As of June/July 2011, these are the WordPress PlugIns that I use across most all of my WordPress sites. In the future, as I find new ones, I will post here.
The PlugIns include:
1. Akismet – the standard SPAM prevention tool
2. Delete Pending Comments = useful for deleting a lot of old SPAM comments
3. RSS Icon Widget – A quick and easy way to put an RSS Icon on your sidebar via a widget. This is important, so that people will subscribe to your RSS feed and read your blog more
4. Three Way Links – A great way to get backlinks for SEO/traffic
5. Ultimate Google Analytics – simply paste in your Google Analytics number; the nice thing is, when you are logged on, it doesn’t add to the traffic/hits
6. WordPress Database Backus – automatically mails a backup of the MySQL database to you once per week
Below is an original video I created and uploaded to YouTube.
It shows how to upgrade from WordPress 2.7 to 3.x in just a few minutes. In the past, I used to FTP the entire set of hundreds of files to the server, which alone could take 10-20 minutes. Now, I just upload one file and extract it on the server, using CPanel’s “FileManager”
Now beginning with the 3.x versions of WordPress, this is no longer needed, because you can easily upgrade from within the dashboard, a really fast and amazing feature, and one of the reasons I love WordPress.
The “google prefixes” are code words, also called operators or shortcuts that you can enter along with or in place of your keywords. Some prefixes require a URL instead of keywords. The article below will explain in more detail.
Here are the google prefixes that I find most useful:
- Site:URL – shows all pages Google has indexed on your site. Useful to see if your site has been indexed yet or not, and how many pages Google found. This is also very useful to search a specific site for a keyword, for example: “dog training site:abc.com”. Some sites use this internally with some programming to allow site users to search the site with Google, instead of some other search program.
- Cache:URL – see if Google has cached a page. I use this to see if Google has indexed a specific page of my site.
I also use it when buying expired domains, sometimes it allows me to see the former content of the home page of the site, which might help my “buy”/”no-buy” decision.
- Link:URL – shows pages that point to the given URL, i.e. shows you your “backlinks”. Everyone doing SEO is interested in getting as many backlinks as possible. If you are running an SEO program such a Bruteforce EVO, this can be used to help you determine if your backlinks have been crawled and “accepted” yet; i.e. if they “took”. The concept is similar to a picture on a camera; some take and some don’t…
- AllInTitle:KEYWORDS – restricts results to those containing the query words you type after the colon. Some people use to to analyze competition, i.e. how many sites have titles containing the keyword you are researching. The related prefixes are: AllInURL, AllInText, and AllInAnchor.
- Define:WORD – gives websites that provide a definition of the word, usually dictionaries first.
- Filetype:FILETYPE – limits search to files ending with a certain extension, most useful with files such as .PDF or .DOC
- Info:URL – a quick way to show how Google would display your site in a search listing, but only shows your site. Below this, are some of the other common prefixes already encoded for you.
Here are some others, but they will actually work fine without the colon.
- “movie:Harry Potter” will help you find local theater play times
- “stock:AAPL” will give you a stock quote on the ticker symbol for Apple.
You can actually leave the colon out on these last two, and you will usually get the same results. The only time the colon might be useful in these, is when the keywords themselves might contain the prefix. For example, “movie:Scary Movie”. In this example, the prefix helps google to know that you are looking for the movie locations and times, even though the word “movie” is in the name of the movie itself.
But yesterday, I had an important interview, so to make it stand out from all my other daily tasks, I moved it to a different calendar (after first creating it), in order to make it show-up red (i.e. more important).
It turns out, that when you change the calendar (i.e. move an event to a different calendar), the event notifications (reminders) totally vanish! Similar users experience same issue in this Google thread.
Due to this, I actually missed a phone interview for a new consulting gig.
So a big lessons was learned today.
1) Install S3Fox Organizer into FireFox browser (or choose a different tool to work with Amazon S3).
2) Create a new unique “bucket” (or use an existing bucket you have created). Upload your files
3) Right click on the file (on S3) and click “Edit ACL” (stands for “Access Control List”). [Picture shown below.] Click on the intersection of “Read” and “Everyone” indicating that it will be public to the world (for read only). Then click “Ok”.
