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WordPress Error: Incompatible archive: PCLZIP_ERR_BAD_FORMAT

Are you getting this wordpress error whilst trying to automatically update wordpress or a plugin?

Incompatible archive: PCLZIP_ERR_BAD_FORMAT (-10) : Unable to find End of Central Dir Record signature

The cure to this problem is simple, you’re webspace is full.

Simply add more space to your account or upgrade your hosting account or delete unused crap via FTP and bob’s your uncle you will be able to update WordPress or install those new plugins with ease!

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Cool Stuff eCommerce Random Stuff Website Design

123-Reg Ecommerce, It’s AWESOME

We all know how totally awesome 123-Reg are, they provide an endless stream of funny content, usually in the form of products and services.

The one main reoccuring delight is their crude ecommerce “package”.

I tweeted late last year at the pure delight borderline copyright infringement on their ecommerce video, to be honest it took me until the second viewing to notice.

The latest and greatest appears to be the the “NEW AND IMPROVED” version of their ecommerce shit storm.

So let’s just go through a few things from this Video, which is meant to “Promote” this “Amazing” “Product”.

Infact, theres nothing else I need to say really, the awesome templates that they supply as standard are just breath taking, I’m not going to quit my job as a web designer and practise saying “Would you like fries with that Sir”, the ecommerce crisis has been solved!

To get this awesome ecommerce platform please make haste to:

http://www.123-reg.co.uk/ecommerce/

Unfortuantly there seems to be alot of dead links to their “Theme” “Design” gallery, so you’ll have to watch that awesome video explaining why you no longer need web designers or hosting.

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Cool Stuff HTML Website Design Wordpress

WordPress Sidebar Contact Form

sidebarcontactusEveryone at some point needs to have a sneaky little contact form in their sidebar, It’s a total ballache when customers want to be able to change it too.



So heres how we’re going to do this, what you’ll need is:

  • A WordPress Install
  • FTP Details (If plugins do not auto install)
  • A Contact Form Plugin (Contact Form 7 I’ll be using)
  • WP Hide Post Plugin
  • 5 minutes of time

So we’re all ready? You will be kicking yourselves at how simple this will be.

First we install the plugins so:
Plugins > Add New > Search > Contact Form 7
Plugins > Add New > Search > WP Hide Post

And then install them.

Once you are done, click the new *Contact* button newly added to the bottom left of your wordpress nav.

After you have finished doing your shiny contact form copy the code.

It should look something like this:

[contact-form 1 “Contact form 1”]

Then goto:
Posts > Add New

Name it something like “SIDEBAR CONTACT FORM”
Paste  your code in, on the WP Hide Post tick/cross all boxes to complete *hide* the post, and then click Publish as normal.

Hover over the post in the posts are to find its ID, ie
wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=12

So your post is #12 for this.

We need to then go here:

Appearance > Editor:  Then Click on: Sidebar (sidebar.php)

This will load up your sidebar.php file.

You then need to insert this code wherever you wish to have it show (ie at the top then right after the first <div id/class>

<p>Contact Us</p>
<!-- p= your post ID for the Contact form -->
<?php query_posts('p=12'); if(have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
<?php the_content(); ?>
<?php endif; ?>
<br />

Save, and that’s it, you’re done.

You client can alter and amend this sidebar form as per usual, and leaves you with no nasty coding at all!

This way is tonnes better than people who use the same code but link to page, since the contact page may have other written content such as telephone numbers etc which you won’t want!

Enjoi!

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SEO Website Design

Google, Web Standards and SEO

googleI wrote a while ago on the MinuteDesigns blog about web standards and seo, where people constantly spam saying that web standards play no part in organic listing ranks.

Today I was asked about this again, so I dug out my old email from google, feel free to post comments.

Heres the email:
(Feel free to contact me for a forward of the original)

> Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 09:15:05 +0000
> From: adwords-support@google.com
> To: adam@minutedesigns.com
> Subject: Re: [#232902566] Adwords, Pagerank and Content
>
> Hello Adam,
>
> Thank you for your email. I understand that you want to know whether
> valid HTML and CSS help in better organic search and AdWords ad rankings.
> Please note that clean HTML codes and CSS help improve rankings because
> they make it easier for our crawlers to find information. Sites’ positions
> in our search results are determined based on a number of factors designed
> to provide end-users with helpful, accurate search results. These factors
> are explained in more detail at
> http://www.google.com/technology/index.html.
>
> In general, webmasters can improve the rank of their sites by increasing
> the number of high-quality sites that link to their pages. To learn more
> about inclusion and ranking in the Google index, please visit our online
> Help Center at http://www.google.com/support/webmasters. Here, you’ll find
> answers to users’ most frequently asked questions.
>
> To know more about how you can improve your site’s ranking, please visit
> http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=34432&hl=en_US
>
> If you have additional questions about your site, we encourage you to
> check out Google’s webmaster tools. Our webmaster tools can provide you
> with comprehensive information about your site, including which search
> queries trigger your website listing in our search results, potential
> indexing problems, and errors our crawlers may have encountered trying to
> access your pages. Get started with Google’s webmaster tools at
> https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools?hl=en_US.
>
> We welcome you to post any webmaster-related feedback or questions in our
> Webmaster Help Google Group at
> http://groups.google.com/group/Google_Webmaster_Help. Here you’ll find
> helpful conversations with both Googlers and experienced non-Googlers.
>
> If you have additional questions, please visit our Help Center at
> https://adwords.google.com/support to find answers to many frequently
> asked questions. Or, try our Learning Center at
> http://www.google.com/adwords/learningcenter/ for self-paced lessons that
> cover the scope of AdWords.
>
> We look forward to providing you with the most effective advertising
> available.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Rupam
> The Google AdWords Team
>
>
> —————-
> Want more info on AdWords? Check out the official AdWords Blog, “Inside
> AdWords,” at http://adwords.blogspot.com to get the latest news,
> information and tips.
>
> Original Message Follows:
> ————————
> From: adam@minutedesigns.com
> Subject: Adwords, Pagerank and Content
> Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 03:14:43 -0800
>
> Hi there I was wondering if you could help me.
>
> I’ve read that Clean and Valid HTML and CSS in my website would make my
> website rank better within google? Is this true or not? And also would
> it help my Adwords too?
>
> Thanks Alot
> Adam King
>
> xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>
> AdsUserLocale:
> AdwordsReferral: 1
> CategorySubcategory:
> HelpCenter: V2
> Language: en
> Name: Adam King
> login_email: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> profile_Name: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> website: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>

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Cool Stuff jQuery Website Design

10 Sweet Must Have jQuery Plugins

jquery10On the search for new ways to make the web accessible we’ll go through a list of plugins that can acheive just about anything and be totally be cross browser, cross platform, mobile platform compatible.

1, CrossSlide, Flash Type Image Animation, essential.
http://www.gruppo4.com/~tobia/cross-slide.shtml

2, Autocomplete, Perfect for Lengthy Forms.
http://bassistance.de/jquery-plugins/jquery-plugin-autocomplete/

3, Post Slider for WordPress.
http://www.prodeveloper.org/j-post-slider-wordpress-plugin-jquery-post-animation-show.html

4, Corner, for Rounded etc corners.
http://methvin.com/jquery/jq-corner.html

5, Lavalamp, for sexy hovers.
http://www.gmarwaha.com/blog/2007/08/23/lavalamp-for-jquery-lovers/

6, QuickSearch.
http://rikrikrik.com/jquery/quicksearch/

7, Coda Popup Bubbles.
http://jqueryfordesigners.com/coda-popup-bubbles/

8, jQzoom, Image Zoom – Pro for eCommerce Solutions and Products.
http://www.mind-projects.it/projects/jqzoom/

9, IconDock, Like the Mac OS bar / RocketDock bar.
http://icon.cat/software/iconDock/

10, Image Fade Revisted, handy image fade for some navigations.
http://jqueryfordesigners.com/image-fade-revisited/

And finally as a bonus, a completely different subject but a WordPress Plugin that Prompts Users to Upgrade to a Newer browser if they’re in IE6
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shockingly-big-ie6-warning/

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Cool Stuff CSS HTML Typography Website Design

Terrific Typography

customfontsI’ve recently been designing and coding a new website for a project that’s going to be selling a Predator Waterproof Camera and a fantastic new Liquid Images Mask which has been rather fun and exciting.

@Minute44 suggested I try out @font-face that everyone’s been going nuts about recently, and after a few more recent reads I realised that Firefox, Safari and Chrome now supported this CSS 3 property.  Now after I got going I was feeling abit blue with the whole Microsoft Fail, however I quickly came across a fantastic TTF to EOT, which Microsoft IE will use avaliable here for free (online app).  Now if like me you have mostly OTF fonts and need them converting to TTF then this page is for you (another online app, also free).  If you’re on a Mac then FontForge is your poison!

And then just upload your fonts to the same folder as your CSS File and use something like this:

/* — Funky Fontage — */

/* For the Fail Browsers.. IE */

@font-face {
font-family: “Quicksand Book”;
src: url(QuicksandBook.eot);
font-style: normal;
font-weight: normal;
}

@font-face {
font-family: “Quicksand Book”;
src: url(QuicksandBold.eot);
font-style: normal;
font-weight: bold;
}

/* Now for the Pro Browsers *cough*firefox*cough* */

@font-face {
font-family: Quicksand Book;
font-style: normal;
font-weight: normal;
src: url(QuicksandBook.otf) format(‘opentype’);
}

@font-face {
font-family: Quicksand Book;
font-style: normal;
font-weight: bold;
src: url(QuicksandBold.otf) format(‘opentype’);
}

/* — End the Custom Fonts — */

You’ll find a custom font running sexy on IE 7, IE 8, FireFox, Safari and Chrome at the Underwater Camera – Waterproof Camera website.

