5 Remarkable Resources on Building a Better Blog Today I’ve got 5 resources about building websites that you’ve got to check out. The true cost of entrepreneurship (what your friends and family will never understand) 5 steps to building a better blog (an oldie, but did you finish all 5 steps yet?) The dirty little words that prevent your readers from buying whatever it is you’re selling (I call them wallet-closing words). A remarkable, high-converting feature box download (for Thesis users) 3 beautiful website designs that use Thesis (for design inspiration) Plus, I need your opinion… 5 Resources on Building a Better Blog First, let’s start with the resources: 1. When you begin building a web-based business, your friends will think life is great. (Note, I want you to pay close attention to some of the comments on this article. 2. 5 steps to building a better blog We published this article on DIYthemes a few weeks back, but today I want to check in with you. 3. 4. By now you know I love the Feature Box, so I’ll spare you the “selling.” 1.
How to Podcast BOOKS TOOLBOX: 50+ Sites for Book Lovers Lulu, a book publishing site, is in the news this week. But there are many more sites for book reviews, self-publishing and exchange. Here are more than 50 of our favorites. Disclosure: Lulu currently has an ad campaign running on Mashable. Book Reviews Amazon.com - Search from thousands of books, buy them online and read excellent reviews. Booksprice.com - Users can search and compare prices of new and old books from all major stores. Bookswellread.com - Users can share reviews of some of their favorite books with others. Titlez - Users can perform a comparative analysis of a book or group of books with other books in the market. Whatshouldireadnext.com - Users enter their favorite book and they are a recommended a new book based on analysis of the reading preferences of other registered users. Book Communities aNobii - A great way to create book listings, interact with people and express thoughts. Booksconnect.com - A site which connects book lovers, writers and resellers. Publishing Others
Disable wpautop Plugin A simple plugin to disable the WordPress wpautop function. This is the function that automatically formats your posts. Installation Installation is just like any WordPress plugin: Download disable-wpautopUnzipUpload to /wp-content/plugins on your serverActivate the plugin You can find full details of installing a plugin on the plugin installation page. If you find that breaks (<br/>) are being stripped from your posts then look at this WordPress support page. Like this: Like Loading...
20 Simple Productivity Tools for Bloggers You don't have to subscribe to the cult of GTD, shave your head and donate all your possessions to David Allen to improve your blogging workflow. Even taking a small amount of time to add some new discoveries to your toolkit now and then can reap long-lasting benefits. Take a look at this list of apps, extensions and other tools that aim to help you save time as a web writer. Let us know in the comments if you have a particular favorite not listed here that others might want to check out. Multiple Clipboard Tools If you frequently write for the web, multiple clipboards is simply a class of desert island app you shouldn't live without. Mac users should check out CopyPaste-X, which offers a free lite version that is fairly robust but does not allow you to save clips through restarts. Windows users might want to check out ClipMate or Ditto. Blog Right from Firefox with Scribefire Save Typing Time with Text Shortcuts On the Windows side give Texter a try. Site-Specific Browsers
Recommended Blogging Resources I am regularly asked for recommendations on different tools, training, resources and services available to blogging. People particularly want to know what tools I use to run my blogs. As a result I’ve put together a list of recommended blogging resources that I’ve either personally used (in most cases) or which have come highly recommended to me by people I trust. I will add to these lists as I come across new blogging resources that I recommend. Blog Platforms WordPress My recommendation for blogging platforms is pretty clear – WordPress.org. A couple of other platforms exist of course including: WordPress.com – a free hosted blogging platformBlogger – another free hosted option – owned by Google Recommended Reading: Choosing a Blog Platform Hosting There are many hosting services available for bloggers. If you’re just starting out or have a smaller blog I highly recommend you check out BlueHost who have put together a special discount offer for ProBlogger readers. Blog Design/Themes
SKYPE TOOLBOX 50+ Enhancements for Skype.url As the VoIP service of choice for tens of millions of people, Skype has spawned a robust developer community, with programmers and entrepreneurs building hundreds of applications that look to piggy back on the service’s enormous success. Assuming you're still sticking with it after some downtime last week, here's a look at more than 50 Skype tools (note that some services have fees associated with them). See also: VOIP TOOLBOX: 30+ VoIP Services Personalization & Customization WiMood – Customize your mood indicator with both your most recently played WinAmp song and custom colors, styles, and links. iTunes Info & History – Displays your current song playing in iTunes and also your 50 most recent tracks. last.fm – Display the current track you’re listening to on last.fm. Skype Google Gadget – See your Skype credits and make calls to other users from Google Desktop. RingJacker – Create custom ringers that you can use when you call friends or as your ringtone for incoming calls. Mobile Community
