cleanRoar goes live at WordPress.org

As of today, Monday October 12, 2009 cleanRoar is live and available for free download from the Themes section at WordPress.org. Download cleanRoar…

cleanRoar has been developed by the AmberPanther team and has been released for public use as part of AmberPanther contributions. It is a light and clean theme which is easily customizable.

We are excited to see the theme going live on WordPress.org. We have enjoyed working with WordPress and its flock  of themes all this time, hence we felt it was about time to give something back. cleanRoar was originally developed as our testing ground for custom code and plugin development. It made our development efforts so much easier as we could effortlessly go behind the scenes and make the necessary changes to mold the theme to the needs of the code or plugin being developed. Then we thought… why not to share? After all our ultimate goal is to make the web a better place. And this can only be done by a global team effort.

Read more about the theme and exchange ideas…

View the Live Demo of the here…

Download the theme…

cleanRoar

Stay tuned for more contributions, PantheMation is just around the corner. Another AmberPanther creation…

Alexa Ranking

Alexa, originally an abbreviation for Address Lookup EXperts Authority, is supplying the Internet Archive with web crawls as it was also doing in the past. Alexa (An amazon.com company from 1999) ranks sites, based on tracking information received from users who are using Alexa toolbar (sparky). Last year (April 16th, 2008) Alexa confirmed that, with their new system, they have more data sources for ranking, instead only the data from their toolbar’s users. Now the real questions is: “Is Alexa ranking unbiased considering a random sample internet users of sufficient size? Or is it a biased ranking from a random sample of some groups of internet users such as Webmasters, Publishers and Advertisers?”

Conclusion: Even if Alexa, is only being used by Webmasters, Publishers and Advertisers, then it is a ranking system provided as a measure of comparison between multiple sites.

Their toolbar is useful for showing the ranking for each site (working for Firefox, IE).
Use their widget in order to display Alexa ranking for your site (it is generally believed, that it improves your ranking if you have it)

Sitemaps And SEO

A sitemap is a list of all your web site’s pages, that you want to be accessible by the crawlers and the users browsing your web site. Search Engine bots use your sitemap to crawl existing, new or modified pages on your web site. A sitemap is a must for your web site, if you want to improve SEO (search engine optimization) for your site, by making sure that all your pages are acessible and can be found.

XML Sitemaps
Some of the major Search Engines, Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask, support the Sitemaps protocol. The sitemap is an xml file, that lists all the URLs of your web site, with information like:
– when it was last updated
– how often it changes
– importance of each URL

You can read more about the sitemaps protocol at http://www.sitemaps.org.

Google XML Sitemaps for WordPress

In WordPress, an easy and efficient way to create your web site’s XML Sitemap, is by using a plugin called Google XML Sitemaps.
This WordPress plugin has been used many times by the AmberPanther team for various WordPress installations. The name of the plugin is “Google XML Sitemaps”, but it actually creates a sitemap.xml file, which is accessible by Google, Bing, Yahoo, MSN and Ask search engines (more about sitemaps). Google XML Sitemaps plugin, automatically updates your sitemap everytime you update or modify a post or a page and notifies the search engines that support the sitemap protocol about the updates on your web site. This is a must for every wordpress installation.

Google XML Sitemaps Plugin’s WebSite

Why jQuery does not execute when using the shorthand $-function?

Are you using the jQuery library? Are you trying to use its functions by using the “$” as the shortcut for “jQuery” and it does not work?

This means that somewhere in your javascript code the jQuery.noconflict() function is called. This function overrides the shorthand “$” notation and allows only for the use of “jQuery”. This is done as to avoid conflicts with other libraries that might be being used simultaneously and have the same shorthand notation. The popular WordPress platform, loads jQuery in the no conflict mode when using the build-in function wp_enque_script(‘jquery’) to load the library.

The option then is to use jQuery with the standard calling notation:

jQuery(document).ready(function(){ jQuery(“div”).hide(); });

Alternatively, your preferred new shorthand notation can be assigned:

var $jq = jQuery.noConflict();  $jq(document).ready(function(){ $jq(“div”).hide(); });

Finally if you still insist on using the shorthand “$” notation you can assign it for use only in the document ready are and avoid conflicts with other libraries:

jQuery.noConflict(); //Note “$” assigne at “function($)” jQuery(document).ready(function($){ $(“div”).hide(); });

Options are endless with jQuery…

cleanRoar: A clean and light WordPress theme

  1. General Description
  2. Version Information
  3. Styles

General Description

cleanRoar is a WordPress theme developed by the AmberPanther team. The theme is available for download at WordPress.org Themes . This theme is the first in a series of a contributions the team is planning for the web community.

