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Digital Reading List | January 31, 2013

January 31, 2013 by Ryan Kesner  Email    Leave a Comment

Our digital reading list for Thursday, January 31, 2013   Thursday, January 31, 2013 Facebook Rolls Out Gift Cards | Mashable Jackie Robinson Google Doodle Celebrates Major League Baseball Trailblazer | Search Engine Watch Facebook’s Zuckerberg Hints At Bigger, More Media-Rich Ad Formats | TechCrunch Google Local / Places Guidelines Confuses Even Googlers | Search […]

Joomla Plugins: Embedding Video, Part 1

May 10, 2010 by Brad Kelley  Email    2 Comments

Continuing our series on Joomla plugins, this week we tackle the surprisingly complicated task of embedding video into Joomla articles. What makes embedding videos in Joomla so troublesome (especially for those accustomed to working in blogging software like WordPress) is that Joomla’s content editor strips out any embedding tags (like OBJECT, EMBED, and even SCRIPT tags).

Joomla Plugin: Tabs & Slides

November 23, 2009 by Brad Kelley  Email    4 Comments

A stock Joomla 1.5 install has no built-in facility to display page content in tabs or slides, and so developers must either cobble something together from scratch or use a third party plugin. And that’s what takes us to our first plugin of the series… Joomla Tabs and Slides (in content items).

WordPress Plugin: WordPress.com Stats

September 28, 2009 by Brad Kelley  Email    Leave a Comment

If you’re already using Google Analytics for WordPress (see our post on Google Analytics for WordPress) then you already have a ton of information about your blog’s traffic. So much information, in fact, that it may be hard to get a bird’s eye view. That’s where WordPress Stats comes in.

WordPress Plugin: Flexi Pages

September 25, 2009 by Brad Kelley  Email    Leave a Comment

The built-in Pages widget does a good job of listing, well, pages, but its options are limited. Which brings us to Flexi Pages, a highly configurable WordPress sidebar widget to list pages and sub-pages. Can be used as an alternative to the default ‘Pages’ widget. It even has a special option to include a Home link, which can come in handy if the title of your home page is something other than Home.

WordPress Plugin: Advanced Category Excluder

September 23, 2009 by Brad Kelley  Email    Leave a Comment

Advanced Category Excluder doesn’t just let you omit categories from the category list. It lets you omit categories from just about every form of item there is. You can even specify categories to be omitted from your RSS feeds. It’s glorious!

WordPress Plugin: Widgets Reloaded

September 21, 2009 by Brad Kelley  Email    Leave a Comment

The built-in WordPress widgets are great, but were designed for simplicity and ease of use. If you want true control over the output of your widgets (like to exclude certain items, change the order, or display the results of a custom query) you need something more sophisticated, and that brings us to Widgets Reloaded…

WordPress Plugin: Wordbook

September 18, 2009 by Brad Kelley  Email    Leave a Comment

It’s handy to be able to post it to your blog and not have to turn around and then also post it to Facebook. That’s where Wordbook comes in. It’s a great little plugin that takes each blog post and submits it automatically to your Facebook feed (photos and all).

WordPress Plugin: Twitter Widget Pro

September 16, 2009 by Brad Kelley  Email    1 Comment

Surely there must be a way to integrate your Twitter feed with your WordPress blog, right? Right! Meet Twitter Widget Pro. This little gem adds a widget item to your blog that you can then effortlessly add to the sidebar of any widget-enabled theme.

WordPress Plugin: Google XML Sitemaps

September 14, 2009 by Brad Kelley  Email    Leave a Comment

Maintaining this manual Google XML sitemap file for a blog would be a very tedious task to do manually, as the format is quite strict. What’s a blogger to do? Surely not update the sitemap XML file by hand after each post? Enter the Google XML Sitemaps plugin.