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Introducing wpliving.net – the natural place for all things WordPress

I’m very pleased to announce the launch of wpliving, a new site devoted to WordPress, to helping newcomers discover the platform, its themes and plugins. This is a sister site to osliving (hence the similar naming convention). Yet another WordPress site I hear you say? Well yes it is focused on WordPress, however the content [...]

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Chameleon WordPress CMS Premium Theme Review

I’ve been using WordPress almost since day one and I remember the arrival, circa 2008, of the first main Premium Theme developers. Among those was a one-man band by the name of Elegant Themes. One of the things that set Nick Roach’s company aside from its competitors was the particular type of premium model he [...]

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Briefcase Free Premium WordPress Theme Review

I received a tip by email the other day from a reader asking me to check out a theme by a fairly new Premium Theme company called Rockable Themes. The theme in question is called Briefcase and it comes in two versions: one free the other paid. On first glance, the theme looks pretty much [...]

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Hero WordPress Theme Review

Welcome to the latest edition of my WordPress theme reviews. In this episode, I take a look at the latest theme by ThemeTrust called “Hero”. It’s a clean and user-friendly portfolio theme with a responsive layout and it comes with a range of customisation options. This is the third theme by ThemeTrust that I’ve reviewed. [...]

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Free Blog Header Graphics

Following on from the popular free seamless wood backgrounds post, the next installment in our free web resources series is a grab bag of blog header graphics. Each image is set to an 820×125 pixel ratio. Each one was personally crafted using images from a range of stock image sharing sites.

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Open Source iPhone Applications Part 2

Ever since I compiled the original Open Source iPhone Applications post on this blog, I’ve kept an Evernote folder specifically for new open source apps. The list is long and I’ve simply selected some of my favourites and put them into a tidy list. I’d love to hear what sort of Open Source apps you [...]

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The Standard WordPress Theme: A One-Stop-Shop for Bloggers

One of the questions I get asked quite a lot in relation to my WordPress theme review series is the following: “Could you recommend a simple and clean WordPress theme for a new blog I’m about to create?” The first thing I do is ask the person what they want to achieve with their blog [...]

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10 Essential Free and Open Source Android Apps

If you’re an Android smart phone user then you’re probably already using a range of free and open source apps. If so, then many of the following will already be familiar. But if you’re new to Android and/or Open Source then you might want to take a look at this selection of 10 essential free [...]

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Review: Unspoken WordPress Newspaper and Magazine Theme by WPShower

Last year I did an interview with one of the co-founders of WPShower. At the time, this fledgling theme production duo from Eastern Europe had released a handful of clean and functional WordPress themes and had begun to garner a considerable social media following. Their work was picked up by several key online design outlets, [...]

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Dodo Press or why you might give E-Readers a second chance

If you’re a book lover you will at some point have given some thought to the idea of an E-reader or electronic reading device; if at the very least as a way of tapping into the growing supply of e-books, many of whose print counterparts are simply not available. The book industry remains one of [...]

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The OSLiving blog addresses issues of import in a broadly based Open Source context. It is a space for information, opinion and informed debate.

Discover software reviews and interviews with leading figures in the field, commentary on current Open Source issues and musings on all things WordPress.

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Sites We Like

SourceForge - one of the longest running portals devoted to housing projects from the Open Source community. A great place to find OSS projects to collaborate on.

Open Source Initiative - the OSI maintains the Open Source Definition and offers a range of information on OSS licensing and standards.

OSALT - a brilliant site devoted to open source alternatives. The site compares quality OSS with its commercial peers.

Got a great OSS link? Let us know.