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Vivid Yoga Studio Menomonee Falls, WI

Vivid Yoga Studio in Menomonee Falls, WI

I’ve become the owner of a business that is completely unrelated to WordPress – do you believe it? As a matter of fact – it’s completely unrelated to internet publishing or any type of web development or design work at all! Months back, I posted about how I found yoga (or maybe how yoga found […]

Thrilled to see a site that I worked pretty hard on finally launched and live:  Quayle For Congress.    Ben Quayle is the son of former Vice-President, Dan Quayle; and he is running for Congress in the state of Arizona.  I completed this project in partnership with Red Yawp Digital – – they provided the PSDs and I developed the site using WordPress with custom post types and jQuery work.

The Economy of WordPress (speaking of that … need work in 2012??)

First, big thanks to WordPress for keeping me busy and in business.  I recently completed a video interview (publish date T.B.A.) where I was asked about the WordPress economy and the commercial ecosystem that has evolved around the WordPress platform.  One of the points I made in my answer was that if it were not […]

Excited to see the sites I recently developed for the London-based Cheapflights (US) and Cheapflights (UK) finally up and live, running WordPress Multisite with custom post types (see  here), custom taxonomies and more custom goodies of the sort.  I’ll need to do a write up on this one, eventually .  I developed this site in partnership with my friends at Convertiv – been doing lots of dev. work for them lately … good peeps!

WordPress For Dummies 4th Edition with 5 BONUS Themes

WordPress For Dummies 4th Edition with BONUS Themes

This summer, I finished writing the 4th Edition of my WordPress For Dummies book (John Wiley & Sons) and it covers up to WordPress version 3.2.  This time around my editor, Amy Fandrei and I decided to do something a little different with this release, to offer my readers a bit more value that what […]

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WordPress Web Design For Dummies is Available

I am excited to announce the release of my latest WordPress book, WordPress Web Design For Dummies, which is now available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Nobel and anywhere books are sold, online or at your local brick and mortar bookstore. This is the fourth title that I have written for Wiley Publishing on the topic of WordPress – its gotten to the point where the folks at Wiley are calling me their Franchise author on all things WordPress (no, really – ask Ellen, she’ll tell you all about it!)

We are hiring a WordPress designer/developer, or two at E.Webscapes.  Interested –> check it out!

Today, I am revealing THREE theme teasers from Allure Themes on our Allure Flickr account- – more teasers to come in the days to follow!  Allure launches end of March 2011 – join Allure on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr!  Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter for launch special pricing …and prizes!

Upcoming Events Spring 2011

Upcoming Events Spring 2011

With several items on my personal and business agenda this year, I’ve been trying to cut down as much as possible on travel where I can.  Last year, I think I took a dozen and a half trips to various WordCamps and other events, and this year, I’m trying to cut that in half.  On […]

Lisa Sabin-Wilson speaking at WordCamp Phoenix January 2011

Attending and Speaking at WordCamp Phoenix Jan. 29

I’m looking forward to attending WordCamp Phoenix this month. This marks my first, ever visit to Phoenix – I’m looking forward to visiting for 5 days. I will be in Phoenix January 27 – 31, most of that time will be spent involved with the festivities involved with WordCamp Phoenix, including speaking on Saturday, January 29th at 2:15 – 2:45 on the topic of customizing the 2010 (Twenty Ten) default WordPress theme by creating your own child theme, using Twenty Ten as the parent frame work. My session is called 2010 in 2011 – if you are attending WordCamp Phoenix, I hope to see you there!

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Free Live Webinar: Tips on Running a Successful Web Studio

Tomorrow (12/15/2010) at 1pm CST, I am doing a free, live webinar for my friends at WebDesign.com – the webinar will be hosted by Cory Miller. In this webinar, I discuss some of the lessons I’ve learned in my 10 years of running an active and successful web design studio on the web and provide the audience with some tips that you can apply to your own ventures on the web today.

This webinar is not specifically focused on WordPress, as you might expect coming from me – rather, the webinar focuses more on the business end of starting and running a web design studio, no matter what your platform of choice!

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WordPress 3.1 Post Formats Reference

Adding theme support for Post Formats is not overly complicated – it’s a quick function added to your Theme Functions (functions.php) file, after you decide which types of formats you are planning on using. Currently, there are 9 available formats including: Aside, Link, Gallery, Image, Chat, Audio, Video, Status. You can add all, or just a few, of the formats using this example (note: this example assumes you are using all the available formats):

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WordPress Web Design For Dummies

Continuing along with my line of WordPress-themed books, I am currently working on adding a new title to my WordPress arsenal: WordPress Web Design For Dummies (published by Wiley Publishing: For Dummies division). WordPress Web Design For Dummies will focus completely on designing web sites with WordPress. The book assumes you already have knowledge of how to use WordPress (ie: you have already read my other book, WordPress For Dummies) – and you want to learn more about designing web sites with WordPress.

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Smashing Magazine: Women in Web Design

Earlier this year, I was interviewed by Smashing Magazine for their “Women in Web Design: Group Interview” article. They asked some really interesting questions, and present all of our answers together in one huge mash up of female web design wisdom and goodness. I’m super honored to be listed among that group of fine ladies — and have to say, a little tickled pink to have been asked since I’ve been a raving fan of Smashing Magazine for quite some time!

