Posts Tagged ‘Blog Design’

10 Steps to Improving your Blog

Posted 20 Jul 2009 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Do you have a blog but no one comments on your posts? Or are you seeing no increases in the number of your RSS subscribers?

There are a myriad of ways to solve each of these problems without spending a lot of money. However, you will want to invest some time to improve your existing blog and meet your blogging goals – whether it is more readers, increased search engine traffic or making more money through ad sales or promoting your business.


8 Great Uses for a Moleskine Notebook

Posted 04 May 2009 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Moleskine notebooks are all the rage with geeks and nerds around the world, so you know the Geek Girl had to get one, too! I picked up a black hardcover Moleskine notebook a week ago, and I have found some great uses for my Moleskine in my daily life. You can use these tips with a regular spiral bound notebook, but there’s something really special about a more expensive, durable notebook that doesn’t catch on clothes or bags and never seems to age.

Moleskine by another name: back
Creative Commons License photo credit: bignoseduglyguy

What is YOUR favorite WordPress Plugin? [Contest]

Posted 10 Dec 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysOver the next 24 hours, let us know what your favorite WordPress plugin is – and you’ll be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate!

The winner will be selected randomly and announced on Friday, December 12, 2008 at 12:00 pm EST!

Congrats, John Lessnau and to all who entered. John, you will receive your gift certificate today, and I would like to THANK all of you for entering!

WordPress Wednesdays features posts about plugins, themes and general usage of WordPress, the world’s most popular content management system!

Use RSS Footer to Personalize your RSS Feed

Posted 17 Sep 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysUsing WordPress as your blogging software or even content management software is pretty easy, even for blogging software newbies. Personalization is what makes WordPress stand out, though. Not only can you use code to add functionality to your site, but you can also use any one of literally thousands of plugins to add features you want or need as well!

While I generally use around 30 plugins for this site, I do have a favorite… hands down —- RSS Footer.

Stop Using WordPress Plugins – Top 3 WordPress Hacks

Posted 03 Sep 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysThere is some evidence that the more plugins you use on your WordPress installation, the slower your website will load.

So, ditch some of those plugins and use these three WordPress hacks to get the same functionality and at the same time improve your page load time!

First up is Gravatar, the globaly reconized avatar that ‘follows’ you no matter where you go online. Yes, there are WordPress plugins available that make adding Gravtars oh so simple, but be adventurous and set up Gravatars on our own!

To begin, navigate to Design > Theme Editor > comments.php

Plugin Deactivation Broke Your Blog?

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Posted 06 Aug 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysInstalling a plugin reccomended by a fellow blogger sounded like a great idea until you relaized that you didn’t need or want it on your WordPress site. So, you deactivated the plugin via the Plugin panel, but now your blog is broken!

You are getting an error “Fatal error: Call to undefined function.” and part of your blog’s content is missing!

Fortunately, there’s a fix for the plugin deactivation error issue – it just takes a little detective work and some patience.

Looking to hire a Theme Designer

Posted 30 Apr 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysEver since the launch of WordPress 2.5, everyone is excited about new ideas for themes, as well as the new ownership of!

These are some exciting developments, and I am getting excited about the future of my blogging life – including getting a new theme for this site. I have tried to keep my content and appearance fresh, but I am ready for some changes that will help me feel like I’m getting a good return on my blogging investment.

There have been some serious setbacks with this site, including loosing my archives to a twitchy finger, gaining a Google PageRank of 4 and watching it drop to ZERO.

Create a customized 404 page

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Posted 12 Mar 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

There’s nothing more annoying to some of your website visitors than a plain Jane 404 error page.


WordPress WednesdaysIt is very easy in WordPress to create a customized 404 page for your site, which will help visitors locate the information they are looking for and keep them on your page longer!

Most themes come with a 404 page as part of the theme set, so from this point, I will assume you already have a 404 page in your theme. For more information on how to create a 404 page, visit the WordPress Codex.

We’re back!

Posted 14 Feb 2008 — by Ellie
Category Announcements

It took a lot longer than I anticipated, but thepinkc – the ultimate Geek Girl – is back!

We switched hosts in the last week to BlueHost. The move was pretty easy, although I did lose a few settings for plugins and a couple of logos 😳

While the site is back up – and with a new look, expect to see a few changes over the next few weeks – new logos, color theme, etc. If you see any bugs, please send me an email.

Stay tuned for a double dose of Geek Girl and WordPress Wednesdays – my gift to you for being patient with the downtime!