Apr 292011

Just released by Wrox:

How to develop powerful mobile Web sites using popular content management systems.

Mobile is the hottest thing going — and developing content for mobile devices and browsers is even hotter than that.  This book is your guide to it all — how to design, build, and deploy sites, blogs and services that will work brilliantly for mobile users. You’ll learn about the state-of-the-art of mobile web development, the tools available to use, and the best practices for creating compelling mobile user interfaces. Then, using the most popular content management systems, WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal, you’ll learn how to building world-class mobile web sites from existing platforms and content. The book walks you through each platform, including how to use third-party plug-ins and themes, explains the strategies for writing your own logic, how to switch between mobile and desktop, and much more.

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Mar 232011

After all these fine articles we wrote to get your attention, wouldn’t it be nice if people were able to contact us? For the current website is yet not much more than a collection of postings.

So we deploy the Contact Form 7 plugin to create a page where people can get in touch with the website owners. Continue reading »

Feb 272011

Last time, we decimated (approval requests for) the spam comments by simply changing the settings in our Administrator's Dashboard. Visitors are now required to register before they can post any comments. Of course, setting barriers like this makes giving feedback a burden to the occasional visitor. Furthermore, spammers are still using scripts to automatically register at our site. Continue reading »

Feb 192011

Subscribing to the Entries RSS feed that comes standard with your WordPress installation, is one way for users to follow your writings. However, these days social networks like Twitter and Facebook are the most popular ways to attract people to your blog. It appears that today who is publishing an item is more important than what he is publishing.

In this post we show you how to integrate Twitter into your WordPress software, allowing you to automatically send out a tweet each time you post a new blog entry.

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Jan 292011

When you started your blog, of course you hoped for and expected lots of visitors, leaving heaps of high-quality comments. So you allowed all visitors to leave their feedback, and had yourself sent an e-mail message to approve each comment.

It does not take long before reality sinks in: your mailbox is quickly cluttered with messages from your blogging software, asking you to approve a comment, delete it, or mark it as spam. Unfortunately, almost all comments are generated by automatic spam scripts constantly battering your site. Continue reading »

Jan 232011

The need to upgrade you WordPress installation is just a matter of time. Especially bug fixes and security patches require you to move to the next version as soon as possible. Fortunately, WordPress made upgrading very easy.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the WordPress site. That way, you will know when a new version becomes available. This is especially important when it comes to security updates, just like version 3.0.4 that was released last month. As the message states, this is a very important update to apply to your sites as soon as possible because it fixes a core security bug in the HTML sanitation library, called KSES. I would rate this release as 'critical'.

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Aug 212010

If you want to start your own blog, WordPress is the way to go. Of course, there are other software packages available that can be deployed for blogging, but WordPress is the de facto standard now.

In this article we describe a basic installation and configuration. Later on we will build further on this foundation, using contributed plugins available from the WordPress website.

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