One thing that I’m going to spend a little bit more time doing is unloading all my blogging hacks onto you guys. Essentially I’ll be giving you my most guarded secrets in how I “do” blogging, especially in terms of WordPress design, plugins, theming, etc…
So, one of the first tips is also one of the best.
Whenever you’re starting a new blog or want to stress-test a theme, you’re going to want to make sure it can handle everything that you may throw at it, especially from a content and blog post perspective. Can your new theme “handle” quotes? Bolding? Bullets? Does it align pictures correctly?
Theming your WordPress blog is fun, but can be dangerous if you don’t “check” it before use… especially if you don’t know how to code or fix the errors down the road.
So, one of the things that I do is upload bogus and dummy XML page and blog post content to my new blog and/or themes… This dummy data contains everything that a theme might express in a blog post, with a bunch of tags, categories, child-cats, child-pages, comments, gravatar-support, etc…
Upload this baby into your blog and see if your theme works out just fine. Make sure you follow these picture instructions… don’t forget that “check box” either!
If your theme survives, you may just have a winner…!