Seven WordPress Hacks for Bloggers


There are tons of awesome blogging platforms to consider, but WordPress is definitely one of the most popular content management systems out there – and with good reason. It’s easy to use and easy to customize, even if you’re a beginner.

But as you begin to use it more and more, you start learning little tricks. I’ve stumbled upon some fantastic time-savers that make me almost want to scream, “WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THIS SOONER?!?!”

So I’m going to tell you these things, and I apologize for not telling you sooner! Experiences users, hopefully you still find a gem or two in here, and please leave your own favorite hack with a comment below!

1. Expand to Fullscreen for Easier Typing

Let’s start out with a simple tip, but one I didn’t realize was an option until well into my blogging career. It can be annoying to type a post in such a small box. First and foremost, if you scroll to the bottom of the left-hand sidebar when signed into your blog and editing a post, you’ll see “collapse menu.” Click on this text to get rid of that sidebar (don’t worry – you can easily get it back). It’s instantly a little more space. But an even better option is WordPress’ Fullscreen Mode.

There are actually two fullscreen modes. If you click the button that looks like a, square with arrows pointing at the corners (see picture), you’ll get a full screen mode with limited button options for easy, quick typing. If you press Alt+Shift+G you’ll get a version with the full bar of buttons for easier formatting. Both are great, especially if you’re working with a lot of pictures or block quotes.

2. Use Windows Live Writer for Formatting

How your final post looks will depend on the WordPress theme you’re using. You can continuously preview using WordPress itself, but that can be a little tedious, especially if you’re working with pictures and trying to get things to line up just right. Instead, download a desktop client to make formatting easy. I use Windows Live Writer (Mac fans, help me out with a comparable version?), which I like because I can sync it with all the blogs I have. As long as you keep it updated, you can use the WYSIWYG editor to add posts and see what they’ll look like on your blog when published. Adding pictures and videos is super easy.

3. Install a Maintenance Mode Plugin

Sometimes, you have to do some major updates that will cause you blog to look crummy for a few hours. Rather than scaring users away, download and install a plugin like Maintenance Mode and your readers will get a simple message that you’re working on your blog at the moment. I like this plugin specifically because you can even choose to include a countdown clock that will tell users when you get back. No coding knowledge necessary!

There are other maintenance mode plugins out there; this is just the one I like to use on my personal blog. Of course, you can also manually point code your site to give users a maintenance message, but who has the time/knowledge/ambition to do that? This makes it super easy!

4. Use Zemanta for Easy Linking

Finding links can take time, but it makes your posts more valuable to readers. For example, in the previous tip, I linked to the plugin page so you could easily find it. Otherwise, you would have probably had to search for it, and there would be no guarantee that you’d find the plugin I was talking about. Zemanta totally takes the hassle out of linking. This plugin gives you a list of potential in-text links you can add, which updates as you type. In addition, it gives you a list of related articles based on your post, which you can update as you type. You just link on their recommendations to add links as you see fit. Super easy! You can even choose to create a profile and tell Zemanta the blogs you like most so it will draw links from those sites when possible.

5. Prevent Images from Being Too Wide

If you’re working with images, it can sometimes be annoying to remember the max width they can be to fit on your blog. I have a lot of trouble with this one since I blog on multiple sites, all using different themes. If your image is too wide, it will either cut off or overlap onto your sidebar, depending on the them you’re using. Both look pretty bad.

It’s an easy fix. I learned this one from WPHacks. You have to go into the code, but don’t be scared! It’s easy; I promise! Under “appearance” on the left-hand dashboard sidebar, you want to click on editor and find your theme’s .css file (probably the one that comes up by default. Then, just follow the instructions here to add a snippet of code. That’s it! If you can handle copy/pasting, you can do this one. Once you change the max to fit whatever your theme’s max width is, you won’t have to deal with cut off or overlapping pictures ever again.

6. Install the Editorial Calendar Plugin

Recently, we added this plugin here on the BlogWorld blog and it has been a total game-changer for me! I like to stay organized and am a very visual person. The editorial calendar plugin gives me a way to see when posts are being updated, and for a multi-author blog, it allows you to understand when others are planning to publish so you can strategically plan out your content schedule. I also like that you can jot down ideas quickly using the calendar when you have a post idea, and the visual nature makes it easy to see where you’re faltering: Are you uploading too many posts about a specific topic? Are you updating enough? Is your content always bunched instead of spread out? You can also use the calendar to schedule your content easily. Love it.

