‘Cool Scripts’ Category

WordPress Post Thumbnails

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November 24th, 2007
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Giving each WordPress post a thumbnail, and display the thumbnail on the home page: Interesting tutorial on creating thumbnails for each post on your blog and using Custom Fields to add and display them on your front page. A word of warning: the process is hand crafted and labor intensive. Think of them as SnapShots for your WordPress posts, hosted on your own blog. I think this could be a very cool plugin that automagically builds thumbnails for your posts and stores them on your blog. Then a custom function that behaves like “recent posts” could display thumbnails of your posts on the front page. I see this feature being really useful for those who post a lot of multimedia such as videos and pictures. Thanks HackWordPress [EDIT] Also, check out another Custom Fields thumbnail tutorial.

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Lijit: Search Stats for your Blog

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Lijit is a search tool/widget that you easily install on your blog. It lets you provide a comprehensive search of almost everything that you want, including integration with popular social networking tools such as Facebook. Lijit creates custom Google searches with your search items and then, I assume, puts up their own Google Ads in the searches. I happen to think search statistics are very important for a blogger to understand user trends, likes and dislikes. I noticed Lijit for the first time while reading about Kindling on A VC and the name Lijit reminded me of Lijjat (which is a snack from India). I did setup an account to test out the services and you can see it at work on the sidebar of this blog. The popular search cloud and pretty cool set of stats are the killer set of features I was looking for. Give it a […]

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OS X WordPress Comment Moderation Notifier

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WordPress Comment Moderation Notifier for OS X: After Matt made the post about the Windows system tray based comment moderation notifier for WordPress, Edward Dale wrote up a Python script to the same effect and used Growl to notify the user. There are instructions in the download.

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ExtJS WordPress Theme

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ExtJS WordPress Theme: This WordPress theme was put together to show off the capabilities of the ExtJS library and according to the author, is more of an experiment and still in alpha. This theme is chock full of features and looks more like an AJAX email application than a WordPress theme. Features include AJAXy stuff like and accordian sidebar, full AJAX load of posts and comments, AJAX calendar, quick search and comment preview. The theme is widget and tag aware but the author warns that some plugins and widgets might not work as expected. Now the theme does seem a little slow to load and to navigate but that might be due to the server it is running on and not the application. It is definitely fun to play with and navigate around! The theme is released under the LGPL.

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Check your Digg saturation

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October 4th, 2007
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Blogging News, Cool Scripts

Digg saturation: Patrick from Blogstorm came up with a way to rank websites using a Digg saturation value that he come up with by searching Google with a specific URI. Apparently Google really likes sites that are Dugg. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=site%3Adigg.com+weblogtoolscollection.com To check your own Digg saturation, just replace weblogtoolscollection.com above with your own blogs’ URI. What is your Digg saturation?

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BlogBackupOnline

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September 26th, 2007
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Business of Blogging, Cool Scripts

BlogBackupOnline: I found out about this service while reading through Leo Laporte’s latest post in which he talks about how he used BlogBackupOnline to import all old VOX posts from his old blog and restore them onto WordPress. From their help PDF, Techrigy’s BlogBackupOnline allows users to create a full blog backup, schedule automatic daily backups, and restore or export a blog. The service is free for the first 50 MB (while in Beta) and backups can be scheduled and restores can be incremental. This service can be used to import blogs, restore single posts, export blogs from one platform into another among other features. Supported platforms include Blogger, WordPress, Friendster, LiveJournal, TypePad, Serendipity, Windows Live Spaces, Movable Type, Terapad, Vox and Multiply. A worthy tool indeed. Priced right, it could be a silent soldier that everyone depends upon.

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AirPress: Video Blog from your Desktop

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AirPress: This post has been sitting in draft for some time, waiting for me to actually produce a video post but time has run away from me. AirPress is an Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) based desktop blogging client that is still in beta but has a few cool features including video blogging right from the desktop with a simple webcam. At first glance I had thought that AirPress lets you post “webcam streaming” to your blog, which would have been tres cool (albeit very hard to manage) but I must have misunderstood the somewhat sparse instructions on the AirPress site. At this time, you can add flash, video, music, pictures etc through AirPress. I would have given them five thumbs up if they would have concentrated on media blogging instead of trying to be another desktop blogging client, but it definitely has potential but it also is buggy. Thanks David

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Technorati Links by Day Graph

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September 21st, 2007
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Cool Scripts, General

I had come upon this technique sometime ago but with the recent change in the way Technorati looks, I wanted to document the link since it still appears to work. You can use the following URI to generate a PNG with incoming links to your blog for a given period using Technorati. There does seem to be a maximum number of days Technorati keeps track of links and that number is less than 365, closer to 200. Just change the BlogURL value to the URI of your blog, and modify the size of the graph as you see fit for your blog or application. http://www.technorati.com/chartimg?q=BlogURL&days=3600&width=460&height=200&type=url I come up with the following graph for WeblogToolsCollection.com

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WP Theme Generator gets 2.3

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WordPress Theme Generator: This latest update comes with 2.3 support and support for Tags as clouds and under each article as article tags. The code generated is now XHTML compliant and there are more colors to choose from. Via Email.

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