Archive for September, 2008

Autoblogged | Review

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Price: $59.95 (single license), $129.95 (unlimited sites)
Product: Easily automate your blog posts by configuring intelligent RSS and blog searches
Value for money: 5 out of 5

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Price includes

  • Full unencrypted PHP source code
  • Free technical support
  • Access to customer forum
  • Minor version upgrades

For Digital Point users, you can get the following discounts by entering the following codes:

DPTENOFF – $10 off a single site license
DP30 – $30 off an unlimited site license

I give this product 5 out of 5 because it really is worth the money. There are still a few minor bugs they have to work out (which don’t really affect me), but they do provide regular updates and are working on the outstanding issues. When you think you pay up from $100-$300 for a premium theme, this software which comes in only just over $100 is a steal in my book.

This software allows you to put any number of RSS Feeds into categories you specify as posts, putting your Wordpress blog on autopilot if you so wish.

Autoblogged – what is it and why you should get it if you are running a blog site?

I came across Autoblogged surfing the web one day and after reading about what was possible with it I couldn’t help purchasing it. Many of my rush of the blood purchases usually end up with me regretting it a week later. But, I have found Autoblogged an indespensible part of my website. I also intend to use it on a number of other sites in the future.

How I use Autoblogged
Depending on your objectives, the way you use Autoblogged will differ. The way I use it is to have it search for relevant content which is then automatically fed into my site as a post. I then add my own comments to that feed if I have time and/or if I have something intelligent to say about the feed.This adds relevant content to my site which is good for my readers and also alerts me to other relevant content related to my website and allows me to quickly add new content on my site. I have seen a significant improvement in the number of visitors to my site since I started using this plugin.

For example, on this site I have a bunch of Wordpress related tutorials. I use Autoblogged to search for relevant topics such as ‘Wordpress Tutorials’ or ‘Premium Wordpress Themes’. Depending on the type of site you have, you would obviously change these keywords.

Below is the admin area and an example of the type of different searches you can perform. You can choose to have the feed ‘Published’, as a ‘Draft’, ‘Pending’ or ‘Private’ which is quite handy. On most of my searches I choose to have it as ‘Pending’ so I can make a decision later on whether or not to keep it.

You can choose to search from the following:
- RSS feed
- Google blog search
- Technorati search
- BloggDigger search
- Blogpulse search
- MSN Spaces search
- Yahoo! News search
- FlickR Tag Search
- YouTube! Tag search
- Yahoo! Video search

I most commonly use the RSS Feed and Google blog search. The RSS feed search is particularly useful as you can really narrow down your search.

You can select the category you want the post to be categorized under. In addition, there are a host of other options which allow you to fine tune your feed including filtering options,

It also supports images and videos. It is ideal if you want to build a content portal or news aggregation site.

Some of the main features are:

RSS Feed Sources

  • Configure multiple RSS feed sources with the ability to enable or disable individual feeds.
  • Support for RSS 0.9, 0.91, 0.92, 1.0, 2.0, and Atom 0.3 and 1.0 feeds.
  • Integrated feed caching, HTTP Conditional GET support, and support for GZIP-compression to improve performance and reduce bandwidth usage.
  • Support for dozens of RSS modules including Dublin Core, GeoRSS, ITunes, Media RSS, RSS 1.0 Content, W3C WGS84 Basic GEO, XML 1.0, and XHTML 1.0.
  • Numerous pre-defined searches to locate articles via Google Blog Search, Technorati, Blogdigger, Blogpulse, MSN Spaces, Yahoo! News, Flickr, YouTube, and others.

Feed Processing

  • Process feeds automatically using built-in pseudo cron feature so an external scheduler is not required.
  • Set a range of intervals for random update scheduling.
  • Manually process all feeds or one feed at a time.
  • Preview feed processing without importing any posts.
  • Disable cron operations without disabling the entire plugin.
  • Allow other feeds to notify your autoblog of updates using an XML-RPC ping.
  • Configure individual feeds to update every time AutoBlogged runs or after every each number of runs you set.
  • Include all posts from each feed, set a limit on posts added per feed, or have AutoBlogged select random posts based on a percentage you set.
  • Automatically create text-only excerpts based on number of words, sentences, or paragraphs.

