Matt on Joomla

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Matt’s appearance at the Joomla World Conference has inspired WordCamp Miami organizers to invite Joomla users and developers to come to their event next year to share experiences.

As someone who came from Drupal to WordPress, I love to see this kind of connection across open source projects. Exploring ideas and philosophy with other developers who have a different history can be a valuable experience. This is especially true with open source projects as similar as WordPress and Joomla. We’re not in competition with one another. Matt’s keynote address at the Joomla World Conference is a reminder that we’re all working together to make the web a better place.

Sarah GoodingWordPress Co-Founder Matt Mullenweg Keynotes Joomla World Conference

my 0,02€ on a possible Origami WordPress theme improvement

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Greg Priday of SiteOrigin WordPress theme foundry makes incredible rich and elegant templates for our preferred blogging engine … ops, I meant CMS.

Origami is one of my favorite from his portfolio and I’ve adopted it for a brief time on a blog of mine, and then introduced it on the toolkit of available themes over the Tevac Network of blogs. After having played with it I think that this themes suffers of two annoyances.

So, without any design experience in my skills, I made the following screenshots of the theme highlighting the weak points with Preview.app editing tools and wrote a mail to Greg. Since I don’t know if he’ll have time to read it I thought sharing it here, waiting for some feedback by my readers.

Basically, when I visit an Origami powered page I’m in a situation like this:

But what happens? I cannot click on the comments number and be taken to the discussion, I have to click on the post’s title to be taken to the single post page of which here’s an example screenshot:

Let’s do a recap:

  1. I like clicking on the comments counter to be taken to the post’s discussion since 9 times out of 10 the author chooses the full post publishing in the home page instead of an excerpt. So I’ve already read the content and then I’d like to read directly the discussion on it without having to re-scroll the entire post;
  2. In the single page / post view I think that the pointers to the next / previous post are “missing”, it’s cool to have the title of the next or previous post available, but they do not stand out in the page, since they merge a little too much for my tastes with the main content. Being put after the post’s tag list, especially when this is short, doesn’t help too much. One way of solving this it may be how the Widely theme (here on WordPress.com) displays them:

What do YOU think ???

http://www.seqahead.it/cost-bari-2013

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Friday I gave you the URL of the most recent website I’ve realized for my AllBio assignment here at ITB, Bari. The “NGS and non-coding RNA data analysis Workshop” that will be held here in Bari (Italy) in April.

After a slow start, updates and details will be more frequent in the next weeks, so be sure to follow the News section of the website to be kept up-2-date.

builing a website for a workshop / meeting

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So, nearly a month ago I’ve deployed online with the COST Workshop Barcelona 2013 event website, prepared in a fast-and-furious mode since deadline was approaching and the number of things to do for the committee where overwhelming, so they’ve asked me to help.

To realize that I’ve relied on an old friend of mine, WordPress, that once more confirmed to be a perfect choice to have good-looking and functional, vital, websites.

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For the template I choose the free (as in speech) Squirrel theme released from InkThemes, which is a feature-reduced version of the full premium themes. But this didn’t worried me since the good design and code it sports in the free version. Also the static home page layout of the theme is really eye-catching with the right choice of opening images.

A design aware use of the widgets and some plugins made the rest possible and easily re-doable. Among those plugins I find that worth a mention are:

Hope you are enjoying this “disclosure;-)

welcome Nilmini

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Last week I started playing around with this website redesign. So you may have noticed some changes around. The background of this is still WordPress powered.

For the template part I choose to use this Nilmini theme from deutch foundry called Elmastudio. This is an inexpensive premium theme that offer a lot of cool functionalities, many of which I think are mandatory in today’s web:

  • Cross-browser compatibility (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, IE 7,8,9, Android, iOS)
  • HTML5 & CSS3
  • modern, minimalist design [OK, that's a personal preference]
  • Responsive Web Design for viewing on different screen sizes and mobile devices (Tablet PCs, Smart Phones)
  • WordPress Post Formats (tumblr-like blogging)
  • translation-ready, available in English, Dutch/German, French (translation by Benoit Deldicque) and Italian (translation by yours truly :-D )
  • RTL language support

The ones put in evidence are the most notable ones, giving any reader the opportunity to enjoy at it’s best what a website has to offer. Unfortunately many web-resources today are still not ready for this and, at the better, rely on plugins to offer a decent “non desktop” web surfing experience.

Here’s some screenshots of the site overall look (made last sunday, so maybe today something could be slightly different). Let me know in the comments what you think!