Introducing Modern Portfolio: A Stunning New WordPress Theme for Photographers

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Today we make good on our promise to build photographers and developers a professional, mobile-responsive WordPress theme that takes the guesswork out of portfolio website design.

Unresponsive websites are murder for freelancers who rely on viewable images to highlight their talents and services.

If your work looks great on a desktop monitor, but is difficult to view on a mobile device, your clients and customers get frustrated and click away (especially if they’re using a Retina display iPad).

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Introducing the Metro Theme for WordPress

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With magazine-style websites running hotter than ever, I recently went to work with my team at StudioPress to design a new WordPress theme that captures the beautiful opportunities that wide-screens hold.

Have you ever opened a website on a wide-screen monitor and found it hard to view because it only took up a small part of the screen?

It’s like watching a TV show from the ’70s — in that old square format — on a beautiful new HDTV.

With the Metro theme for WordPress, we present our widest theme to date … with complete mobile-responsiveness.

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Claim Google Authorship for Your WordPress Website in 3 Easy Steps

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Editor’s note: On August 28, 2014, Google ended their Authorship program. To discover what this means for you as an online content creator, check out this post by Sonia Simone.

Hopefully you’ve already caught the importance of Google Authorship, the mechanism by which Google’s search engine rankings can be influenced by Author Rank.

If you haven’t, Google Authorship basically amounts to the biggest shakeup in search since the link. It’s Google’s way of identifying the author of a piece of content to factor it as a signal of content quality.

We realize that most writers and online publishers don’t have tons of time to sift through excessively geeky posts involving underlying website code (rel= “author” or rel=”me” anyone?).

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5 WordPress Mistakes Even Experts Can Miss

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I hope you’ve gone through your WordPress website with a fine-toothed comb and fixed all the most common mistakes you could find.

If so, you might be feeling pretty confident. But before you relax, there might be a few more fixes that can make your site perform even better.

How do I know? Because I’ve found (and fixed) them for many of my own clients.

Keep in mind that even though I’m labeling these tips as “advanced,” there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t tackle them.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective WordPress Publishers

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This summer, the world lost one of its most highly effective teachers. Stephen Covey died on July 16, 2012, age 79.

Covey will be remembered as a transformative thinker on leadership and personal effectiveness. His book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is, and will continue to be, one of the greatest instruction manuals for personal productivity and growth ever written.

Today’s post is a respectful homage to his most lasting legacy — those 7 habits.

And since we focus on WordPress around here, that’s what we’ll apply them to.

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What Friedrich Nietzsche Can Teach You About Using WordPress Plugins

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“Our greatest strengths can also be our greatest weaknesses.”

Have you heard/read this quote?

Curious about it, I spent some time searching online for its author. After painstakingly sifting through a morass of websites — and remembering that the web’s greatest strength (so much information!) can also be its greatest weakness (so much information!) — I finally settled on a surprising answer:

No one said it. The closest thing I could find that’s attributed to a single person, is the following line from Friedrich Nietzsche:

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