Tag Archives: template

Posterous Takes Aim at WordPress

With Twitter taking over so much of our time these days, many of us pay less attention to our “traditional” blogs. They’re cumbersome, take more work to manage – not to mention more time. Posterous recognizes this, and is working hard to make things easier. They want you to blog – and they’re willing to help you move away from your current WordPress setup. There are a lot of “features” in the backend of WP that most of us never use. Those items have been stripped away from the new Posterous platform.

The new WordPress blog importer is scheduled to launch tomorrow. It will grab blog posts, comments and tags, and stuff them into a Posterous account. For those of us with a LOT of content, this process will likely take quite awhile. However, it’s not something you have to stare at as it does its thing. Just start it and go grab some dinner with friends. It will work quietly in the background, grabbing your life from one platform and seamlessly moving it over to another.

In return, you’ll find yourself faced with a streamlined backend, free of all of the features you never once used. There will be no more spam – Posterous is free of that (for now, at least). You’ll also be surprised to find how simple it is to email in your posts – even from your phone. If you can email something, you can blog it from your phone. This includes photos, videos, text documents and even spreadsheets!

Prolific blogger Phil Campbell has already made the switch. Will you be joining him?

Mockups Software

Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed

Not long ago, I was talking to my friend Brent Spore, who happens to be an amazing designer. I helped sponsor his PodCamp Arizona recently, and he wanted to do a favor for me in return. Knowing the quality of his work, I was all over this offer! I needed a single web page where people can go to read more about me, and go through a simple PayPal form to pay me to coach them. It would be like an on-demand consulting type of thing, for whatever type of help I can provide.

I had trouble explaining to Brent what it was I wanted the page to look like. I needed a white-board of sorts, so I could show him where I wanted things to appear on the page and how I thought it should look. I couldn’t draw it out on a piece of paper, though. Thankfully, I was able to use mockingbird to illustrate for me!

Mockingbird is a free service. You don’t need to register to get started, but you do need to register (still free!) in order to save your work and share it with others. You’re simply going to be dragging and dropping different elements around until you get them exactly the way you want them. You’ll have just about every possible element you can think of, waiting for you to drop them onto your design.

If you have a good idea of what you want your page to look like, you can use mockingbird to show your designer. Clue them in, and make things easier on both of you!

It can save you time and money by helping you figure out what you’re looking for, before you pay someone to create it. Satisfy your clients by showing them clear mockups of what you’re working on for them.

Mockingbird is so easy and fun to use. I could do this all day long!

Want to embed this video on your own site, blog, or forum? Use this code or download the video:

Email Newsletter Ready WordPress Template

Help. Seriously, help. WordPress doesn’t handle templates as nicely as MovableType does – which is a major problem for those of us who use either platform as a site-wide CMS. I need a “purifier” plugin developed to help me get around a gigantic problem.

We generate email newsletters from static pages (URLs), generated by templates and includes through MovableType. I need a simple way to call a WordPress template that:

  1. has been stripped of all rich data: JavaScript, iFrames, Flash, etc..
  2. pulls in all CSS to be rendered inline rather than via link.
  3. can have a unique header and/or footer element.
  4. is not indexed by the search engines.

I’d imagine this would be another template (or subset), though I don’t know how it would necessarily be called upon. For my purposes, I’d need to pull in data relative to dates (as in, render a purified page for content published on 2006/07/31). I’d also imagine that I can’t be the only one screaming for this feature. Any email newsletter brethren (or sistren) care to prove to me that email, indeed, is not quite dead yet?