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Poll: What Do You Look For in a Premium Theme?

There is no shortage of “premium” WordPress themes nowadays, and their creators are fairly large in number as well. You have the monumental WooThemes, the bargain ThemeForest, and DIYthemes, the people behind the ever-popular Thesis theme, to name just a few.

Companies aside, what criteria do you usually use when looking for a commercial theme? Is price the most important factor? Is support critical? Do you want the PSD files, so you can use the theme as a starting point for your own design?

Take a minute to answer the poll. You can choose as many responses as necessary.

What do you look for in a "premium" theme?

  • The design! (90%, 9 Votes)
  • A backend that allows the theme to be modified with little effort (80%, 8 Votes)
  • A good starting point for a unique design (60%, 6 Votes)
  • Original PSD files (50%, 5 Votes)
  • Low price (50%, 5 Votes)
  • Obscurity, so few others are using the same theme as me (50%, 5 Votes)
  • Good support (50%, 5 Votes)
  • Other (please describe) (10%, 1 Votes)
  • A thriving community of customers (0%, 0 Votes)
  • A "theme club" (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Poll: What is Your Take on Commercial WP Plugins?

Gravity Forms has had some good success selling their (GPL) plugin in recent weeks, and the Shopp plugin has been going for awhile, too. I, myself, have plans to “go commercial” sometime in the coming months as well.

I’d like your opinion on the slow, but definite growth of paid WordPress plugins. Are you glad that developers are finally getting serious about developing and supporting plugins for the long term, and making a business of it? I am.

Commercial WordPress plugins...

  • ...are a great idea. It's nice to see serious businesses centered around extending WordPress. (71%, 10 Votes)
  • ...ruin WordPress for everyone! Everything should be free! (29%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Personally, I think commercial plugins will greatly increase the quality of available WP plugins, just as has happened with themes.

Poll: Have You Ever Bought a Premium Theme?

Here’s an interesting question: Have you ever paid for a WordPress theme? Be it Thesis or a more traditional “design-oriented” theme, have you ever paid for a pre-made theme, rather than making one yourself, hiring someone to do it for you, or simply downloading a free theme?

Have you ever paid for a premium WordPress theme?

  • Yes (41%, 16 Votes)
  • No, I make my own themes (31%, 12 Votes)
  • No, I just use free themes (28%, 11 Votes)
  • No, I hire a designer (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

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Poll: What Are Your Favorite URL Shorteners?

If you use Twitter, you probably use URL shortening services every day. If not, you probably still find a use for one now and then. You may shorten a long address down so you can read it over the phone (or in a podcast), or you might want to just take it down to size so it looks better in an email, blog comment or forum post.

What is your tool of choice? Are you one of the many Bit.ly users, a Tr.im fanatic, an Ow.ly devotee, or one of those still loyal to ye olde TinyURL? Maybe you use more than one?

Please take a minute to answer this poll. It would be interesting to see which services are more popular, and to learn of lesser-known ones.

What is your preferred URL shortener?

  • Bit.ly (52%, 17 Votes)
  • Other (Please leave a comment) (24%, 8 Votes)
  • TinyURL.com (18%, 6 Votes)
  • Ow.ly (15%, 5 Votes)
  • Tr.im (12%, 4 Votes)
  • Is.gd (9%, 3 Votes)
  • Su.pr (6%, 2 Votes)
  • 3.ly (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Digg (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 33

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Poll: Are You Running WordPress 2.8?

WordPress 2.8 “Baker” was released on June 11th, bringing with it 790 bug fixes, some interface improvements, and several new features, many of which will be appreciated by plugin and theme developers. (Read the full announcement.)

Have you upgraded yet?

Have you upgraded to WordPress 2.8 yet?

  • Yes! (84%, 21 Votes)
  • I haven't had the time yet. (12%, 3 Votes)
  • I'm waiting a couple weeks, just to be safe. (4%, 1 Votes)
  • I'm waiting for a plugin to be updated... (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

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Poll Results: How Many Domains Do You Have?

In mid-March I posted a poll asking the question “How Many Domains Do You Have?” The results have been interesting.

The “2-5″ option recieved the most votes (35%), and “20+” was the second most popular option (23%). After that came “6-9″ (18%), “10-15″ (10%), and “1” (8%). The least-voted options were “Do I have to count them all…?” and “16-19,” with 5% and 3% respectively.

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Poll: How Do You Monetize Your Blog?

How do you monetize your blog?

Are you an AdSense maniac or an affiliate fanatic? Do you direct-sell ad space to advertisers like I do on Webmaster-Source?

