Web Design & Dev

How to make your WordPress site much more usable for mobile browsers

After being appalled at what I saw when I viewed Simple Help in my Smartphone, I decided it was time to figure out a way to make this site more appealing to folks using mobile browsers. It didn’t take long for me to find Alex King’s WordPress Mobile Edition plugin. If you follow the instructions outlined in the README (included with the download) it only takes about 30 seconds to convert your WordPress installation to a very usable site for mobile web browsers.

Simplehelp in a mobile browser
Simplehelp post in a mobile browser

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

What I've learned in my first year of blogging

For the last few days I’ve been trying to figure out how to best write this post. This is what I’ve come up with, I hope it’s helpful (cause it sure is long, winded).

  1. What I’ve done
  2. What I think I’ve done right
  1. SEO
  2. Content
  3. Responsive
  4. Thankful
  5. Research
  • What I think I’ve done wrong
    1. Community participation
    2. Took a break
    3. Low Page View per Visit ratio
    4. Misc. Mistakes
  • What I was surprised by
    1. Traffic sources
    2. Browser type
    3. Top content
  • What I still don’t understand
  • What I’m going to do next
  • Summary of my tips/suggestions
  • 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.. …