WordPress is a cultural phenomenon when it comes to publishing online. What started as a simple blogging tool in 2003 has become the most popular open-source content management system (CMS) in the world powering WordPress.com and millions of sites worldwide. There are a number of alternatives including the very popular Joomla, but the difference with WordPress is the almost cult following that has resulted in some of the best plugins available for a blogging platform. When you first install WordPress it can be difficult to choose which plugins you install first. WordPress doesn’t come preinstalled with any real security or backup abilities, so it’s essential that you start of your…
When blogging started to gather steam a decade ago, you had (and still have) three ways of receiving comments. The first still which still holds to today are traditional style commenting done by a person reading your article. Then came the bots and the comment spam which has today become a more manageable issue given several free and paid services available to a blog owner. However, even now, you will see tonnes of spam hits on very old posts, many of which don’t call for a comment! Two more methods of collecting comments was through trackbacks and pingbacks. Both trackbacks and pingbacks had a similar concept of notifying a linked…
WordPress v2.9 introduced Post Thumbnails (now called Featured Images). Since then the WordPress plugin repository has seen a host of plugins that help you create thumbnails, import images, resize them and regenerate them. In this post, I’ll feature five plugins that I’ve come across and use that make your thumbnail experience a better one. Auto Post Thumbnail Auto post thumbnail is a plugin to generate post thumbnail from first image in post or any custom post type. If the first image doesn’t work it will automatically search for the next one and so on until the post thumbnail is inserted. The plugin also provides a Batch Processing capability to generate…
WordPress powers 20% of the web. Which probably explains why Google has also jumped onto the WordPress plugin bandwagon. The Google team announced the beta version of Google Publisher WordPress plugin.
At Techtites, over the past several months, I've been trying to optimise the site to get the best load times. This is why you'd have seen several new themes being experimented upon. I also use Cloudflare to improve performance.
An shopping cart plugin is very useful when it comes to set up a unique business online. Today there are more powerful and well designed e-commerce plugins for WordPress. Today every big or small business has an online presence.
The benefit of using WordPress to power your blog is that you don't need to edit any PHP files and use thousands of ready themes available for free. If you're like me, you'd prefer to keep away from major editing of the theme files and prefer to use the right assortment of plugins to get the job done. If you're looking to add text before post content in WordPress, you can either edit your theme files or check out Add to All, a plugin I released a while back.
Recently the folks at Secunia contacted me regarding a vulnerability in my plugin Contextual Related Posts. Contextual Related Posts is a powerful plugin for WordPress that allows you to display a list of related posts on your website and in your feed. The plugin comes with a tonne of options and inbuilt caching that can possibly increase user retention.
We've rarely felt the need for charts here at Techtites. However, if you're frequently running polls or displaying statistics or just simply trends, you'll find a frequent need to display charts in your blog posts. Powered by HTML5 the Chart.
Everybody has heard of Contact Form 7 (we use it here on Techtites) as well as many of you might have got your hands on Gravity Forms. Besides these, there are several other lesser known contact form plugins that make it easy to collect information from your visitors. I've highlighted five of these below.