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Thesis, Facebook Button, Intense Debate and WP Greet Box

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 10:43 pm

For the few of you that still read my blog, you probably noticed the recent design change. While I’m dumbing things down around here, a user experience experiment is actually underway. This blog will serve as my playground for the testing stages until things are set for my other production (read: money making) blogs.

To cut this short so I won’t bore you with little details (which is one of my expertise), these are what I have been doing in the past few days:

1. Playing with Thesis
Why Thesis? Because it simply works. Before Thesis I had to handcode everything. Now all I need to do is write little code snipplets here and there to make the blog fit my design and Thesis takes care of the rest. Even on-page SEO.

2. Adding the Facebook Like Button
I like the simplicity of the Facebook Like Button so much I figured I should have it here. Now you can Like my posts and they will instantly show up on your Facebook profile. Kick ass huh? You can find instructions here if you want to do it too.

3. Intense Debate

Go to IntenseDebate

Intense Debate allows you to comment with your existing Facebook, Twitter, OpenID, or WordPress.com credentials so you don’t have to type things in anymore. It also adds user interactivity with user ratings, comment replies, etc. Not that commenting is all that around here but I figured if I had a better system maybe people would start to actually comment on this blog. Or not. Either way if this system works then this will definitely improve interactivity on my other blogs.

4. WP Greet Box
Why even bother? Because unlike me, most people like to be greeted and acknowledged. This plugin does just that. Whether you find this blog through Google, Flickr, Twitter, or anywhere else, you’ll be pleased that I have a personalized greet for you on the landing pages.

That’s all for today folks. Please browse around and try the new features if you have a minute.

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