Posts Tagged ‘wordpress blog’

Create A Photoblog With Wordpress Gallery Plugins

October 15th, 2009

Some time ago we have already touched upon the topic of gallery plugins for WordPress which help you to turn your weblog into an impressive online portfolio and showcase your art skills in the best way. Today WPDaddy reviews another set of extensions that are developed for you to spice up your weblog by adding personal photo galleries to it.

1. Cincopa Content Gallery

Cincopa Content Gallery allows you to establish customizable image gallery, audio and video playlists and slideshows in your WordPress page. The plugin possesses automatic uploading and hosting, images resizing and videos transcoding options and is supported by iPhone. Cincopa Content Gallery helps you to manage your galleries easily and publish media to your blog wherever you are.

2. SuperSlider-Show

SuperSlider-Show is a plugin created for animated performance using Mootools 1.2 javascript to turn your photo gallery into a slideshow. This add-on possesses high configuration facilities, CSS based animations, theme based design and is able to create mini thumbnails automatically.

3. Flickr Photo Album

This plugin will be in a real value for you if you are a Flickr user as with its help you can display your Flickr photosets within your WordPress site. The plugin provides a simple template which can be edited according to your own preferences to make it match your website perfectly. The visitors of your WordPress blog are allowed to comment on your Flickr photos without moving to Flickr.com as this gallery plugin supports special commenting options.

4. Media Library Gallery

Media Library Gallery plugin is distinguished by the option of creating gallery from the images that are attached to your blog posts. All you have to do is to install the plugin to your WordPress site, select a post or a page where you want the gallery to be included and the work is done. Besides, Media Library Gallery plugin is thickbox ready.

5. Yet Another Photoblog

This plugin will come in handy if you want to turn your weblog into the full featured photo blog with minimum time and effort. Uploading and managing photos is extremely easily, and also self-learning EXIF filter is enabled which allows to select and make visible your camera tags.

So if you are eager to transform your WordPress blog into an advanced online photo gallery there is nothing difficult - just download and install one of the WordPress gallery plugins!

Wordpress Anti-Spam Plugin

October 8th, 2009

If you own a blog you have undoubtedly stumbled upon the problem of spammers damaging your site and for sure have tried to find the most powerful solution to get rid of this problem. Spam is really annoying both for you and your visitors and requires immediate actions against it. This is where the AVH First Defense Against Spam plugin will come in handy.

The AVH First Defense Against Spam plugin for Wordpress is a tool which allows you to block spammers before they can do any harm. The system identifies the spammers by means of checking whether their IP addresses exist in such third parties as the Project Honey Pot, stopforumspam.com database or a local blacklist. Any IP’s and IP ranges can be added to the blacklist or whitelist if necessary. If you consider someone a spammer and want to add him to the local blacklist AVH First Defense Against Spam plugin allows you to do it simply by clicking a link contained in the received email. When a certain IP is blocked a visitor will see a special message explaining why the access was denied.



With AVH First Defense Against Spam plugin potential spammers can be blocked before any content is served and this feature possesses several advantages. First, it saves your bandwidth as well as CPU cycles which means that the spammer is checked and blocked at once before a Wordpress page is built. Secondly, this option will provide you with cleaner website statistics if you use some analytic tools to track the amount of readers which come to your weblog.

Another useful feature of the AVH First Defense Against Spam plugin implies IP Caching System which allows your website to receive more daily visits. The thing is that Stop Forum spam has a limit concerning API calls made every day - up to 5000 calls in total. So if you don’t use your local whitelist and blacklist your blog won’t be allowed to have more than 5000 visits per day. With IP Caching System this limit may be set to 5000 unique visits a day which is much more beneficial.

If you want to see IP’s stored in the database you should check the statistics. In case your site is busy and has a great number of unique visitors you can make use of the “Days to keep in cache” option to control this amount. Once a day the IP’s older than a day you set in the admin panel of the AVH First Defense Against Spam plugin will be removed from the database.

AVH First Defense Against Spam plugin has a certain order of checking the visiting IP’s if you enable the special feature. The plugin is also fully compatible with other anti-spam Wordpress extensions and there is no necessity to remove previous plugins you have installed. So take care of your Wordpress blog protection and don’t neglect using special tools to block spammers which attack your site.

Free Wordpress Themes vs Paid Templates

September 18th, 2009

If you are looking for the most appropriate theme for the weblog you are going to establish there is one major choice you need to make first. You should decide whether it is a free template you want to build your blog with or you are ready to spend some money and get an exclusive paid WordPress theme.

With amazing number of Free Wordpress Themes available nowadays there is a lot of webmasters who still would prefer to have one of the commercial blog designs, and there are several reasons for such decision. Paid Wordpress Themes are known to possess premium quality, guarantee you the uniqueness of design and provide advanced functionality features. They have been coded and developed by professionals and also undergo testing to ensure the quality, so if you want to purchase some premium design for your Wordpress blog you won’t regret for sure.

Here are several examples of Premium Wordpress Themes designs for you to have a look.

