Elegant Themes New Theme Options Page

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Options pages are becoming a core part of WordPress themes, particularly in premium ones where the competitive edge it gives is an essential.

Back in June we looked over the state of theme options pages at the time and found a lot of good things were happening. They make working with themes much easier by removing the need to delve into any theme files or code.

Elegant Themes (Who we have reviewed before) are one of the top premium themes sites around and have just recreated their options page entirely.

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30 Great Sites Using WordPress as a CMS

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Wordpress is the very customizable and developer friendly. You can make just about any website you have in mind with it; blog, portfolio, gallery, e-store, etc.

WordPress is much more than just a blogging platform. If you still see it that way, you will change your point of view after seeing these great sites using WordPress as a CMS.

Click on an image to see the site in full!

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10 Ways to Customize and Personalize your WordPress Blog

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Having a unique theme and adding personal touches to your blog is by no means a necessity, but it can really enhance and enable your site to stand out more among the blogosphere’s branded band of bloggers. Just like with any aspect of your brand, you want people to immediately make that association with you and your blog. This can easily be done with a custom design and the subtle injections of the person or persons that are behind the blog. If you are not in a position where you can create your own custom theme, do not fret, customizing a free or premium theme can work for your blog as well.

These attentions to detail tend to attract readers more than the impersonal feel that can be imparted by using a standard theme that lacks the personality and flavor of a customized one. So in this post, I have assembled 10 ways that you can easily adjust and tweak these details to give your site that distinctive edge that will help establish your blog’s presence. Start making your mark today to effectively strengthen your blog’s prominence, by working through the steps below.

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Build a Client Development site with WordPressMU

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Ever get tired of installing and setting up WordPress yet again so you can show a client a theme in development? Why yes, there is an easier way.

Enter WordPressMU, the multi-user, multi-blog version of WordPress which will soon be merged into the core. For those of you ready to jump-start some development, read on.

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An Introduction to Moblogging

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Everybody blogs. Close to 44 million blogs are created each year. That’s one new blog per second.

What we know about these statistics is that half of these blogs will be dead by the end of the week. Because most blogs eventually become part of the vast graveyard known as “I’m going to blog tomorrow,” you’ll need to take some drastic steps to keep yours alive.

This is where moblogging comes into the picture.

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Social Bookmarking Link Codes for 33 of the Biggest

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Social bookmarking and link sharing is probably the largest source of traffic for most of us. Sites like Stumbleupon and Delicious send hundreds of thousands of visitors across the blogosphere.

So how can we encourage more people to share our links? One of the easiest options is to include a set of links at the bottom of your posts which readers can click to automatically vote for your article.

There are plugins which can do this of course, but that requires you to work with their settings, names icons in their banner and it means having yet another plugin installed on your site.

If you would rather avoid that and have complete control for yourself, then you might prefer to code the links into your theme yourself.

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How to Create a Beautiful Dropdown Blogroll Without JavaScript

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Dropdown menus are a great way of including a long list of links without cluttering up your page. The issue though is that they can be hard to style, but look quite ugly if you don’t. There isn’t a lot of flexibility with HTML’s <select> tags.

Well, why not do it with plain HTML instead?

In this post, I’m going to walk you through how I’ve set up the blogroll in our upcoming redesign. Load up the example page to see how our final product will look.

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