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Archive for September, 2005

WordPress Theme: Contempt

Contempt is an easy to use and customize theme. It is based off the world famous Kubrick.

  • Page Navigation bar
  • A different, appealing design
  • Included blog icons
  • and a few other nice features…

Categories: WordPress Themes

WordPress Plugin: Secure Files

Here’s a nice plugin for securing some of your files.

This plugin allows you to upload and download documents that are stored outside of your web document root for security purposes.

This is great for people using plugins like Registered Only that secure your WordPress blog (Posts, Pages, etc). The problem with these plugins is that your loose files aren’t protected – only the contents of your WordPress database. So, any images or other documents you’ve uploaded are easily accessible to those who aren’t authenticated via a plugin like Registered Only. This plugin aims to solve this problem.

Categories: WordPress Plugins

WordPress Plugin: Better Feed

This new WordPress plugin has some sweet new features for your feed.

  • Add “Read more” links
    On your site, you can split post on two parts, teaser and body, using the tag <!–more–>. Why not have a “Read more” link as well in your feed, for longer posts, or when you want to tease and keep the surprise off the feed ?

    (By the way, while I’m at it : “summary” feeds truncated after 40 words just suck big time. Read more)

  • Add “Next page” links
    Similarly, you can split posts in pages, with <!–nextpage–>. By default, feeds only show the first page and give no link for the rest. Why not have the same “Read more” link within your feed ?
  • Add the number of comments
    When you find an interesting post via your feed reader, you often have to check the website for new comments, or to subscribe to the comment feed. Why not add, at the end of every RSS item, something like “13 comments”, just like in your blog frontpage ?
  • Add a copyright notice
    Concerned with content stealers reproducing your posts automatically somewhere without giving you credit ? Why not add something like “© Joe – 2005″ and a link to some neat Creative Commons License ?
  • Add a list of related posts

    Improve connectivity between your feed and your site : why not add, at the end of each RSS item, a list of related posts your readers may have missed ?

  • Add a link for Technorati’s Cosmos
    Why not add a handy link to quickly check who’s linking to your post ?
  • Add a “Add to” link
    Let your readers bookmark your entries right from within their RSS reader
  • Add anything
    There’s so many stuff you could think of that I just can’t list them all :)
  • Categories: WordPress Plugins

    Blogging Thesis

    This is a very cool, very in-depth study of blogs by a guy who wrote his thesis on the subject. His thesis was on:

    I looked at how Blogs have impacted business and communication, how some Blogs create revenue, how some companies are using Blogs, how Blogs greatly boost the spread of information, how Blogs add richness to the media landscape, how Blogs work in the Long Tail, how some companies are tracking the Blogosphere and what the future of Blogging may be.

    174 different bloggers participated in the survey(including myself). Here are some random stats from the blog thesis:

    • 85% allow comments on their blogs
    • 33% use Google Adsense
    • 22% use BlogAds
    • 45% generate no revenue
    • 40% generated under $5,000 per year
    • 4% generated over $100,000 per year

    Anyway, this paper has tons and tons of information, standing at 145 pages long. If you’re looking for an in-depth look at blogging, check it out.

    Categories: General

    Bloggy Network Launches 2 Football Blogs

    I’ve added 2 more blogs to the Bloggy Network, bringing the grand total of sites to 14. These 2 new blogs are on the topic of football(American). Why would I launch 2 blogs about football? Because I’m a football fanatic. I love football, I’m obsessed with it. In addition, I’m very opinionated about it.

    The first football blog is called bFootball. I’m sticking with that “b” branding in front of the domain names. I like it. Anyway, this blog is dedicated to everything NFL. I do happen to be a Titans fan, but I will be writing as unbiased as possible(not that I could possibly be biased towards the Titans this year anyway). I’ll write on news around the league, but I’m hoping to produce mostly original content on my thoughts and opinions.

    The second football blog is called bSECFootball. Why the SEC? I figured it would be kind of hard to cover all 117 division teams. The SEC is comprised of just 12 teams, so this will be a little easier to manage. Not to mention I probably don’t have enough knowledge about the other conferences to express my opinion. Also I attended UT for a couple of years, so I’ve experienced firsthand SEC games in several different venues. There’s nothing like an SEC game on a Saturday. Once again, although I’m a UT fan, I will try to write unbiased.

    Anyway, if you’re a fan of football, check ‘em out.

    Categories: General

    WordPress Plugin: Comvatars

    Here is a plugin that combines the use of Gravatars and Favatars. However, it is preferrable to have both the Gravatar plugin and Favatar plugin installed in order to get the most functionality out of this plugin. He includes very extensive documentation on his plugin.

    Categories: WordPress Plugins

    Blogging Tools

    I’ve already got some more new sites coming for the Bloggy Network, but I’d like to get some ideas for some more. I’d be willing to develop a tool myself, I just can’t think of anything else that the blogosphere needs. Does anybody have some ideas for a blogging tool that needs to be developed? Anyway, let’s hear what you think we need. Thanks!

    Categories: General

    WordPress Plugin: Attach Files

    Attach Files is a new WordPress plugin that allows you to add an attachment to a post in a manner that’s as simple as adding an attachment to an e-mail. This will be a useful plugin for any blog author who is not too familiar with uploading files via the WordPress upload system. To install, it’s as simple as uploading it into your plugins directory and activating it.

    Categories: WordPress Plugins

    BloggingStats Joins BloggyNetwork

    Blogging Stats is the latest site to join the Bloggy Network. Blogging Stats is just a simple blogging statistics site that allows you to keep track of visitors to your website and where they are coming from. You can either have a private account where only you can view your statistics or a public account where they are available to be seen by everyone. Anyway, if you’re interested in a stat tracker for your blog, then I recommend you head on over and sign up.

    Categories: General

    WordPress Plugin: Image Zoom

    Now this is one pretty durn cool plugin. It allows the users of your website to zoom in on an image if they want. All they have to do is click on the image, and voila!, it’s zoomed. Anyway, it’s very cool stuff, so check it out.

    Categories: WordPress Plugins

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