Monthly Archives: January 2010

Page.ly: WordPress Web Hosting

I was listening to an interesting WordPress Weekly interview recently, which brought to my attention an intriguing web hosting service called Page.ly.

Page.ly aims to be “Easy like WordPress.com with the Freedom of WordPress.org.” The general idea is to provide a basic web hosting plan, with a domain included, that comes with WordPress pre-installed. (As a matter of fact, they won’t host anything except WordPress.) Their custom setup takes care of most of the techie work, leaving you to run your site.

You can install any theme or plugin that you want, several popular ones of which are pre-included for you. They also offer “theme packs,” which include many major premium themes, from sources such as WooThemes and StudioPress, at a discounted price.

It’s not for serious web geeks, but it’s certainly a great platform for people who want to put up a serious site without too much hassle, while retaining much more control than WordPress.com offers.

Don’t Be Like WB

Warner Brothers recently inked a deal with Netflix, where they agreed to allow more of their films to added to the Instant Watching service, in exchange for not receiving any future WB new releases until 28 days after their DVD launch. The cinema giant,…

BlogBuzz January 16, 2010

Twitter List-Powered “Fan Page” Widget

There’s a really neat post over at Tutorialzine on how to build A Twitter List Powered Fan Page. It’s a little widget, that would go in your sidebar or some similar place, where it would display the Twitter avatars of anyone who wanted to…

CSS3 Rounded Corners

Want to round the corners of an element without messing around with images and tricky CSS? You can do it with pure CSS, but, of course, it won’t work in Internet Explorer. (Or Opera, for that matter.) Fortunately, the effect devolves gracefully. As an…

Learning oEmbed

WoorkUp has an interesting post on oEmbed, and how you can use jQuery to take something like a YouTube or Flickr URL and automatically load the video or image on the page. Facebook uses this technique to fetch thumbnails and descriptions when you post…

Chris Coyier on Web Advertising

Chris Coyier (of CSS-Tricks) has authored On Web Advertising, a brief piece with an accompanying screencast that explains just how online advertising works, and his opinions on it. There is nothing “evil” about advertising. Creating content takes blood, sweat and tears. Creating products takes…

Are Unicode Domains Really a Security Risk?

I recently read an interesting piece from Mashable that suggested that ICANN allowing non-Latin (Unicode) domain names is a security risk. The problem is that Unicode characters can be rendered in browsers as Latin characters, which opens a new window of opportunity for phishers.…

BlogBuzz January 9, 2010

Using the WordPress Uploader in Your Plugin or Theme

WordPress has a nice media uploader dialog that it uses on the editor pages. Now wouldn’t it be nice if you could use it to handle image uploads for part of a plugin or theme you’re writing? Maybe you want to add an easy…

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