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Seven Things to Love About WordPress 2.7

WordPress 2.7WordPress 2.7 Release Candidate 1 has been out for about a week now, and “Mister Impatient” here has actually gone ahead and upgraded this blog to the new version. Having poked around a little, here are seven features I really, really love:

Sticky Posts

Ever had times when you needed to ensure that an announcement or post was read by all your readers? In the past, you could either use a plug-in to make a post “sticky” or do what I did — put the announcement up as a page then made sure that I directed readers there as often as possible in every post.

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So You Want to Create Your Own WordPress Theme

One of the best ways to make your WordPress blog stand out is by deploying a customized theme. There are two ways you can do this — buy a commercial theme, have a professional create one for you, or create your own.

While the first option is definitely the easiest route, using a commercial theme does not automatically mean that your blog will truly stand out in terms of design — others can buy and deploy the same theme. Moreover, sometimes you might find that you would be violating the terms of the license agreement should you wish to tailor the theme to your liking. You might have to pay for a “developer’s license” if you wish to do that.

Professional designers can definitely give you a unique theme, but that usually involves paying a good amount of money so unless you have cash to burn it’s not really an option for many.

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Straight From the Horse’s Mouth: Google’s Guide to SEO

Search Engine Optimization

If you’re looking to improve your blog’s page rank, Google has posted a compact guide Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide that will guide you on adopting some best practices that teams within Google and external webmasters alike utilize to improve their sites’ crawl-ability and indexing.

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Dropbox: A Great Way to Store, Synch, Share Files, and Collaborate

DropboxThere are quite a few services available where you can sign up for a free account and receive online storage space to store your files. Having tried a few, I’ve found Dropbox to be the best among the available services, even trumping Box.net.

Such online storage services are great if you work on documents and files on a number of computers in different locations. Personally, I like to sometimes bring work home so I can concentrate on completing the task in the dead of the night when there are few distractions. Sure, you can always email the file(s) to yourself or FTP it to a server, but why bother when you can just use a service like Dropbox?

What makes Dropbox different?

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Firefox Add-ons and Themes I Can’t Live Without

Mozilla FirefoxPerhaps the best thing about Firefox is the ability to install add-ons and turn your browser into something more than just a piece of software you use to navigate the Web.

Here are some of the add-ons and themes that I like and cannot do without:

Essentially, GreaseMonkey allows you to customize the way web pages look and function. Once installed, you can easily add a plethora of free scripts to enhance your web surfing experience. For example, I use the Better YouTube, Better GMail 2, Better GReader, WordPress Comment Ninja (which is great for managing comments on your WordPress blogs) and Blog Comment Autofill scripts.

Download | Search for, and download GreaseMonkey scripts

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Ultimate Guide to WordPress Theme Search Engine Optimization

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If you run a self-hosted blog on the WordPress platform, you might be interested in this great guide to SEO (Search Engine Optimization) by Nathan Rice.

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Revolution Theme Goes Open Source

One of the best themes for the WordPress platform, Revolution by Brian Gardner, has gone Open Source to many whoops and cheers from many bloggers, including me.

The theme series comes in a variety of flavors — magazine, blog, media, photography, professional, and video. What I personally like best are the two variations in the magazine format: Revolution Church and Revolution Lifestyle (showcased below).
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