How Not to Get Noticed

August 30, 2008

We all have ideas about the design and usability of WordPress, but what happens when actual testing gets applied to the problem. A presentation from WordCamp 2007 shows Happy Cog’s work on the information architecture and usability for WordPress.

A lot of the greatness in WordPress’ usability comes from thinking like this.


Follow Us on Twitter and Other Exciting Stuff

August 30, 2008

“What took you so long?” We know, we know.

Honestly, we were hesitant to put out too much publicity about CLT WordCamp until we knew the interest was there. Well it looks like we are actually going to have to do this thing now, because the interest has been remarkable. Thanks for showing your support.

Touch base with us on Twitter here. Give us your feedback, stay up on the latest and greatest updates, and (hint) there may even be a discount offered for all the Twitter folks out there when registration opens up soon.

Registration will open very soon by the way. We need to wait until we lock in our location so we can be sure about covering all costs, but that moment is close.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported us so far. Looking forward to a kick ass WordCamp. By the way, according to the WordCamp Report, “this could be the first time there are two WordCamps in one state.”

WordCamp RDU is scheduled for October 4, 2008, in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, which is exciting. Perhaps some interstate rivalry can spur on both conferences.


Date and Keynote Speaker

August 29, 2008

Registration will be opening up soon, as soon as we finalize a location. But we do have some important news to share regarding our date and main speaker, both recently locked down. Along with some more detail on events of the day.

Date Finalized
Saturday, November 15th at 10am EST

Keynote Speaker Finalized
Mark Jaquith
, Lead developer on WordPress

“A Floridian, a husband to a wonderful wife, IN UR NOUN, VERBING UR RELATED NOUN, an employee of b5media, a fan of Free and Open Source Software, six feet, four inches tall, 25 years old, a WordPress core developer, a Mac user, an independent WordPress consultant, a capitalist and a libertarian, a Roman Catholic, this guy right here:

Mark Jaquith

Panel Discussions

We are aiming for 3 main panel discussions where we will be able to utilize some local experts in a very casual discussion format. The topics we are currently considering are:

  1. WordPress Tech – From WordPress.com to WordPress.org, what are the technical pros and cons, the common pitfalls, and some tips and tricks of the trade
  2. Content is King – Overused yes, but still too true to ignore. What are the keys to developing dynamic content for your blog
  3. Traffic Solutions – Ok, so you have a blog up and running, you think you have good content, how do you bring it to the people?

Roundtables

We are planning two very informal roundtable discussions for now.

After Party

Yes, there will be a nifty happy hour for people to continue to meet adn greet and grab some beverages afterward. More to come on this as the details are dependant on several things still up in the air.


Scrollbars in Your Text Widget

August 25, 2008

“This is a neat little trick that showed up in the WordPress.com forums (and I can’t find the thread right at the moment or remember who posted it so I can’t give the credit) and I thought it might be a useful thing to let everyone know about.

The following code should work with all themes (although I haven’t tested it in all) and you can use it as a starting point. In the example, I have set a height of 150px so the actual space the list takes up is minimal, but you can change that as needed.

I have overflow set to “auto” which puts the burden on the browser to determine if scroll bars are needed, but most real browsers (Safari, Opera, Firefox) should have no problems. With IE6 and IE7, I don’t know since they are… well… less web savvy than they should be.

<div style="overflow:auto;height:150px;">
<p>First entry and a really long one to see how it handles a long line</p>
<p>Second entry</p>
<p>Third entry</p>
<p>Fourth entry</p>
<p>Fifth entry</p>
<p>Sixth entry</p>
<p>Seventh entry</p></div>

By putting the entries in nested (inside the div) “p” tags, it will automatically put a blank line between entries.  If you do not want a blank line, just use <br /> at the end of each line and do away with the “p” tags. You can also use “overflow:scroll;” but this will also put a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the widget (whether it is needed or not) which doesn’t look as clean.” via OneCoolSite.com


NC Blog Directory

August 17, 2008

A new resource had is now available for NC bloggers. The Blog Directory for North Carolina is a nonprofit directory seperated by region and category. Its easy for any bloggers to add their blog to the list and has already got a good list going for Charlotte. They are also looking for editors to help add more blogs to the list, so if you can help, please let them know.

There are a couple other directory options for blogs out there already, but none seem to be easy to navigate by subject matter or location within the state. If you know of any other resources like this, please let us know so we can spread the word for them as well.


Where, When, and What?

August 14, 2008

Ok, so just from email, tweets, and blog comments I am declaring we have plenty of interest to carry on with CLT WordCamp. Moving forward we have set up pages for Location and Date input from you as well as the actuall event programming. We have some feelers out to some local bloggers and personalities who have worked for some pretty cool online companies. We will keep you posted on those leads, but in the mean time, be sure to chime in on the where, when and what that you want to see. And keep spreading the word.


Simple Tips for the new Blogger

August 13, 2008

A cool list of 10 simple steps to improve your blog traffic. Add to the list if you have tips of your own.

If you have any articles you think area bloggers could benefit from, please pass them our way.