iA Writer and WordPress publishing

iA Writer has some magic joojoo. I use this no gimmicks focused writing tool at work to record meeting notes and brainstorming sessions. I’m playing with a publishing flow (for this site) which will allow me to compose my thoughts within iA Writer and publish directly to the site using a few handy keyboard shortcuts. […]

WordPress: Tweet shortened URL of current page to Twitter

One of the most requested pieces of code from the current iteration of 5thirtyone.com are the share links accompanying each article. Each link automatically grabs the current URL & title (if applicable) for the post or page and broadcasts it to the selected social network. This particular tutorial focuses on sharing your content via Twitter. […]

“The future of WordPress themes”, what do you think?

Ian Stewart (ThemeShaper) has compiled a collection of responses from 15 WordPress theme developers in response to the question: "What is the future of WordPress themes?" My response to the question challenged the idea of distribution & updates vs. design and new adoption: […] I hope for a major push in the distribution model to […]

Welcoming WordPress 2.7 with an updated Grid Focus release

WordPress 2.7 is available for download. The update packs a number of new features that any current or new WordPress user will welcome with open arms. WordPress Upgrader WordPress 2.6 already offered immediate plugin updates directly from within the admin Dashboard. 2.7 adds a little more convenience by providing that same functionality PLUS core – […]

10 step guide for improving a vanilla WordPress install

A few weeks ago I was approached with a request to help setup a simple WordPress site from the ground-up. The simple requirement being that after the initial setup, the site be ready for steady growth with minimum update requirements outside of core WordPress upgrades. I created this general guide highlighting 10 facets of a […]

Create a WordPress reader "explore" block to promote content

Congrats. You have your own WordPress blog. Each passing day results in a handful of new unique readers. As your site continues to grow, convincing visitors to explore your site beyond your most recent posts becomes more of a challenge. Additionally, getting visitors – who happen upon older posts via search engines – to visit […]

WordPress 2.3+ official support for custom database error page

Some time ago a tutorial was posted on 5ThirtyOne which addressed customizing the DB Error page rendered whenever visitors landed on heavily trafficked WordPress site. Since then, the method has been proven "useless", ushered away by recent updates to the WordPress code base; more specifically with the release of WordPress 2.3.2 (current release is 2.3.3). […]

WordPress Custom Fields; laying text over your lead graphic

For WordPress users, there are certain scenarios when the typical reverse chronological presentation of content is just not enough. I have experimented with different methods of presenting content on 5thirtyone.com each time a redesign is uploaded – from the text-centric to the image heavy version in use right now. With hundreds of WordPress driven blogs […]

Do not download WordPress themes distributed by 3rd party sites

Warning for new and existing WordPress users: DO NOT download WordPress themes from 3rd party "galleries". Identify the original source of the theme and download directly from the authors website. As WordPress – both hosted and self-hosted – continues to enjoy explosive growth, exposure to malicious activity and code will increase. Sadly, this applies to […]

November is purple, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Educate and promote awareness Last month 5ThirtyOne went pink to support Pink for October raising awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A co-workers partner raised the question challenging me as to why I had turned the site pink to promote Breast Cancer Awareness when I had not shown similar support for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, […]

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