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18 Must Read Typography Related Blogs

Typography is the most important element of any web design that holds great significance. Typography is one of the basic and fundamental parts of any web design that can enhance the attractiveness and elegance of your design. This is the reason why designers pay special attention to font selection. Today, let us show you some amazing examples of informative typography related blogs that will help you in fulfilling your typography needs.

In this round up, you will notice that creativity and simplicity in font type can make your designs look stunningly beautiful and visually appealing. We hope that you will like this assortment. Your comments are always more than welcome, so feel free to share your opinion with us.

Typography Served

Type Theory

Typographunnies

Betatype

I love Typography

Typographica

AddictiveFonts

Type Directors Club

Typedia

Davidthedesigner

Typoretum

LetterCult

Le Typographe

Swiss Legacy

Veer.com blog

The FontFeed

David Brezina

Mark Simonson

8 Alternatives To WordPress As A Blogging Platform

No doubt in that, that WordPress is the most famous and popular platform for blogging that has been used by millions of bloggers all over the world. But sometime it just does not meet with some of your specific needs and you find yourself helpless as there is no other good option to go for. Therefore, we present 8 best alternatives to WordPress as a blogging platform. These are the 8 solutions that will help you get your own advanced blogging solution.

The list below is based on the 8 CMS’s (Content Management Systems) that offers loads of options as well as features however it’s essential that you weigh pro’s and con’s before making any decision. Check this out and get to pick one!

Tumblr

Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors, to your theme’s HTML.

Drupal

Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world.

Joomla

Joomla is one of the world’ s most popular open source CMS (content management system). With millions of websites running on Joomla, the software is used by individuals, small & medium-sized businesses, and large organizations worldwide to easily create & build a variety of websites & web-enabled applications.

Blogger

Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com.

Serendipity

Serendipity is a PHP-powered weblog application which gives the user an easy way to maintain an online diary, weblog or even a complete homepage. While the default package is designed for the casual blogger, Serendipity offers a flexible, expandable and easy-to-use framework with the power for professional applications.

B2evolution

A powerful free blog/CMS engine you can install on your own website. b2evolution is an advanced weblog tool, i-e software allowing you to run your own blogs, newsfeeds or even photo streams.

Cushy CMS

CushyCMS is a fast, simple and free content management system that aims to make life easier for web designers by simplifying content management.

Croogo

Croogo is a free and open source content management system, built on top of CakePHP framework.

13 Beautiful Free Google Buzz Icons

Google Buzz is the relatively new social networking tool introduced by Google that has been gaining huge popularity among internet users. You can use Google Buzz for sharing photos, videos, comments, status messages and links that are ordered in “conversations” and visible in the user’s inbox. Google has integrated Google Buzz into Gmail making it easier for their users to use it.

Here, we are listing down a free collection of some creatively designed Google Buzz icons for you. The collection also contains PSD files that you can modify according to your own needs. With these icons you can set your website apart from other similar websites. Enjoy!

Google Buzz Social Icons for Bloggers and Designers

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Google Buzz Icon Kit

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Google Buzz Icons

Google buzz icons

PSD of glossy google buzz button icon

Google Buzz Logo PSD

Google Buzz icon

Google Buzz Metal Grunge Icon

Google Plus Free Icon Pack

24 Free Exclusive Google Buzz Icons

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15 Plugins Every WordPress User Should Know About

The reason why WordPress is preferred by majority of bloggers is due to the number of plugins available for it. If you browse WordPress plugins database, you will notice that the number of plugins available for WordPress are endless. There are plugins which help you improve SEO of your blogs, integrate social networks, submit your blogs to different search engines, manage sitemaps, display popular posts and much more. However, using too many plugins may have a negative effect on your host so it is really important that you choose the plugins which you really need.

For that purpose, we have gathered a list of some useful WordPress plugins which a blogger or website owner can use. You are welcome if you want to share more useful wordpress plugins that our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com, just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter and follow us on Digg as well to get updated.

Google XML-Sitemaps

Google XML Sitemaps generate special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. Sitemaps make it easy for crawlers to check the structure of your site and retrieve relevant data efficiently. It notifies all the search engine every time a new post is made on the blog.

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Wp Super Cache

This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your web server will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. It helps to reduce the load on the website as well this way so that your website does not face any down time.

