Cleaner Type in Photoshop

The Problem

While laying out new website designs in Photoshop I came across some strangely formatted text. The “r” character would stick up above the x height (or median). In general the text looked very poor.

The Simple Solution

It turns out I inadvertantly (no idea how it happened) set the anti-aliasing method to “sharp”. The fix was to set it “crisp”. Very easy, but it took me a while to figure out.

How We Switched Twitter Usernames

A big part of changing names from WP Limits to Legend Themes was switching the Twitter account. I am never sure how much of a connection your Twitter followers actually have with a specific account. Would they notice if an account suddenly switched names? How much notice should you give?

Acquiring the New Name.

Once deciding on a new domain name I set out to find a Twitter username. It was quite surprising that the domain name LegendThemes.com was available, but @LegendThemes was not. Luckily I was able to contact the owner and negotiate a reasonable purchase price of $60. Because a Twitter account is free at first it seemed very foreign to pay for it (my wife’s response was “You paid how much for something that is normally free?”), but I think having the right name (especially at that price) is definitely worth it.

Have a Backup Option.

While I wasn’t sure if I could get @LegendThemes I checked every variation and @ThemeLegend was the only acceptable option available. This was quick to save by creating a new twitter account. I waited to announce anything on Twitter until I found out if I could buy my preferred choice.

Once I had the login information for the new account (after paying for it, of course) I made sure to change the email address and password, so that the account was fully in my control. Since Twitters password recovery option is through email it is very important that you change the email address.

Making the Switch.

On the @WPlimits account I made several posts, before and after, to let followers know I would be switching it over to the new name. Wait a while to give anyone time to respond. Then go into the newly purchased account and change the username. I just change it to @legendthemes2, then logged back into @wplimits and changed it to @LegendThemes. Simple.

Technically someone could have stolen the account for the 30 seconds it was exposed, but they would a) have to care about it, and b) know exactly when I was making the switch. Not much of a concern.

From there update the profile image and change the background (if needed), and the important part is done!

Final Details.

Because I didn’t want to lose any users and wanted to minimize any confusion I setup a new account at the now available @WPlimits which pointed to @LegendThemes. I also updated the @ThemeLegend profile to point users in the correct direction as well. The point is to just tie up any possible loose ends.

Have you ever had to switch Twitter usernames? Share your story or thoughts in the comments.

Get WordPress Tips Through Twitter!

We just launched a WP Limits Twitter account. It will feature short (140 characters or less!) tips on WordPress or links to other great articles. Don’t worry, we won’t update more than once per day, so we won’t be spamming your account. Lots of great resources coming!

Make sure to follow the account here: http://twitter.com/wplimits

If you have any ideas to contribute we would greatly appreciate it as well!

Simple Breadcrumb Navigation

Using a plugin is the most common way to create breadcrumb navigation. The most popular plugin is Breadcrumb NavXT Though this is a functional plugin, it is not the best (too many database queries as well as having to include a plugin with your theme is rather clunky).

This article:

http://www.kriesi.at/archives/wordpress-tutorial-simple-breadcrumb-navigation

Details how to do it in a simple, efficient way. It may not have as many features, but it gets the job done.

Static Homepage Navigation

This is a great little bit of code. What it does is create static home page link in your navigation that you could place before your wp_list_pages code, to have an active state on your home page link. This way you can use css to style the “current_page_item” class like for any other page. Here’s the code:

[sourcecode language=’php’]

<li class="page_item “><a href="”>Home

[/sourcecode]

Friday Tip: WordPress Cheat Sheet

Hello all, welcome to our first Friday Tip.

Today we have a wonderfully put together WordPress reference or cheat sheet. In the three days since I have discovered it, it has already proved to be a very valuable resource. Spend some time just reading through it and you will learn more about specific tags and hopefully think of new ways to use them to push the limits!

http://www.dbswebsite.com/design/wordpress-reference/

Let us know what you think!