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WordPress Plugin Competition 2009 Winner!

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And the winner of the Grand Prize of the WordPress Plugin Competition 2009 is: Section Widget by Godfrey Chan Godfrey’s plugin provides a way to display section specific content on your WordPress sidebar with an easy to use interface. This new version comes with tabs support, so creating your tabbed section widget is just a few clicks away. Plus, with shortcode support, the possibilities are limitless! This plugin is well rounded, consistently preferred by all of our judges and reviewers and was well liked by the audience as well. Congratulations to the Grand Prize Winner! Thanks to Keith D’Souza, Ozh and Jeff Chandler for taking on the mammoth task of judging the competition and helping me put it all together. These people have done it all for the love of the community and their passion for WordPress, and I commend them for all of their efforts. Along with the judges, […]

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WordPress Plugin Competition 2009 Runner Ups!

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So after much deliberation by our judges, tallying of the votes from readers, after coming up with an algorithm for all of this to come together, we finally have the results for the Weblog Tools Collection Plugin Competition. The competition was very close with year with, and as one of the judges put it, quite a few gems were found in the rough. There are two runner ups in the competition this year with the exact same scores and a final Grand Prize winner who eked past their competition by a single point. The runner ups will win a cash prize of $500 each and the Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of $2000! To break from tradition, we will release the runner ups today, followed by the release of the Grand Prize Winner on Monday. The following runner ups are in no particular order since they had […]

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WordPress MU and BuddyPress Plugin Contest 2009

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As in last year, following our own Plugin Competition (results are on the way), WPMU.org is holding their own plugin competition. But this time they are adding BuddyPress plugins into the mix as well. You can visit the WPMU Plugin Competition Homepage for more information. The rules for the competition remain the same as last year. Competitors need to post as announcement for their plugin(s) by registering at WPMU.org and submitting a post. The plugins must relate to WordPress MU or BuddyPress and be available freely for download. The plugins must also be released under a GPL compatible license. The prize pool is at $1000 and the organizers are looking for more donations to bolster the purse. So if you are a novice plugin author looking to wade in the WordPress MU pool or a seasoned veteran looking to flex your muscles, head over to the competition and post an […]

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Old WordPress version? Attack warning. Please upgrade!

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September 4th, 2009
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Blogging News, WordPress Security

Old WordPress Versions Under Attack: Older version of WordPress are being attacked and characters are being added to the permalinks. Sure signs of the attack include strange characters in your permalinks (single posts do not work) and an extra administrator account in the users control panel which you cannot see. Look for the administrator count in brackets at the top. Is the number there what you would expect on your blog? Please upgrade your WordPress blog to the latest version ASAP. Our own PluginBlog was vulnerable and was compromised (shame on me for not having upgraded from a really old version). Our blog had registration turned off. After upgrading your blog and changing your password to a strong one, you can visit Lorelle’s post to find more ways to secure your install and remove the extra admin account that might have been created as part of the attack. I removed […]

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Write with a Knife

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September 3rd, 2009
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Blogging Essays, brainstorming

How to Write with a Knife: I have been a big fan of CopyBlogger for some time and I try to read their articles as often as I can, though not as often as I would like to. The above article, followed by another one in the series called “Do Long Blog Posts Scare Away Readers?“, have some really good advice for bloggers. I have implicitly tried to follow some of them because my past training and weakness for the English language, but having them spelled out succinctly is really helpful (I already caught myself making one of the mistakes mentioned in the article, can you tell which one?). In addition to the above suggestions, I would like to add a few of my own. Please feel free to add others in the comments. Make your titles short, sweet and eye catching. Long titles lose their punch. Proof read. As […]

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Embedded Video Copyright Laws?

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August 31st, 2009
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brainstorming, Business of Blogging

Long story short, our Weblog Tools Videos has had some major spam issues recently and we have taken action to try and prevent this deluge of spam. Thanks to Otto for the heads up on that. In this mess, we have also had a couple of content generators complain that their videos, hosted on sites such as DailyMotion and YouTube, were used on Weblog Tools Videos without their explicit consent. This got me thinking about the possible ramifications embedding videos on a blog or website. I could not find any permission or license information on the pages where the allegedly infringed videos were hosted and so I assumed that we should remove the videos, which we did. If the video page allows embedding, does that constitute implicit permission to post it elsewhere? Is there copyright and license information buried within the agreement that users electronically sign on uploading to YouTube? Do […]

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Free Weblog Tools Collection Laptop Sticker

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EDIT: For those that missed out on this opportunity, go to Weblog Tools Collection Schwag to get one for yourself. So I was decking out my laptop with stickers the other day and realized that I really miss having a Weblog Tools Collection laptop sticker. So I got in touch with a few vendors and come upon Sticker Giant who were great to work with. Now that I have a sticker for my own laptop, I have many others left on the roll and I am itching to give them away. So if you want a Weblog Tools Collection laptop sticker for free, please fill out the form (closed, reached max. number) and we will send a few out for you ASAP. Since postage is kind of expensive, if you missed this round and would still like one, we will have more of these sticker giveaways in the future and if […]

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Display Thumbnails For Related Posts in WordPress

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August 27th, 2009
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brainstorming, WordPress Plugins

Display Thumbnails For Related Posts in WordPress: I have been a huge fan of related posts in blogs for some time. They really help your readers by drawing them into the conversation and increase stickiness of your blog. WordPress.com has a similar feature with related posts from various other blog on the network. Variations of the related posts plugins include our very own “Where did they go from here?” plugin and more centralized version such as the Waypath service. The tutorial linked above explains one way to add thumbnails to your related post links in order to draw your readers attention to the links. The method is not as automated as I would like it to be and does require a few bits of code that is provided but I believe it can really help keep readers on your blog longer. I remember when small pictures were added next to […]

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21 Great Plugins for Manage Multi-Author Blogs

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21 Great Plugins to Manage Multi-Author Blogs Efficiently: This is an interesting collection of plugins to manage multi-author blogs and add extra visibility to your co-authors. Weblog Tools Collection is a multi-author blog that is put together by highly dedicated and talented authors in various parts of the planet. We collect and put together news, information and articles throughout a 24 hour period and are probably watching over the blog and the comments in one way or another. We rarely ever meet face to face and tend to communicate via IM, email and a very rare phone call from time to time. Some of the plugins mentioned in this list are popular such as Role Manager, which is very useful in and of itself. However, there are others that sparked immediate interest in my. The ability to add co-authors to a post would be quite cool, as would the ability […]

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