4) You can then share the file with a URL, like this: http://mybucket.s3.amazonaws.com/myfile.txt
(just substitute your bucket name for “mybucket” and your filename for “myfile.txt”). Use the normal HTML anchor link to a link to
the file on a web page so someone can download it. Or use it in an image tag to put an image (or video) on your web page).
A few years ago, I needed a quick and easy way to create a membership site for my Spanish lessons. I wanted to use WordPress for the site, and set off looking for membership software.
There are two reasons for wanting a membership site: 1) to build continuity income (members pay a monthly fee), or 2) you want to have “secret” or “private” information that is only shown to registered members (i.e. you want to collect their email addresses for marketing).
I discovered “WishList”. It’s easy to install as a WordPress plug-in, and there are at least 50 videos available on their site, that teach the ins and outs of the tool. After installing, and set up your multiple membership levels, it’s easy to associate any WordPress page or post to one or more membership levels.
You can start with $97 for one site, but I went with the $297 for unlimited sites. For more info, click the banner below.
I found this great video that shows you how to update Moodle (a learning management system or LMS). This video shows some tricks I have never seen before, the author uses CPanel to do everything.
This could perhaps be a lot faster than doing an FTP of hundreds of small files (in other words, he uploads the moodle.zip, and actually unzips it right on the server using CPanel!).
“RSS Importer” was dropped in Pligg 1.0.2. The website forum says that it
Step 1 – Download
For release 1.1.5, I found the most recent install in a link in the “online store” for Pligg. The product “My-RSS” apparently relies on “RSS Importer” to be installed. So the following link worked for me: Download RSS Importer 1.1.2 for Pligg 1.1.5
Step 2 – Install
To install it, 1) Unzip, 2) FTP the rss_import directory on your PC to the modules directory on your server, 3) Go to the “Admin/Modules/Uninstalled Modules” screen and click the “Install” button next to “RSS Importer”.
What is “RSS Importer”, and why do you need it? Most sites and blogs now publish what is called an “RSS feed”, to allow their content to be “syndicated” to sites like yours. Why do you want this? If you just put up an empty Pligg site, it will be indeed
be empty. Nobody will want to add new links, because they won’t think the site is active. So you can jump-start your site with lot’s of interesting links by automatically adding links and contents to the most popular RSS feeds in your content-area.
Step 3 – Settings / Add a New Feed
To use “RSS Importer”. From the Admins panel, go to “Modules” then “Installed Modules”, scroll down to “RSS Importer” and click “Settings”. You will need to then maually add and configure each feed. You might consider adding 5 to 10 RSS feeds. If you need some to add, just go to Google and search for “your topic blog RSS”, with whatever “your topic” is. Try to find the best blogs. On the blog, find the “RSS” icon, click it, then copy the URL from the browser. This is the link to the RSS feed.
Step 4 – Configure the New Feed
The frequency (in hours) indicates how often you want your site to go read the RSS feed and update your site. If you want to make your site look like people have been voting on the links (instead of all the links having a rating of zero), then configure “RSS Importer” to assign random votes (between min/max “Feed Votes”).
The last step might be the trickiest. You need to map the RSS field names to the Pligg field names. Not all RSS feeds are the same; there are several formats, and they use different names. So you need to click “Add new link field” at least 2 or 3 times. You must map a minimum of two fields: 1) the URL, 2) the title. Most likely, you will also map the summary or content, and/or tags/categories.
Step 5 – Import this Feed
Click the “Import this Feed”. In other words, no need to wait the 12 hours until the next import happens, you can manually do it immediately. This will allow you to test your feed.
Step 6 – Verify Results
Go to your home page, and see the new imported feeds. Make sure the everything looks good (i.e. that you didn’t incorrectly map any of the fields).
Step 7 – Setup Cron Job
If you want the RSS content to automatically be “fetched” every x hours, then you also have to use your website “CPanel” to set up a cron job. The site below explains this:
Someone else created this video on You Tube, it’s an older release, but it will give you another good overview. Just note that the screens in the newer releases will probably look slightly different.