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Page Builder Plugin

Created by Greg Priday of Site Origin, Page Builder WordPress Plugin enables you to simply drag and drop Widgets and formatting options into your pages and posts using a simple and intuitive interface. This Plugin has a wide use of applications, and can be utilized by any self-hosted WordPress user. Continue reading Page Builder Plugin

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ImageInject WordPress Plugin Updates

Previously known as WP inject, ImageInject is a dynamic free WordPress Plugin that allows you to insert images into your WordPress post very easily and quickly. You can by simply searching a huge and free database containing millions of photos with a couple of clicks and have an image added to your post.

The images in ImageInject are sourced from Pixabay and Flickr.  More sources to come in the future. When the images are imported the source information is automatically entered into your post for you. Continue reading ImageInject WordPress Plugin Updates

WordPress Words: Akismet

Akismet is an advanced hosted anti-spam service aimed at thwarting the underbelly of the web. It efficiently processes and analyzes masses of data from millions of sites and communities in real time. To fight the latest and dirtiest tactics embraced by the world’s most proficient spammers, it learns and evolves every single second of every single day.
Akismet

Example: “I’ve been using Akismet for more than four years on several web sites and Akismet caught countless comment spam.”

According to Wikipedia, Aksimet attempts to filter link spam from blog comments and spam trackback pings. The filter works by combining information about spam captured on all participating blogs, and then using those spam rules to block future spam. Continue reading WordPress Words: Akismet

WordPress Words: Plugins

WordPress Plugin: A WordPress Plugin is a program, or a set of one or more functions, written in the PHP scripting language, that adds a specific set of features or services to the WordPress weblog, which can be seamlessly integrated with the weblog using access points and methods provided by the WordPress Plugin Application Program Interface (API).
Writing a WordPress Plugin – WordPress Codex

WordPress Plugins are a set of files that have to be installed and activated in order to work. Don’t confuse WordPress Plugins with plug-ins for light bulbs or electronic devices. WordPress Plugins extend the functionality of WordPress, allowing it do do more. Continue reading WordPress Words: Plugins

What is BuddyPress?

BuddyPress is a powerful WordPress Plugin which enables you to customize your own social network specific to your sites needs. You can use it as a social network for a school or college, a communication tool for a business, or a focused social network for a product you’re trying to sell. This is beneficial  because it enables a user to have unlimited theme options while also allowing them to add features they need to fit the site.

The basic optional components of BuddyPress include:

  • Extended Profiles:  Allows you an unlimited number of field types to customize user profiles accordingly to your sites purpose.
  • Activity Streams: Record personal, group and site wide activities with an RSS feed.
  • Member Account Settings: Users can modify their account and notification settings directly from their profiles.
  • Friend Connections: Gives users the ability to add friends and  accept friend requests.
  • Messaging: Send and receive private emails from members in your friends list within your private messaging panel. All members have their own individual Inbox.

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Take care when choosing an eCommerce Plugin

There are several factors to consider when choosing an eCommerce plugin for WordPress. Patrick Mwachugu outlines them in his overview in his article of “Factors to consider about these WordPress Plugins”. Patrick reviews WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads and Get Shopped as well as naming other examples. When choosing a Plugin it is a good idea to read his article for the positives and negatives before you decide which direction to go with your website.

Whether picking out a Plugin to work straight off at download or one that will need customization, you have decisions to make before you pick the Plugin that will work for you and your business. Marketing, shipping, managing orders, and payment options are some of the items to consider and this article is one place to start for your WordPress needs. He points out that you need to also consider what you are capable of doing with your website in order to be successful as well. This is a one place to reference before you pick out a eCommerce Plugin for WordPress.

You Can Count on WP Tally

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you knew how many times your own hand-coded Plugin was downloaded? According to Jeff’s Chandler recent WP Tavern article, “How to Obtain The Total Download Count For Plugins Attached to a WordPress.org Username,” a new Plugin called WP Tally does just that: it keeps track of the number of times any one Plugin has been downloaded.

WordPress Content Type Standards Community Project

WP Tavern reported recently that WordPress Developers are organizing a community initiative to standardize common post types, taxonomies and meta data. Led by Justin Tadlock, popular WordPress developer and author of Professional WordPress Plugin Development, the goals of the community project are to name these common parts of WordPress to create a more stable and portable nomenclature for WordPress.

