First of all, I’d like to thank everyone reading this blog for a successful first week. We’ll be posting more promo codes on Twitter and Facebook, and we can’t wait to see our affiliate badges start popping up around the ‘Net. Keep an eye out in those places and maybe bookmark #MuseumThemes to keep up-to-date on new happenings and see what people are saying.
Yesterday, I decided on a direction for this blog. In addition to normal periodic news updates and the Museum Theme-specific support we provide in the Support Forums, we’ll be posting tips and hacks for customizing your WordPress theme. These tips will be more general, not limited to support questions or our own Museum Themes. The first post I’m planning, for example, will be on how to create a YouTube shortcode for WordPress to easily embed YouTube videos into your posts without the need for a plugin or jockeying with code. In the future we may cover topics like adding custom header functionality (a new feature to WordPress 3.0 and used in the new TwentyTen default theme) and using an RSS aggregator like FeedWordPress or WP-o-Matic to aggregate content from other sites (Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress.com blogs, anywhere with an RSS feed, really). In the past, when I’ve had something like that to write about, I’ve posted it to Arcane Palette (like our post on adding social bookmarking links to your posts or tweaking the search box to have a little “search this site” or other message inside the box that disappears when you click) or to my personal blog (like my original post on WordPress shortcodes and my piece about changing the default WordPress logo in the dashboard). From now on, if it’s WordPress, it will go here. We’ll still post on more general topics on Arcane Palette (like the recent post on using embedded web fonts with @font-face) in addition to our regular barrage of freebies and posts about art, and I’ll always post whatever is on my mind on jazzsequence. Just, you know, not WordPress.
So that’s what’s on the horizon. Check back here tomorrow for how to create a WordPress shortcode for YouTube embeds.