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WordPress 3.0 RC1 Released on 7th WordPress Birthday

Earlier today I told you on WordPress celebrating it’s 7th birthday, you can also check a post by Matt M on the birthday celebration.

However, in addition to that, WordPress has some more good news on it’s birthday, a release for WordPress 3.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1).

WordPress 3.0 RC1 contains several new improvement, including:

  • Custom menus are finished
  • WordPress MU or Multi-site is all set.
  • The look of the WordPress admin has been lightened up a little bit, so you can focus more on your content.
  • Plugin authors need to test their plugins to ensure they are compatible with WordPress 3.0.

So all excited? Then go help the folks behind WordPress celebrate their 7th birthday by testing WordPress 3.1 and filing bugs.

Note: This is a release candidate release of WordPress 3.0, though this may be stable, it is highly recommended not to try this out on a production blog.

Download WordPress 3.0 RC1 (Direct Download link)

WordPress Celebrates 7th Birthday

WordPress the popular blogging platform used by millions of users, both on wordpress.com and self-hosted WordPress installation has completed 7 years today.

WordPress 7th Birthday

WordPress in itself has grown over to become one of the best blogging and CMS platforms today with several improvements over the years, and with WordPress 3.0 slated to release shortly, it would definitely grow even more.

I have been personally using WordPress for over 5 years now, and have found the platform to be easy to use and adapt. I bet that several of you might have the same thinking.

If you want to be a little nostalgic, you can visit this blog post on the WordPress blog announcing the release of the first ever public WordPress version.

9 Handy Twitter Plugins for WordPress Blogs

Twitter plugins for wordpressTwitter is buzzing and if your blog is based on WordPress, following is a collection of some of the best Twitter plugins which can be integrated in your WordPress blog.

Tweet This, a WordPress plugin for Twitter: Adds a Tweet This Postlink to every post and page on your blog. This plugin can automatically tweet new blog posts.

TweetSuite: Another useful plugin for WordPress that includes server-side tweetbacks, ReTweet-this buttons, a digg-like Tweet-This button, automatic tweeting of new posts and other useful widgets.

TweetMeme Button: This plugin allows your blog posts to be re-tweeted. The TweetMeme button provides a live count of how many times your post/page has been re-tweeted. It gives you the ability to control the length of the tweets and, supports hashtags.

Twitter Tools: This WordPress plugin integrates your WordPress blog with your Twitter account. It enables you to pull your tweets into your blog and create new tweets on blog posts and from within WordPress.

WP to Twitter: This plugin posts a Twitter status update from your WordPress based blog using a couple of URL shortening services to provide a backlink to your post from Twitter.

Twitter for WordPress: Displays yours latest tweets in your WordPress blog. This plugin detects URLs, e-mail address and @username replies. It’s simple for use and is customizable.

WP FollowMe: Enables you to add a twitter “Follow me” badge on your WordPress based blog.

Tweetbox: The tweetbox plugin allows you to display your latest tweets in the sidebar of your WordPress based blog.

WordTwit:   When you publish a new post on your blog, WordTwit will automatically tweet your post and converts any links to tiny URLs.

Do tell us about your favorite Twitter plugins for WordPress in comments.

DYK Thursday: Some More Awesome Google Search Tricks

In the last DYK, I had talked about some hoax pages that Google had created on April Fool’s Day. This time too, it’s about Google but I have brought some more interesting stuff that you would surely like.

Today, I am gonna tell you some easter eggs in Google Search. Check out!

  1. Nice trick: Go to Google.com. Search for “ascii art”. You will see that the Google logo has turned into a ascii code.
  2. The loneliest number: Searching for “the loneliest number” on Google will give you the result in calculator as 1!
  3. Wondering what is life? Google answers it!: Searching for “the answer to life, the universe, and everything” on Google will give you the answer from the calculator as 42! This was related to a film called “The Hitchhikers Guide to Galaxy” in which they find out some answer through complicated calculations. Sorry, i don’t much as I haven’t seen the movie.
  4. Hmmm, I can see that!: Searching for “the number of horns on a unicorn” on Google will give you the answer as 1. [The actual reason behind this is that Google sometimes considers these words as strings. You can verify this y multiplying those words with another number. This applies for the above example too]
  5. Oh, is it?: Searching for “once in a blue moon” on Google search will give you the result as “1.16699016 × 10-8 hertz” in the calculator.

