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WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious” Released

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WordPress 3.0, the thirteenth major release of WordPress and the culmination of half a year of work by 218 contributors, is now available for download (or upgrade within your dashboard)

Major new features in this release include a sexy new default theme called Twenty Ten.

WordPress 3.0 Video Tour

[Source: WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious”]

Today while I was working on a site I went to my WordPress Admin Panel -> Tools -> Upgrade and noticed that version 3.0 was ready to download and upgrade.

I clicked on the upgrade automatically link and so far so good!

Happy upgrading guys!

WordPress 2.7.1 Released

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WordPress 2.7.1, the first 2.7 maintenance release, is now available. 2.7.1 fixes 68 tickets.

If you already have WordPress 2.7 or 2.7.1 RC1 installed, you’ll receive an update notification that will allow you to upgrade WordPress from within WP-Admin itself.

You can automatically upgrade from 2.7 to 2.7.1 via the Tools > Upgrade menu. This will upgrade the files and the database as well in one step. Or you can download the package and upgrade manually.

Happy upgrading!

WordPress 2.6.1

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A new version of WordPress has been released, WordPress 2.6.1.

Over 60 fixes have been introduced in the new WordPress version, several of them critical and some security related. Please check them all by following the link to WordPress Trac.

This release does not require a mandatory update, so you can continue using WordPress 2.6 if you are happy with it =)

Happy upgrading!

Change Default Thumbnail Size in WordPress 2.3

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Here is a simple guide how to change the default size of the thumbnails that WordPress 2.3 creates when you upload an image.

It is actually quite easy to change – it just requires modification of one WordPress file.

From time to time I wonder just how big the image thumbnails are, and occasionally I even ponder how to go about changing that thumbnail size.

The size for the thumbnail creation in WordPress 2.3 could be changed in the /wp-admin/includes/image.php file.

Just open the file and search for:

$max_side = apply_filters('ws6q9jzl7p_thumbnail_max_side_length',
128, $attachment_id, $file);

and change it to:

$max_side = apply_filters('ws6q9jzl7p_thumbnail_max_side_length',
256, $attachment_id, $file);

That will double the thumbnail size like mine πŸ˜‰

Well done and have a great day!

BlogRush – Free Traffic for Your Blog

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Do you need more readers for your blog? The most basic needed for the bloggers is always how to get more readers or in the other is how to “finding traffic”. Right?

BlogRush is a free service that was created to help bloggers get more readers for their blogs.

BlogRush is essentially a way to syndicate content across blogs. By adding the BlogRush Widget to a blog, a blogger can get instant distribution for their latest blog post titles across a network of related blogs.

How does BlogRush work?

BlogRush users earn “syndication credits” (the right to have their blog post titles shown inside a widget on another related blog) based on their own traffic (loads of the widget) as well as the traffic of other users they refer to BlogRush. Users can automatically refer others to BlogRush via special links on the widget, as well as through the promotion of a special referral URL they are given.

BlogRush is a “Cooperative Syndication Network” that rewards its users for their contributions to the network — from the impressions they provide of the BlogRush Widget to the referral of other users through 10 ‘generations’ of activity and the impressions of the widget that they provide. BlogRush was designed to be incredibly viral and to provide its users with tremendous distribution leverage to receive exposure for their blog content (onto related content blogs) that they could never achieve on their own; at least without a massive advertising budget.

Will You Get Traffic From BlogRush?

BlogRush WidgetThe short answer is yes, of course you will get some. However don’t expect miracles. Even if the uptake on BlogRush is significant, which it will be, in my experience the click-through rates on these sorts of traffic exchanges are terrible.

How to use Blogrush

  • First, you need create a Blogrush account,
  • You can add your blog into your Blogrush profile,
  • Get the code and put this on your blog’s sidebar,
  • Sit back and you will get more readers for your blog.

Have a great day and gud lak! πŸ™‚

How To Turn off Post Preview in 2.1

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WordPress 2.1 has a cool feature such as the post preview. When you save a post or edit a post down at the bottom of the post page you are presented with a preview of your post.

This preview shows the whole page (not just the post text), logo, navigation, everything that is on the main page.

