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is a website, as described by Smashing Magazine, “A useful little website created by Chris Coyier. It provides you with the standard Latin text already in HTML tags. Clicking on any of the blocks automatically copies the text to your clipboard!”

Here’s one sample copied and pasted, in one click, from HTML-Ipsum, a service of Design O’Blog – home and Design O’Blog (blog)

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And, as noted above, spotted on Smashing Magazine.

Smashing Magazine: WP Developer’s Toolbox

Dozens of links for those wanting to customize code – or build a theme from scratch: WordPress Developer’s Toolbox.

Smashing Magazine. Most of this work is – admittedly – more sophisticated than my skill set – but the outcomes are all beautiful (or otherwise desirable), and, based on my experience with Smashing Magazine, likely to be entirely reliable.

Blog Design Studio

Blog Design Studio has great explanations (e.g. What is this NoFollow thing all about! – you won’t find a more concise explanation anywhere); free WP themes, some outstanding WP tutorials (particularly about security issues specific to WordPress, an often-ignored subject), and, not least, an impressive portfolio of their own work. One of those was the redesign of BloggingTips.com:

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BloggingTips is – as we’ve said earlier – worth reading regularly on its own terms. But look carefully at the design. To my eye, the folks at BlogDesignStudio did several things that should have been impossible to do in the same space:

  • lots of content and subdivision by category, and other taxonomies of content type;
  • usable navigation
  • Without feeling cramped

Noupe.com – power tools for WordPress users – and more

Noupe.com may have a bug. If it does, the bug is understatement. For instance, 40 Exceptional “CMS Enabling” WordPress Plugins is about 40 exceptional WordPress plugins, and many of them do, in fact, make WordPress a better CMS. 1  But these plugins aren’t limited to CMS use – some of them just are meta-WordPress plugins – that radically increase functionality and control, like User Access Manager (lets admins set up private sections of WP blogs – which opens up all sorts of possibilities – WordPress as collaborative workspace; WordPress as subscriber-only information source; I”m guessing other people have come up with other uses for this plugin, by Alexander Schneider.

You can find all of Noupe’s directly Word-Press related posts by using the preceding link, which sorts by category. But then you’d miss other things both cool and  helpful, such as

7 Rules for Mixing Multiple Fonts in Good Web Design

Outstanding Website Background Guide: 60+ Impressive Resources

48 Mind-Blowing Ideas and Designs

Cory Doctorow's wedding/decoder ring - via Noupe.com and MentalFloss.com

Cory Doctorow's wedding/decoder ring - via Noupe.com and MentalFloss.com

40+ Extremely Beautiful Icon Sets Hand-picked from deviantART

The following are focused on WordPress, and all outstanding and not to be missed:

60+ Unusual WP Blog Designs

10 WordPress HOW-TO’ to Give Your Blog the Quality it Deserves

The Comprehensive Guide for a Powerful CMS using WordPress (Part 1 of 4)

25 Unique uses of WordPress as CMS (Part 2 of 4)

40 Exceptional “CMS Enabling” WordPress Plugins (which is the post discussed in the beginning of this post – but we’ll repeat it here, since it’s actually the third of the fourt-part series)

The fourth part of the series, we think, has not yet been published. While we’re checking up on that, you all should check out 13 Great WordPress Speed Tips & Tricks for MAX Performance. Again, Noupe understates and over-delivers. There’s more than thirteen if you count carefully, and they’re not just about “better, faster” performance – the same advice will not only speed things up – but also reduce the likelihood of big problems – database crashes, collisions with icebergs or meteors, and global warming. (We’re not sure about the last one).

  1. ”CMS” in this context means “content management system;” idiomatically in the World of WordPress it means, I think, extends WordPress  functionality substantially beyond the normal  “reverse chronological journal”which is the core of “blogging.” []

Randa Clay: How to Efficiently Manage Images in WordPress

The super-talented Randa Clay has a timely basic explanation of the new(ish) image handling functions in current versions of WP. Check out “How to Efficiently Manage Your Images in WordPress.”

While you’re there, don’t miss Randa’s portfolio.

