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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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December 25th, 2009
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We would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Weblog Tools Collection team and our advertisers. Be safe, have fun and be sure to spread the cheer!

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Publish The Feed Later

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December 5th, 2009
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WordPress Hack, WordPress Plugins

Publish The Feed Later: WP Engineer provides a nice tutorial on how to publish your post to your feed a few minutes (configurable) after you publish your post. These few minutes can help you find errors or bugs in your post and fix them before they get sent out via your feed to all your readers. The “hack” requires you to change your theme’s functions.php file and add the code snippet provided. Alternatively you could also use a plugin written by our very own Keith, called Feed Pauser. I see no compatibility information on this plugin (maybe Keith could chime in and let us know) but it does offer further functionality such as the ability to prevent individual posts from appearing in your feed. A useful hack/plugin for those like me who have an itchy post finger.

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Why are good plugins becoming orphans?

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November 29th, 2009
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Blogging Essays, WordPress Plugins

Preface The act of adopting an abandoned plugin reminds me of adopting an orphaned child. On the one hand, the new parents are taking on someone who they didn’t help raise thus far, which forces them to “learn” the ways of the new child to communicate well with them. On the other hand, the new parent is left with the fear that there will come a day that the old parent will come to claim their rights on the child. The analogy I brought can go some way in building an intuition about the problem of orphaned plugins, but if we want to go beyond just intuition we need to take a more in-depth look at the subject. I hope such a look will inspire a discussion that will benefit us all. The chase for a faster plugin installation My prime example for an orphan plugin for this post will […]

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So we tried Intense Debate . . .

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November 22nd, 2009
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Business of Blogging, Spam, WordPress Plugins

It was not meant to be. I had high hopes for Intense Debate but the drawbacks outweighed the positives in our case. I was really looking forward to a few of the features that I thought might bring more interactivity to the blog and encourage readers to have meatier discussions. As you notice below, we have turned off Intense Debate and gone back to the original comment form. Below is a list of the some of the features I was really looking forward to and our experiences with them. I would like to preface this discussion by saying that I screwed up the install by adding this blog onto the wrong account and that added to some of our woes. The account bug that followed (we received some help via the support email) was caused by my fat fingering. Better overall look and feel of the comment section of a […]

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How to Create an Author Info Section in WordPress

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November 17th, 2009
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Blogging News

How to Create an Author Info Section in WordPress: Chris has put together a nice tutorial on how to create an author info section on your WordPress blog. I am sure you have seen these in the past on multi-author blogs. They normally tend to be displayed at thebottom of single posts and Chris provides details, code and styling for various features that can be added to this section. I also think this would make for a very nice and simple plugin. So if you would like to set one of these up for your own blog and increase visitor stickiness, head over to the tutorial.

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WordPress 2.9’s post image feature

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November 16th, 2009
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Blogging News, WordPress News

Everything you need to know about WordPress 2.9’s post image feature:  Justin gives everyone an in depth look into the post thumbnail or image thumbnail features built into WordPress 2.9 Jeff already makes liberal use of post images in all his posts. Also included, for the benefit of theme authors, are detailed instructions on how to add post image features to your WordPress theme and create various feature sets around this core concept.

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5 Free Ways to Bulletproof Your WordPress Blog

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October 26th, 2009
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WordPress, WordPress Discussions

5 Free Ways to Bulletproof Your WordPress Site: Eric’s presentation from WordCamp Seattle that can also be watched on WordPress.tv Some of the interesting parts include backup, security, performance and general tips including improving search and usability, all with links to relevant plugins and tools. If you are new to WordPress or want to refresh your blog, this is a good read through. Thanks Linked In messages.

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WordPress 2.9 Features Video (in Portuguese)

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October 22nd, 2009
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Blogging News

WordPress 2.9 New Features: Barbara Vaz has put together a seven minute video on the new Trash feature and the new image and media manipulation features in WordPress 2.9 but the video is in Portuguese. Since I don’t understand the language, even a muted look through the video was interesting. Also of interest is a series of posts by Ronen Hirsch about getting started with WordPress. Topics are as simple as straightforward as what one can do with WordPress, where to get and use WordPress and some of the simpler features of WordPress.

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FTC says bloggers must disclose payments and freebies

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October 5th, 2009
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Blogging, Blogging News

FTC says bloggers must disclose payments and freebies when reviewing products or risk being fined $16,000: This morning, the Federal Trade Commission published their Final Guides Governing Endorsements, Testimonials with changes that affect testimonial advertising, bloggers and celebrity endorsements. Though these are guidelines and not regulations, bloggers could face civil fines up to $16,000 and advertisers could also face fines. Interesting to note is that there are no guidelines on how to disclose relationships and this has no effect on blogs, corporations and relationships outside of the US. The new rules would apply to any transfer of value in exchange for publicity but seems very watered down in its execution. TechMeme is full of reverberations, but is there a lot to worry about for the everyday blogger? My question is, have you ever received money or gifts for your posts? Have you been offered products in exchange for writing reviews? […]

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