This feature is very useful to preview your post before you publish it. I really like this feature but I don’t always want to use it. However, the thing is with that, my bandwidth has soared considerably. Is there anyway to turn this preview option off ?

Yes, you can turning off post preview feature.

Just open the wp-admin/post.php file and delete these lines (located near line #70 – #73 in WP 2.1):

<div id='preview' class='wrap'>
<h2 id="preview-post"><?php 
_e('Post Preview (updated when post is saved)'); ?></h2>
<iframe src="<?php 
echo attribute_escape(apply_filters('preview_post_link', 
add_query_arg('preview', 'true', 
get_permalink($post->ID)))); ?>"
width="100%" height="600" ></iframe>
</div>

Doing so will save bandwidth, load time, processing time, etc.

Have a great day and gud lak!

Thumbnail Size with WordPress 2.1

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WordPress 2.1 has come with some really nice updates, however, like the previous versions, there is still one problem with the images.

I feel the thumbnail image in Wordress is too small for my taste’s and so i need to be able to adjust the image size automatically when uploading into the system. The maximum image was 128px width.

In my older WordPress, I was using before, the size for the thumbnail creation could be changed in the inline-upload.php. You can view my post about How to Resize Thumbnail Image in WordPress. But now, this file has disappeared.

Don’t worry! You still able to edit thumbnail size in WordPress 2.1 πŸ˜‰ The size for the thumbnail creation could be changed in the admin_functions.php.

Just open the file and search for:

$max_side = apply_filters( 'ws6q9jzl7p_thumbnail_max_side_length',
128, $attachment_id, $file );

and change it to:

$max_side = apply_filters( 'ws6q9jzl7p_thumbnail_max_side_length',
256, $attachment_id, $file );

That will double the thumbnail size like mine πŸ™‚

The disadvantage from this method is you need to edit “wp-admin/admin_functions.php” file again when you upgrade your WordPress version, because the new “wp-admin/admin_functions.php” file from the newest version will overwrite your “wp-admin/admin_functions.php” file.

Hopefully, in an upcoming WordPress release, they will give us a preference on thumbnail sizes.

Have a great day!

Full RSS Feeds on my blog

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I switched my blog’s RSS feeds from partial feeds to full text feeds. Past I used partial text feed for several reasons.

First, since RSS Subscribers get to read the full blog content inside their newsreaders, they would never visit my actual blog. I think my pageviews will decrease then would impact the advertising revenue, such as Google Adsense. As we know Google Adsense is a PPC program, more traffic, more pageviews, and more money. πŸ˜‰

Second, you could get my content for your own sites easily. Just install auto blog, add my feed into your blog, then you will get all my content into your blog.

Inspirated by Digital Inspiration posting Do You Publish Full Text Feeds Or Partial RSS Feeds?, I will try to publish my RSS feeds with full text feeds.

I have my own reason. First, let’s try this method. Hopefully my RSS Subscribers would grow. Second, I had enabled feedvertising on my blog. It’s would be an alternative way to monetize my blog beside Google Adsense.

Summary Text Feeds

Summary Text Feeds

Full Text Feeds

Full Text Feeds

Hopefully I would get good result about this. Wish me luck! πŸ˜€

Dream.In.Code – Programming and Web Community

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If you are just beginning blogger or are an old pro that using wordpress, you should know about PHP code. As we know, WordPress using PHP languages to build its blog platform.

You do not have to be an expert but you should know what you should to do if you want to make a little tweak for your theme, make your own plugin, or if something wrong happen with your wordpress blog.

You can start to join a web development such as Dream.In.Code, a web development forum that aside from web design, graphics, languages, you can also learn other programming languages like PHP.

Dream.In.Code offers you as visitors free programming magazines including Dr. Dobbs and Queue, as well as free t-shirts to any member with 500+ posts. You can also participate in a monthly drawing for a 1GB Thumb Drive.

My WordPress Plugins List

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One day I got email from my friend about all the various plugins I run on my blog.

Here is a list of all of the WordPress plugins that I have installed on this blog.

As you will see from this list I have a bunch of plugins installed and one thing I never checked on is any performance issues with having all these running. Enjoy!

