Go Freelance with WordPress

February 7, 2011 | No Comments Yet

WordPress isn’t just a thriving free, open source community, it’s also a very popular business, from premium themes and plugins to large-scale websites. Want a piece of the profitable WP pie? DesignM.ag demystifies one particular aspect of the business: how to freelance with WordPress.

The guide covers not only the techie WordPress jobs like design and development, but also other careers in copywriting, photography, and journalism:

Built right into WordPress are a host of image and gallery features. You can upload, resize, and crop your images. You can align them around text, add captions and links. You can have a page of thumbnails which link to a larger version of the shot. All of this is part of the core WordPress software.

That’s an interesting take on going pro with WordPress you don’t get to see often, so make sure to have a look. It doesn’t stop there, though. There are dozens of site types you can build with WP, and that means different types of freelancers that can take advantage of the publishing platform.

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iBlog6 call for speakers/topics and logo contest

January 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

iBlog6: the 6th Philipping Blogging Summit is happening on April 16 and 17 at the Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law, UP Diliman, QC. Here’s what to expect in this two-day event:

iBlog6 is targeted to take place on April 16 and 17. The first day will focus on Blogging for Business (entrepreneurs, corporation, non-government organization, and the likes). We would like to receive proposals that can help businesses understand better on how blogs can be tapped as a tool for promotion and how to work effectively with bloggers (through events, contests, advertising, and the likes).

The second day will focus on topics for Bloggers that includes introduction to blogging, use of photos and videos, policies, and promotion. We also want to look at political blogging, election coverage, and building offline blogging communities.

Interested speakers may now submit topic proposals before the January 31 deadline here.

iBlog is also launching a contest for the redesign of its logo. The mechanics are listed here. Submission of entries runs from February 1 to 15 and the winner will win an 8 GB iPod Nano.

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2010 is the year of open source design for WordPress

January 14, 2010 | No Comments Yet

It’s no secret that a major design change is coming to this year’s WordPress development cycles in the form of a new default WordPress theme, but that’s not all. Jane Wells has announced plans for all things design—open source design, that is:

  • Creation of the wp-ui mailing list for design-related updates
  • Return of the design challenges that have determined the look and feel of the WordPress admin interface in the past
  • Mobilization of a distributed Usability Testing group
  • Creation of the #wordpress-ui chatroom on irc.freenode.com and setup of a weekly chat as with #wordpress-dev
  • Launching of the WordPress UI/UX blog

While I’m surprised all these things haven’t been set up sooner, I’m excited that design and usability are finally getting the attention they deserve—makes you wonder how WordPress got to be so beautiful without all these in place yet.

Between this, WordPress 3.0, and WordPress Multi Site, it looks like 2010 is a packed year for WordPress! There are so many things to do and lots of volunteer work is needed, so if you can find your niche in the community, why not contribute?

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Tip: use WordPress MU for your client sites

September 1, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Are you a designer or developer building WordPress sites for your clients? Here’s a tip: use WordPress MU. Pro Blog Design has a step-by-step guide to tweaking a WordPress Multi-User installation to streamline your client site development process. Just add a handful of plugins (for privacy and blog defaults) and edit several backend files and you’re all set.

Brilliant idea. No need to create new databases, upload files, and install WordPress everytime you have a new client. One of the trickier aspects of WPMU has been addressed too:

Installing WPMU is a slightly different process than regular WP. Basically, don’t edit the config file. Let the installer run. For the purposes of this tutorial, pick a subdirectory installation to give you client blogs in the format of yourdevsite.com/client1/.This way, we won’t have to tinker with the server to enable wildcard subdomains.

Since these are just client demo sites, you won’t really need subdomains for each new blog. But if you really must use them, better make sure your web hosting requirements support it.

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Designing for WordPress screencast series

May 4, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Alex Denning of Nometech.com has launched a screencast called Designing for WordPress, a three-part series that teaches you how to go from a static HTML web design to a full-fledged WordPress design, all in glorious video.

Designing for WordPress is something that a lot of people want to learn how to do. But don’t know where to start. Why? There aren’t too many great tuts out there for people wanting to get started with WordPress theme design. In this screencast we’ll be converting HTML to WordPress: a great place to start for any aspiring theme developer.

If you know a fair amount of HTML and want to go into WordPress theme design, this video should be a good place to start. Watch out for the succeeding parts too!

(Via Hack WordPress)

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The Best WordPress Design Award

March 12, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Best WordPress Design Award

Heads up, WordPress designers! WPWebHost has announced the Best WordPress Design Award, which honors the quality looking WordPress sites.

There are 5 categories: Best Clean & Minimalist, Best Retro & Vintage, Best Grunge, Best Hand-Drawing Style, Best Modern & Elegant. The rules are quoted below:

Your website must be WordPress powered with an original design or a completely original modification of a free or premium theme design. And here’s how to join:

  1. Write a blog post (or announcement) about joining the Best WordPress Design Award (and mention which category you are joining) in your website.
  2. Submit your URL in the comment form here. (trackback works too)

  3. Done! (are you expecting more?)

Deadline is on 22nd March 2009.

Winners will be chosen by the public and will get badges and $200 in cash. Join now!

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Plus63

March 2, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Plus63

Named after the Philippines’ country code, Plus63 is a great way to keep up with the hippest and most inspiring Filipino artists as they create and impress not only locally, but also internationally.

+63 is a collective blog dedicated to providing an online venue for Philippine creatives. The idea behind +63 is to create a rallying point for the industry by adapting and updating the international country code for the Philippines into a recognizable trademark for Filipino culture, design, and art.

Plus63 dives into the local creative scene and showcases the best of what the Philippines has to offer in design, architecture, fashion, music, photography, and more.

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