That looks like a small list, isn’t it? That’s all I could get for the “search tricks” this time. Will update it as and when I come to know about new ones.

To make this post a little longer, and entertain you for some more time, I have added some cool easter eggs here.

Picasa Easter Egg

If you are using Picasa, to process your images, then here is a cool easter egg.

Keep pressing Ctrl + Shift + Y, and you will see something really cute and cool! Check out the screenshot below. Thanks for the screenshot, Keith! [ Click on the screenshot to enlarge.]

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Wow, that's so cute! I am sure girls who are seeing this are the first to try it! :)

Google Reader Easter Egg

Google Reader has a secret mode called the Ninja Mode. We had already covered it in one of the earlier posts. If you have missed that out, go ahead and check it here.

So, that’s it for today!

WordPress.com Down, Disable WordPress Stats or You Will Go Down Too

WordPress.com has gown down apparently taking down millions of blogs with it. We were one of them too, however, we are not hosted on WordPress servers, but were using a plugin called WordPress Stats for analytics purpose.

However, our site was down and out for almost half an hour, the reason apparently because we used the WP Stats plugin.

So if your site is down and you have no clue why, just login to FTP and delete the WP Stats plugin and everything should work fine again. Let me know if your site has gone down after WordPress.com went down.

Update: You might see downtime on your site if some of your plugins try to access WordPress.com, this might not just be for the WordPress Stats plugin.

Update: WordPress.com looks to be back up again.

Update: Source was The Next Web

Quickly Add Images in Gmail, Google Docs, WordPress And other Editors With Picture Paste

Adding images in email messages can be a bit tiring. You have to either upload the image as an attachment or use a Gmail labs feature to add images in the email message body.

Same goes with blogging editors meant for WordPress and Blogger. You have to either use a blogging client like Windows live writer, or use the in built uploader. The first option may not be suitable when you are using other computers to write your blog post. The later option can be time consuming when you have plenty of images to consider. In the worst case, the browser freezes in the middle and you have to start the process all over again.

To solve this, use PicturePaste – a simple desktop app to add images in your emails and blog posts. Following are the steps involved to use this tool:

1. Drag and drop an image which you wish to attach in an email message or a blog post into the PicturePaste program.

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2. Convert the image to a suitable format using the built in conversion options. (JPG or PNG)

3. When the image is ready, drop it in the email compose window and it’s done.

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Similarly, you can attach images into other web based editors such as Google Docs, WordPress and email programs – Gmail, Yahoo and Windows live Hotmail. All the images are uploaded to Amazon S3 and there is nothing to register or configure. Great find – LifeRocks.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Picture Paste is fast, easy to use and does what it says. However it’s not completely free and the trial version allows you to upload only 50 images. I would love to see integration of a short URL feature so that we can quickly share the image on microblogging sites.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).

WordPress Personas for Firefox

To mark the release of the Mozilla Firefox 3.6, WordPress has created two brand new personas  for Firefox.  In case you haven’t checked out personas yet, they are like themes for your Mozilla Firefox browser. You can switch between personas to quickly change the look and feel of your browser.

The two personas released by WordPress are Vintage Press and InkWell.

Vintage Press

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This persona is inspired by the style of the old-time printing presses.

Get Vintage Press persona

InkWell

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This persona portrays a well-used piece of paper decorated with splashes of color. It’s got some nice colors and, musical notes to add a new flavor to the design.

Get InkWell persona

You might also want to check out a couple of other interesting WordPress personas available for Firefox –  WordPress and WordPress Clean.

