Find a public toilet

Find a Public RestroomI came across this application this morning that just made me laugh out loud. It’s an application using Google Maps to find a public bathroom, toilet or place to pee anywhere. Or at least at the time of this writing there are 1954 BATHROOMS in 498 CITIES. You also have the ability to add new locations to the map. How cool is that?

Just goes to show that you can make some pretty clever applications using API’s from other applications.




WordPress Automatic Upgrade – WordPress Plugin Makes It Easy

OK, I just upgraded this blog from WordPress v2.6.5 to v2.7.1, and it was one of the easiest upgrades ever…thanks to Luke Gedeon. I thought that I could do an automatic upgrade from my hosting account, but it said that I could only upgrade manually. So I did a Google search to see if anyone had an “easy WordPress upgrade”, and low and behold I came across Luke Gedeon’s site with the answer I was looking for…How to upgrade to WordPress 2.7 – The easy way! I followed Luke’s instructions…and it was a piece of cake. The plugin was created by a very creative Keith Dsouza from Techie Buzz. Thanks Keith!

WordPress Automatic Upgrade Tutorial Video (this is a video tutorial of me upgrading one of my sites)

Below are Luke’s instructions…he said on his blog that anyone could copy them and spread the word, so I’m taking him up on it. Thanks Luke!

It is time to upgrade to WordPress 2.7

If you are like me you probably like to wait a few weeks months years to install the newest software. Upgrades take time, you have to learn new stuff, and new software usually breaks.

WordPress 2.7 is a little different. I have never seen software go through such a thorough vetting before release. Hundreds (possibly thousands) were testing this well in advance of release and multiple thousands were using it by the time of the official release.

All that testing does not make it any easier to install, though. Or does it? One of those testers built a plugin to make upgrading super-easy.

The WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin will take you through each step of the upgrade process. It gives you a one-click option to create backups then puts your blog in maintenance mode, installs the files, and finishes the upgrade. After installing the plugin, (plugins are much easier to install than the full WordPress application) you have 5-10 clicks and you are done!

So let’s get started:

  1. Click here to download the plugin.
  2. Upload the file you just downloaded into the /wp-content/plugins/ folder.
  3. Unzip the file. (If I have lost you at this point, let me know. This is different for each host, but I can help you individually. Just ask.)
  4. Goto your wp-admin and click the Plugins menu and the Plugins sub-menu
  5. Find “Wordpress Automatic Upgrade” and activate it.
  6. After activating the plugin you will see a pink bar at the top that says “Click Here to Automatically Upgrade WordPress to latest Version.
  7. Anybody care to guess what the next step is?
  8. Yup, Click on that link and enter the twilight zone.

After this you will have to click “Next Step” several times, and whenever it gives you a chance to download back-ups, do it. (two different parts need to be backed up) You will also need to click on the link to upgrade your database.

Please let me know who things work out for you. I want to hear all those, “Wow! That was easy!” exclamations. I also want to hear about any trouble  along the way, so maybe I can update these notes to make things even easier for others.

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Oh! Share this post with as many people as you possibly can. You can use social bookmarks like del.icio.us or rating sites like digg. Even better, you can copy this post onto your blog or write a post linking here. Let’s try to make this easy for as many people as possible.

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Breakthrough Business Strategies

Thanks for stopping by Michele’s radio show. Below are some of the tips we discussed on the show for setting up your WordPress blog. Our wish is that you have a successful and abundant 2009 and that your business exceeds all of your expectations. Best wishes for 2009!

Breakthrough Business Strategies – BlogTalkRadio.com

Date: Monday, January 19, 2009

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http://blogtalkradio.com/twochickscreating

http://blogtalkradio.com/breakthroughbusinessstrategies

@Deauxmain (Bruce on Twitter)

http://www.deauxmain.com

Must Have Plugins to Start Your WordPress Blog:

Recommended WordPress Themes:

  • Revolution2 – Professional WordPress Themes (These are the ones I have been using)
  • WordPress Remix – Premium Theme that offers WordPress as CMS experience
  • One Theme – Premium WordPress Themes
  • WooThemes – Premium WordPress Themes (also have some FREE themes)
  • iThemes – Premium WordPress Themes
  • WordPress Themes – 542 FREE themes last time I checked

Recommended Web Hosting

Bluehost ->


Good Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Information

seomoz.org – The Web’s Best SEO Resources – Tons of SEO information and tools. You will need to sign up for a free account.

Link Building Notes of an SEO Kindergartner – 19 pages filled with highly effective link building tactics shared by the coolest Mozzers

  • Where to look for links
  • How to get links


Using Voice Recognition or Speech Recognition Software for Blogging in WordPress

Most people speak over 120 words per minute but type less than 40 words per minute. What if you could speak your blog, instead of typing it. Think about using speech recognition or voice recognition software to make blogging easier. Once your software has been set up and trained to recognize your voice patterns, you can use it to dictate your blog posts. It learns to recognize your voice instantly and continually improves the more you use it. This can dramatically speed up the time it takes to get new posts up. Speech recognition software can type up to 160 WPM (words per minute) with 99% accuracy. Not too shabby, so give it a try.

Screen Capture and Making Tutorials for WordPress

There are many times that you may want to take a screenshot of something to put in your WordPress blog or on your website. You may also want to find a way to make short tutorials, whereby you can record video of onscreen action, showing your users exactly what you’re doing. Well, I’ve found a great tool for doing just that. It’s called Jing. Jing is a free application that allows you to make screen captures or even video tutorials in 5 minute increments. Your captures or videos can be saved to your local hard drive or uploaded to Screencast.com. This software is made by TechSmith…the makers of Camtasia Studio. I love this application and encourage you to try it out to see for yourself.

  • JingProject.com – Free software that adds visuals to your online conversations.
  • Screencast.com – a TechSmith solution for business and academic professionals looking to manage and share videos, images, documents, or anything else online.


