Remove […] from excerpt and add a ‘read more’ button in WordPress

The problem: I needed to remove that “[…]” from my excerpt and add a ‘read more’ button instead.

The solution: The removal was quite simple, one simply has to add this snippet of code to functions.php file

 

Next was adding a ‘read more’ button. Also rather simple, just add a link with [code]<?php the_permalink() ?>;[/code] function where you need it, like this one:

 

In my case I set this particular button to: [code]position: absolute;[/code] in order to, you guessed it, position it where the design required it.

My short list of awesome links no 2

Material UI colors and Material Design Color Palette – if you are a designer, you probably already have this links in your bookmarks, but if not, these are pages full of the colors used in the Material Design movement Google started. I also use Flat UI colors, mainly because I suck at coming up with colors to use on the websites I design (I mainly try to take projects where the design is already done and settled, but once in a while I have to do the design part as well. I dread those days).
Online Marketing 2015: Why Your Facebook Page Isn’t Enough  – the people behind Noupe make a very good point here and everyone should pay attention. Today Facebook is no longer enough for a business, no matter what kind of business you are into.
10 Call-to-Action Case Studies w/ Takeaways & Examples from Real Button Tests – from ContentVerve – this article is yet another article that is going to teach you the importance of A/B tests if you weren’t already aware of it. Check out the article and also their free ebook. These are 2 valuable resources that provide a lot of value whether you are a beginner web developer or not.
Freebie time: 20 Gorgeous Free Icon Fonts to Use in Your Designs – a list compiled by the good people at Webdesignledger – as the title says, there are a lot of free cool icon fonts free for the taking, and you never know when you might need one 🙂

People making thousands of dollars on twiter

So I came across this article Meet The Network Of Guys Making Thousands Of Dollars Tweeting As “Common White Girls” a couple of weeks ago, and I have to tell you, my first thought after reading it was: wtf is wrong with me? There are people making a ton of money from crap like this and I am struggling to keep afloat, money wise.
And thus a plan was devised. Well, more like an idea of a concept of a plan, but whatever. So I made a parody twitter account myself after I read the article and I am now trying to grow it. If  any of you are thinking ‘dude, growing a twitter to that kind of following is a lot of work’, trust me, I am aware. My goal at the moment is to grow it to about 12-15 thousand followers in about a year. This seems feasible. It will also require a lot of work, and being the procrastinator that I am, I have not yet begun to put in it the work I should.
To this end I have also read a lot on growing a twitter account, and I have to say, without investing a little money, I won’t be able to grow it this big this fast. I will make a list of the services and websites I will be using to accomplish my goals, and post it in a future article, so stay tuned for that.
The main issue I am facing right now is content. I need to come with stuff similar to what the guys from the article I mentioned above are doing, and I have to tell, that is a problem. You might ask how can you make that problem not be a problem? Well, I am glad you did ask that. The answer is: recycled content. I will spend a lot of time recycling some of their older content, make slight changes and post it on my account. There will be a lot of retweets of other viral content also, of course.
This is my battle plan for the moment. In the next article I will detail what tools i plan on using and how I plan on using them. Keep your fingers crossed! If all goes well by this time next year this twitter account will be making me somewhere around 400-500$ a month. Just so you know I started laughing as soon as I ended that sentence 🙂 Now lets be real, even if all goes well, a twitter account with 15 000 followers, of witch maybe 55-60% are active will probably be able to make somewhere around 200$/month. More only if the content is really catchy.
That’s it for today, see you on my next article.
UPDATE 02.03.2015: I have tried and have I failed. I just can not come up with crap that teens would subscribe to. Recycling content turns out not to be a viable solution for a person who already has a job. It consumes to much of my time and I would only see returns after a long while. Plus in order to get the exposure I wanted I would have had to pay some of the guys with several hundreds of thousand of followers to promote me. And that is just not going to happen. So this is the end of this project. I will automate some content for the account, maybe I will get back to it someday, but for now, it is done.

My short list of awesome links no 1

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Today I’m going to share with you a short list of awesome links I have come across lately. I hope you will find some value in what I’m about to share.

10 questions to ask in your next client interview – Nathan Powell at Nusii is making a few good point in this article, however, from my experience, people who want websites won’t even know how to answer at least half of these questions. But, then again, I am talking from my own experience and yours might be completely different.

10 Ways We Come Up With 15+ Blog Post Ideas Each Week – Alex Turnbull of GrooveHQ has put out another great article. Not much to say about this article, other than then fact that it is yet another great piece of content that every blogger should read.

21 Twitter Tools That Every Twitter Power User Must Know Of – from Shoutmeloud is a pretty good list of tools one might use for twitter account administration. Of course you will never need all of them, given that some of them offer services that are not all that vital.

50 Free Resources for Web Designers from 2014 – from Envato – if you haven’t already read this one, head over there right after you finish reading this post. It is full of cool things and more than a few of them seem quite useful.

750 Popular Subreddits, Categorized by Industry and Submission Type – by Siegemedia.com – ok, so these people spent a few weeks compiling a spreadsheet of the most popular subreddits on, you guessed it, Reddit. You never know how this spreadsheet is going to be of use, I, for one, have already saved it on my PC. I have yet to think of a use for it, but I’m sure I will come up with something

Giving affiliate marketing a try

Unfortunately I am making slow progress with my programming studies (my day job is keeping me from it). I have, however, started getting interested in affiliate marketing (well, not all of a sudden, this has been going on for a while). I just bought a host and a domain and I will start working on it as soon as possible. I have made some calculations and with a conversion rate of 0.5 % I will start being profitable at around 60-70 unique visitors a day (this prediction can, of course, be either optimistic or negativistic). Not enough to make me quit my day job but it will be a start. I also project it will take me around 1.5 – 2 months to get the site there (given the time constraints), hopefully sooner. I must also mention my project will not be in english, but in my native language. You might wonder why I am not doing this in an international language, and well the answer is that I am think there is room to grow here as well.

A freebie coming soon, and by soon, I mean this week.

I just finished the PHP track on Codecademy

At the risk of repeating myself, I just finished the PHP track on Codecademy. It was useful. That lead me to search something practical to do, so guess what I found ? Team Treehouse has a PHP track on their site that begins with a tutorial on building an e-commerce site. It was interesting and it helped me get a couple of the core concepts straight. I am now planning what to do next. Of course I will be going through the second part of the tutorial on Treehouse, and after that I was thinking about trying one of those tutorials on building your own blogging platform. Nothing fancy for now, but hey, it is all a step forward, right?

Finding work as a WordPress consultant

Apparently my day job really doesn’t allow me much breathing time, so learning how to write a WordPress theme from scratch has been rather hard. However I have done something with my time, I learned how to install WordPress, via softaculous and via ftp (when softaculous is  not available),  how to install a themeforest custom theme, how to configure the said theme, how to install the proper plugins and how to configure them.

So, it wasn’t a complete failure. Continue reading “Finding work as a WordPress consultant”

Apparently the meteor.js tutorial isn’t working out

The meteor.js tutorial doesn’t seem to be working out. I got an error from the first try. I wasn’t even half way through. So to that end I decided to find  a better way to learn meteor .js. As it seems there are a couple of books out there, one is called Discover Meteor, and the other one is called Getting Started With Meteor.js. They both seem to have their merits, so I am thinking about trying both for size.

My main goal is to build an internal corporate website for no one in particular, but mainly because I think Meteor would be great in that kind of environment. I am also currently researching layouts and features.

Will update as soon as I can.

P.S. :  This does not mean that I am giving up on PHP. I am just multitasking.