MobileESP for WP 1.2 Updated

[UPDATE] this plugin has been updated to 1.2.1 to add support for removing the cookie. See the comments of this post for more info.

I just wanted to write a quick post to let you know that MobileESP for WordPress version 1.2 has been released. This release contains the latest version of the MobileESP library as well as a bugfix for the full site url link bug which was requiring clicking on the link twice.  Get the latest version from the WordPress.org Plugin repo or update the plugin from your dashboard.

How to Make a Logo

I’m going to take a step away from the normal programming side of this blog with this post on how to create a logo. Here is a typical workflow that I find to be rather effective. It may or may not work for you but if nothing else I hope it helps provide you with some ideas. So without further ado here is how to create a logo in three easy to swallow steps.

Research

Stop for a moment take a deep breath and ask yourself or your client what it is you are trying to accomplish with your logo. Look at other brands in the industry ask what works and what doesn’t. Find additional brands outside the industry, again, ask what works and what doesn’t. Find logos to look at for inspiration. Really spend the time to think about your brand. Where do you want to be in ten years? What is your audience? What is it you are trying to say? These are just some example questions really take the time here and think it out.

Draw

Now that the research is out of the way you are probably tempted to open up your favorite image editor and get to work. Don’t. Before taking things to the computer it is often helpful to sketch some ideas on paper. It may be helpful to turn off your cell phone and computer and go somewhere relaxing to just draw. This is the stage you really want to push yourself. Remember there are no bad ideas. This is the place to explore every option. Once you have a few great ideas try making variations on those. Out of ideas yet? Good, now pour yourself and glass of wine and call it an evening.

The next day come back and look at your sketches. If you’ve content then now is the time to start to digitalized your design. If not take a look at all your sketches and keep drawing. Perseverance is the key.

Create

Now that the hard part is out of the way scan your sketch or open up your favorite image editor and let the fun begin. Now that you know what you are trying to accomplish this should be the funniest part.  You may find that the design still does change once you get to the computer. That’s okay.

A few closing thoughts

Simple is best.  Sticking to a basic colors scheme and design will save a lot of headaches in the long run.

Keep usage in mind. Most logos need to be able to look good on a billboard or an envelope meaning that it is important to create a design that looks good in all sizes. Whenever possible try to use a vector program. This will allow for easier resizing in the future.

Have fun. Designing a logo should be fun and try not to stress.  Remember not everyone can be a designer you may have to hire a professional.

April Fools Plugin: Cornify for WordPress Released

In case you missed it I decided to do a small April Fools prank this year. I came across cornify.com and liked the way it worked. I thought it would be funny to have the unicorns pop up if the user was inactive on the site for longer than a few seconds. So I got to hacking the script and came up with a simple plugin Cornify for WordPress. This is a simple WordPress plugin for the self hosted WordPress blog that will show unicorns to the inactive user. There isn’t a control panel but if you read the readme you do have a few options for modifying the script.

Without further ado here is a screenshot:

Get the plugin today!


MobileESP for WP Updated

I just released version 1.1 of MobileESP for WordPress this should fix any problems people were having with iPhone and Android devices not forwarding correctly. I also updated the MobileESP class and minified the source which made it half the size.

As always, if you have any problems please report them in the forums tagging them with at least ‘mobileesp-for-wordpress’

Get Involved with WPBook!

As you may know I’ve been working with WPBook for the past 2 years. In that time I’ve watched the project grown dramatically the plugin now has over 73,000 downloads. However, the project has only had a handful of people who have gotten involved with the project.  Therefore, I wanted to write a quick blog post and give you a few ways to get involved.

Are you a programmer?
Great, we keep track of bugs and feature request over at our bug tracking system http://bugs.wpbook.net. If you get a moment fix a bug or add a feature. You may also just wish to use this system to report bugs.

Are you a graphic designer?
Cool, you may be able to help us cook up some neat graphics for WPBook, update our logo, or just give us feedback that could otherwise improve the project.

Are you a writer?
Neat-o, we can use your help to spruce up the docs making sure they are easy to understand, accurate, clever and free of typos .

Want more ways to get involved?
Okay there are plenty of  other ways to get involved. Head on over to the support forms and help a fellow user. I’ve also just set up a donate page where you can make a donation to help pay for website cost. We are also pledging to give 50% of any donations made to Charity Water. With a goal of $500.

If  you have any questions or comments please let me know. Thanks!

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