A nice house. Not anything flashy or oversized, just something that I could be settled in for the forseeable future with my dogs.
Yes I am dull
Tentative confirmation from me.
I don’t actually know anyone, and will have so little spending money I’ll actually have to crash at a friend’s house for the night, but probability of attendance is around 70%. Sorry I can’t be more certain but I figured better this than just turning up unexpectedly on the day
p.s. imultime get yourself to this shindig or I shall be very angry
The theme should come with documentation letting you know how exactly to set it up. Most likely you have a theme options page in the admin panel somewhere with all the options you’ll need, but the theme docs will take you through it. Good luck!
Yep! If someone can buy your theme, (hopefully) read your docs and get themselves set up how they want then you’ve done it right.
Custom widgets and shortcodes can help a lot since they allow the buyer to get the same things they’ve seen on your demo, but perhaps switched round a little to meet their own needs. The most important thing is just the ease of use and understanding though, get that right and you save yourself a lot of support hassle from newbies.
Having used a few themes from here, I can tell you it varies.
Some themes come with a ton of page templates, including a homepage one (or multiple homepage ones) and it’s up to the user to create the pages they need and assign the correct page templates.
Others will, for example, automatically use their front page template for your homepage without you setting anything up, which saves you about 5 seconds but means you’re a bit screwed if you’d wanted the homepage to just be your blog or something.
One thing authors have been doing to get around the “I just installed your theme and it looks empty and weird on my site” dilemma is include demo content for the user to install, but this only works on new sites since it would overwrite any existing content (at least I imagine it would, that part could be made up since I’ve not yet done it myself).
Whatever you do, just make sure it’s well explained in your documentation and you should be fine.
May be at some sort of Retro Festival thing on the 11th, but if I can manage to wriggle out of that then count me in too.
As Jonathan says, if you sign up to the free service at wordpress.com you’ll find it easier to get up and running but will also be limited to the themes they allow you to install. This service is hosted for you, and you have little control.
For your kind of site you’re going to be better off with the self-hosted version from wordpress.org, which will allow you to install (or hire someone to install) whatever you want theme or plugin-wise, but while the WordPress software itself is free you would need to buy hosting and a domain.
Now assuming you go self-hosted, I’ll answer some of your questions. If you’ve gone for a wordpress.com hosted blog, the following will not apply:
...is it just inserting pictures, links and text? Or is it commands, a script language I need to learn first? A lot of hours learning WordPress?
Assuming you love the theme as-is, then uploading it and following the instructions included should be easy. It’s when you need to change colours or page layouts and don’t know how that people tend to run into issues, and need to find someone more experienced to help.
Also, is there like a subscriber system in WordPress? Connected with facebook or twitter etc? So every time I post anything they get it on their wall?
There’s nothing built-in (as far as I know!) to auto-post things to Facebook etc but there are a number of plugins that can handle this sort of thing. Alternatively if you’re using something like Feedburner to keep track of your RSS subscribers, that will post to Twitter for you and you can just use an RSS app on your Facebook page to display your posts there too. This would show up in feeds for people who “like” your FB page.
The ideal thing would be to get a lot of readers that also was learning music production or just want to listen to the tune of the day. How realistic is this? Should I keep my mother tounge (norwegian) or do it all in english from the start? If I go with the norwegian language, english people will never get interested, but it will get easier writing and more, if you know what I mean!
Obviously blogging in english is going to get you the widest audience, at least at first, but if it’s difficult or less enjoyable for you then that tends to show through and make your content less awesome than it could be, so there’s not really any right or wrong answer to this.
There are a few non-english bloggers discussing this very subject at http://www.problogger.net/archives/2010/01/17/bloggers-from-non-english-speaking-backgrounds-share-your-tips-and-stories-here/, maybe some of those comments will help you decide
Sorry for the long post, I get carried away sometimes. Good luck!
Manchester/Birmingham (it’s worth a try)
I think the problem might be that you’re trying to put the actual HTML for the link into the widget. Usually those widgets need two things: The URL to the image, so it can be displayed, and the URL that the image should link to.
If yours is different then apologies, but I suspect you’re just supposed to put the target URL in there and leave the HTML out, meaning you can’t add a target=”_blank” from the widget admin. It’s probably fairly easy to edit the widget code itself though, if you’re wanting all your ads in that widget to open in new tabs.