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The Twitter IPO – A Big Success For Who?

Was the Twitter IPO a big success? I guess that would depend upon who you ask.

As we know, the figures show a whopping 72.69% gain today with a “previous close” of $26 and a high for the day of over $50, but CNN Money shows today’s opening price as $45.10 and closing price as $44.90. So, if you were a member of the general public buying this stock today, you probably lost money; possibly a big loss.

The Big Buzz Over the Twitter IPO

Interestingly enough, institutional investors seem to be saying that the Twitter IPO will not be the debacle that the Facebook IPO was for early investors, and that in fact the stock might be undervalued and positioned as a legitimate buy. Personally, I don’t plan to buy it because I don’t know how they make (or plan to make) their money and because given the state of the economy I think it is particularly speculative to buy into a company that makes something that is so entirely non-essential to anybody.

Changing The URL Of Your WordPress Site

WordPress web site owners often come to realize that they want to change the URL of their web site, whether it is because they want the site to be accessible from the root folder (without using a redirect) or because they want to change the domain name of the web site.

If you’d like to do this, first ask yourself if you feel comfortable editing the code in your theme files, and if you feel comfortable using FTP to upload the edits to your web server. Remember to use a plain-text editor to make all of your edits, not a word processing program like MS Word. If you can do those things without hesitation, you’ve made it over the first hurdle.


Advanced Customizing of Atahualpa WordPress Theme

Atahualpa from Bytes For All just might be the most impressive free WordPress theme available to date.

Much like the Thesis theme from DIY Themes, you get a complete back-end interface for customizing the theme. However, Thesis starts at $87 for the Personal license, and Atahualpa is free.

The most important thing to know about how to customize Atahualpa is that you can create your own PHP templates for pages such as multi-post archives (including category & tag pages), search results, single posts, etc. People are often confused by the fact that the theme does not come with templates such as archive.php, search.php, single.php and others that you might expect, but what is not entirely obvious is that you can create these templates and upload them, and WordPress will automatically use them.


Accessing Your WordPress Site From The Root Folder

Update June 06, 2010 – This is an old post and I actually never do this any more. Please see the comments. Thanks.

I see a lot of people asking how to make their WordPress site accessible from the root directory folder. In most standard installations, WordPress is installed in a sub-folder and the only way to access the site is to add that sub-folder name to the site’s URL.

If you read the support forum you’ll find posts suggesting that you move the WordPress index.php file to the root folder and change a few things in that file. You’ll also see replies from people who have tried it unsuccessfully.

Here’s a little trick that will allow you to access your WordPress site from the root URL without moving or modifying any of the WordPress installation files. This method will “hide” the WordPress installation’s folder name when people access your home page but they will see the folder name in URLs when they start clicking around…