Coping With Coding Fury

I’m angry. Annoyed at everything. Pissed off even. It is all WordPress’ fault. Stupid weird stuff happening on a client project and it makes my skin crawl. If you’re a developer and have even the slightest little inkling of a tendency to get angry, then you know exactly what I mean.

Writing a column while angry, well why not? I haven’t been much of a potty-mouth lately after all, and I bet there’s someone to piss off on my list of pisser offers.


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WordPress Plugin Directory – a Better Way?

Every weekday, I drag myself out of bed, have a quick shower in order to make myself feel human again, get dressed, and head downstairs to my home office (couch). I fire up my trusty MacBook Pro and get started on my writing work for WPMU.

My first port of call is a quick visit to the WordPress.org plugin directory to take a look at the freshest plugins. And there are a lot of them. A tentative count shows that over 30 new plugins were released yesterday. So more than one new WordPress plugin is being released every hour.

WordPress Plugin Directory

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The Faults of Theme Frameworks, and How to Fix Them

The always brilliant Konstantin Kovshenin is pissed. That alone warrants a flurry of posts I think, because he comes across as such a nice guy. More importantly, Konstantin threatens to delete his posts in a day or two, since he wrote it “in a bad mood”.

We can’t have that, because he’s spot on!

Kontantin’s gripe are theme frameworks that add their own ways of adding stuff to themes. His example is the Genesis theme framework, a popular one, where you apparently should hook onto genesis_meta instead of wp_head

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The DOs and DON’Ts of Constructing a Successful WordPress Portfolio!

In today’s economy, there are no guarantees. No amount of education or experience has proven defensive against the Global Financial Crisis. Many have found themselves between jobs, prompting more education or lateral career moves. Several studies have shown that a person has a better chance of gainful employment by enhancing their current skill set, rather than ditching it for a new one. If you are currently unemployed following a successful run as a designer or developer, or if you’re looking to take preventative measures against potential job loss, it may be time to enhance your online portfolio! WordPress happens to be a perfect solution for organizing portfolio assets and presenting them in the best light!

Use WordPress to Organize Your Portfolio

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Benefits of WordPress for Musicians and Bands

Are you a musician? Perhaps in a band or organizing a music festival? You might want to consider WordPress as your platform over services like Bandzoogle, FourFour or HostBaby because unlike these platforms, WordPress is an open-source platform that is free to the public. That means nobody can hold it ransom as they do not own it ;)


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How to Pick a Great Website Host for Your WordPress Blog

WordPress Recommends…
First, as a matter of due diligence, I feel I should direct you to what WordPress.org has to say about this topic.  Here are the hosts that they most strongly recommend (and the minimum requirements that they set) for a WordPress.org site:

Media Temple
Laughing Squid

If that is all the information that you need to make a decision, then you can stop reading right now.
You might still want to take some time to think your way through the decision.  Here are the questions I would recommend you ask of yourself and of any potential host.
How Much Do Your Really Need?

Find A Great Website Host For Your Wordpress Blog

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WordPress Hosting: Why I Love GoDaddy

I’m not usually one to rave about companies, and most website-related companies leave me ready for the rubber room.

To make my “love list” takes a lot–great products, great services, and super-duper customer support.GoDaddy has hit the high mark in all of these areas on more than one occasion.


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WordPress Themes Are Polarizing the Web: Why Freebies and Fees Make Jack a Dull Boy

For better or worse, we live in a template-driven society. Almost, if not everything, is a component of something greater that drives our global economy. Modern commerce relies heavily upon technology, and technology is most effective when it streamlines productivity. This typically means that everything related to technology must be agile and accessible.

Why Free and Premium Wordpress Themes Make Web Enthusiasts Angry

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