Give your login screen that home sweet home look with the Login Logo plugin

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Looking at your own logo when logging into WordPress is a simple, yet effective way to make your blog more cozy. While customizing the login page is in no way a new idea, Mark Jaquith has released a new plugin called Login Logo that lets you do just that.

You’re probably thinking “but there are loads of plugins that do that already!” Sure, but are there dead simple plugins that do that? Mark didn’t think so, and built his plugin to require zero configuration. Just create a file called login-logo.png and pop it into the /wp-content/ folder and, well, that’s it.

For best results Mark recommends using an image that is no bigger than 326 pixels wide, but otherwise anything goes. You can download it from his site or from the WordPress plugins directory.

Now we know that most of your are running more than one site. Do you take that extra bit of time to customize your login screen, even if it’s just for yourself? Let us know in the comments.

Bill Erickson introduces a CRM child theme for TwentyTen

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TwentyTen CRM

Bill Erickson has released a child theme for TwentyTen in the form of a CRM. For those that don’t know what a CRM is, it’s a Customer Relationship Management tool. It is designed to help you collect important information regarding potential and current clients. Although not a fully fledged project management system, it’s a great tool for those who wish to gather information about clients.

Once installed you’re almost ready to go. It requires you to add a couple of categories, and he recommends either running it locally or using a registered users only plugin, but not a lot is needed to get your first client added to your shiny new CRM.

Included with the theme are two page templates: dashboard and download. The dashboard template can be set as your home page which splits the theme in three columns: Prospects, Active Projects and a nice little stats section to give you an idea of where you are getting the most prospects from. The download page creates a table that can be copied and pasted into excel if you’re a spreadsheet nut.

TwentyTen CRM Download Page

TwentyTen CRM Download Page

One of the great features of this theme is that if you’re a WordPress geek and want to customise the code it’s really simple. So if the theme doesn’t offer everything that you need you can simply add it yourself. Documentation on which lines of code to edit is available on Bill’s website, including how to remove the post editor if it’s getting in your way.

So if your current CRM is driving you mad or you’re new to the concept, TwentyTen CRM is well worth looking at.

Oh and by the way, did I mention it’s free!

WordCamp UK Portsmouth running order drafted

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wordcamp UK

This year’s WordCamp UK is going to be at the university of Portsmouth in, well, Portsmouth on July 16th and 17th. The first draft of the running order has been posted on the planning Wiki.

Over two days, there are three rooms packed with presentations plus a genius bar for one-to-one sessions with a range of WordPress experts. The deadline for content ideas hasn’t closed just yet, so for anyone that wants to present, get your ideas in now or miss your chance to speak at this year’s event.

The first draft of the running order is subject to change, but gives you an idea of what to expect.

The WordCamp is still in the early stages of development, as ticket prices and release date are yet to be confirmed, but I know I’ll be one of the first to get my ticket. In the meantime, if your residence is in the UK and you can’t wait until July for WordCamp, then check out the local WordPress groups, where anyone interested in WordPress and blogging can enjoy regular meet-ups all over the country.

If all goes to plan I will be attending, hopefully live blogging the event, and maybe even speaking in one of the rooms. So note the date and keep your eyes peeled for further updates.

WordCamp Coming To The UK?

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Now for all you fellow British WordPress users out there, this came as a keen interest to me. It has been suggested by Tony Scott, that a UK version of the famous WordCamp was requested to be held right at the heart of the country.

The idea of the WordCamp has been floating around cyberspace for a while, but it is now just a case of whether people will attend, at what location, and is it possible for a sponsor to help with costs and fees. There is also a lot of talk about London being the location because it’s really easy to get to there. There are tons of trains to and from London during the day.

If you’re wondering what a WordCamp is, well it’s basically a large gathering of WordPress users and developers that meet in one location and talk about everything and anything WordPress.

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Good Bye, Adios, Auf Weidersehen.

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I started WPCandy with Michael Castilla, hoping to stay until the end, but after a long and painful discussion with him, I’ve decided to leave WPCandy. My reasons for leaving have nothing to do with the site or Mike himself, but because I know longer have the time or effort to post on WPCandy. It’s difficult to juggle personal life, with college, work, and then still have time for WPCandy. I have barely an hour a day to myself!

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WordPress Is Only Protecting Themselves

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wordpress logo According to WordPress.org, to protect their trademark they ask that if you are going to create a WordPress related site not to use “WordPress” in the domain you choose.

What’s the meaning behind this? Are sites that use WordPress in their name at risk? Is WPCandy at risk?

Although they are not lawyers, WordPress still insists that they must make it clear, “so that we protect our trademark.”

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Custom Smilies Plugin Review

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Since I promised to post more about our submissions, I’ll begin with the Custom Smilies Plugin. It’s one of the only few plugins we have had submitted. We get a lot of themes and sites but hardly any plugins. Note: If you’re looking to catch my attention when you submit, try sending in some plugins!

Anyways, you’ve probably guessed by now that this plugin is all about smilies. Keep on reading to find out more.

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I’m back! + Featured Submissions

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If you’re new to WPCandy, you may think that Michael Castilla is the only main writer on this blog. Well I am pleased to announce that I have finally reappeared out of the dark after not being active for a couple of weeks!

First of all, for those readers who know who I am, I apologize for not being around and publishing posts. I’ve put a lot of pressure on Mike Castilla to get posts out because I’ve been away so long, and he’s done a great job! Well done bro! For those of you who are new, I’m Michael Cromarty, a contributing writer and administrator at WPCandy. For more information about me visit the first post we published on WPCandy.

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History of WordPress Series: Part 1

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Where has WordPress been and where did it come from? In the following post, I’ll be telling you about the History of WordPress.

I will begin with the first version of WordPress right up to version 1.2.2. So go put the kettle on, get comfortable and get ready for WPCandy’s first history lesson!

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