How to Keep Your Video Camera Steady – Even When You Are Moving

All to often we see videos that people make that would be pretty good videos, but the camera is so shaky it makes us drunk just to watch it. Steadicams (or camera stabilizers) are attachments used to capture smooth looking video even when the camera and camera operator are in motion. The camera operator may walk (or even jog), move through tight hallways and doorways, and even climb up and down stairs without shaking the camera.

There are professional video stabilizers on the market to remedy this situation…but they ain’t cheap. One is called Steadicam, and starts around $1500. Well, I found a way to make great videos without spending an arm and a leg on a solution to make your camera steady. It’s called Steadycam, and you can make one yourself for under $14.00. Johnny Chung Lee has a website devoted to showing you exactly what you’ll need to build it, and then shows exactly how to build it for under $14. Johnny does an excellent job and his design is brilliant. If you are not the handyman type, you can purchase the complete Steadycam for $39.95 from Johnny’s site…still a great deal. So check out the Steadycam and start making smooth moving videos today.


Rank Checker

Checking to see how my site is ranking in the search engines for my main keywords has always been a pain in the butt, but no more. I found a really cool Firefox plugin that checks my rankings in Google, Yahoo and Live with the click of a button. It does have a few setup steps, but once that’s done…it’s a snap.  You just put in your domain name, and list of keywords or keyword phrases, then press the start button. You’ll have your ranking results in minutes. You can also download your search resulting into a CSV file.

It’s a free rank checking tool for Firefox called Rank Checker, by SeoBook.com. Download the plugin for Firefox and start checking your site rankings today.


279 Days to Overnight Success

279 Days to Overnight SuccessI came across a really interesting WordPress blog this morning by Chris Guillebeau at http://chrisguillebeau.com. His blog is The Art of Non-Conformity – Unconventional Strategies for Life, Work and Travel. He writes about how to change the world by achieving significant, personal goals while helping others at the same time. I found his e-book before I actually found his website. His e-book is 279 Days to Overnight Success, in which he describes how he became a full-time writer in under 10 months. I really like what Chris has to say, and encourage you to visit his blog and download his e-book.

WordPress Tutorials – for Newbies to Pros

Here are a few of my best links to WordPress Tutorials. These are great resources that will help the Newbie to the Pro.



Your ONE membership gives you access to members-only content for ALL our Plus sites:

At $9 a month (or $22 for three months, or $78 per year) it’s a fantastic deal. And if you don’t love it, no problem, because your membership comes with a 100% money-back guarantee within the first month. But with over 3,000 happy members, we’re sure you’re going to love Plus!


250+ Super Cool WordPress Tutorials – Newbie To Pro –

– This is a great resource for WordPress Tutorials. A great collection that will not disappoint you.







110+ Massive WordPress Video Tutorial Collection

– Another good collection of WordPress Tutorials. Check it out. Awesome stuff.


Twitter for WordPress Plugin Tutorial

I like the Twitter for WordPress plugin, so I made a quick tutorial on how to install it in under four minutes. It’s really easy to install and configure, so please take about 3 minutes and watch the video.


Twitter for WordPress Plugin Tutorial

WordPress Database Backup

 

WordPress Database Backup
WordPress Database Backup Tutorial

A few weeks ago I was experimenting with a new plugin when something went wrong. I was getting an error page when trying to view my WordPress plugins. After trying many things to get it to work I had to use something that I thought I’d never need…my Backup. I have been doing automatic WordPress backups for a while now, and really wasn’t 100% sure it would work if I needed it. Luckily it did. My backups are done weekly and emailed to me. I had to find my latest backup and restore it using phpMyAdmin in my cPanel. It worked like a charm. I lost my most recent post which was done between backups, but I was grateful that was all that was lost.

So the lesson I learned was to ALWAYS have a recent backup handy. If you post daily, you need to backup daily or twice daily. If you post more often than that, you probably need to backup hourly.

Here is a video tutorial of how to install the WordPress Database Backup plugin. It’s quick and easy, and may save your butt like it did mine.



How to add a video to WordPress

There are tons of ways to add a video to WordPress, but I’m going to show you how to do it using the Smart YouTube plugin. It’s really simple, so just take a look at the video tutorial I made on How to Add a Video to WordPress.

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WordPress Training

WordPress training for small business owners and individuals is now taking top priority in what my I will be doing in my business. As a web designer and someone who knows WordPress pretty well, I’m beginning to see ways that I can help small businesses take advantage of what WordPress has to offer.

WordPress is the best tool that I know of for getting found on the web today. It’s super search engine friendly, meaning I can post a new article now, and 10-15 minutes later you can find that new article on Google.  My pages get ranked so much higher and faster in the search engines than any other type of website I’ve worked on. And what’s really nice about it, is that I can teach others how to do it.

So I designed a series of training webinars that I’ll be hosting to teach people how to use WordPress as their web design software of choice. If you have been paying a webmaster to update your site, you really should take a look at the course I’ll be teaching. Once you learn this skill, no one can take it away. The WordPress tutorials that you will have access will take you from using tools of the trade for building websites, to customizing your website so that it has a unique look, specifically designed for your company. The tools that I use, are all FREE, so you will learn what they are, how to install them, and how to use them.

Take a look at my program, and if you decide to take control of your business by learning to build and maintain your own website, you will be set free from ever having to depend on someone else for this part of your business. I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Click here to see the WordPress Training program in detail.

WordPress Plugins List – 100+ Popular Plugins

Okay, this is probably the best plugin (ScribeSEO) I’ve come across in a very long time. It with help you optimize you pages and posts within WordPress. It gives each page a score…like 63% out of 100%. Then it will give you detailed things you can do to improve your score and get it to 100%. Awesome plugin and very easy to use.
SEO Copywriting Made Simple

Check out my new Website Workshop Webinars using WordPress

Below is a list of WorPress Plugins that can come in handy when building your site.

