It’s been a while since I updated this site. Obviously my main focus is Binary Moon, but it’s nice to pop over here now and then, if only to see how WordPress.com has changed. There always seems to be something new going on.
Recently I have been quite busy because I am getting married shortly, but I haven’t let that stop me from working with WordPress. In the first half of this year I have:
- Released a new website called WPVote. This is a website that let’s people submit articles about WordPress and then vote on their favorites.
- Released a WordPress theme based upon WPVote, called Nominate.
- Released a feed aggregation theme called Accumulo
- Spent quite a bit of time working on my personal website, Binary Moon
On top of these I am working on a new website with my fiancé called Veggie Advisor. This site will be a web magazine about the health benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. The website is being built with WordPress and is using my theme framework, Elemental, as the parent theme. The design is constantly ongoing so it still has bits of Elemental in it.
See the title above. I don’t use WordPress.com very much, instead preferring to stick to my own website – Binary Moon . But sometimes I like to log in and see how things are changing here, so I’m always interested to see what is happening with the traffic stats, and it’s amazing to see that binarymoon.wordpress.com (ie this tiny little blog) still gets around 30 visits a day.
Ok, in the grand scheme of things 30 visits isn’t much, but it’s cool that it get’s anything!
So what am I working on at the moment?
Mostly a brand new WordPress theme framework which will form the backbone of future themes on Pro Theme Design. My plan is to make the “ultimate” theme, but only time will tell if I’m actually capable of such a feat – there’s some pretty strong competition around, with more frameworks being developed all the time.
I am also working on an updated version of TimThumb – my image resize script. TimThumb is a fantastic automated way to resize images without having to create loads of thumbnails manually.
I have recently been spending some time adding a web games arcade to my gaming site, Binary Joy.
There are only a few games available at the moment but I hope to add more at pretty regular intervals. The design will also be tweaked in the coming weeks, but as a quick and dirty solution I am quite pleased with what I have created.
Not really a wordpress article but I recently launched a single page website where I talk link to all the sites I run (this one excluded).
You can check it out here – bengillbanks.co.uk
I have recently been working with Darren Hoyt on a new version of his popular theme, Mimbo, and it is finally released to the public (release post here) as our first Premium theme, Mimbo Pro
The theme is available on the new blog design website – Pro Theme Design
So far the feedback has been really positive and we’re overjoyed at the reception. Hopefully things will continue this way 🙂
If anyone is interested in making some money out of our hard work then you can check out the affiliate page for more info.
I have spent some time recently working on an update to Regulus. In short the new features are…
- New colour scheme
- Various Bug Fixes
- Header link
- Home tab alterations (adjust the text)
- Support for tags
I have been talking to (pestering) the kind folks at wordpress.com to update the theme here, hopefully it will be online in the not too distant future.
You can read the full release post on my main site. If you have a self hosted blog then you can also get the download from the same page.
Over on Binary Moon I recently published 10 top tips for reducing your online readership.
In brief the points are…
- Excessive Ads above the fold
- Overlay & Expandable Ads
- Inline Ads (those double underlined ones)
- Del.icio.us/ Twitter in feeds with no opt out option
- Bad/ No navigation
- No/ Hidden archives
- Tiny/ Low contrast text
- Long lines of closely spaced text
- No individual post information
You can read the my thoughts about each of these points on Binary Moon