Blogger Introduces Pages for BlogSpot Blogs

WordPress has a feature to add pages to blogs, the pages are basically static HTML content which does not need to change very often and serves certain purpose for the site. For example, we have an About page, a Contact us and an Advertise Page. WordPress has always had this feature, however, today the Blogger platform has introduced Pages for Blogspot blogs too.

Add Pages to Blogger/Blogspot

Blogspot users can now start adding static pages to their own blogs just like WordPress blogs. To add or edit a page on your Blogspot blog, go to Posting and click on the Edit pages tab. However, unlike WordPress, Blogger has a limit of 10 pages. Blogger has also provided users with a template to display all the pages on your blog. Users can customize the widget to select which pages appear on the widget, along with the option to automatically add future pages to the widget.

So it looks like Blogger is finally looking at adding some much wanted feature to their platform as they lag way behind on features with WordPress. Do you have a Blogspot blog? Do you find this feature useful? Let us know through your comments.

WordPress Launching An Android App?

With the upcoming release of Nexus One, Android market is predicted to grow significantly. Rumors are that WordPress is going to launch an official app for Android very soon. The news just broke when Blog Herald noticed that WordPress team has created the android.wordpress.org blog.

WordPress team has previously created similar blogs for iPhone (iphone.wordpress.org) and BlackBerry (blackberry.wordpress.org) to cover iPhone and BlackBerry apps. There is no official news from WordPress yet so nobody knows what features would be included. However, one would expect that the app would let users update their blogs on the go with ease, moderate comments and schedule posts.

Note that an unofficial WordPress app for Android called WPToGo is already available and provides the basic functionality to manage your WordPress blogs.

7 WordPress plugins that help your blog’s maintenance

If your website or blog is based on WordPress, then here are some of the best plugins that help you with maintenance.

Broken Link Checker: Checks your blog for broken links. It monitors links in your posts, pages, blogroll and custom fields. It detects missing images and broken links and notifies you on the Dashboard. You can also search and filter links by URL and anchor text.

Maintenance Mode: This plugin will come handy when your web site or blog is under construction or maintenance. It adds a splash page to your blog to let visitors know that the blog is temporarily down for maintenance. Administrators once logged-in, can have full access to the blog including the front-end.

WP-DBManager: Enables you to backup, optimize, restore and repair your WordPress database. It supports scheduled backups. You can even drop/empty tables and run selected queries.

Site Maintenance: This plugin puts your site under maintenance mode by sending a ‘503 Service Unavailable’ status to visitors.

WP Security Scan: Scans for security vulnerabilities in your WordPress installation and suggests corrective measures. It checks database security, passwords, file permissions, WordPress admin security and more.

AntiVirus: It’s an effective plugin to protect your blog against spam injections and other exploits. With this plugin you can perform a daily automatic check to make sure your blog is secure. You can do a manual testing and obtain immediate result of the infected files.

Trash Manager:   With the new functionality – Trash introduced in WordPress 2.9 by default you cannot directly delete posts, pages and comments. They have to be moved to Trash first, and then deleted. To make it easier for you, Trash Manager adds ‘Delete Permanently’ link to post, page and comments list. This enables you to delete them directly without having to move them to Trash first.

How To Embed Videos, Images and Polls in WordPress 2.9 Using URL

WordPress 2.9 supports oEmbed, a new feature which fetches information from video and image providers with just the help of the URL. Starting with , you do not need to add the embed codes into your post and can just include the video using the URL.

Here is a step by step tutorial on how you can embed videos, images and polls in WordPress using URLs, rather than having to copy and paste the full embed codes, this will ensure that users who do not have support for unfiltered HTML will be able to insert videos into WordPress posts.

Insert Videos in WordPress using URL

Step 1: Create a new post in WordPress.

Step 2: Go to or to any other supported oEmbed providers in WordPress 2.9 and copy the URL of the video or image you want to include in your post.

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Step 3: Paste the URL of the video directly into the post, make sure it is not hyperlinked. Save or publish the post as usual.

