Category Archives: Web Development

Introducing WordPress for webOS

WordPress for webOS is now available as a download for the HP TouchPad. Support for more webOS 3.0 devices are expected in the not-so-distant future. However as put by mobiputing.com,  it may seem surprising that WordPress didn’t focus its efforts on developing a full visual editor for more popular platforms such as iOS or Android first, but as David Frahm points out, a key difference between iOS, Android, and webOS is that HP’s mobile platform is based on web standards, and that’s something the folks at WordPress are very familiar with.

WordPress for webOS is the first official WordPress app to have a full featured WYSIWYG post editor. The app has been translated to all languages available on the TouchPad (Available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch, and Japanese.). It uses a “Sliding Panels” interface, which takes full advantage of the larger screen of the TouchPad and makes for fast and easy blog management on the go.

Check out the video here to learn more!

You can manage posts and pages, as well as add new ones. Moderation is built right in, and you can even reply directly to comments. If a comment comes in and you’re working on something else with your TouchPad at the time, you’ll get notified about it. Peruse the Stats panel for in-depth information on what your visitors like the most about your site.

Another neat thing about this app is its use of “Cards”. This is a webOS invention that lets you stack screens belonging to the WordPress app in a single pile, making it very easy to, for instance, write a post while keeping the main window open. In fact, if you tap an email address in a comment, a compose email card will be stacked together with those of the app.

Learn more about WordPress for webOS at webos.wordpress.org and follow @WPwebOS on Twitter for the latest news!


Building a Business Around WordPress

Brian Casel, a web designer and business owner who works with WordPress on a daily basis, has posted a very interesting article titled ” 7 Ways to Build a Business Around WordPress”, at Mashable.

In his article, Brian explores several WordPress-based business models that have proved to be successful, such as:

  1. WordPress Design/Development Consultancy
  2. Web Design/Development Agency
  3. WordPress Themes Sales
  4. Plugin Development & Support
  5. WordPress Web Hosting
  6. WordPress Community Content
  7. Premium WordPress Support

Read the whole article at:

http://mashable.com/2011/06/01/wordpress-business-models/

Image courtesy of Flickr, Titanas


WordPress Plugins to create mobile versions of your websites

SitePoint’s Craig Buckler reviews 3 WordPress plugins to create mobile versions of your websites:

1. WP Mobile Detector

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WP Mobile Detector from Websitez.com provides a simple way to adapt your site for mobiles in a couple of clicks. Unlike other plugins which target a handful of popular gadgets, WP Mobile Detector supports more than 5,000 web-enabled phones, smartphones, tablets and small-screen devices. The other features are no less impressive:

  • 9 mobile themes are included
  • content is automatically formatted and images are resized for the target device
  • WordPress widgets are supported
  • multilingual sites can be created
  • the plugin records access statistics to help you identify traffic from basic and advanced mobiles.

The free version of WP Mobile Detector is available from WordPress.org. A professional edition featuring a real-time interactive theme editor is available from Websitez.com. Prices start from $49.95.

2. WordPress Mobile Pack

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The WordPress Mobile Pack is a comprehensive plugin which gives fine-grained control over your mobile website. The most popular devices can be identified by user agent or domain mapping. A single elegant theme is provided although it’s available in four different color schemes.

The WordPress Mobile Pack is a great plugin, although I suspect some people may be overwhelmed by the array of options distributed across several pages. Now and again, I also found it switched me to mobile view while using the administration panels.

The free WordPress Mobile Pack is available from WordPress.org.

3. MobilePress

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Finally, we have MobilePress. Although WordPress.org reports it’s compatible up to version 2.8.6, I didn’t have any trouble installing and running it in v3.1.

MobilePress is the simplest plugin here and provides few options. However, it’s one of the easiest to use and test since you can force your site into mobile view rather than using a real mobile device or domain mapping.

Two mobile themes are provided although I couldn’t see much difference between them? Fortunately, help is provided for developers who want to create their own alternatives.

MobilePress is developed by Aduity, a company providing advertising solutions for mobile phones. You don’t need to use that feature but it’s available should you require it.

The free MobilePress plugin is available from WordPress.org and mobilepress.co.za.
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Author_craig_buckler_6 3 of the Best WordPress Plugins to Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly
by Craig Buckler

Last but not least is the offering by BraveNewCode Inc. a Canadian top-notch venture.

