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An Introduction to mail subscription plugins

pluginsWhat is the point of writing so well if there is no one to read it? You can make your site look really attractive and give highly valuable content, but if you are not getting enough viewership, then you are merely watering the soil without sowing any seeds.

Some people would have stumbled upon a brilliant post of yours somewhere on the web and would want to read more of it as and when you post them. But, they can’t keep checking your site every day to keep track of your updates. So, to help them and yourself, there are plugins that help you send out an e-mail to people who opt for the service, everytime you update your site with a new post. That way you don’t need to reach out to them personally everytime, but the reader will still learn of the new post through the automatically generated e-mail and even a link to the new post. Read More

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Finding Out Which Browser is Best for Your Blogging

Browser ImageIf you’re a blogger, your browser is easily your most important tool. Like a carpenter with his hammer or a plumber with his wrench, every blogger has a favorite browser and setup that they prefer.

So, ultimately, what browser you want to use for your blogging is going to come down to a personal choice, one that fits your work style, work flow and personal needs.

Still though, the question remains, is there a browser that is all-around better for blogging than its peers? If so, is it one that every blogger should use?

To answer that question, we have to look deeper at what a blogger needs out of a browser and what the major browsers out there provide. Read More

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3 Scenarios: Blogging in a Post-WordPress World

WordPress Logo StackedI have been a WordPress user for over 7 years and I deeply love the platform, it’s developers and its users. WordPress currently powers over 16% of the entire Internet and the latest WordPress release, 3.4, has already been downloaded some 2.8 million times since it’s release barely two weeks ago.

WordPress isn’t going anywhere quickly but the fact remains that WordPress is vulnerable to the same tidal shifts that have affected other companies. After all, Yahoo! was once the runaway lead search engine and MySpace was by far the most popular social network.

Like MovableType before it, WordPress faces threats to its dominance both in the traditional sense, meaning other platforms that compete directly, the existential sense, meaning shifts to the Internet that could wipe out such platforms, and even from within in the form of forks and community splitting.

So what would a post-WP blogging world look like? Here are a few possible scenarios to consider and what they might mean for the bloggers working within them. Read More

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Tumblr topples Typepad

Today is a sad day for Six Apart, who was unable to slow down Tumblr’s rise against Typepad, despite copying the former’s reblogging feature in 2009.

According to Quantcast, Tumblr is now receiving 10.7 million uniques when compared against Typepad’s 10.6 million stateside, although the gap between the two services expands once you include international users. Read More

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Is b2evolution Still Relevant In The Age Of WordPress?

Considered by some to be a distant cousin to WordPress (as they have  “same blood“), b2evolution has continued to evolve at a seemingly faster pace than its younger cousin (as b2evolution is on version 3.3.3 while WordPress is on 2.9.2).

Although boasting numerous plugins, template skins and a small but passionate community, b2evolution has nearly faded from the public spot light as most people outside of the “realm known as geek” have never heard of b2evolution (as it brings up blanks stares, unlike WordPress or Blogger). Read More

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ProBlogging On The Cheap (For Under $25 A Year)

With millions out of work throughout the world, many people (with extra time on their hands) are looking for extra ways to generate income by pursuing hobbies that they love.

For some that includes blogging, which might explain many of the “how do I start a blog” questions that I  receive, as well as all the costs associated with starting one (at least for those who choose to self host their own content).

While there are many excellent blog platforms out there that do not require a person to have a server, for some the price range might be beyond their budget (especially those with monthly plans).

After scouring the internet for more hours than I care to admit, here are four blogging platforms for aspiring probloggers that cost less than $25 a year. Read More

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Joomla Lovers May Have The Greatest iPhone App Ever

For the first time in my geek life, I am seriously tempted to switch away from WordPress, all because of one iPhone app.

Joomla Admin Mobile, an iPhone application created by Covert Apps empowers users belonging to the Joomla faith to not only edit pages and articles, but also add multiple images to them without throwing all of the images at the bottom of the post (like WordPress 2) or near the top (like Squarespace).

Priced at $9.99, Joomla Admin Mobile (or JAM for short) sells at a much higher premium than other Joomla apps, although JAM does offer a few features lacking from its rivals. Read More

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5 Video Blogging Apps For iPhone Lovers (And Android Freaks)

Last year I wrote a post lamenting about the lack of video blogging apps for the iPhone, especially after Apple launched the iPhone 3GS (not to mention allowing video apps for 2G and 3G iPhones).

Unfortunately the number of iPhone blogging apps embracing video has not improved since then, despite the fact that video editing apps are now appearing within Steve Job’s  backyard (read App store).

After a very long search upon the app store, I was able to locate several apps embracing video blogging (or as some call it, “vidblogging“), as well as a few for Android freaks (that I have discovered online). Read More

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When Will iDrupal Hit The App Store? (iPhone)

Question: How many geeks does it take to create a Drupal iPhone App?

Answer: Not enough.

iDrupal, an iPhone blogging app under development by Steve McKenzie and Zaheeren (from India) has been in “geek purgatory” for almost a year now, with no sign it will enter Steve Jobs playground any time soon.

Originally started by McKenzie out of the kindness of his heart (and wallet), iDrupal was able to receive a sponsor last October which gave some Drupal geeks hope that this app would be out soon.

A few months later and an elegant Drupal app has yet to hit the app store.

Unless McKenzie can work out his mad coding skills (and I have no doubt that he can), it looks like those of the Drupal faith may have to wait until spring before the app see’s the light of day (on the app store at least).

While iLovers can currently access Drupal via BlogPress, they are unable to upload images upon their own servers (forcing them to rely upon either Flickr or Picasa Web Albums).

Hopefully McKenzie’s iPhone app will be able to change all of that as Drupal’s lack of iPresence doesn’t help their image as a superior rival to WordPress.

(Image: Early screenshot of the upcoming iDrupal UI, Credit: Steve McKenzie)

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Drupal 7 Alpha 1 Released

When speaking about WordPress CMS often the Drupal platform is mentioned as the most viable and more powerful alternative to WordPress. After more than 2 years of development the Drupal community now received what it has been waiting for for a long time: the first Drupal 7 release.

Albeit still only an Alpha release, the bang in the community was big and I suppose for the Drupal users it was very welcome news to finally be able to look forward to certain features like Custom Fields which are standard since a really long time in the blogging community. Drupal 6 already brought an image uploader and tags to the software and Drupal 7 now brings more features WordPress and users of other blog software have known for a while already.

What’s new in Drupal 7? With Drupal 7 come image editing, integrated updater and custom fields. Read More

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