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Digg Digg

Digg Digg is an excellent wordpress plugin which helps users integrate different social networking buttons on your wordpress blog. It supports almost all the popular social networking websites including Digg, LinkedIn, Google +1, Reddit, dDone, Twitter, TweetMeme, Topsy, Yahoo Buzz, facebook share, facebook like, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Sphinn, Google Buzz, Designbump, WebBlend, BlogEngage and Serpd.

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WP-DbManager

Wp- DBManager allows users to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database, drop/empty tables and run selected queries. With DBManager, users can easily schedule backup and optimizing/repairing of WordPress blog.

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Insights

I started using Insights few months back and I must say its an excellent plugin which every blogger should try. With Insights, users can easily find and interlink posts on their blogs, insert YouTube videos, insert Flickr images and much more.

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SEO Smart Links

With SEO Smart Links, users can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog.

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Akismet

Akismet is one of the most important plugin for every wordpress users. What this plugin does is that it checks the comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

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Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is another useful plugin which helps users create contact forms for their wordpress blogs. With Contact Form 7, users can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

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FD Feedburner Plugin

With FD Feedburner plugin, webmasters can redirect the main feed and optionally the comments feed seamlessly and transparently to Feedburner.com. It can easily setup new hidden feeds, modify .htaccess files, or asking users to migrate to a new feed, without modifying the template of your website.

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Yoast WordPress SEO

Just like All in on SEO, yoast is another good WordPress SEO plugin that helps users optimize their page titles, meta descriptions and keywords to XML sitemaps, and loads of optimization options in between.

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Yet Another Related Post Plugin

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) for WordPress gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site.

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Google Analytics Plugin for WordPress

Google Analytics plugin helps u track your blog easily and with lots of metadata: views per author & category, automatic tracking of outbound clicks and pageviews.

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WP Page Navi

Page Navi adds better pave navigation interface to your wordpress blog and replaces older and newer posts with page numbers.

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LinkWithin

LinkWithin is an excellent related post widget which adds related posts with thumbnails to your blog posts.

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SEO Friendly Images

EO Friendly Images is a WordPress optimization plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set.

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If we missed any plugin, please share with us using the comments section below.

Interesting Thought, I Have To Post This (Comic)

Creating a good content is not an easy task and most of the time you might get stuck to create something that would stand out in the crowd. Few people around always steal others ideas, and fill up their online blog posting needs but few are those intelligent guys who extract a creative idea from the same content which gets copied so many times by various people.

I recently found this illustration here which demonstrate the above situation very creatively with full of humor in it. We would love to know what you are thinking while viewing this message from Microsoft. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter.

The Ultimate ‘Best Of 2010′ Resources For People Who Create Designs

Today, we are going to take a look on few of the best of 2010 collection for designers and developers that we think you would really like to bookmark for 2011. We hope you guys will like this stunning collection of inspiration, resources, tutorials and showcases of design related stuffs. Just take a look at them and share your thought’s here.

You are welcome if you want to share more cool best of 2010 collection that our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at  SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter as well.

The 69 Coolest Apps Of 2010

Best of 2010: Sites of the Week

The best of the best tools and resources for web design of 2010

Top 50 Free Fonts Created in 2010

Best Free Textures and Patterns of 2010

40 High Quality Free PSD Files Released In 201040 High Quality Free PSD Files Released In 2010

Best of Best WordPress Tutorials of 2010

Our Favorite Photoshop Tutorials of 2010 on Psdtuts

A Review of Web Design Trends from 2010

Absolutely Amazing Techniques To Create Eye-Catching Websites With JQuery (Best Of 2010)

Best of the Best Photoshop Tutorials from 2010

21 Best Tutorials for Creating Icons in Photoshop from 2010

Awesome Tutorials That Will Make You Acquainted With What Photoshop Can Do (Best of 2010)

Best Illustrator Tutorials from 2010

The Top 100 Best Business Cards from 2010

50 of the Best Photoshop Tutorials of 2010

Best Icon Sets Of 2010 You Would Not Want To Miss

5 Excellent WordPress Plugins To Add Social Media Buttons On Your Blog

WordPress is the world’s most popular blogging platform where thousands of users register everyday and launch their blogs. The main attraction and comfort of using WordPress is the ability to launch a blog within a matter of minutes. While maintaining a blog it is very important to promote it on social media networks like Digg, Reddit, Stumble and a lot more. If you’re looking for WordPress plugins that automatically adds social networking buttons with every article that you write then We have compiled the perfect list for you guys.

Below are some of the most useful and popular WordPress plugins that will let you and your readers promote your articles easily.

