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Expensive but Worth It: a Gravity Forms Review

by Ben Cook on January 10, 2012

Update: I figured it was probably time for me to update my review of Gravity Forms, the premium plugin for WordPress forms. You see, when I wrote this the first time, Gravity Forms had just been released & I’d only played around with it on this site.

In fact, I didn’t think the developer license would be worth the added cost.

Boy was I wrong…

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WordPress 3.1.1 has been released and addresses three security issues, and one major SEO issue. According to the official announcement, “the first [of the three security fixes] hardens CSRF prevention in the media uploader. The second avoids a PHP crash in certain environments when handling devilishly devised links in comments, and the third addresses an […]

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We Cater to Cowards

Matt Mullenweg Tried to Get Me Fired

by Ben Cook on January 6, 2011

While WordPress creator, Matt Mullenweg, frequently preaches speaks about the freedoms open source platforms provide users, it seems he’s not a fan of that freedom extending to those who dare to criticize him. You don’t exactly have to dig deep in the archives of this site to realize I’ve been fairly critical of Mr. Mullenweg. […]

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WordPress’ Christmas Present: A Security Update!

by Ben Cook on December 29, 2010

WordPress 3.0.4 Released

If you were disappointed by your Christmas presents this year, don’t worry! WordPress has one more gift for you… version 3.0.4 which, naturally, contains a critical security update! That pair of socks your great-aunt gave you aren’t looking so bad now, are they? For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 3 security releases […]

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An SEO Guide for WordPress: Updated Nov 2010

by Ben Cook on November 18, 2010

an SEO Guide for WordPress

The single universal truth about every website owner is this:

We all need more traffic.

And, since Google and the other search engines have essentially become the gateway to the internet for most web users, site owners are increasingly seeking to optimize their sites for search engines.

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a simple concept; structure your site to provide search engines the information they want, and in return they’ll deliver hoards of visitors straight to your virtual door step.

While WordPress is fairly SEO friendly “out of the box”, there are several settings and options that need to be tweaked in order to achieve higher rankings and receive more search engine traffic to your site.

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Automattic's Crusade Against it's Users

PressRow: Casualty of Automattic’s Jihad

by Ben Cook on November 18, 2010

In their continuing jihad/crusade against all things Chris Pearson, Automattic is removing yet another extremely popular theme from

The theme on the chopping block this time is PressRow.

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Network News Thesis Skin screenshot

Free Thesis Skin: Network News

by Ben Cook on September 7, 2010

Update: I’ve finally gotten around to updating this Thesis Skin for Thesis 1.8! Unfortunately I can’t keep up with all the updates to Dynamic Content Gallery so please read the installation instructions provided by the plugin developer.

When I declared that Premium Themes Are Dead, I received a LOT of feedback arguing that there will always be a market for premium themes since they give you a head start on the design process.

My response was that skins for framework themes such as Thesis provide that same “leg up” on the design and layout, without sacrificing any of the flexibility.

And, while I firmly believe that, there is one slight problem… there just aren’t many skins available yet.

So in an effort to help my prediction about premium themes come true, I decided to create a free Thesis Skin that heavily mimics one of my favorite premium theme designs.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce…

The Network News Thesis Skin!

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Twitter BlackBird Pie Plugin Review

by Ben Cook on August 7, 2010

Blackbird Pie WordPress Plugin Review

After posting my recap of the Thesis GPL drama, I got a lot of questions about how I incorporated the various tweets I cited. If you didn’t see the post, I’ll include an example below just to bring you up to speed. [blackbirdpie id=”20477399126″] In the past when I wanted to cite a Twitter message, […]

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GPL War on Thesis theme

You’ll never guess, but the GPL has caused yet another controversy to erupt within the WordPress community. You’re surprised right? Yeah me neither. So for those of you who haven’t been paying attention (read as: had something better to do) I’m going to try and summarize the events over the last few days as concisely […]

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Matt Mullenweg: King of GPL

by James Cook on July 6, 2010

Matt Mullenweg: King of GPL

…until Matt M, the king of them all,
Decided the kingdom he ruled was too small.
“I’m ruler”, said Matt M, “of all WordPress you see.
But I don’t rule enough. That’s the trouble with me.
With Automattic for a throne, I rule WP swell.
But I cannot rule places beyond GPL.

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