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You will only see a URL inserted into the post edit area, but that is fine as all the magic happens under the hood, so after you have inserted the video, visit the post and the video will automatically be embedded into WordPress.

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If you view the source of the page, you will see that the URL has been converted into an actual embed code using oEmbed technology. Super cool right :-). You can also insert images and polls using the same method.

The supported providers for oEmbed inserts include, YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, blip.tv, Flickr, Viddler, Hulu, Qik, Revision3, Scribd, Photobucket, PollDaddy, Google Video and WordPress.tv.

WordPress 2.9 “Carmen” Released [Downloads]

WordPress 2.9 the latest version of WordPress has hit the roads, you can download or upgrade to WordPress 2.9 Carmenright away, the new features include a global trash feature, which allows you to store deleted posts in a trash. An inline image editor to edit images and more.

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This version of WordPress is named Carmen, who is a Jazz vocalist. WordPress 2.9 also includes a cool new feature to embed videos using oEmbed technology and batch plugin and compatibility checking. For more info on this release, visit the official release post on the WordPress development blog.

Visit our tips and tricks section for WordPress 2.9 for interesting tips in using WordPress 2.9

How To Edit Images in WordPress 2.9

2.9 includes a really good basic image editor which can come in very handy. The image editor allows you to crop images, flip images and rotate them with ease.

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To edit images in WordPress, click on the Edit Imagebutton when the image is uploaded. Once you do that a new Image editor will be displayed.

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To select an area to crop, just click your mouse on the image and drag it as required, click on the scissor image to crop. You can also rotate and flip the image using the available buttons. Another interesting and useful function is the ability to undo or redo your changes.

The image editor allows you to apply the change to all the image sizes or just the image thumbnail.

Trash and Restore Comments in WordPress 2.9

Just like trash feature for posts, 2.9 also includes a trash feature for comments too. It works in a similar way to posts. In WordPress 2.9 you can trash and restore comments, by default the comments are stored in trash for 30 days, however you can always update this.

Trash Comments in WordPress 2.9

Trash Commens in WordPress 2.9

In WordPress 2.9, the delete functionality has been replaced by Trash, clicking on the Trash link will move the comment status to Trash, and store it for 30 days or as long as you have set it up to.

Undo Trash Comments in WordPress 2.9

Undo Deleted Comments in WordPress 2.9

Another interesting feature in WordPress 2.9 is the ability to quickly Undo your Trash action, similar to what you can see in .

Browsing Trash Comments in WordPress 2.9

Browse Trash Comments in WordPress 2.9

To browse trashed comments, just click on the Trash link in the Edit comments page.

Restore Deleted Comments in WordPress 2.9

Restore Deleted Comments in WordPress 2.9

Restoring Trash Comments in WordPress 2.9 is pretty easy, just visit the Trash comments and click on the Restore link to restore it back. Bulk actions are also available for restore.

Disabling / Limiting Trash Comments in WordPress 2.9

Trash feature is an excellent addition to WordPress, however, if you want to disable the trash feature or limit the number of days deleted comments are stored in Trash, you can do it by adding a small constant.

This is similar to how you would limit post, you can read about it in our earlier post: Disabling or Limiting Trash feature for posts. One thing to note is that, both the posts and comments use the same constant, so you cannot disable it for one and expect it to be working for the other.

If you decide to disable trash feature, it will be disabled for both post and comments.

How To Restore Deleted Posts in WordPress 2.9

Quite recently we told you about a new Trash feature that will be introduced in 2.9 and how you can disable or limit the trash functionalities.

A good thing about the Trash feature is that it will allow you to restore deleted posts and add them back to your site. In this post we will see how you can restore deleted posts in WordPress.

Browsing Trash Posts

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To browse trashed posts or page in WordPress you will have to click on the trash link at the top of the page in Edit Posts or Pages.

Restoring Deleted Posts From Trash

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To restore deleted posts from the trash, just browse under the post title and click on the restore link to restore the post.

The trash function in WordPress 2.9 is really useful and can come in pretty handy. What do you think about it?