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Plugin: Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

Google Analytics Dashboard is a WordPress Plugin that connects the power of Google’s analytical software with the far-reaching spread of WordPress sites. While I wasn’t able to actually test the Plugin, since I had to install it on an offline version of my site and Google couldn’t pull data from a site that wasn’t connected to them, I was able to mess with their interface to get a better idea about what is possible with the software.

A New Way to Track

After activating the Plugin (which had an error because of the type of page I was using) I was able to check out some of the ways that I could track data through the Plugin. I was able to mask IP addresses while I track data, to keep any personal user data private, in consideration for my users. And I was also able to enable demographics and interest reports from Google’s targeted ad system. I could track by all outbound data, like outbound links and downloads, or I could track identifiers like hashmarks (#).

Google Analytics Plugin for WordPress

Organize Data

I was also able to sort custom tracking definitions, like being able to create different tracking data files for authors of the site, or maybe a specific category. And if I find that I’m starting to have a bunch of useless data, I have the ability to exclude certain users from the tracking process. For example, if I start to notice that the data from my staff is throwing off my early morning number, I can exclude the admins, editors, authors and contributors from tracking for a set period of time. I can even link the analytics software to my AdSense account, to ensure that I’m getting the most out of my Google AdSense advertising. If you’re interested in the Plugin, check out the first link in the Additional Resources section, and you’ll be well on your way to having a better understanding of your users.

Additional Resources

WordPress News: How to use GIT for WordPress Development

Do you like Time Travel? Do you also like saving your work files? Well now you can do both at the same time by using Git to save your files while keeping track of each change, to each file along the way. Once you’ve saved (committed) a file in the project, the old version is saved forever allowing you to travel back through time to make changes or revert back to old files when needed.

Imagine your just uploaded your beautiful new custom theme to your WordPress site and you realize that you forgot to save your old CSS file and you’ve just overwritten the old one on your web server. You now have no way to revert back to your latest version of the old layout in case you have problems with browser compatibility in the new layout.

Git is a very powerful version control system that allows you to keep track of all your files during a project so losing file version along the way will never happen. This requires a few extra steps during your saving process, but it has saved the skins of many programmers from all over the world every day. Now, we should all try to save backups of our projects and files to protect from data loss and keeping old versions. Git takes that idea but saves each version of that file since it was created. It also protects someone from editing a file at the same time someone else is, preventing overwriting of each others new version.

Let’s take a look at the Git structure to get a clear picture of how the system checks out and references each file.

Git file reference structure
Git file reference structure

This table shows us how Git associates each file to the master project. Each time a change is made, a “snapshot” of the entire file structure is made. This allows us to see our project in front of us, while old versions are saved and hidden from view unless we physically use our time travel capability to revert. Additionally, if no changes were made to a file in a new commit, the old version will automatically be referenced instead of uploading the unchanged file into the project commit. These basic features are why Git is so powerful and efficient, that might explain why 42.9% of professional software developers reporting that they use Git as their primary content version control system.

To learn more about Git the features and the benefits, please refer to these links from which this article was sourced.

WordPress Plugins: NextGEN Gallery

Logo for NextGen Gallery.The NextGEN Gallery Plugin is the most popular gallery plugin in WordPress. Its a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images, as well as batch upload, import meta data, add/delete, rearrange, and sort images.. you can edit thumbnails and group galleries into albums

This is what our Gallery page looks like before the WordPress Plugin.

Before NextGen Gallery WordPress Plugin installed.

After activating the WordPress Plugin, the gallery button is added on posts and Pages. Click it to add images from the gallery Plugin.

Screenshot after next gen gallery WordPress Plugin installed

Click to add files then drag and highlight all the images you want to put into the gallery, then click upload.

Screenshot of upload gallery

After you have uploaded the images for the gallery there are many other options for managing your galleries and your albums that can be found in 3 places shown in the images below.