DEMO SITE >>

cleanRoar boasts a clean and light design. It makes the readers experience effortless. It is easily accessible and customizable for your needs.  It features a primary two-column design, the left main content column and the right sidebar. The right sidebar is subdivided into two columns as well. The thin one was originally intended for a banner ad. Both sidebar columns are widget ready. The new version of cleanRoar supports multiple styles/skins also.

cleanRoar has a functional back-end that allows you to enable/disable the ad showing in the sidebar. It can be a single banner image or a javascript from your preferred advertising service.

cleanRoar

We hope you will enjoy this clean and light theme.You can see the theme in action here…

You can download it from WordPress Themes…

If you have any comments or suggestions about improving the theme leave us a note below. Exchange of ideas leads to excellence…

Version Information

v.10.01.xx:

  • Default style back to Legacy with Christmas style as an option
  • Addition of Red style, derived from the Christmas style
  • Addition of Redmad style, courtesy of Redmad

v.9.12.19:

  • Global variable conflict in WordPress theme editor resolved

v.9.12.16:

  • Four (4) layouts to choose from.
  • Option for custom CSS.
  • Control information (site name and description) shown in Header.
  • Display an image/logo in header through a url or Gravatar!
  • Display of Home link on main navigation.
  • Display excerpt or whole post on blog page.
  • Global control of comments on pages.
  • Control default sections to be shown on sidebar.

v.9.12.04:

  • Multiple skins (style) support, Legacy style and Christmas style
  • Snow effect for Christmas style
  • Categories listing on the main menu bar, not just in the sidebar
  • Support for social links, twitter and facebook, and third-party RSS url, to replace the native WordPress one
  • Google Analytics script can be set from the options, no need to edit template files
  • Support for up to four 125 by 125 px Ad boxes, displayed at the top of the sidebar

v.9.10.18:

  • enhanced back-end securities

v.9.10.12:

  • first public release
  • Ad banner and Ad script support in the sidebar

Styles

Legacy:

cleanRoar in Legacy style

cleanRoar in Legacy style

Christmas:

cleanRoar in Christmas style

cleanRoar in Christmas style

Red:

cleanRoar in Red style

Redmad:

cleanRoar in Redmad style

Let’s start creating…

AmberPanther believes that the top is equally as important as the bottom. In web lingual that is the header is as important as the footer.

Hence the team after some design iterations launched this inspiring and refreshing footer. Let’s start creating…

The new footer design features the Panther just relaxing, while playing with his tail with the three primary colors, red, green and blue. He invites you to start creating… “Let’s start creating…”

Together you will mix these primary colors to create your electronic Mona Lisa!

Take a moment to contact us for more information, or just simply read more…

In the meantime see the Panther at the footer!

Poster Series: Climb High

The third poster of the AmberPanther Poster Series has been released. It is entitled Climb High.

The current poster exhibits the Panther on a tree branch in front of the Amber sunset. He likes to climb high and watch the Amber sunset.

The promotional point is that AmberPanther has e-Marketing solutions for your organizational or personal needs that will take you to the top, ahead of the competition.

Take a moment to contact us for more information, or just simply read more…

e-Marketing Solutions

Poster Series: Remember the Panther

The second poster of the AmberPanther Poster Series has been released. It is entitled Remember the Panther!

The poster features a young professional  lady holding the AmberPanther business card. She reaches out and shows the back of the card which features the AmberPanther mascot. The mascot looks like it rips out the card and pops out.

The promotional point here is that the AmberPanther team will be by your side for all your Web Product Development and Lifecycle Management needs. The Panther will protect you and take you ahead of the competition.

Take a moment to contact us for more information, or just simply read more…

Remember the Panther

Poster Series: Remeber the Panther

The second poster of the AmberPanther Poster Series has been released. It is entitled Remember the Panther!

The poster features a young professional  lady holding the AmberPanther business card. She reaches out and shows the back of the card which features the AmberPanther mascot. The mascot looks like it rips out the card and pops out.

The promotional point here is that the AmberPanther team will be by your side for all your Web Product Development and Lifecycle Management needs. The Panther will protect you and take you ahead of the competition.

Take a moment to contact us for more information, or just simply read more…

Remember the Panther