WordPress Wednesday: Front-End Editor

Published on Jun 30, 2010   //  WordPress

Did you just publish a new blog post only to realize that you made a typo or some other kind of error that needs to be fixed? Normally, you would need to head back into the backend of your WordPress installation, find the post in question, hit the edit button, make the necessary changes, and then hit the “Update” button on the right hand side. That’s a lot of work for such a simple change.

To help ease this process, you might want to try checking out the Front-End Editor WordPress plug-in. As its name implies, you can edit your pages and posts right from the “front end” of your blog, rather than having to head into the main WordPress dashboard to get anything done. This means that you can edit right from the page that your visitors see, making for a much faster and more efficient process.

Further still, this same plug-in allows for the editing of widgets too. This goes beyond just changing the widget titles and the text widgets. You can actually edit the widget right from the main screen, using the same controls that you would get from the widget management screen from within the WordPress dashboard. Front-End Editor will handle any kind of post type too; not just posts and pages.

Go to Scribu.net for more information on Front-End Editor, including support, revision history, and the much-needed free download link.

Business 101: Nostalgia or Innovation

Published on Jun 29, 2010   //  Business Topics

You may have noticed that Hollywood likes making sequels, reboots, and re-imagining of treasured classics, books, and other movies. Some have said that Hollywood could simply be running out of ideas and this is the only way that they’re coming up with any “new” content at all.

That raises an interesting conundrum, not only in the realm of movie-making, but also in the course of running any other kind of business too. Do you capitalize on what is familiar, giving it a slightly new twist to appeal to an existing audience? Or do you take the risk of being something completely different, innovating your industry in a new direction of some sort?

There are certainly pros and cons to both approaches. Let’s say that you are opening a new restaurant, for instance. If you take the former route, you would take some time-honored recipes and do your best to live up to those old expectations. You want to make that classic dish better than anyone else, but there is a distinct possibility that you’ll just lost in the crowd of everyone else making the same dish.

On the flip side, if you take the latter route, you’ll come up with brand new recipes that are unlike anything that anyone else in the city offers. You may attract that initial novelty factor from new clients, but will you be able to retain them in the long term? More importantly, will they like your new and fresh approach at all?

What do you think? Is it better to capitalize on nostalgia or novelty when it comes to your product offerings?

Great Gadgets: Nokia 3710 Cell Phone

Published on Jun 28, 2010   //  Gadgets

The device itself isn’t all that exciting, but it does point toward new possibilities with one of Canada’s low-cost wireless carriers. Up until now, Koodo Mobile (an off-shoot from the decidedly larger Telus Mobility) has only offered cell phones that use CDMA-based network technology. This limited its portfolio of possible handsets.

That changed today with the announcement of the Nokia 3710. As stated above, the cell phone itself isn’t the most innovative or exciting cell phone to hit the market in recent memory, but it is the first HSPA device to launch with Koodo. By going with HSPA technology, this phone uses a SIM card. It also opens up the window to more exciting HSPA devices, including all sorts of smartphones.

In terms of the Nokia 3710 itself, the basic clamshell-style handset offers a 3.2-megapixel camera, integrated music player, Bluetooth connectivity, built-in speakerphone, an external display and a price that will fit almost any budget.

Buy it outright for $175 without any kind of service agreement or you opt for the Koodo “Tab” service and get the Nokia 3710 at a reduced price. You can have up to $150 on the Tab, resulting in an up-front cost of as low as $25.

BlueFur Customer of the Week: Barbara Acheson

Published on Jun 27, 2010   //  BlueFur Customer of the Week

Summer couldn’t get here any sooner and Barbara Acheson can help yo in at least two different ways to ensure that you have a great summer this year. That’s because she offers not one, but two services through her BlueFur-hosted website.

First, you can click on through to learn about her condo rentals in Maui, Hawaii. Instead of staying in an overpriced hotel with a number of different amenities that you likely won’t use anyway, it can be much more affordable and home-y to stay in a real condo in Hawaii instead. The rates look fair and the photos are simply stunning.

On the other side of the equation, you can check out some of the Art by Bibi. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but artistic expression can be worth so much more! Check out some of the art cards available through her site, some of which feature stunning African imagery.

Do you use BlueFur as your preferred web host? Let us know and we can feature you in a future blog post. Send an email message to blogfeature@bluefur.com with your name, website, and a brief description of what you’d like to see highlighted.

Showcase Saturday: Twenty Ten Inverted

Published on Jun 26, 2010   //  Showcase Saturday

As you may have noticed, WordPress 3.0 has been officially released, coming with all sorts of updates and upgrades over the previous editions of the popular content management system. Alongside these new features is a completely updated default theme for WordPress, replacing the “Kubrick” theme that has served as the default for five years.

To coincide with this recent launch, a slightly modified theme was released by Web Hosting Help Guy. The aptly named Twenty Ten Inverted WordPress theme takes the new Twenty Ten default theme and flips it on its head. The white background has been swapped out for a black background and the black text has been switched for white text.

This gives the theme a whole new look without changing too many of its core WordPress 3.0 elements. One of the highlights here is author-specific templates. This way, if you own a multi-author WordPress blog, you can have a slightly different look for the posts from each of the different contributors. There’s also a new loop.php file that replaces many of the frequently used loops. This makes it easier to insert it in multiple files without having to copy and paste.

For more information on Twenty Ten Inverted, including a live demo and download link, head on over to WebHostingHelpGuy.com. You can also read this post outlining some key upgrades in the default Twenty Ten theme.

In the Sphere: Saving Money and Managing Stress

Published on Jun 25, 2010   //  In the Sphere

We’ve managed to survive yet another work week, so it’s time to sit back and relax with some great blog posts from around the ‘sphere.

Free Money Finance poses an interesting question. Is it clever or stealing to get multiple refills across multiple McDonald’s locations with the same single drink purchase? The assumption is the free refill offer is for the same sitting, but what’s stopping you from bringing that cup with you on an extended road trip?

Neil Patel may be young, but he already has a wealth of experience in the realm of making money. As such, you should probably pay attention to the 15 warning signs that your business sucks. Do you love what you do? Do you know how to spend your money? Are you actually making any money at all?

Darren Rowse approaches another fascinating topic. Does the age of a blogger really matter? The majority of bloggers are in their 20s, 30s, or 40s, but do they lose the respect or interest of their readership if they’re in their 50s? 60s? 70s? Does this age-ism extend from the real world into the virtual realm of the blogosphere?

Jeff Cutler is well ensconced in the world of social media and he is quick to respond to whoever converses with him through these channels. That’s why he’s so frustrated when the “online presence” of some companies isn’t quite so agile, nimble, and timely. Does he really have to revert to a telephone call over a Twitter DM?

Therese Borchard knows that we all have those moments when we just want to pull our hair out. Fret not. She offers 18 ways to manage stress so that you can get over these humps and do better the next day. Among the tips are simplifying, prioritizing, and laughing. Try smiling. Sometimes that works too.

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