Posts Tagged ‘wordpress’

WordPress Categories – This Slug Is Already In Use

With a few new changes on this blog I recently decided to change the old News category to the new category called Stallion Hosting. This would normally be a quick change in WordPress by simply clicking the drop down menu under posts, click Categories and then find the category I want to change and click rename.

Well, this was not the case  because the slug stallion-hosting was said to already be in use, but wait – I did not have a Category called stallion-hosting. In the end it was because there was a Post Tag called stallion-hosting, so after renaming this I was easily able to create the Stallion Hosting (stallion-hosting) category.

Wordpress Categories - This Slug Is Already In Use

This was a simple fix, but if you didn’t know that Post Tags and Categories are related then you will be stuck and battle.

Just something simple I would like to share, have a great day everyone 🙂

Daniel Hall

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Reduce Blog Comment SPAM – SI Captcha Plugin

One of the latest WordPress plugins that I have been testing is the SI Captcha Plugin created by Mike Challis.  It has some excellent features and can be a very useful plugin to help combat blog comment SPAM. Although most bloggers using WordPress will install Akismet it is not able to do the best job and this is why I have now installed this captcha plugin as well.

With over 624,400 times downloaded, 178 ratings and a star rating of 4 and a half out of 5 on the WordPress download page I highly recommend giving SI Captcha Anti-Spam plugin a chance. The details of the current version features are displayed below as well as more details on how you can get a copy for your self.

Features of SI Captcha:

  • Configure from Admin panel
  • Valid HTML
  • Section 508 and WAI Accessibility Validation.
  • Allows Trackbacks and Pingbacks
  • Setting to hide the CAPTCHA from logged in users and or admins
  • Setting to show the CAPTCHA on the comment form, registration form, login, or all.
  • I18n language translation support

Captcha Image Support:

  • Open-source free PHP CAPTCHA library by http://www.phpcaptcha.org is included
  • Abstract background with multi colored, angled, and transparent text
  • Arched lines through text
  • Generates audible CAPTCHA files in WAV format
  • Refresh button to reload captcha if you cannot read it

Requirements/Restrictions:

  • Works with WordPress 2.8+, WPMU, and BuddyPress 1.1 -> 1.2.3 (WordPress 3.0+ is highly recommended)
  • PHP 4.3 or above with GD2 library support. (PHP5 is highly recommended)
  • (WP 2 series) Your theme must have a <?php do_action(‘comment_form’, $post->ID); ?> tag inside your comments.php form. Most themes do. The best place to locate the tag is before the comment textarea, you may want to move it if it is below the comment textarea.

Here is the WordPress download page of SI Captcha: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/si-captcha-for-wordpress/

Daniel Hall

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How to Network Your Blog with NetworkedBlogs

Today I am going to post a short tutorial on how to get your blog linked with NetworkedBlogs. I recently linked this blog with NetworkedBlogs so that the Stallion Hosting Facebook fan page will be automatically updated every time a new post is made.  By using the application called NetworkedBlogs, you can automatically post your latest WordPress blog posts to your Facebook fan page.

There are many advantages to this, especially in terms of getting your blog noticed which is vital, it will also help to get your links out there on the web and in front of more people, so go ahead and use the step by step tutorial below to also get your blog networked.

1. First you will have to add the NetworkedBlogs application to your Facebook account (you can do this by searching for “Networked Blogs” and then add the application through there) or here is the direct page link: http://www.facebook.com/networkedblogs

2.  Follow the steps to add the application successfully to your account.

3.  After you have added the application to your profile then go to the Application (through your Facebook profile’s sidebar) and find the “Register a Blog” button on the top of the NetworkedBlogs application.

4.  Fill your Blog Name, URL, and any other details such as a description and related tags.

5.  Follow the steps to validate the blog and to confirm that you are the author of the blog. Note: I had a huge problem here, I added the widget like they asked and no matter where I added the widget it would not accept the validation. It could be some kind or error or something, but be warned – it was irritating. Instead I had to opt for the Ask friends to verify option, which is going to take a little longer.

6.  If everything is successful (except the confirmation of being the author, that can wait), you should be able to see your blog’s feed on the NetworkedBlogs application page, like the screenshot below:

WebHostingPro.co.za on NetworkedBlogs

7.  Now, go to your Facebook fan page (mine is at http://www.facebook.com/stallionhosting -please like our fan page if you haven’t already 🙂 ) and then click on the “Edit Page” which is on the left sidebar menu.

8. You should see the NetworkedBlogs application in the list of other applications, otherwise go to the application and you will be presented with the option to Syndicate. You want to syndicate your NetworkedBlogs page with your Facebook Fan page.

9. Select the Facebook fan page that you would like to be connected with your blog, and then follow the instructions to allow and install the application on that specific fan page.

