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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 for your website background, you can use the background image maker in this site. The site allows you to choose the pattern-slashes, horizontal lines, dots or gradient-and the color of the background.

I was finally able to create my own background image complete with diagonal lines and color gradations using this very good step-by-step tutorial on Photoshop by LpT designs. I also followed this glassy icons Photoshop tutorial by Fadedpixel for the glassy appearance of the black in my website background.

Phoenixrealm doesn’t come with Gravatars support out of the box and I managed to enable it in my site by following the instructions of the plugin author.

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Giving a blog as Christmas gift

Yesterday, the editorial department of the newspaper I work for celebrated its Christmas party. No Christmas party is complete without the exchange of gifts and we held one yesterday. But two weeks back, we were already supposed to give the recipient of our gifts small items, costing from P20 to P50, based on the week’s theme.

I got popular TV host Jude Bacalso, our paper’s Life and Leisure editor, in the drawing of names for the gift exchange. For two weeks, I never gave him any of the small items I was supposed to give-something green and something sweet.

When we exchanged gifts yesterday, I gave Jude Bacalso three gifts. One of them was an index card containing login details to his new WordPress.com blog, sporting the Green Marinee theme. Jude Bacalso is so witty and so funny that he should blog. I hope he does take the time to update it.

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Back to three columns again

A few hours ago, I switched back to the previous theme of this site. I really love three-column themes, particularly Jarkolicious.com’s tri-Sexuality WordPress theme. I used a two-column theme based on K2 after I botched the theme (in Explorer-everything renders properly in Firefox) while trying to personalize it a month or two back.

I’ll take another crack at customizing this theme during the holiday break. Right now, everything renders properly in Explorer save for the photos page-which is using a customized style for K2.

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Minus a column: WordPress themes notes

I’ve had it (I think) with three-column WordPress themes. I do not have the skills nor the time to try to make it render properly in Internet Explorer. I never use the Microsoft browser and it’s only when somebody e-mails me to ask why my layout “looks weird” that I use Explorer to check and find that the second column has been pushed below the main content area.

I really love the Tri-Sexuality Standard WordPress theme but I always seem to break it with endless editing of files to try one thing after another (this blog isn’t called Cybercafe Experiments for nothing.) Manuel Quezon III and RG Cruz both use the theme but they have Abe Olandres to edit it for them.

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Temporary theme

I’m using a temporary WordPress theme based on K2. I’m still fixing this site’s theme, which I broke while trying to have it render properly in Internet Explorer after customizing it.

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Customizing a WordPress theme

I’ve finished customizing Marlen‘s theme using the tri-Sexuality Standard WordPress theme with help on color combination from ColorLovers. Marlen’s theme uses part of the Can’t Buy Me Love color palette. On another note, I’m claiming my Feedster feed, thus the notice below.
No Need to Click Here – I’m just claiming my feed at Feedster feedster:c50175ca8f0a99650240081a4bc175e2

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Handing in the final paper, looking forward to tweaking my WordPress theme

I submitted my final paper for my online journalism course with the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University this morning. Itís a good thing that I blog because I was able to use for the paper on the impact and future of online journalism some of the entries I wrote here earlier.

With the course over, I can now do one of the things I’ve long been planning to do: change my blog theme’s colors. I already changed this theme’s colors to make the green and blue more vivid but I wanted to implement a different color set.

I’m no graphic artist and I’m lousy at color combinations but I found this site with a lot of great color combinations rated by a community of graphic artists. The combinations in my shortlist are: New comes in green, Mojo flave, Dust brothers, Get a job hippie and Drunken lullabies.

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Make your blog posts ‘taggable’

Many people now use online bookmarks to file sites they want to review later. Among the most popular services are del.icio.us, Furl, Spurl and Yahoo My Web 2.0.

Many of these services require you to install a tool bar or a shortcut tab in your browser in order to save bookmarks and tag these with keywords for organization. By putting shortcut buttons for tagging your posts in these services, you will encourage blog readers to file your article for reading and re-reading later.

To put these buttons in your WordPress blog, just copy the codes below and paste these into your theme’s template. I used to have these buttons display after the post titles in the index page but it looked too crowded and I decided in having it in the individual posts page. I placed the codes after the <?php the_title(); ?> part in the post template and before <?php the_content(); ?>. If you want to display these buttons after the article, then paste the code snippets after <?php the_content(); ?>

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Blogging a beauty pageant

Sun.Star Cebu’s Bisaya tabloid Superbalita is celebrating its anniversary. Part of the activities is the search for Miss Sun.Star Superbalita 2005. The Superbalita staff wanted a blog for the pageant so I created the Miss SuperB! blog, using WordPress, last night. I used the Vader style of the K2 theme.

Superbalita wants all blog entries to be in Bisaya. This is part of the paper’s campaign to popularize the use of conversational Cebuano, including in cyberspace. I am now a blogger for Miss Super B! and I’ll be covering parts of the event and interviewing some of the candidates. It is, needless to say, a job that many in the newsroom would kill for.

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Radical WordPress theme

I changed the theme of Sun.Star’s Blog Chronicles to Kiwi, a theme that’s so different from most WordPress themes available. I still have to customize the design, though. For a while, I thought of using it for this site but I still have to find a way to implement asides the way it is being implemented in my current theme. This post, by the way, is an aside and is displayed differently from my regular blog posts.