I have an Egyptian friend who runs a fruit and vegetable shop in London, we call ’em “Green Grocers”. He’s quite a knowledgeable guy in business, and it’d always confused me as to why several green grocers would want to set up business in the same area. My thoughts were of competition for customers, slim pickings. His answer was simply that customers get to know that that is a good place, an area, a locale in which to go to buy fruit and vegetables and have an excellent selection. Continue reading Free Open Directory For WordPress Professionals – Developers, Designers And Security Experts
I’ve been using the same WordPress.com theme ever since I started my blog, the “Titan” theme. WordPress “Retired” my old theme some time ago, and I’ve just done the same today.
Researching current WordPress.com themes I came up with a short-list. And, erm no, I didn’t try out all 384 themes, really only the latest ones.
Continue reading “Gazette Theme – A New Look For DonCharisma.org”
Don Charisma: Sharing this – some fun I had helping a WordPress.com user setup their website … The Sela theme is a NEW WordPress theme that was only released a couple of months ago. It’s well worth checking out, nice … Continue reading REBLOG – Getting The WordPress Sela Theme To Look Like The Demo
Many MANY people are unhappy with the new “improved” WordPress.com editor, nicknamed “Beep beep boop”. Here’s a simple solution. I’ve seen some of the methods for restoring the classic editor, all of which I felt a bit overly involved and … Continue reading Getting Rid Of Beep Beep Boop Editor – The Easy Way
I’ve tested this on my WordPress.com blog, and should work on self-hosted blogs too. It’s a how-to to add a weather widget to your WordPress blog or website. Step 1 : Go to the YoWindow Weather Widget Page and create … Continue reading Adding A Weather Widget To WordPress
Photoshop is a powerful tool for Photography and Graphic Design. It actually took me a long time to figure out how to get text to stand out – so in reading this you’re getting an extreme shortcut in your learning … Continue reading 4 Easy Ways To Make Text Stand Out Using Photoshop
A wide version of a very beautiful sunset 😀 Enjoy 😀 Our fantastic photos are available to buy at Photos.DonCharisma.com. For our blog readers we’re currently … Continue reading Beach Sunset Perfect Panorama
In a nutshell – cost, time and ease of use. Development of a website using WordPress is quick (compared to older methods), because of it’s modular nature, and is therefore relatively inexpensive. Once operational it’s a very very easy system … Continue reading Why Choose WordPress for Web Development ?
INTRO FROM DON – Heather as most of you know is our technical writing intern. Heather and I worked hard on this the first article we’ve published – it’s on Web Design. She’s done a great job of explaining the … Continue reading What Is Web Design?
Not all of you will be able to see these ads which is why I’ve included the screenshot. Basically WordPress.com are trial’ing ads from a company called “Luminate”. Luminate put their ads over the top over images. The ads can … Continue reading Your Opinion – Luminate Ads On WordPress.com
I’ve got a tag cloud on my sidebar. Personally I have little use for a tag cloud, and wondered whether anyone else uses it … or any other thoughts on tag clouds – now’s your chance ! I have a feeling … Continue reading Tag Cloud – Useful Or Waste Of Space ?
People have taught me a few smilies along the way, and I generally pass on the favour and teach others. Most of you will have noticed that the smilies on WordPress.com have changed. They are now vector graphics and have … Continue reading Smileys On WordPress.com – Secret Smilies And Emoticons Revealed !
