3 WordPress Plugins to Add Snow Fall Effect to Your Blog

For this chilly winter season, why not intrigue your blog readers with a nice snow fall effect?   If your blog is based on WordPress, then here are three cool plug-ins which enable you to add a snow fall effect to your blog with ease.

Let It Snow!

This plug-in enables you to customize the snowing effect to suit your blog’s design. It provides you with options to set limits for,

  • The maximum number of snowflakes that can exist on the screen at a given time.
  • Maximum speed of snowfall in vertical and horizontal directions.
  • The maximum number of active flakes etc.,

The interesting part of this plug-in is that, you can see all the snow settling at the bottom of the screen. Nice isn’t it?

Snow, balloons and more

This plug-in enables you to add nice snowflakes, leaves, drops and balloons that can float on your blog. You can choose the number of snowflakes and limit the plug-in to specific posts or pages. It provides you with options to set limits to the wind strength, snowfall speed etc., You might want to check out a live demo of this plug-in here.

Snow Storm

Snow Storm is a similar WordPress plugin which enables you to add a snow effect to your blog with all the snow accumulating at the bottom of the web page.

How to Enable Remote Publishing in WordPress Blogs?

provides users with an option to remotely publish posts using external tools or devices like Windows Live Writer. However, for security XML RPC was automatically disabled in newer versions of WordPress.


If you see an error like XML-RPC services are disabled on this blogor Blog Server Error – Server Error 405 Occurred. It means that XML RPC is disabled on your blog.

To enable Remote publishing or XML RPC publishing on your blog, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Login to your WordPress Admin Dashboard.

Step 2: Expand Settings and Click on Writing.


Step 3: Scroll down till you see Remote publishing and select the checkbox next to Enable the WordPress, Movable Type, MetaWeblog and Blogger XML-RPC publishing protocols. You might also want to enable the Atom Publishing Protocol

Step 4: Click on Save Changes and try again, you should now be able to publish posts remotely to your WordPress blog.

WordPress 2.9 Review

I just did a hands-on review of 2.9 on Weblog Tools Collection. I tried to cover as many new and interesting features in it. The new features I covered include:

  • New Image Editor for WordPress 2.9
  • Trash Post Feature in WordPress 2.9
  • New oEmbed introduction in WordPress 2.9
  • Automatic Database Repairing in WordPress 2.9
  • Duplicate Content Tackling with rel=canonical
  • New features for plugin and theme developers

So head over to WLTC and read the Hands-on review of WordPress 2.9.

WordPress For iPhone 2.1 Released

WordPress released WordPress for iPhone 2.0 just over a month ago, and it has been a huge success with over 55,000+ installs on the iPhone and iPod Touch together.  WordPress today announced that WordPress for iPhone 2.1 is now available for download on the App Store.

New Features:

  • A post or page can be deleted by swiping across its title in the Posts or Pages list
  • Commenter email addresses are now visible
  • The app now supports HTTP authentication for password-protected self-hosted blogs. Big thanks to Jeff Stieler for the patch.*
  • Fix for link helper not working in mid-sentence
  • Fix for lost content after changing status of post containing a <!--more--> tag
  • Fix for visual glitch with buttons in Comments section
  • Fix for problem recognizing valid URLs during set up

WordPress for iPhone is an open source project, so feel free to add your ideas/code to it. You can download WordPress for iPhone 2.1 from the iTune store.

Introducing WordPress Remote Upgrades and Backups

It has been a long time since I have released a , however, behind the scenes I have been working on a exciting new product which will make life more easier for users. With that in mind I am very happy to announce my latest endeavor called WP Remote Manager, which will allow users to remotely upgrade and their WordPress blogs.


Like WPAU (WordPress Automatic Upgrade), WRM was conceptualized to address a problem many users face, frequent upgrades. Many users including me own several blogs which are powered by the wonderful WordPress platform. However, WordPress dev teams release several updates to the software, many of which are mandatory due to security issues. With that in mind upgrading several blogs or even a single one becomes a bit of a pain.

