Posts Tagged ‘wordpress plugin’

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!

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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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?

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?

How to Add WordPress Plugin. Simple Guide

July 16th, 2009



Almost every post at this blog is giving you useful and sometimes not that useful but curious plugins. It never occurred to me that someone of you may not know how to actually add those plugins to your WordPress powered blogs. Thus I’m going to fill in the missed point and give you a simple guide on how to add a plugin to your blog.


There are WordPress plugins that require editing your WordPress Theme template files and ones that do not require such modifications. Both types are installed the same way, just follow these simple steps:


* Download the desired plugin.
* Log-in to your WordPress admin panel.
* Click on Plug-ins on the left side of your panel.
* Click on Add New and then on the Upload Tab.
* Browse the downloaded plug-in file at your computer and click on Install Now.
* After your WordPress finishes the installation process click on Activate Plug-in.


That’s it, your WordPress plugin is added and active.
Generally this is everything you’ll need to do when adding a plugin, if there are other requirements the developer will for sure specify them, so read the text files that come with your plugin carefully. Besides, some plugins may require configuration, most WordPress Plugin authors give clear step-by-step instructions of the required configuration, so read these carefully as well.

Is Your Blog SEO Friendly?

July 14th, 2009



We’ve discussed the importance of search engine optimization here more than once. But I think one more time won’t be a waste.
So, let’s revise what exactly SEO means and how it works.


SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and is a process of improving the volume and quality of your traffic received from search engines. To understand SEO better you should know how search engines work. This is pretty easy - such search engines as Google and Yahoo use a program called a “web spider”. These spiders crawl the web and collect info about the web pages (content, links etc.) and deposit this info to the search engine’s database. When you want to find something on the web and type your query in the search box the search engine has to do one simple thing - to find the most relevant info in it’s database. To make your blog more relevant to probable queries you should make it rank for the factors that form the search engine algorithm higher. This is where SEO will help you.
Here are things you should check and plugins you should add to make your blog SEO friendly:


* All in One SEO Pack
I already told you about this extremely useful plugin. It allows you to add meta tags, titles, descriptions and keywords to your blog posts.


* Google XML Sitemaps
If you want google spiders to crawl your weblog better you should help them - create a sitemap. This nice plugin will help you do the task easily and fast.


* Sociable
This is a great plugin I’ve already mentioned at this blog, it allows your visitors to bookmark your posts at 99 social bookmarking sites. Find more WordPress plugins meant to help you increase traffic. http://www.wpdaddy.com/blog/2009/03/increase-traffic-with-wordpress-plugins/


Things to check:


* Add Titles and ALT tags to the images you use in your blog entries


* Make sure your meta descriptions are unique and do not repeat your content


* Make sure your theme uses header tags correctly:
- Your blog title (your main keyword) should be placed in an h1 tag.
- Your post titles should be placed in h2 tags.


These are very basic SEO tips for beginners, if you have more simple tips feel free to share them in the comments below.

Top 10 Video Tutorials for WordPress Beginners

July 7th, 2009



When you are new to something you for sure prefer to have an expert who will show you the basics, don’t you? Well, I decided to make a selection of the most useful video tutorials recorded by real experts. Now you can say you’ve been taught by the best WordPress professionals ;)


Well, what do you want to know first of all? Of course how to install your WordPress, I can recommend these tutorials:
* How to install WordPress from siteground.com
* Installing Wordpress from killersites.com


Now you may be interested in changing your WP theme:
* How to Change/Activate Themes from ithemes.com
* How to change the theme from siteground.com
* How to Modify WordPress Theme from web2whizzing.com


Good tutorials on widgets:
* How widgets work from ithemes.com
* Create your first widget
* How To Make Your Own WordPress Widget from wpinformer.com


How to install and create your own plugins:
* How to install WordPress plugins from siteground.com
* How to make a wordpress plugin from weblogtoolsvideos.com


Well, this was my top 10 WordPress video tutorials. Would you like to see more of them?

Curious WordPress Plugins

June 30th, 2009



I bet you’ve seen hundreds if not thousands of lists of the “best”, “useful”, “must have” etc. WordPress plugins. But have you ever come across strange, odd, even funny plugins? I have, and thus decided to share these findings with you. Some of the plugins described below might be actually fruitful and some are completely useless, but all of them are rather curious.


W-P
This nice plugin has one goal - to check your posts and change all “worpdress”, “WordPres”, “worldpress” etc. to a proper “WordPress”. If you have a problem of misspelling this is a great helper. You can also add your own commonly misspelled words and use the plugin to change the abbreviations to the full words.


CA-Weekday WordPress Plugin
Nice little thing that will change the boring day names like Monday and Tuesday to funny names like Rest Day, Back to Work Day, Still Back to Work Day and so on.


The TimeZoneCalculator WordPress Plugin
This plugin might actually be useful for a travelling blogger as it calculates and displays dates and time across different time zones.


Give a Beer
This is the widget that lets your visitors to give you a virtual beer. Funny little thing for beer lovers.


Fun Facts
I find this plugin to very interesting and entertaining. It adds a sidebar widget that displays interesting, weird and curious random fun facts.


My Worst Posts
Everyone shows their best posts that are most commented, this widget on the contrary shows the less commented posts. Who knows, maybe someone would like to comment? ;)


I’ve come across a number of strange translating plugins. They might be useful if you’d like to make your reader decrypt your posts or if you want to target the post to someone who knows the language or just have some fun with your content.


Pig Latin
Translates all your messages into Pig Latin.


Fun Filters hack
Translates posts and comments into Elmer Fudd, Pig Latin or any other silly language.


Text Filter Suite WordPress Plugin
If you are a fan of pirates, pirate stories and everything connected to them you’ll love this plugin. It converts your posts into “pirate talk”.


Well, do you have some strange or funny WordPress plugins to share?

Best mp3 Plugins for Your WordPress Blog

May 15th, 2009



WordPress music player
Remember one of my previous posts where I showed you some awesome Music WP Themes? Well, today I’m going to extend the topic of music in blogs and show you few plugins main goal of which is to give you the way to add any .mp3 files to your posts and pages. Note that if you add these plugins your weblog loading might become a little bit slower. Well, here they are:


* Tune Library
Very good plugin that imports an XML iTunes music library file into your blog database. You can display your whole music collection at your WordPress powered blog or website.


* Flash MP3 Player
This is a sidebar widget that displays your mp3 player at the sidebar of your blog. The playlist is customized at your Admin panel.


* Zina
A graphical interface to the mp3 collection of yours.


* fmTuner
This nice plugin pulls the info from your Last.fm account. Your top tracks, recent tracks and loved tracks can be ordered and displayed the way you want. Just use the easy to operate built-in options and tags.


* Streampad Audio Player
All the mp3 files you link to from your WordPress blog are displayed in the audio player at the bottom of your web page.


* Audio Player Wordpress plugin
This small plugin allows you to add mp3 files to your posts and pages. Very good tool for a podcasting blog.


These were only the few of hundreds of music plugins you can find, if you know more and would like to recommend feel free to do so at the comments below.