Nowadays, it’s quite easy to launch a full-featured site without having to do much with code, thanks to the many advanced content management systems that you can use. You can launch a site in seconds on a hosted CMS or blog platform like WordPress.com or Tumblr, or you could make your own self-hosted site with the CMS of your choice with not much more trouble.
My first site, Techinch, started life a WordPress.com blog, but once it started getting some traction I moved it to a self-hosted WordPress install. 2 hosts and 3 major theme redesigns later, I’m now moving it to Kirby, an incredibly nice self-hosted plain-text powered CMS. Along the way, I’ve tried out more hosted and self-hosted blog platforms than I can even remember.
Moving a site to a new CMS can be a tedious process at best, but if you love trying out new web apps, you’ve surely gotten the itch to try out other CMSes. That’s why I was wondering if you’ve ever moved your site to a new CMS. Perhaps you’ve moved from one hosted platform like Tumblr to your own self-hosted WordPress, or perhaps you’ve taken a bigger leap and built your own CMS. We’d love to hear how you’ve moved your site around over the years in the comments below!
Pulse always stood out from the crowd – if it was a baby I bet it would have came out feet first. Just to be different. For the past couple of years it has been the primary news app on many of our phones. And unlike others it has never had a website – preferring instead to live on the screens of our mobile devices.
I guess this is why it developed such a good following. That, and its incredible design, functionality and user-friendly nature. Pulse has always been there when you need it. Looking hot and dishing out all the gossip it can find like a chatty girlfriend.
Today the developers have launched what they’re calling ‘Pulse for the Web’. A fully-loaded web version of the mobile application. “It wasn’t long until our users let us know that the problem we solved wasn’t confined to mobile devices”. They’re taking the great user experience we’ve all had on our handsets and blowing it up to desktop size. But does Pulse work on the ‘big screen’?
Since 2003, WordPress has helped build and run over 72 million sites worldwide with their simple yet incredibly powerful platform. You can create a blog in minutes and fill it with the content you want, or you could spend hours finding the perfect theme and plugins to make your site work exactly the way you want. WordPress powers everything from minimist blogs that focus on writing and photography to advanced sites that use it as full-featured CMS, and everything in-between.
With thousands of free and paid plugins available for WordPress, there’s likely dozens that you might like to use on your site but have never heard of. Our reader Ash Beardmore rounded up 10 of his favorite WordPress plugins that you might not have ever heard of. Whether you want to send email newsletters straight from WordPress, monitor file downloads from your site, or more, keep reading to see if these plugins are what your WordPress site is needing.
Creating a website and a blog can be a lot of fun, and also a lot of work at times. There are some great resources out there to help you make quick blogs and websites, but the one thing that is wrong with them, is that you are expected to have a lot of posts or pictures which take up more than one page. What if you just want to post one thing and that is it? To go through all of the hassle of creating a website or blog is too much work for just one post.
This is where CheckThis can come in very handy. It takes blogging and creating a website and strips it down to its simplest form. CheckThis puts a whole new spin on making a web page and after playing with it for a bit, I can see how useful this web app can really be.
WordPress has been the base of many people’s blogs for quite a while now. It offers many great features on a stable platform and is also very easy to operate. The best part is customization: there are thousands of WordPress themes and plugins to enhance your readers’ experience. You can make WordPress do almost anything.
The only problem with having so many themes is that they’re not all the best for everyone. There’s WordPress themes to fit every taste and style imaginable, but that means you might have to pick through dozens to find the one you want. Today, I’m going to give you some insight on 20 WordPress themes that are clean and beautifully designed, especially if you like simpler themes that emphasize your content.
I’m always looking for simple ways to keep a log certain activities- my workouts, my side project progress, my lesson plans, or whatever else I may want to reference later. So far the most trustworthy has been my handy-dandy notebook (cue Doug- “Dear Journal…”), but I don’t always have that with me and well, my notebook is really, “a bunch of notebooks.” What I really want is an easily accessible, singular place to keep journal entries. Since reading the Quick Look we published here a while back, I’ve though 280daily might be just that.
In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Wordfaire. The developer describes Wordfaire as a liveblogging platform that lets you quickly and easily get information out to your readers in real-time. It lets you write updates and share photos in a neat and minimalist interface. People are already using it for live journalism, as a public address system, and simply as a regular blog.
Read on for more information and screenshots!
WordPress is one of the most popular open source projects today, and it powers an incredible number of websites around the world. Started as a fork from b2 in 2003, WordPress has grown from a simple blogging engine into a full-blown CMS that can be used for a wide range of sites. It’s popularity is largely due to the wide range of third-party themes, plugins, and services that have been created over the past years to enhance WordPress.
Behind it all is Automattic, the company founded by Matt Mullenweg to advance WordPress development. They’ve tried to navigate the difficult path of creating a profitable business around an open source project, and over the years have diversified their offering to provide more value to bloggers and WordPress developers. Recently, though, they’ve created a stir among WordPress developers by creating more for-pay offerings that could compete with third-party developers’ offerings. Let’s take a look at some of the most recent developments in the WordPress ecosystem, and what it means for the future of the platform.