WooThemes: Premium WordPress Themes

WooThemes

I love WordPress. If you know me, then you know that WordPress is my CMS (Content Management System) of choice. I use it for all my blogs, clients, and more. Even sites like TechCrunch, use WordPress to post content online. WordPress is just plain awesome. One of the great things about WordPress is the community around it. The community of developers that contribute their time and energy into making plugins and themes that thousands, or even millions of users will use.

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One of the many core values of WordPress is GPL. Because of GPL and the way WordPress treats it, I’ve always followed by that code, so when I see sites like WPMU Premium, WPMU.org, etc., it angers me, because these are great quality plugins and themes that I feel like the entire public should be able to access, not just the paying public. If WordPress is free, why aren’t the add-ons? Mozilla Firefox is free, and so are the thousands of add-ons.

One of the more premium WordPress design companies is WooThemes, co-founded by Adii “Rockstar” Pienaar. At first, I didn’t support WooThemes, because you had to pay for their premium themes. But, after recently speaking with Adii, and really understand WooThemes, their business model, and their goal. I really understand, and respect what WooThemes has built. They have over 40 premium themes, and release some of their themes for free. Of course, the free themes are the ones with the most the downloads.

WooThemes has worked with some of the best designers; Tim Van Damme, Bryan Veloso, Dan Rubin, Elliot Jay Stocks, Liam McKay, Matt Brett, Tony Geer, and Veerle Pieters.

Go ahead and look at some of the WooThemes, because they are beautiful, and can be worth the price for you.

How Posterous Is Changing Blogging

21222v1-max-150x150WordPress makes blogging simple. Posterous makes blogging easy. In my eyes, simple and easy are different. WordPress is great for many things. For example, I don’t see TechCrunch (Disclosure: I am an employee of TechCrunch) using Posterous to post news online. But I do see people using Posterous for those spur of the moments kind of events.

I’m sure you have all heard that email is dead, but I beg to differ. For me, email is still the biggest form of communication and I often tell people to email, and not to call me. With the phone, I feel like your obligated to reply or answer the phone call. With email, you can save it for later, and reply at your convenience. Anyways, that’s a whole different post. Back to Posterous. Posterous is bringing email back, one post at a time. Posterous’ plan is simple, just like their platform. You want to post something online? Easy. Just email it to post@posterous.com. And, as of a few weeks ago, thanks to PicPosterous, iPhone users can upload pictures and video from their iPhone to their Posterous blog. Now that’s dead simple, which is why Posterous has gotten so much praise over the last couple of months.

With most blogging platforms, you have to login online, and post your content there. With Posterous, it’s anywhere in the world. And did I mention that Posterous supports almost every type of media file? From documents, to PowerPoint’s, to PDF’s, to music files, to images, to movie files, Posterous supports it all. Looking for online soda pdf editor? Visit their website at http://www.sodapdf.com/pdf-edito for more details.

Posterous was founded in 2008 by Garry Tan and Sachin Agarwal, and was part of Y Combinator, a startup incubator in Silicon Valley that has incubated startups like Reddit, Omnisio and Zenter. Other successful companies that went through Y Combinator include Loopt, Justin.tv, Weebly and Scribd. That’s just to name a few. CrunchBase has a full list of Y Combinator companies.

My point is that Posterous rocks, and if you don’t have an account, start posting, because you don’t need to sign up! How cool is that? Oh, and you can find my Posterous blog here.

From TextMate to WordPress

(Editors note: The following post is a guest post written by Joseph McLaughlin, a junior attending Brigham Young University – Idaho. Joseph is a 17 year old (turning 18 next month), code monkey and geek. Subscribe to his blog and follow him on Twitter.)

Have you ever wished that you could write new blog posts for your WordPress blog without having to log in and mess with the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor? Well, you can, using MacroMate’s popular text editor TextMate. The purpose of this post is to get you up and running, so you can write your articles from TextMate, and publish them to your blog with a couple clicks. Continue reading “From TextMate to WordPress”

One Year of Podcasting, One Year of Connecting

On April 5th, 2007, Apple Universe was born. It was an idea that came to my head mainly because of Leo Laporte and his network of podcasts, TWiT, and also because of Douglas Bell. Douglas has a podcast called PreviewCast, which he recorded and edited an episode of live at my high school. I saw the work behind the scenes of podcasting, and wanted to start.

Now, one year later, Apple Universe is going strong. One hundred fifteen episodes have been released, and many more will be coming. I wanted to commemorate the first anniversary of Apple Universe. I also want to thank everyone who has ever helped Apple Universe. Your help is very appreciated. To all my listeners, thank you for listening, and helping make this such a good podcast. Thank you Robert Scoble who took me from a nobody, a random high school student, into a somebody, almost a celebrity of my demographic.

Thank you,
Daniel Brusilovsky

WordPress 2.5

WordPress is about to release version 2.5 into the wild (It just hit Release Candidate on the 17th). If you’ve been using WordPress.com or have peeked at the demo site you will know the biggest change coming to WordPress with this release.

My Beginnings in Blogging with WordPress

My original blog started at WordPress.com in April 2007, and I recently switched to my own self-hosted WordPress install in December 2007. With the re-launch of Apple Universe in February, I needed to get much more familiar with the platform, hence the switch.

At first, I was amazed at all the features like plug-ins, and user-installable themes. In my search for themes, I happened across iTheme, but at that point I didn’t know that Matthew Heidenreich would design an amazing theme for me. Once he was done, however, I was really blown away by his work.

WordPress 2.5 – Dashboard Design Refresh

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Although older releases of WordPress were easy to use, WordPress 2.5 brings a fully refreshed administration system that makes things easier to understand than before. The “Publish Status” option is now prominently displayed at the very top of the right-hand sidebar. (Editor’s note: As I’m working through this post, I’m apppreciating the intelligent relocation of features more and more by the minute.)

The result is a new way of interacting with WordPress that will remain familiar to seasoned users while improving the experience for everyone.

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The main tabs are functionally similar to older versions: on the left-hand side there are the Write, Manage, Design, and Comments links, (and, in my WP install, podPress), and on the right-hand side reside Settings, Plugins, and Users. However, links are now managed and created under the Manage tab, an alteration that brings back memories of the 2.0.x series releases.

The first major change that I noticed was the orange banner across the page, with a new super-emphasized “Write a New Post” button (and, directly adjacent to that button is one for creating a new page). Isn’t that the point of blogging? Generally, the first thought that comes to mind when I browsing to the Dashboard is writing a new post, and with WP 2.5 RC1, it’s clear that the WordPress team is aiming for this thought process. Blogging is the main objective; everything else merely enhances the experience.

Visual Editor Improvements

The WYSIWYG visual editor, a long time bane of many users existence, has been upgraded with support for TinyMCE 3. It includes a Full Screen mode for those that don’t like to be distracted when writing. I cannot speak a lot about this upgrade, as I don’t use WordPress’ visual editor, but the blogosphere has agreed that it’s a vast improvement over previous versions.

WordPress 2.5 RC1 is available for download. For a more in-depth review of the new features, Matt Mullenweg published a post on the WordPress Blog, and Aaron Brazell has an amazing outline of the new features, which inspired me to write up this article regarding WordPress 2.5.