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WordPress 3.3 new release public

WordPress 3.3 Hands-on! A peek inside this awesome release.

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Wordpress 3.3 released just this morning bringing new modules and ease of use features in the most popular CMS platform. This WordPress 3.3 release is codenamed “SONNY” and bri

ngs extensive featureset with it and you will also experience the addition of a totally new concept, the Pointers.

So lets begin the walk-through. I will not bore you going in through all the details, i will only introduce you to the new things the WP team has added in this release.

1. New Dashboard

I will not say its a completely new dashboard, although the developers have tweaked it a little bit to lessen up your workload to navigate between pages and other WordPress areas.

Immediately after you update your WordPress to 3.3, the first-most thing you will notice is the admin bar. The new Admin bar integrates the previously seen WordPress logo and Log out buttons to avoid wastage of unnecessary space.

Wordpress 3.3 Dashboard

Moving on, the next new feature is the Flyout Menu. When you hover over the Sidebar, you will notice a flyout menu popping out which gives you access to the sub menus inside that category. You will notice flyout appearing even in the admin bar. This is a very essential feature which makes WordPress navigation incredibly easier than before, further saving us time blogging.

2. Introduction of Pointers

Wordpress 3.3 pointers

It exactly is not a rocket science term or associated with the C programming in any way. Pointers, in the Noob’s language is just a tool which gives you a tour guide of a newly added feature. Basically it is a feature added for Plugin developers, to help demonstrate the Plugin users as to what functions the plugin can perform and how to access them easily.

3. Drag and Drop Multi media uploading

Wordpress 3.3 Upload New Media

The name says it all. You can now simply drag and drop files to upload them instead of going through the strenuous task of clicking the upload button, selecting a file and then clicking the Upload button again. The upload module also detects the file type of the media automatically.

4. Support for iPad and Tablet devices

Wordpress 3.3 on ipad

WordPress now looks good even on tablet devices. The team has now optimized the layout and design of WordPress for iPad and other mobile gadgets too. Now don’t fret if you are planning a destination to Dubai and forgot to pack up your laptop. The feature design of WordPress for tablets is just as responsive as the desktop version.

5. Integrated jQuery

jquery plus WordPress 3.3

WordPress now has support for jQuery and the update comes with jQuery 1.7.1 included with it. jQuery which is the most powerful Javascript library known on the webpages now comes pre-installed with WordPress 3.3. If inserting jQuery codes into the templates has always bugged you, no worries that problem is now solved.

6. Postname permalink is no further penalized

Many of you might be familiar with this feature. Permalink is nothing but the definition of the url you see in the address bar. WordPress gives you the functionality to style permalinks according to date, category and other parameters.

Wordpress 3.3 Permalink Settings

Previously assigning permalinks according to postnames came with a series of performance issues

but now WordPress 3.3 has removed those issues giving you a healthy postname permalink structure.

That’s all there is to WordPress 3.3. Apart from these there are a lot other additional features introduced in this version, if you want to have a look at them, please refer to this page.

If you liked this review, please consider leaving by a comment. Thank YOU!

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WordPress Tooltip – Pop a cute tip for your readers!

Bloggers are under a lot of pressure these days. There being a lot of competition around, every blogger thinks to try out something different in his blog every now and then to increase his readers and maintain his Google PR.

Some of us can’t handle pressure and just exhaust out of options and then the blog sits somewhere in the corner waiting to get noticed by a passer-by. And then there are some, who try out a lot to modify and add interactivity to their blog, and finally those “some” do get noticed. Here is another plugin *SPOILER ALERT* (not “another”) that one plugin which really makes your blog stand out of the crowd. Yes, i am talking about the WordPress Tooltip.

hover-over-tooltips

Developed by Muhammad Haris, this plugin gives you a cute little tooltip when you hover over text or links on your post. Tooltips are designed to give the reader a short description on the content being hovered upon. So what are you waiting for, download this plugin right now and activate it.