Digg Digg WordPress Plugin

As the name suggests Digg Digg plugin allows you to post articles on various social media networks. Currently it integrates with Digg, Reddit,  Dzone, Yahoo Buzz, Twitter, TweetMeme, Topsy, Facebook Share / Like, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Sphinn, Google Buzz buttons, Designbump,The web blend and BogEngage. Other than that you can place your buttons according to your theme’s display.

Social Media Page

Social Media Page is another WordPress plugin that serves the same task. Once installed you can easily add a list of links to your social media profiles on a page or post of your choice through the use of a simple tag. In addition to that a widget is also added so that you can display this list of links in the side menu of the site.

ShareThis

ShareThis is a very popular WordPress plugin currently used by over 850,000 sites. This plugin allows users to share content through email and moer than 50 social networkings including Digg, Stumbleupon, Twitter, Buzz and Facebook.

Gregarious

Offering great interface Gregarious WordPress Plugin allows seamless integration between your WordPress Blog and social bookmarking sites such as Digg.com, Del.icio.us, Reddit and more.  It is the ultimate social bookmarking plugin for WordPress users.

AddToAny

AddToANy is dedicated to helping people around the world share, bookmark, and email articles using mutilple social networking services like Twitter, Facebook, Digg, and many more. It comes with a customizable Smart Meny, which places the services visitors use at the top of the menu, based on each visitor’s browsing and usage history.

If you have more suggestion do not hesitate to use the comment box below and mention them.

WP-Snippets Helps You Get Code Snippets To Facilitate WordPress Theme Development

WordPress is a highly popular blogging platform. Over the years the platform has seen countless improvements and today, it continues to improve the user experience it offers. Apart from being reliable and secure, WordPress offers great visual appeal through its countless themes.

Web developers have contributed a lot to WordPress by building themes for the platform. By spending time on visualizing a theme and then coding it, developers can share their brilliant blogging designs with other WordPress users. If you are a WordPress theme developer looking for a way to reduce the time spent on coding, check out the brilliant website WP-Snippets.

WP-Snippets is a free to use website with a fitting name. The site provides visitors with different snippets of code for WordPress themes. These snippets correspond to a variety of functions; ranging from “Remove Metadata Generator” to “Change Login Logo” you will find many snippets.

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The snippets are listed in a tag cloud on the site’s homepage. You can use the search bar to filter the snippets and find the one you are looking for.

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Clicking on your snippet will take you to its page.

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The snippet’s page includes a brief description of the code. Scroll down and you will find the code itself. If any additional explanations or special instructions on how to use the snippet are required, they are included under the code.

You can share the snippet with your other WordPress developer friends via sharing the snippet’s URL or directly Tweeting it using the button provided on the top right.

In conclusion, WP-Snippets is a must-bookmark website for WordPress theme developers.

How To Become A Famous Blogger

As a blogger myself, I have noticed that many people have started picking up blogging as a profession and are trying to use their talent to gain popularity. Recently, someone shared a spectacular road-map illustration on how to gain fame through blogging. This illustration was shared by Dave Walker from We Blog Cartoons and I found the illustration quite funny.

We would love to know what you are thinking while viewing this illustration. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter.

Envolve: Facebook Style Chat For Your Website Visitors

Getting your site’s visitors to interact with one another can have many benefits. Site visitors will talk to one another and develop a site community which discusses site changes and lets you know what is going good and what needs improvement.

One way to enable visitor interaction is by providing online instant messaging features. Envolve does exactly that for your site.

Envolve introduces Facebook-like chat to your website. Through the insertion of a few lines of code, you will easily get a chat interface in the bottom right of your site like the one displayed in the image above.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy Envolve had made its usage for webmasters. The first step is to click the big green button you will see on the site’s homepage. The button says “Install it on my site.”

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The next step is to enter you site’s URL and name.

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After providing your name and email address, you select your site’s platform. You can choose a simple HTML based site or any one of WordPress, Blogger, or TypePad.

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Each site type is basically a tab. Clicking on any tab will generate the corresponding code beneath.

In the case of HTML, the code appears as:

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Clicking on any tab / site platform, will also display a short passage of instructions explaining where to use the generated code. You can see the HTML instructions and code in the images above. Clicking on the WordPress tab will display a view like this:

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Like mentioned earlier, Envolve makes its usage very user friendly for site runners and blog owners. Whether you are running a massive site or a private blog, Envolve can help you in getting your audience to talk to one another. Check out Envolve.