Or are you part of a marketplace like BuySellAds, or a network like Casale Media or Doubleclick?

Or is your blog an ad-free zone?

Take a minute to vote in this poll (no registration, no hassles, just two clicks), and maybe elaborate upon your choice a little in a comment. We’d like to know.

I’ll start. I direct-sell 125×125 ads on Webmaster-Source mainly, and I voted that since it’s my largest source of blog income. I do have a single AdSense block that I haven’t been able to bring myself to delete (I’m halfway to another check again :D ), and I put the occasional affiliate link in, but mainly I try to keep to the 125x125s, which are noticeable enough, yet unobtrusive enough not to be a bother.

Okay, now it’s your turn. Vote in the poll below, and share what your solution is. (If you’re reading this in an RSS reader, you’ll need to click through to the permalink to vote in the poll.)

Where do you use your smartphone the most?

  • EVERYWHERE! Whenever I have a chance! (86%, 6 Votes)
  • While waiting in line (29%, 2 Votes)
  • On public transportation (14%, 1 Votes)
  • In the car (ಠ_ಠ) (14%, 1 Votes)
  • In the bathroom (14%, 1 Votes)
  • At restaurants (14%, 1 Votes)
  • At work (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Other (14%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Poll Results: What’s Your Browser Startpage?

Around mid-July, I asked you what you used for your browser’s homepage. Unlike most of my polls, I this time allowed the selection of multiple options, seeing as most modern browsers allow you to have multiple tabs open on startup.

We ended up with some interesting results, and, predictably, Google is the #1 choice.

An interesting strategy, though quite different from mine, which is to have a custom page with links to my Google Apps email page, and the like.

The numbers are as follows: 40% of the 50 votes have Google.com, 20% use Netvibes, iGoogle, or similar; 20% use “other,” 16% about:blank, 6% a custom HTML file, 2% use Yahoo or AOL, and another 2% have their blog set as their homepage.

Google is leading by a large margin, which I kind of expected. Really, it makes a good homepage. It’s quick to load and fairly empty, sort of like about:blank, but it provides some useful function as well.

Michael Martin of Pro Blog Design uses this strategy:

My blog, Todoist, Google Reader and Digg.I read Digg first, then Google Reader. Once I close each of those tabs, I try not to open them again until the next day. It usually works.

Poll: What’s Your Browser Startpage?

On virtually all web browsers (modern browsers, anyway), you can set a particular page (or pages if you have a tab-equipped browser) to automatically open when you launch the browser.

What page you choose is obviously up to you, and it’s generally a choice made depending on browsing habits.

That brings us to the question: What site do you use for your browser start page? Take a moment to vote in the poll (you’ll have to click through if you’re reading this in an RSS aggregator).

Where do you use your smartphone the most?

  • EVERYWHERE! Whenever I have a chance! (86%, 6 Votes)
  • While waiting in line (29%, 2 Votes)
  • On public transportation (14%, 1 Votes)
  • In the car (ಠ_ಠ) (14%, 1 Votes)
  • In the bathroom (14%, 1 Votes)
  • At restaurants (14%, 1 Votes)
  • At work (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Other (14%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Are you a Googlemaniac or do you prefer About:Blank? Or do you prefer to load up Netvibes or Pageflakes with RSS feeds and Twitter streams?

Poll: What’s Your Take on Twitter?

Twitter… It seems that either you really like the service, or you totally refuse to use it. I fell into the latter category, until a few months ago, when I looked at it closer, and read some posts by some bloggers I read.

A lot of bloggers are using Twitter, and many are extolling in their posts the benefits of using Twitter in conjunction with your blog. It’s a venerable pandemic. Twitter has invaded the blogosphere, and it shows no sign of leaving any time soon.

Daniel Scocco (who is a Twitter user, I might add) has an appropriate reminder for those of you who have become addicted to Twitter: Twitter Less, Blog More!

Now, I’d like to know what your take on Twitter is. Vote in the poll below, it only takes a minute. (If you’re reading this in an RSS reader, you’ll have to click through to the blog to vote).

Where do you use your smartphone the most?

  • EVERYWHERE! Whenever I have a chance! (86%, 6 Votes)
  • While waiting in line (29%, 2 Votes)
  • On public transportation (14%, 1 Votes)
  • In the car (ಠ_ಠ) (14%, 1 Votes)
  • In the bathroom (14%, 1 Votes)
  • At restaurants (14%, 1 Votes)
  • At work (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Other (14%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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