After activation. the next time you write a post, there will be a small tooltip icon added to your post editor kinda like a small bubble. Just click it and a pop-up box will appear giving you fields where you can enter tooltip content, text and url to be shown when a reader hovers. Finally click Add a Tooltip to save your changes. If you are a code-savvy person, you can also implement this functionality by adding a shortcode in your post instead of using the lightbox:

[tooltip content="This will show in a tooltip" url="This will make tooltip a link"]Hover over me for tooltip[/tooltip]

If you would like to see a working demo of this, head over to this page and see for yourself!
Time for your comment. Please do tell us if you liked this tutorial, and if it has helped you any way.

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Google +1 button for AddThis! Change size and personalize

I know, i know, what you all must be thinking! Since Google launched their +1 button everybody’s writing about it! BORING! Next thing you do is close this tab. Well to your surprise this article is not about integrating Google +1 button in your site but is rather inclined for those people who are experiencing trouble in placing the code and trying to make modifications to the button via AddThis.

Google+1Button

Since you are already here lets quickly brush up the coding for beginners who are not using the addthis platform (NORMAL METHOD):
Go to this site and make your selections, copy the generated code below and paste it wherever you want the button to show up.

Example:
Copy the code below and paste it in your header.php file just before the closing of </head> tag: *MUST FOR ALL BUTTON SIZES*

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js”></script>

Copy the code below and paste it where you want the button to be displayed: *CODE FOR STANDARD BUTTON (24px) only*

<g:plusone></g:plusone>

If you want to change the button size visit the above link and pick your size. Thats it! Now lets discuss what addthis users have to do to personalize their button style and size.

Addthis released the +1 button the same day when Google made it available. Since many of us are not addthis users, hence the tutorial above but for others who have been loyal fans of addthis community are recently experiencing some trouble as to how to make further changes to the readymade code given by addthis people as seen over here.

google+1-button-for-addthis

While googling around for the solution i came across this very interesting post by Mark Shu. He had written exactly what i was looking for! Here is how i succeeded to modify my button:

The standard code given by addthis people is this:

<a class=”addthis_button_google_plusone”></a>

If you want to change its size here is what you have to do:

<a class=’addthis_button_google_plusone’ g:plusone:size=’medium’/>

For other sizes just replace the word medium with small, standard or tall to get the respective button size. If you want no counter just include g:plusone:count=’false’ in the above code like this:

<a class=’addthis_button_google_plusone’ g:plusone:size=’medium’ g:plusone:count=’false’/>

If you want to play with other features take a look at Google’s +1 button API site. You can also see a +1 button integrated right here on this very post just beside the tweet button, what more…+1 this now! Your recommendation will be visible to all your connections.

google-plus-1-button-easy-share
Now post a comment if you have enjoyed this tutorial and if there are any questions pls dont stop asking! :)

How to fully restore your WordPress Blog

Backup Guide

You are reading this article because:

  • At this point, i think you have already screwed up your blog somehow and crying in help what to do next OR
  • Congratulations you are much more cleverer than you think you are!

Ok, so now that you are here let me tell you how to create a foolproof blog that you can use to restore if anything goes wrong and i mean “ANYTHING”. Sometime in the future if your server gets crashed suddenly, or your SQL databases become corrupt or if there’s a plugin gone rogue, whatever may be the situation you will totally thank god that you stumbled upon this article.

Backing up your Databases

(Serious shit, dont joke around this area)

Wordpress Backup technology

Every WP Blogger might have heard of this awesome plugin. What it does is it backs up your entire database including, posts, comments, and other wordpress core tables. Install this plugin from here For genuinity, this plugin is created by Austin Matzko (WP username: filosofo). Download it and install it. Schedule your backups daily, weekly or monthly. I backup my databases to my computer locally when making some minor changes.

Restoring your backed up Databases

(If you screw in here, wave your final goodbye to your blog)

Set it and forget it!

If you have backed up your databases through WP-DB Backup plugin, read more.

