WP Bloat.com: Let’s end the epidemic of bloated WordPress themes

WP Bloat is a small, snarky – but earnest – look at the current state of WordPress theme marketplaces. While there are many amazing theme marketplaces that focus on responsible theme development, there are countless that do not. I won’t go into much of a rant here, as there’s more info on the site (wpbloat.com), as well as links to articles written by folks far more eloquent than I.

If you’ve ever spent days properly re-building a crappy theme that a client bought, simply so you could properly use core WordPress features with it, or had to scan every shortcode and write a plugin to grandfather the shortcodes into a new theme, this is for you.

This is mostly a morale builder; it doesn't really do anything but point people to some handy resources that they could just as easily find with a search engine. But hey, being on clean-up crew for crappy themes has taken a good percentage of my life away, time I could spend learning, coding, being with family, and so on, so why the hell not.

[button link=”http://wpbloat.com”]Check out WPBloat.com[/button]

Update: WP Daily did a short write-up project as well; which is pretty awesome. Thanks for the kudos, John!

WPHierarchy.com: Variations on a Design by Michelle Schulp

Here’s a mini-resource that visualizes the WordPress template hierarchy. There’s been some pretty great talk about it recently; the redux essentially started with the awesome visualization by Chip Bennett in 2011.

This design and layout is by Michelle Schulp at Marktime Media.. I just coded it up, added some icons and stuff, and a header that has absolutely no practical function, but I do like the font.

[button link=”http://wphierarchy.com”]Check it out[/button][button link=”https://github.com/ramiabraham/wphierarchy/issues”]Report an Issue[/button]

Also:

I'm using vanilla CSS for this project. While it's fun to go old-school and absolute position divs all night as I did for this particular project, I realize it's inefficient. If you have a similar project, consider using SCSS or LESS.

Marketing Website Generator: Generates a new BS marketing site on every page load

Have you ever wanted to dynamically generate a lame marketing website on every page load? Now you can! Maximize those vortals and get ready to synergize backward overflow, because this tiny site has lots of uh..great features. On every page load, it will generate:

  • A new company name
  • A new product name
  • A new slogan
  • Four new prestigious awards
  • Random year the company was founded (but no earlier than 1901, the year The Googles founded the Internet )
  • A new set of company services
  • Uses no images
  • Varied arrays, to maximize your ROI

[button link=”http://rami.nu/marketing-website-generator/”]Demo[/button] or [button link=”https://github.com/ramiabraham/marketing-website-generator”]Download/Fork[/button]

[box]Major props to the old dack.com web economy bullshit generator; it’s where I got the idea from.[/box]

Postcard Popcorn


Postcard Popcorn is a small side project that just launched. It’s a curated collection of old postcards spanning the past 100 years or so. The collection was purchased from an antiques dealer at the super neat Avenue Antiques store, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

There’s a total of 2,618 postcards in the collection. About half of them are blanks that were never written on or sent. I’ve only got 20 or so in there as of this post, but will be working on it in December to get everything in there.

Each featured postcard contains a transcription of the message, and Editor’s notes.

I spent most of this Thanksgiving break on creating the responsive grid-based website, and a bit of OAuth twitter goodness for twitter comments.

I went with a responsive layout because – let’s be real – it’s the lazy version of dedicated device solutions. Did all the major viewports, but come on. Like they said at the Smashing Mag conference:

DIAoTSC

Denver International Airport or: The Sunday Conjecture is a project involving a wide variety of musicians, and includes ongoing sound design and music improvisation, textural experimentation, and various composition works. It is a separate entity from my solo work.

This project was started in 2011 by myself, Jon Freedlander, Michael Coutts, and Scott Chambers. Denver International Airport or: The Sunday Conjecture

If interested in learning more, we’ve got a good deal of music and code on the site.

Here’s a random track:

Bmore Fiber!

Bmore Fiber!

My first idea for Bmore Fiber was to write a long-winded article on why Baltimore is such a perfect fit for Google’s gigabit fiber-optic ISP project. But as the days progressed, I was delighted to see that countless, much more qualified Baltimore citizens were getting involved and making their voices heard, including Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Governor Martin O’Malley.

So instead, here’s a giant 4,200 x 2,700 pixel image showin’ some love for the whole thing.

And remember,
BALTIMORE EATS FIBER FOR BREAKFAST.

You can download the original size (4200 x 2700) here.