Entries from the Month of January 2008

The Business of Blogging: Separating Information Safely Shared From Skills That Should Not Be

January 31st, 2008 · No Comments

information is not skills

When I first began this blog, I suffered the same conundrum many beginning business bloggers suffered: How much is too much information? I didn’t want to give away so much info that the services my business offers can be of no use to them. It’s not as dire as giving away trade secrets, but blogging about WordPress design, content, tools, plugins, etc. sometimes means teaching readers how to, when to, and the where to of what I do, on some level. But, does it mean my readers can go out, install, develop, design, update, maintain, and fix bugs in their blogs after they read my posts? Not really. I don’t give away trade secrets, sure (not that much is “secret” in these days on the information superhighway). But, most importantly I’ve learned and I am still learning that what I know is one thing, what I and my business can do is another. Other business bloggers should know this too.

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Tags: Blogging · Essentials · Web Content · Writing

WordPress Plugin: Insert YouTube or Google Video in Your WordPress Blog Post Without Problems

January 30th, 2008 · No Comments

WordPress plugin for videosSo I was working on a client’s blog recently and was having the most frustrating time trying to embed video onto the site. I recall also having the same trouble on my Film Tops blog. I went to WordPress’s Plugins page and low and behold, I found a solution with a simple plugin.

EasyTube is a WordPress plugin that allows you to embed a YouTube or Google Video in your blog post without WordPress assigning p tags where they don’t belong making your published posts and those below them screwy looking. Anyway, the cool thing about EasyTube is that the code you have to put in your post is soooooo simple: [youtube: URL] or [googlevideo:URL], that’s it! “URL” should be replaced with the actual URL where the YouTube or Google Video is found. You can also assign width and height: [googlevideo:URL width height] Fabulous, ain’t it!

Tags: Blogging · Tools · Web Content · WordPress

Cool Tools for Your Blog (1)

January 25th, 2008 · No Comments

I decided to start a new post series called “Cool Tools for Your Blog”. Here’s the first out of many posts of cool tools for your blog:

Buttonmaker : With this buttonmaker, you can create your own antipixel buttons.

Local Biz Blogs : LocalBizBlogs is an easy way to connect with customers and build your business’s reputation on the web, even if you already have a website.

OneSite : OneSite is the leading provider of online community and social media solutions.

BlogHoster : BlogHoster is a PHP-based software product which allows you to provide a blog hosting service on your website. The blog hosting that you give your users with BlogHoster is comparable to popular third-party blog hosting services blogger and wordpress.com.

20 Analytics Tools For Blogs : A list of great analytics tools mostly blog specific.

Tags: Blogging · Tools

WordPress Plugin: PostMapper Blog Post Map and API

January 21st, 2008 · No Comments

PostMapperFound this cool new WordPress plugin I think many bloggers may find useful especially for those who have blogs posts that have geographical significance. PostMapper.com hopes to be the biggest, baddest blog post mashup. PostMapper is a geographically orientated blog post directory. It’s part API, and part Mashup, and they even have a Wordpress plugin that does all the work, save writing the post & entering an address. Allow bloggers to geocode their posts, and mash them up on a central post map. All travel blogs, photo blogs, and any blog with posts that concern locations can come together in one place. Check out the WordPress PostMapper plugin. If anyone uses this plugin, please let me know what you think.

Tags: (Web) Technology · Blogging · Tools · WordPress

How to Blog (Using WordPress)

January 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

How to blog?

How does one go about blogging? Well, first read Poles Apart Design’s article What is a Blog? Why Should I Blog? Who Blogs? This article should especially help you in deciding if you should blog and why. Now that you’ve decided to blog, you want to know how to go about it. Well, here’s a somewhat comprehensive list on how to blog:

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Tags: Blogging · Essentials · Tools · WordPress

How to Find a WordPress Blog Web Host

January 20th, 2008 · No Comments

So you’ve decided to transfer your free WordPress.com blog to a self-hosted WordPress.org blog and you have no idea which web host is needed for your blog. Well, picking a web host for your WordPress blog is like picking your web host for a regular website in most ways. You just have to know how much space you need, what kind of scripts and tools you’ll need and so forth for your WordPress blog to work. Now, you’re probably asking, “How am I supposed to know what I need for my blog?” Well, there are only three requirements for self-hosting your WordPress blog:

  • PHP version 4.2 or greater
  • MySQL version 4.0 or greater
  • The latest version of WordPress.org to install on your web host’s server downloadable here

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Tags: Blogging · Tools · WordPress

Some Great WordPress Plugins You’ll Find Useful

January 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Here are a few WordPress plugins you may find helpful in giving your WordPress blog some added functionality:

RelatedPosts provides a variety of options for displaying posts that are related through tags.

TextMe sends a carbon-copy of all admin emails sent via SMS to your cell phone.

Video Embedder makes it easy to embed videos from various sources, such as YouTube and Google Video.

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Tags: Blogging · Design and Development · Tools · WordPress

New WordPress Themes You’ll Love

January 17th, 2008 · No Comments

The following are three new WordPress themes I think you’ll love:

Longhorn

Longhorn WordPress Theme

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Tags: Blogging · Design · WordPress