Get Your WordPress Themes from PliablePress!

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Anyone following me on Twitter will already know this by now, but our big project, PliablePress, went live around 24 hours ago!

And it’s been great! It’s been crazy and I’ve been chasing things around everywhere and I meant to have this post published, well, 24 hours ago, but all of that aside, it’s been great.

We’ve had loads of great reactions to the designs, and even our first happy customers!

In this post I want to show you what we’ve done so far, share some videos of the framework in action, and offer you a discount if you want to become a customer!

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3 Years On, Time To Show You Who I am?

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(This is more of a personal post than normal. If that’s not your thing, sorry, but at least I warned you!)

My name’s Michael Martin, and I’m the person behind Pro Blog Design. If you’ve ever emailed in, tweeted, or left a Facebook message (or most likely, even if you’ve just left a comment here!) then you’ve talked to me before.

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My Ideal WordPress Framework

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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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Automatic WP Thumbnails & Proportional Excerpts

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Automatically grabbing thumbnails from posts is cool. But what about automatic excerpt lengths that match the height of those photos?

I recently redesigned a blog for a client and it had an automatic thumbnail for each post, with a fixed length excerpt beside it. It was okay, but our client didn’t like the fact that it was “cutting” his pictures off sometimes. Our goal then had 3 steps:

  • 1 – To set a thumbnail’s height proportional to the original picture, so that we would not cut parts of it off.
  • 2 – Use this height value to display excerpts about the same size.
  • 3 – Set up an automatic Lightbox on images that are too large for the content area.

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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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40 Amazing Web Apps for Freelancers

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Web Apps for Freelancers

Web apps are great because you can access them from anywhere, they keep all of your data safe, and for the most part, they’re straightforward to get up and running with (No installations or configuring needed!)

The catch of course is that there are thousands of them and it can be a challenge to find the ones that will really help you. In this post we’ve collected together 40 of our favorites. Read the notes on each to see if it would fit your workflow, and who knows, you might just end up a little more productive than before!

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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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