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Five WordPress Plugins Already Updated for Version 2.8

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June 14th, 2009
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With the recent release of WordPress 2.8 Baker I thought a good “Five” series entry would be to highlight five plugins that have been updated for WordPress 2.8 compatibility. These are not in any specific categories like previous “Five” posts but just a sampling of those already showing compatibility with WordPress 2.8.  A complete list of compatible plugins is available here for your review as well. Socialize This – Socialize This is a WordPress plugin that allows the user to easily generate Social Icons and spread to word about their blog posts. It works essentially out-of-the-box with little to no configuration required. WP-Twitter – WP-Twitter is a plugin that creates a integration between your WordPress blog and your Twitter account that allows you to post a tweet from the WordPress Admin Screens, including option to reduce the URL before sending as well as a Widget for displays yours latest tweets […]

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Five Blogroll Plugins for your WordPress Site

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June 4th, 2009
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I am certainly finding these “Five” series of posts very educational.  There has been such great discussions around each one and I am learning a lot from all of the experience of the visitors here at the site.  I appreciate your willingness to speak up about what your likes and dislikes.  There is nothing like a spirited conversation and sharing of information to get the brain juices flowing. So our “Five” for this post is blogroll related plugins for your website. Feed Reading Blogroll – This plugin uses Googles index of feeds to grab the latest post date and title and display it on your blogroll.  There are several configuration options and it can organize the presentation of the blogroll links in order of the freshness of the latest post.  You will need a free Google API key to use this plugin. Nofollow Blogroll SEO – This simple plugin puts […]

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Five Ad Manager Plugins for WordPress

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May 29th, 2009
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Next up in the “Five” series for plugins is a snapshot of five advertisement related plugins for your WordPress site. Once you have done the work to build your site, create the content and get the visitors streaming in it may then be time to monetize your site and maybe create a little income stream.  Now I am not talking get rich schemes here – just simple and easy ways to place ads in and around your site.  They may never make you a ton of money but they might create just enough of an income stream to make you a few bucks in the process.  I have a day job for paying the bills so the trickle I get from my site is mad money for tech stuff. How do you spend yours? So on to the “five”. WP125 – This is a great plugin that can be used […]

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Five Image Related Plugins for your WordPress Site

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May 23rd, 2009
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Our next “Five” entry is for plugins that you can use to highlight images on your website.  As always we look forward to your comments (51 responses on the last “five” entry – thanks!). With the advent of high speed Internet for so many in the world now images are an even bigger part of the presentation of your webpage.  WordPress is no exception with 285 image related plugins at the WordPress Plugin Directory. Lets take a look at five of these plugins and see what they can do for your WordPress based website: Dynamic Headers: This plugin was just made public in late April of this year and it is extremely popular having been downloaded 3,770 times in the last three weeks.  The Dynamic Headers plugin allows you to manage what media is shown in your header on each page and/or post.  This plugin allows the use of any […]

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Five Comment Related Plugins for WordPress

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May 18th, 2009
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Next up on the “Five” series is a sampling of 5 comment related plugins from the WordPress Plugin Directory.  There are 395 plugins as of today that are tagged with the term comment to choose from. Comments are the lifeblood of any website.  That is where the true interaction happens not only between the creator of the website and visitors but also between the visitors themselves of a website. So I dug through the WordPress plugin directory and came up with what I believe are five plugins to help increase the interaction on your website: SI CAPTCHA for WordPress: This plugin gives you an anti-spam measure on your comment form to help reduce the number of SPAM comments your website receives.  Now don’t get me wrong – ASKIMET does a terrific job of stopping SPAM comments (according to their website 82% of all comments are SPAM).  Well this plugin requires […]

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WP PluginsUsed: A Plugin Review

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May 14th, 2009
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Funny how things can get connected quite quickly on the web.  Check this out. I wrote a blog entry for WLTC just two days ago about Five Nifty Sidebar Widgets for your WordPress Site.  Babs then commented on that post and said: Out of curiosity, does anyone know how many plugins it takes to break a WordPress site? *laughs* This comment then prompted Mark from here at WLTC to write a blog entry asking visitors to Guess how many Plugins we have active on the website and comment on how many active and inactive plugins they have on their own websites.  This is a small contest that will earn the correct guesser a one year Flickr Pro membership. It is a very active thread right now (78 replies as of this posting). So as I am watching the guesses stream in over the last 24 hours or so it reminded […]

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Five Nifty Sidebar Widgets for your WordPress Site

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May 12th, 2009
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Can you say that title five times very fast? In my last post I discussed WordPress plugins that can spruce up your WordPress based website. What I would like to do in this one is point out five sidebar widgets that you can put to use in your own sidebar to expand its capabilities and add additional functionality to your site for your visitors. -  Sidebar Login: This plugin is not only a widget that you can drag onto your sidebar in the admin interface but also provides a template tag that you can use anywhere in your site to show a login box.  Once your visitor logs in via this form they will be returned to the page they signed in from instead of into the admin panel (unless they are an admin then they log into the admin interface). Not logged in Logged in as Admin -  Registration […]

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Plugins to Spruce Up Your WordPress Based Website

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May 9th, 2009
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As many of you know – plugins can add significant functionality to your website.  For instance there is a plugin that will add an entire forum to your site (Simple:Press) and there is another one that will allow your visitors to contact you via a customizable form (Contact Form 7). What if you were just looking for a few plugins to fancy up your site a little bit or maybe add a small piece of functionality or info?  Well they exist as well and sometimes it is the simple touches that really finish a site off.  Here are a few of my favorites: -  Shockingly Simple Favicon changes your sites favicon – that is the small graphic that shows up in the address bar of your web browser when your on a site. This even sticks when you switch themes after installing it. -  Simple Feed Copyright inserts a copyright […]

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Five Tools to Increase the RSS Subscribers for your WordPress Blog

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May 6th, 2009
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When you build a website one of the things most people want are visitors.  New visitors are great because they tend to turn into return visitors.  People will return to your website because they find the content entertaining, informative and worth their time. However, you know how busy we get these days.  We save a link to our favorites for a website and promise that we will be back on a regular basis.  How often do you really go to your favorites directory and go back visiting websites? I know my answer – rarely. So what can you offer that might draw your site visitors back to your site every once in a while?  WordPress has this great ability to create RSS (stands for Really Simple Syndication) feeds.  These RSS feeds are read through most modern internet browsers, stand alone free reader programs, web based reader programs and even office […]

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