7. Split Long Posts

Depending on your theme, long posts may or may not look good on your homepage. You can use the “more” tag to split the post after a few teaser paragraphs. It’s the little split button beside the link buttons on your tool bar (see picture) or you can just hit Alt+Shift+T.

By default, this will create a link that says “Continue Reading” or “Read More” or something of that sort, depending on the theme you use. Want to change the text? It’s pretty easy. It requires you to go into your code again, but don’t be scared! Under Appearance on your sidebar, click on editor and then find the index.php file (Main Index Template). Search for:

<?php the_content(‘Read more …’); ?>

If your blog by default has different text, the theme editors already changed it, so that’s what you should search for. In other words, if when you split the text and publish the post, it says on your site, “Click here for more…” you should search for:

<?php the_content(‘Click here for more…’); ?>

Search for whatever that text might be. Then, once you find that line in the code, you can change the text to read whatever you want.

It’s a great way to get more page views out of a single long post.

So there you have it, seven of my favorite WordPress hacks for bloggers. Now it’s your turn to tell us your favorite hacks and tips with a comment below!

magento theme Upgraded from 1.4.0.1 to 1.4.1.0


Finally, Magento version 1.4.1.0 has been released, and much improved since 1.4.0.1. Here is the tip for fixing common theme issue while upgrading.

Upgrading is not so easy, and there are still bugs which could mean some stick with older installations.
Currently, there is one issue when we update Magento theme 1.4.0.1 to new Magento version release.

That is fatal error: Call to a member function toHtml() on a non-object in

/home/******/public_html/store/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Layout.php on line 529

To solve this problem, please follow these steps:

1. Open the file: /app/design/frontend/default/YOURTEMPLATE/layout/page.xml

2. Find this line of code :

<block type=”core/profiler” output=”toHtml”></block>

3. Then change it into :

<block type=”core/profiler” output=”toHtml” name=”core_profiler”></block>
Finally, log in to your admin section, and refresh all caches.
And happy upgrade to all you trying to stay up to date.

 

Source : http://www.mage-world.com/news/upgrade-magento-theme-from-1-4-0-1-to-1-4-1-0.html

How to get more comments


People blog for different reasons, but many post with hopes of seeing feedback from readers. Here at WordPress.com we’ve studied why some posts and blogs get more comments than others, and want to share our advice with you.

  1. You need visitors before you’ll get comments. You won’t get comments until people visit your blog. Start by reviewing our famous post on How to Get More Traffic to understand the basics of building an audience. Posting on a regular schedule is an important part of building traffic, which will lead to more comments. You can see our recent research on increasing page views too.
  2. Have a clear and strong position in your posts. Clarity in writing helps readers form their own opinion to share. A post titled “I’m not sure if I like bananas” is less likely to compel a response than “How I learned to love bananas” or “Why I will never eat a banana again”. Writing well and having interesting thoughts is by far the best way to encourage more comments (and follow The Daily Post for regular advice on writing better). Being provocative, or picking polarizing topics, can help attract comments too, but be careful: the more intentionally provocative you are, the more polarized and uncivil the comments you receive are likely to be.
  3. Reply to every comment you receive. This rewards people for leaving a comment, and also shows new readers that you care about comments, encouraging them to leave one too. Be a good host: be more polite and forgiving than your visitors. WordPress.com allows you to reply to comments via email, a convenient way to keep conversations moving along.
  4. Ask your friends. If you are writing about a topic your friends are interested in, send them a link and ask them to comment. If you pick friends with blogs you can offer to return the favor. This ensures every post you make will get at least one comment, provided you’re willing to give one in return.
  5. Start conversations. In real life, most conversations start by reciprocation. “How is your day going?” “Fine. And you?”. In your post, don’t just offer an opinion. Supplement your point of view with invitations for other people to offer theirs. At minimum, end posts with a question inviting people to answer.
  6. Customize the comment prompt. The text that appears above the comment area is customizable. It says “Leave a Reply” by default but you can make it say whatever you like. We strongly recommend asking a question like “What do you think?” or “What is your opinion?” as questions are requests for people to respond. Go to Settings-Discussions to make the change.
  7. Write a response to another blogger’s post on your blog. By excerpting a small paragraph from another blogger’s post, and writing a response on your blog with a link back to their post, you invite them to visit your blog. WordPress.com automatically tries to contact their blog for you, letting them know you have linked to them. If what you say is interesting, they’re likely to comment, or at minimum, respond in a kind with a post on their blog. In both cases you’ll be starting a conversation which leads to more comments.
  8. Use WordPress.com’s discussion features. We’ve built in lots of goodness to help you start and grow conversations. If you go to Settings->Discussions you can find them all. Make sure you have it set to send you an email when you get a comment, so you can reply quickly. If you don’t get many comments, consider turning comment moderation off so comments appear immediately (if you have it set to email you when a new comment is left, you can always remove questionable comments quickly).
  9. Run a contest. Create ways to encourage first time commenters. After someone has left a first comment on your blog, it’s psychologically easier for them to leave a second one: they’ve broken the ice. Running a competition where you give a prize away, say a $25 amazon gift certificate, to a randomly chosen comment on a post, can encourage many first time commenters, as well as new readers to your blog
  10. Create interesting polls. It takes less effort for readers to make a choice in a poll than to write a comment. Use this to your advantage. The more people you get to participate in your polls, the more who will want to return to see the final results and have comments about them. Read about creating polls here.
  11.  Tell relatable stories. A post where you offer a story that your readers can relate to invites participation. For example, if your blog is about baking cakes, and you share a story about how you messed up a recipe with disastrous yet entertaining consequences, it’s easy to ask readers to share their stories of similar disasters.
  12. Make a post out of the best comments from your readers. If you see a fantastic comment on your blog, create a post where you quote what they said (and link to their blog if they have one). Show your readers that you value and read their contributions, and more people will be motivated to comment in the future.

