How To: AJAX Post Pagination in MooTools

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Ever wanted to browse through the older post archives only to be staring at the screen for ages in frustration while the content slowly loads up? A quick fix would be to make use of AJAX to load the post archives. In this tutorial, I will show you how to do that using the ever popular JavaScript framework; MooTools on a typical 2 column WordPress theme.

The code is quite easily digestible and with a little CSS tweaking, you could get it to work for your theme.

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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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10 Ways to Speed up Your WordPress Blog

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If your site takes an age to load, in the words of Jeremy Clarkson, that’s not good. You don’t want to wear on your reader’s patience before they’ve even started reading.

In this post we’ll explore ten ways to speed up your site, with tricks ranging from easy to even easier; none of the stuff in this post is difficult, so there’s no excuse for a slow-loading blog after reading this!

1. Delete Any Unwanted Plugins

If your site is loading slowly, look at how many plugins you’re using. If the answer is more than ten, look at the plugins you’re using and ask yourself whether you can integrate them directly into your theme.

While you’re at it, also ask yourself whether you really need the plugin. If you can do without it, do.

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The Ultimate Guide to Setting up WordPress after an Install

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There are a few essential steps that need to be taken with any new wordpress install. Obviously not every wordpress blog will be the same but there are some basics that I feel should be done regardless of what kind of blog you’re creating.

Here we’ll go through 10 steps that are essential to preform after any wordpress install including a list of 10 plug-ins that are a must for blogs of any type.

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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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30+ Best Handwriting & Torn Paper Designs

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By its very nature, handwriting and paper are 2 things we just don’t associate with the internet. Our desks might be full of little scraps of paper with notes scrawled across them, but computers have a way of feeling much more organized.

That is part of what makes it so refreshing to see handwritten type and paper effects replicated online. The very best of these designs are still well organized, but they bring a little of that un-restricted, freeform nature of pen and paper to our screens.

In this post we’ve pulled together 31 of our favorites using these effects.

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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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