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Boost Site Engagement and Return Visits with Evernote Site Memory

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September 19th, 2010
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Would you like to provide 4 million users with an easy way to save information about your website? Chances are that you have heard of Evernote, the on-the-cloud note-taking application available on multiple platforms. One of the newest features announced by the Evernote team is Evernote Site Memory. Here is what Site Memory does for your website: Allows visitors to save posts from your site – When you add the Site Memory button to your site, visitors can automatically save posts, pages, and content defined by you to their Evernote your visitors can save posts and pages to Evernote as clips. You have total control of what Evernote saves, the save location of the clip, and how the clips are tagged. Easy Access to Favorites – When visitors return to your website and click on the Site Memory button they are presented with everything that they have ever clipped from […]

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WordPress 3.0 Walkthrough: Getting Started with Multisite

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June 2nd, 2010
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WordPress 3.0 Walkthrough: Multsite Multisite is the most talked about new feature in WordPress 3.0 – the WordPress team has folded the functionality of WordPress Multiuser into the main WordPress project. So how do you use it? This tutorial assumes your are comfortable using FTP clients such as Filezilla and doing basic edits of WordPress files. 1. Download WordPress 3.0 release candidate. You can find it here. 2. Edit wp-config in your favorite text editor and add the following line: define(‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true); (I’d suggest adding it just above the line “// ** MySQL settings – You can get this info from your web host ** //”) 3. Install WordPress normally NOTE: If you’ve already installed WordPress 3.0, just edit wp-config and add that line of code, there’s no need to re-install. 4. Under Tools on the sidebar, you’ll now have an “Network” option. Click it. 5. Here you’ll setup your […]

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How Do You Do That?

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Ever wanted to do something in WordPress but just wasn’t sure how? In my experience this happens quite often, mostly with people new to WordPress. But, even the experts run into trouble sometimes. Today I thought I’d start a series of posts which will aim to explain how to do certain things in WordPress. Hopefully this will cover anything from quick tips and simple little functions, all the way up to more complex custom code and the like. So, stick around and you just might learn something. I think I’ll kick off the series with a couple simple ones… Why isn’t this plugin working with my theme? This is probably one of the most common issues I read about regarding WordPress. Sometimes even more experienced WPers can get this one wrong. Now, I’m not saying this is the solution to all problems between plugins and themes. Its just that this […]

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9 Ways to Make Your WordPress Blog “Smart”

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April 29th, 2009
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Many of you might be confused by the title and the term “smart”. To me a “smart” blog is a blog that behaves differently depending on its visitors’ behavior and characteristics. A simple example of this is a blog that displays a list of today’s most popular posts on the sidebar. The list changes based on visitors’ behavior so to this is definitely a smart blog feature. There are plenty of WordPress plugins out there that do this for you automatically (e.g. Top 10), but that is not the point. The point here is that having the ability to morph your blog per visitor activity can assist you in meeting your conversion goals (whatever they may be). A list of popular posts is quite a simple feature, so let me take you to another level by showing you more ways to make your blog smart. List of “Smart” Features to […]

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How to Highlight Search Terms with jQuery

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April 10th, 2009
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A neat way to spice up your WordPress search page is to highlight search terms within your search results. I’ve seen some tutorials on the net on how to do this, but I haven’t found one that highlights both title and post content and is a drop-in modification for WordPress. Today I will bring you this drop-in hack for highlighting search terms on your WordPress blog. Installation 1. Copy and paste the following code into your theme’s functions.php file: function hls_set_query() { $query = attribute_escape(get_search_query()); if(strlen($query) > 0){ echo ‘ <script type=”text/javascript”> var hls_query = “‘.$query.’”; </script> ‘; } } function hls_init_jquery() { wp_enqueue_script(‘jquery’); } add_action(‘init’, ‘hls_init_jquery’); add_action(‘wp_print_scripts’, ‘hls_set_query’); If you are having issues with copy-paste from this blog, here is a link to the same code in a txt file: Code to insert into functions.php 2. Copy and paste the following code into your theme’s header.php file (just before […]

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How to write a good plugin review

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When we launched our Reader Review series, I’m sure we created a few doubts in your mind about: How do I write a review? Will my review be accepted? What if my review gets trashed by readers? Is it really worth the effort? And so on… We published a list of reviews from our readers, so that is a good starting point. I’ll guide you through a few tips on writing a good review. Step 1 – Select the Plugin The first step to starting the review, is well finalizing on which plugin you want to review, then downloading and installing the same on your blog. This could either be a dummy blog dedicated for this purpose or maybe your production blog itself. Do you really need to install it? Well, the answer is obvious. Yes, you need to. Because without getting a hands on experience, you will never be […]

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How to Track RSS Subscribers in a Blog Contest

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March 15th, 2009
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Let me start off by saying that this post will not talk about how to get sponsors, how to determine prizes, or how to determine rules for a blog contest. This post will talk about how to tweak your WordPress blog to solve the biggest problem in running a blog contest to gain RSS subscribers. Problem The issue here is that there is no easy way to track if each contestant has actually subscribed to your RSS feed. Without the ability to confirm RSS subscription, anybody can just claim that they have subscribed to your feed and get a free entry into the contest. Solution A known solution to this problem is to include a special contest code into your RSS feed and not have this code visible on your website. That way each contestant will be forced to grab the code from your feed and submit the code via […]

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Best Of WLTC Part 2

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December 28th, 2008
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This is part two in the best of WeblogToolsCollection.com series (view part one here). The following links are posts which were published during 2008. These posts range from special news articles, guides, tutorials, reviews, opinion pieces and more. We look forward to continue bringing you the best WordPress information from across the web and wish you and yours a very safe, happy new year. July: How many Queries are too many? Evolution of WordPress: B2/Cafelog to WordPress 1.0 NEW WordPress Theme Directory WordPress iPhone App Now Available How to get featured in our Daily Releases Features Planned for WordPress 2.7 August: WordPress 2.7 Plugin Uninstall Methods If, Then, Else WP Plugin: “Where did they go from here” Updated What Does the Blurb on Top of Plugins Link Mean? Be Kind, Educate Safest Way to Include Plugin Code in Themes Stop Blaming The WordPress Team Tackle Plugin Compatibility Issues While Using […]

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Best Of WLTC Part 1

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December 27th, 2008
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As most of us know, WordPress development happens at a record pace and trying to keep up with everything is a daunting task. However, the team here at WLTC does a great job filtering all of the WordPress related content on the web to bring the best to you. During the course of a year, this content adds up. Some of it being news posts, how-to guides, reviews, breaking news, etc. So, since it’s near the end of the year, I thought I would take a trip through the WLTC Archive and revisit come classic posts from 2008. This series is broken up into two parts. The first part covers the months of January-June while part two takes care of July-December. When you browse through the links, let us know which one was your favorite or perhaps, which one has been the most helpful to you. January: Install WordPress Locally […]

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