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Archive Your Tweets With WordPress

For those of us who love using Twitter, yet hate the fact that it is so hard to find tweets or used hashtags, from not too long ago but that by now are long gone into the Twitter universe.

Fortunately for those brands, businesses, or people that are dependent on Twitter, and face the battle of trying to backup your tweets, there is a free WordPress plugin created for this.

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Reverbnation Master Plugin

Our guest speaker for our WordPress class,  Mr Dan Portis-Cathers is not just a Musician, he also designs WordPress webpages for music industry clients. He pointed out that a blogger with a music page needs a plugin that plays music.

Many of the Artists that I feature on my student site are found on the website known as Reverbnation . This website began as a way for local musicians to harness the power of social networking to get the word out that their band is the next big thing or to communicate/ collaborate on music related projects

Reverbnation now boasts that it is home to over 3.5 million bands, venues and music professionals. It is a great site to meet new bands, maybe get some cds to review, and network with others in the industry.

Naturally, the Reverbnation Master Plugin became a plugin of choice for my DISTROTECH student site as my blog deals primarily with Progressive Rock music, and Linux.

Reverbnation Master
Reverbnation Master

After downloading, the Reverbnation Master Player Plugin was very easy to install.

  • Use the WordPress Installer/Updater
  • Activate from the “Plugins”administration panel,
  • Click over to the Widget Page>Reverbnation Master Widgets.
  • Configure the settings.

That’s it! Once installed the Plugin allows plenty of customization. Show maps of listeners, feature album art, lyrics, announcements. In short all of the Widgets that are on the Reverbnation site are included in this Plugin. HTML5 Player, HTML5 Fan Collector, Tune Widget, Merchandise, Mail, and so much more.

Have a look at this demo at wordpress.techgasp.com . If you have a music site and want to promote it, this Plugin is one that you can’t live without.

 

Broken Link Checker Plugin

Broken Link Checker WordPress Plugin helps you double check your site for links, comments, and other content that leads to nowhere. It also identifies missing images.

BLC

Whenever you post a link that is broken it automatically crosses out the link and notifies you on your dashboard.

brokenlinknotify

brokenlink

A fairly a simple plugin but very helpful to anyone who has limited time availability. Its like a spell checker that checks automatically for errors. This plugin is also helpful to any sites ecommerce, personal, or retail since everyone of those who insert lots of links and content into their sites.

Useful Plugin for Easy Display of Before and After Images in WordPress

Display before and after images easily using the TwentyTwenty Plugin. This is useful and valuable for providing visuals for website redesigns, home improvement renovations, weight-loss successes or comparing counterfeit merchandise to real merchandise. There are many other creative ideas that this Plugin could be used. A guide to using the TwentyTwenty Plugin for WordPress is available on WPTavern.

Hat Tip: WPTavern

Plugin Review: Testimonials by Aihrus

Many businesses want to be able to easily display their testimonials. After all, why wouldn’t you want to be able to show off the good things people have to say about you? The Testimonials by Aihrus Plugin allows you to do just that.

A sample testimonial created by the Testimonials PluginThe Testimonials Plugin works by creating a Widget displaying the testimonial(s) you select. This Plugin provides plenty of room for customization. You can use CSS to modify the appearance of the testimonial or you can add an image to an individual testimonial. This Plugin allows you to use one set testimonial or to have the Widget cycle through multiple testimonials. Continue reading Plugin Review: Testimonials by Aihrus

WP Weekly Podcasts: An Untapped Resource

If you’ve been looking for a fun and informative source for WordPress news and info checkout WordPress Tavern: WP Weekly Podcasts, a great resource for WordPress news, reviews, and interviews. Contributor Jeff Chandler is the host of WP Weekly Podcasts provides community members with great advice from WordPress developers, contributors and other web based companies, who provide insights that you would not have access to anywhere else.

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Why “Post by Email”

Post By Email

This is the first time a core feature has been removed from a WordPress and replaced by a Plugin. There are some concerns about removing a core feature and what will actually occur with the code that is currently on websites. The new “Post by Email” plugin created by Kat Hagan is scheduled to replace the core feature.

WordPress Tavern reached out to WordPress core developer Andrew Nacin and

Andrew Nacin Indicated that “There were some nagging concerns that outright removing the feature from core could inconvenience users who still rely on it. That doesn’t detract from Kat’s work at all. Her plugin is fantastic and it’s definitely a huge improvement over what’s in core now. It was never designed to be pulled into core, but rather to provide us an opportunity to remove what’s in core now.”

For more information on the changes to the “Post by Email” function go to WordPress Codex “Post By Email”

Extending Your WordPress Plugin

Ian Dunn discusses different ways to customize WordPress plugins without losing your changes after upgrades. The main takeaway is to use the functionality and Code Snippets plugins to create and manage changes. Additionally users are encouraged to get in touch with the plugin creator.

For more information checkout Ian Dunn’s article, “The Right Way to Customize a WordPress Plugin” and WordPress Tavern’s article, “How To Extend A WordPress Plugin Without Losing Your Changes.”

iOS – Postcard Improves WP intereaction with Social Media!

Postcard is a new, free app available in iOS app marketplace. It allows users to share content to multiple Social Networks including a “Custom Network,” aka your WP blog. This app, which is also a plug-in available on WordPress.org redirects traffic away from the Social Network sites and back to your site where it belongs.

To learn more checkout : “Own Your Content: Postcard Social Sharing App Launches With WordPress Integration”

Jetpack WordPress Plugin Has Now Been Updated

Jet Pack is a great plugin that allows WordPress.org user’s to access many great features all in one Plugin. WordPress.com users already have all of the features of Jet Pack integrated into WordPress.com.  Jet Pack was released back in 2011, and it really was a special feature that many people were clamoring for!

Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress described it as a:

, “dream of mine…to provide feature parity between WordPress.com and WordPress.org for everybody.”

He shared this with us in his post called Jet Pack to the WP.com Cloud.

And now Jet Pack has had a makeover!  There is a terrific improvement that has been made as well as a couple of great new feature that have been added to Jet Pack.   Continue reading Jetpack WordPress Plugin Has Now Been Updated

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

There are two ways to install a WordPress Plugin. You can install them automatically within WordPress, or you can do it manually. This tutorial will show you how to do both on the self-hosted version of WordPress.

Automatic Installation

Taking advantage of the one-click installation feature for WordPress Plugins in WordPress is a good option for those who are new to WordPress. There is no downloading and uploading of files. It’s really one-click.

In the Administration Panels, go to Plugins > Add New.

Screenshot of the menu to add a new WordPress Plugin

You will be brought to a new page that will contain a search bar. You can either enter in the name of the Plugin you wish to install or do a search by category. For example, if you want to install a Plugin for a calender, type “calender” in the search bar and you will get a list of all of the available Plugins that fit that category. Continue reading How to Install a WordPress Plugin