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I lately upgraded a couple of sites and noticed an improvement in performance. If you have a version older than 3.8.1 as of this writing, I recommend to upgrade… and it’s very simple from dashboard, but remember before starting any upgrade, to take a backup first.


New Year’s Greetings

Dear all,

It’s that time again, where we rearrange our family room to make room for the Christmas tree.

I love this time of year… Taking time off from work, meeting cheerful people, and the added bonus of having great food that makes the holiday season warm no matter the temperature outside…

As 2012 draws to a close, I want to send a sincere “THANK YOU” for choosing to work with me to support your internet presence or just visiting/commenting on my blog. I noticed that I haven’t updated my blog since a while, but I was busy however responding to emails and supporting you.

I wish you a happy and safe holiday season, and look forward to a new year with a wonderful community!


wp logoIf you have a commercial website that uses WordPress, you have probably given a great deal of thought as to the best WordPress theme to use. Every business has its own unique needs and finding a theme that is not only professional looking, but meets the demands of your business will be extremely important. Fortunately, there are a number of professional and free WordPress themes that can meet the unique challenges of today’s business owners.

There are several important factors that should be considered when choosing a theme for your website. First of all, you need to be sure that the theme you choose will be able to meet your specific design requirements. While most themes can be customized, there are limitations as to what you can do with a particular layout. Choose a theme to match the type of layout you need and then use the customization options to make the site unique for your business.
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WordPressI noticed some of my clients always create pages when they want to add content. Ideally you need to have both Pages and Posts. If your wordpress theme shows each page as a menu item at the top, your site will appear more like a business site, rather than a blog. This is handy, specially if you want your site to have both Pages and Posts… In this case, your blogs will  appear better integrated to the rest of your site.

Let’s take a look at each usage:-
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It turned out to be easier that I thought to create a website in Arabic. Even if you have a WordPress site in English and want to convert it into Arabic is not a big deal, assuming that the theme you are using will support it.

The key is making following 2 changes to your site:
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Next Computer logo

I have been watching TV and listening to radio stations that ran stories to pay tribute to Apple’s Steve Jobs. Jobs was well known for being behind the iMac, iPhone, iPod, and iPad.

I haven’t heard any mention of NeXT systems… After Job’s resignation from Apple 1985, he build the NeXT Computer which became a high end computer for Universities and later corporations.
It is worth mentioning that engineers at Cern Laboratory who build the first website on the internet chose the NeXT System as a platform for their website.
You can read more about it and visit the first webpage on the internet here.


Q: Hope u can advise me please…I have installed WordPress from Fantastico in Host Gator – and I was wondering if I should upgrade.

It gives me this option in the WordPress Admin Dashboard.

I haven’t done anything to it yet – its standard and I’m just trying to learn everything about it.

Just not sure if I should click the upgrade automatically button – so before I did, I thought I should ask?
Thanks for your help
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Meetup and 9/11

meetupMany of us connect with friends through FaceBook, but did you ever connect through meetup? I did a while ago and was not aware of the history behind it.
Today on the 10th anniversary, I received an email from Scott Heiferman (Co-Founder & CEO of Meetup). He wrote the story of Meetup which was launched 9 months after 9/11. The full story is published here on

I encourage you to read it.


It’s been a little while, since WordPress upgraded to 3.2 and now even 3.2.1 is out. I have already upgraded a good number of websites with no issues so far.

First double check that your hosting provider has PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL database version 5.0 or higher. Those are now the minimum requirements for the new version of WordPress 3.2. Don’t worry, most major hosting providers have already upgraded. If you are not sure, just contact your hosting provider to double check.

My 2 favorite features:
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I knew about the Sliding Door Image menu from the sliding doors wordpress theme. I like the theme design layout, but don’t like dark background in general. So, I was thinking of using the theme and change the background color and the font colors, basically reversing the colors to begin with.

The easiest way to use the menu, if you wish to customize your blog, is to use it with the Atahualpa WordPress theme. I found this post to be very helpful in showing how to integrate this menu with the theme. Also, don’t forget to check out what some readers posted. Some did very nice designs using this menu.

The sliding door menu is based on mootools, a javascript framework  which you can download separately, if you wish to install it and try it out.


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