If you are interested in participating, check out the Content Type Standards community project.

Domain Name Services: Postman of the Internet

Domain Name Services (DNS) is a service which exist to help us humanize the addresses of networked resources. Humans remember words as a whole easier than numbers representing octal based Internet Protocol addresses of those same networked resources be them across the Wide World Web or just an arms length away on our local network.

That was a mouth full. Essentially through DNS you can type in a URL into your favorite web browser and through the process of name resolution your system contacts a server acting in your behalf to find the correct IP address that matches the human oriented address you type in.

Sounds simple but a lot of chatter between various servers near and far may happen just to pull up that favorite site that you wish to view. First your own system will see if it has the particular IP/URL pairing locally in it’s own tables. On your computer this information will be kept in a host.txt file and depending on the operating system the location varies. Continue reading Domain Name Services: Postman of the Internet

Ozh Tweet Archiver WordPress Plugin

Ozh’ Tweet Archiver is a plugin that was designed to be a powerful plugin tool that will give Twitter users the ability to archive all their tweets to their current or even a new Twitter Themed WordPress site.  The Ozh Tweet Archiver is a very resourceful plugin for active Twitter users who have sent out over 3200 tweets, and are having difficulties tracking down some of those older tweets they sent out days, months, or years ago.

Good luck finding them because Twitter does not keep track of them.

How Ozh’ Tweet Archiver Plugin Works

Ozh’ Tweet Archiver plugin should be installed on a fresh WordPress.com site or a sub-domain of a current WordPress site. This free plugin will archive all of your tweets to your WordPress site, automatically. The Ozh’ Tweet Archive plugin will make life so much easier since searching on WordPress is way more effortless then Twitter.

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Plugins: The Fancy Gallery Light

When you want to add a gallery to your page or post, the Fancy Gallery Light Plugin will help you to create a gallery where the images stand out.

Fancy Gallery Light

This Plugin will add all the pictures you want together, and create the correct HTML short code for the gallery to be added in the Text editor. All you will have to do is choose your images, size them, add alt text, and add the short code to the text editor, the plugin does the rest.
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Tidio Gallery: How will you show off your photos?

Tidio Gallery is a WordPress Plugin that allows you to have a different Gallery then the stock one WordPress offers you. It opens over your page and allows you to scroll through all the photos with a limited UI on the bottom of the screen that only pops up in the beginning for a few seconds and then when you click the page.

It is a simple plugin if you are looking for something like the stock gallery but a little different.

  • Pros:
    • It’s full screen.
    • It’s minimal UI intensive
    • Unlike the stock Gallery view you are able to see the whole screen with no cut offs whether or not you have a “big enough” screen as seen below.

WordPress Gallery cuts off text

  • Cons:
    • Doesn’t offer an obvious way to get out of viewing the pictures
    • Similar to the updated Gallery view with Stock WordPress

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WordPress Social Media: Jetpack and BuddyPress

We live in an ever expanding world thanks to the glorious place we call the Internet, but there is one aspect of the web that has altered the playing field with how we share information and communicate with one another: Social Media.

The social media concept, or web 2.0, revolutionized how businesses and people convey information.

social media concept cloud With the addition of smart devices, we can now use these services even faster. In the last decade, more people than ever before have integrated their business and personal profiles into the social media network, leading to a fast rate of discovery of information and being able to make your voice heard across the entire world.

Social media is a rather powerful tool to use in the arsenal of WordPress and its growing database of WordPress Plugins. Built into the core of WordPress.com, and as a functionality of the Jetpack Plugin, it will provide you with what you need and much more to integrate social media into your WordPress site.

In this case, social media can be used to make your WordPress site more interactive and be able to reach a greater audience. Continue reading WordPress Social Media: Jetpack and BuddyPress

Beer Recipes to Share on WordPress

The American Homebrewers Association alone has over 1,700 homebrew clubs with members in the millions. Thanks to applications such as BeerSmith and sites like Brewtoad, most of the calculations and recipe templates are much easier to follow, making it easier for novices to gain more experience. Derek Springer created the BeerXML Shortcode WordPress Plugin that takes an XML beer recipe and displays it nicely on a WordPress site with an easy-to-use shortcode.

Hat Tip:  WPTavern