There are two principal reasons for getting rid of the many saved incremental revisions of WordPress posts:  compliance with your host’s terms of service, and in order to speed up the blog. It’s my understanding to that optimize speed, getting rid of excess files is only one of several necessary steps. A little bit of research let me to Better Delete Revision1 , a plugin which I’ve tested here and in two sandboxes with no problems, and a rapid clearing of hundreds of revisions.

There are 36 pages of plugins using the tag “revisions” in the WP Plugin RepositoryBetter Delete Revision seems best suited to  catch up delayed maintenance; there are other plugins and WP solutions that ditch revisions at specified events (publication of post, after a certain number of days). But this works quite well; and taking a leaf from legal blogger Jeff Vail and medical writer/surgeon Atul Gawande2  I’m thinking about making a monthly or weekly maintenance checklist, and I think Better Delete Revision will be on that list.

Better Delete Revision comes from the site – here’s the link to the plugin page – but be forewarned, it appears to be an Italian-only site.  The plugin, however, seems to work fine on English post drafts.

  1. Link to WordPress Plugin Repository. []
  2. See, e.g., A Lifesaving Checklist ; The Checklist, and  The Checklist Manifesto. []


At Proof Branding,  a really thoughtful, clever group of people use the metaphors of “proof” (as in scientific evidence), and “proof,” as in the measure of ethanol in a beverage containing ethanol – itself a metaphor and idiom indicating “strength” and “purity” – and some really beautiful graphics and text to make a great impression. Here’s the image that got me first (they’re on the list of recommended designers at DIYThemes, the home of the Thesis WP theme, which is sometimes the theme in use here, and also in use on some of my other WP installations):


Again – the laboratory glassware could be part of a scientific experiment – an informal distillery – or both. Ambiguity is fine as long as all of the meanings are intended.


The Proof Branding team also maintain a well-worth reading blog, have some pretty cool titles (see their “About” page), and manage to project a lot of confidence without a trace of pretension. Since I’ve spend most of my professional life nosing around fraudsters and con artists – one of my working hypotheses is that the fakers always hit one or both parts of that equation  (confidence, pretension) with a false note.

We must note one disturbing tell-tale: like one other well-known designer who many suspect is actually just fronting for the actual work of his own dog – one of the named creative leaders at Proof Branding  well, from the client’s point of view, it’s the work that matters, and any dog that good at site design  – well, it’s hard to imagine a dog designing a website who didn’t want to.

Proof Branding’s portfolio – and every page on their site – will be well worth your time, and because it’s so good I can easily get a dozen blog posts out of it and look excellent merely by virtue of my good taste, I’m just going to close with a screen grab from their Services | “What We Do” page:


Otto on new post taxonomies: in essence, making things standard so we don’t have to customize them.

February 1, 2011

Assuming that I’m getting it. You can get it from Otto’s post here: Post types and formats and taxonomies, oh my! A long quote follows, but before we go there, I’d like to point out that (1) I don’t know if Otto is a first or last name or both – but, I’m going to [...]

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Douglas Bowman/StopDesign

January 15, 2011

StopDesign is the personal site of the designer Douglas Bowman, whose work most of us have been seeing for years. For my part, I didn’t realize who he was, although I certainly saw his WebMonkey icon more times than I can count. WebMonkey is, the web design education portal of (oddly, there’s a link [...]

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A Collection of WordPress theme frameworks | CMS Critic – Content Management Reviews

January 12, 2011

I hadn’t heard of CMSCritic until yesterday, when I found A Collection of WordPress theme frameworks.  And in that post I learned of WordPress frameworks, paid and free, that I’d never heard of before – as well as those that I’m familiar with -some that I use, others that I’ll try when budget permits. Check [...]

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Marc Carson – openoffice flowchart template

November 26, 2010

I use OpenOffice more and more, although I’ve been slow to master OpenOffice Draw. In my blogging, and in other work, I often think in visual terms, but don’t necessarily have the skills to make it happen. To be more truthful, I don’t have the skills. And for its many strengths, there aren’t that many [...]

Read the full article → – 12 good-looking-out-of-the-box themes

November 20, 2010

Theme-Junkie, which I learned about today, has 12 WordPress themes on offer, which I have not yet experimented with, and given my current theory that even with the most customizable theme, if it looks like what you want by default, it might just be the right theme for you. Put another way – it’s good [...]

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WordPress NYC: customization without coding

November 18, 2010

For some time, it’s been my intention to make it to one of the  meetings of the NYC WordPress Meetup Group, which is the product of what must be extraordinary efforts by its organizer, Steve Bruner. On Tuesday, I did, for a presentation about customization without code.  The first portion was about the Atahualpa theme [...]

Read the full article → (they are)/League of Movable Type

November 16, 2010

A Good Company, also known as “We Are A Good Company,” is that indeed. Came across them through their project League of Movable Type, because I was looking for their font League Gothic.  The always amazing Randa Clay used League Gothic in a header logo/wordmark thatshe designed for my primaryweb project, Popular Logistics. A Good [...]

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Beautiful logo from Angie Bowen at

November 15, 2010

Isn’t this a nice piece of work? By Angie Bowen of Arbent.Net. You  can see more of her work there.

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