This list is sortable by the plugin name…just click the little arrow next to “WordPress Plugin” to sort.

Please visit our WordPress Widget List also.

WordPress Plugin Description
All in One SEO Pack

Automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).

WP-SpamFree Powerful anti-spam plugin that virtually eliminates comment spam. Finally, you can enjoy a spam-free WordPress blog!
DMSGuestbook DMSGuestbook is an easy configurable guestbook with a lot of features.
WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart A very easy to use plugin that allows you to sell products or services online in one click from your WordPress blog.
WP-Affiliate Easy affiliate link masking and more. Now Featuring: Commission Junction Search Capabilities! Click Tracking! Download It Now!
WP Security Scan Scans your WordPress installation for security vulnerabilities.
Admin Management Xtended Adds AJAX-driven options to some admin management pages with CMS-known functions like toggling post/page visibility without having to open the edit sc
Events Calendar Events-Calendar is a diverse replacement for the original calendar included with WordPress adding many useful functions to keep track of your events.
TDO Mini Forms This plugin allows you to add custom posting forms to your website that allows your readers (including non-registered) to submit posts.
Plugin Central Dashboard plugin update notification, update all plugins at once, move your plugins from one blog to another with plugin install. WordPress 2.5+ only
Add to Any Share/Save/Bookmark Button Helps readers share, save, bookmark, and email your posts and pages using any service, such as Delicious, Digg, Facebook, Twitter, and over 100 more.
MobilePress MobilePress is a WordPress plugin that will render your WordPress blog on mobile handsets, with the ability to use customized themes.
Advanced Category Excluder The No.1 category manager, and content separator plugin to enable CMS like functionality, search engine optimization, and create real sub pages
Dagon Design Sitemap Generator Generates a fully customizable sitemap
WP-Cumulus A terrific flash based animated tag cloud called WP-Cumulus developed by Roy Tanck.
Dagon Design Secure Form Mailer WordPress version of my secure php form mailer script
Twitme This plugin allows you to automatically post your new posts on the twitter website.
MailPress Allows you to send beautiful emails with style ! Last release for WordPress 2.6.x
Exclude Pages from Navigation Provides a checkbox on the editing page which you can check to exclude pages from the primary navigation.
Google XML Sitemaps This plugin will generate a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO.
Google Analytics for WordPress A free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about the visitors to a website.
Sociable Automatically add links on your posts, pages and RSS feed to your favorite social bookmarking sites.
One Click Plugin Updater Provides single-click plugin upgrades in WP 2.3 and up, visually marks plugins that have update notifications enabled, allows to easily install new plugins
Page Flip Image Gallery Flipping Book plugin helps you to create Image Gallery with Page Flip effects on your WordPress blog.
Codestyling Localization You can manage and edit all gettext translation files (*.po/*.mo) directly out of WordPress Admin Center without any need of an external editor.
WordPress PDA & iPhone This plugin helps the users to view your blog in a pda and iPhone browser. iphone is still in beta testing state. Soon more updates will follow.
Platinum SEO Pack Platinum SEO Plugin offers Complete onsite SEO solution for your WordPress blog.Platinum SEO Plugin offers all the functionalities of All In One SEO
Last.Fm Records This plugin shows cd covers for cds your listened to, according to last.fm. It can behave as a widget.
Interactive Video Plugin Easily add full interactive video capabilities to your blog.
Embedded Video Easy embedding of videos from lots of portals or local video files of many file formats with optional generation of a corresponding link.
All in One Video Pack Easily add full video capabilities to your blog.
Adminimize Visually compresses the administratrive header so that more admin page content can be initially seen. Also moves ‘Dashboard’ onto the main administrative menu
Add to Any Subscribe Button Helps readers subscribe to your blog using any feed reader or feed emailer.
WordPress Flickr Manager Handles uploading, modifying images on Flickr, and insertion into posts.
WPlite WordPress, without the fat.
Quick Shop QuickShop has two shopping-cart widgets, automatically adds buttons to your posts, and includes a TinyMCE editor button.
WP YouTube WP YouTube now supports a profile editor, where you can set up different settings, but only one profile is needed for all your YouTube videos.
Flash Video Player The flash video plugin for WordPress allows the addition of video (and other media) to a WordPress website using standards-compliant markup
Smartlinker Smartlinker is a toolbar on the WordPress TinyMCE editor that enables you to hyperlink words and phrases in your blog.
Featurific For WordPress An effortless but powerful interface to Featurific Free, the featured story slideshow. (Similar to the ‘featured’ widget on time.com, msn.com
Add Me Dichev Renders social bookmark buttons after the post. Bulgarian social networks are included too. For the full networks list see the plugin details.
Events Create a list with events/appointments/concerts/future happenings and show them on your site. Includes optional widget and advanced page options.
Category Page Use pages as category archive header, or list some posts from a category into a post/page.
All in One Adsense and YPN Automatically insert Google Adsense ads or Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN) ads in to your posts on the fly.
Emo Vote Encourage your users by letting them express their feelings by “emoting” rather than voting.
Picturesurf Gallery Picturesurf Gallery allows you add an image gallery to your blog post in seconds.
RelatedPosts This WordPress plugin provides multiple options to show the via tags related posts of a post (for example via a sidebar widget).
ComicPress Manager ComicPress Manager ties in with the ComicPress theme to make managing your WordPress-hosted Webcomic easy and fast.
Plugin Manager View, download and install plugins from WordPress.org Plugin Database from an AJAX’ed interface with a single click of the mouse.
Easy Admin Color Schemes The Easy Admin Color Schemes plugin allows users to easily customize the colors of the administration interface for WordPress.