You can expect to see the next project I undertake to include some nice use of custom fonts for a superb web viewing experience whilst maintaining accessibility, compatability and SEO Friendly Source.

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Photography Shaped Bokeh

Shaped Bokeh

bokehfunSince I’m rather new with Digital SLR’s and Photography as a whole, and I’ve been playing around with to be truthful, fucking allsorts and harrasing @minute44 every ten minutes with a “how do you..” like a kid asking parents on a traveling trip, “are we there yet* ..And thankfully he hasnt been a cunt like me and sent me “Let me Google That For You” links 🙂

One link he sent me was to this website http://www.diyphotography.net/diy_create_your_own_bokeh which ends up not only giving me blatant easy instructions how to achvieve the effect but a website full of handy useful tips and tricks.

My eyes could hardly belive the dog picture on the above website, I didnt think it was possibly to do such things without digital trickery with Adobe Photoshop or some other sexy graphic software.

So away I went, buying shaped hole punches and black card, and sure enough with some star cut ready, I got some kick ass shaped bokeh!  Now I just need to get to a interesting city or something at night and get some real, natural shapes and colours bokeh, unlike the forced flash in glass effects I’ve been doing (which still look cool but are only used for practise).

Here’s my Flickr collection for my shaped bokeh! http://www.flickr.com/photos/minutedesigns/sets/72157622119829210/

I actually can’t wait till xmas now, it’ll bring some excellent oppertunities for using this technique!

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Random Stuff

Why I think we’re in a recession

recession
Right, well most of you will likely not agree with me here but if it’s not the cause then it’s certainly a contributing major factor.
<Boring Part>

I was sat on the toilet last night and my bare feet were on this lovely rug in the toilet, it was rather big, super soft and I was like wow noice!

Thanks to my wonderful parents it still had the price tag of £8.99 on it, which made me kind of shudder how people could make such products for such a price, and then a retailer sell it for a profit.

I then began thinking… this took as per usual some great many hours to get going and finally ding! I forgot to take my washing out, no wait …back on track.

</Boring Part>
We’re basically massive consumers in England, we actually manufacture little now, and we’re in this thinking the British people that we don’t give a flying fuckery where something is made, aslong as it’s either:  A, Cheap or B, Good Quality or C, Both.

So we’ve lost our British Pride, but not only that, our constant shopping around for the better deal is closing margins upon margins upon margins, to basically where companies are forced to sell loss leaders more and more, and the luxury items have been reduced so much that the profit isn’t enough to cover the loss leaders.

An ignorant person would then think, Sup Bitch! Cheap prices are good if we’re in a recession, means people can afford more stuff!

Downside, cost cutting, job cutting, less wages, less safety buffer, companies who cannot compete with the low costs simply fall over and die….    ..the cheaper imported shite from China is now killing our Industry since we cannot match the cost.

So, the next time you pick up a fantastic rug for under £10 that’s made in India or China, think British, we’re gonna need the support to survive, after all if it was between British / Scottish steak or some fantastic cheap *Made in China* steak, which would you go for? And how much more would you be willing to spend?

Thought’s are of course always welcome unless you’re going to prove me wrong, then you can GTFO, haha only kiddin’!

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Cool Stuff Website Design

Funny 404 Error Pages

error404No one usually pays that much attention to 404 error pages, We generally just do not bother with them in the sort of sense of, I’m not going to delete any pages etc etc, however shit does hit the fan some times and people will see yours at some point in time.

It’s fast becoming a trend to have a funny, whitty pun in regards to 404 Error Pages, and theres all sort of gallery type sites now that exclusively show 404 Error Pages, Perhaps a good way to incle in some extra traffic?

I’ve included some of my top 5 custom 404 error pages that I’ve come across:

http://www.designbombs.com/404
(I liked this site anyway, but the 404 is imba)

http://fryewiles.com/templateserrors/404.html

http://agens.no/404
(I really like the graphic work)

http://anidea.com/404
(This could be made to be fantastic)

I’m pretty sure you can find some bettle ones on google so let me know if you find any more cool examples!

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All systems are go!

all-systems-goWoooo! my rant n’ rave website is now up and running, I’ll be posting all sorts of random bollocks so keep checking back!

Yes it’s VERY Yellow at the moment, that’ll all settle down when I’ve posted loads!  I’ve gone for a sort of comic look, the header will likely change a little in the weeks to come, it’s simply a photoshop brush with some dodge and burn +brush play etc etc.

See you guys around, Adam!