Archive for August, 2013

22 August, 2013 — Blogging, Development, Tech

First WPDaily, Now 8BIT Closes Its Doors

Yet another surprise from 8BIT! After announcing the closure and sale of WP Daily a few months ago. 8BIT has now announced via its blog that it will be closing its doors for good.

In a blog post by John Saddington, John stated:

There’s a lot that I could say but it’s best if I keep it short and sweet – everything is in a great place relationally and life has changed the pace and direction for all of the partners.

As a result, we decided collectively and equally that it was time to go our separate ways. There’s no hidden agendas, no hard feelings, and certainly no conspiracy. As I mentioned before, besides death and taxes, change is guaranteed.

The 8BIT Support Forums will be open for another 30 days however once this is up the company will no longer offer support for their products – and most importantly their Standard Theme. Many questions are still out there – What will happen to the founders of 8BIT? We know one thing for sure, John Saddington has his eyes on the upcoming release of Pressgram. What will happen to Standard Theme? Will it just disappear down a hole? Who knows.

8BIT suggested looking at these two companies for new themes:

  1. WooThemes
  2. StudioPress

One thing is for sure, the closer of 8BIT and WP Daily was short and sweet, no gimmics and no looking back. I wish the guys over at 8BIT every success in the future.

What do you think about the sudden closure?

18 August, 2013 — Tech

Get 1GB Free Dropbox Storage!

Dropbox are giving away 1GB free storage just by installing their popular mail client Mailbox. All you need to get this free storage is have 3 things. An iOS device, mailbox app from the App Store and a Gmail account. Follow the steps below to get your free bonus Dropbox storage.

1. Signup for a Dropbox account (if you don’t already have one)
2. Install Mailbox app on your iOS device.
3. Log in to your Gmail account on Mailbox
4. Link your Dropbox account (under settings menu)
5. Bingo! You now have 1GB extra free Dropbox space.

Already linked your Dropbox and Mailbox accounts? Just unlink your Dropbox account and relink to get the bonus.

14 August, 2013 — Blogging, Life

6 Blogs I Check Daily

Blogging plays a big part of my day to day life. I gain knowledge, learn new tips and tricks and keep up with ever moving WordPress news. Well news in general really.

Because of this I wanted to share with you 6 blogs that I check nearly every day. Starting off with WPMU.

WPMU

A WordPress news and tips blog ran side by side with the WPMU Premium network. Featuring +140 plugins and 160+ themes.

ManageWP

A blog ran by Manage WP, a WordPress management solution. This blog features tips on blogging, productivity, WordPress tips and tricks and more. Its also worth checking out there monthly theme and plugin posts.

Leaving Work Behind

Leaving Work Behind is owned by Tom Ewer, a freelance writer who writes for ManageWP and many more company’s. One thing I like most about his blog is that he publishes his monthy income from freelance writing. His story is also very interesting as he left his full time job to become a full time freelance blogger. Well worth a look if you are unsure on making the jump.

The Next Web

If your into technology, including gadgets like mobile phone, tech company’s, computers, websites… well anything tech. This is the blog for you!

Creative Boom

This blog is a must if you are a freelancer in the creative industry at all. This blog provides vital information on the world of freelance including tips and trick and everything in between!

WPDaily (now Torque)

Torque took over from WP Daily a few weeks ago now – when it was WP Daily I used to browse the blog every day and even contributed to the content been posted. However 8BIT who were the former owners of WP Daily decided to call it a day and sell WP Daily. Now it has been purchased by WP Engine I do still check this blog but not as often as I used to. Sad really.

And that’s my 6 blogs I check daily. Do you have blogs that you check often? I’d love to hear them in the comments.

Photo by: oatsy40

12 August, 2013 — Blogging

My WP Daily Post Live On

WP Engine’s new Torque Mag has successfully taken over WP Daily’s archives for an undisclosed sum. All the posts from WP Daily now resolve in an archive form on the Torque website.

You can read more about the Torque take over here on the 8BIT blog. And find all of my posts from WP Daily here.

9 August, 2013 — Blogging, Reviews

Free Stock Images for your blog!

A few months ago I published a post about how to find free stock images for your blog or website. You can find that here. However I have just come across a website that has some stunning imagery on it – and best of all its free!

Tell Me Who!

Pixabay is a user generated free stock image website. At the time of writing this post, the website stats say it has a huge 93,683 images in there library all free to download and can be used freely in digital and printed format, for personal and commercial use. Attribution to the original author is also not required. All you need to do is create an account and you can begin downloading right away.

The website does have adverts on until you upload at least 10 images into the library. Once you have done that all adverts disappear. I know what you might be thinking – user uploaded photos.. they must be very poor quality. Well this is where you are wrong. Yes there are some rubbish images however a very high percentage are amazing quality as they have a review process for every image uploaded. Images are available to download in multiple sizes.

Pixabay is available in 20 languages making it accessible to people around the world, meaning they can build a bigger and bigger repository.

Is There A WordPress Plugin?

Pixabay has a WordPress plugin that you can install to add images with one click – you can read more about this plugin on there blog.

Features include:

  • Search Pixabay’s public domain pictures via the “Add Media” button inside your post editor, or find it attached as new tab to WordPress’ new Media Manager.
  • Filter search results by image type (clipart, photo) and/or orientation (landscape, portrait).
  • Preview images in paginated search results.
  • Direct image uploads to WordPress’ media library.
  • Use of standard media dialogues for editing and inserting images.

Once you install and activate the free plugin, you’ll have access to 90,000+ quality images.

9 August, 2013 — Blogging, Reviews

Introducing Debitoor – Free Invoicing & Accounting Software

I know how annoying accounting may be for some people, other’s like me might love it! However whether you love it or hate it, it needs to be simple. Before switching to Debitoor I was using FreeAgent – FreeAgent wasn’t bad, but it was over complicated for my needs and most of all it was costing me £15 a month to do the odd bit of invoicing here and there. This was when I started looking around. First I found something called Wave Accounting – Wave is 100% free like Debitoor however they have adverts. Something I don’t mind, but again it started to get complicated for no reason… then finally I stumbled across Debitoor.

What is Debitoor?

Debitoor is a 100% free invoicing and accounting application which helps freelancers and small businesses produce easy and professional invoices.

The company was launched in April 2012 by the international online accounting software company e-conomic. Realising that the self-employed people need less functionality and even easier-to-use interfaces.

The application is available in seven languages and localised to over 40 countries around the world.

Really? 100% Free?

Really its 100% free for basic invoicing and accounting functionality. They do offer a Premium service at a reasonable €5 /month which includes; Quotes, Reminders (Scheduled Invoices) & Document Handling. So you can upload all your receipts into one secure environment.

What Do I Think?

I like Debitoor a lot and I use it more and more now. I like the way its clean and simple. They even have a user feedback form where users can request features to be included in later version of Debitoor.

Why don’t you give Debitoor a go? It’s free after all! I would be keen to hear your comments and experience with Debitoor in the comments below.