Category Icons The No. 1 plugin to assign icons to categories.
WP Page Numbers A simple paging navigation plugin for users and search engines. Instead of next and previous page it shows numbers and arrows. Settings available.
Yawasp – Yet Another WordPress Anti Spam Plugin To block Spambots this Plugin replaces the names of the default comment form fields with random names.
XmasB Quotes Add random quotes with image to your WordPress blog with this widget.
WP-SimpleViewer Add SimpleViewer Flash image galleries to your posts and pages. Easy to use and several options to make it fit your needs.
BBcode BBcode for your WordPress Blog, but with an easy to use editor.
Quote Rotator Creates widget for adding quotes (or other content) on the sidebar. Content will rotate through.
Invite Friends This plugin give the ability to anyone how registered to your blog, to invite more people, even if the registration is closed.
wpSearch wpSearch is a very powerful search plugin for WordPress. It is based on the open source search engine “Lucene” which means its fast and relevant.
Organizer You can use this plugin to view, copy, rename, delete, resize image and get html code of files in upload folder.
PlugInstaller Install and uninstall plugins from your admin interface without uploading the plugins via FTP and automatically check for plugin updates.
MyCaptcha Allows you to display a captcha on your comment form to avoid spam.
Custom widgets With this plugin, you can configure where widgets are displayed on a per post or per WP Template(Using conditional Tags) basis.
WP-PluginsUsed Display WordPress plugins that you currently have (both active and inactive) onto a post/page.
Daiko’s Text Widget Adds a text widget that is capable of displaying php-code. Conditional tags are included to specify where to show.
WP-Crontrol WP-Crontrol lets you take control over what’s happening in the WP-Cron system.
TGFI.net SEO Override titles, descriptions and keywords with page/post level input. Designed for use with WordPress as a CMS with the blog not on the homepage.
List of Posts from each Category plugin for WordPress Displays a list of the post titles in each category.
Wp-UnitPNGfix This plugin includes the `unitpngfix.js` javascript file if the browser is IE6 or lower.
WP-Hashcash Client-side javascript blocks all spam bots. XHTML 1.1 compliant.
Downloads Manager This Plugin adds a simple downloads manager to your blog.
WP Easy Uploader Easily upload any type of content without the need for FTP. You can even upload plugin and theme archives, and the files will be extracted for you.
outbrain A WordPress plugin to deal with the Outbrain blog posting rating system.
diggZ-Et Automatically displays a “digg” button for each post. Full admin options available. Can hide buttons in several ways.
WP CSS GZIP and strip whitespace from your CSS files. Add specific CSS files to post/pages.
p2pConverter This plugin allows you to easily convert a post to a page and vice versa through an easy to use interface.
Google News Displays news items from selectable Google News RSS feeds, inline, as a widget or in a theme. Multiple feeds allowed.
Meet Your Commenters Displays web pages and social networks’ profiles of your commenters in the dashboard.
FV Community News Let Users Submit News To Your Site.
WP-Vidavee Easily upload and publish video in your WordPress blog.
Baltic Amber Themes & Schemes With Baltic Amber Themes & Schemes easily create unique color schemes for your WordPress administration panel and adjust to your preferences.
Site Maintenance Puts the site into maintenance mode by sending a ‘503 Service Unavailable’ status to all unauthenticated clients.
Quick SMS Quick SMS allows visitors to your blog pages to send you SMS messages direct to your mobile phone, wherever you are.
WP-ShortStat Track your blog stats. Visit Dashboard|ShortStat. Based on Shaun Inman’s ShortStat and Jeff Minards’s plugin wp-shortstat 1.2.
Galleria WP Galleria WP is a multi functional image gallery plugin for WordPress2.5. Galleria WP uses jQuery Javascript frameworks.
Favorites Menu Manager Control what goes into the favorite actions menu in WordPress 2.7+
SociBook Adding social bookmarking links to your blog!
Clker.com clip art Search and add Clker.com clip art images to your posts.
Auto BlogRoll Instantly generates a auto blogroll page for WordPress blogs based on the active theme.
Disable WordPress Plugin Updates Disables the plugin update checking and notification system.
Snow and more Snowflakes (and more) falling down your blog! Inspired by the unforgettable xsnow.
GoStats for WordPress Use the powerful GoStats counter and reporting engine in your blog easy to install. Now with Optional Map Widget!
Nofollow Case by Case Say no to nofollow but without losing control for comment links, pingbacks and trackbacks. Apply nofollow to your follow links wherever you like.
WP Opt-in Collect e-mail addresses from users with a simple form. Send them an e-mail automagically.
Shockingly Simple Favicon A shockingly simple favicon for your site. Put a favicon in your site without messing with themes code.
WordPress Multibox Plugin This plugin brings the great Multibox from phatfusion to your blog images.
Nofollow Reciprocity mproves your blog pagerank and search engines rankings (search engine optimization).
Anonymous WordPress Plugin Updates Anonymizes the data transmitted during plugin update check.
Berri Personalized Care This plugin for WordPress will give up to four personalized messages depending on the origin of the visitors of your blog.
Share+ by Grouptivity Not just another sharing plugin. Share+ gives readers a simple way to save, share and discover your top content with friends, family and co-workers.
LastPostsImage This WordPress plugin provides a customizable image always showing the last posts of your blog.
WP-Chop NEW! Customizable Chinese seal chop widget for WordPress. Any colors.
My Custom Widgets Plugin to create your own custom widgets .
Theme Switcher Reloaded Theme Switcher Reloaded is an updated and much improved version of the original themeswitcher. Comes with a widget and can also switch themes via URL.
TreeMagic-Cypress This software package is released by Ambient Webs LLC under the Creative Commons license: Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported.
MEMEdex Polls This plugin allows simple embedding of MEMEdex flash polls into your WordPress posts, or into your sidebar, by using a short tag.
TimesURL.at Sociable Plugin Automatically add links on your posts to popular South African and International social bookmarking sites.
GZippy GZippy re-enables gzip compression under WordPress.