Uploading and arranging images using the NextGen Gallery WordPress Plugin screenshot.

finished gallery using the WordPress Plugin

WordPress Plugin: Instagram Journal

Instagram Journal WordPress Plugin that allows you to host Instagram API content on your WordPress.org blog. The plugin comes with many features and special effects that can be applied to your photo journals. This lends itself to a dynamic user/viewer experience.

Instagram Journal screenshot

Instagram Journal Plugin is not currently available on the WordPress Plugin Directory, so take care when using it. You can find more information at Envato Market at codecanyon.

WordPress Plugin: WP LOL Rotation

WP LOL Rotation WordPress Plugin by WordPress development legend Ozh Richards is great for anyone looking to create a League of Legends oriented site.  It allows you to display the current free champions available for a summoner (League of Legends players). This Plugin creates a widget that updates automatically with the weeks free champions.

WP LOL Rotation Widget for WordPress.

This is a great Plugin for admins who are hoping to inform a fellow League of Legends player of who they can play free this week. Sites like mobafire use widget similar to this one to help reader stay informed on who is free or entice a reader to try a champion previous unavailable to them.

After activating it, you can go to Dashboard>Appearance>Widgets and dragging it into the Main Side Bar to have it display on your site.

WP LOL Rotation back end
This is what WP LOL Rotation looks like in the Widgets Menu.

WordPress Plugins: TinyMCE Advanced

The “TinyMCE Advanced plugin” allows for modifications to the visual editor. It allows adding, removing, and rearranging the buttons to accommodate the content creator making it feel more like a word processor.

The Visual Text editor is modified and rearranged.

 

Editor Drop-down MenuDrop down list of the TinyMCE Advanced Toolbar.

 

Add, Remove, and Rearrange

Under settings in “TinyMCE Advanced” there are settings to add, remove, and rearrange the visual editor buttons on the toolbar. The unused buttons are buttons that are not visible on the visual editor  toolbar.

To add an unused button click and drag to the button of choice to the desired location. To remove a button click and drag the button of your choice to the unused buttons. To rearrange a button click and drag to new desired location.

TinyMCE Advanced Settings to allow modification to the visual editor toolbar.

To Install in WordPress

  1. Go to Plugins  tab on the left and click Add New.
  2. Search for “TinyMCE Advanced”
  3. Find and install “Tiny MCE Advanced” by Andrew Ozz.
  4. Once the plugin is installed, open Plugins.
  5. Activate “TinyMCE Advanced” plugin.

Information and Download

For more information and to download visit their official website.

For the WordPress compatible plugin and information visit their website.

 

 

WordPress Plugin: Breadcrumb NavXT

This article is for the installation and usage of the Breadcrumb NavXT Plugin. This Plugin enables the user to see a “Breadcrumb”, or trail of pages visited, as they navigate your site.

This would be useful if there were a lot of pages or other navigation on your site. The user could go right back to a certain place instead of aimlessly using the back button.

Installing The Plugin

You will need to install this Plugin before you can use it. Follow the instructions below.

  1. Download the file.
  2. Extract the zip file into your WordPress plugins folder.
  3. Enable the plugin at wp-admin/plugins.
  4. Modify your Theme to include the code where you want the breadcrumb to appear.

Continue reading WordPress Plugin: Breadcrumb NavXT

WordPress Plugin: Formula 1 Racing

The F1 widget is for serious race enthusiasts. It’s a countdown clock that shows time left until the next Formula 1 competition race. It updates automatically for the next race. You can use the F1 real time countdown widget on your site, phone, blog or other online platform. Always be prepared for the next race. Keep this one on your computer desktop or blog/webpage too.

Here is the widget

screen shot of the widget

Add Plugin

Start by going to your WordPress backend and select “Plugins.” Search for “One Widget Countdown.” Select “Install Now.”

screen shot of the plugin backend

Install Plugin

From “Appearance” select “Widgets” and then drag the “Formula 1 Countdown Widget” into the sidebar or other widget area based on your theme.

screen shot of the plugin backend

Configure Plugin

In the sidebar you can then configure the widget to display as narrow or wide, choose the language (default is English), and then choose F1 cars or MotoGP motorcycles.

sidebar configuration of the  plugin

Language

sidebar configuration of the  plugin language

Narrow

sidebar display of the widget configuration page

Wide

sidebar display of the widget configuration page

Code

In addition to adding a widget in WordPress, you can copy code provided on their website and add flash to other non-WordPress sites.

flash code used to generate  widget data on non-wordpress websites

The Formula 1 Widget is very easy to install. Whether you use a widget in WordPress or just copy the code and insert it into your site or blog wherever you want, you can keep a close watch on the countdown to the next big race. That is all, enjoy!

