Nice New iPad Compatable Theme

This iPad-ready theme also looks great in regular browsers.  With 8 style options and smooth social media integration, this theme is forward compatible with the iPad revolution.

Built-in media galleries and lightbox feature helps the creative professional showcase their work.  Here’s a brief feature list:

  • 8 colored skin variations all available in the custom admin panel
  • Easy create multiple galleries of your work
  • lightbox driven portfolio sections to show your images full size
  • front page slider with custom upload area and can link to any page
  • ajax contact form – emails results direct to your WP admin email – zero setup!
  • super easy custom written admin panel
  • fully widget ready with a total of 6 widget areas for a total of 18 widget spots!
  • lots of templates to choose from including full width – 404 page error included and easy short codes for more creative layouts!
  • extensive, and gorgeous PDF documentation with screen shots / easy to follow instructions + 8 video screencasts to assist you

Check out the screenshots below and click any one of them to go get this sweet new theme.

Modern Business 3

Modern Business 3 Light

Modern Business 3 Light

Modern Business 3 Light

Essential WordPress Social Media Tools

Converting users is as important as ever before. With millions of websites being created every day, how can you compete? Here’s how: convert your readers like a pro with these essential tools.

Meebo Toolbar

Meebo Toolbar for WordPressA sweet little bar that hangs out at the bottom of all your pages. It is available as a WordPress plugin or standalone code. You can customize the bar with anything you might need to convert users like RSS links, and integration with your Facebook page.

Wibiya Toolbar
Wibiya Toolbar for WordPressAnother handy toolbar with some different content and style options. Both tools can help convert users, it’s up to you to decide which one is best for you.

WP Greet Box

WP greetbox plugin for WordPress This handy plugin will insert a discrete box below the heading but above the content with dynamically generated message to readers based on their referral source. See it in action here: 43 Ways to Promote your content like a pro.

Smart Sharing Plugin

Easy Share Plugin for WordPressThis plugin creates a box that can be aligned to the left or right of your site with important sharing links.  It scrolls with the user, meaning they are always reminded to switch from “casual visitor” to “avid follower”.

WordPress Version 3

WordPress version 3 is out and there are some pretty cool features that should make this an instant upgrade for most people. Lets take a look at some of the key features and reasons to upgrade.

WordPress and WordPress MU have merged

MU is the CMS used for managing a multisite WordPress installation. They have merge this into the main WordPress core, so that all the features of both applications are now available.

Custom Menus

The Appearance tab of your admin dash now has an option called Menus. This is a new feature that allows you to build custom menus combining posts, pages, categories, tags, and links for use in theme menus or widgets.

Improved Custom Post Types

This is very exciting stuff for those of us that use WordPress as more of a CMS, than a blog. There are already plugins out taking advantage of these new developments (Example), and it looks very promising.

Other stuff

  • New Admin dash, it’s much light in colour now.
  • New default theme “Twenty Ten” takes full advantage of the current features of WordPress.
  • Support for shortlinks
  • Better support with contextual  help tabs on each admin page.
  • Expanded help information (not just a link to support forums)
  • Set admin username and password during installation (not new for Fantastico users)
  • Bulk theme update feature
  • Hierarchical category support
  • Alert for privacy settings (preventing accidental search engine blocking)
  • Additional file attachment options
  • Option to limit number of posts shown
  • Bulk upgrade plugins
  • Over 1,200 bug fixes

These are just some of the many many features now included in WordPress 3.0.  Check out the full feature list here.

For full details on the new release jump over to WordPress.org.

Review of Thesis Theme

Thesis makes some serious claims including having 25k + purchases. (At a minimum $87 license, assuming every purchase was through an affiliate, that’s $1.47 Million)  Here are some of them:

  • Separated HTML, CSS and PHP for superior SEO qualities
  • Robust theme options panel for style and layout customizations
  • A big time support network
  • A number of influential bloggers using Thesis such as Laughing Squid (Web Host endorsed by WordPress)
  • Child/Sub skins that can be applied with relative ease

After reviewing the claims made by others that used thesis (decreased bounce-rate, pagerank bump, etc.) I decided to give it a try.  I fronted the $87 and purchased the individual license.

As Thesis version 2.0 rounds the corner, here is what I found with version 1.7, the current stable release.

  1. Thesis installs fast, and is very small.  It uses minimal server resources because there is barely any images in the entire thing.  In addition, there was a noticeable loading time difference over most other themes I’ve used.
  2. Customization is pretty easy for the basics.  We’re talking changing navigation menu color, adding pages to the menu, and changing from 1, 2 and 3 columns.  However, this is where the simplicity stops.  Thesis was incredibly hard to customize as a non-coder.  Doing something as simple as finding where to add some custom code was incredibly tricky.  Granted, someone adept at coding PHP could probably fly through this.  But many people use WordPress because it is simple, easy and fast.
  3. The “skins” available for Thesis are quite lame.  I could find no skins that wowed me or offered any eye-pleasing design.  It seems that Thesis offered two possibilities: make my own boring design, or use someone else’s boring design.
  4. I liked the idea of using an premium SEO theme, one that would help me reach more people.  What I found was just that, a theme with major SEO muscles, but wasn’t much to look at or work with.  I spent two days trying to learn the inner workings of Thesis, and failed.

Regardless of your feelings on the matter, it is worth checking out Thesis Theme if you’re interested in converting your current theme to an SEO rockstar.  If you can code, try it out.  If you’re a novice at the coding side of things, you might want to check out Themeforest and get a shiny, out-of-the-box theme.

Collection of reader submitted resources

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40 Stunning Tutorials about 3D Text

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50 Ultimate Useful Free MAC Applications

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30+ Useful Jquery Tutorials Using Advance Techniques

Although there are many great techniques already but hopefully these listed jquery tutorials will help you too and it will also give you a more professional feel and you will get latest techniques for modern design requirements of Web Developers.In this our first jQuery Tutorials article, we will presenting some really useful trainings about how to learn jquery techniques step by step and also will productive in your websites developments.Hope you will like these listed tutorials and leave your comments.

20 Articles and Tutorials About Using Negative Space

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