With the help of WP Remote Manager, users will be able to upgrade their blogs and even backup the database right from their desktop. The concept, design and idea behind WP Remote Manager was done by me. It was developed by the talented developer Shoban Kumar, who has several other successful products against his name, including TweetMyPC and GTalk Auto Reply among other things.

Checking for Upgrades and Upgrading Blogs Remotely


Once you have added the blogs WRM will allow you to check for available upgrades and remotely upgrade your blogs.

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The software will check for upgrades and intimate you whenever they are available. You can then upgrade the blogs which are not using the latest version by clicking on the upgrade link, or upgrade all the blogs at once by clicking on the Upgrade All Blogs link in the report or the Upgrade Blog(s) button in the main interface.


Once you click on the link or the button, WRM will automatically upgrade your blogs to the latest version. This may take a few minutes depending on the number of blogs and your internet connection. Once the upgrade has completed you will see a status report detailing the upgrade process.

Backing up Blog Posts and Comments

In addition to allowing users to remotely upgrade their blogs, WRM will also allow users to backup their blog posts and comments. They will also be able to schedule backups in Windows to run at regular intervals so that their blog data is always backed up.

Blog posts and comment backups are still in a very alpha stage and will be included in the beta release.

Beta Testing and Future Plans

Right now this product is in a pre-beta stage, we are still fine tuning several things and hope to release the final product sometime next month. If you are interested in beta testing the software, feel free to drop an email to keith [@] techie-buzz [dot] com. We will send you a test version as soon as it is ready.

Our future plans include making this software cross-platform so that users of any operating system can use it, along with adding several other exciting features. If you like what you see, don’t forget to spread the word through your blogs or social networking accounts.


Though we are not making the software available for downloads yet, we would appreciate if you give your feedback and inputs.

WordPress 2.0 Now Available for iPhone and iPod Touch

In this generation of smartphones, blogging on the go is much more easier. The app for iPhone is an example of how easy it has become to blog from a mobile device.

The WordPress team has announced that WordPress 2.0 for iPhone and iPod Touch is now available for downloads in the App Store. The app definitely makes it easy to create posts and manage your comments from the iPhone.

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I tried the app on multiple blogs, but was hit with a weird communication error on one of them, even though I provided proper credentials. I am really not sure, whether this is a bug with the app itself or the blog.


The new app is packed with lots of features which include:

  • A new, more efficient user interface that makes it faster to switch between comments, posts, and pages.
  • Various user interface refinements and bug fixes
  • New Comments interface, with Gravatars and the author URL shown in the comment list
  • Passwords are now stored in the keychain
  • Posts are now automatically saved and restored if network connection is lost during publishing
  • Added persistence, so the app re-opens in the blog you last used
  • Added an interface for manually entering the XMLRPC endpoint for non-standard setups
  • Fixed rotation-related visual glitches
  • Fixed errors where malformed XML prevented access to XMLRPC endpoint
  • Fixed edge case where local drafts were sometimes not saved
  • Fixed the order of photos so that they’re displayed in the order they’re uploaded/

There is no upgrade available for the older version of WordPress for iPhone. You will have to download the new app and install it afresh. You can safely uninstall the old app once you install WordPress 2.0.

Download WordPress for iPhone 2 from App Store

Best Twitter Plugins for WordPress

Quite recently WordPress.com users got the ability to automatically tweet posts to twitter, but what about other self-hosted users? Well, there are tons of plugins and tools available for WordPress.org users.


In this post, we will take a look at some of the most useful twitter plugins for WordPress users.

Twitter Tools – Twitter Tools is a plugin that creates a complete integration between your WordPress blog and your Twitter account.

TweetSuite – TweetSuite is a Twitter-WordPress integration plugin that includes retweet buttons, digg like tweet button, automatic tweeting of new posts and more.

