My Ideal WordPress Framework

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Chameleon

Last week, I broke the news that we’re releasing premium WordPress themes in 2 weeks from now.

Today, I want to talk to you about the framework we’ve built for all our themes to run on (and all of your themes too!).

When I created this framework, I had very specific ideas about what I wanted. This is the framework that I would want to use, but it’s by no means perfect. Nothing is, so I’d really love to hear what you think of it at the end.

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Introducing PliablePress.

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Want to know why so many of our clients in the past few months had to be turned away?

Want to see the biggest project I’ve ever worked on at Pro Blog Design?

PliablePress WordPress Themes

So what is it? At its simplest, PliablePress means WordPress themes. But we’ve put everything into this, these aren’t simple little themes that you can turn out in a weekend.

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How to Optimize a WordPress Database

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Optimize WordPress Database

Have you looked near your MySQL database since you first set it up? If you’re like most of us, you probably don’t go in there too often.

MySQL is complicated and unfriendly to use, and well, your site works as it is. So why bother?

If you do happen to venture in there occasionally though, you might find there are a few simple tricks you can pull to make the most of your database usage. From headache-saving tricks for you, to cranking a little more performance out of your server, check out the 7 tips below.

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Write Better CSS With Best Practices

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CSS Best Practices

Everyone has a slightly different approach to CSS. That’s part of the reason it can be a nightmare to edit someone else’s code.

But there are a few good practices you can use in your CSS to make your stylesheets easier for you to read, and easier for anyone else that ends up modifying them in the future.

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Automatic Amazon s3 Backups on Ubuntu / Debian

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Amazon s3 Backup on Ubuntu Server

VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting is the next level up from shared hosting. You get a lot more server usage for each of your dollars, but the catch is that you lose all of the easiness of shared hosting.

One of the most important things you need to set up with your VPS is automatic backups. If your VPS crashes and your data is lost, your entire blogging history will be wiped out in an instant if you don’t have backups at the ready.

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Design Review: Free Pixels

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Free Pixels

In this review, we’re going to work through a website (FreePixels.com) as a case study, looking at its design and seeing what we can learn from it and what we could improve on.

So to start off, let’s take a look at Free Pixels. They offer almost 4000 extremely high quality images, for free. All you have to do is leave the small watermark in the corner, or create your own link back.

That makes it a very handy site for bloggers! Now load up the site in a new tab, and let’s start our case study!

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The iPad – Help Me Decide?

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iPad-for-Bloggers

I don’t know what to do.

The iPad came out last week and, well, I want one. But that’s a standard side-effect of a Steve Jobs keynote; you always end up wanting one.

There’s been a lot of talk about shortcomings of the device, and a lot of the points have merit. Enough merit to stop me from getting it though?

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