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Smart cache-busting for your WordPress stylesheet

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September 12th, 2008
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Smart cache-busting for your WordPress stylesheet.: If you frequently change your WordPress stylesheet or are working on it and would like your readers to pull the new stylesheet every time instead of using a cached version (which might display a borked page), this tutorial and the subsequent plugin might be for you. Alister explains the issue in detail, provides a tutorial on how to acheive the results and then with some prodding from Matt, comes up with a plugin the get the same result which does not require any modification of code.

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Google Trends for Websites

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June 28th, 2008
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Google Trends: weblogtoolscollection.com provides (slightly) interesting facts on your blog. Though the product is free, signing in is required to see the number estimates. Not all sites seem to have a lot of data in Google Trends but it was fun to browse the various links. Most interesting to me were the “also visited” section and the “also searched” section. Matt Cutts had an interesting writeup on Google Trends for websites a little over a week ago.

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Shortcode Generator

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Julien of Webinventif has created a shortcode generator for WordPress. Shortcode is like BBcode in that it provides the ability to use shortcuts to execute a block of code, rather than having to write out the block of code time and time again. Julien has made use of the new API calls within WordPress and with his shortcode generator, makes it easy as 1,2,3 to create your own custom shortcode. Although everything has been written in French, this generator looks promising. If anyone could translate this generator into English, I think there would be many WordPresser’s who would be grateful. Here is a screencast showcasing the generator in action. Shortcode generator from WebInventif.fr on Vimeo

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Kubrick Header Generator

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I came across this blog header generator via TechWack.com Big Huge Labs is the company behind this header generator which takes an image from either your local machine, Flickr, Photobucket or a linked image and creates a custom header image for you to use on the Kubrick WordPress theme. The generator provides options to align the visible part of the image in case it needs to be cropped. You can also choose whether to add credit to the image or not. Linking to an image I found on a quick Google image search, this is what I was able to come up with. Click on the image to see the full size. Big Huge Labs allows you to edit your result, save the image or share it through links or email. You can also elect to start over if you choose. Although I hate seeing Kubrick being used all over […]

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Content suggestion engine for WordPress

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Content suggestion engine for WordPress: TechCrunch has an interesting article this morning on the Alpha release of a product called Zemanta. Zemanta is a contextual content suggestion engine and works with WordPress and Firefox. With nothing to install on the blog, and a simple FF extension, Zemanta creates a little AJAX box on the side of your write panel in WordPress with suggestions on what to add to your content. This information is gathered real time from various media publication sites and blogs. I am watching the Zemanta control box as I type this post and it seems to update after regular intervals with new suggestions. It also lets you add links to various keywords on your post to other articles on the web and your blog. I just tried out some of the features including addition of pictures and related links but the soup generated is not pretty and […]

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Extremely Easy Podcasting with Cinch

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February 19th, 2008
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Cinch is a very easy way for a blogger to create interesting Podcasts with no equipment of any kind except for a phone. Follow the instructions below (or as on their website) to test it out quickly for yourself. Call (646) 200-0000 from any phone (You have to know the number/callerID of this phone, Skype would probably not work) Thats it! BlogTalkRadio puts out a podcast feed with an MP3 at a pre-defined URI. Just visit http://cinch.blogtalkradio.com/number_you_called_from¬†¬† (replace number_you_called_from with your phone number) Use some sort of a plugin for WordPress to import the said feed into your blog and you be podcastin’! The only major drawback I see is the phone number at the end of the RSS URI. Since this would probably be exposed over the web, if I were concerned about my phone number, this method would not work for me. However if you import the RSS […]

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Utterz: Post from anywhere

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February 4th, 2008
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Utterz: is a Web-based service that posts to all of the above, from anywhere, even by phone, whether it’s text, photos, video, voice, or a mash-up of all the above. Same with PCs. You can just e-mail or SMS the posts to Utterz, or make a phone call to leave a voice record. After the content is received, it’s forwarded to the blog or blogs you specify in about 10 minutes. This online tools brings us one step closer to having a personal Twitter. If you setup your own WordPress blog (hosted or on WordPress.com) and use the Prologue theme (new zipped release by popular request, thanks Joseph Scott), you can have many of the flexible posting features of Twitter on your own platform. Since Utterz is a remotely hosted service, I am not sure the benefit of a “personal” Twitter are realized quite as well, but it is definitely […]

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Instapaper: Easy, Personal Bookmarking

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February 1st, 2008
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Instapaper: I came across this service via Techeme and was impressed with the ease of use. Although I barely ever have to “read something later”, one could use Instapaper to quickly and easily bookmark sites, blogs or news items for later reading which could then be cleaned up. Signup is incredibly easy and they provide you with a bookmarket to use. Would you use something like Instapaper? I wonder how they would monetize it?

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RSS Feed Filter

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December 17th, 2007
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Filter My RSS is a very useful, simplistic service that allows you to create filtered feeds (from existing feeds) using keywords. I have used something of the same nature on various other services but this is a once stop shop and it is very easy to use. Also, considering the fact that the filtered feed URI can be hand crafted and the simplicity of the service, I am assuming that it can scale very well. This is a classic example of an itch scratch software that can be useful to others as well. Here is the WeblogToolsCollection.com default feed, filtered for the keyword WordPress.

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