Pro Blog Design on Facebook – Get Free Feedback on Your Blog Design!

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The title sums it up really, we are finally on Facebook. But we aren’t just setting up another automated page that does nothing more than pull in updates from the site. No, we want to give you a reason to join us on Facebook.

Intrigued? You might want to just go ahead and join in with us now then. Otherwise, read on to hear what we have in store.

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Will the GPL Kill WordPress Development?

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There has been a lot of debate in the last few days about licensing and WordPress. The license WordPress is under controls what can be done with it, so it has a massive impact on the community and creating add-ons for WordPress.

In this post, I want to sum up all the debate so far for you, talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the current license, and then a thought on the end about premium themes and the absence of premium plugins.

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Design Review: Real Estate Theme

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Real Estate is a premium theme from DaThemes. It’s a plain design allowing the images to take focus and it packs in a fair amount of functionality.

In this post we are going to look at the theme and see what we can learn from it and what we could change. To start with, load up the demo in a new tab then carry on!

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Design Review: iProduct Theme

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iProduct is a premium WordPress theme from PremiumThemes.Net. It is aimed at site’s selling a digital product, though it does include a full blog design as well.

In this post we are going to take a look at the ups and downs of the theme to see what we can learn from it. To start, open up the demo page in a new tab to have a look at it for yourself.

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The State of WordPress “Theme Options” Pages

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A “Theme Options” page is designed to give control over how a theme looks and functions, solely by setting options in the WordPress dashboard. The user then has no need to edit the core theme files.

Theme Options have become a standard feature in premium WordPress themes (And some free ones too!), and aren’t that complicated to set up.

This post is a roundup of how Theme Options have progressed so far showing you what the advantages are, some resources for creating your own, and a collection of premium themes offering options pages so you can see what’s out there.

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Does Google Custom Search Get More Searches than Regular WordPress Search?

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Back in December I swapped from using the regular WordPress search to using Google Custom Search. The change was very easy to make and Diogo Iglésias wrote up an easy tutorial for it here.

The reason for the change was simple; Google is a great search engine. I realized that every time I wanted to search my own site, I was going to Google and typing in “site:problogdesign.com” and then searching there. If I don’t want to use my own site search, who does?

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How To: WordPress Tag Archive

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Tags have become a very popular way to browse sites online. You pick the keyword you’re after and get a set of posts specifically related to that topic. They’re ideal for bloggers for because one post can be tagged multiple times and it’s very easy to do.

Adding a tag cloud to your sidebar or footer is simple, but that only shows off a very small number of your tags. What if we could add a small link beside the tag cloud to a page with all your tags?

It’s extremely easy to do, as you’ll see below. The end result will be just like the Tag Archive page here.

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