How to take great screenshots in Windows

Why MWSnap doesn’t show up on every “top Windows freeware” list, I’ll never know. Version 3 has been around since 2002 (!?). Admittedly, it hasn’t been updated since 2002 either – it still works perfectly well in XP (I haven’t tested it in Vista yet). With the resulting screenshots you have a choice between BMP, JPG, TIFF, PNG and GIF formats, with selected color depth and quality settings – among dozens of other features. This “part tutorial, part overview” will get you started using MWSnap in no time. …

Google Webmaster Tools Adds Subscriber Stats Feature

At some point yesterday (Nov 12th, 2007) Google Webmaster Tools got a bit of a redesign. And at least one new feature was added – Subscriber stats. Now you can view the number of users who have subscribed to your RSS feed(s) using Google products such as iGoogle, Google Reader, and Orkut.

Are there any other new features I missed?


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Dashboard Overview
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What Googlebot Sees
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Google Subscriber Stats
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Tools Overview

30 Resources to Create Your Own Web 2.0 Site

Not long ago, Mashable did a very cool roundup of 15 Online Graphics Generators – with a heavy emphasis on the Web 2.0 style. This post was inspired by that list – with no duplicates, and additional resources including pre-created images/logos, tutorials, WordPress Web 2.0 themes etc. And since it’s not exactly an original idea, I decided to double their 15. …

WordPress: The Complete Post-Install Checklist, Redux

Though this was originally created for another blog, I’ve updated it (more steps, more plugins, more theme sites etc) and posted it here.

One of the great things about WordPress is how easily you can have it up and running, completely customized to your liking, in such a short period of time. After setting up WordPress for several of my friends, I found that having a ‘checklist’ makes things go even faster – so I decided to write it all up and share with you. Please don’t hesitate to use the comments to suggest additions etc, I’ll update the checklist accordingly.

  1. Create blog title, add email address
  2. Change your password
  3. Disable visual rich editor
  4. Add users
  5. Change the tagline
  6. Edit Membership permissions
  7. Set a date and time format
  8. Modify Reading and Writing settings
  9. Edit Discussion settings
  10. Modify Permalinks structure
  11. Pick a theme
  12. Customize your theme
  13. Write down CSS info
  14. Change title format
  15. Edit blogroll
  16. Edit the About page
  17. Add some categories
  18. Edit the example post for testing
  19. Install plugins
  20. Install widgets
  21. Check blog and test plugins
  22. Create a favicon.ico
  23. Create a shortcut to the Dashboard / setup WordPress client
  24. Create a test environment
  25. Start posting!

How to easily install WordPress in a virtual environment

This post could also be called ‘an introduction to JumpBox’, as that’s essentially what it is. JumpBox allows you to install several open source applications, such as WordPress, in a virtual environment (like Parallels, VMWare and Xen). They provide the complete package – WordPress itself, all of its required components (database, runtime dependencies etc) and the virtual machine configuration files. Continue for the full tutorial/walkthrough.. …