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Posts from August, 2010

Post-Install Plugins to Enhance & Protect WordPress

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WordPress is a fantastic, easy to install application that’s packed full of useful features. It’s all ready to rock straight out of the box, but there’s a few easy customisations you can make with a cocktail of plugins that will enhance the functionality as well as offer crucial protection. This is my collection of post-install plugins that I immediately add to every WordPress install I work on – There’s no fancy gallery plugins here, just back-to-basics additions to improve speed, SEO and security.

How To Add a Custom Facebook Like Box to Your Site

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Facebook pages are becoming more and more popular with brands, bands, organisations and celebrities who want to boost their social exposure on the web. Facebook’s social plugins and widgets are a great way to link your Facebook page with your website. Let’s look at how to not only insert the popular Like Box code onto your website, but also how to customize it to fit with your design, and make sure the code correctly validates.

Building a Stylish Blog Design Layout in WordPress

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Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been through the process of creating a stylish blog design in Photoshop, coding it up into a static HTML and CSS concept, and now we’ll put the whole thing together as a fully working WordPress theme. Follow this step by step walkthrough of the various WordPress theme files, and see how the HTML is split up and injected with PHP tags to provide the complete blogging functionality.

Coding a Stylish Blog Design Layout in HTML & CSS

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Last week we went through the process of designing a stylish blog layout in Photoshop. Now let’s take our visual concept and cut it into slices for use with neat HTML and CSS code. All our browser testing will be done on this coded concept before converting the design into a full WordPress theme.