Archive for Wordpress

  • 13
  • Feb

Stalingrad theme

Wordpress Stalingrad Theme

Another new theme by Amsterdamn: Stalingrad
It supports widgets and besides that it’s xhtml and css valid.


Test run

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I have changed the background of the theme. Although I liked the previous one, I believe that this one is much better.

Update 2:

I have been playing around with the code and have been able to reduce it.This means that the theme will be faster to load on your website. Besides that I have also optimized the theme for search engines. This way your website will be better indexed and have a higher ranking. But I also took a look at the design of the theme.

I have edited and adjusted some parts of the design. This way the theme will look even better on your weblog. You can download the updated version of the theme above.

Please note that the screenshot on isn’t the correct one. The one that you see here above is the correct one. We will keep on updating our themes, so be sure to check out this website once in a while.

  • 04
  • Feb

Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf is a simple yet powerful theme for WordPress.
It supports gravatar, wp page navi and widgets. And it’s valid xhtml 1.0 strict



You can leave your feedback here.

Update 1:

I changed the way the look of the title. And I also added a description to the top of the theme. Besides that I have centered the menu. Also fixed some minor issues with the colours of the theme.

Update 2:

I had to remove widgets support for the theme because it didn’t work well together with page nav. I will be dropping page nav support in the next release of the theme. But it will have widgets support in return.

Update 3:

Instead of page nav it now has the standard browsing features of WordPress. Just use the download link above to download the widget friendly version.

Please leave a comment if you have any problems with the Gray Wolf theme. I’m looking forward to fix it. This way we can improve the user experience for you and your visitors.

  • 29
  • Jan

Pinky Theme

Pinky is my first theme release this year. Actually I made this theme last year, but I didn’t have the time to release it. As you can see it’s , again, a pink theme. Basically it’s a 1 column theme with an options page. Besides that it’s widgets ready. And the width is fixed. If you’d like to see the theme in action then you can find a live preview here
You can download the theme here.

Don’t forget to give me some feedback!

Pinky theme for WordPress

  • 16
  • Jan

New WordPress version out

Recently a bug in certain versions of PHP came to our attention that could cause a security vulnerability in your blog. We’re able to work around it fairly easily, so we’ve decided to release 2.0.7 to fix the PHP security problem and the Feedburner issue that was in 2.0.6. It is recommended that everyone running WordPress 2.0.6 or lower upgrade to this new version.Because this is a much smaller update than previous versions, you do not have to update all of WordPress’ files if you’re upgrading from version 2.0.6. Here is the list of files that have changed since 2.0.6:

  • wp-admin/inline-uploading.php
  • wp-admin/post.php
  • wp-includes/classes.php
  • wp-includes/functions.php
  • wp-settings.php
  • wp-includes/version.php

We know it sucks to have a release only 10 days after our last one, but we think it’s important enough for your blog to be secure to do it, and hopefully only having to change a few files will make the upgrade easier than normal.

Here are the changes that have been made since 2.0.6:

  • Security fix for dreZ8nus_unregister_GLOBALS() to work around the zend_hash_del_key_or_index bug in PHP 4 versions less than 4.4.3 and PHP 5 versions less than 5.1.4 with register_globals set to “On.”
  • Feeds now properly serve 304 Not Modified headers instead of mismatched 200/304 headers (a.k.a. the FeedBurner bug).
  • Backport of another 304 Not Modified fix from WordPress 2.1
  • Deleting WordPress Pages no longer gives an “Are You Sure?” prompt.
  • After deleting a WordPress Page, you are now properly redirected to the Edit Pages screen.
  • Sending an image at original size in Internet Explorer no longer adds an incorrect “height” attribute.

And just as a reminder, the next major version of WordPress (2.1) is due out by the end of the month, but the 2.0 branch of WordPress will continue to be maintained for several years.

  • 06
  • Jan

Amsterdamn in 2007

I hope everyone had a great holiday, I know I did.
2007 is an exciting year for me from a business and personal life perspective.
But I’ll stick to the business side of the story on this blog. Amsterdamn had an incredible growth last year.
And I’m planning to work even harder to release free themes for the masses.

Amsterdamn in 2007 will be this:

- Search Engine optimization
I have been reading a lot about SEO optimization lately. And I am going to implement the knowledge that I have gathered in my new themes.
Every theme from now on will be equipped with Search Engine Optimization. Hopefully your weblog will get more exposure thanks to this.

- Options page
Some of you already noticed that I started to use the WordPress Admin more and more. Every new theme in 2007 will get it’s own options page in the WP admin.
This way the users are able to edit basic things without having to edit the code. I have noticed that there a lot of novice users who use WordPress.
With this small effort I am able to make our themes (even more) user friendly.