  1. First delete your wp-content/cache folder, then
  2. Login to phpMyAdmin present in your Webhost.
  3. Select your wordpress database.
  4. Tickmark all the tables that reside in your database
  5. Select the DROP option to delete them forever.
  6. Upload your database by selecting the import tab and browsing where you had saved the backup earlier created by WP-backup plugin.

Backup and restore your Themes, Images and Plugins

(You can live without it)

Save your Blog!

Login to your FTP account and download the whole wp-content folder onto your computer. It will include all the themes, plugins and uploads made by you. To restore them simply copy them back in the same folder.

By the time you are done, your Blog will be looking just like the last time you had seen it.

Backup now!

For the paranoid users, there’s a software called XMAPP available, which will run your blog locally on your computer without the need of any internet connection allowing you to preview any changes made to your blog before you actually make them on your live blog. For installing your XMAPP check out this awesome tutorial over here.

Please comment and share your views about WordPress backup technology. Have you ever suffered a major loss of your blog and had to repent over your mistakes or are you just too clever and developed a secret backup plugin of your own? Please let us know!

AddThis 2.0 for WordPress released!


All the successful bloggers are sure to use AddThis as its the best plugin for sharing content. Most of the AddThis users already know that but for some of you here is a short explanation for why addthis is better than other sharing plugins.

CODE FLEXIBILITY

First of all, addthis is completely modifiable. The script can be modified to place the button wherever you would like it to appear. For Blogspot and Tumblr users this feature is quite interesting as it brings out a particular blogger’s creativity into light about how the buttons can be arranged more systematically on a webpage.

MYRIAD LAYOUTS

addthis offers a variety of buttons. Currently addthis gallery has 13 different layouts and can be configured to include many other social network buttons. You can also make your own buttons if you know your way through CSS.

EXQUISITE BUTTONS

addthis buttons are very interactive and rich in graphical beauty. They shine on the webpage and add to the website’s modern look and feel. These cool buttons also brings in more readers as the site is more user friendly and they also get tempted to read your Blog.

RECENT DEVELOPMENT

Anyway the latest news from addthis is that recently it has released the 2.0 version of its plugin for WordPress users. With this release you get a new settings page. addthis can now be placed either above the post or below the post. To make your share numbers go viral you can also place it both above and below the post to get the most out of your readers.

 

addthis now offers more layouts for its buttons and you can also change the size of the buttons.

 

Before, addthis sticked to display buttons only on post pages but now it can be put on homepage, archives page and other pages too.

 

 

addthis now displays a statistics widget on your WordPress dashboard too displaying the most recent shares of your webpage and the ClickThrough Rate.

 

 

WordPress 3.1 is here.

Good news for all the bloggers…Wordpress has just released its new version 3.1 today. It’s code is named ‘Reinhardt’.


Now lets quickly give a glance about the cool new features integrated in this version.

1. INTERNAL LINKING:

Everybody’s talking about this new feature. lets see what it does. With this new functionality WordPress makes it easier for bloggers to link back to already published content. Now you dont have to search the whole site for the post you are looking for. In the post write panel click the link button and enter the search term you are looking for, then click ‘Add Link’ button. Thats it. Easy as it sounds.

2. ADMIN BAR:

If you are an administrator or a guest author of a blog, entering into your wordpress account gives you a bar at the top of a page. Well the same bar has now been customised to connect the back end to the front end of your blog. It has a new look. But this feature is useful for multi-site owners, as for single-site users this feature may pose as a hindrance. Well no problem you can always remove the bar if its not suiting you.

3. POST FORMAT STYLE:

We Bloggers write a lot of posts, and some posts require a different style of formatting. Some posts have videos, pics or some other external links attached to them. WordPress now gives its authors a post format style similar to Tumblr’s. Now administrators can customise their stylesheet to modify the look of specific posts according to their preferred style.

A WordPress employee wrote a great post on Post Format Styles here at Otto on WordPress You might want to check it out.

4 Neglected but Best SEO Plugins for WordPress Blogs

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Blogging has evolved as one of the most peculiar way for many individuals to get Fame, Money, Time Pass and most of all it became an addiction for many people. According to recent analysis, over 5% of Students in the world were getting into blogging for various reasons. Even we can notice the same thing going around us, a High School student starts a blog and writes the articles with great passion. I don’t even know what is the use of a Computer, when I was in my High School standards, as I used it for playing Games.

