WordPress and Facebook came together with a Plugin to Make your Blog more Social

Few folks from Facebook and WordPress has come up with a plugin for self hosted WordPress platform to let you easily spread your words on the most used social networking platform. It was already happening by other means like comment platforms such as Disqus, Livefyre etc. Or Social Plugin of WordPress Or by adding social sharing plugins to share posts easily on social networks or online bookmark sites. But this time the plugin has come from Facebook itself and is purely focused on their platform. What is Facebook plugin of WordPress? Just like other WordPress plugin, it adds extra feature in your WordPress blog. By activating this plugin, you can easily share your posts on Facebook Timeline or Autopost on timeline with mention tag as well. You can mention your Facebook friend’s name while sharing the post after publishing that. You can also add widgets like Activity, Recommendation, Like, Subscribe and Send buttons. Most of these were already available as Facebook Social Plugin for any website or CMS platforms. You can also activate Facebook comments from this plugin to have SEO approved, indexable FB comments instead of WordPress comments. A Simple Activate or Some FB Dev Stuff to do? Whenever you are using any FB service on a website, it mostly works like an app. Once you download and activate the Facebook plugin, you will have to enter an App ID in the settings panel. To do that, go to the Facebook Developer page and create a simple app. There you will get App ID and secret code, just paste it on plugins settings page and you are ready to go. It involves a 3 step process to start using FB plugin. If you find this difficult, checkout the step by step screenshots below, Step 1 – Create an App Step 2 – Setup the Facebook App Step 3 – WordPress Setting – Enter the new FB App details Once you enter the app details, you will get list of add-ons to activate. Check on the add-ons like Comments, Social Publisher, Like Button, Recommendation Bar, Subscribe Button individually to activate one-by-one. You can activate all of them or may choose to have few selected add-ons only. You will have to customize each and every add-on or individual feature to make them look suitable for your site’s theme. For Social Publisher, you will have to authorize your newly created app to post updates on your site’s Facebook Page. You can link your Facebook Page and WordPress account by clicking on the link available on settings panel. Insights Tab Check the analytic stats and details of the FB conversations on Insights tab available under Facebook menu on Dashboard. I think Facebook folks tried...

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It Becomes Easy to Embed Tweets in WordPress Posts, WordPress 3.4 Released

It Becomes Easy to Embed Tweets in WordPress Posts, WordPress 3.4 Released

Finally, WordPress 3.4 is released with new features like Theme Previewer and Customizer, Media Library as Header Image source, better image caption which includes HTML support. Apart from other performance improvements and bug fixes, WordPress 3.4 is having Tweet Embed support which enables you to embed twitter status of any user in no time. oEmbed came with WordPress 2.9 which enabled users to embed YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr videos and images inside the posts. With WordPress 3.4, you would be able to embed tweets as well. To embed a tweet inside a post, you just need to paste the twitter status URL. For example, I am embedding an old tweet from my twitter account. To embed the tweet, I just pasted the following URL inside the visual editor of WordPress. http://twitter.com/wpoptimus/status/197772454301667328 And the final result is, Solution for Old WordPress Installation Not Allowing sub-directories in Network http://t.co/UGB9uzNW #wordpress — WP-Optimus (@wpoptimus) May 2, 2012 Couple of days ago, Facebook released better integration with WordPress and now easy Twitter status embed with WordPress 3.4. It’s time to show the power of social media and networking on WordPress platform. Did you like the Twitter Status Embed feature of WordPress...

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WordPress 3.4 brings Theme Previewer and Customization

WordPress as a blogging platform is really good to share thoughts, tips and experiences. At the same time, the setup and customization options in self hosted WordPress is getting better and better everyday. With the latest beta release of WordPress 3.4, you get in-built option to customize the theme template of your choice before implementing (activating) the same. WordPress 3.4 is having lot many performance improvement queries and piece of code. Apart from that, it is also having a Theme Customization Previewer which allows you to customize any theme before implementing that. For example, you need to change the site logo, tagline, menu items, background image, header image etc., you don’t need to activate the theme to see the changes. Before this update, theme preview and customization was possible through plugins like Theme Test Drive but now you do not need a separate plugin to do the same. With Theme Previewer, you can actually activate theme with all the basic changes. Previewer allows you to customize and see following items. Site Title and Tagline Header Background Navigation Static Front-Page Here is the screenshot of Theme Previewer in WordPress 3.4, Apart from this previewer, WordPress 3.4 is also having following changes and features, Better Search for Theme (Filter Search) Support for Touch devices like Apple iPad and Kindle, includes jQuery UI Touch extension Support to install child themes from WordPress Theme Directory Let me know if you find the theme previewer in WordPress 3.4...