- Neutral themes
At least 5 of our new themes this year will be “neutral”.It will be easy to edit them and give them your own personal touch to it.
With the options page it will be also possible to choose what you want to use. In other words more whitespace!

- At least 15 new themes
Last year we managed to release 15 themes. This year I am planning to release at least the same amount.

- WordPress
I will continue to release themes for WordPress. There is a chance that I will port our themes to other blog platforms.
If you are eager to do the job: e-mail me!

- Widgets Support
I haven’t paid much attention to widgets. Basically because I never use them.
But there seems to be a demand for them. Therefore every new theme will compatible with widgets.

- Amsterdamn
And some goals for my own website:
- By then end of 2007 will be at least a PR6 (and maybe a PR7)
- I will enter the Technorati Top 1000 (now 16xx)
- Amsterdamn themes will have 35K downloads at the WordPress theme repository
- Our Alexa Rank will be lower than 150K

I’m looking forward to what 2007 will bring on the interwebs!

And here’s a new theme that I made last year:

Download | Test run

Don’t forget to leave a comment!

  • 29
  • Dec

3 new wordpress themes




  • 17
  • Nov

5 Quick and Easy Ways To Stop Blog Spam Before It Hits Your Blog

5) Deny Access to No Referrer Requests

When humans comment on your blog they have read the post and leave a comment. This of course leaves the referal from your blog. One easy way to block spammers is to check for the referal. Simply paste the lines below into your .htaccess file in the root of your webserver.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} .wp-comments-post\.php*
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !.** [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^$
RewriteRule (.*) ^$ [R=301,L]

What you need to edit:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} .wp-comments-post\.php* – If you are not running a wordpress blog then you will want to change that to the file that gets the post for comments.

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !.** [OR] – obviously you want this to be your domain.

RewriteRule (.*) ^$ [R=301,L] – this is where you are redirecting them too. This probably does not matter since the automated spambots will not follow redirects.


4) Kill tor anonymous proxies

Thats cool people want to surf anonymously and all that but being that about 75% of my comments come from tor proxies its much easier just to block them.

simply go here and copy this to your .htaccess to block all the tor servers

3) Stop Comments On Older Posts

Spammers target older posts for 2 reasons.

A) they show up in search engines and thus they know:

  • search engines value the page pr wise
  • it could be relavent to the keyword they are trying to spam

B) You wont see it. – since the post is old its unlikely that you would ever notice thus greater chance of sneaking it by you.

You have a few options to fix this-

You can manually disallow comments for posts after x amount of days (ick)

If you have wordpress you can download this plugin
which will automatically close off comments and trackbacks after 21 days.

If you have some h4×0r skills you can setup a cron job (thats a automated task to us ninjas) that will edit your database directly checking for past posts and setting the comments and

2) Blacklist Repeat Offenders:

When some spammers do get in you can blacklist there ips so they wont ever be able to again… this process does suck a bit but its a option.

Again edit your .htaccess file:
order allow,deny
deny from
deny from 192.168.1.*
allow from all
Remember * represent wildcards

1) Rename your comment file

The default for wordpress is wp-comments-post.php by simply renaming this file to say… wpc.php then changing your theme to reflect the different location for the comment file you will ward off a TON of spammers. This will kill 100% of the automated spam bots.


  • 06
  • Nov

3 new themes for WordPress

Check out the themes page to see the other WordPress themes.
Name: GreenGrass
Description: A free theme for WordPress (version 2 and higher)
Demo: Here
Name: Royaline
Description: A free theme for WordPress (version 2 and higher)
Classy Darkness
Demo: Here
Name: Vanesa
Description: A free theme for WordPress (version 2 and higher)
A New York State of Mind
Demo: Here
  • 28
  • Oct

WordPress 2.0.5 – Ronan

It’s new release time. The latest in our venerable 2.0 series, which now counts over 1.2 million downloads, is available for download immediately, and we suggest everyone upgrade as this includes security fixes. We’re breaking the tradition of naming releases after jazz musicians to congratulate Ryan Boren on his new son (and first WP baby) Ronan.

What’s new? We have about 50 or so bugfixes, which you can review on our dev tracker here, mostly minor bug fixes around feeds, custom fields, and internationalization. If you’d like a nitty-gritty view, check out Mark’s blog post on the changes.

  • 24
  • Oct

WordPress MU and bbPress

The much awaited WordPress Mu, for those of us that want to host our own website similar to just for friends and family without having to install separate installations of WordPress for each user.

Also, bbPress, the forum ready to mix and mingle with the big boys, and fully integrate with your own personal weblog, with a WordPress backend of course.

For more information head over to the WordPress Development Blog.

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