November 6, 2013
Video has taken over the web, and according to Diode Digital, the average Internet user watches 186 videos each month. For those of us with easy access throughout the day to sites like YouTube, that number can grow exponentially. While, yes, you can easily embed some code into your blog post, there are many WordPress plugins designed specifically for video. From helping you share self-hosted videos to displaying videos from YouTube or Vimeo in a beautiful way, there’s something for everyone.
If YouTube is your go-to video site, this plugin will help you save time. You can search and directly embed videos, view analytics and even see what people across the web are saying about a video. Its settings page also allows you to automatically set defaults for videos you embed, and here are just a few:
- Hide YouTube logo while playing
- Show/hide related videos at the end
- Show/hide the video title and other info
- Show/hide annotations by default
- Loop video
- Force HD quality when available
Instead of copying and pasting HTML code, all you have to do is copy and paste the YouTube video URL into your post. That means no more messing around with code, and with the proper dimensions for video embeds set in the defaults, no need to edit that either. read more
Tags: Video, Video Plugins, wordpress plugins
October 22, 2013
Spam may be a delicious treat depending on who you ask, but in its digital form by way of your WordPress blog, not so much. No matter what you do, spammers will find your blog. Granted, you can easily blacklist IP addresses, but that doesn’t always keep them from coming back. When most people think of a spammer, they think of some person sitting behind a keyboard. However, with the power of software and sophisticated systems, many spammers are actually scripts or bots that automate the work which used to be done manually.
Akismet needs no introduction. Included in every WordPress install, it is the original comment spam blocker. According to its website, Akismet has blocked nearly 100 billion comments. Free for personal use, there are several paid plans to choose from, starting as low as $5 per month for businesses. For many bloggers, Akismet gets the job done, but it offers very basic functionality. read more
Tags: comment spam prevention, fighting spam, wordpress plugins
October 8, 2013
WordPress plugins come in all different shapes, and sizes. Whether you need to rotate ads or better protect your blog from hackers, there is something for everyone. SEO still has a stranglehold on every website hoping to get in front of the right people, and algorithms are constantly changing. While the algorithms may be outside of your control, making sure your blog can rank well is not. read more
Tags: SEO Plugins, wordpress plugins, WordPress SEO
September 23, 2013
Copyright infringement is a serious problem for WordPress creatives. We’ll look at how users can make infringement more difficult and whether they should.
For those of us who make a living producing content for the web, copyright is often at the forefront of the issues that generate the most controversy. The freedom with which information can be propagated through the network is fundamental to the functioning of the online information economy, but no one likes to see the content that they’ve worked hard to create disproportionately benefiting free-riders. read more
Tags: copyright, copyright infringement, wordpress plugins
August 26, 2013
Life is unpredictable and you never know what surprises it stores up for you! What if one day you woke up and found out that:
- your web site was hacked,
- you deleted some important web site files by mistake, or
- your database got corrupted?
Tags: backups, Video, wordpress plugins, wordpress tutorials
January 12, 2011
It looks like PadPressed will be facing some competition as one of their rivals is not only embracing the iPad, but offering WordPress bloggers a less expensive price.
WPtouch ProTM has gained worldwide attention providing unique, rich and beautiful mobile experiences for website visitors on touch-based smart phones.
With WPtouch Pro 2.1, that great experience has been redefined and brought to the iPadTM, with a user-interface tailored for the iPad experience. [...]
Since WPtouch Pro on iPad is a part of WPtouch Pro 2.1 (starting at only $39), you get incredible value, great features, product support & future upgrades— all at an extremely competitive, affordable price. (Official BraveNewCode Blog) read more
Tags: iPad, iPhone, WordPress, wordpress plugins
September 13, 2010
After releasing a social plugin to the WordPress masses, it looks like the boys and girls at Automattic (the creators of WordPress) have unveiled another feature that might appeal to group bloggers everywhere.
Have you ever read one of your old posts and thought something was different? Maybe a few words were changed, the formatting was different, or an entire paragraph was missing. You poured your heart and soul into the post and didn’t know someone changed it after you hit publish. If this sounds familiar, you probably have a multi-author blog. :-)
Today we’re launching a feature called Email Post Changes to help blogs with multiple authors collaborate better on the same posts and pages. If you turn it on, we’ll instantly notify you by email whenever a change is made to a post on your site. You’ll recognize the format of the email is the same as post revisions, making it easy to see exactly what has changed. (Official WordPress Blog)
This collaboration tool is very useful for group blogs (especially those with a lead editor), as contributers can be alerted to necessary changes to posts (i.e. grammar, spelling, etc.) which will hopefully improve future content upon the site.
It can also be used as a tool to alert you of “mysterious affiliate links” appearing in your posts if a hacker gains access to your blog.
Email Post Changes is currently live for WP.com users, although Automattic has created a WordPress plugin for those of you who choose to host your WP blog upon your own server.
Tags: WordPress, wordpress plugins
September 8, 2010
After announcing plans of releasing a social plugin for WordPress.org fans, it looks as if Automattic has successfully ported their WP.com feature for the self hosting masses.
Anointed as ShareDaddy, this plugin allows WordPress fans to easily insert social buttons into their blog without having to dabble with lots of code.
Although there are other social plugin options available (such as the official Twitter and Facebook like buttons) WordPress fans may want to skip the alternatives and use ShareDaddy instead. read more
Tags: WordPress, wordpress plugins
August 25, 2010
Following the footsteps of Blogger and OnSugar (a Drupal blog service), it looks like Automattic has finally embraced social buttons for WP.com fans.
While this feature was long overdue, Automattic has also announced that they will be porting this feature for those who choose to self host.
Starting today there is a new way for your readers to share the posts on your blog with friends. This feature allows you to add sharing functionality from a range of services to the bottom of your blog posts. [...]
We have also added stats for all activity around this feature so you will be able to see what content people are sharing and on what services. Check out the sharing support article for more information on getting setup. Note: We will also be realizing [sic] this as a WordPress.org plugin next week. (Official WordPress Blog)
Although WordPress.org fans can already install various social buttons (like Twitter and the Facebook Like button) via plugins, more often than not the buttons are an eyesore.
As one can see in the video below, Automattic’s implementation should help resolve that issue by presenting a more elegant interface. read more
Tags: Social Networking, WordPress, wordpress plugins
August 23, 2010
Akismet, a tool by Automattic (the creators of WordPress) have announced that WordPress bloggers refusing to embrace 3.0 could find themselves in a world of hurt in the future.
Version 2.4 of the Akismet plugin for WordPress is available now. This is a maintenance release that fixes some bugs, and includes some preparation for new features in a forthcoming version. [...]
This version retains backwards compatibility with old versions of WordPress, but it is the last major release that will do so. The next release of the Akismet plugin will require WordPress 3.0. We’ll continue to maintain the 2.4 branch of Akismet with security updates for users who are unable to upgrade from old WordPress versions. (Official Akismet Blog)
Note: Emphasis theirs
The latest update sends all comments deleted by Akismet to your trash bin (which will solves the “my comments never show dilemma”) as well as various bug fixes.
Although the techs at Automattic are kind enough to keep 2.4 alive for legacy WP blogs, users refusing to update their blogs may find their comment section overwhelmed by human spammers in the future.
If ones host (or WP service platform) is preventing them from updating their blog to 3.0, then users should seriously consider finding a new host ASAP or outsource their comment threads to IntenseDebate or Disqus (both with support Akismet).
(Image Credit: Norebbo)
Tags: Akismet, WordPress, wordpress plugins