Category: WordPress

Rainy Days And Sundays Are For WordPress

OK. I did the rainy Saturday blog, yesterday. So why am I doing the rainy Sunday thing, today? Easy peasy! It is Sunday and it is raining in Georgia.

As I was running Fox News in the background, today, my attention was claimed by a guy whom I recognized. Shannon Bream was interviewing John Saddington about an iPhone (IOS) app his company is publishing.

John is a member of the WordPress users group here in the Atlanta area. He was a co-organizer of the last Atlanta Word Camp (regional WordPress Conference), and an entrepreneur in his own right. He started as a blogger, and then discovered WordPress. After getting into WordPress, he discovered just how cool the WordPress platform really is. However, John is making WordPress better where all I do is use it and preach about it.

Understand that I am talking about the free software platform (from WordPress.org), not the service (WordPress.com) which is also great although not as flexible as the “.org” package.

WordPress powers about 17% of all the web sites in the world because it is easy to set-up, simple to use, extendable, and scalable to make large web sites. For example, I use WordPress.com for this blog because I get free hosting, but sacrifice the flexibility of add-on modules called plug-ins. Georgia State University uses the downloadable WordPress package to publish all 37,000 web pages a modern university requires.

The reason John was being interviewed is because of the iPhone app. It enables iPhone users to publish photos from their iPhones to WordPress blogs. This may not sound like much, but users will still own the pictures instead of giving up personal ownership to a Facebook or other web service.

This is the ultimate cool for the blogger, and for WordPress blogs.

Thanks to John Saddington and Fox News Sunday for making a rainy Sunday a bit brighter.

Web Sites For PC’s, iPads, Tablets, And Smartphones

Wordpress logoThere is a new world out there. We all have laptops. We all have smart phones, and we are all getting tablet computers.

What does this mean for web sites? How can they adapt themselves to whatever device upon which they are being viewed?

Perk up! It has already been done. The theme I am using on this blog will re-size itself automatically depending on the device. This theme is called a responsive theme. It is responsive to whatever device the client is using.

Yep! Try it. Turn on you iPhone, Android Phone, iPad, or tablet computer and navigate you way to http://gonnasayit.com. No matter what device you are using, this web site will re-size itself to that screen size. Miraculous, isn’t it?Photo of Amazon Kindle Fire

The way this happens is not due to the device, but rather to the software on the website server. Instead of using the old HTML 4, HTML 5 has many more features, and in combination with CSS3, it all comes together. The world-wide web is a rapidly changing environment, and the client devices for viewing web sites are changing, too.

This web site is on WordPress.com, a free service of the WordPress people. You can create an account, pick a theme, and have your web site on-line in just minutes if you know what you want. At that point, it is all free.

If you want a classier theme, you can buy one. I have only tried two or three themes on WordPress.com, but they all seem to be responsive to mobile devices to some degree.

Life is great, and WordPress.com is cool!

A New Day, A New Theme

Yep. I installed a new theme for the blog. This one is called, The Journalist.

I did not set out to be a journalist, but that is some of what modern blogging is all about.

The old one was called Rusty Grunge, and it was on the dark side. After considerable thought, I am not a dark side person. I am all about positive, light, and uplifting stuff.

How about them apples?

Update: I decided that I wanted one of the paid (not free) themes, and I bought Newsy. That’s the theme I am using, now. Somebody please say something nice.

WordCamp Atlanta – Feb 3 & Feb 4

Word Camp Atlanta Thumbnail PictureA WordCamp is one of those gatherings for the faithful, and believe me, WordPress users and developers are faithful to their platform. The adoration and speech at a WordCamp is positively reverential. It can seem to be a religious experience.

I attended WordCamp Atlanta which was held at the Savannah College of Arts And Design on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. It was a great venue, and the sessions were top notch for a volunteer bunch of developers and aficionados of the most popular web site content management system in the world.

Yes, I know that WordPress is the most popular blogging platform, but it does much more than publish blogs. It will do static pages, blogs, and forums. WordPress can be seen as a launching platform for creating web sites with personalized, interactive, and dynamic content.

Matthew Mullenweg, WordPress co-founder was at the event, and spoke at the second morning’s general session. What is really neat about Matt is that he is not a pretentious person in spite of his tremendous success. For a guy who started his career in a dormitory room at the University of Houston, and has parlayed that opportunity into something most of us cannot visualize, he is courteous and down to earth. That is one reason for the success of WordPress. Matt Mullenweg thinks like a customer and user of his product.

Matthew revealed that about sixteen percent of all the web sites in the world were done with WordPress. That’s huge! The WordPress story is all the more impressive when you learn that he celebrated his twenty-eighth birthday on January 11.

A blog is a publishing mechanism. In my opinion it is the most important development in publishing since the Gutenberg press. It is an evolutionary development, but the effect is revolutionary.

Anybody, anywhere, in any language can publish opinions, news, data, academic papers, or anything they wish.

Blogging is big. It is difficult to get an accurate count of the number around the world, but Technorati says “Technorati defines the Active Blogosphere as: The ecosystem of interconnected communities of bloggers and readers at the convergence of journalism and conversation”. In the same article they estimate that in the year 2008, there were over 180,000,000 blogs in the world.

The take away of the number of blogs appearing is that people have something to say, and they are going to say it. Hmmm…  It kind of sounds like the name of a blog, doesn’t it?

As a blogging network, WordPress.com is growing by thousands of new bloggers every day. This can be taken as a barometer for other types of individual and personal web sites that are being created each day, and a lot of them use the WordPress software platform.

After two days of presentations and networking, I went home enthusiastic. My brain was full.

Fortunately, I am now a bit more relaxed, but still excited for my business in creating WordPress web sites for businesses and individuals.

Life is good, and WordPress is cool.