Posts Tagged ‘design’

A Belated Welcome to the New Weblog Tools Collection

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February 14th, 2009
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It has been a week since we put this new design into production at Weblog Tools Collection. Though at first it was quite a change, the design is growing on me. A few things are still broken (find any?) and the internal code and the SQL queries that run the plugins are still being tweaked. We might end up re-writing a few of the plugins to make them more efficient and introduce caching. Our overall goal was to make the blog feel fresh and be able to highlight the various aspects of our community that helps generate and produce and news and the articles for this blog. Needless to say, we stuck to our basic tenets of minimal advertising and ease of use while sticking with a light (on the eyes and on the bandwidth) and minimalist theme. If you only read this blog in a news reader, I welcome […]

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What is the simplest WordPress blog you’ve seen?

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This post is based on a question that was posted on reddit.com which really intrigued me. I have seen a lot of WordPress blogs that are so simple and so well constructed that they blew me away and inspired me to do more to make my blogs simple(r). I just have a hard time finding them when the time is right and I am about to make changes to my designs. In that spirit, what is the simplest and most elegant WordPress design that you have come across? Lloyd’s blog comes to mind as a good example.

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Need something designed? Crowdsource it.

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April 29th, 2008
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99 designs is an interesting site. It fills a niche that I have carefully treaded in the past and have received negative feedback for (rightfully so). 99 Designs allows you to crowdsource your design needs. If an organization or an individual seeks a new design, they hold a “contest” of sorts using the tools built into 99 Designs and offer up some money for their project. Designers are then allowed to post entries for these and the contest holder is allowed to pick and choose the best design(s) and distribute the money based on the winning design. In the past designers have turned up their nose on design contests for a variety of reasons, most of which I agree with. However, the surprising thing about 99 Designs is the popularity of the site and the sheer number of designs that have been submitted for existing contest. Some of the work […]

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WordPress Plugins for the Admin Side of your Blog

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December 30th, 2005
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For those who are not completely happy with the usability or the look and feel of the back office in their blog, there are a few plugins around, compatible with or made for WordPress 2.0, that rework or enhance the admin area. I’ll name : Paged Comment Editing By default, “Manage Comments” only list the 20 last comments. What if you were on offline holidays for a month and have a blog that receives quite a few feedback ? This plugin allows browsing of older comments with paging through them. Cat 2 Tag If you create a lot of categories, this plugin makes selection easier when writing a post : a handy “tag cloud” avoids cumbersome scrolling through a long category list. There is also a fancy “suggest category” feature that proposes categories as you type them. WordPress Admin Drop Down Menu The lazy and the productive will love it […]

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