Page Links To or Points To – WordPress Plugin

I came across a cool plugin that is really easy to use when you want something in your menu or navigation to point to another URL instead of a page within your site.

Page Links To allows you to point WordPress pages or posts to a URL of your choosing. Good for setting up navigational links to non-WP sections of your site or to off-site resources.

After installing and activating your plugin, just go to the page you want to edit and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Just fill out the form show below to tell it where you want that page to point.

Get the Page Links To Plugin here.  Let me know if this helps with your WordPress Blog.

Page Links to Plugin for WordPress
Page Links to Plugin for WordPress

WordPress Widget List






Please visit our 100 popular WordPress Plugins List also.

Below are some to the most popular widgets for WordPress. WordPress Widgets are also known as “sidebar accessories” which are WordPress Plugins or add-ons to your WordPress blog sidebar. WordPress Widgets allow the easy addition of design elements, gadgets, content, images, and more to your WordPress sidebar to personalize your blog without knowing HTML, PHP, or any code. Many WordPress Plugins now come with a Widget version to allow easy addition to the sidebar.
30Boxes – display events on your 30Boxes Calendar. Requires PHP 5.
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A Yahoo SiteExplorer Widget – Yahoo Site Explorer Badge widgetized for wordpress – great free sidebar tool shows accurate inlinks to your blog. See demo at Yahoo Badge Widget Demo
About Me Widget – Add an ‘About Me’ with image/blurb/links to your sidebar.
Accessibility Widget – allow visitors to text size and stylesheet
Active Discussions – Display posts with currently active discussion threads
Ad Rotator – enter, then rotate, multiple HTML entries separate by <!–more–>
Add to Any Subscribe Widget – Lets readers subscribe to your blog using any feed reader, such as Google Reader, My Yahoo!, Netvibes, Pageflakes, and all the rest. The Subscribe button comes with a drop-down menu that appears on rollover.
AddThis Sidebar Wiget – AddThis feed subscription and social bookmarking buttons
Adsense Widget for WordPress – controls color, size, h2 of adsense ad
AmR Upcoming Events – very configurable, handles multiple ical feeds
Apple Trailer – show random movie trailers from apple.com with movie poster
Around This Date In The Past – shows x years ago entries/posts
Associative Dictionary – create and show personal dictionary
Auto Tag Widget – intelligently tag and link your blog, automatically.
AvFuel – allows entry and display of latest AV fuel prices
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Battlefield 2 Stats – outputs your Battlefield 2 profile statistics
Berri YouTube Gallery – gives you possibility to show a YouTube video gallery with customized appearance on your sidebar and all you need is to write the video URLs in the widget control panel. There is no need to register or to get YouTube API.
BDP Comments — more options than the built in “recent comments” widget
BDP List Widget is a general purpose sidebar widget for a list of user-defined text and links. It could be used to create an index or directory for your blog. Up to 9 different lists can be created. Lists must have less than 15 elements.
BDP RSS Aggregator — widgetized for WordPress version 2.2
BDP Setup — a list of all the active plugins on the sidebar
BidVertiser – displays BidVertiser text ads
Bitty Browser – Bitty is the little browser that goes on any Web page, like Picture-in-Picture for the Web. Add navigable Web content by URL, RSS feeds, Podcasts, OPML files, or use it with services like Flickr, del.icio.us, Digg, Bloglines, Google, etc.
BlogBlogs.com.br Favorites – add a list of ths blogs you added as favorites to you sidebar
Bloggrrr.com – allows visitors to rate your site with the bloggrrr.com service
Bookmarks Display Widget – Allows users to modify how the bookmark links are displayed in the sidebar. You can change the title, number of bookmarks displayed, sort order and sortby field.
Breukie’s Archive Widget
Breukie’s Calendar Widget
Breukie’s Category Widget
Breukie’s Links Widget
Breukie’s Pages Widget
Brians Latest Comments – widgetized and configurable Brians Latest Comments Plugin
Broadband Speed Checker – Widget for measuring internet connection speed. Flash widget with customizable design.
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Cached Widget – template widget for caching widget content
Category Cloud Widget – Adds a sidebar widget to display the categories as a tag cloud.
Category Replacement – enhance version of automattic version
Charts @ kekova.ca – display charts in sidebar
Charts @ chart.dk – show chart.dk counter in sidebar
Chitika eMiniMalls – register then make money with display of Chitika eMimiMall
claimID – list recent claimID links
Coastr – display your list of favorite beers and pubs from coastr.com
coComment widget – display coComments conversations
Compete – Adds Compete stats to the sidebar
Contact – Adds a contact form to the sidebar
Coppermine – display random image from Coppermine
Custom Pages – control Pages sort order, sort field, and depth of nesting
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Daiko’s Text Widget – Adds a sidebar widget to display text, includes php-code capability. Includes conditional tag testing to specify where to display. The widget is basically an extension of the Execphp widget by Otto at http://ottodestruct.com. Conditional Tags supported.
Daiko’s Video Widget – Display random videos from MySpace, YouTube and Google Video in your sidebar(s). Conditional Tags supported.
Daiko’s YouTube Widget – Display a pre-defined number of YouTube videos as thumbnail images and play them in a pop-up ThickBox window or a VideoPlayer Widget (included and integrated). Conditional Tags supported.
del.icio.us cached++ – Create a list of the latest bookmarks on a del.icio.us account, from its RSS feed
Digg – Displays your latest dugg items
Digitally Imported – display Digitally Imported di.fm channels
Doogate Search – search your site with Doogate.com
Dropdown Archives – drop-down access to archives
Dropdown Links – drop-down access to links
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Ensiklonesia – display information about Indonesia
Evangelische Termine Widget – shows events of http://www.evangelische-termine.de
EventCalendar3 – ajax calendar & upcoming event list
ExecPHP – text widget that allows PHP code to be executed (WordPress 2.0-2.3.3)
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Feedburner – subscribe to blog via Feedburner
Flickr Badge Widget – display your flickr photos in the sidebar
Flickr Widget – same widget that www.wordpress.com uses
flickr RSS Widgets – display flickr Photos on sidebar
