Easily keep track of your Google search result rankings with Sitening

For many weblogs and websites, visitors from search engines constitute a large part of the website traffic and if you’re serious about increasing your readership, you have to keep track of how you’re ranking in search results so that you’d know which aspects of your site you have to optimize. Google, being the most used… Continue reading Easily keep track of your Google search result rankings with Sitening

How to create a WordPress theme: A guide for the design-challenged non-geek

I love minimalist designs with great colors. No, that isn’t accurate, make that: I now love minimalist designs with great colors. I used to love putting everything but the kitchen sink in my blog template, hence my previous fascination with three-column themes-to get more screen space for buttons, listings, banners and what have you. I’ve… Continue reading How to create a WordPress theme: A guide for the design-challenged non-geek

Pieces of WordPress theme code: a repository

The great thing about open source is that you can build on what others have done. In my quest to port an open source web design into a WordPress theme, I’ve used bits and pieces of WordPress theme code that have served me well in previous designs. I am posting these pieces of code here… Continue reading Pieces of WordPress theme code: a repository

Blog design trends: big, bright and highlighted

ProBlogger links to a post on blog design trends written by Rachel Cunliffe in the cre8d design blog. Cunliffe, in her post, enumerates elements of current blog design trends: big fonts, big headers and footers, top border, bright colors, speech bubble comments, rounded corners, highlighted links. I won’t go as far as calling it a… Continue reading Blog design trends: big, bright and highlighted

Personalizing another great WordPress theme

I’ve decided to switch themes (again). I’m personalizing the Phoenixrealm template, an excellent WordPress theme that’s simple and easy on the eyes. The original theme had a black background but I wanted a graphical background, something with diagonal lines- the type of backgrounds you see in sites like TechCrunch. If you only want graphic patterns… Continue reading Personalizing another great WordPress theme

Performancing.com releases visual editor for blogs

Performancing.com, which is turning out to be an excellent resource on blogging, released a Firefox extension that puts a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) blog editor in the open source browser. I tried it out for a few minutes (screenshots below) and even used it to publish the previous post and found that it worked flawlessly. The editor… Continue reading Performancing.com releases visual editor for blogs

Usability guru publishes top ten design mistakes for blogs

Jakob Nielsen has released his top ten design mistakes for blogs. Nielsen said that while his usability guidelines for websites also apply to weblogs, blogs are a special website genre, “they have unique characteristics and thus distinct usability problems.” The author information you see on the right, the highlights tab listing some of my most… Continue reading Usability guru publishes top ten design mistakes for blogs

Integrate your Flickr account into your WordPress blog

Why limit yourself to a badge to display your latest photos in Flickr when you can integrate the photos into an image gallery in your blog? If you use WordPress, you can use the FAlbum plugin to do this. Download the plugin from the Random Byte site and upload the files into your WordPress plugins… Continue reading Integrate your Flickr account into your WordPress blog

Still with Friendster, Multiply or Blogger? Get an i.ph blog

I’ve been offering to help officemates who wanted to start their own personal websites. A couple are already blogging using either Friendster or Multiply. While Friendster is backed by an excellent blogging platform – TypePad from MoveableType – the address it offers its users is so long you can’t recite it in one breath. Superbalita… Continue reading Still with Friendster, Multiply or Blogger? Get an i.ph blog