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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.

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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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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.

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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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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Manage Comments Effectively. Get “My Comments Manager” WordPress Plugin

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Have you Ever Missed to Reply to Comments which you Received on your Blog? If You are one among the one who always postpone replying to Comments received, there is a wordpress plugin which could help you out to come over this problem.

Here is a Plugin Available for you which Keeps you updated with How Many Comments are Awaiting for your Reply (The Plugin is designed such a Way that for Every Comment received expects a reply by the author!) Amazing is’t Not???

About The Plugin

The Plugin Name is “My Comments Manager

This wordpress plugin is useful for multi-author blogs where every author could manage comments posted on his articles. He can see all comments on one screen to which he hasn’t replied.

Single-author wordpress blog user could also benefit from this as using this plugin will always lists out unreplied comments on a single screen

Installing The “My Comments Manager” Plugin

>>Download the plugin

>>Click on Dashboard> Add new Plugin

>>Upload > Browse ‘My Comments Manager’ plugin

>>Activate the plugin

Upon Successfully Installing the Plugin, you must be able to see following Changes in Dashboard as in Screenshots shown Below



Having This Comment Manger Plugin could definitely help you in Managing the Received comments in a Better Way. You Gain Complete Control Over the Comments Received.

Hope this WordPress Plugin helped You in Making a Difference! Your Comments are Appreciated!

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How to test WordPress

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Wordpress

Are you a blogger using Blogspot(Blogger) and would like to change to WordPress ? Of course there are many advantages of WordPress but a common complaint of WordPress users is that WordPress is very difficult to use. This confusion could be avoided if you could test WordPress before paying for your web host. Now you can !

Lets compare the pricing between hosting blogger and wordpress:

  • Blogger is free. For a domain you could pay approx 10$ a year.
  • WordPress is free. For the web host for hosting wordpress you could pay approx 5$ per month or 60$ per year + 10$ per year for domain.

This means you’ll pay an extra 60$ per year for hosting WordPress. Is this really worth it ? Why not test wordpress before using it..

What are the main advantages of WordPress over Blogger ?

  • Your own server
  • You own your blog. Unlike Blogger where Google owns your blog
  • Control over your domain files

Considering these it may seem that WordPress is easy to use. But starting a WordPress blog itself can take hours while Blogger blog ban be made in a few minutes. Also WordPress requires web hosting which will cost you while Blogger can be used free with its sub-domain .blogspot.com

But now, you can get your WordPress blog free !

The best free web host I’ve found yet is http://byethost.com/
You can make your account for free and host WordPress. This hosting gives you all the features you need to host WordPress.

You’ll get a domain like user.byethost14.com and you could take sub-domains like domain.iblogger.org ….

I’ve already tried it and I’m hosting WordPress absolutely free on http://funpclife.iblogger.org/

In case you want to host wordpress but don’t want a domain, then you could use the free sub-domain itself ! Here’s your free WordPress with a cool domain like domain.iblogger.org

Try it out and make sure you like wordpress before using it.

Would trying WordPress be worth the time taken ? Give us your comments….

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