly love the ease with which you can install plugins, not to mention the great value some of them offer. My latest find is WPtouch which basically repackages your WordPress blog for optimised viewing on iPhone, iPod & Android.

From the smart boffins who put it together – “More than just a plugin, WPtouch is an entire theme package for your WordPress website. Modeled after Apple’s app store design specs, WPtouch makes your WordPress website load lightning fast on touch mobile devices, show your content beautifully, all while not interfering with your regular theme.”

I particularly like the way it still allows your visitors to switch between optimised and large screen formats.

Installation may be a snap but customising it will see the time fly out the window. A lot of plugins offer a some level of customisation, however WPtouch has a full-featured and beautifully laid out set of options that allow you to tweak every last detail. I haven’t started with the options yet but I’m sure I won’t stop until I’m satisfied.

UPDATE: Apparently Stephen Fry loves WPtouch so much he had had it “inserted“.

Blogging tips, tricks and tardiness

September 9th, 2009

About a week ago it seemed as though the Interweb was going into meltdown. I think I first noticed something was amiss when my iPhone denied my my morning serve of email, tweets and analytics on the way to work. The disconnectedness continued at work when it became apparent that a major Telstra connection was down. This was soon followed by Gmail going offline and Twitter went into another tailspin (probably due to everyone tweeting complaints about Gmail being down). Finally there were the reported attacks on WordPress blogs. Luckily my blog is akin to a Mac – it’s small and insignificant so who would want to waste their time with malicious intentions?

While the folio and resume are for public consumption, the blog is really for myself anyway. If someone else finds it useful or interesting then it’s just a bonus. But really it’s just a scrap book of random thoughts and links about design that I want to save for later. It wasn’t always like that though. Back when I started my blog in 2004 there were only a handful of design blogs. I on the other hand was too busy writing about my travels around Europe. Then there was a long period of neglect before I imported my old Blogger database into WordPress. At first I was sceptical of the cookie cutter approach to applying pre-made themes, but now I am continually surprised by the ease with which you can make endless changes and additions. There really is no excuse for tardiness anymore.

It’s still early days in this new format and I’m still finding my feet, or more to the point my voice. Anyway, below is a collection of articles that will hopefully help me to get where I’m going. Where ever that may be.

100 Ways To Improve Your Blog
16 Excellent WordPress Security Plugins To Secure Your Blog
Must See SEO Guide for All WordPress Bloggers
Key Elements to Blog Visibility
The Anatomy of a Blog
Top 7 Crimes Best Bloggers Commit!
9 Things to Do To Make Sure Your Next Blog Post is Read by More than Your Mom
Writing Blog Post Titles That Grab Attention
Designers Discuss the Benefits of Running a Blog
The Benefits of Running a Blog as a Freelancer (Tips Included)

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