Keep Your Upgrades in Order


As more and more of you take advantage of our fabulous Upgrades, we’ve been conscious of the increasing need to offer a great way to manage your purchases. What if you could track all of your upgrades, manage them, renew them and *gasp* even cancel them, all in one place?

Well, starting today you’ll see a new page in the Store section of your dashboard: My Upgrades.

On that page you’ll find the list of the upgrades purchased for the site you are managing, followed by a lists of the upgrades you have on your other sites, if any.

Domain registration, mapping, Custom Design, Space upgrade, VideoPress or Premium theme, you will find them all here, along with links allowing you to renew, enable auto renew, update credit card data, or cancel ( and get a refund within the appropriate timeframe ).

 

As you can see, the status of each upgrade and its expiration date are clearly displayed there, with some handy color-coding:

  • One-time purchases (Premium theme in the screenshot above) or upgrades currently set to auto-renew (Domain) are displayed in green
  • Upgrades which need to be renewed manually are displayed in orange ( 10GB Space, Custom Design )
  • When these upgrades which need to be renewed manually get close to their expiration date, they are displayed in red ( VideoPress )

You’ll also find some handy dandy links to more information about each upgrade, just in case you forget why you bought it! When appropriate, we give you links to the settings page, too.

We’ve got plenty of exciting updates planned, including the ability to visualize, save, and print your own billing reports and purchase receipts – so keep an eye on the page for more!

Never forget a renewal anymore, visit the My Upgrades section of the

Source :http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/keep-your-upgrades-in-order/

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Make Your Windows PC Looks Like Mac


Mac In Windows

Everybody Knows About Mac OS. And Also Want To Use It. So Here Is A Tutorial How To Make Your Windows Xp/7/Vista Look Like Mac Without Any Risk.
It Not Change Full Operating System To Mac, This Is Only Theme And Some Effects That Very Similar To Mac. So Don’t Hesitate To Try It. You Can Get Back To Windows Anytime.

 

Now Follow The All Steps Carefully And See What Happen !
Step 1. Download This File – All Files That We Need Are In The File.

 

=> Now Extract The Files To Anywhere In Your Pc.

 

Step 2 : Open Rocketdock Folder And Install RocketDock-v1.3.5.exe.
After Install Rocketdock Do The Following :
  1. Copy The Folder Stardocklet To C:\Program Files\RocketDock\Docklets
  2. Copy The Folder Nabs osx leopard To C:\Program Files\RocketDock\Skins
  3. After Copy It To Skin Folder, Open Nabs osx leopard Folder And Copy indicator.png To C:\Program Files\RocketDock\Defaults\DefaultIndicator

Step 3 : Open Replacer.zip From Apps Folder And Extract It To Desktop (Or Anywhere Else). – Little Difficult Part For Newbies !