  • aLinks – A WordPress plugin that automatically links keywords in your blog post. By Sean Hickey.
  • Click Counter – Adds a click counter to links in your posts. By Ozh.
  • Crawl Page – This generator will create a crawl page for your WordPress blog. By RJ.
  • Dagon Design Sitemap Generator – Generates a customizable sitemap containing all posts and pages. By Aleister.
  • Executable PHP widget – Like the Text widget, but it will take PHP code as well. Up to 9 instances of this widget may exist. Heavily derived from the Text widget code included with the widget plugin by Automattic, Inc. By Otto.
  • FAlbum – A plugin for displaying your Flickr photosets and photos in a gallery format on your WordPress site. By Elijah Cornell.
  • Feedburner Feed Replacement – Forwards all feed traffic to Feedburner while creating a randomized feed for Feedburner to pull from. By Steve Smith.
  • Get Recent Comments – Display the most recent comments or trackbacks with your own formatting in the sidebar. By Krischan Jodies.
  • Google Sitemaps – This generator will create a Google compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. By Arne Brachhold.
  • Gravatars – This plugin provides an administrative interface to control default gravatar options. Registered users can also (optionally) define local gravatar images that will override their gravatar.com default. By Scott Merrill.
  • Related Posts – Returns a list of the related entries based on active/passive keyword matches. By Alexander Malov & Mike Lu.
  • Landing sites – When visitors is referred to your site from a search engine, they are definitely looking for something specific – often they just roughly check the page they land on and then closes the window if what they are looking for isn?t there. Why not help them by showing them related posts to their search on your blog? This plugin/guide lets you do that, works with a long list of search engines! Plugin is made with help from these scripts: http://www.w-a-s-a-b-i.com/archives/2006/02/02/wordpress-related-entries-20/ – http://textsnippets.com/posts/show/231 – http://www.lazaryn.com/entry-28.html By The undersigned.
  • Lightbox 2.02 Plugin – Plugin that turns linked images into neat Javascript overlays popups, which is much nicer instead of just linking to fullsize images. By Kjell Bublitz.
  • Picasa Web Matrix – Shows pictures from Picasa Web Albums. Original source code by Otto. By Stephen Reinhardt.
  • Post Teaser – Post Teaser generates a preview or ?teaser? of a post for the main, archive and category pages, with a link underneath to go to the full post page. It includes features to generate a word count, image count, and an estimated reading time. By Jonathan Leighton (Turnip).
  • Sidebar Widgets – Adds ?Sidebar Widgets? panel under Presentation menu By Automattic, Inc..
  • Sideblog WordPress Plugin – A simple aside plugin. By Kates Gasis.
  • Sociable – Automatically add links on your posts to popular social bookmarking sites. By Peter Harkins.
  • Spam Karma 2 – Ultimate Spam Killer for WordPress. By dr Dave.
  • StatCounter for WordPress – Adds the StatCounter invisible counter code to the footer of each page of your WP site. By Serge K. Keller.
  • Subscribe To Comments – Allows readers to recieve notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry By Mark Jaquith and Jennifer (ScriptyGoddess).
  • Sweet Titles – Adds Dustin Diaz? Sweet Titles to your blog. By Tom Ingram.
  • Tags in the Head – A simple plugin to use UTW tags as META Keywords in your HEAD By Kirk Montgomery.
  • Text Ads Link Widget – Adds a sidebar widget to display Text Ads Link. By Supriyadi Slamet Widodo. πŸ˜‰
  • Ultimate Tag Warrior – Ultimate Tag Warrior is a tagging plugin, that?s heavy on tag visualisation. I Like Pi! By Christine Davis.
  • wp-cache – Very fast cache module. It?s composed of several modules, this plugin can configure and manage the whole system. By Ricardo Galli Granada.
  • WP-ContactForm – WP Contact Form is a drop in form for users to contact you. It can be implemented on a page or a post. It currently works with WordPress 2.0+. Script modified by Doug Karr to require a challenge question and response to fight spam. By Ryan Duff.
  • Zap_NewWindow – External links in posts (links that refer to other domains) will be automatically opened in a new browser window. No target=?_blank? needed. The code is valide to XHTML Strict. By Tom Koehler.

That’s all. Have a great day and gud lak!

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