The BraveNewCode team is responsible for the development of one of the most popular WordPress plugins, WPtouch, that magically transforms a WordPress blog into a basic iPhone application-style theme, complete with AJAX-loading articles and effects, that can be viewed from an iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Opera Mini, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices.

The basic package can be further customized by tweaking its CSS style, sheets to meet  branding requirements. A commercial version offers more advanced options, such as Web-App mode.


How To Build a Speedy WordPress Sandbox VM

Raena Jackson Armitage How To Build a Speedy WordPress Sandbox VM
by Raena Jackson Armitage

 

If you’re planning to break into the world of WordPress development, it makes sense to set up a dedicated development environment — and one of the best ways to do it is with a virtual machine. I prefer VMs to my Mac’s built-in server or servers like MAMP because you can run them only when you need them, pack them away when you’re done, set up as many different ones as you need, and share them with friends and co-workers with ease. And if you’re new to web server administration, setting up and maintaining a Linux VM is the perfect beginner project to practice your skills.

In this article, we’ll take a look at setting up a Linux virtual server with all the bits and pieces required to support a WordPress installation. If the words “Linux”, “administer”, and “server” give you the heebie-jeebies, you’re in luck — we’ll also show you how to use a pre-packaged WordPress server that takes just minutes to install and requires no knowledge of the command line. What’s more, since we’ll be making use of free and open source software, all it costs is a bit of your time and hard drive space!

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Hello WordPress!

Canada Welcome to RackNine‘s Blog at WordPress.com.

RackNine is a Web Hosting company based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and we intend to fill up these pages with information related to Web Hosting, Web Design, Web Development, Software Development, VoIP systems and all kinds of information related to our main business activity.

WordPress-related items will have preference over other type of information in this particular blog, as we are trying to promote one of our main software foundations in Web Design and Development, while providing news and relevant information about this wonderful Content Management System.

For starters, watch the video below to see for yourself just how easy it is to create content in WordPress, even for the most inexperienced of users:


Cincopa for WordPress

Cincopa for WordPress is a very complete rich media plugin kit for WordPress.

The plugin includes many video players, slideshows, galleries, podcast, music players in many different shapes and sizes, totaling over 40 different skins.

*  Add Image galleries
*  Add Slide-shows and photo albums
*  Add Video
*  Add Music playlists
*  Add Podcast and mp3
*  Add Menus and much more
*  Media Library
send and view from any device anywhere
  • 44 skins and more – slideshow, video players, playlists, flash, full-screen, Cooliris, lightbox and wedding skins etc
  • Automatic uploading and hosting
  • Automatic resizing of photos
  • Automatic video transcoding to flv/3gp/mp4
  • Complete analytics of your traffic
  • Support iPhone, iPad, blackberry automatically and other smart and mobile phones
  • Hosting and delivering your media on Amazon S3 Web Services ensure scalability and reliability.
  • Video hosting, video serving, video streaming and pseudo streaming (progressive download) solutions
  • Managment of the galleries is simple and straight forward
  • Many types of players to choose from including JW, flowplay, Cooliris and others
  • Many customization options, sizes, colors, text etc
  • Support playlist with customizable side, bottom and top list using CSS
  • Add caption and description to any item
  • Integrates with your CDN solution
  • Managment tool to allow your users/designers/web master to upload videos
  • Embed code button directly into article
  • Progressive Download (Pseudo streaming – httpd)
  • HD widescreen flv and H.264, ideal for videoblog and photoblog
  • Supported file types – avi, mov, wmv, mp4, m4a, f4a, f4b, f4v, f4p, m2ts, mts, DVD vob, mkv, rmvb, m1v, qt, div, divx, dv, 3gp, 3gpp, 3g2, mpg, mpeg, mpe, flv, wav, wma
  • Preview image in 4 sizes (for first frame of video).
  • Full Screen feature.
  • Domain lock feature to protect your video
  • Download source feature
  • On screen Logo for branding
  • Google analytics Tracking Enabled
  • Support other CMS systems and public web sites
  • Post to your blog from anywhere and even if your videos are at home on your PC
  • The plugin is FREE, we do offer a pro account with even more options.

Cincopa Content Gallery creates an automated, fully customizable image gallery, slideshows, video and music playlists anywhere within your WordPress site. Choose your videos, images and music and display skin, pages or posts with custom overlay text and a rotating thumbnail belts.

Get more information about Cincopa WordPress Plugin and see some examples.


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