30+ Great Resources for Blogger Templates Blogger is one of the most popular hosted blogging platforms out there, but many people are still surprised when they learn you can customize the look of your blog well beyond the pre-built options the site offers. Finding these other templates can be a bit of a task, so we've come up with over 30 resources to help you find brand new designs, converted WordPress themes, people who will build unique custom templates, and more. What are you waiting for? What is your favorite resource for Blogger templates? Free Templates 5ColumnTemplate.Blogspot.com - This site only offers one template with five variations, but it isn't every day you see a five column theme for any blogging platform, and it is actually pretty clean in presentation. AllBlogTools.com - A collection of over 100 templates from an assortment of a lot of smaller designers. Blogger-Templates.Blogspot.com - Keeps a small selection of top-notch Blogger themes up and running. Premium Templates Tips & Tricks for Template Design
26 Places to Find Free Multimedia for Your Blog Nothing makes a blog post more eye-catching than a great header image, but not all publishers have artistic talent. And even accomplished digital creatives often crave some found material to start from or work with in a project. Luckily for all of the above, sources abound for finding a compelling photo to grab your readers' eyes and draw them in, or to locate fresh multimedia to remix. Creative Commons search You may be familiar with the Creative Commons free licenses that aim to give creators more freedom to allow sharing and remixing of their content. If not, you can find out more about the history of the organization and the different types of licenses from their About page. Here are several excellent spots to search large pools of Creative Commons-licensed images: 1. Free stock and public domain images Need a professional-looking image but don't have the budget for spendy stock photo houses? 5. WikiMedia Commons 12. Free audio sources Free video sources 20. Further resources 24.
Alt Design Summit - Blog - Great Blog Resources Every Blogger Should Know Alt Summit Blogging Goodness in SLC, and now Online! Altitude Summit is your definitive resource for the very serious business of beautiful, brilliant blogging. A community of exciting, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs, Altitude Summit is a workshop with all your closest friends, and friends-to-be! Did we mention the Altitude Summit in SLC from January 22-25, 2014 and in SF on July 18, 2013. We’ve convened the absolute bee’s knees of lifestyle bloggers to discuss how to build, brand and beautify your site.
DEL.ICIO.US TOOLBOX 180+ Del.icio.us Tools and Resources.url Social bookmarking was one of the earliest trends out on the social web, and del.icio.us quickly took the lead. Today, we outline over 180 of the best tools and resources to get the most out of the number one social bookmarking site. Related: SOCIAL BOOKMARKING: 50+ Social Bookmarking Sites Web browser add-ons and Bookmarklets Randomizer button- A great way to find sites whch you may never have discovered otherwise, the button takes you to a random, recently bookmarked site. del.icio.us Toobar- A Firefox extension allowing you to bookmark and tag sites from a toolbar in the browser. del.icio.us Firefox Extension- The official del.icio.us Firefox extension does a great job of integrating your favorite bookmarks into your favorite web browser. Quicker Tag Bookmarklet- Add to your Firefox toolbar to quickly tag bookmarks with specific keywords. Mischievous- Browser plugin for Internet Explorer using del.icio.us to manage your bookmarks. Outfoxed- Adds del.icio.us to your informers list. Mashups
25+ Sites For The Fashion Minded We're going to take a step out of the normal tech stuff today and turn to all you fashion gurus in our audience. We've had several requests for sites related to fashion, so here are 25+ of them to get you started.And don’t forget to check out our new post where you can suggest the subjects of future toolboxes! This one was a suggestion from there! Fashion News Glam.com - A mixture of fashion watching, celebrity news, health and more. InStyle.com - The fashion and trends counterpart to People magazine. LuckyMag.com - The online counterpart to Lucky, has features such as "Cute Outfit Of The Day" and "Bargains Under $50". Vogue.com - What list of fashion would be complete without Vogue? Lifestyle Sites 2Threads.com - Post your latest fashion find pictures and share them with the community and build a profile page. 944.com - See what is going on in major cities around the USA in fashion, nightlife, music, and more. Outfit Tools Shopping & Selling RagingChic.com - Changing your look? Social Sites
CSS WordPress relies heavily on the presentation styles within CSS. With the use of Themes, you have an almost infinite choice of layout options. WordPress Themes make it easy to change your website look, and open up the field to help you create your own Theme and page layout. CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets. This article briefly describes the use of CSS in WordPress, and lists some references for further information. WordPress and CSS WordPress Themes use a combination of template files, template tags, and CSS files to generate your WordPress site's look. Template Files Template files are the building blocks which come together to create your site. Template Tags Template tags are the bits of code which provide instructions and requests for information stored within the WordPress database. Stylesheet The CSS file is where it all comes together. WordPress Generated Classes The same classes are used to align images that have a caption (as of WordPress 2.6). Templates and CSS CSS Resources