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Graphene 1.7: What to know before upgrading

As at this time of writing, Graphene 1.7 has been sent up the pipe to the WordPress.org Theme Repository. Here’s what you should know before you upgrade. Note though that it might take anywhere from several hours to several weeks before the theme is published on the repository, as each theme is reviewed by the […]

Why you should use the support forum for support

Graphene theme Support Forum

Shortly after the initial public release of the Graphene theme, I have decided to only entertain support requests for the theme via the dedicated Support Forum. I have since ignored support requests using the comments forms on this blog, as well as direct requests via the contact form on this site. However, despite placing direct […]

Graphene 1.6: What to know before upgrading

The new column width options in Graphene 1.6

With the imminent release of Graphene 1.6, here’s what you should know before you upgrade. At the time of publishing of this post, I have already submitted Graphene 1.6 to the WordPress.org Theme Repository. However,  you should know that it might take anywhere from several hours to several weeks before the theme is published on […]

Graphene Theme Feature Highlight: Action Hooks Widget Areas

Three steps to add custom content anywhere with the Graphene theme's "Action Hooks Widget Areas" option.

Starting with version 1.5 of the Graphene theme, a new options tab called “Advanced” is added to the theme’s options page. The highlight of this tab is a new option called “Action Hooks Widget Areas”. The Advanced tab in the theme’s options page is really reserved for options that require proper understanding of what goes […]

Completely disable WordPress comments

The commenting feature in the Graphene theme

WordPress is gaining more and more popularity these days, especially since version 3.0 that added a lot of features that make WordPress capable of functioning more and more as a Content Management System apart from being primarily a blogging software. One of the features that is often not required in a non-blog website is the […]

Using other languages with WordPress

I think one of the main reasons  that make WordPress a very popular content management system is its ease of use and deployment. It’s relatively very easy, for example, to use languages other than English for a WordPress-powered website. However, time and again I found that many users are not taking advantage of this capability, […]

WordPress themes’ rating and user-friendliness

Theme's rating in Wordpress.org

When it comes to the free WordPress themes, the best-rated themes are often the least user-friendly of the bunch. I had to work with the Atahualpa theme last year, for a project that didn’t last very long. And the first time I saw the code and tried to make modifications to it, my immediate reaction […]

Into the wild: Graphene theme for WP 3.0

I designed, coded and developed my very first WordPress theme a year ago, for use on my blog. I did consider to make it free for public use back then, but I also wanted my blog to be unique, so I held that idea back. Now that khairul-syahir.com is already in version 3, and it […]

Introducing khairul-syahir.com v3

The Related Posts and Social Sharing feature has been integrated fully with the new khairul-syahir.com-v3

Just a year ago, about this same time of the year, I designed and coded my very first own WordPress theme to be used with this blog. That was my first ever WordPress theme developed from scratch. It was a big learning experience for me, figuring out how to code the new design into a […]

The sad state of Malaysian web hosting industry

Anyone involved in web development would know that whatever website you develop would be useless without publishing it online on the web. That’s the heart of the web hosting industry’s business – hosting websites on servers so that people around the world can access the websites through internet. It is therefore a crucial part of […]

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