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Archive for July, 2005

WordPress Theme: Pink Winter

The infamous John Hesch has released another theme! It’s called Pink Winter. It looks to be a 2 column fixed width layout. Enjoy!

Categories: WordPress Themes

WordPress Plugin: Random Quote

Here is a random quote plugin that let’s you manage the plugins yourself.

  • It uses the database to store quotes, not a text file.
  • It has a spiffy administrative interface
  • You can call up a random quote, or a specific quote in your pages
  • You can turn certain quotes “off,” without actually deleting them
  • The quote layouts are done with CSS, so you can stick them anywhere and style them yourself

Categories: General, WordPress Plugins

9Rules Hiring Bloggers

One of the bigger blog networks, 9Rules, is hiring bloggers at the moment. They are looking for bloggers on the following topics:

  • Cars
  • Gadgets (not another Gizmodo/Engadget)
  • Phones
  • Cameras
  • Celebrity gossip along the lines of The Superficial meaning someone who is funny

It’s great to see more and more people being hired as professional bloggers. It’s also going to be interesting to see in what direction Scrivs decides to take 9Rules

Categories: General

WordPress Plugin: KCA

A new version of KCA has been released.

Have you wanted to add an extra button to the Admin Panel or Quicktag toolbar? Usually, you’d have to edit the kca_core WordPress files, or be limited to what and where you can add stuff.

With KCA you can add content anywhere on any page on your site. The plugin makes use of client side scripting (Javascript) and the DOM to insert content.

The framework of the plugin allows you to also add your own scripts to any page. All this is configurable through a plugin management page, so you don’t have to go through the code to change variables.

Categories: General, WordPress Plugins

Want just the WP Feeds?

In case you don’t like my other type posts here at blogging pro, I have decided to make just the WP Plugins feed available. Here is the feed, that way you don’t have to listen to the rest of my rants if you don’t want to. Also, here is the feed for WordPress themes. I search for new WP plugins and themes everyday, but it just appears news is kind of slow right now, probably because of the summertime.

Thanks for the suggestion Tim!

Categories: General

WordPress Plugin: DB Files

Now , is a very cool plugin. This allows you to store files that you upload into a MySQL database instead of storing it on the file system. Anyway, it seems very cool. I suggest you check it out right now

Categories: General, WordPress Plugins

Yet Another Site

Geeze, I can’t stop myself. I just purchased GetBlogs. I’m really done buying stuff now though. Really, I’m just barely keeping my head above water as it is. Anyway, I do plan on making some changes over at that site, so stay tuned to see what I have in store for it.

Categories: General

WordPress Backup Week

WordPress is celebrating blog security and protection with WordPress Backup Week July 23-30.

WordPress, one of the most popular blogging and website management tools, is sponsoring WordPress Backup Week July 23-30. Step-by-step backup instructions will be available in the online manual, the WordPress Codex, and online in the WordPress Support Forum to help you through the process.

Your database contains every post, every comment and every link you have on your blog. If your database gets erased or corrupted, you stand to lose everything you have written. There are many reasons why this could happen and not all are things you can control. But what you can do is backup your data, after all, it is important isn’t it? Making backups is essential because problems inevitably occur and you need to be in a position to take action when disaster strikes. Spending a few minutes to make an easy, convenient backup of your database will allow you to spend even more time being creative and productive with your web site.

Backing up your WordPress database has never been easier with WordPress plugins which allow you control over how, what, and when you backup, even emailing your database backups to you – all pain free. Documentation is available to take you through the step-by-step process, as well, for backing up your WordPress site and database with cPanel, vDeck, DirectAdmin, Plesk, and others.

For your own protection and security, and peace of mind, join us in learning how to backup and protect our valuable data and writings during WordPress Backup Week. Consider using this Backup Week as an incentive to backup all your valuable documents and software, too.

Categories: WordPress News

Optimizing Adsense for your Blog

I thought I’d just share a little technique I use on my sites for optimizing my Adsense ads. It’s a quick and easy way to keep track of whether one Adsense color performs better than another, or whether one size performs better than another.

The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure you have 2 separate Adsense channels created for the site you’ll be running the test on. Then you’ll want to modify the page code itself.

The following code(using PHP) is used to generate a random number of 0 or 1. You may place this at the beginning of your page’s code:


< ?
srand(time());
$random = (rand()%2);
?>

Then you’re going to want to replace this line in your Adsense ad:

google_ad_channel =”74745145343″;

with something like…

< ?
if($random == 1)
{
?>
google_ad_channel =”74745145343″;
< ?
}
else
{
?>
google_ad_channel =”2682548234″;
< ?
}
?>

The code above simply picks which Adsense ad channel to use based on whether the random number picked was a 0 or a 1. Using pretty much the same code as right above, you’re then going to want to pick an attribute to apply this if…else statement to:

< ?
if($random == 1)
{
?>
google_color_link = “660000″;
< ?
}
else
{
?>
google_color_link = “4A525A”;
< ?
}
?>

That way, whenever it randomly generates a number, it uses the same color and channel together. You could modify a number of attributes including link color, description, URL, and even the size of the ad. You can watch your Adsense results running side by side during the day instead of having to run one campaign for a week, and then another campaign for a week.

It’s nothing big, but it’s a useful little bit of code I use when evaluating what colors and sizes to use.

Categories: General

Gizmodo Simplified and Challenges Issued

That’s right, Gizmodo’s design has been simplified! Finally, one of the 2 big blog networks has decided to make a blog that’s semi user-friendly. It’s about time, I get sick of looking at 3 columns of ads sometimes. In fact, while I’m ranting about this. Let’s just take a look at the homepage and take a little count of how many ads are on each of the 2 blog networks gadget sites…..

Engadget – a 468×60, a 120×600, 4 separate 300×250 ads, 3 text link ads each with descriptions, an ad advertising their own advertising, yet another small graphical banner, and a partridge in a pear tree

Gizmodo – a 468×60, 2 160×600, a 300×250 ad, and many many text links.

Now maybe I’m being crazy here, but doesn’t that seem like a lot of ads? Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if there weren’t so many graphical ads, but the sheer amount that these guys are putting on a page is ridiculous. One of the great things about blogs in my opinions is the simplicity of them, and these guys are just not in anyway using a simplistic approach. It’s just hard to focus on the content with all that other crap going on.

So I issue a challenge to WeblogsInc(especially Engadget), clean up your design a little bit. I also issue a challenge to both networks(WeblogsInc and Gawker) to remove some of the ads. For the love, with the amount of visitors both of you have, I seriously doubt you’re having any trouble at all bringing in revenue.

Sorry for the rant everyone! In the words of Gladiator, “What possible difference can I make?”

This just in…9Rules Network has blogs that are actually nice to look at.

Categories: General