Post Filtering

  • Domain blacklist blocks posts from certain domains. Excellent way to block sites with spammy content, invalid HTML, or to allow webmasters to exclude their site from your blog.
  • Block posts based on any portion of the URL to prevent posts from a specific type of sites such as forums or to block feeds from certain types of software.
  • Keyword blacklists to exclude posts that contain keywords you specify.
  • Duplicate post checking based on title and/or URL.
  • Automatic filtering of malicious content in posts including SQL injection and cross-site scripting.
  • Feed-specific filtering based on all words, any words, exact phrase, or none of the words specified.

  • Feed-specific search and replace features using regular expressions to rewrite words, URLs, fix invalid content, replace affiliate IDs, etc.
  • Truncate or filter out posts with long titles.
  • Filter out posts where the titles are in all caps or where they contain multiple consecutive exclamation points or other punctuation.

There is a bunch of other things to say about Autoblogged which you can find on their site.

Wordpress Premium Themes | An Overview

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Summary of Wordpress Premium Themes

There seems to be a growing demand for higher quality themes for WordPress. Whether or not you are interested in a Premium theme or a Free theme is sometimes a difficult choice. Some free themes are really top notch so depending on what your needs are there may be no need for you to purchase a Premium theme. But, there are more and more high quality (and some unfortunately low quality) premium themes as well.

There are usually three types of Premium themes available – single site, multiple site and developer license, although some sites just have either single site or developer licenses. In most cases you would normally go for the multiple license unless you are certain you will only use the theme for one site. If you are a developer, obviously you would want to choose the developer’s license. Some of the good premium Wordpress providers that I have found are:

My current favourite theme is the one I use on this site, which is WP-VYBE. It has a lot of flexibility in the admin menu, great support and a great design.

1. WP-VYBE
No. of themes: 12
Pricing:
$99 (single), $199 (multiple), $299 (developer). But there are cheaper themes from $49 up.
Type of themes: Magazine
Customization services: Possible through other developers.

Notes:Theme settings page in your Wordpress control pane, 2-column or 3-column layouts, 10 different color options, Gravatar integration, Optional banner ad integration, Optional built-in post thumbnails, Optional logo/header image integration via control panel, Built-in drop-down navigation for sub-categories and sub-pages, widgetized sidebars and alot more….

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2. ARTHEMIA
No. of themes: 1 (but customization through admin panel is possible)
Pricing:
$70 (1 site), $140 (5-site), $240 (developer’s pack)
Type of themes: online magazine, corporate, personal blog
Customization service:
Nothing mentioned
Notes:
Flexible theme admin panel, category colour assignment, auto-thumbnail old posts, banner and adsense management, show or hide headline spoilers, adsense friendly.

http://colorlabsproject.com


3. PRESS 75
No. of themes: 3
Pricing: $75 (single), $150 (mulit-site), $250 (developer’s license)
Type of theme: Video/TV themed
Customization service:
None listed
Notes:
Ability to post using videos from several sources including Blip, TV, Flickr, MetaCafe, MySpace, Veoh, Viddler, Vimeo and YouTube. You can separate the blog from the video and there is an embed code allowing others to embed videos on their site.

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4. WOO THEMES
No. of themes: 10
Pricing: $70 (single) , $150 (multiple) for each theme
Type of themes:
Business, CMS, Magazine/News, Personal blog, Portfolio
Customization services:
none advertised.


Notes:
Theme options backend, custom write panels (to make the addition of custom fields easier), same base backend for all themes.

Click to visit

5. ZIDALGO
No. of themes: 2
Pricing:
$75 (singl), $249 (developer’s license)
Type of themes:
News/Magazine
Customization services:
None advertised

Notes:
Google adsense, Widget, plugin ready, custom category search, author pages, 100% Valid XHTML/CSS, cross-browser tested.

