How To: Finding a WordPress Job

If you consider yourself a WordPress freelancer or at least have good enough hacking skills to do some paid work with WordPress, you may be wondering what the best ways are to find work?  

Over at the Planet Ozh blog, Ozh recently gave some great tips on how to find WordPress work.   The first tip?  Subscribe to the WP-Pro mailing list, where job offers are regularly available.   These jobs can range from theme design, coding help, or even basics like installing WordPress. 

Other places he mentions to look:

Your other option is of course to do some work up front and then charge for it, which is how premium theme authors and premium plugin authors make their money.   This way people come to you and they know what they are getting ahead of time. 

Any other good places to find WordPress work?

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  • Tips To Deal With WordPress Content Theft

    Yesterday I wrote a post titled When Has Stealing Content Gone to Far?   At the time of publishing that post, I wasn’t really sure how it would be received because of the subject matter.   So far all feedback has been pretty positive, so I decided to write a quick follow up post talking about how to deal with getting your content stolen.  Thanks to Laurence for the idea.

    As most people should know, when you publish content, pictures, or whatever else on the internet, there is always some risk that things will get scraped or stolen completely from your website/blog.  Despite everything falling under copyright protection, people sometimes get away with it because it is often difficult to enforce. 

    So, what can do you to deal with content theft?  Here are two things readers suggested that may help:

    1. Terms and Conditions – Create a clear terms and condition policy that is findable on your website.   It may not help, but it certainly can’t hurt anything.   Throw it in the footer of your blog or somewhere that it is accessible. 
    2. Use Internal Links in your Posts – In addition to the SEO benefits of working on your internal linking structure, scraped and sometimes stolen content will often include these links back to your website.  

    Hopefully those methods will help avoid this in the future, but what can you do when your content has already been stolen? 

    1. Contact the Offender – Depending on the situation, some sites may have a contact form or some way to contact the thief.   You can also try checking the domain whois records.  This is a good way to request they delete your stolen content and stop stealing your content in the future.   Though most know they are doing so, a few might not be aware that this is illegal.
    2. Take Action Against the Offender – If the first option doesn’t yield any results or there is no way to contact the owner, there are two ways to take action against the thief.   If they use Google AdSense to monetize the site (most do), you can report them to Google by clicking on the “Ads by Google” link in the lower right corner of the AdSense box and provide them feedback.  I believe stolen content is actually one of the default options you can check.   The other thing you can do is contact the hosting company and let them know they are hosting websites that are doing illegal practices.  I’ve heard of people have some success going this route, so it is a great last resort. 

    So, that is what I have.   What do you do to deal with scrapers and content thiefs?

    P.S.  Ironically enough, unless there is some sort of screening process that I’m not aware of, this post will be scraped at least 3 times shortly after publication.   Am I the only one that finds humor in that?

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  • WordPress is More Than Just Blogging Software

    If you take a step back and look at the successful premium WordPress themes available today, the first thing you’ll notice is that they offer much more than the standard blogging template that most free WordPress themes offer.  You’ll find magazine themes, news themes, video themes, social networking themes, and all sorts of other themes that are designed to function as content management systems.

    In looking at the future of WordPress, my hope is that the standard build of WordPress will continue to grow and many WordPress plugins will fill the gaps to make a fully functional content management system.

    Recently BloggingPro did a great job of showing the versatility of WordPress with their post showing 7 different ways to use WordPress.  In their post, they highlight these 7 ways you can use WordPress:

    1. Blogging
    2. Photoblog
    3. Tumblelog
    4. Magazine
    5. Online Shop
    6. Contact Manager and Customer Relations Management
    7. Twitter Platform

    Click over to see the examples of each!

    I personally use WordPress for most of my content sites, including several static sites, a tumblelog, and of course several blogs.   Its versatility is amazing. In what unique ways have you used WordPress?

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  • How To: Display Adsense On Your First Post Within The Loop

    In this guide you’ll learn how to display Adsense on just your first post within the Loop. Sure, there may be plugins that will do this for you. This guide, however, will use code examples to accomplish the same thing by editing your WordPress theme.

    The first step is to open up your index.php file in your theme editor. Find the following line:

    <?php if(have_posts()) : ?>

    Just above that, insert the following like this:

    <?php $i = 1; ?>
    <?php if(have_posts()) : ?>

    Now, scroll down a bit until you find this line:

    <?php endwhile; ?>

    Insert the following above it, like so:

    <?php $i++; ?>
    <?php endwhile; ?>

    The final step is to insert your AdSense code. Locate where exactly you’d like it within the Loop, and place it between a conditional tag like this:

    <?php if ($i == 1) { ?> [YOUR ADSENSE CODE HERE] <?php } ?>

    And that’s all you have to do. You can be creative with this code as well. You could add a certain css style class to the top post in your Loop. It doesn’t even have to be the first either, as you can just change the number in $i == 1 to whatever you want. This same method can be used in other archive templates such as archive.php.

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  • Collection of WordPress Resources

    As I mentioned in a post written last month, I wanted to collect everyones WordPress resources so I could throw together a WordPress resources page. After all, WordPress is community-based and it seemed like a good way to support WordPress users. I am proud to say that I was able to combine my favorite WordPress sites with yours to create a WordPress resources page here at Hack WordPress, which I hope people will find useful.

    If you are wondering why a couple sites are left off the list, it is probably for one of two reasons. The first is that I don’t know about it and the second is because I had to leave off (for the most part) any submitted blogs that occasionally write about WordPress (such as a category or whatever). This is because the collection of WordPress resources is already very large and these types of lists can get out of hand if you don’t draw the line somewhere.

    As with my WordPress theme galleries and other lists I maintain here, my ultimate goal is to keep this page useful. As a result, I will make every attempt to keep this page updated over time. You can help by letting us know if you find any invalid links or you would like to see something added.

    As for the list itself, here is what I’ve collected so far:

    WordPress Blogs WordPress Themes
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  • Best Free WordPress Themes Gallery

    Updated: January 23, 2015

    It has been awhile since I’ve created one of our popular WordPress theme galleries, so I decided it was time to build a new one. In the past I’ve always taken the approach of trying to remove any personal bias and just display the WordPress themes and demo/download information in a manageable way so that the reader can choose their favorite themes that they’d like to use.

    This time I decided to comb the internet looking for my personal favorite free WordPress themes and display them below in a convenient format.  Unfortunately, I quickly discovered that there aren’t many free themes available these days, so I’ve decided to throw in my favorite premium WordPress themes at the bottom of this post as an alternative for those serious about blogging!

    This theme gallery is broken down into the following categories (click the link to be taken to the section you are looking for):

    This post is updated regularly, so if you find you are often in the market for a free WordPress theme, bookmark this post and check back regularly!

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    Best 2-Column Free WordPress Themes

    Vintage Theme

    vintage-theme

    Source

    Blues Theme

    blues-theme

    Source

    Shades of Blue Theme

    shades-of-blue-theme

    Download | Demo

    PassionDuo Theme (3 Colors)

    Green: Demo | Download, Red: Demo | Download, Blue: Demo | Download

    Evolution Theme

    Source | Download | Demos: Blue, Green, Red

    GlossyBlue Theme

    GlossyBlue Theme

    Source

    Color Paper Theme

    SourceDemo

    StudioPress Theme

    StudioPress Theme

    Source | Demo

    Blak Magik Theme

    Source

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