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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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Plugin Review: Post Templates

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What is Post Templates? If you find yourself writing posts and pages on a regular basis which have the same structure, then this plugin would be a great addition to your WordPress plugin arsenal. Written by Vincent Prat, Post Templates plugin helps you save time blogging by letting you save and recall templates for writing posts and pages. Screenshots To create a template from scratch, you can use the new admin bar group “Templates.” After clicking “New Post Template”, you will be brought to the edit template page. After you’re finished creating your template, you can create a post from that template through the template edit page itself or the template management page. To create a template from an old post, you can use the “Templatize” button on the post listing page. What I Like About It What I love most about this plugin is simply what it does. I […]

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WordPress News for 3/31/09

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Learn how to create a sleek and stylish WordPress theme in Photoshop with this tutorial from PSDVibe. A little tweak with a little creativity could land you a personalized theme. Once you put together your new theme, don’t forget to offer it to others to download and enjoy! Learn some new tricks and discover new tools and plugins to speed up your WordPress blog. I have run into some scalability issues with this blog recently and have learned quite a bit. Jean-Baptiste tells us about 10 awesome .htaccess hacks for your WordPress blog including the ability to redirect visitors to a maintenance page while you can continue to see and work on your blog.

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Plugin Review: cSprites for WordPress

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What is cSprites for WordPress? cSprites for WordPress plugin helps speed up your blog by reducing the number of requests made for images. When activated all images within a post will automatically be stitched up and displayed properly as compressed CSS sprites. Screenshots Before activating, all images within a post are being retrieved using separate requests. After activating, all images are stitched together into one compressed image and retrieved using only one request. The plugin then uses CSS magic to display these image sprites properly within the post. Features Quality and style settings let you specify the compression level for the stitched up image sprite. Ability to include/exclude certain types. Cache expiration tuning. SEO Options for SEO nerds. What I Like About It cSprites for WordPress was written to do one thing (convert all post images into compressed image sprites to speed up your blog) and it does it very […]

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Top 10 Characteristics of a Great WordPress Plugin

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March 28th, 2009
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Like most of you, I have experimented with many WordPress plugins. I have seen a lot of great plugins and also a lot of bad plugins. I am a bit of a WordPress plugin developer myself, and I admit that I borrow many ideas from other good WordPress plugins. From that experience I have consolidated these good ideas into a checklist that you can follow when reviewing or coding a new WordPress plugin. Here are my picks of the top characteristics that make a great WordPress plugin. 10. Easy Installation I have seen plugins that require you to modify code after plugin activation to be able to get it to work properly. The instructions were documented clearly in the readme.txt file, but most of the users seem to have missed it (I could tell from the frustration in the plugin support thread). Not everybody reads the installation instructions inside the […]

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How many Queries are too many?

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July 12th, 2008
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I have been asked this question quite a few times and I never have a perfect answer. It is obviously an important question to ask but it can be answered in many different ways based on preferences, need for plugins, optimization techniques used and a variety of other factors. Weblog Tools Collection uses a lot of plugins and is very query heavy but the in spite of that, the front page uses 59 queries to generate itself. I think the default (on a vanilla WordPress install on the default theme) is 27 or something of that nature. The larger the number of queries, the slower the page is going to load and the more load you are going to put on your MySql server. All of the above is true if you do not use inline or regenerative caching mechanisms. The caveat on this blog is that its plugins and […]

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Discovering the Hidden Details in Your Blog

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March 24th, 2006
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Business of Blogging, LinkyLoo, TLA

Discovering the Hidden Details in Your Blog Some important things to remember while looking at your blogs’ metrics and some useful tips on how to use this information to get more out of your blog. This tidbit caught my eye … you need to aim to get your best content up every day before the bulk of your visitors arrive

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