Hey check it out, this is my 100th post. I am pretty excited about this milestone. In light of my 100th post I wanted to put together a quick post to say Thank You to everyone. If you have ever posted a comment, subscribe to my RSS feed, or clicked one of my advertisements, thank you. This is purely a hobby for me, so when I receive a comment from one of my readers, it really means a lot to me. In the coming weeks, I am going to really work to increase my posts per month average, so if you don’t subscribe to my RSS feed already, now is a great time to do so. Thanks again everyone for supporting ATLChris.com up to this point and I hope you will stay around and get more involved as ATLChris.com evolves.

What’s New at ATLChris.com

As many of you know, for the past year, I have been a huge fan and supporter of the Disqus commenting system. The main reason I started using Disqus because I technically didn’t know how to code a kick-ass commenting setup via WordPress. Well, now that I am professionally developing WordPress premium themes, I have grown my knowledge of the WordPress code base, and decided to take it on myself to develop my own custom WordPress powered comment setup. Well, I am proud to premier my 100% custom WordPress comment setup TODAY! I hope you all like it. The new comment setup offers threaded replying and jQuery & cookie supported UI interactivity. You can now hide the comment form, the comments themselves, and the trackbacks and pingbacks individually. ATLChris.com will remember what components are show and which are hidden when you return to the site in the future.

One hiccup I have with the new comment setup, is that threading will not display on comments made prior to today. This issue is the result of importing the Disqus comments from the past year in to the WordPress database. I wish Disqus would offer better exporting tools, but they don’t because they don’t want to make it easy for you to leave. Moving forward though, threading is fully supported!

I have also redesigned the footer that appears at the bottom of every post. The new post footer offers better sharing options, a more professional look, and through the use of WordPress’ custom fields functionality a better looking disclaimer for donated or loaned product reviews.

I have also worked very hard to rewrite, clean, and optimize my themes code. Along with some visual tweaks to help increase readability and decrease eye strain, I have minified some code and optimized my theme to take better advantage of WordPress’ built in template tags. I have also optimized my jQuery code to make sure no javascript conflicts occur. What this all means is ATLChris.com will now load faster and run more smoothly. My CSS code is 100% valid CSS 3, and I am working to make my xhtml code 100% valid.

I hope you all like the new changes. My goal for 2010 is to increase my post-per-month average, achieve 30k unique visitors in one month, and try to develop more of a community around the blog through the use of comments and article discussion. Please help me reach my goals by subscribing to my RSS feed, posting comments on my articles, and/or share my articles via Facebook, Twitter, and Digg.

Thanks again everyone for a great 100 posts. I look forward to taking this site to the next level and I hope you all will join me.