10. Tick the box and allow the application to auto post on your fan page, and there you done!

Done, now every time you publish a new post on your WordPress blog it will also be published to your fan page wall automatically, meaning less work for you and more exposure for your blog. It’s a win win situation.

Take a look at the WebHostingPro NetworkedBlogs page here, and go ahead and follow us for updates:  http://apps.facebook.com/blognetworks/blog/stallion_hosting_web_hosting_south_africa/

Daniel Hall

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CMS Websites

Enlightening Facts about Online CMS Websites

If you try to stay on top of all the technical lingo it seems like there’s a new acronym to learn every day. It seems like there’s no end in site for the parade of technical jargon you need to know just to stay current with the latest tech talk When it comes to building websites, the latest hot topic is CMS.

So, what is a CMS and how can you benefit from using one?

CMS Demystified

CMS stands for Content Management System. A CMS allows collaborative efforts to take place on a central website. In addition to making content available to multiple users, a CMS also has features built in to reduce repetitive tasks, like adding links or building new pages. In essence a website built on a CMS platform gives you, and anyone working with you, the ability to work on a common interface to design, build and maintain a professional, user-friendly website.

The Most Popular Web CMSSet Up Your CMS Website Easily

Most people, who know their way around the Internet, think of one word when they hear “CMS” – WordPress. This platform is, by far, the most popular CMS in use today. WordPress allows people, who may not know one line of HTML coding, to set up and publish fantastic looking, user friendly websites. There are hundreds of WordPress tools that you can use to take care of some of the most complex tasks imaginable.

It used to be that you had to be a web programmer or hire one if you wanted to add interactive elements, like contact forms or blogs to your website. WordPress eliminates the need for website design and programming experience. You can choose from hundreds of plugins, themes and widgets to take care of virtually any programming or web design task.

What’s  Behind the Curtain?

Behind the scenes of any website there’s a web hosting solution. Taking care of all the technical background tasks used to be a daunting task. These days, the top web hosting companies offer a nifty user interface, called cPanel, to ease those administrative burdens.

cPanel takes all of technical, behind-the-scenes management tools, and puts them all in an easy to use GUI interface. Some of the things you can do with cPanel may still require you to get help from an expert, but the cPanel interface makes day to day website administration a breeze. When choosing a web hosting company, I implore you to get a host that offers cPanel. You can thank me later…

Building great websites is simple with the WordPress CMS platform. Combined with a great web hosting company (such as Stallion Hosting ;-)) that offers cPanel, you’ll find that this website administration stuff isn’t as tough as you thought it would be.

Daniel Hall

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WordPress Plugin Review: Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Web Hosting Pro Related Posts Plugin ScreenshotI am very pleased to report that I have been researching and testing a few different WordPress plugins with regards to showing related posts on this blog. After doing my usual online research I also read a few reviews and also visited the developers website of each plugin. Once I had my top 4 choices it was just a matter of reading up on each option and then crossing them off until I had found a plugin that I was happy with.

In the end I decided to settle with the Yet Another Related Posts Plugin by mitcho (Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine). The plugin also known as YARPP for short is really a great tool for any blog and then installation was smooth and quick. The screen shot above shows the result of the tool for my post on Fantastico cPanel Hosting – CMS.

As you can see the filter works amazingly well as the first related post is perfect and it would definitely suit the reader of the original post as it is on the exact same topic, being Fantastico.

Another advantage is the wonderful amount of options that are available in terms of the settings, and the Automatically display related posts option means that this plugin requires no programming at all for it to be installed, so no messing with the PHP code or anything like that. One thing that needs to be done after installation is the moving of the 6 YARPP template files from the plugin folder to your theme folder, but this is easy to do with FileZilla.

Here is a list of the key features of the Yet Another Related Posts Plugin:

  • An advanced and versatile algorithm: Using a customizable algorithm considering post titles, content, tags, and categories, YARPP calculates a “match score” for each pair of posts on your blog. You choose the threshold limit for relevance and you get more related posts if there are more related posts and less if there are less.
  • Templating: New in 3.0! The YARPP templating system puts you in charge of how your posts are displayed.
  • Caching: Improved in 3.1! YARPP organically caches the related posts data as your site is visited, greatly improving performance.
  • Related posts in RSS feeds: Display related posts in your RSS and Atom feeds with custom display options.
  • Disallowing certain tags or categories: You can choose certain tags or categories as disallowed, meaning any page or post with such tags or categories will not be served up by the plugin.
  • Related posts and pages: Puts you in control of pulling up related posts, pages, or both.

So go ahead and take your blog to a new level, having a related posts plugin is a great idea – just another way to give your readers what they want!

Here is the home page for the Yet Another Related Posts Plugin: http://mitcho.com/code/yarpp/

My rating: 5 Star – great plugin 🙂

Daniel Hall

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