Simplicity Thesis Skin

Simplicity: A Crisp, Clean Thesis Skin

by Ben Cook on January 29, 2010

As WordPress design has evolved over time there’s been an emerging trend of cramming more and more information into designs.

With the advent of “magazine style” themes bloggers were able to give their readers glimpses into almost every facet of their site.

And, while there are several visually stunning magazine style themes out there, it’s easy as a blog reader to begin suffering from information overload.

If crisp, clean designs are more to your liking, I think you’ll enjoy my newest Thesis skin…


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6 Easy Steps to Securing WordPress

by Ben Cook on January 28, 2010

WordPress Security

If you’re one of the millions of people using WordPress you’ll probably be targeted by a hacker at least once in your blogging career. Don’t take it personally, hackers simply target the most popular platforms. Thankfully, there are six easy steps you can take to secure your WordPress installations and make difficult, if not impossible for a hacker to harm your website.

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The Truth About WordPress SEO

by Ben Cook on January 26, 2010

WordPress SEO

WordPress users have been subjected to an incredible amount of hype surrounding the topic of search engine optimization (SEO). They’ve been told WordPress is an SEO friendly platform, there are countless SEO plugins in the repositiory, and almost every premium theme on the market claims to be able to improve your site’s SEO. Given that […]

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Buying All In One SEO Pack PRO is like burning money

All In One SEO Pack PRO – Money For Nothin’

by Ben Cook on January 4, 2010

Update: If you don’t want to pay $39 for All in One SEO Pack PRO here’s a free alternative that has the exact same functionality. It also doesn’t require that you continue to pay $39/mo for updates. As I installed the All In One SEO Pack (AIOSEOP) plugin on a new site today, I noticed […]

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WordPress 2.9 Upgrade Issues

WordPress 2.9 Auto-Upgrade Problems Fixed by 2.9.1

by Ben Cook on December 28, 2009

Update: WordPress 2.9.1 has been officially released and it seems to have addressed the variety of issues that occurred when upgrading, as well as a problem people had with scheduled posts. I gave it a shot on the two sites that choked on 2.9 and it worked seamlessly so I think it’s safe to upgrade at this point.

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Copyright Calendar

Never Update Your Copyright Dates Again!

by Ben Cook on December 28, 2009

Family time, year end reports, budgeting for next year, planning for next year, returning gifts… while this may be the “most wonderful time of the year” it’s often the busiest as well.

Naturally tasks on the lower end of the priority spectrum, such as updating the copyright date on your website, tend to drop off our radar.

Thankfully, with a small snippet of code, you won’t ever have to worry about updating the copyright date again!

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Brute Force Attack Hitting WordPress

by Ben Cook on November 30, 2009

Brute Force Attack on WordPress

Word on the street is that some WordPress blogs are being hit with a brute force attack that is essentially a script that continuously tries to guess the admin’s password. Dennis Fisher has all the details over on Threatpost summing up the threat with the following: The wp_brute_attempt() function takes 3 parameters, $ch which is […]

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Thesis Skin for Photographers: Exhibit

Free Thesis Skin for Photographers: Exhibit

by Ben Cook on October 27, 2009

In my continuing effort to provide Thesis skins, and after the success of my first skin, Network News Skin, I’ve decided to release another free skin for all you Thesis theme users out there.

This time around I decided on a completely unique design that would cater to photographers, artists, and just about anyone else that would want to showcase their work. I present:


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Matt Mullenweg, Put Up or Shut Up About the GPL

Dear Matt, Put Up or Shut Up About the GPL

by Ben Cook on October 16, 2009

In the WordPress world there’s no quicker and easier way to start a passionate debate than to bring up the issue of the GPL. For those of you new to the discussion, the GPL is the license under which WordPress is distributed. It states, in part, that you’re free to modify and build on the […]

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Great Coverage of SMX WordPress Session

by Ben Cook on October 7, 2009

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I rarely if ever publish an article that just directs readers to another blog post.

However, Lisa Barone’s coverage of the “Pumping Up WordPress for SEO” session at SMX is THAT good.

Jordan Kasteler (of Search and Social), Jon Henshaw (of Raven SEO Tools), and Rae Hoffman (affiliate genius & one of Lisa’s fellow founders at Outspoken Media) were the presenters and they covered a TON of ground.

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