Archive for May, 2007
My latest post over at Blog Herald is entitled Quick tip: How to make the ‘Categories’ box bigger when writing WordPress posts.
Below, you can see a typical listing of available post categories that you can use on a WordPress blog. As you can see, though, there are so many categories that the box requires a scroll bar.
If you click through to the blog’s profile, though, then you’ll see that it’s actually ranked FIFTH out of the top 100 blogs.
So, my question to you is, which four blogs have more Technorati Authority than Engadget?
I checked the blog’s FeedBurner stats, and it only has 681 subscribers. This alerted my sensors immediately, and so I look around for a minute and found out that the blog released its theme for public consumption a few weeks ago. Since they included a link leading back to their own site, they garnered thousands of links in only a few weeks. You can see those links here.
I’ve made yet another post over at Blog Herald entitled How to use widgets with more than one sidebar on your WordPress blog. Go check it out!
Here’s an excerpt:
In continuation of my last post, Enabling sidebar widgets for your WordPress theme, I am now going to show you how you can use these newfound widgets with more than one sidebar on your WordPress blog.
Most blogs have only one sidebar, but some, such as Blog Herald, have two (or more!) After reading my last post, you learned how you can use widgets on your blog’s theme, so now, I will show you how you can use widgets on two or more sidebars. This post assumes that you’ve either read my last post, or you already know how to widgetize a theme but would like to know how to widgetize more than one sidebar.
I’m also going to show you how you can customize your sidebars by choosing how you want each widget to be formatted on a per-sidebar basis, and I’ll also show you how you can name your sidebars to more easily identify each one.
This tutorial will focus on using widgets on two sidebars, but the steps can be easily reproduced to adapt to more than two sidebars.
For all you bloggers out there, if you’re using the Visual method of creating posts in WordPress, how many of you have copied text from somewhere (most likely a webpage) to the Visual editor in your WordPress blog, only to find that all of the formatting along with it has also come along? This is because your browser tries to help you by keeping the formatting intact, but, unbeknown to your browser, you usually DON’T want the gigantic font that the text is in, or the bold and italic formatting that has been applied to it.
I’ve made a post entitled “Enabling sidebar widgets for your WordPress theme” over at the popular blog, The Blog Herald. Go check it out and let me know what you think! I don’t usually write tutorials so I’d like some feedback on it so I can make it better the next time around. Here’s an excerpt from the post:
So, you’ve got that brand-spanking-new (or kind-of-new) WordPress theme, and you’re strutting your stuff like it’s no one’s business. What next? Well, with WordPress 2.2 being released yesterday, major changes come along with it. One of the most important changes to take place involve sidebar widgets; these were once provided as a plugin, but are now built right into the application.
In this post, I am going to walk you through on what you need to know to ‘widgetize’ your blog’s theme, meaning we first have to allow your blog’s theme to use widgets. If you haven’t yet installed WordPress 2.2, then don’t worry, because you can install sidebar widgets as a separate plugin and still follow along.
Okay, now that you’ve got WordPress widgets installed, we first have to widgetize your theme.
I’ve recently spent some time playing old games (meaning games for the NES and SNES) on ROM emulators, and that’s been a ton of fun. During these past few days, I came upon a game called Desktop Tower Defense, which is insanely addictive (and TechCrunch would agree.) I first noticed this game a few months ago, but I didn’t really bother with it since it didn’t look too interesting to me, what with the very minimal graphics. After playing with it for a few hours, though, I’ve come to see that it is a game that can dangerously extend the number of hours that you spend at the computer. If you have a few hours to spare, then take a look at this game and try to beat the Challenge mode that goes up to 100 levels. I’ve reached level 75 so far and I can’t get any higher!
Mashable recently published a post entitled “17 Web 2.0 Sites Optimized for Your Wii“, which contains a list of top websites that are optimized for the built-in Opera web browser on the Nintendo Wii. When I got my Wii, one of the first things that I did was try out the web browser since I thought it was a pretty cool feature on the Wii. I was aware of StumbleUpon‘s new website called Stumble.tv, which is designed specifically for the Wii, so I checked that out first. It’s basically StumbleUpon for videos from YouTube and Google Video, and optimized for the Wii.
Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger blog concluded its latest “Group Writing Project” today, an exercise that he runs on his blog every once in a while which involves his faithful readers submitting blog post links to him so that he can compile them all and publish a nicely formatted list of all the links, including post titles and blogger names. He used to compile the posts by hand, after receiving emails that he gets from his contact form, and this process used to take him days to do.