Google Web Fonts Version 2 Launched!

Google Web Fonts Version 2 Launched!

Talk about timing, just a day after our post about Google Web Fonts, Google quietly rolled out Google Web Fonts v2. We’d been wondering why it’d been so quiet on the Google Web Fonts front after their preview of version 2 at the Google IO session 2011.  So it was good to see they answered our call – or so we’d like to think! Permalink

A Shell Script for a Complete WordPress Backup

Backup Your WordPress Setup

Backing up is one of the most important things to do when running a website and this is not related to WordPress websites only. There are so many things that can go wrong, whether your hosting provider is down, or you forgot to pay the hosting bill, or maybe you accidentally locked yourself out of your VPS and your hosting provider’s support team wouldn’t respond.

There are many different ways you can backup your WordPress blog, and your hosting provider might actually be doing that for you, but wouldn’t it be safer if you didn’t have to rely all your data on a third-party? Especially if you’ve been blogging for years, you really cannot afford to loose all that data that you’ve worked so hard for. Permalink

Using Custom Fonts on Web: Google Web Fonts

Using Custom Fonts on Web: Google Web Fonts

The concept of web typography has taken a revolutionary turn in the past year and about time too. For designers it was quite a frustrating experience when it came to typography in web design – and I remember my dismay a few years ago when I was taking a web design course at art school and was advised to only use the default fonts that the browsers offer. If it wasn’t a Flash based website we were designing then we had to embed text into images as there were only a few services available at the time to use a custom font on a web page, and most of them were either too slow or inefficient. Permalink

Book Review: Smashing WordPress Themes: Making WordPress Beautiful

Book Review: Smashing WordPress Themes

I’m not a big fan of books but when I stumbled across this book earlier this year, I knew I just had to read it. Smashing WordPress Themes: Making WordPress Beautiful, by Thord Daniel Hedengren (@tdhedengren) covers most of the basics of building, modifying and hacking WordPress themes in 350 pages. Permalink

Tutorial: Creating a Twitter Widget for WordPress

Tutorial: Creating a Twitter Widget in WordPress

How to create a Twitter widget for WordPress.. Well not that there aren’t any plugins around, that already do that. Actually there are quite a few but wouldn’t it be nice to learn how to create one from scratch? And that’s the topic of my post today — I’ll show you how to create your very own WordPress widget to display your Twitter feed in your sidebar (or any other widgetized area, of course).

I’ll start off with a quick intro to creating a WordPress plugin, though embedding the Twitter widget in your theme functions.php file is not a bad idea either. After all, plugins and theme functions.php work alike in a lot of ways. I’ll then go quickly through the WordPress Widgets API and show you how to create your very first “Hello World” widget. Then I will extend the widget with some options for our Twitter badge and add the javascript on the front end. Sounds like a plan? So let’s get started! Permalink

How To: Style Your WordPress Gallery

How To Style Your WordPress Gallery

Galleries and images are not new to WordPress. Gallery plugins existed long before WordPress had enhanced media functionality of it’s own. The [ gallery ] shortcode was introduced in version 2.5 and the Gallery Post Format came around in 3.1. This post will walk you through the process of working with and styling the native WordPress galleries and the gallery post format. Permalink

And so it begins…

Welcome to

As all good things come to those who wait – we can say for sure that’s its been well worth the wait for us. We’ve been fine tuning our work for a while now and we think its about time we share part of that tuning process with you. To say that we’re WordPress aficionado’s is one thing but more importantly it’s being a part of the WordPress community that really brings out our shared passions. We want to be a place for us to share our ideas but also to hear about yours too. Permalink

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