Gerbera.org

Gerbera.org

Platform: WordPress
Theme: Patricia Ritsema van Eck

Initially built in html and css in 2004, the site became too big (200 pages now) to manage, so I decided to transfer to WordPress. With the help of Stefan all pages were converted. This is a prime example of using WP as a CMS (Content Management System): WP is primarily used for blogging: the newest

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Vaultpress – The Golden Ticket

Vaultpress – The Golden Ticket

Friday I got ‘The Golden Ticket’ from Vaultpress (see my previous post here: Aliens happen) – the new WordPress back-up service (from Automattic – WP’s mother). Being excited becoming part of the beta, it was kind of a disappointment when I was taken to this page:

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Taxgedo vs. Tagxedo

Taxgedo vs. Tagxedo

I’m not dyslexic, but last week I was temporarily affected. I wrote about Taxgedo Tagxedo and mixed up the name… I realised something had to be wrong when checking my StatCounter stats – clicking on the Google query that brought the visitor to my site, it showed only 7 search-results. Weird. Even stranger was the fact that, with the duplicates included, there were only 23 results, of which 17(!) are linking to my site – even my contact-page is listed… (Right now, Google displays 146.000 results for the correct/real name  – will be interesting to note when and where my updated post shows up in there… Also, the first result for the wrong name is still Tagxedo – apparently Google applies some artificial intelligence there, recognising the mix up!)

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Short is… sexy (and useful)!

Short is… sexy (and useful)!

Not talking about myself, of course. But, as URLs can grow really long, formfields can be (too) small, email might break them and Twitter limiting your tweets, we now really need URL shorteners. TinyURL.com was the first one (2002), but has been surpassed by dozens that provide shorter URLs: simply by using a shorter domainname themselves. Bit.ly is the one I see most these days (it seems there are about 100 of them – check out 

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Vaultpress

Vaultpress

Reading about hacked blogs, back-up hassles, as a WordPress-user/impleMENTOR, you’re constantly looking for a better and safer one-stop solution (I for sure am – and so should you!). Wondering why the great guys at WP don’t beef up WP itself (implementing some plugins that you now install anyway), I ran into this: Vaultpress. Great minds! So, I signed up for the beta, and this is their reply:

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Defrosting Cold Cases.com

Defrosting Cold Cases.com

Vidocq is a pretty smart fellow – as a lawyer he worked for Amnesty International and several police forces. For years he had a problem though: many of the cold cases he was involved with needed more exposure, but with tight budgets and lack of manpower, how do you reach a wider audience? And worse, not being tech-savvy, where do you start online? Your own website? Facebook? A first try at WordPress.com was a bummer: although a great platform for beginners, it was still intimidating – and, a bit restrictive – they do not provide ‘total freedom’ (for good reasons – it’s a free service, and they want to control their environment). Vidocq kept on searching and contacted me: it was his challenge (read: frustration) to get his years of experience and cold cases out to the public!

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