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Starting a Great Blog with Wordpress

http://www.webmaster-source.com/2007/06/04/starting-a-great-blog-part-1-intro/

Want to learn how to start a blog? A good blog, not a free Blogger blog that looks like every other blog in the universe. This tutorial series wlaks yo through coming up with a name, buying a domain, finding a good host, installing Wordpress, configuring Wordpress, finding and installing a theme, and more.

If you want to start a blog, check it out.

Google Mordor

My brother found this online when he was searching Google Images for “mordor”. It’s called Google Mordor. Hilarious.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work. It gives you the same results page no matter what you search. Too bad.

No one has www.googlemordor.com. Someone should buy the domain and use a Google Custom Search to make a working version.

Introducing the Revamped Webmaster-Source

After a couple days of work, the new Webmaster-Source is online.

You may have been to the old site, which was just a, well, source for links to sites for webmasters. After the recent update, Webmaster-Source is now a blog. It is now a source for links, tutorials, and general stuff for webmasters.

Or maybe I should say that it’s a blog about the internet. Take a look, you may like it. I’ll be posting tutorials there a bit in the near future.

BackPackit.com

BackPack is yet another 37Signals service. If you spend a lot of time online (blogging, for example), you probably scribble notes and ideas on scraps of paper (or scattered text files). Wouldn’t it be cool if you could store all that online in a central location accessible from any computer? You can, with BackPack.

I use it to keep track of ideas for blog posts. It works well.┬ Now if only you could add stuff to it when you’re not online….

Cheap Domains Anyone?

Thinking of starting a website or blog? Forget URLs like dork732.blogspot.com or whatever. You can now get .info domains (like www.ImANoob.info) from GoDaddy for only $0.99/year. A usual domain, with a .com TLD, costs around $7-$10 yearly (I use 1and1, which is on the cheaper end of the scale). $0.99/year? Don’t tell me that’s out of your price range! You can’t get any cheaper than that.

So, you decided to get a .info domain from GoDaddy? Now you’re probably thinking “Now what?” You need a blog now. If you want really easy (and free), then get a Blogger.com account and point your domain at it (instructions on the site) Personally, I prefer Wordpress to Blogger, so I’d get free hosting from somewhere like Awardspace and point the domain there (make sure the domain is pointing to Awardspace before installing Wordpress).

Of course, I don’t really use free hosting. You could if you have a tight budget, though.

Earthle - Green Google

Do you want ridiculous? Take a look at Earthle, the “Green Google.” Their goal? They plan to help people save energy by rendering Google search pages with a black background instead of white, allegedly saving energy by not lighting pixels. Insane or what? I think I’ll stick to a white background, it’s easier on the eyes.

What’s the Most Annoying Ad Type?

Ads: They help keep websites afloat, and they annoy users. Well, it depends on the ad. Personally, I don’t mind standard AdSense-style ads. Others, though….

So what type of ad is the most irritating? Keep reading to find out.

The Contenders

Flashing/Vibrating Ads

Imagine this: You’re trying to read a webpage, but this distracting banner ad reading “You won [fill_in_the_blank]! Click here to claim your prize!” is flashing red and yellow…while vibrating. Doesn’t take much imagination, does it?

In-Video “Commercials”

Commercials belong on TV, not in online video clips. On IMDB you have to watch a stupid ad before you can view a trailer. On Shockwave.com you have to watch an irritating commercial before a game loads. They’re slowly becoming more common, unfortunately.

Flash-Based Banners With Sound

At first, they look like any old banner ad. Then you hear stupid voice-clips and sound effects blaring through your speakers.

The “Winner”

The winner of the Most Annoying Ad Type Award goes to…… “In-Video ‘Commercials’”, with ‘Flash-Based Banners With Sound’ a close second. Despite the annoyance of having unwanted sounds blaring through your speakers, unwanted videos are worse. Do you really want to be forced to watch a 30-second commercial before you can see a 1-minute video clip? No way! If YouTube adds these, I’ll be very annoyed.

Technorati’s Different

Hey! Technorati changed a bunch of stuff. The design is totally different, and they seem to have been making some changes to the service as well. What do youthink of the new design? I haven’t decided yet. Most of it looks pretty cool, though I don’t like the black bar at the top (with the annoying ticker).

Why’d they get rid of all their nice whitespace? All in all, it looks okay…but different. I haven’t really decided if I like it or not.

Goowy Webtop

Forget iGooogle and Pageflakes! There’s something better! The Goowy Webtop goes beyond what other AJAX portals can provide. It’s truly amazing, though it currently operates a little slow.

When you sign up, you gain access to the Webtop, and you’re given a free email account accessible through the webtop (@goowy.com). Logging in, you’ll be greeted by a sort of computer desktop made in Flash. A bar along the bottom lets you call up your web-based apps.

The mail window works okay, though I still prefer GMail. The IM windows work nicely, very similar to Meebo. Unfortunately, the IM app can only access Yahoo and MSN accounts.

My favorite feature, out of all the others, is the centerpiece of the Webtop. The “Your Minis” option. You click the button and you get a version of YouMinis, the other product made by Goowy. So basically the Webtop is YouMinis plus other stuff.

YouMinis, in case you didn’t know, is an iGoogle-like product made with Flash. Thus, it looks more graphic than iGoogle. Unfortuantely it lacks snap, taking ages to load your RSS feeds.

The Goowy Webtop is very cool, though it needs a lot of work.

21 Cool Logos

The logo is yet another important part of a web site. It’s part of what tells a visitor where they are. A logo (or banner) represents you. Below are a few cool logos/banners. Inspire yourself. As Smashing Magazine put it:

“To get things done, you need inspiration and creative thinking. You need fresh ideas and elegant approaches. And you need to be able to find them as quick as it is possible.”

When you design a website, you generally do one of the following:

  • Design a layout around a finished logo.
  • Design a logo around a concept layout.

However you design, inspiration is always helpful.
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