General Stuff

Weebly is an online site builder (with visual editor) for anyone to create a website without having to know any coding. They are hosting a theme design contest with $13,000 in prizes: first prize = $10,000, second = $2,000, and third = $1,000. The contest will be judged by Andrew Wilkinson, Dustin Curtis, Jason Putorti, Michael Cronan, Rob Martin and Scott Thomas. The theme submission deadline is April 30th, 2010. For more details, visit their contest page.

Yes, more giveaways for you! Next Day Flyers is giving away printing credits for you to print anything of your choice. Next Day Flyers offers wide range of printing services from business card printing to brochure printing. First prize is $50, second & third prize is $25. You must be 18 years or older in order to participate. Contest will end on March 26th, 2010.

Update: The winners are: 174, 194, and 223.

Thanks to everyone who has participated the hosting giveaway contest. InMotion Hosting would like to thank you by doubling the prizes. As a result, six winners will be getting a free one-year hosting account. The winners are: 56, 71, 103, 192, 198, and 244 (winners will be contacted by InMotion). For those who didn’t win, InMotion is also offering a $45 discount. To redeem the discount, email contests@inmotionhosting.com and include your original comment post.

I will be hosting a workshop with Refresh Events on advance WordPress theme coding. The event will take place in Toronto, March 25th 2010 at Rich Media Institute, 156 Augusta Ave. This workshop is for designers with CSS skills who want to learn how to convert a HTML template into a WordPress theme (no PHP skills required). You will learn how to advance themes using conditional tags, page templates, custom fields, and more. Details and registration.

Bonus: anyone who signs up for the workshop will get a $45 discount code from InMotion Hosting. You may use the coupon code in any business class shared-hosting, VPS, and dedicated server packages.

I’m back into the WordPress theme design. Check out my latest release — the Notepad theme. Inspired by the iPhone’s Notes app, Notepad is a modern theme with a subtle touch of the sketchy and texturized background. The theme is widget compatible with threaded & paged comments, social media buttons, and multi-level dropdown menus. It has been tested on WordPress 2.9 with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and IE7+. Users with CSS3 compatible browser will see the nice visual enhancement such as drop shadow and rounded corners. Check out the demo site and share your comments.

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