Flickr Photo Album – display Flickr album sets
FlickerRSS – display Flickr photos; requires flickrRSS Plugin
Flickr Spinnr – display Flickr photos in rotating cube
Flickr Tag Cloud Widget – display a link tag cloud from your Flickr account
Folded Pages – collapsible Pages list
Folding Categories List – collapsible categories list
Fortune Widget – Fortune widget (Random Quotes), with some simple customizations and easy install.
FPLogin – admin login based on Michael Hampton’s hack
Free Music Widget – Display music from the unsigned band web on your blog
Fresh Comments – display recently approved comments with configuration panel to control how recent comments are displayed.
FreshTags for WordPress
Fuzzy Recent Comments – displays recent comments
Fuzzy Recent Links – displays recent links
Fuzzy Recent Posts – displays recent posts
Fuzzy Recent Updates – displays recently update posts, comments, links
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GeneralStats – counts the number of users, categories, posts, comments, pages, links, tags, link-categories, words in posts, words in comments and words in pages.
GeoURL Sidebar – displays site GeoURL
GetWeather – works alongside the GetWeather plugin by Jeff Minard
Gabbly Chat– let users chat using Gabbly Chat box
Get Recent Comments – display excerpts of the most recent comments and/or trackbacks with customizable formatting
GoodSearch WordPress Widget – Add a search form for GoodSearch with a preset charity id
Google Maps Widget – display your location with Google Maps as a widget
Google AdSense widget – color, size and h2 title of your AdSense widget are all fully customizable from within the WordPress Presentations tab
Google AdSense – specifically designed to insert Google Ads in the sidebars
Google Calendar – shows entries from your Google Calendar
Google MapSearch – AJAX Google Map Search embedded in the sidebar.
Google Reader – Lists latest Google Reader shared posts
Google VideoSearch – AJAX Google Video Search embedded in the sidebar.
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HEMiDEMi – bookmarks widget
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I Read Straight – show link to Amazon book read
IFrame Widget – adds an IFrame widget to display any other webpage
IM Online – display your AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, Jabber (inc. Google Talk) and ICQ online status
Incoming Links – Who Link Here – Shows incoming links on your sidebar. Using for it the Technorati API or Google Blog Search.
Infocon – display InfoCon internet stability feed
Irrepressible – widget to display data from http://irrepressible.info/
Irrepressible.Fragment – display fragments of censored infromation from Amnesty International.
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Jangl – Talk with the readers of your Blog without giving out your phone number
JAW Duplicate Widgets – allows you to duplicate widgets in the same or different sidebar
JAW Popular Post – displays data from Alex King’s Popularity Contest plugin
Joe’s Quotes Widget – allows you to have a quote and a picture of the character who is quoted.
Joe’s Subscription Widget – displays blog subscription options
jsCharts 1.0 – display Last.fm Charts
jsScrobbler 1.0 – displays the Last.fm Track played most recently (based on modified version of F.Krieners Scrobbler Plugin)
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keywords-tagcloud – displays a tag cloud using keywords from the jeromes-keywords plugin
King Calendar – helps display up to 10 calendar widgets. Also supports the EventsCalendar plugin.
King Categories – acts a front-end to the abilities of the list_cats function
King Links – various options for controlling and displaying Links.
King Login – handles WordPress login with various options
King Search – advanced search
King Text – supports php or HTML in a widget
King Widget Framework – not really a widget but rather a framework for working with widgets
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Last.fm – last.fm music charts as a graphic in your sidebar
Last.fm Adds the new version of the chart. Customizable color and type.
Lazyest Gallery Thumbs Slideshow – randomly rotates Lazyest Gallery thumb images — [site down]
The LeftyBlogs Widget – Add a local LeftyBlogs.com blogroll widget to your sidebar
Lib Dem Buttons – add UK Lib Dem campaign buttons
LinkBlock Widget – display links in customizable ‘blocks’.
Links List – simple replacement for links widget
List Authors – display a list of authors linking to the authors.php page
Live Search – Live search engine without refresh
Lovelybooks – Share your bookshelf
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MeCommerce – displays MeCommerce product listings
Meebo Embed Widget – embed your meebo widgets on the sidebar
MovieWidget – sidebar widget to randomly display a thumbnail from your DVD collection
MSNStatus – shows MSN Messenger status based on W2MStatus
My Bloglines Widget – display Bloglines subscriptions
MyBlogLog Community Widget – Show the communities you are in at MyBlogLog
MyBlogLog Widget – displays the MyBlogLog Recent Readers Widget (with all options)
myStatus – displays customized status information and requires the myStatus plugin
MyTwitter – displays a user’s Twitter updates (tweets)
My Widget – Display text or other information about yourself. The source code is available and information about creating widgets.
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Netflix Widget – calls Albert Banks Netflix plugin to display information from your Netflix account
Now Reading scroll down on that page to see the widget version
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Odeo Podcast Plugin Embed Odeo Podcast on wordpress blog.
OPML Blogroll – Blogroll from a hosted OPML file
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Parent Pages – Lists a subpage’s parent pages
Paypal Donate Widget – Display donate form in your sidebar
phJoomla Latest Entries – show your Frontpage Joomla Articles or your latest created/changed Articles.
phphp Latest Entries v1.0 – shows you the latest phpbb Forum entries
phtechnorati Jscript – show Technorati Jscript
PHP Code Widget – text widget that allows PHP code to be executed (WordPress 2.5 and up)
Picasa Web Albums – Add thumbnails of your Picasa Web Albums to your sidebar.
Plugins used Plugin – Widget – List all your activated plugins in your sidebar (based on “Plugins used Plugin” from Andrew Chen)
PMSbyRSS (OUTLOOK) – display list of your weekly [OUTLOOK]
PostRank Top Posts Widget – Show your best posts based on metrics from PostRank
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Quick SMS – allow visitors to send SMS messages to your mobile device
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Random Fortune – displays a random fortune from the fortune database
