Standard 3: The Future of (My) Personal Online Publishing


Are you seeing something a little bit different with the design here today? Oh yeah!

I’m so pumped to be working in the completely new Standard Theme, version 3! We worked through the migration in real-time last night over at The Work Spot and we had about 45 people show up, 20 people IRL and about 25 people online via our online broadcast!

What fun! We had door prizes, candy, and the ever-popular Chex Mix for snacks. Tom and Jared were on hand as well to share their thoughts about online publishing, design, and software development. Much thanks to Ray Ann who is the best host and coworking founder in Atlanta! She seriously rocks.

And if you’d like notes from Tom about what was covered as well as a few pictures and even the assets used, check it out!

Over the course of the next few weeks I’m going to be sharing a few of the subtle-yet-powerful changes that have been made on this blog as a result of this significant change.

You’ll appreciate what’s been changed as well as how you can apply some of these principles to your own blog.

If you’d like to read my initial thoughts and notes about Standard Theme, then read them here.

As I typically do, here’s a run-down of what it might look like:

  1. I Like My Blogs Fast. Always.
  2. The Power of Your Social Influence
  3. Keep the Plugin Count Low and Focus on What Matters
  4. The Value (and Use) of Post Formats in WordPress Themes
  5. 2 SEO Features that Provide A Lot of Value
  6. Google Authorship
  7. Design and Aesthetics
  8. What You Don’t Need and What You Do
  9. SEO Mechanics
  10. Simplifying the Publishing Process
  11. Social Sharing
  12. Pages and Templates
  13. Mobile and Responsive Design

I hope to “uncover” some of my own personal best practices and implementation methods for you guys to use yourself.

If you have any questions or anything you’d like covered, feel free to let me know in the comments! Appreciate you all!