All site designers belong to a secret club. We talk about our headache site owners. Some of you reading this today are those clients. We don’t call out names in our club, but we do dish the dirt. We have to, otherwise we would run screaming down the street, pulling our hair out. Why? Because you make us crazy. We have a club because misery loves company and we feel better knowing we’re not the only ones with clients that drive us nuts. I’m going to spill the beans and tell you what your designer won’t so you can avoid being that client we talk about.
The Minimum Pro theme has been released at StudioPress. It is now HTML5 compliant and had a bit of a facelift. This theme makes use of a few different items than other themes, such as a technique called Backstretch on the big image on the front page, as well as a two-widget combo with a special plugin to get those nice big social media circles on the home page too.
“I’m on a tight budget.” That’s what I hear from most new site owner wannabes. There is no other industry where you can open a legitimate business with no money and no education on how to run it. But too many site owners fall prey to buying into the hype of doing just that. They expect everything to be cheap or free and somehow be successful on sweat equity alone, while grabbing every shiny new thing some guru said works. Free is not free for long. You’ll pay for it dearly, to the tune of thousands of dollars. Let me show you exactly what I mean with real-world examples.
See which author shortcode is best to use for authorship in this quick video tutorial. Plus, I’ll show you the trick of where it gets its info, and how to set that up properly too in your User info.
Links for the byline that display below your post have two issues on Genesis themes. One is a security risk and the other is bug that started when Genesis 2.0 was released. The latter one will affect anyone who has updated to the Genesis 2.0 framework, but still has their original theme that has not been updated for the new schema markup yet. In this quick video, I’ll show you both issues and how they affect your site security and Google authorship. Plus, I’ll show you a super fix that you just may want to keep, even after they fix the bug.
The new Twenty Twelve theme will become the default for WordPress 3.5 when it is released to the public on December 5th. But, this new theme is already available to WordPress.com users. I’m testing the WP 3.5 Beta 2 and have been playing with the theme. It is a bold departure from Twenty Ten and Twenty Eleven and will likely become the starting point for designers going forward. In this quick video I’ll show you the new fully responsive design and customizing features. There are a few links to other BlogAid posts mentioned in this video and you’ll find them below the video. Watch the video now.
Magazine style themes have become very popular in the last couple of years. Many new site owners are drawn to their visual appeal without really understanding how the theme works and if it is a good fit for their content. In this video theme review, I show you all the elements of the theme, how it works with your content, and what’s easy or costly to have customized.
Many hosting companies offer free site templates or build-your-own site features. While this may seem like a great value-added service, it could be a trap for first-time site owners.