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6.  MIMBO PRO
No. of themes: 1
Pricing: $99 (single), $199 (developer’s license)
Type of theme:
Magazine
Customization services: none advertised

Notes: Built in contact form, automatic cropping and resizing of images, printer friendly rendering, custom templates for search results, date archives, sitemap, contact, author archives and category archives

Click to visit

7. GABFIRE
No. of themes: 2
Pricing: $59 (single), $159 (multi), $259 (developer)
Type of theme:
Magazine, News, Wordpress showcase Customization services: Yes. Fill in your budget, colours to be used, example sites and message.

Notes: Built in FlickR support, video spot, Ajax tabs, custom 404 error page, Gravatar support, drop down menu

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8. VIVA 7
No. of themes: 1 (but customizable from admin panel) Pricing: $79 (single), $199 (multiple)
Type of theme:
CMS
Customization service:
none specified

Notes: Looks similar to the Mandigo theme. 7 colour schemes (red, orange,green, blue, teal, purple, pink), 2 layout widths (800px and 1024px), Drop down Page Menu bar that can be positioned left, right or center, Image thumbnails are all generated on the fly.

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9. QUOMMUNICATION
No. of themes: 2
Pricing:
$75 (single), $145 (5 site), $245 (developer pack)
Type of theme:
News/Video
Customization services:
none advertised

Notes:
Everything built in, no plugins required to run, widget ready, category support for organizing videos, W3C standards compliant, browse videos without reloading.

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How to customize Wordpress post order | 6 ways to do it

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

This is a great tutorial which shows you how to customize your Wordpress post order. There are 6 main ways:

Either the old fashioned way, using code or one of a number of available plugins – namely:

Plugin #1: Custom Query String (Reloaded)
is one of the most commonly used WordPress plugins.

Plugin #2: Smart Sort

- enables your visitors to select the order in which posts are displayed

Plugin #3: aStickyPostOrderER
- enables users to customize post order according to category, tag, or the entire set of posts

Plugin #4: WP-Snap Plugin
- creates an alphabetical listing of post titles on a Category or Page template file

Plugin #5: Sort Category Posts by Title
- this plugin looks like a quick and easy way of sorting category posts in ascending alphabetical order according to post title.

6 Ways to Customize WordPress Post Order • Perishable Press. Here are six ways to customize the sort order of posts in WordPress .. (tags: wordpress posts tutorials reference)

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6 ways to customize Wordpress sort order

Simple Balance 2.0 | Free Simple WordPress Theme

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

This is a simple balance 2.0, free, simple WordPress theme with enough options to make it a “premium -like”.

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Simple Balance 2.0 – Free Simple WordPress Theme

Create a Flash Game Arcade Using Wordpress

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

If you’ve ever wanted to create an arcade without building a platform from scratch, you might want to consider creating one using Wordpress .

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Create a Flash Game Arcade Using Wordpress

How to write a wordpress plugin

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

As good as WordPress is as a standalone application, there are still things that WordPress lacks. Users are requesting more and more features for WordPress that would be very feasible to write as a plugin. There are many untapped ideas out there, and new ones created every day.

Below is a great tutorial on how to write a wordpress plugin.

Continue here: How to write a wordpress plugin

Creating GreenLinks in WordPress

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

This is a tutorial which shows you how to create Green Links on your Wordpress site

The first thing you have to do is :
1. Get Google Ajax Search Api key for your website: http://code.google.com/apis/ajaxsearch/signup.html

More here: GreenLinks and WordPress

Using Wordpress Permalink Redirect Plugins

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

This is a great tutorial on how to use permalink redirection correctly. The suggestion on this site is to use 2 permalink redirection plug-ins which work in harmony together. When using redirects it is important to avoid any google duplicate content penalties and this tutorial explains how to avoid that and a lot more.

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Using Wordpress Permalink Redirect Plugins

What to Consider When Looking for SEO Specialist

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Did you know that search engine and directory searches account for 80% of Internet traffic? A study conducted by Booz-Allen, a leading strategic management and consulting firm, revealed that less than 10% of websites are found using …

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What to Consider When Looking for SEO Specialist

Start A Blog Tutorial | WordPress Blog Tutorial

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

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Start A Blog Tutorial | WordPress Blog Tutorial