‘Blogging’ Category

Protect Yourself from Parasite Spam with Akismet

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If you run a social network or any kind of online publishing service, you will be hit by spam, if you haven’t been hit already, and Akismet wants to help. When most people hear about Akismet, they often think about WordPress, but Akismet is actually available for over twenty additional systems and platforms, including Movable Type, Drupal, phpBB, PunBB, and libraries for PHP, Python, and .NET. If you’re running, or planning to run, a social network or online publishing service, the Akismet team wants you to know that they can not only protect you from direct spam, but from parasite spam as well, as long as you can give them a way to contact you. Akismet’s pattern and volume monitoring abilities make direct spam easy to filter, but ever since the dawn of forums, spammers have opened accounts for the sole purpose hosting their spam on your site. Thanks to […]

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Vote for Blog Action Day 2010’s Topic

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August 21st, 2010
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Blogging, Blogging News

October 15th is less than two months away and Change.org wants you to vote on this year’s Blog Action Day topic. Currently, the selection includes the following topics, but they will continue to take suggestions until the poll closes. Water: The UN recently declared water to be a human right, but millions around the world still lack even the most basic access, causing widespread disease and the possibility of military conflict over access to clean water. Human Trafficking: From prostitution to forced labor, more than 27 million people are modern-day slaves, making human trafficking one of the most overlooked man-made tragedies in the world. Women: The most discriminated against group in the world isn’t a minority: it’s women. From inequality in schooling to reduced economic opportunities, women face a disproportionate degree of adversity all over the world. Sustainable Food: Industrial agriculture has overtaken the world’s food supply – creating obesity […]

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WordPress and Forums

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August 14th, 2010
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bbpress, Blogging, WLTC Community, WordPress

There are a myriad of reasons why people create websites and put them online.  Some do it for fame and profit; others do it for passion and service. No matter the reason you put your work and effort into an online endeavor there can come a time in the life of some websites that the comment system becomes inconvenient for discussions. Now WordPress has done a lot to make it easier to follow along with discussions on a site based on that system.  The threaded comments option allows replies to be underneath the original comment that prompted the reply.  Even before it became an option in WordPress plugin developers were making it happen. So when you want to take those discussions to their own piece of your website and create a forum what should you do? Well there are quite a few options out there for forums and discussion boards.  […]

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WordPress Mobile App Teams on Twitter

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Are you gripping the edge of your seat in anticipation of the upcoming WordPress mobile app releases? Do you have an insatiable desire to follow the development teams’ every move? Well, you’re in luck! The WordPress mobile app teams will be sharing the latest news, status updates, beta team instructions, and random quips in 140 characters or less via Twitter. Follow the Android team, the BlackBerry team, the iOS team, all three, or maybe just two. Even if you don’t have a Twitter account, you can use Twitter’s new Fast Follow feature to have the latest news from the mobile app teams sent straight to your phone (standard text messaging rates apply).

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WordPress Mobile App Teams Seek Feedback

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The development teams behind the WordPress apps for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS are seeking feedback for their upcoming releases. The blog posts linked to above include instructions on how to contribute to each mobile app. All three mobile app teams are looking for feedback on the current release and beta testers for future releases. As a user of the WordPress app on my iPhone, I can attest that the app has grown tremendously in its usefulness since it premiered, mostly due to comments from users like us. Let’s do whatever we can to help the mobile app teams make these upcoming releases the best yet!

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Looking for Tutorial and Walkthrough Authors

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April 4th, 2010
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Blogging, General

Are you adept at writing WordPress tutorials? Do you want to enrich the WordPress community? Want to know what it is like to be peer reviewed by tens of thousands of people simultaneously? Are you looking for some extra oomph in your blogging efforts? With WordPress 3.0 in the horizon and the many tools, plugins and themes being released every week, Weblog Tools Collection is looking for passionate WordPress enthusiasts to bring these to our readers. Please contact us using the form above or leave us a comment if you are interested in exploring the possibilities.

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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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Should you use a Mobile WordPress Plugin?

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June 12th, 2009
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Blogging, brainstorming, WordPress Plugins

Twitterized answer? Abso-freakin-lutely! Take a look at the following graph. It shows the pageviews and unique visitors on this blog from mobile browsers since we started tracking last year. Notice the numbers and the trends? How many of your visitors, do you think, come back to your blog after your page takes five minutes to load on their iPhone, and needs the twenty flick, carpal thumb scroll to read browse through the huge header? If you care about your reader and want to keep up with this growing populations’ reading habits, a mobile plugin on your blog is a necessity. Now what you use is up to you. We use MoFuse on this blog and I must add it is somewhat successful. The mobile pages are decent, the pages load relatively fast and the statistics are nice. But the admin pages are painfully slow and MoFuse injects their own ads […]

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WordPress’ Raanan in Iraq to help country use new media

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April 21st, 2009
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Blogging, Blogging News

Twitter, WordPress execs in Iraq to help country use new media – CNN.com. Interesting piece on CNN today about Raanan Bar-Cohen, one of nine technology executives, who begin their third day in Iraq on Tuesday as part of a U.S. State Department-led trip on how the war-battered country can effectively use new media as it rebuilds. Go Raanan! He has posted a couple of entries from Baghdad and has a few photos up on Flickr.

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