Archive for the ‘WordPress Plugins’ Category
I am all about value added services, It is my personal belief that your websites visitors are more likely to revisit your content if you provide them with all the tools they need to succeed. For that reason a strong job board is essential if you run a tech reporting, freelance writing or related website in which your readers likely want to stay up-to-date with openings in their field.
For more than a year BloggingPro.com has been utilizing a paid WordPress Job Board Software platform known as WPJobBoard and we could not be any happier.
For just $99 the WordPress plugin allows us to save unlimited job postings, unlimited job applications and unlimited resumes, all on our own trusty server which means no reliance on outside systems.
One of the best parts about WPJobBoard is the simple fact that it scales for your template, that means as you change the look and feel of your website you can easily continue the WPJobBoard integration process. For example take a look at our output on http://www.bloggingpro.com/jobs/ and you will see a template that matches the websites design (the $99 package comes with one free job board theme valued at $79): Read More
First of all, let me take you to the brief history of WordPress. WordPress is the leading blogging platform which is based on PHP and MYSQL and was first released in 2003. These days’ more than 20% websites are using WordPress as their CMS and WordPress 3.0 version has already been downloaded more than 65 million time. WordPress has lots of ready to use solutions in the form of plugins, themes, tools and tutorials etc. which makes it the ultimate choice for professional and beginner bloggers.
By now you are finished with installing WordPress as the blogging platform on your blog and want to convert your first simple WordPress blog into professional blog which is SEO Optimized and User Friendly. Today I’m going to share the list of 10 WordPress Plugins that you should install on Your WordPress blog straight away if you are installing plugins on your blog for the first time: Read More
Despite its horrendously long and horrible name the Add Twitter, Facebook Like, Google plus one Social share plugin for WordPress is the best way we’ve discovered to date for adding horizontal share buttons with a vertical scroll option to WordPress enabled pages, posts, homepages and other display options on a WordPress setup.
To begin using the program you can visit http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/twitter-facebook-google-plusone-share/ or you can search for Add Twitter, Facebook Like, Google plus one Social share via your “add new” option in the plugins section of your WordPress admin area. Read More
The NextGen Gallery plugin for WordPress is one of the more robust gallery plugins currently available for the open-source platform, unfortunately once installed the plugin is called every single time a page or post is accessed by a user. If you’re familiar with server load times at all you know that unnecessary script calls in turn make your website slower. That’s exactly where NextGen Gallery Optimizer for WordPress comes into play.
Using this plugin developer Mark Jeldi has made it simple to ignore the NextGen Gallery plugin script and style calls on all posts where the Nextgen shortcode [nggallery id=x] is not being used.
To start using the plugin simply search for “NextGen Gallery Optimizer” in your “add new plugins” section of your WordPress setup or download it from http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nextgen-gallery-optimizer/ and install the plugin in your plugins program via FTP or through the upload function.
Once installed the program offers a very simple interface: Read More
If there’s one qualm I have with the WordPress platform it’s the fact that changing my websites template from time to time leaves me with a broken site. In some cases I may have been using a template that doesn’t require me to use a “featured image” for front page display, in other cases certain plugins simply don’t work with my new template configuration.
My biggest qualm however comes from the way images are handled through the WordPress platform. Let me fill you in on this process, whenever you use a specific theme and upload a picture that photo is uploaded using all of the thumbnail sizes available for the template being used. For example if display pages require 300 x 250, 500 x 500 and 30 x 60 photos to be created that’s what you’ll receive.
Now let’s say you jump over to a new template and the thumbnail sizes require 250 x 250, 500 x 425 and 30 x 60. Two of your images will not show correctly (they will be too small to fill in available space).
That last statement is where the Ajax Thumnail Rebuild Plugin for WordPress comes into play. This plugin easily allows users to rebuild thumbnails from all of their pictures based on current theme requirements. Read More
When placing social sharing buttons from various social networks on your website one of the biggest dangers is misplacement of those buttons. Some web designers argue that buttons at the top of each post will provide the most shares while other experts insist that directly after a posts content is best.
When I’m building websites I prefer to not leave the placement of social buttons to chance and I don’t like to place buttons in multiple positions because it can adversely affect pageload times. For that prefer to use the Sharebar plugin for WordPress which can be found at: wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sharebar.
The plugin is extremely easy to install, simply search for “Sharebar” from the plugins screen in your WordPress administrator screen and the program will show up under the “settings” at which point you will see the following screen: Read More
WP Really Simple Health is a very easy to use and ultimately useful application for WordPress users who are worried about Cpu user time, server uptime and general WordPress memory utilization.
The program can be downloaded at WP Really Simple Health and offers users just three simple options for setting up the program.
Here’s a screenshot for the program’s health settings:
Once installed the program then provides instant access to a users server setup in the admin bar at the top of their WordPress page setup. Having immediate access means you can quickly see your servers health without needing to navigate to a specialized area for the program. Read More
WordPress, out of the box, is already a great content management system (CMS) and a great blogging platform. However, just like most Web browsers, the real power of WordPress isn’t unlocked until you start to add some plugins that help you customize and streamline your WordPress experience.
But while most WordPress users are well aware of Akismet, various caching plugins and other near-essential tools for blogging, over the years I’ve found a slew of lesser-known plugins that have become indespensible to me and my bloggging.
Though the full list could probably go on for quite some time, here is a list of five of the more important plugins I’ve run across and how they’ve helped to make me a better blogger over the years and are plugins I probably wouldn’t build a new site without. Read More
More than five years ago, I was bit by the Autoblog bug. I don’t build them anymore, but I still build WordPress blogs in large numbers. One of my pet peeves when I was working with 100+ different blogs was that if I wanted to interlink them, or have the exact same links on the sidebar of each blog, I would have to add these links manually to each and every blog every time I built a new blog. For example, if I have 98 blogs, and I want every one of them to have a link to blog #99 that I just created, I would have to add that link to all 98 blogs manually. That is very time-consuming, so I knew there had to be a better way.
Of course, PHP can do just about anything if you know how to tell it to. I thought it would be awesome if I could have a shared links box on the sidebar of each WordPress blog, and have a form online that I could enter in the name and URL to each new blog as I built them, and then have PHP add that link to all 98 blogs instantly. Thankfully, I was able to set this up exactly how I needed it. This is what I am going to show you today, and you can use it however you see fit. One thing I want to remind you of is that even though I am using the shared content box for links, it technically can be used for anything, your imagination is the limit. Let’s get started.
nRelate is yet another related posts plugin for WordPress, however unlike other related posts plugins the nRelate option allows for easier and more robust customization of output settings. From choosing relevancy types (low, medium, high) to deciding output placement (top or bottom of post) and image sizes the program is simple to use and highly effective.
You can start by downloading the nRelate plugin directly from your Admin plugin section with a simple “nRelate” search. The program is in active development and currently supported databases up to WordPress 3.3.1.
Once installed you will go to the nRelate tab on the left side of your administration screen and click on the “Dashboard” option which revealed this screen: Read More