SEO is yet another task, that which has lost its prominence since many people claim themselves as SEO experts, SEO analysts but they were just aware of a single drop in the Huge Ocean named SEO. What made them to declare that, the answer is simple its nothing but WordPress platform. WordPress is such a flexible platform that is estimated to be compatible of over lacks of plugins.

So, I’m going to List out the 4 Best SEO Plugins for WordPress blogs other than All-in-One SEO Pack, Platinum SEO Pack, Google XML SiteMaps.

#1. WordPress SEO Pager

  1. This WordPress plugin implements a multi-page customizable pager to replace the standard, boring WordPress “Earlier Posts” and “Newer Posts” links. This improves SEO as well as usability.
  2. Its really easy to customize and its such a flexible plugin that provides scope for us to customize it by ourself else just install the plugin, it will do the rest and no need to edit stylesheet nor your template too.

#2. SEO Friendly Images

  1. SEO Friendly Images automatically adds alt and title attributes to all your images. Improves traffic from search engines. Though few people comment that Search Engine’s Image traffic is useless but this will definitely benefit the blog/website in terms of SEO.

#3. SEO Titletag Plugin

  1. Search engine optimize your blog’s title tags. Mass edit the title tags of posts, pages, category pages, tag pages.
  2. Everybody is aware of the Importance of Title tag, if a plugin is ready to do that for us by reducing our work load then why should we take the stress without leaving on that intelligent bot?
  3. I have been using this plugin over a period of time its one of the must have WordPress plugin for bloggers.

#4. SEO Slugs

  1. The SEO Slugs WordPress plugin removes common words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘in’ from post slugs to improve search engine optimization.
  2. This is one of the best plugin, that I ever used. I have started using it over past month and my results were improved.

So, Guys post your views about the article and Why not give these plugins a try and share your experience.

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How to Keep your readers focused on your Blog post?

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Previously I had made a mention about How to build Relationships with your readers and how important are they to your blog. However impressed they are, with your blog, there are many chances of being deviated from your Post. Here is one small tip to keep  your readers focused on your blog post.

Images speak a thousand words, But not always

Images speak a thousand words. But if the images are made click-able those thousand words downgrade your few words. Here’s how you have to remove the link of an Image:

HTML Editor

Switch to the HTML editor and remove the highlighted area from your post. This may sound so simple, but it really helps. Trust me!!

Removing Image links in HTML Editor

Removing Image links in HTML Editor

Visual Editor

In the Image Upload wizard you have an option to remove the link. That button had been lying right there but most of us didn’t spot down it’s purpose. Look at the screenshot below for better understanding:

Removing Image link from the Visual Editor

Removing Image link from the Visual Editor

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[HOW TO] Setup BuddyPress on WordPress 3.0.1!

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It’s been a long time from I have been away from Internet, even didn’t do anything on my own blogs. I am kinda person who always likes to keep playing with something or the other. If you’re one of Extreme Trix reader, you would know my nature.. Every month I do some changes and every third-fourth month I release a new version. But these days I even didn’t get time to write any article playing with them was a far away thing.  As my 1st unit go over this Saturday I was kinda free so thought why don’t I do something?

From a quite time I was planning to give a try to BuddyPress on my blogs as it is the only open source application I am good with after WordPress. I have been testing BuddyPress on local server from a year and last day finally it was time to make it live. Here’s a tutorial for others who would like to try it on their blog or blogs too.

Tips

  • Make sure your WordPress blog is upgraded properly (doesn’t matter on which version you are).
  • You have a complete back up of your blog (if anything goes wrong, you can revert back).
  • Your Permalink structure is not too complex.