Random Simplegal Image – displays a random image from your install anywhere on your page
RawSugar – display RawSugar feed of blog tags
RevenuePilot – generate RevenuePilot ads
Reddit Widget Reddit Posts
Reddit – Displays your liked stories (on reddit.com)
RS Event – A really easy way of listing upcoming events. Just attach the time and date to the event’s post using the editor sidebar.
Rudd-O’s Wordspew – shoutbox based on Andrew Sutherland’s Jalenack Wordspew
Run For Cover – based on username, retreives the cds you listened to recently from Last.fm, finds the cover images at Amazon and displays the CD covers.
Ryboe Tag Cloud – quickly place a tag cloud in your sidebar using category tags
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Scrobbler – Displays various Audioscrobbler / Last.fm information (Recent Music, Top Albums, …) in an AJAXified Widget, autoreloading itself, to keep your visitors informed (check the link to see an example).
Scrobbles – retreive and display Audioscrobbler data where you wish.
Search Widget with Title – This search widget comes with an optional h3 widget title and allows you to control the search button text, as well as giving you more control over styling.
Show coComments – display unordered list of comments on the coComment service
Sidebar Login – allows login then redirect to point user logged in from.
Sideblog – display 1 or 2 sentences (asides) of posts
Simple Counter – A simple stat counter. Requires WP-ShortStat
Simple Recent Comments – widgetized version of Raoul’s Simple Recent Comments
Site Meter Widget – Get the benefits of thte full free version of Site Meter while just using the username of your Site Meter account.
Skype button Widget – Adds a customizable Skype “Call me” button to your WordPress Sidebar (Based on “Skype Button” plugin from Anti Veeranna)
Spicypage Sidebar Widget – Display your spicypage vote stats using a sidebar widget.
Stickam Chat Room Image – display image of Stickam Chat Room participants
Stickam WordPress Sidebar Widget – to display Stickam Where Am I, Active Chat Rooms, and Friend Tracker
Stock Quotes – display your favorite stock quotes
Subscribe2 – widget access to Subscribe2 plugin
Subscribe me! widget and plugin to subscribe to services
Swicki – a customizable search engine that learns from your community&apos;s search behavior
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Tag Cloud display a tag cloud from keywords created with Jerome’s Keywords plugin
theFreeDictionary content – Display free content from theFreeDictionary.com. Widgets for Quote of the Day, Word of the Day, Article of the Day, This Day in History, and Today’s Birthday.
TheGoodBlogs – Allows bloggers to promote other good bloggers
Theme Switcher – designed to add the Theme Switcher plugin by Ryan Boren as a Widget.
Theme Switcher Widget – designed to add the Theme Switcher plugin by Ryan Boren as a Widget. Allows you to configure theme list as either a list or dropdown.
Theme Widget – simplifies adding Widgets to Themes
TimeZoneCalculator – calculates different times and dates in timezones with respect to daylight saving on basis of utc.
Top 10 Posts – widget support for Top 10 Posts plugin
tppSidebarPageSections – Enables the creation of unlimited widgets through the admin interface – Create NAMED text widgets and named Widgets containing links to pages (and page children)
TradeTracker – Widget to put TradeTracker Ads on your WordPress Sidebar.
Translate – allow visitors to translate your blog
Technorati Incoming Links Widget – displays the incoming links to your blog, using technorati
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Upcoming Events – displays a list of upcoming events that can be aggregated from many different iCal feeds.
On-line users list – show the loggedin users list in WordPress side bar.
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Verse of the Day – places the verse of the day (biblegateway.net) in your sidebar
Verse-O-Matic – Have a scripture verse appear on your sidebar. Four display settings – random every page load, random daily, show a list by date, or static until you change it.
VirtualPlantz Widget – get a virtual plant at http://www.virtualplantz.com/ and add it to your sidebar with the VirtualPlantz widget.
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Wayback Widget – displays old posts (e.g. this week last year) and requires cg_wayback plugin
Weather – displays weather from wunderground.com
Weatherpixie – displays weather from Weatherpixie.com
WhatPulse – displays your whatpulse.org type/click data
Who Link Here – displays incoming links from Google Blog Search and Technorati
WhoLinked – displays sites linking to you in real time
Valid Widgets Plugin – really a plugin that corrects widget validation
Widgetized Democracy – polling widget requires Andrew Sutherland’s Demoracy AJAX Poll plugin
WB Stats – displays Last.fm current playing track, Project Dolphin stats, myStatus and WP-UserOnline information.
Wholinked – displays sites linked to your blog.
WordPress Search Plus – customized search form
Word Stats – display various blogs statistics
Worldtime – choose three places and display the current date and time
WP Bookmarking Widgets – allow people to subscribe to your blog via Google Reader, myYahoo, myAOL, and more.
WP-chgFontSize – allows users to change dynamically the font size by adding a text or image selection on your blog.
WP-DOPPLR – displays your DOPPLR information on your blog.
WP e-Commerce Lite – widgetized shopping cart application
WPG2 Image – display Gallery2 images
WPG2 Image Block – control Gallery2 images
WPG2 Search – a simple search bar for Embedded Gallery2 (WPG2)
WPG2 Search Block – lets users search the blog or the embedded gallery from a single search bar
WP Microformats collect hCard and hCalendar data
WP-Backlinks – a widget for trading backlinks to increase your pagerank
WP Polls – a widget for WP Polls plugin
WP Stats – display selected statistics
WP UserOnline – display users on-line
WP Weather Widgets – Display your local weather forcast
XBox Live Gamercard – places your mygamercard.net service in your sidebar
Clock widget for wordpress – displays your clock in your sidebar
Mon.Itor.Us – free website and web server monitoring service allows to monitor your website performance and availability.
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Xiti – Display the Xiti audience logo and give you goods stats on your visitors.
XmasB Quotes – Display random quote with or without an image in your sidebar.
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Youlicit Related Links – Display related sites to any outgoing link on your blog when a reader hovers over it.
YouTube Favorite Videos – display your favorite YouTube videos
YouTube – Display a YouTube video in your sidebar with option to autoplay.
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WordPress – Best Themes and Plugins

