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Posts tagged with Word Press

10 simple responsive WordPress themes for small businesses and blogs

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 launches new ad platform, takes dig at Google

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.”

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Google's Blogger refresh: too little, too late

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.


A/B testing comes to the masses with WordPress plugin

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 testing solutions.

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 headlines.


Microsoft outsources blogs to WordPress.com

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 networking platforms.


Fine print can make or break your business

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.


Can Posterous be all things to all people? It's trying

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.


Guardian to bloggers: please post our content on your blog

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 bloggers.

But The Guardian has another message for bloggers: take our content and post it on your blog, please.


WordPress 3.0: proof open source kicks butt

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.


Four steps to profiting from a decent domain name

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.


Q&A: Dane Atkinson, CEO of Squarespace

Before the company's Twitter marketing campaign went viral, Squarespace wasn't a brand known to many. But the company has experienced rapid growth building a niche in the competitive market for content management solutions/publishing platforms. And it has done it by doing something many others have avoided: charging users.

I spoke with Squarespace CEO Dane Atkinson about the company, its success with a paid business model and what ROI the company's viral Twitter marketing campaign produced.


WordPress attack catches bloggers off guard, but it shouldn't have

Over the weekend, reports surfaced of a seemingly widespread attack targeting older versions of the popular blogging software WordPress. The attack leaves WordPress installations severely compromised and appears to be part of a campaign to spread spam and malicious code.

Numerous bloggers found themselves victims. One of those bloggers was popular tech personality Robert Scoble. He claims that two months of his blog's content was lost and that his site was booted from Google's index because of malicious code that had been inserted (ouch).