How to slow down content thieves

Posted February 20th, 2010 by Michael Janzen and filed in How To

I really hate it when people steal content, especially when they hotlink to my images and eat up my server’s bandwidth too. This is a real form of theft and ends up costing me money because my biggest blog sometimes costs me overage charges.

I found this great solution at DavidAirey.com (Thanks David!) that replaces stolen images with an advertisement for your site. It’s still an image hosted on your website but the smaller file-size image is not as bandwidth intensive and the value of stealing your content is greatly reduced.
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How to upgrade to Basic Simplicity 1.4.1

Posted January 29th, 2010 by Michael Janzen and filed in How To

This short video shows how to upgrade to Basic Simplicity 1.4.1 which mostly involves fixing the header image. Watch the video and then give it a shot.

If you’ve never used Basic Simplicity it will still help show you how to add the header image. You can read more about adding your own custom header image here.

How to change the header image in Basic Simplicity 1.4.1

Posted January 29th, 2010 by Michael Janzen and filed in How To

The most common question I got from users of the previous version of Basic Simplicity was “How do I change the header image?” There were clearly some usability issues with how I implemented that feature on the Edit Basic Simplicity page.

In this version it’s much easier and more flexible. You simply paste in the full file URL of the image into the Edit Basic Simplicity page. You can upload the image using your wordpress blog or FTP software.

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How to edit the meta info below the title in Basic Simplicity

Posted January 29th, 2010 by Michael Janzen and filed in How To

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to edit the meta information under the post/page titles. This is what the code that generates these four text lines looks like right out of the box, albeit with some extra line spaces between the lines of code to make it easier to read. Continue Reading »