25% Off Sale at StudioPress

The Genesis Framework for WordPress was a close runner up in the race for which framework I would use for the themes on my sites.  Heck, I might still use it at some point in the future.  Take a look and see what you think.  If you use the coupon code THANKS at checkout (don’t forget that), and you can save 25% off of anything you’d like at WordPress design shop, StudioPress.

1. Get the Genesis Framework for only $45.

2. Snag most Genesis / design combos for cheap and save close to $20.

3. Wipe the entire shop clean and get the StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package. Get Genesis plus every design they’ve got, plus every design they’ll make in the future, and save more than $74 off the regular price and over $875 off the retail price — and that’s just the existing 43 designs!

All you need to do is use the code THANKS when you check out and you’ll save 25% on anything and everything at StudioPress.com.

This deal ends promptly at 7:00 pm Pacific time on Monday, November 28, 2011. Hurry up and claim your new WordPress theme before the code expires!

Get Headway Before it Upgrades to 3.0

I’ve been silently readying myself to roll out Headway themes for all of my sites, and have been using it on all my new sites when I set them up.  If you haven’t heard about headway, it’s a super cool, drag-and-drop wordpress theme framework.  Seriously.  You log in, go to the visual editor and are able to make changes on the fly and see them change live!  It’s a great tool for developing new sites, and has a ton of advantages for SEO and overall site optimization.  The newest version, 3.0, is coming out on the 25th.  Here’s a nifty little vimeo video that the guys behind Headway put together.

Looks pretty cool doesn’t it?  Did you catch that nice grid based site design tool?  How about the on-screen, in-line, css editor?  Yep, you’re beginning to get why I like it as much as I do.

There’s  a catch.  Isn’t there always?  If you buy Headway themes before they release 3.0 on the 25th, you get the free upgrade to 3.0.  Plus, you get free upgrades in the future.  Something that anyone who buys after the release isn’t going to get.  Call it an early Christmas present, if you must, but go and buy the license before the release.  You’ve only got a few days left to get it.

WordPress Automatic Upgrade Halts Downloading

On a couple of my wordpress installations, I go to do the upgrade to the newest version, and using the automatic upgrade feature that’s built right in, it gets so far as to tell me that it’s downloading the files, but never goes any farther.

The alternative is to download the install files, do the manual unzip and ftp and then do the manual upgrade installation.  That’s a lot more work than it is to just click, click a few links and then have an upgraded install.

So, by way of a more permanent memory, I’m posting this post to record how I’ve found to fix the problem.

Edit the .htaccess file.

Add the following line to the top of the file.

AddType x-mapp-php5 .php

And that should do it.  Now, the install should work with the automatic links from there on out.  From what I understand, it basically forces the server to use PHP5 on .php files.

Creating an Online Resume with WordPress

In the last few days, I have spent some time creating my online resume.  I have owned my name domain name for quite some time, with that intention, but have never actually gone about doing it.  So, I took it upon myself to remedy that situation.  The result can be seen at ShaneEde.com.

In doing this, there were several ways that I felt I could use to create a site that would work.  Aside from basic HTML coding, the only thing that didn’t seem like an enormous overkill was to build the online resume with WordPress as the code base.  Because of this and other blogs, I am very familiar with it and have used it on several occasions as a CMS to create static sites.  The actual install is very basic. There are only a few plugins and the theme is a basic free one from the WordPress.org theme gallery.

Plugins used (as of this post):

  • Akismet (This should just be on by default)
  • All in One SEO Pack
  • Contact Form 7
  • Flickr Widget
  • Google XML Sitemaps
  • Google Analyticator
  • Official Statcounter Plugin
  • WP-DBManager

With the exception of the Flickr Widget, most of those are either semi-necessary or I deemed them to be relevant and useful.

The information proved to be a bit more difficult to come up with.  My main issue began when I realized that your traditional resume is generally one page and merely hits the highlights.  I wanted my online resume to do have much more information than that.  Which meant I couldn’t just copy and paste the contents of my traditional resume.  Once I had that down, typing it in was easy enough.

The information may be the most important part of the whole thing, but it becomes quite cumbersome and rote if it doesn’t have a structure that lends itself to easy browsing.  I managed to stumble upon a great resource (from which I borrowed many ideas) in Jon DiPietro’s online resume.  Jon’s resume fulfills a bit different purpose than mine does in that he is much further along in his career than I.  He wrote a very good piece on another of his blogs on Creating a Compelling Resume Online with WordPress that became the rough outline for what I was trying to accomplish.

Having completed the site, I must admit that it was one of the easier sites I’ve ever built.  It’s entirely static pages that are easy to update and change.  The structure could be easily changed or added on to and if I decided at some point to begin posting semi-regular blog posts, that could be arranged as well.  For the moment, it will stay as a static website.  It’s still an infant as far as websites go, however, so there are likely to be a few fine tunings in it’s near future.

Now, please go check out ShaneEde.com and let me know what you think.  There’s a contact form there if you like, or you can come back here and leave a comment.