Tag Archives: WordPress Tips and Tricks

Outbrain – Excellent Related Posts Alternative For LinkWithin and YARPP

Outbrain LogoI have been a big fan or Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) which also can be used to display images in related posts and also has a in-built template to do it now. However, I had to drop YARPP from the site due to it being database intensive. After YARPP, I started using LinkWithin, which provided a good solution to integrate related posts through a third-party service.

LinkWithin Related Posts Problem

After using LinkWithin for a while I wasn’t that happy with the performance and also got complaints from out team about it using advertising images as post images if none existed in the post itself. (Check screenshot above)

Now, I was trying to find a related posts plugin which did not use internal database resources and was really good. That was when I stumbled across Outbrain. Outbrain is an excellent third-party related posts widget, which works pretty well and also provides users with an option to view post click statistics and also make money by placing links to external sites in the related sites widget.

The click-through rate on Outbrain is pretty impressive too and users usually see a click through rate of anywhere between 3-12%. Another good thing about Outbrain widget is that it blends into your website without having to do any CSS manipulations.

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Techie Buzz Recommended Software

Outbrain Related posts widget can be used on WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, TypePad and almost any type of website you have using a JavaScript code. The plus point of this widget is that it does not use your database and is perfect for a high traffic site and that is also provides you with easy stats. Oh and yes it also has a recommendation widget using which people can rate your post.

WordPress Plugins Downloaded Over 100 Million Times

Looks like it is another month of milestones, yesterday Firefox crossed 2 billion add-on downloads and today it was the turn of WordPress to cross over 100 million plugin downloads.

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In an announcement on the official WordPress blog, the dev team have released some statistics which state that 10,000+ plugins in the WordPress repository have been downloaded over 100 million times. In addition to that, WordPress 3.0 has also been downloaded over 3 million times.

WordPress 3.0 Thelonious passed 3 million downloads yesterday, and today the plugin directory followed suit with a milestone of its own: 100 million downloads.

Just like , WordPress plugins too have been a very integral part of the popularity of WordPress. WordPress has a huge community of developers and contributors who have made this possible and there is definitely more in store with the latest version of WordPress taking a CMS approach.

I am also proud to say that my WordPress plugins have been downloaded around 400,000 times which is definitely a great number. I am very sure that other contributions and plugin developers will be proud of their achievements too.

Automattic Acquires Plinky To Get Rid of Bloggers Block

Automattic the company which creates the popular blogging platform WordPress have acquired Plinky, a service which provides a prompt like a question or a challenge and asks users to type in an answer.

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Plinky has been integrated into WordPress.com and will allow users to post answers to the questions or challenges to their blog along with offering integration with other social networking services like and .

Blogger’s Block basically happens when someone gets stuck for ideas and cannot write for a small period of time. With the help of Plinky users can continue to answer small questions or challenges which in turn will help them recover from a Blogger’s Block. More information on the acquisition can be found here.

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Pandora and WordPress Updated for iOS 4

was released today and there are couple of exciting app updates available which make use of multitasking and task switching in iOS4.

Pandora and WordPress iOS 4 update

The first update came for Pandora which added multitasking support allowing users to listen to music in the background while they worked with other apps on the foreground. However, the multitasking on Pandora will only work on supported devices, which include 3GS and certain iPod Touch devices. However, you can jailbreak iPhone to activate multitasking and wallpaper support on earlier versions.

You can download the Pandora app from iTunes here, or use the App store to update to the latest version of Pandora.

Another major app which got an update for iOS4 support is WordPress, the new WordPress 2.5 includes support for fast app switching and also for the retina display. Other major enhancements include bug fixes and performance enhancements. You can read more about WordPress 2.5 for iPhone here or download it from here.

WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious” Available for Downloads

The WordPress team has released the latest version WordPress 3.0 Theloniousto the world with exciting new features and enhancements.

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WordPress 3.0 is the thirteenth major release of WordPress and took almost 6 months to develop. WordPress 2.9 was released in December last year and had several major enhancements too, however WordPress 3.0 is even more better.

Major new changes in WordPress 3.0 include the merge of WordPress MU and core WordPress code, allowing users to create multi-site blogs using the same installation. In addition to that it also includes a new theme called Twenty Ten.

There is some good news for theme developers too with WordPress 3.0, it now includes new APIs to easily implement backgrounds, menus, headers and more. So developers can make use of those APIs instead of having to edit the themes over and over again.

WordPress 3.0 also has support for Custom post types and custom taxonomies along with bulk updating of themes and plugins. For a complete list of new features in WordPress 3.0 visit this codex page. For the announcement visit this post on the WP Development blog.

If you want to get a visual of what’s new in WordPress 3.0, take a look at the embedded video below.

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.

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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