Archive for August, 2009

Essential Plugins for Your WordPress CMS

August 27th, 2009

Using WordPress to build a CMS website, not a blog, requires to enable some extra features. The WordPress plugins presented below will help you reach the goal and help you easily create a WordPress based CMS website.

* Page Link Manager
This plugin will install a simple menu to allow you to choose which pages you’d like to be included into your main navigation menu. Very useful thing when you use pages instead of posts.

Adsence Plugins for WordPress

August 25th, 2009

I’m pretty sure most of you use or plan to use Google AdSense ads for making money at your WordPress weblogs. Thus I’ve collected a number of useful AdSence plugins you might be interested in.
AdSence is an ad serving application that is run by Google Inc. It gives you an opportunity to make money with text, image, and video advertisements that are suitable for your blog content. Thus you provide your visitors with the useful information related to your blog content they came for.

* Easy AdSenser

This is a great plugin that provides you with the most features you may need regarding AdSence. One of the greatest features this plugin has is the ability to remember AdSense code and options by theme, thus you can use multiple themes.

Top 10 Twitter Tools for WordPress

August 20th, 2009

Twitter has recently become a must have for everyone, there seems to be a total Twitter mania. Thus hundreds of new tools for Twitter appear each day. I’ve already gave you a dozen of great Twitter tools for WordPres. Well, today I’m going to give you some more.

* Twitter for Wordpress
Great, easily customizable plugin that displays your latest tweets in the WordPress blog of yours.

* Top Twitter Links
This is a widget that will show currently popular tweeted links.

Master New Features of Your WordPress

August 18th, 2009

It’s been a while science the last update of WordPress, and we already discussed here few of the new features of WordPress version 2.8. There have been some additional updates for the security reasons, the last one being WordPress 2.8.4, which brought some more improvements. So lets take a deeper look into what your new WordPress can do and how you can use the main improvements for your advantage. Using them properly you’ll safe a lot of time for creating unique content and promotion.

Theme Manager
For the majority of the bloggers who use WordPress this feature is the most useful and longed-for. It is now very easy to edit, preview and delete WP themes from within your administrator dashboard. You can easily browse, install and maintain WordPress themes using your new theme manager.

Edit post section
Another awesome feature every WordPress blogger has been longing for. Now you do not have to go to the page to see the post comments, all the comments belonging to a specific post can easily be reached in your dashboard. This improvement gives you an opportunity to overview the post and delete, edit or mark the comments as spam.

Widget Management
Personally I think this is a great if not the best improvement WordPress 2.8 has. You now are able to drag and drop widgets from the widget collection of yours over your sidebars. If you have multiple sidebars you now see them and their contents and settings. Plus you are now able to add multiple instances of the same widget.

Dashboard Improvements
Every new version of WordPress has some improvements for the dashboard. The latest improvements include contextual menus. This means that specific help options are displayed in the upper part of every screen you are in. You’ll also notice the increased speed of the dashboard.

As mentioned above there have been additional releases for the sake of security, thus if you have not still updated it is strongly recommended to do so.

Well, what are the new WordPress features you especially like and longed for?

10 Useful WordPress Tricks

August 14th, 2009

WordPress is an amazing blogging platform, there are hundreds of ways to make your WordPress blog better and extend its functionality. WordPress community keeps on inventing new tricks, hacks and plugins to give you an opportunity to reach the unbelievable goals with your WordPress powered web presence.
I like keeping myself updated with the latest events related to WordPress, and I like keeping up to date with the most useful tricks and plugins WordPress community develops. Today I’m going to share 10 useful WordPress tools and tricks from my latest discoveries.

* Antivirus for Wordpress
This great tool will warn you of any possible attacks.

* E-Commerce Shopping Cart
You absolutely need this good looking and easy to maintain e-Commerce platform if you plan to launch an online shop on the base of your WordPress powered website.

* Broken Links Checker
Very good plugin that monitors your blog and looks for broken links.

* Random Posts from Category
You can display random posts from a category you choose. The plugin lets you choose the number of displayed posts. Plus you can tell it to show the excerpt or the full content in addition to title of the post.

* Dropdown Blogroll
This guide will teach you how to create a beautiful dropdown blogroll without javascript.

* Better Search Page
This great plugin will give you the complete control over the look of your WordPress search results page.

* Simple Post Thumbnails
This is a very easy to use plugin that will let you create thumbnails for your blog posts. There is no image editing required, the plugin will do everything for you.

* Vote Post Up/Down
Add some interaction with your visitors, let them vote and show how they liked your articles.

* Improve Page Load Time
This nice plugin will improve your page load time greatly. To do that it’ll combine and compress JS and CSS files.

* Spell, Style and Grammar Check
This smart plugin is a very handy tool that will find any writing errors at your blog entries and offer smart solutions.

Are there more new WordPress tricks and tools you use and would like to share with others?

Amaze Spammers with the Power of Your Anti Spam Plugin

August 12th, 2009

There are literally thousands of WordPress plugins out there. Hundreds of them are aimed to deal with spam comments on your blog entries. Still, the most popular plugin recommended by the majority of bloggers is Akismet. This popularity of Akismet is though not quite understandable as I keep on coming across the complains about it, its reliability and performance.

Well, I’ve found a great anti spam plugin for those who are unsatisfied with the Akismet plugin. Please welcome - AntiSpam Bee.
This is not a captcha or math queries plug-in, your visitors won’t suffer. :) It doesn’t require a database installation and template modification.
The operation principle of the AntiSpam Bee plugin is quite simple and actually ingenious - it hides your comment box and replaces it with a fake one, thus fulling the evil bots that spam your comments.

There is a great option - you can tell the plugin to mark the spam plugins without deleting it, thus you are able to monitor the work of the plugin.
Another pleasant thing about AntiSpam Bee is the ease of adding and maintenance. Everything you need to do is to download and activate it.
AntiSpam Bee can be used in tandem with Akismet or other anti spam plugin you use.

So, have you faced problems with your anti spam plugin performance?

Top5 Free WordPress Themes of July 2009

August 6th, 2009

Holding up the tradition I continue to showcase the best free wp themes from our collection submitted during the last month. Well, here is my personal top5 of the wordpress skins submitted in July 2009:

#5 Wonderful Nature
best wp themes
This cute and plain widget ready, 4 column theme is designed by Themes Junction is created to suit any personal blog. I think this magazine style theme designed with the use of pink, white and yellow colors will be a great choice for a girl’s personal page.

WordPress Security Update

August 4th, 2009

As you know WordPress is an open source, this means that it’s constantly developed and innovated. The thing that makes WordPress stand out from other open source blogging platforms is a strong and devoted community. Even when developers miss some bugs the community is always there to point them out, thus helping to make WordPress better and more secure. This is the story behind the new WordPress 2.8.3 security release. Two weeks ago when WordPress security update version 2.8.2 has been released it appeared that some holes were uncovered the WordPress community quickly found the missed places, thus the new improved version is here now. You may have already seen it in your WordPress admin area.
This is the security release thus I strongly recommend you to update your WordPress to protect data and web server better.
You can download WordPress 2.8.3 and upgrade manually or do it automatically from your admin area.

Have you ever faced any problems with your WordPress security? Do share your experience in the comments below.