Archive for the ‘WordPress Plugins’ Category
I am not an advocate for WordPress plugins, most of the time users go overboard with their installation and in turn WordPress sites become server intensive power hogs that are slow to load and hard to administer. With that being said there are a handful of new plugins this week that attempt to make a developers life easier, both by speeding up a WordPress installation and by allowing for simple output protocols to be achieved.
Here are 5 new WordPress plugins for developing a faster and smarter blog.
1. WP Separate CSS
As a fan of tweaking my websites design on a fairly regular basis I often find that purchased themes pose one significant problem, whenever an update is made available some developers provide all new files for that theme. Unfortunate that means If I update the theme without backing up the CSS file I lose all of the changes that made the theme my own. WP Separate CSS solves this problem by allowing users to create a separate CSS file that is then added into the theme’s CSS output. Simply upload the program, create a .CSS file within the plugins folder and edit that file instead of the typical style.css and other files. Once the .css file is saved the changes are loaded alongside the templates .css files. Read More
The Social Metrics plugin for WordPress has quickly become one of the very first options I add to my new WordPress blogs as they are being built. The plugin in it’s most simple of terms allows me as the administrator on my website to examine which social networks are having the greatest impact on the posts I create.
Using Social Metrics is extremely simple, after downloading and simply clicking activate the program can be visited in a section located directly below the “Dashboard” option within the WP-ADMIN area:
After clicking on the “Social Metrics” section the main display is then shown. Before choosing any settings the program automatically displays your newest posts first.
As you can see from the screenshot below the title for each post is displayed (you can click on the hyperlink to visit each story). Next you’ll find some of the most used buttons on most sites (Twitter, Facebook, Google+,StumbleUpon, Digg and LinkedIn). Next to each type of social sharing button is the number of shares it has received. Unfortunately Reddit is now implemented which is a real shame given the buttons increasing prevalence. Read More
For anyone just starting out in SEO or even existing SEO professionals, thereâ€™s arguably no quicker or easier way to experiment and learn than by running your own blog. In fact, Iâ€™m of the opinion that ALL SEO professionals should have their own side projects. If you donâ€™t, you spend your entire full time job just keeping up with competition and never eclipsing them. Running your own site gives you more freedom and exposure to techniques you wouldnâ€™t use on client sites. So donâ€™t wait, it takes just minutes to set up a WordPress site and here are the first plug ins you should add to kick off your SEO campaign: Read More
The robust WordPress platform allows developer to quickly churn out competent plugins that can make our lives as web designers easier. In this weeks newest WordPress plugins we examine a new way to display Facebook Fan Box output, take a look at a grammar and plagiarism plugin and dive into the world of a page specific feedback tool.
We also examine a new way to import audio files from YouTube without the need for their included video and examine how users can easily use their social media logins to comment via the WordPress commenting system.
Take a look at each of the plugins below and let us know which one you find the most useful. Read More
If you’ve built a recipe website using WordPress and you’ve become frustrated by the lack of visitor results you’re receiving from Google search it’s likely that your recipes have not been formatted using Google Rich Snippets, an option that provides a better way to leverage SEO results by wrapping your content in the correct type of Google Recipe search formatting.
In order to accomplish this goal I suggest HRecipe, a simple to use program that allows recipes to be entered directly from “Post Pages” while editing those recipes as required in the future.
The program can be found in the WordPress.org plugin repository HEREÂ or found through a plugin search from your WordPress administrator area.
Once installed simply navigate to a new post and click on the “HRecipe” logo which is found next to your image, video and other upload icons at the top of the edit area. After clicking on the logo link you will see a page that looks like this: Read More
The Amazon Simple Storage Service is one of the best ways a website owner can choose to store their websites images, not only is the service simple to use it also provides faster website load times by serving a websites images from Amazon controlled servers.
If you’re using a WordPress and you don’t mind paying a very small fee (approximately $10 per 150,000 pageviews) you should definitely be using this plugin.
Installing the plugin is a simple process, simply download the file from the WordPress repository by either visiting HERE or by searching under “Amazon S3 for WordPress” in your WordPress plugins administrator section.
Once installed navigated to the plugin and you will see the following display options: Read More
If you plan to integrate Facebook into your WordPress setup there are some easy plugins and template hooks you can implement to achieve that goal. Whether you’re looking for an “upload and activate” plugin or embed friendly code there are plenty of options to choose from.
In this section we examine Facebook Comments for Wordress (plugin), Facebook Like Box (embed code) and Simple Facebook Connect (entire plugin framework).
If you want a simple commenting system check out our first option, if you want to build your fan page for your Facebook page try option two and if you want to integrate Facebook with your login platform, like boxes and other options check out the Simple Facebook Connect option.
In any case you’ll likely find a plugin or code base to serve your Facebook needs. Read More
For many of us traveling the world is a dream that we take in steps. A city here, a country there, and it is a craving that keeps taking us further and further from home. Some keep track of it in pictures or memories, or in stories told to those closest to them or strangers they meet. But more and more travelers are opening up their own blogs to share their experiences and inspire others to join them in seeing this great planet where we live.
In addition to this trend, using WordPress (though Tumblr is on the rise!) to write about those travels is a popular option. Clean looking and easy to use, it can provide the average blogger with the tools that professional graphic designers might use to create their own website. Since it is fully customizable it is a great way to get the exact look and format you want. It is also useful because of the many plugins available to make the task a little easier.
Here are 11 awesome plugins that the travel blogger can use for their own blog. Read More
John Henson of PlusDevs developed a handy widget to display your Google+ profile to your WordPress site.
The widget is as simple as WordPress widgets come and only requires you to add your Google+ ID. Sadly there is no option in the GoogleCards to add someone to your Google+ Circles without leaving the site but we hope that this will be integrated to GoogleCards once the Google+ is launched officially and the Google+ API will be released.
Visit PlusDevs to download the plugin here
Honestly there is nothing more fun than downloading your blog content, plugins, themes, and media files (videos, images and audio) from your server, then uploading all of those files via FTP during the midnight hour.
Joking aside, moving your blog off a server can be a frustrating task, especially if one is attempting to leave the confines of a bad host.
While there are some hosting companies (usuallyÂ specialized hosts) that will handle all of the moving for you, most usually leave the migration details to the user who has to delve into the world of geek or hire one on the cheap.
Fortunately thisÂ tediousÂ affair might be a thing in the past thanks to Move That Blog by 23Press (a company started byÂ Terry Smith) which allows bloggers to easily migrate between servers without putting a hole in your pocket. Read More