The Relaunch of WPChat, powered by Discourse

WPChat was a website I started a while ago to discuss WordPress topics in a live chatroom.

After testing a few “plugins” for live chats within WordPress, it eventually turned into a page with an embedded iframe to a freenode IRC channel.

This is what it looked like:

wpchat-old

It was pretty popular among a good chunk of people in the WordPress community, but has been relatively dormant for a few years now.

I’ve decided to relaunch the site, using Discourse as a platform. Whether it catches on or not is anybody’s guess, but I did learn a thing or too in the install process.

Six Years Of Theme Lab

I once said, that I’d never sell Theme Lab unless I received an offer so good that it would be dumb for me to turn it down.

Now that the cat is out of the bag, I can confidently say I stayed true to that statement.

It was difficult to let it go, that’s for sure. I often described Theme Lab as my “baby” …as weird as that sounds, I couldn’t think of a better way to describe what it meant to me.

I started it when I was still in high school. I’m now a college graduate, doing real world stuff now. It’s been a while.

New Responsive Design for Leland.me

So, I decided if I’m going to be talking about responsive web design related topics, my own personal site probably shouldn’t be using a three-year old, unresponsive design. I just finished coding it last night.

I also have a brand spanking new newsletter where I’ll pretty much just update you on new blog posts. See the subscription form to the right or below (depending on your device width).

Like any redesign project, this is very much a work in progress, and I’d love to hear any of your feedback. Especially bug reports, if you notice any.

Three New Sites

Okay, I bought/built three new sites in the past week. I figured I’d just combine all these into one post.

The first two sites are ones that I bought from Eric Sizemore (aka SecondVersion). I got a pretty good deal on them.

Domain Cleaner – This is just a simple tool that will take a lot of jumbled text, and extract a nicely formatted list of domain names from it. It’s an extremely useful tool if you’re scanning domains for availability and can’t get a clean list. I’ve used it a lot in the past so when I saw the opportunity to buy the actual site, I took it.

RSS2JS – This is another pretty cool web-based tool that will take any RSS feed and convert is to a Javascript snippet, which can then be placed on a website and then styled with CSS.

The third site is one that I created myself.

Themelets – This is a site where I can showcase all the WordPress child themes and theme frameworks I come across. At the moment, I don’t think child themes are allowed to be listed in the official WordPress Theme Directory, so I guess this also fills a hole in the WordPress child theme sub-niche.

The First 2009 Update

Yeah, I know the last post on this blog was in August of 2008, which was nearly a year ago. I got bored today so decided to update this blog for all you loyal subscribers out there, all eight of you (you know who you are).

This wasn’t the only blog that I left dormant. My other (much more popular) blog, Theme Lab, was also void of any updates for several months. I recently revived it and picked up where I left off. I think I’m pretty lucky to have amassed such a loyal group of subscribers.

So anyway, here’s what I’ve done today to the blog here at Leland.info:

  • Upgraded to WordPress 2.7.1
  • Upgraded a number of plugins (pretty easy nowadays)
  • Changed the theme from Monochromatic to this
  • Added a nice widgetized footer

That’s about it. I may update this blog in the future, I may not. I don’t really know as I don’t keep track of it much.

Gallerific

I recently launched Gallerific, a web design gallery – powered by WordPress. It’s been featured on sites such as CSS Mania and WP Candy and getting quite a bit of traffic for being so new (about a week). Check it out if you’re looking for some web design inspiration, I’m trying to keep it regularly updated with all the submissions flowing in.

New Look

Just switched the theme here at Leland.info for a much simpler and minimalistic look. Thanks to Mitch Bryson for the template.

Also, a few days ago was Theme Lab’s birthday. Can’t believe it’s already been a year since I’ve started that site. It’s grown into a very active site.