Responsive design is one of the hottest trends in web design at the moment as it’s seen as the most effective way of creating a consistent user experience across all devices.
For blogs that rely on social to promote their content it’s very important to have some sort of mobile optimised site as it’s inevitable that a large proportion of social referrals will come through mobile devices.
For small businesses or amateur bloggers a responsive WordPress theme is an excellent option as it allows the site owner to offer users a mobile experience without spending loads of money.
There are many responsive templates available either for free or for a very limited outlay, so I thought it would be useful to round up a few of the more impressive options.
WordPress.com bloggers will get the chance to earn some money from ad revenue thanks to a new deal between Automattic and Federated Media (FM).
A blog post from Jon Burke, ads lead for WordPress, said this was something that bloggers have been requesting for some time.
The post said, “We’ve resisted advertising so far because most of it we had seen wasn’t terribly tasteful, and it seemed like Google’s AdSense was the state-of-the-art, which was sad. You pour a lot of time and effort into your blog and you deserve better than AdSense.”
It's easy to forget that more than a decade ago, when 'blog' was still a nascent buzzword, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams launched a service that would help propel blogging into the mainstream.
That service, Blogger, was acquired by Google in 2003, and a year later, Williams left to pursue new opportunities.
Multivariate testing is one of the most powerful tools available to
online publishers. But many of them don't use it for various reasons,
from lack of knowledge about multivariate testing to lack of simple
At a weekend hackathon event, a couple of developers decided to change
that by building a Headline Split Tester WordPress plugin that gives
WordPress publishers the ability to set up A/B testing of their post
Microsoft has largely been absent during the rise of self-publishing
and social media. But that doesn't mean that it hasn't tried to
compete. In 2004, it launched its own self-publishing/social networking
platform, MSN Spaces. Today, that platform is known as Windows Live
Spaces. Or, more appropriately, is not known as Windows Live Spaces.
That, of course, is because Windows Live Spaces is hardly a prominent
platform in a world dominated by more successful publishing and social
Most people don't consider reading legal agreements a favorite pastime. But not reading and understanding them can be a deadly mistake when your entire business depends on the agreements you're required to adhere to. One internet entrepreneur is learning that in a hard and very public way.
Chris Pearson has built a successful business selling WordPress themes and a WordPress theming framework called Thesis. But if WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg has his way, Pearson will either be making changes to the way his business operates or closing up shop.
Posterous, the "dead simple place to post everything", has won a lot of praise for building an easy-to-use publishing platform. And it's so confident that users of other platforms will like it that it recently launched a campaign that is enabling users of other platforms to migrate their content over to Posterous.
Tomorrow, Posterous will set its sights on perhaps the juiciest target in the blogosphere: WordPress. WordPress, of course, is the popular open source blogging platform/content management system. And WordPress.com, which is the hosted solution offered by WordPress parent Automattic, hosts millions of blogs.
Content from major newspapers and news wires is often popular fodder
for blogs large and small. Many, if not most, major news organizations
have not, however, been enthused by the (fair) use of their content by
But The Guardian has another message for bloggers: take our content and post it on your blog, please.
WordPress is one of the most popular open-source content management
systems in use on the internet. But despite WordPress' popularity, one
knock against it has been the fact that it's always been more a
'blogging engine' than 'true' CMS.
Yesterday, WordPress took a big step toward achieving 'true' CMS status
with the release of WordPress 3.0. That's thanks to several of the new features it contains.
If you're an entrepreneur, or budding entrepreneur, making money online can sometimes seem like a real challenge. In my opinion, that's often because entrepreneurs focus on the wrong thing. They want to create a 'startup' and become the next Facebook or Twitter.
That's a tall order and, for most of us, a recipe for disappointment. But if you're willing to start out small and work hard, profit on the internet isn't so elusive.