Love or hate it, Facebook is still the 800 pound gorilla in the social networking room. And when trying to add key functionality to your WordPress, it is certainly worth considering how to leverage Facebook to enhance your site’s content, traffic or user experience. Today I’m featuring three recent plugins (admittedly, from hundreds, if not […]

A lot of fans, including myself, of the popular photography finder and attribution plugin, PhotoDropper, were disappointed with the updates.  So today we are looking at some alternatives that may be able to fill PhotoDropper’s shoes. Below are three selections from the Official WordPress Plugin repository. Just as the case with any open-source contribution to […]

In this Plugin Picks we look at new security plugins. While WordPress takes security very seriously (making constant improvements, monitoring/culling entries in the Repository and notifying WordPress hosts of updates in real time), there are always going to be situations and users that call for special measures. Below are three recently released plugins which expand […]

In this Plugin Picks we look at plugins for widgets. Widgets “…add visitor visual and interactivity options and features, such as sidebar widgets for post categories, tag clouds, navigation, search, etc. They were originally designed to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress Theme to the user […]

In this issue we look at plugins for adding dictionary functionality to your site, turning your site into a super-charged, full-featured download provider and a plugin that can scan your site for potential threats and exploits. Dictionary Box: Dictionary Box provides an internal dictionary on the footer of your pages with double click functionality and […]

In the first part of this series, we explained the importance and advantages of using Tags in WordPress posts.  We then followed up with how to track down and correct tagless posts on your blog.  In this last installment, we’ll take a look at a plugin designed to help high volume publishers or those having limited time […]

While some studies peg English speakers at almost 27% of the internet using population (with only Mandarin Chinese coming close), that does not necessarily mean that YOUR site’s audience shares the same demographics.  While free tools like Google Translate have come a long way and can help bridge the gap they really don’t carry the […]

One early notification feature of WordPress (and some other blog/cms platforms) was the “ping”.  Borrowing its name from the unrelated utility used to test the availability and responsivity of IP Addresses, the WordPress ping notifies authors and site moderators if another, pingback-enable site has linked to one or more of their articles.  WordPress can even […]

Although many corporate blogs have a generic “face”, smaller sites have long recognized the power of personality.  With the steady rise Social Networks over the last few years, many people are realizing the value of Personal Branding and formerly nameless company news releases and posts are suddenly very interested in developing a “voice” that visitors […]

The term cron comes from a scheduled job manager present on Unix and Unix like operating systems. Basically it allows users to schedule periodic functions. They sit quietly in the background but can trigger powerful features and take a lot of the manual toil off humans managing the system. WordPress has one common automated featured […]

Love or hate it, Facebook is still the 800 pound gorilla in the social networking room. And when trying to add key functionality to your WordPress, it is certainly worth considering how to leverage Facebook to enhance your site’s content, traffic or user experience. Today I’m featuring three recent plugins (admittedly, from hundreds, if not […]

A lot of fans, including myself, of the popular photography finder and attribution plugin, PhotoDropper, were disappointed with the updates.  So today we are looking at some alternatives that may be able to fill PhotoDropper’s shoes. Below are three selections from the Official WordPress Plugin repository. Just as the case with any open-source contribution to […]

In this Plugin Picks we look at new security plugins. While WordPress takes security very seriously (making constant improvements, monitoring/culling entries in the Repository and notifying WordPress hosts of updates in real time), there are always going to be situations and users that call for special measures. Below are three recently released plugins which expand […]

In this Plugin Picks we look at plugins for widgets. Widgets “…add visitor visual and interactivity options and features, such as sidebar widgets for post categories, tag clouds, navigation, search, etc. They were originally designed to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress Theme to the user […]

In this issue we look at plugins for adding dictionary functionality to your site, turning your site into a super-charged, full-featured download provider and a plugin that can scan your site for potential threats and exploits. Dictionary Box: Dictionary Box provides an internal dictionary on the footer of your pages with double click functionality and […]

In the first part of this series, we explained the importance and advantages of using Tags in WordPress posts.  We then followed up with how to track down and correct tagless posts on your blog.  In this last installment, we’ll take a look at a plugin designed to help high volume publishers or those having limited time […]

While some studies peg English speakers at almost 27% of the internet using population (with only Mandarin Chinese coming close), that does not necessarily mean that YOUR site’s audience shares the same demographics.  While free tools like Google Translate have come a long way and can help bridge the gap they really don’t carry the […]

One early notification feature of WordPress (and some other blog/cms platforms) was the “ping”.  Borrowing its name from the unrelated utility used to test the availability and responsivity of IP Addresses, the WordPress ping notifies authors and site moderators if another, pingback-enable site has linked to one or more of their articles.  WordPress can even […]

Although many corporate blogs have a generic “face”, smaller sites have long recognized the power of personality.  With the steady rise Social Networks over the last few years, many people are realizing the value of Personal Branding and formerly nameless company news releases and posts are suddenly very interested in developing a “voice” that visitors […]

The term cron comes from a scheduled job manager present on Unix and Unix like operating systems. Basically it allows users to schedule periodic functions. They sit quietly in the background but can trigger powerful features and take a lot of the manual toil off humans managing the system. WordPress has one common automated featured […]

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