1. Omni Theme

Omni Theme is a Wordpress template which will appear a great solution for Facebook and MySpace users which are eager to establish their own professionally designed online presence. The theme is distinguished by a home page accomplished in magazine style and a social networking section in order for your friends to be aware of what you are doing on the web.

2. Agent Theme by Studiopress

If you are a real estate agent and want to construct a website for promoting your services online this Wordpress Theme is exactly what you need. It possesses professional but still eye-catching and stylish design which will attract both buyers and sellers interested in real estate services you offer.

3. Daily Edition Theme by Wefunction

Daily Edition Theme implies a newspaper/magazine styled template with advanced functionality options. It contains special home page modules for enabling video player and exclusive Javascipt-based scroller.

4. Lifestyle Theme by StudioPress

Lifestyle Wordpress Theme was created to become an ideal template for any website dedicated to beauty, entertainment, fashion, travelling and other aspects of leisure time and lifestyle. It is distinguished by unique pleasant-to-the-eye design which evokes relaxed positive atmosphere and encourages enjoying your free time.

5. Smart Wordpress Theme by Nattywp

This template is a perfect example of universal Wordpess Theme which will become an excellent basis either for business website or your personal blog. It attracts by modern design, easy configuration options, additional modules of colour schemes and widgets.

But as you already know there is an incredible variety of Wordpress Themes available for free download and they are almost always as beautiful and qualitative as paid ones. Besides, you don’t have to pay a cent for such themes which means that you can try as many templates as you want and be sure you have missed nothing. Apart from possessing nice design Free Wordpress Themes provide you with all necessary options and facilities allowing to establish attractive and usable online presence with minimum efforts. To cut a long story short, you can be sure that free Wordpress Themes will undoubtedly become your winning, time and money saving solution.

In order for you to compare and see the difference here are some free Wordpress Themes designs for multiple purposes.

1. Divisions Of The Year Theme by Zinruss

This colourful 3 column Wordpress Theme will be to your taste beyond doubt as it is distinguished by exclusive ability to change your website appearance with simple click. The thing is you are allowed to switch the theme design according to your particular likings and set a specific mood for your online presence at any time!

2. Home World Theme by Ezwpthemes

Home World Theme is a brilliant template for establishing gardening related website. It is distinguished by clean and light garden styled design which allows you to place all the necessary content within the theme pages.

3. StyleIsle Theme by HPA

This theme is a perfect match for any website dedicated to home fashion and interior design. It possesses stylish design and provides you with a number of modules and options. Implement your every idea and share creative thoughts with a website built on the basis of StyleIsle Theme.

4. Craftwork Theme by Ezwpthemes

Craftwork Theme is a thrilling free Wordpress Template which will appear your brilliant solution in case you are eager to start up any art related website to implement your art gallery online, share your experience and post any content about art, paintings, famous artists and much more. Very stylish design with pleasant colour gamut will attract readers beyond doubt.

5. Real Estate Theme by prowebcreative

If you are going to establish a real estate website powered by Wordpress this theme is exactly what you are looking for. It provides your future online presence with professional design and all options needed for your successful business.
As you have seen free Wordpress Themes are as professional as paid ones so there is no necessity to spend money on purchasing beautiful Wordpress-powered templates but still the choice is up to you. And what kind of Wordpress Themes will you personally choose? We’re waiting for your opinions!

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.
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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.
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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?

Ultimate List of Tools for Your WordPress Part 2

July 29th, 2009

Well, this is obviously the sequel of my previous post Ultimate List of Tools for Your WordPress Part 1, where I gave you the selection of the most useful WordPress plugins for your posts, RSS feeds, video and comments maintaining. So, without further ado, here is the second part:

Statistics

* Backlinks inbound links counter
This plugin allows you to track all incoming links using MSN.
* Bsuite
This great plugin tracks your page loads, top performing posts, search terms that were used on incoming links and gives the list of related posts at the end of each entry.
* CountPosts
Allows you to see how many times each of your posts gets visited without counting visits from the admin.
* FeedBurner StandardStats
This plugin allows you to easily install the FeedBurner script to let you monitor your RSS feed statistics.
* FeedStats http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/feedstats-de/
Displays your feeds stats and measures the length of stay on your site at your dashboard.
* Live
Lets you see new comments, grabbed feeds and posts visited in real time.
* Open Web Analytics
This plugin allows you to track visits and unique visitors, page views and clicks, referring websites and even shows your visitor geography on Google Earth.
* Search Phrases
Very simple plugin that displays search terms that brought your visitors to the blog of yours.
* Ultimate Google Analytics
Allows you to easily add the Google Analytics script plus counts downloads and outbound links.
* WP-Stats
Gives you general stats - number of posts, comments etc.
* Alexa Rank
Well, displays your Alexa rank at your web page.
* Google PageRank
Displays your Google Page Rank at your web page.
* Impress
Lets you boast about the number of your users and posts, pages and comments, categories and many more on your weblog.

