The WPCandy WordCamp Nashville Liveblog

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This weekend I’m attending the first ever WordCamp Nashville, and am excited to also be running the first ever liveblog for a WordCamp Nashville. Okay, so their “first time” is a bit more special than mine, but we’ll still have fun today.

If you’ve never read through a WPCandy liveblog before, basically this post will continue to update throughout the day with bits from the event, both from my point of view and others who might be attending. If you’re at WordCamp Nashville today and would like to take part in the liveblog today, just let me know in the comments or via Twitter.

The fun starts just after the jump!

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The Weekly Theme Show #4: “Five contrasting colors”

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This week on The Weekly Theme Show we (Ryan, Nick, and Justin) discuss WordPress 3.4 beta’s theme’s customizer and we take a swim through the free themes recently added over on WordPress.org/extend/themes.

This episode is sponsored by MonsterThemes.com (currently for just $22/year) and ThirstyAffiliates.com (running a 30% off special on the plugin right now).

Jump straight into listening below. Show notes are below the player, just after the jump.

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The Weekly Theme Show #3: “He has risen indeed!”

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This week’s episode of The Weekly Theme Show sees the crew discussing two WordPress themes in depth (FavePersonal and Launch Effect Premium) as well as the events surrounding a site getting hacked, and the personal WordPress projects everyone has on their plates.

Jump straight into listening below. Show notes are below the player, just after the jump.

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Beginner’s Guide: How to utilize Google resources in WordPress

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There are many ways to utilize the seemingly endless resources of Google in WordPress. The following list includes what I consider to be the most important Google tools, some others nearly every web developer uses, and hopefully even some that you don’t know about yet.

In this post we’ll be looking into 18 Google services and applications, including:

  • Google Analytics
  • Goo.gl url shortener
  • Google Chrome/Developer Tools
  • Google Website Optimizer
  • Google Docs
  • Google Custom Search
  • Google Maps
  • Google Reader, and
  • Google Adsense/Adwords

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Beginner’s Guide: Common sense WordPress SEO strategy

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WordPress SEO tutorial

It seems there is an epic, never-ending battle out there in the interwebs between those that argue Search Engine Optimization Matters and those that preach that Content is King. Of course, as in most things, the truth is likely somewhere in the middle.

You don’t need to waste precious hours on complex SEO tactics that provide little benefit. You also don’t want to ignore it altogether.

Let’s take a bird’s eye view and walk through some common sense steps to conquering SEO for WordPress.

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Beginner’s Guide: How to install WordPress manually

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There are a couple of ways to install WordPress, and you should do it in a way that works for you. Some hosts have “one-click” installs via applications that install WordPress without you getting your hands dirty. You can also install it manually with an FTP client or Shell access. We’re going to go the manual route with FTP in this tutorial for a couple of reasons:

  • There are simply too many hosts with different variations of automated installation processes.
  • We want to know what’s going on, so we’re going to “get our hands dirty”, if you will. Don’t worry though, we won’t get too terribly dirty — one of the best things about WordPress is how easy it is to work with.

Now hold your horses, we need to make sure you have the few tools and some information required to perform a manual install.

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