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 (#).
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.
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.
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.
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.
After activating the WordPress Plugin, the gallery button is added on posts and Pages. Click it to add images from the gallery Plugin.
Click to add files then drag and highlight all the images you want to put into the gallery, then click upload.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Editor Drop-down Menu
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.
To Install in WordPress
Go to Plugins tab on the left and click Add New.
Search for “TinyMCE Advanced”
Find and install “Tiny MCE Advanced” by Andrew Ozz.
Once the plugin is installed, open Plugins.
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.
MailChimp is a Plugin that allows you to add sign-up forms and sign-up checkboxes to your website.
You can use the sign-up forms anywhere in your website where you would use a short-code, widget, or template function. You can use the sign-up checkboxes in places like your contact page in order to boost your email or newsletter subscribers.
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
Start by going to your WordPress backend and select “Plugins.” Search for “One Widget Countdown.” Select “Install Now.”
From “Appearance” select “Widgets” and then drag the “Formula 1 Countdown Widget” into the sidebar or other widget area based on your theme.
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.
In addition to adding a widget in WordPress, you can copy code provided on their website and add flash to other non-WordPress sites.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.