Social Bookmarking

* Digg Button
Gives you the opportunity to add Digg button anywhere within a post using a simple code snippet.
* JPF Add to Reddit
Allows your readers to easily and fast submit your posts to Reddit.
* Share This
Lets you add multiple social bookmarking links and email-this feature in one single button.
* Sociable
Adds links to 61 social bookmarking sites.
* Socializer Plugin
Gives you the ability to add your posts to almost 40 social bookmarking sites.
* WP-Notable
Allows you to add the links with icons of multiple social bookmarking sites to each blog entry.
* wphotspots
Allows you to track the activity of your posts on a number of social bookmarking sites.
* Ma.gnolia Widget
This widget lets you display links from your Ma.gnolia account.

Navigation

* WP-PageNavi
Gives you an opportunity to add a more advanced paging navigation at your blog.
* Wordpress Navigation List
Great plugin with drag ‘n drop interface that gives you the ability to easily create a completely unique site navigation.
* Multi-level Navigation
Allows you to add a horizontal dropdown, vertical flyout or horizontal slider menu to your WordPress blog.
* Simple Sidebar Navigation
This is a very simple plugin that lets you add a widget to create custom navigation in any sidebar without writing any PHP code.

This is by far not the full list of useful plugins. WordPress is that much popular exactly due to the many features created every day, thus there are thousands of really helpful plugins. Feel free to share them in the comments below.

Plugins to Monetize Your Blog

July 21st, 2009



It’s not a secret that most of us are blogging to earn some money. Thus I decided to make a list of plugins that can help you with this goal.
The most popular way of making money online is Google AdSense. There are hundreds of articles on how to make money with Google AdSense and a number of plugins that make the installation easier and faster:


* Adsense Deluxe WordPress Plugin
This plugin will add a screen to your options panel. From that screen you will be able to create AdSense ad units and manage them, decide what sizes ads should be and at what parts of your blog they should be placed.


The plugins named below will help you easily add AdSense to your blog:


* Adsense Injection
* MightyAdsense
* Google AdSense Widget


As most of the AdSense WordPress plugins require editing your theme you might find Shylock Adsense WordPress plugin to be the better choice for you as it allows to insert Adsense ads to your WordPress blog without modifying the theme.


* AdSense Manager is also a very good WordPress plugin that will help you manage your ads. It generates the code automatically.


* Google Ad Wrap
This fruitful plugin wraps posts and comments at your blog inside Section Targeting tags thus giving you better targeted ads.


And these plugins will help you track your AdSense earnings:


* AdSense Sharing Revenue and Earnings System WordPress Plugin
* Adsense Clicks Tracker
* Adsense Earnings WordPress Plugin


Another popular resource of money for bloggers is Amazon.com. There are several plugins that can help you add different Amazon ad types to your WordPress blog.


* Amazon Autoposter
This free and user friendly plugin automatically posts Amazon products on any keyword you specify, thus helping you earn money with Amazon affiliate program.


* Amazon Associate Filter
This plugin will automatically add your associate id to all Amazon links in the posts and comments at your blog.


What affiliate programs do you use to monetize your blogs?

Take Care Of All of Your Readers: Create a Mobile Version of Your Blog

June 25th, 2009

In nowadays world everything and everyone is moving fast and time becomes more and more precious. Small wonder that everything mobile is so popular. Mobile technologies give the opportunity to safe time on doing small but so important things like checking your email or reading updates of your favorite blogs. And as everything here is about WordPress and blogging you may guess what the point of this post is going to be - mobile version of your WordPress blog of course.
Remember my post about the WordPress version for iPhone? Well, I assume not everyone has iPhone, thus lets figure out how to create the mobile version of your blog for everyone - iPhone and not iPhone users. There are actually several ways to create beautiful and lightweight version of your blog for mobile phones:


#1 MoFuse
This service is a very simple way of creating a mobile version of your blog. All you have to do is to put your URL and complete the necessary registration and your desired mobile version is ready in no time.


#2 Wirenode
Pretty much the same service as MoFuse, creates your mobile version in about two minutes.


#3 Google Mobile Optimizer
Official mobile site creator from Google creates the version in seconds. All your content, links and images will be nicely put into your mobile version.


#4 UBIK
If you want to create a mobile blog from scratch without doing the initial coding this is a good solution. The site offers a number of customizable templates for mobile phones, the whole process of creating a mobile blog here looks pretty much like building a common blog - you select a theme and edit it to look like you want it to be. That’s it.


And here are some useful tutorials on the subject:


* Make a mobile version of your blog with Google Reader


* Create a mobile version of your blog with plugin


* Creating Mobile Version of your blog with branding and customize it


Once you have your blog mobile version created don’t forget to put a link to it on your blog or improve your code to redirect those visitors who browse your blog through mobile phones to the appropriate version.
Taking care of all of your readers you give them another reason to come back to your blog, thus do consider creating a mobile version of your weblog if you still don’t have one. : )


Do you know more ways to make a mobile version of a website?