Resources

WordPress Plugins: WP Fastest Cache Tutorial

Today, it is important to site users that web sites load as quickly as possible. A blog that is slow to load risks the potential of losing repeat visitors. Everybody wants to get as much information as fast as they can. So what options does WordPress offer to help with making your web site load faster?

WP Fastest Cache WordPress Plugin describes itself as:

This plugin creates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. When a page is rendered, php and mysql are used. Therefor, system needs RAM and CPU. If many visitors come to a site, system uses lots of RAM and CPU so page is rendered so slowly. In this case, you need a cache system not to render page again and again. Cache system generates a static html file and saves. Other users reach to static html page.

WPFC Main Download Page

After installing and activating the WordPress Plugin, go to the Settings > WP Fastest Cache in the Admin Panel and set the options. Continue reading WordPress Plugins: WP Fastest Cache Tutorial

WordPress Plugin bbPress

bbPress is the forum creation WordPress Plugin for WordPress sites. It is used by many users and is worked on by the same teams at Automattic. Forums are used all over the web to increase the amount of continued reader/follower interaction. Almost any type of company can benefit from adding forums to their site. You can you use them for support of a product that you sell, and as a way of having other people in the community around your site help each other. You can also use forums to bring your discussions out your comments and into a single place where it can be more structured.

New Buttons in Admin PanelAfter installing the Plugin, 3 new buttons will be added to your Administration Panel sidebar menu. Click on the Forums button to take you to the New Forum Panel. Continue reading WordPress Plugin bbPress

WordPress Plugin Review: The Social Contact Display

Have you ever wanted to use a WordPress Plugin that shows all of your social media accounts your WordPress site is connected to?

Social Contact Display WordPress Plugin provides a simple display for your social media that contributes to your WordPress site. For example, if you have Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts which all contribute content in addition to your WordPress site, the Social Contact Display will display the links to those social media accounts with buttons, icons, or any other display setting the user chooses.

On their Plugin page, it is currently on version 2.3.7, although given how popular it is (with over 25,000 downloads), that version number will only change in the future with more updates.

It is very simple to install the Plugin, according to the Plugin’s installation page:

  1. Upload social-contact-display to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the WordPress Social Contact Display Widget plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Navigate to Appearance > Widgets
  4. Locate the WordPress Social Contact Display widget and drag to your desired location
  5. Fill in the options and select Save

Continue reading WordPress Plugin Review: The Social Contact Display

Using Post Sandbox Examples for Testing WordPress Themes

You’ve just started your new WordPress site, and you are browsing the selection of Themes WordPress has to offer. You fall in love with a Theme and start filling it with content. Then you discover a huge flaw. You hate how your pictures align, and how your headings look. With a Sandbox post you can alleviate that issue.

According to the WordPress.org article “Test Driving WordPress:”

A Sandbox is a term related to the sandbox you might have played in and built sand castles in as a child. It is a playground for working on concepts and exploring your imagination.
Test Driving WordPress – WordPress Codex

Essentially, a sandbox post lets you take a test drive of your theme before you put it live on your site. It is a post that shows you an example of every HTML and CSS code and how it will be displayed. Continue reading Using Post Sandbox Examples for Testing WordPress Themes

Is Your Server Safe from the “ShellShock” Bug?

According to Troy Hunt: “ShellShock” Bug is far worse than the Heart-bleed bug. If your server has this “ShellShock” your code is up for grabs by any hacker.  Vladimir Prelovac has made a Plugin to check your server for the ShellShock “CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169” If your server has a bug take a screenshot and let your host know ASAP.