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ManageWP Worker Lets You Easily Manage Multiple WordPress Sites

ManageWP LogoInstalling and managing a single self-hosted WordPress site can keep your hands full, especially if you’re dedicated to publishing content on a regular basis. So it’s quite a given that handling multiple WordPress sites could be very daunting for both beginners and seasoned WordPress users. It takes a lot of time and effort to manage several WordPress installations, and for most of us, it can be overwhelming. Well, to borrow a saying from the smartphone crowd, there’s a plugin for that.

ManageWP Worker is a WordPress plugin that lets you take complete control of multiple WordPress sites from a single interface. From installation to monitoring, its suite of management tools has got you covered. Here are the highlights of this plugin to make you understand how it could help you manage your army of WordPress sites.

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ManageWP has a website cloning tool that lets you easily and quickly create new sites based on existing ones. This means you can tinker and play around with a test site and efficiently turn it into a production site with as little effort as possible. Mass migrations are also made easy because you only need to input FTP details and other hosting information into a single dashboard and you’re good to go. If you have ever experienced problems with switching a site from one host to another before, you know that this kind of convenience is very welcome.

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Is Integrating with Facebook Really a Good Idea?

Facebook Plugin SamplesYesterday, Facebook announced the launch of a new WordPress plugin that makes it easier than ever to integrate Facebook into your site.

Though integration has always been possible, it’s been a bit of a headache requiring a mashup of plugins and/or coding to integrate with Facebook’s notoriously verbose and complex API.

The new plugin makes integration easy. With a few minutes of setup and no coding, WordPress users can now add a social publisher that blasts their posts out over their feeds and fan pages, replace their WordPress comments with Facebook’s alternative, add a recommendations bar that finds related posts and also add like, subscribe and send buttons.

The plugin is both so powerful and useful that Samuel “Otto” Wood, the creator of the popular Simple Facebook Connect plugin, will eventually stop supporting it in favor of the official plugin.

But is integrating your site so tightly with Facebook really a good idea? The answer isn’t simple and it depends heavily on your site and the best way to decide is to look at the pros and cons while making the decision for yourself. Read More

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Use Jetpack To Soar Like A Blogging Hero

Jetpack for WordPressA year and a couple of months after it was released to non-WordPress.com users, Jetpack is still packing some heat, especially with a few new features not included in the initial release. While most of Jetpack’s features can be also be acquired by installing other WordPress plugins, there’s a certain level of efficiency and convenience involved in getting all of them in one simple installation.

You can install Jetpack just like you would any other WordPress plugin; just download the package and install, that’s it. You will need to connect it to a WordPress.com account to activate the features, so make sure you already have a WordPress.com account before strapping on your Jetpack.

If you’re still not using this plugin on your self-hosted WordPress blog, here are some of the features and benefits you’re missing out on:

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WPJobBoard Makes Job Posting On WordPress Sites Simple And Effective

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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

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10 Must Have Plugins for a Beginner WordPress Blogger

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

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Add Twitter, Facebook Like, Google Plus One Social Share Plugin For WordPress

Social ShareDespite 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

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NextGen Gallery Optimizer For WordPress Speeds Up Pages By Eliminating Non-Used Scripts

NextGen Gallery Optimizer for WordPressThe 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.

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Ajax Thumbnail Rebuild Plugin For WordPress. Fixing Thumbnails After Installing A New Theme

AJAX Thumbnail PluginIf 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

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Sharebar Plugin For WordPress, Always Present Social Sharing

Sharebar for WordPressWhen 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

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WP Really Simple Health Plugin. Monitor Your Server Through The WordPress Admin Toolbar

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:

WP Really Simple Health Plugin 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

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