  • Now Open Replacer.cmd And Go To C:\Windows\system32 And Find uxtheme.dll
  • Drag The uxtheme.dll File From C:\Windows\system32 To Replacer.cmd And Press Enter.
  • Now immediately Go To Apps Folder ( In Extracted Files) And Find uxtheme.dll
  • Drag This uxtheme.dll To Replacer.cmd Again And Press Enter.
  • When Replacer.cmd Ask Y Or N Press Y And Press Enter. It’s Done.
Now The Difficult Part Is Over.

Step 4 : Theme Installation – Its Very Easy !

  • Now Open Mac Theme For Windows Folder From Extracted Files.
  • Copy Leopard X.theme And X Folder To C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes.
  • Double Click On Leopard X.theme And Click Apply And Then Ok.

Now Your PC Is Changing To Mac But We Need Some Customization To Get It Completely Look Like Mac.

=> Now Go To Desktop And Right Click On Any Empty Space And Go To Arrange Icons By And Uncheck Show Desktop Icons.
If You Not Understand It Click Here To See Image : Uncheck Show Desktop Icons Image

=> Right Click on Taskbar and untick Lock Taskbar and Pull Taskbar to Top of the Screen and Again Right Click on Taskbar and tick Lock Taskbar.

If You Not Understand It Click Here To See Image : Change Taskbar Position Image

=> Now Open Rocketdock, Right Click On It And Set Screen Position To Bottom.
=> Now Right Click On Rocketdock Again And Click On Ad
d Item And Select Stack Doclet And Open It And Change Settings As You Like.

If You Not Understand It Click Here To See Image : Add Item Rocketdock Image

Now You Can Add More Effects By Installing Apps That Provide With Downloaded File In Folder Called ‘Apps’
If You Want More Customizations Than Contact Me Via Contact Form.
Its All.If You Had Any Problem Installing Or Customizing It Please Put Your Comments Below And Share This With Friends To Help Us.


=> UPDATE


Many Readers Ask About How to Make Exact Windows Buttons (Back,Forward Buttons)Like Above Image.
So Today I’m Going To Give Short Tutorial About It.

Follow This Steps :

1. Download The File The Below File
2.Now, Install Styler1401.msi To Your Computer.
3.Now Just Drag and Drop the “Mac Styler” Folder into “Program Files\Styler\TB\skins\Styler’s”

Now Open Installed Program Styler And Go To Toolbar Tab From it.
And Click On Styler’s. You Will See Mac Style Option.Click On It.
View The Image To If You Can Not Understand It.
It’s All Done.

How To Remove Windows 7 Genuine Notifications Completely?


Hello Guys Today I Came With Some Amazing Stuff To Remove Very Annoying Notifications Of Windows Genuine On Windows 7.

Many Guys Suffering From This Problem Now A Days And There Is No Other Solutions To Remove This Type Of Notifications.

If You Don’t Buy A Genuine Windows 7 Version Than It Has Happened To You. And It Is So Annoying.

So, Today I Give You The Software With Tutorial To Help You Remove This Type Of Notifications Completely From Your Windows 7.

So Follow The Procedure Here…

First Of all Download The RemoveWat Software From The Below Link.

=> RemoveWat Is A Software That Help Us To Remove Windows 7 Genuine Notifications Completely From It. Here I Packed Latest Version Of RemoveWat 2.2.5.

Click Here To Download (3.74 MB)

Windows 7 Genuine Notification

After Download The Package, Extract It To Your Pc And Open RemoveWat.exe.
Note That It Is Recommended To Close All Programs Before Open It.
UPDATE : If Your Antivirus Prompt You The File As Virus, Then Don’t Worry, It Only Show Because Windows Don’t Like It Because It Removes Windows Genuine Notifications. It’s Not A Virus So Enjoy Using It.
After Open It Click On RemoveWat And Wait For 2 Minutes And After It’s Done, Your Pc Will Be Restart.
After Restart Your Windows Pc, You Can See That All Notifications Of Windows Genuine Will Be Removed And You Have A Completely Genuine Windows 7.
I Recommended You To Turn Off Windows Updates To Use It Without Any Problems.