Free Basic WordPress Theme Download

Basic Wordpress Theme

Wordpress is an amazing blogging and CMS system to use and create websites with. This blog right here was created using Wordpress. I have started using Wordpress when creating any new sites because its easy to use, customize and update. The only thing that gets to me is that I always seem to have to completely recreate the whole Wordpress system when making a new theme. So I decided to create a very basic Wordpress theme and save that so I will always have a valid theme to build off of. So I decided to give this Basic Wordpress theme away to anybody that wants it to build off of. Now this is a very basic theme. Its not something to use as your blogs theme, its something to build off of. It has all the basic elements of Wordpress along with a widgets enabled sidebar. It has minimal CSS just so all the classes are in the CSS file. As you can see from the image above there’s no real styling at all, no images, nothing but the standard Wordpress install. Feel free to download it and let me know what you think or let me know if you find it useful. Hit the button to download the theme.

Free Basic Wordpress Theme Download

Whose clicking on these ads?

Capital One CNN Ads

So I blogged (link) about the Capitol One having 4 adds running on CNN.com at once and it ended up getting a lot of traffic from people searching so I assume I am not the only one finds the ads annoying. The adds have come back a couple of times since, including today. Now Capitol one is in the business of making money and wouldn’t have these ads running for nothing. So now my question isn’t why are they running these ads, its whose clicking on them that make them worth it? The ads do wrap around the main content of CNN.com so is it people thinking its part of the site? The top banner does occasionally scroll across and maybe people think its a new ticker?Is there enough people like me who click their mouse randomly when reading something that accidentally click on them? There has to be a healthy amount of people that click on the ads to justify spending that much money on them. I would love to see a click heatmap of the main page to see where these people are clicking. I guess it must be good advertising design if its worth it, no matter how annoying or intrusive it is.

What CMS should I use?

A question for anybody out there. I am in the building and launching a new website (Disc Golf Pictures) in the near future. The website is going to mainly be a picture based site with a little text on each page. A main point to the site will be user uploaded content. My range of web development is mainly HTML/CSS, Wordpress design, a little javascript and PHP and SEO. Now the only one of those that would be useful for building a huge user uploaded and driven site would be Wordpress. But after looking at Wordpress a bit more I don’t think it would be able to easily handle everything I want the site be.

So I was looking into using a CMS (Content Management System). I’ve narrowed it down to three choices. Joomla, Drupal and Modx. I have heard about Drupal the most then Joomla and almost never hear about Modx. It seems like they are all built for developers and not many built with designers in mind. So I am asking if anybody has any advice on which to use, which is the easiest to customize. So any advice words of wisdom or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Is this me?

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So this supposedly is the closest I could come to getting this web site to look like me. I saw the post on metafilter and thought I would give it a shot. What do you guys think?

1,000 Visitors!!!!

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As of writing this entry right now there have been 1,001 unique visitors to my blog. I started this blog back on December 3ed 2007, so a day before 9 complete months there have been 1,001 visitors or about 111.17 visitors per month. The most visitors were 19 on January 13, 2008. I think its pretty impressive for such little work that I’ve actually put into it. I also currently have a google page rank of 4 out of 10. There have been visitors from 63 different countries with the top 5 being(these are all time visits):

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  1. US- 998 visitors
  2. Canada- 50 visitors
  3. UK- 42 visitors
  4. Germany- 18 visitors
  5. India- 16 visitors

These are the top 5 searches:

  1. Digsby review- 199
  2. evernote3- 18
  3. zalternator download- 14
  4. Keith Keristead- 12
  5. zune alternative- 9

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As for my main portfolio site I’ve only had 281 unique visitors. My main site has a google page rank of 2 out of 10.