Anatomy of A Great WordPress Plug-In

On August 14th, 2012, wrote:

Man’s best friend is a dog. Guess who’s a blogger’s best friend? WordPress! For one, it is absolutely free. You can use it for anything, for personal use (sharing your thoughts and hobbies), or for commercial use (marketing your product or service). It’s become a day-to-day necessity for many developers. Your blogging websites can be made more fun and interactive for users with these plug-ins. WordPress can be made friendlier by customizing the basic functionality with add-on plug-ins. Here’s a guide on what to look for: Security: When you get a good plug-in, it comes with a good security package: Any confidential information is not printed into the Javascript code as it will be visible on the client’s side A secure plug-in will make use of wp-admin’s nonce validation Offers protection against unnecessary XSS exploits and SQL injection Offers thorough documentation: If a plug-in is not going to offer proper support and good documentation, it is not going to be – Read the full article

Simple Web Design Tips for New Business Owners

On January 17th, 2012, wrote:

If you are the proud owner of a new website, then you know how confusing and downright difficult the process of designing and building a website can be. It’s not uncommon to go through the trouble of finding a hosting service and choosing a domain name, only to get stuck when it comes to actually putting a site together and making it presentable for viewers. Fortunately, there are some very basic things, even for newbies, that can make the process much easier. Here are some simple web design tips for new website owners: Templates. One of the fastest and easiest ways to design an effective website is to choose a customizable template. Customizable templates are easy to find. Simply search online, load them to your site, and make whatever changes you want to make the design your own. If you use a blog hosting service like WordPress to build your website, you will be pleased to find that you automatically have – Read the full article

WordPress Issue? Scan “Local Machine”

On October 10th, 2011, wrote:

From humble, open source beginnings, WordPress now powers over  61 million sites worldwide. The extent to which it has grown in popularity not just for bloggers but professional designers and developers is evidenced by Smashing Magazine recently launching an extended, dedicated WordPress section. I’m currently one of these working in web design in Chicago. The Project I recently had a very simple project of launching a blog with a small shopping cart installed in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup held in New Zealand. Wait-of-Nation.com went live a little over two months ago. The Client With a background in PR/Advertising my client was well versed in getting himself out there, which in a country of 4.5 million people really isn’t that hard to do. He had a good product (sports blog of the most popular sport in NZ), with a niche message/ slant (“Home of New Zealand’s crushing expectation” – that the All Blacks – the National team – – Read the full article

Anatomy of a Great Email Newsletter

On January 11th, 2011, wrote:

No matter what Facebook says, E-mail is not going to go away. And neither will E-mail marketing: in fact, according to a recent survey, more dollars are expected to be spent by businesses and marketers this 2011 on E-mail campaigns. We certainly hope that some money goes toward studying the anatomy of a great E-mail newsletter. Why? Because E-mail is one way – is still one of the best ways – to effectively capture attention in the age of information overload and short attention spans. Oh, and because 94 percent of all Internet users read E-mail. That’s higher than the percentage of Internet users who turn to search engines to find information. Let’s check out the body parts of a sexy, irresistible E-mail newsletter – the kind that doesn’t go straight to a recipient’s trash folder. Your company name. One of the most common mistakes that E-mail marketers make is the assumption that people will remember who they are. Well, – Read the full article

7 Blog Design Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make

On October 30th, 2010, wrote:

When it comes to blog design, there are several common design mistakes that scare away your visitors (or worse, your profits). Here are seven of the biggest pitfalls. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 1.    Too Many Ads. Though you want to make money off your blog, usually through advertising, an overload of ads will be the surest way to turn off potential readers. Do not let ads overwhelm your content — people are not visiting your site to see advertisements, they are visiting it to see what your blog has to offer. If all it has to offer are ads, don’t expect a return visit. Instead, pick a few tastefully placed ads in high traffic spots, such as under your banner or one on the sidebar, and leave it at that. Ads in and of themselves are not the turn off, but if that’s all your site appears to be, that will be. 2.   Large Blocks of Text. If – Read the full article

Headway Themes: A Premium WordPress Theme for Those Who do not Know Code

On October 12th, 2010, wrote:

WordPress is one of the most popular publishing platforms and content management systems CMS) around today, and there’s certainly no shortage of premium WordPress themes on the Web for designers and developers to tinker with. Indeed, WordPress stands out because of its open-source nature, advanced templating system, and excellent plug-in architecture, all of which allow users to do pretty much anything they want to do to their WordPress sites, and customize as much of these as they like — — provided, of course, that they’re good with codes. When something called Headway Themes was launched July of last year, we here at Lakeshore Branding couldn’t help but think, “Oh, here’s another one.” By “another one”, we meant another premium WordPress theme – like WooThemes and Thesis – which, sure enough, would offer almost infinite options for designing, customizing, and fine-tuning WordPress sites, but which only advanced developers and CSS or HTML professionals would understand and be able to use. We – Read the full article