Getting Started

  • Head over to ‘plugin’ page from your WordPress Dashboard, click on ‘Add new’ and search for “BuddyPress” without quotes and like you install other plug-ins, similarly click on the install button and BuddyPress would be installed in seconds.

    installing BuddyPress

    installing BuddyPress

  • Once installed activate the plugin by clicking on ‘Activate’ button. You would see a black colored admin bar at the top of your Dashboard once installed successfully, though the bar may show up in your blog’s theme as your theme may not compatible with it.
  • If your blog’s theme is fully compatible, then it’s good enough or else you would be left with two options  either to install a BuddyPress compatible theme or make your theme compatible with it (don’t worry making a theme compatible is easy).

    Notice

    Notice

  • As I said in above lines either install a BuddyPress compatible theme or make your own theme compatible with it. I am sure most of you wouldn’t like to change your theme as it would require a lot of time to change a BuddyPress to look like required to your needs. Don’t worry making a theme compatible is even simpler than installing a plugin.
  • To make your current theme BuddyPress compatible, you would require a plugin – BuddyPress Template Pack. Install and activate it. After activating, head over to BP Compatibility page under the Appearance section.

    BP Compability

    BP Compability

  • Your first step would be to move two theme files, do it! And continue following other 4 steps until you feel that your theme is working all fine. It won’t matter much if you do or don’t the last 3 steps as they are common tips to fix alignment and move some more pages to better flexibility.
  • Congrats! You now have a social network cum blog now! :D

If you want to experience BuddyPress’s features without trying on your blog, head over this page and if you want to try it on your local host read the tutorial here.

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5 Ways to Manage and Organize Your WordPress Blog

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When you have invested your hard earned money in a blog, it will be your first priority to get the maximum benefits from your blog. The first and important thing is to organize and manage your blog in such way that your blog gives you what you want from it i.e. benefits in terms of visitors, money, reputation, etc. Normally every blogger wants to earn a lot of money from his or her blog. Well earning from one’s blog isn’t easy as it seems!

To earn good money from your blog, you must follow some tips and techniques that will make your blog more profitable. For example you must develop a good blog plan, blog design, niche, quality posts and relationship with your readers and SEO friendly techniques.

1.) Planning Is Must…

Don’t stop planning, because better plan will give you a better blog. If your blog is new post regularly, exchange links with other bloggers, think about Search Engine Optimization and learn its concepts, etc. all these should be the outcome of your planning. Take decision only on the basis of your planning. When you start a blog maintain a set of goals and always try achieving them. Be in time achieving your goals.

2.) Posting Frequency Values A Ton…

If you are a part time blogger then you must set a frequency for posting new articles in your blog. Whether it is 2 per day or 2 per week, first plan the number of post you will provide to your readers. It is not good for your blog, if you post too often or too fast. So try to plan about posting frequency. Remember, if you post 5 posts a day in your blog, but all being boring and not unique are of no use. Instead write 1 post which is unique and is good to read.

3.) Develop Interest By Contests & Giveaways…

Apart from general information relating to your blog, you must also give something special to your readers. I mean you should at certain times hold contest in your blog. Sometimes giveaway copies of themes, plugins, software or any service. This will retain the existing readers and attract new readers as well to your blog. Apart from giveaway offers you should also post about special offers, promos or any discount offers. The more free and worthy information your readers will get the more exposure to the whole blogging community you will get.

4.) Link Building Works!

The most important factor that will make your blog more profitable is quality links. You should concentrate on your blog backlinks. For better ranking in search engines, you need quality backlinks. Instead of getting 100 links from unrelated blogs, try getting 10 links from blogs related to your blog topic.

Another thing that you must keep in your mind is that getting backlink from another blog means that the traffic from that blog I being diverted to your blog. So if the link is from a related blog, then you will also get hits to your blog.

5.) Look From The Eyes Of A Reader…

Many bloggers just target SEO and write posts which can get them the best number of visitors. Even if you get visitors this way and there is no content to read, I mean there are only keywords, do you think it will be helpful? No it won’t be. So target your post both for readers and SEO.

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Saksham is working for GO-Gulf.com , a Dubai based web design company that provides web design solutions in Bahrain, Kuwait and Middle East.

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