‘WordPress Tools’ Category

WordPress.com Stats Updated

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September 30th, 2010
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If you’re a WordPress.com user, you may have noticed that your stats received a significant facelift today. The Flash-powered line chart has been replaced by an interactive Javascript-powered bar chart and the module layout is now fully customizable. The new design was a team effort, though some credit should definitely go to Nick Momrik for handling the new chart and a good majority of the extra work, Joen Asmussen for the overall design, and Matt Thomas for keeping everyone on track. Currently, the new stats interface is only for WordPress.com users, but the WordPress.com Stats Plugin for self-installed WordPress blogs will be updated once they have all the kinks worked out. Unfortunately, my WordPress.com blog is private, so I really don’t have enough stats to truly test the new interface. What do you think of the new WordPress.com Stats interface?

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WordPress for iOS Mobile App Updated

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September 30th, 2010
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The WordPress for iOS mobile app has received a significant update with a slew of bug fixes and the following new features: Video: “record video within the app and then upload it directly to a blog.” Local Drafts: “save posts locally before they’re published or saved online.” Autosaves: “If something happens and you need to revert to an older version of a post, you can just select a previous version and restore it without issue.” Setup Process: “allowing WordPress.com users a quick way to add their blogs, and giving WordPress.org users a faster, more streamlined experience when adding their sites.” Media Library: “a new Media Library more along the lines of what you’re used to with WordPress.” This release would not have been possible without your feedback and beta testing skills, so keep doing whatever you can to make each release better than the last! Despite all the bug fixes, […]

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IE9 Pinned Site Plugin

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September 26th, 2010
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Microsoft recently released a public beta of their newest web browser, IE9, that has quickly become very popular.  In its first 48 hours of availability it was  downloaded 2 million times. You know what that means – more users are visiting your WordPress site using IE9 everyday. So why not take advantage of a feature that combines new capabilities in IE9 and the Windows 7 Taskbar to ask visitors to place a permanent link to your site on their Windows 7 Taskbar? Some real quick background.  On the Windows 7 Taskbar any icon that is placed there can be programmed by the software’s author to have interactive menu items on what is called a Jumplist.  This Jumplist typically contains shortcuts to program features and commands to provide quick access to them. Well with the introduction of IE9 webpages can have code added to them that will allow a visitor to […]

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Code Snippets for WordPress

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September 26th, 2010
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If you’re writing or editing your new WordPress plugin or theme, and you’re in need of a handy repository of cool and popular code snippets, WordPress Snippets is the place for you! Let’s pretend that you needed a way to identify logged in users.  You could hunt through the Codex for this function, or go to WordPress Snippets and quickly find this straight forward snippet. The incredibly simple WordPress Snippets is currently packed with forty-six useful code snippets, it appears to be growing steadily, and feedback and suggests are welcome.

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Pin Your Blog with WordPress and IE9

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September 18th, 2010
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The public beta of Internet Explorer 9 launched just a few days ago, and WordPress.com has already launched support for IE9’s new pinning feature. WordPress.com users can now pin their blog to their Windows taskbar, allowing them to immediately launch the blog from the taskbar and write a post, moderate comments, and view stats from a contextual menu. Self-installed WordPress users can also join the pin party with the new Internet Explorer Site Pinning plugin. The plugin is only two days old, so it’s not as fully featured as WordPress.com’s implementation, but more features are on the way. The one Windows PC that I do own will forever remain on Windows XP, so I won’t be able to take part in the IE9 festivities, but I’d love to hear your take on IE9. Should we shudder and be fearful, or should we cheer and be joyful?

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WordPress.com Launches Email Post Changes

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It has certainly been a busy week for the WordPress.com team with the launch of Subscriptions and now Email Post Changes, a new feature designed to improve author collaboration by sending emails whenever a post is modified. Basically, it’s the Post Revisions feature, but with email notification for registered authors. To enable Email Post Changes, go to Settings/Email Post Changes in your admin panel. You’ll be able to choose which registered authors receive notifications and add additional email addresses. If you have a self-hosted WordPress blog with multiple authors, you can install the official Email Post Changes plugin to enjoy the same great features. You may also be interested in Audit Trail (“keep track of what is going on inside your blog”), Capability Manager (“to manage WordPress roles and capabilities”), Highlight Author Comments (to “display comments made by a post’s author in a distinctive style with no need to edit […]

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WordPress.com Launches Subscriptions

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September 12th, 2010
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WordPress.com has launched Subscriptions, a new web-based feed aggregator for WordPress.com users. While feeds from WordPress.com blogs can easily be subscribed to by clicking “Subscribe” in the admin bar, you can add any feed by selecting “Manage Blog Subscriptions” under the new Subscriptions tab on the WordPress.com home screen. The features of Subscriptions are firmly rooted in WordPress.com, including the ability to immediately like or reblog a post from the Subscriptions tab and receive new posts from WordPress.com blogs via email and Jabber instant messaging. In related and ironic news, Bloglines (one of the first web-based feed aggregators) will be closing its doors on October 1st, citing, “Being locked in an RSS reader makes less and less sense to people as Twitter and Facebook dominate real-time information flow. Today RSS is the enabling technology – the infrastructure, the delivery system. RSS is a means to an end, not a consumer […]

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Find Your Spam Magnets

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September 8th, 2010
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So, you’ve got WordPress, Akismet, and more spam comments than you can keep track of. Wouldn’t you like to know which posts are drawing the most spam attention? Well, Ozh has the perfect script for you! Update: The script is now a plugin. Simply upload the script to your WordPress root directory and enjoy a listing of your most prominent spam magnets, complete with “a pretty interactive pie chart.” Use the script to track down and close off your spam magnets, research the keywords catching the spammers’ attention, or just do it for fun. When I ran this script on my blog, I found two spam magnets that shouldn’t have had open comments in the first place, and all of my posts mentioning the WordPress Support Forums were drawing the most attention from spammers. Here are the results from Weblog Tools Collection (spam comments are deleted on a regular basis, […]

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WordPress Mobile Apps for Android and BlackBerry Updated

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August 31st, 2010
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The WordPress mobile apps for Android and BlackBerry have both been updated with some shiny new features, like a new comment notification system and improved VideoPress integration. There’s no word yet on an update to the iOS mobile app, but the team still has its eyes set on making this one a major bug-fixing release. These recent updates would not have been possible without your feedback and beta testing skills, so keep doing whatever you can to make each release better than the last! Do you use any of the WordPress mobile apps?  I use the iOS mobile app and can honestly say that it has certainly simplified my life when it comes to moderating comments and making last-minute post corrections. How about you? Have the WordPress mobile apps added to or detracted from your WordPress blogging experience?

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