I’ve been working on my revamped commercial website DonCharisma.com. We needed some icons for the animated “buttons” on the homepage: One for the building websites page, one for the SEO page and one for “contact us” page. So I came … Continue reading Web/Graphic Design – Icon Preview, DonCharisma.com
I like to look myself up on Google, the WordPress reader, Yahoo and a few other places. I would call it vanity, if I thought it was, but it’s not, it’s work for me. Monitoring how I’m doing let’s me … Continue reading SEO Tip – Images And Photos In The WordPress Reader
I’ve been getting quite of lot of traffic off of this link that was posted on Reddit.com last year :- http://www.reddit.com/r/CrappyDesign/comments/1stjpa/doncharismaorg_because_anything_is_possible_with/ Quite funny really that someone would go to the trouble of posting about my blog on Reddit.com, publicly criticising the … Continue reading Crappy Design Of Reddit.com
I’ve just finished my first proof for my logo. Not sure if this will be the final exact logo – changes may happen 🙂 (c) Don … Continue reading Logo Preview – DonCharisma.com
I feel like that guy who spins the plates on the end of poles, and then has to keep them going so they don’t smash on … Continue reading Graphic Design Preview – DonCharisma.com
As some of you may have noticed I’ve been reorganising my blog. Overall I’m looking for an easier to navigate more professional look and feel to my blog. I closed comments a while back on my about page as it … Continue reading Comments On Pages Reopened – SEO Refit
As someone who’s built many websites, I’ve often been called upon to include testimonials. Why ? Well there’s a certain class of customer who will look for testimonials. Testimonials are a way to develop trust with customers, and trust is … Continue reading Testimonials For SEO – Don Charisma’s Guide To SEO
It’s been two months since I wrote what’s been lovingly nicknamed “Virgin’s guide to SEO”. It’s probably been the most popular post that I’ve done with more than 250 likes. It’s a really hard act to follow, and I hope … Continue reading Virgin’s Guide to Promoting a Blog or Website (Ethos – Part 2)
I love to chop things up and then make new things, must be a creative process, I guess. WordPress dot com blogs give us really great tools and widgets already. But I wanted to create a custom Widget to show … Continue reading DIY Widget – Coolest Bloggers – “Fun” with HTML
I don’t know why but whenever (“whenevr” ?) I see these ads I just think “Whatever”. Don Charisma, the critic – Great, so the guys at yahoo had a great idea, a photo website, let’s call it “Flicker”. On checking if the domain name was available, oh shit, it’s not, it’s already registered. What shall we do. And some bright spark comes up with the an idea, we can misspell it “flickr” rather than buying it fair and square from the legal owner, plus it will sound “cool”. Hmmm, no one visiting or using our site. What shall we do, how … Continue reading flickr – biggr – WHATEVR
Don Charisma’s new .COM – http://DonCharisma.com Dear Don Charisma readers, The last few days have been about getting DonCharisma.com up and running. I’m keeping DonCharisma.org on WordPress.com as my personal/professional blog. I like the community spirit of WordPress.com and would like to … Continue reading Don Charisma’s new DOT COM Website
Link DannyBoyBroderick – How to Create a Graffiti Logo. Link YouTube Video – Thanks Danny, great first video. I have to confess I used the monkey-with-typewriter method at first and when I started to see something I liked, then spent a bit more time and care refining it. Photoshop can do some AMAZING things with text using these effect so well worth having a play with. Cheers Don Charisma Continue reading How to Create a Graffiti Logo
What’s wrong with this picture ? As I’m not a photographer, it’s taken me an age to get to the bottom of how to fix this. Photoshop has it’s own idea about colours, presumably something to do with the fact … Continue reading How to Get Photoshop JPG colour to match web page colour
For some reason I thought this would be quite difficult and involve learning video editing with something like Adobe After Effects. No so. I wanted a basic slide show of photographs with captions, maybe a bit of background music. A … Continue reading EASY WAY to Create a YouTube promo video in 30 minutes, with Powerpoint
My first Adobe Illustrator mini project:) Resources Keep Calm and Carry on Font http://www.ianbarnard.co.uk/free-keep-calm-and-carry-on-template-vector-eps/ Continue reading Keep Calm and STOP with These Boring Keep Calm Clichés
Have you ever taken a photo when it’s overcast, and when you got home, looked at it on the computer, and you were thoroughly disappointed ? – this has happened to me many, many times. Until now I didn’t know … Continue reading Grey Skys to Blue, How to Photoshop it – THE EASY WAY
The Beginning I have a good old friend of more than 20 years back home in London, England. The UK economy according to the politicians is doing great, but ask most people on the street and you’ll hear a different … Continue reading Getting A Failing Website Back On Top