New URL and Site Design

My “WordPress Expert” blog recently got a redesign and has moved from to, joining my technology how-to blog which is now located at I decided it would be nice to consolidate my blogs under one domain name, plus the “jdwebdev” domain didn’t make much sense anymore since I’m no longer seeking out new web development clients.

For you RSS subscribers out there, the RSS URL will remain the same for now, and if I do change it, I’ll be sure to 301-redirect it so you don’t have to update it manually.

The new design isn’t anything too fancy since I’m definitely more a developer than a designer, but if you have any comments I’d be interested to hear them. It’s my first time developing a WordPress theme from scratch instead of basing it off another theme (e.g. Sandbox).

Announcing the “SEO Ultimate” Plugin

Normally when I set up plugin-level SEO on a WordPress blog, I’ll need 5-8 plugins to provide all the desired SEO functionality. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was one plugin that incorporated all that functionality and more into one easy-to-use suite?

That’s the goal of SEO Ultimate, which is a free plugin I’m developing on behalf of SEO Design Solutions.

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Will Apple Put WordPress in the iPhone?

Lead WordPress developer Matt Mullenweg discussed WordPress’s mobile future at the WordCamp Dallas event on March 29. He said something very interesting which I’ve transcribed from the video of his presentation:

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BuddyPress: Turning WordPress into a Social Network

It was announced just yesterday that BuddyPress, a project that aims to turn WordPress MU into a social network, has been acquired by Automattic to help continue its development.

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