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How to install, setup and configure WordPress on your PC

Run Wordpress on your PC using WAMP Server

WAMP Server (short for Windows Apache, MySQL and PHP) installs and runs some of the most popular server applications locally, all in one easy package allowing you to run a fully-functional WordPress installation on your home machine, server or even in a virtual machine.

In this article, we’ll be looking at WAMP Server 2.0i, its installation, configuration and how to drop in WordPress so we can develop themes locally and work on our websites away from the public eye, or without an internet connection.

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Grim Fandango

Games you should have played, Vol. 1

Grim Fandango

Released in 1998 by LucasArts, Grim Fandango follows the adventure of the undead, skeletal travel agent Manuel “Manny” Calavera as he travels the world in an attempt to save his lost client, Ms. Mercedes Colomar from an eternity in limbo and to help her reach the 9th underworld. While a commercial failure which lead to the decline in adventure games, Grim Fandago earns its place at the heart of many gamers as one of the best games of all time, let alone the adventure genre.

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Easy user registration and login/logout in Wordpress

Easy user registration and login/logout in WordPress without plugins

Let users register and login from your front page

Only a few days after launching my new blog design, I’ve already received a couple of e-mails from other WordPress users asking me how I implemented the registration and login function of my blog from the front page, and the answer couldn’t be any simpler. Using a few simple preset PHP functions and a couple of specific name values, we can let users register, login and log out from anywhere we want.

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Trendy Header

Girly Web 2.0 Header Tutorial

Create a clean, trendy and stylish header

In this tutorial, we’ll create a trendy header design that’s very clean, trendy and sleek with no gimmicky tricks.

We’ll be creating stylized clouds, add some texture, apply layer styles, create sparkle effects, design drip patterns and even a city backdrop and how to use fonts.

This tutorial will take a while to complete as it is a bit long and detailed. It is also meant for Photoshop users who are already fairly knowledgeable with the interface, loading patterns, and using marquees. If you know the basics, you should do just fine. If you have any questions, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to clear it up as much as I can.

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Good and Evil Photo Manipulation Tutorial

Good and evil photo manipulation

Split a photo into two distinct sides

In this tutorial, we’ll be taking a photo and splitting it in two. One side of the photo will be light and colorful while the other in contrast, will be dark, evil and brooding. This is a complete re-write of my popular tutorial. With the new design, I figured it was time to update the tutorial and improve some of the confusing steps.

I’m assuming you have general knowledge of Photoshop, know how to use various layer blending modes and applying brushes. If you have any questions or have problems with a step, be sure to leave a comment and let me know.

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