Monthly Archives: Dec 2008

Code Design

Blog Design: WebVideoMax.com

Andrew Kelly contacted me for a kind of business blog project that he was working on. After I showed him some of my previous works and we agreed on the price, I began designing a WordPress theme for him. He had previously chosen to use as a theme the semilogic theme framework. Well, his decision made me suffer until I suggested him that I developed the theme for him from scratch. He agreed and on this we went on. This project took a little bit long as I was working on other projects simultaneously. However working with Andrew was a great experience.

Design

When Andrew contacted me, he showed me a couple of sites that he wanted his blog to look like. He wanted something fresh and have a web 2.0 feel. Some guys might argue that web 2.0 means nothing, however there are a lot of designers and blog writers that have listed out the features of web 2.0 – but this is not the point of this post. Let’s focus on the design process. I used an heavy blue color throughout the blog with some fresh web 2.0 effects. I did all this with Inkscape, my favorite vector graphic design application. I cannot say I am a great designer, but I can reach high quality in design if clients describe me clearly what they want.
webvideomax

Coding

As I said earlier, the early coding process was very painful. After we decided  to have the theme developed from scratch, it was a very nice experience as coding is the part I like most. I had to work with XTHML, CSS, PHP with WordPress flavor.

The theme is coded in tableless XHTML/CSS. At first it was pure and valid, but after my client, Andrew implemented Awaber subscription code into it, it turned to have some validation errors. It is not a situation I like to be in, as I claim I code only valid talbleless XHTML/CSS websites and WordPress themes, but I cannot interfere with my clients choices.

Layout

The theme has a  two column layout. It has a left main column where the blog content is placed and a right wide sidebar. On front page it has a big welcoming video before the fold under which four other posts queried according to categories are shown. It is a nice simple layout informative layout.

Widgets

The theme has a fully customizable, widget-ready sidebar. Widgetizing WordPress themes is a pleasurable experience for me  and I could not leave it unwidgetized even though widget are little employed by my client, Andrew.

Testimonial

After a lot of frustration working with many Web Designers it has been a real refreshing change to work with someone like Baki, his constant follow up and willingness to over deliver on all levels has made a huge difference to our productivity and our web business bottom line. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Baki which makes him a real pleasure to work with. I just wish all our team could be as reliable and project focused as Baki! Andrew Kelly of ClickSmartMarketing.com

Conclusion

This is all I could write down about my experience with Andrew Kelly. I would love to hear your thoughts about this theme. Also, please consider subscribing to my RSS Feeds to have the possibility to read and view more great articles and projects. In case you need a WordPress theme, you can drop me a line using my contact page. If you are not sure, please have a look at my portfolio to see more works of mine. Thanks for reading!

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Systems

How to remove nofollow attribute from your WordPress blog

As you may already know, WordPress the rel=”nofollow” attribute in comments. That makes any comment with a link on it have no significance for Google when they ranks websites. Getting rid of the rel=”nofollow” attribute is one of the tactics that many WordPress bloggers follow to get more people comment on their blogs. And in my view, this is quite fair – comments add content to a certain blog, the blog pays them back with a link that will be counted by Google, will rise their pagerank and make their way up in Google searches. So, let’s begin.

There are two ways through which you can turn off rel=”nofollow” attribute in your blog:

1. Changing WordPress Core

Editing WordPress core might not be a good idea for bloggers who are not very familiar with coding. For others, like me, who can do any code editing, online through FTP or offline, this is something that they do everyday. That would save the time of downloading, installing and making work another plugin. However, keep in mind that you need to redo this action every time you do an upgrade.

There is only one file you need to edit and all you have to do is remove the word nofollow. This word is located at wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 148. It looks like this:

{code type=php}
$return = “$author“;
{/code}

All you have to do is remove the word nofollow only and save the file.  This is it!

wordpress-remove-no-follow

2. Employing a Plugin

If you do not feel comfortable with editing the WordPress core, you can employ a plugin to do that for you. Keep in mind that you will have the plugin too, when new versions are released. Below you will find a list of such plugins. Chose the one that is good for you and install it.

  1. DoFollow 4.0
  2. NoFollow Free
  3. Lucia’s Linky Love
  4. Sem NoFollow
  5. Link Love
  6. Remove Nofollow

Time for publicity: By removing the nofollow attribute you are giving something away for free to your visitors, tell this to your visitors. You will motivate more people to comment for sure. Good luck!

PS: Don’t forget that WPlancer is a DoFollow blog and I love to hear what you think. Thanks!

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Opinion

Hacking Knowledge: 77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better

I just finished reading a wonderful, helpful and enjoyable article. It was a well-thought and well-organized list of ways how to learn faster, deeper and better. Please find below the classification of the learning advice:

  1. Health
  2. Balance
  3. Perspective and Focus
  4. Recall Techniques
  5. Visual Aids
  6. Verbal and Auditory Techniques
  7. Kinesthetic Techniques
  8. Self-Motivation Techniques
  9. Supplemental Techniques
  10. For Teacher, Tutors and Parents
  11. For Students and Self-Studiers
  12. Parting Advice

This is the part I liked, enjoyed and learned more of. This piece reminds of the time I was a student and got bored systematically because my teachers had nothing good to say:

Be engaged. Surprise. Sometimes students are bored because they know more than is being taught, maybe even more than a teacher. (Hopefully teachers will assess what each student already knows.) Students should discuss with a teacher if they feel that the material being covered is not challenging. Also consider asking for additional materials.
Teach yourself. Teachers cannot always change their curricula. If you’re not being challenged, challenge yourself. Some countries still apply country-wide exams for all students. If your lecturer didn’t cover a topic, you should learn it on your own. Don’t wait for someone to teach you. Lectures are most effective when you’ve pre-introduced yourself to concepts.

Go and read it here: Hacking Knowledge: 77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better

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