Twitter Widget Pro – A widget that properly handles twitter feeds, including @username, #hashtag, and link parsing. It supports displaying profiles images, and even lets you control whether to display the time and date of a tweet.

TweetMeme – The TweetMeme retweet button easily allows your blog to be retweeted. The button also provides a current count of how many times your story has been retweeted throughout twitter.

Tweetbacks – Allows you to pull in comments from twitter and displays it as tweetbacks on your blog (requires manual editing of theme).

BackType Connect – Allows you to pull comments related to your blog from twitter and other websites.

TwitterCounter – Allows you to integrate TwitterCounter.com badges on your site.

Do you know of any other plugins that can make it to this list? Do let us know about them through your comments.

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How to Tweet/Send/Customize WordPress.com Posts to Twitter & Yahoo?

.com recently introduced a feature called Publicize, which allows users to send their blog posts to and as status messages. If you are a WordPress.com user, here are some instructions, on how you can send out your posts as twitter and Yahoo updates.

Enabling Twitter & Yahoo Updates in WordPress


Step 1: Login to your WordPress.com account and click on the My Blogslink in the sidebar.


Step 2: In the blog listing on the right hand side, select Twitter under the Publicize column. You will be shown a message to Authorize Twitter, click on it and follow the steps to authorize your twitter account.

To authorize your Yahoo account, select Yahoo and follow the steps to authorize your Yahoo account.

Once you have authorized both your accounts, your posts will automatically be sent to twitter and Yahoo.

Customizing Tweet/Update Messages

WordPress.com will create a automatic status update message based on your post. However, you can edit the message and customize it. While creating a new post you will see a new Publicize message in the sidebar.

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To customize your publicize message, click on the edit link. You can now customize the message that will be sent out to Yahoo and Twitter.

Disabling WordPress.com Posts From Being Sent out as Updates

There are certain times, when you may not want to send out your posts as updates. To do that, just click on the edit link in the sidebar for Publicize, and deselect the services you do not want to send out an update to.

Many WordPress users may argue that there are several plugins that already do this. However, WordPress.com users cannot install plugins, so the Publicize feature is definitely a very good thing for automatically sending out posts as updates.

Display Images/Thumbnails With Related Posts in WordPress

I am a big fan of Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) which is the best WordPress related posts plugin available today. However, quite recently I started using a widget from Linkwithin. The plus point of Linkwithin widget was that it displayed images along with the related posts.

Linkwithin did a pretty good job with the widget. However, I was not entirely satisfied with it as the related posts were no where near as good as what YARPP showed.

To my joy, I did find a nice tutorial that allows you to create a custom YARPP template that will make it look quite similar to a Linkwithin widget.

Related Posts with Thumbnails/Images on Website

We also have it in action on this very blog and our also in our RSS feed. At the end of the post you will see a custom YARPP template in action, which displays images along with the related posts.

Related Posts with Thumbnails/Images in RSS Feeds

If you want to build a similar related posts section visit this tutorial from Build Internet to create related posts with thumbnails. You can choose to style your related posts in any way by customizing the CSS code.

If you are not keen to make code changes, you can make use of other plugins that perform the same job.

  1. Related posts with thumbnails
  2. Rich Related Posts

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Fix Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance WordPress Error

Quite recently while I was upgrading one of my blogs using the inbuilt upgrading option, I assumed everything would go fine, however when I went to blog I kept seeing a message saying Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute..

Since I was doing a upgrade I thought this message would go away shortly, however it did not.

Well I did a bit of research and found that the above error is because of a maintenance file that WordPress adds to the root directory whenever it is auto-upgrading.


Most of the time it deletes the maintenance file, however sometimes it may not be able to do that and users will see the above message when they visit your blog.

To fix this error you will need to login to your FTP server and search for a file called .maintenancewithout the quotes, this file should be in the root directory of your WordPress installation.

Once you find the file delete it from your FTP server. Once you do that your blog will return to normal, hope this solves your problem too.