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Solution for Old WordPress Installation Not Allowing sub-directories in Network

Few days ago, I was trying to enable WordPress Network (Multisite) feature on one of my old WordPress site as WordPress 3.0 and above are having inbuilt (but hidden) Network feature. When I started that site, there was no need to have multiple sites with their own dashboard, posts, pages etc. but later on I thought to have different sites with one Network Admin control. This way I can let others manage different sites with different content and also monitor all of them with Network Admin control. The site was few months old and when I injected the below mentioned code in wp-config.php file to activate the Network, define('WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true); I got a message on network page saying, Because your install is not new, the sites in your WordPress network must use sub-domains. The main site in a sub-directory install will need to use a modified permalink structure, potentially breaking existing links. I was sure that I don’t need sub-domains for my new sites but I wanted sub-directories only. So that I can actually forward the backlinks and Google PageRank easily to my new sites. But since my site or say Installation was more than 1 month old, WordPress was not allowing to have sub-directories. The reason behind it is that when you opt for sub-directories, WordPress actually adds a term “/blog” at the start of your site’s permalink structure. And if you will enable the sub-directories structure of Network sites, you may break the old permalink structure and may lose old backlinks and Google PR juice. But as I was not using the site to get traffic from search engine, I was sure to have sub-directories only. Finally I got the simple solution to get that. So what is the solution? To have sub-directories structure on old WordPress installation while activating the Network feature, you just need to add the following code in your current theme’s functions.php file. add_filter( 'allow_subdirectory_install', create_function( '', 'return true;' ) ); That’s it. Now reload the Network page from Dashboard and you will see option to choose between sub-domain and sub-directory. Once you complete the Network activation process by adding the wp-config.php and htaccess code suggested on next page on Dashboard, you may remove the code from functions.php or even can change the theme template. I hope this simple tutorial helps you in getting sub-directory structure on WordPress Network site with old installation. Tip...

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Create Colorful Surveys and Polls on WordPress with Colored Vote Polls Plugin

WordPress has won so many awards for being the most favorite Content Management System (CMS). Now a days, people are using WordPress platform as an e-commerce site, online journalism platform, as a Wiki, to showcase real estate portfolio and many more purposes. And of course it is the most recommended platform for blogging. Now if you want to take feedback from your site’s visitors or limited people in your organization, you need a survey or poll platform. There are so many independent survey platforms on web or even are few WordPress plugins available to use, but I am going to talk about the most colorful, beautiful and easy to use online survey plugin for WordPress. Colored Vote Polls is an amazing WordPress plugin to create questionnaire for surveys and polls in no time. If you are already having the set questions and set of answers, you can create and put the survey live in less than 5 minutes. Features of this plugin is well suited for people who wants to create a simple survey to collect the feedback and to analyze the data. Features of Colored Vote Polls Very easy to install and use All options available on WordPress Dashboard (Admin Panel) No need to register yourself anywhere Have mandatory or optional questions in one questionnaire Share the vote results even without voting Visitors may add more questions from survey page One can differentiate between answers by looking at their colors Stats in percentage to give better visual results Analyze the most answered or preferred question out of the questionnaire You can use this plugin to prioritize the tasks in an organization Paste shortcode inside posts or pages to embed the newly created surveys Demo Limitations Colored Vote Polls is a fully capable plugin to create questionnaires and online surveys and it gives proper stat as well (including total votes). It is a nice plugin for creating and analyzing a simple survey but professional users may find few options missing here. For example, in Colored Vote Polls, one can provide the same set of answers to all questions under one survey. If you want to have different answers for different questions, then it is not possible with the current version of this plugin. In result analysis, you get stat like total vote per survey but you don’t get the location of the voter. Verdict I think this WordPress plugin is a handy tool to create beautiful survey / questionnaire page to get feedback on certain queries. It is also very useful for creating a set of tasks to get feedback from users to prioritize them. But still there are some ‘good to have’ features which may come in next...

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