Design Review: eBusiness from Elegant Themes

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eBusiness is the latest theme release from Elegant Themes. We’re going to take a look at it, what it’s done well and what not so well, and what we can learn from it.

eBusiness comes in 3 color schemes and features quite a lot of JavaScript usage. Fire up the demo in a new tab as we look at the theme in more detail.

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Hiring Writers for $50-75/post (And a competition!)

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This short post is mostly about taking on new writers again, but for everyone else, there’s a competition for 3 of you to win 1000 free business cards from All Business Cards at the end of the post.

Do You Know Design? Love WordPress? Write for Us!

Pro Blog Design is looking for anyone who loves coding and web design and could write articles for this blog.

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Don’t DoFollow. Get More Comments With CommentLuv

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Comments are one of the most rewarding aspects of being a blogger. They’re also a great indicator of the success of your blog, and good comments will help it a long way!

While the quality of your content is the main thrust for causing people to engage with it, we can still do some things to encourage it even more. By thanking our commenters with some well chosen plugins, hopefully they will keep joining in. And as we’ve seen before, there are a lot of options.

I have used DoFollow for 2 years on this blog, but now changed to CommentLuv and trackbacks instead. In this article I will discuss what I see as the problems with DoFollow, and why I think the new setup is much better (for this blog at least).

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Automatic SEO Titles for All Your Pages

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The title of your page (The few words in the very top bar of your browser window)  is arguably the most important thing search engines look at as they decide where to rank your page.

Most themes come with a very basic title set up; the name of your post and the name of the blog. It works well enough on regular post pages, but what about search pages, archives, 404s and all the others?

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How to Pick and Optimize VPS for Your Website

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Server infrastructure is closely integrated to web presence. Although the last few years we have seen quite an evolution in the web hosting space, getting your web site or blog online still requires a bit of technical skills.

It’s true that nowadays you don’t have to purchase or maintain your own server. Most web owners never see the server they host their sites in. But right now, the ability to get involved at least at the setup level is normally required if you don’t want to depend on technical staff just to modify certain settings on the server.

Blog software really makes it easy to publish online. With it, gone are the days where you should wait for hours, if not days, just to fix a typo on your web page.

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How to Create Dropdown Navbars for Your Subpages and Subcategories

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In this tutorial, you will see how to display your sub-categories in an animated dropdown, and how to create similar dropdowns for sub-pages as well. You’ll even be able to highlight the page your reader is currently on.

The code is written by milo, and you  can see a demo of it in use in one of her free WordPress themes; Nash (Check out the two nav menus in the black header).

The code is very easy to set up and you will have no trouble there. You will want to edit the CSS in the end to make it match your theme, but even for beginners, a little meddling will get you through.

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Virtual Private Server – Advantages for Bloggers / Web Designers (Plus a Business Idea)

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If you’re just getting started or your web site doesn’t take up too much traffic just yet, then a shared webhost may be all you need.

The only problem is, not all shared hosting is created the same.

The Problems With Shared Hosting

You may think about a shared hosting server like a big house. Every customer who purchases an account gets access to some space inside the house but everyone has to share the dining room, kitchen and even washroom.

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