How to Add Tabs to Your Sidebar – and more from Rubiqube

Adrian at Rubiqube: the excellent WordPress Tutorial: Adding Tabs to Your Blog Sidebar

Also don’t miss his Visual WordPress Theme, which I find quite attractive: Visual: The WordPress Theme for Passionate Bloggers. A screenshot, and more after the jump:

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WPPro site redesign

WPPro.org logo

WPPro (WordPress Pro) has     undergone a site redesign,

based on a design by Jason Reynolds and as before, powered by WordPress using a grid design build on the solid Blueprint CSS Framework. one difference is that the theme is not available for download. Some back-end stuff is pending, but to most part the site is completely functional. Let me know what you think. [emphasis supplied]

2009 Reboot. On WPPro.org.

I think it’s a great design, from Sunny Nathan, a designer with great creds – including authorship or involvement in the creation of over 100 themes. And I thought it odd that, having asked for feedback, the responses were positive, but few in number. Take a look.

Wise counsel on writing and other oustanding resources at BloggingTips.com

Blogging Tips – written, it seems, by a large gang of extremely skilled web and graphic designers – is a blog I wish I’d been reading from the beginning. Some posts well worth reading:

Improve Your Blog Typography with Typogrify

A Few Tips On Paragraph Length (a  question which should be considered, in my view, in conjunction with the question – how many lines or words before using the “more” tag? The people at Blogging Tips have worked that through with an elegant balance: enough of a post that one can make a reasoned decision about whether to go to the end of the piece, but no so little that one has to make a guess on the basis of the first sentence or two. Which makes more sense in the context of breaking news than in a special-purpose, self-defined audience outlet).

6 Twitter Directories To Add Yourself To (We here note that we know this is important, but haven’t gotten to it yet – neither this nor any of the other SEO-related things we need to address. That said – this post seemed a good place for bloggers to learn about Twitter).

An excellent piece about the development of blogging: 500 years of Newspapers – How many years of blogs?

Plus:

  • three WP themes on the house (is that a New York idiom, like “on the arm?” We mean “free,” but have an aversion to writing copy in which the words “three” and “free” are adjacent. If you’re writing copy in radio news, you only need to make this mistake once to learn from it).
  • Active user forums
  • Useful Links which are  actually quite useful - and there seems to have been a conscious attempt to avoid the appearance of an editorial conflict of interest, which is a good thing. With a different group of people, this would have been seized upon as an opportunity to self-promote.

There’s also lots of white space – somehow an uncluttered feeling, and reading a post isn’t made difficult by the site design. I didn’t realize it at first, but the use of tabbed navigation in the sidebars seems to triple the useful space.

Finally – all of the posts about copy and copy editing are outstanding.  I hope I’ve correctly listed the Blogging Tips writers who write about writing:

Those are just two of the dozen or so contributors to Blogging Tips, which will be added, in short order, to our blogroll.

Matt Garrett’s BlogTactics.com

Matt Garrett’s BlogTactics.com – which I came across quite by accident – is a blog about the business of blogging. There’s some paid content – and I gather that Mr. Garrett does some consulting about Internet businesses – but nonetheless useful pieces on subjects as:

blog monetization

SEO (search engine optimization)

Blog Setup

Blog traffic

Blogging for Money

Garrett’s Must-Have Plugins List is well worth a look. (I think his understanding of the mechanics of blog and internet traffic and commerce is vastly greater than mine – not, of course, that I’m in any position to judge, given my relative ignorance)

Four WordPress themes which are free, but by their description highly customizable – and therefore they might count as more than four (I’ve not  yet tested them)

BlogTactics.com; via BlogCatalog. See also Garrett’s other site, Matt Garrett.

Using WordPress as a membership site; using membership sites as revenue generator

The mysterious Seth W.1, has written two very helpful posts on Blogussion.

Membership Sites: Can You Make Money from Them? is actually about two things:

Using WordPress as a membership site – with its native capabilities, and with some plugins. The answer – depending on the content and/or the audience – yes!.

But we’d like to add that using WordPress as a membership site also lends itself to other non-business functions: group collaboration and discussion, political campaign planning, all sorts of business and NGO collaboration, and, we think, just another example – as a tool for coordinating litigation.

Back to the question of blogging with WordPress to make money – check out Seth’s 30 Real Ways to Make Money Blogging.

Also – about Blogussion -

  • The site is one of the nicest Thesis Theme customizations around;
  • The customizations are credited to Kolakube
  • The  icons are credited to Function
  1. By which we mean there’s no bio on the site for us to link to []

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