New WordPress Theme – Fusion

New WordPress theme – Fusion, just came out last month. This versatile theme makes it great for a variety of uses. Whether you have technical blogs, long-form writing, posting code samples, and displaying large images, it can accommodate all. Fusion can be used just like any other WordPress.com theme. However, if you prefer a wide layout, this theme allows you to do so.

Example of Fusion's out-of-the-box layout and design Example of Fusion’s out-of-the-box layout and design.

Fusion comes with a tons of functions. Here are some of them: a widget-ready footer, support for custom header image and custom menu, and options for you to customize the layout. Layout options in Appearance? This theme also includes fixed or flexible layout, choice of left, right, or two right sidebars, or a full-width main column with no sidebars. The archive pages allow you choose to display full posts or excerpts only in your choice.

Fusion Theme OptionsTheme Options screen for Fusion.

This theme can be easily added a custom header image and custom menu, and used the various layout options to change the look so that it has its unique appearance. Below is an example of a wide design using the one-column, no sidebar layout option, flexible width main column, and custom header image.

Fusion Theme DemoExample of Fusion customized to display a full-width main column with no sidebar.

Fusion is designed by digitalnature, it is now available for WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress.org sites, from the WordPress.org Themes Directory.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):

  1. Fixed width (one sidebar): main column width is 646, sidebar width is 245.
  2. Fixed width (two sidebars): main column width is 490, primary sidebar width is 206, secondary sidebar width is 165.
  3. Fixed width (no sidebar): main column width is 980.
  4. Fluid width (one sidebar): main column minimum width is 514 (no maximum width), sidebar width is 177.
  5. Fluid width (two sidebars): main column minimum width is 390, primary sidebar minimum width is 146, secondary sidebar minimum width is 125.
  6. Fluid width (no sidebar): main column minimum width is 780.
  7. Custom header image dimensions are 980 by 148 (width, height).

Do you like this new WordPress theme – Fusion? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

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Enlarge a Picture Without Losing its Quality?

Do you want to enlarge a picture without losing its quality? I’ve been searching the Internet and trying to find the free tools that will help me to accomplish that. I came across a couple of them that are very handy if I want to enlarge a picture without losing its quality.

The first one is SmillaEnlarger – an open source application. You can download it from its website. It is actually a zip file. You can unzip it to your computer. It allows you to crop and enlarge a picture without losing its quality. It is the best tool I’ve found so far.

The second one is ReShade – free online image resizer and image enlargement application. You can even download it to your computer here, but the evaluation version is very limited. It leaves watermark on your saved images.

The third one is Photozoom Pro 3 –  a software for enlarging digital images. The free version can be downloaded here. This software also leaves watermark on your saved images.

If you know other free tools that are related to this topic, please share them below. Also your comments are welcome here.

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How to Add a MyBlogLog Widget to A WordPress.com Blog?

I know adding a MyBlogLog widget to a WordPress.com blog is a very basic thing to do. But lately someone emailed me and asked me to help him out of how to add “Join My Community – MyBloglog” banner to his site. Actually it is the same principle as of adding a MyBlogLog widget to a WordPress.com blog. I used to direct my readers to a website that tells them how to do that, but for some reason that website is no longer existing. So now I have to create my own instructions here:

  1. First you need to have a MyBlogLog account.
  2. Then log in to your MyBlogLog account.
  3. Under My Sites and Services, click on the site you want to add a widget to.
  4. Click on Widgets under your blog’s title.
  5. A new page will open, highlight the codes that it provides and hold Ctrl and hit C at the same time to copy them.
  6. Now log in to your WordPress.com account
  7. On the left hand side, click on Appearance, and click Widgets.
  8. A new page will open, find Text Widget and drag it under Sidebar 1 or Sidebar 2.
  9. Give it a title as you wish and paste the codes that you’ve copied earlier in the text Widget.
  10. Make sure you click on the Save button to save it.

If you want to add “Join My Community – MyBlogLog” button to your site, only step 4 and step 5 you’ll need to follow:

  1. See step 1 above
  2. See step 2 above
  3. See step 3 above
  4. Click on Buttons instead of Widgets here.
  5. A new page will open, choose the button as you wish, and hold Ctrl and hit C at the same time to copy the codes.
  6. See step 6 above
  7. see step 7 above
  8. see step 8 above
  9. see step 9 above
  10. see step 10 above

So it is pretty easy right? It is mostly for newbies. Please leave a comment below.

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Checking Whether A Blog is Dofollow or Nofollow?

What is a dofollow blog?

A dofollow blog means it allows search engine spiders to crawl and follow the link. For example, if you left a comment in a dofollow blog, then the search engine spiders will crawl your link (if you provided one) back to your site. Thus it will give some SEO benefits for your site.

What is a nofollow blog?

A nofollow blog means the opposite. It doesn’t allow search engine spiders to crawl and follow the link. Suppose you left a comment in a nofollow blog, the search engine spiders will not crawl your link and will not follow your link back to your site. Thus it won’t give you the SEO benefits for your site.

How to check whether a blog is dofollow or nofollow?

Actually it is pretty easy. If you use Internet Explorer, just follow the following steps to find out:

  • Open Internet Explorer browser
  • Type a blog url and hit enter
  • Click on a post title
  • Click on View from Internet Explorer’s menu bar
  • Choose Source
  • A source window will open, holding Ctrl and hit F to bring up a search box
  • Type nofollow in the text field
  • If you don’t see any in the comment section, then the blog is a dofollow blog

If you are using FireFox as your browser, then follow the following steps to find out:

  • Open FireFox browser
  • Type a blog url and hit enter
  • Click on a post title
  • Chick on View from FireFox menu bar
  • Choose Page Source
  • A source window will open, holding Ctrl and hit F to bring up a search bar
  • Type nofollow in the text field
  • If you don’t see any showing up in the comment section, then the blog is a dofollow blog

The above methods allow you to find out a dofollow or nofollow blog instantly without even using a third party’s tool. How do you find out whether a blog is dofollow or nofollow? Please leave a comment below.

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What Should be Included in Your About Page?

I think your about page is the most important page within your website. It connects you and your visitors in a way to communicate. The more details of you or company, the more confidence of your visitors or potential customers will be established. So providing a useful about page is crucial for your website.

However, when you decided to write an About Page, you might wonder what should be included in your about page? Below are the articles that provide guides of how to write an about page. So head over to read them all and get an overall of how to write your about page:

Hope you enjoy the above articles. What should be included in your about page? Please leave a comment below.

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