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A bit of a redesign

I have finally re-designed my site after 2 long years of my old black and pink one! Not that I didn’t like the old design . . . but it was time for something new, springy, fun, light – before summertime ran out! This time around, I tried something different and used a theme framework called Builder from my good friends over at iThemes. I’ve been wanting to dig into frameworks for some time now, and figured the best place to do that is on my own personal site where I can dig in, get my hands dirty and see what all the fuss was about! Welcome to my redesign – – don’t forget to notice the pink!

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WordPress For Dummies 3rd Edition available

WordPress For Dummies, 3rd Edition by Lisa Sabin-Wilson (Wiley Pub.) is now available on Amazon.com for pre-order. This edition of the book was, almost, completely re-written and covers all the basics about the WordPress platform – including all the great new features that version 3.0 brings to its users, including how to set up and use the new Multi Site features so you can run more than one blog or web site on ONE installation of the WordPress software, how to use the custom menu feature to build and create your own custom navigation menus, a comprehensive look at the NEW default WordPress theme called Twenty Ten, using custom post types to create new ways to present different types of content – – as well as the rest of the information you’ve come to expect from WordPress For Dummies

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My Free BuddyPress Webinar at WebDesign.Com

I’m excited to announce that I am doing a free webinar presentation for my good friends at WebDesign.com on June 23rd at 1pm CST (Central Standard Time). The webinar is on the topic of using BuddyPress to create an online community on your WordPress powered site. I speak on the topic of BuddyPress often, as a matter of fact, I just finished up a presentation at the WordCamp in Raleigh, North Carolina this past weekend and it’s great to see how excited people are about BuddyPress. It also amazes me how many people do not yet know what BuddyPress is – or how they can use it to add that layer of social networking to their WordPress site!

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Builder Bootcamp, PluginBuddy and my iThemes experience

I had a really great time at iThemes Builder Bootcamp weekend in Oklahoma and want to send out a big thanks to Cory Miller, Jen Miller and the rest of the iThemes team for inviting me down to their event. There were roughly 70-75 people in attendence, all of them passionate WordPress users, and all of them part of the iThemes community. Many were from the Oklahoma City general area – but there were a handful that flew in hundreds of miles away to spend the weekend with the iThemes crew to learn more about WordPress and how they can use the iThemes offerings to build their web sites with WordPress. Great stuff!

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iThemes Builder Bootcamp April 23-24th

Oklahoma City, anyone? I’ve never been there before – but I will be this month to join the fabulous team from iThemes for their Builder BootCamp. iThemes creates premium WordPress themes, plugins and they host ‘BootCamps’ for their clients, and anyone else who wants to learn about how they can use the iThemes Builder WordPress theme framework to make awesome web sites.

Amazon.com Interview with Wiley Publishing

While at SXSW 2010 in Austin, TX – the folks from Wiley Publishing caught up with me and did a short video interview for Amazon.com on my books, WordPress For Dummies and BuddyPress For Dummies.

Interview with WebDesign.Com

While at SXSW 2010 in Austin, I spent some time with Cory Miller of WebDesign.Com and iThemes.com, who interviewed me about WordPress, my books and design work.

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Speaking at Think Tank Live! in Milwaukee

I am happy to announce that I am speaking at the Think Tank Live Search Marketing and Social Media Summit scheduled for February 23, 2010 in Milwaukee, WI. I will be presenting on the topic of building a niche community web site utilizing the free and dynamic software combination of WordPress and BuddyPress and how business, and individuals, can leverage the features and components to build a fully functional social community on your own web site. Exciting stuff!

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WordCamp NYC, BuddyPress & Me!

I’m really excited about the opportunity to speak at WordCamp NYC – At 9:15 am Saturday morning – November 14 – I will take the stage and talk about growing communities with BuddyPress. This presentation will take a look at the features BuddyPress currently offers to help you grow your own community on your web site, including some tips and tricks I’ve come across along the way to help de-mystify the BuddyPress themes and templates to help you on your way to customizing your own BuddyPress community site.

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Headed to Austin for SXSW 2009

‘m leaving this morning – hopping a flight in Milwaukee and arriving in Austin around 3pm for the SXSW Interactive Festival this weekend. I’m excited to go and looking forward to seeing everyone there. It’s been a lot of hard work and several sleepless nights over the past few weeks preparing for the activities at SXSW – but I made it! I got done what needed to get done and now all I have to do is get there! I just fired off an email to my friends at ServerBeach with the 5 premium WordPress themes that they will be giving away at their exhibit booth..

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SXSW Craziness!

I’ve been spending the past 2 weeks preparing for my trip to the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, TX. This will be my third trip down to Austin for SXSW and I’m really looking forward to attending this year. Normally, there’s always a great deal to do before I take off for 5 days to attend the biggest geek gathering ever! I normally work long hours to make sure that all my client projects are either done, or well on their way to done and make sure everything I need on my home PC is set up for remote access, etc, etc. THIS year, however – it’s been a bit more crazy than usual because I’ve been working on developing five (5) premium WordPress themes that will be released at SXSW at the ServerBeach exhibit booth..