Thanks for stopping by Michele’s radio show today. Below are some of the tips we discussed on the show for setting up your WordPress blog. Our wish is that you have a successful and abundant 2009 and that your business exceeds all of your expectations.  Best wishes for 2009!

Two Chicks Creating – BlogTalkRadio.com

Date: Monday, January 19, 2009

@ProsperityGal (Michele on Twitter)
http://blogtalkradio.com/twochickscreating

@Deauxmain (Bruce on Twitter)
http://www.deauxmain.com

Must Have Plugins to Start Your WordPress Blog:

Recommended WordPress Themes:

  • Revolution2 – Professional WordPress Themes (These are the ones I have been using)
  • WordPress Remix – Premium Theme that offers WordPress as CMS experience
  • One Theme – Premium WordPress Themes
  • WooThemes – Premium WordPress Themes (also have some FREE themes)
  • iThemes – Premium WordPress Themes
  • WordPress Themes – 542 FREE themes last time I checked

Recommended Web Hosting

Bluehost ->


Good Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Information

seomoz.org – The Web’s Best SEO Resources – Tons of SEO information and tools. You will need to sign up for a free account.

Link Building Notes of an SEO Kindergartner – 19 pages filled with highly effective link building tactics shared by the coolest Mozzers

  • Where to look for links
  • How to get links


Using Voice Recognition or Speech Recognition Software for Blogging in WordPress

Most people speak over 120 words per minute but type less than 40 words per minute. What if you could speak your blog, instead of typing it. Think about using speech recognition or voice recognition software to make blogging easier. Once your software has been set up and trained to recognize your voice patterns, you can use it to dictate your blog posts. It learns to recognize your voice instantly and continually improves the more you use it.  This can dramatically speed up the time it takes to get new posts up. Speech recognition software can type up to 160 WPM (words per minute) with 99% accuracy. Not too shabby, so give it a try.


Screen Capture and Making Tutorials for WordPress

There are many times that you may want to take a screenshot of something to put in your WordPress blog or on your website. You may also want to find a way to make short tutorials, whereby you can record video of onscreen action, showing your users exactly what you’re doing. Well, I’ve found a great tool for doing just that. It’s called Jing. Jing is a free application that allows you to make screen captures or even video tutorials in 5 minute increments. Your captures or videos can be saved to  your local hard drive or uploaded to Screencast.com. This software is made by TechSmith…the makers of Camtasia Studio. I love this application and encourage you to try it out to see for yourself.

  • JingProject.com – Free software that adds visuals to your online conversations.
  • Screencast.com – a TechSmith solution for business and academic professionals looking to manage and share videos, images, documents, or anything else online.


How to Keep Your Video Camera Steady – Even When You Are Moving

All to often we see videos that people make that would be pretty good videos, but the camera is so shaky it makes us drunk just to watch it. Steadicams (or camera stabilizers) are attachments used to capture smooth looking video even when the camera and camera operator are in motion. The camera operator may walk (or even jog), move through tight hallways and doorways, and even climb up and down stairs without shaking the camera.

There are professional video stabilizers on the market to remedy this situation…but they ain’t cheap. One is called Steadicam, and starts around $1500. Well, I found a way to make great videos without spending an arm and a leg on a solution to make your camera steady. It’s called Steadycam, and you can make one yourself for under $14.00.  Johnny Chung Lee has a website devoted to showing you exactly what you’ll need to build it, and then shows exactly how to build it for under $14. Johnny does an excellent job and his design is brilliant. If you are not the handyman type, you can purchase the complete Steadycam for $39.95 from Johnny’s site…still a great deal. So check out the Steadycam and start making smooth moving videos today.


WordPress How it Can Make or Break Your Business 2009

OK, by now you should have realized that I’m sold on WordPress as the blogging tool of choice if you want to get found by the most popular search engines. WordPress blog design can be used to make any website more search engine friendly, and WordPress template customization can give your site a unique look that conveys your branding.  So I wanted to let you know about an upcoming radio show that I’ll be interviewed on. It’s with TwoChicksCreating on BlogTalkRadio.com.

BlogTalkRadion.com/TwoChicksCreating
Date / Time: 1/19/2009 11:00 AM
Category: Business
Call-in Number: (646) 929-0675

Bruce Soileau from http://www.deauxmaingroup.com will be out guest today sharing the basics that come up for everyone even after they have started with using WordPress for their blog. We will discuss the plugins you will want to use, themes-paid vs free, the advantages and disadvantages of sidebars, widgets when they make you pull your hair out, the little things that look good and you can do for yourself. Bruce will share a formula on when to know it is time to call for help in wordpress so you are not wasting your time trying to fix something you need a professional for and can focus on generating income.

Please join us then to discuss WordPress and how it can make or break your business in 2009. I look forward to seeing you there.  If you have a burning WordPress question, please leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Social bookmarking plugin for WordPress

Learning how to use social media optimization in your WordPress blog can be a key strategy in getting your site the traffic you desire.  I recently came across a good social bookmarking plugin for WordPress. It’s really easy to set up and it’s one that allows your readers to actually help you get bookmarked. The Sociable plugin has so many bookmarking options that it can be overwhelming. Google, Digg, LinkedIn, Technorati, Twitter, Facebook, del.icio.us, and Propeller are just a few of the many choices you have to choose from. Don’t give your readers too many bookmarking options, as it will probably confuse them more than help them.

Below is a screenshot of the bookmarking options:

Sociable bookmarking plugin with options - dont choose too many
Sociable bookmarking plugin with options - don't choose too many

You can also view it (or use it) at the bottom of this post.

The Sociable plugin is just one of the many tools that WordPress users can add to their blog to help with social bookmarking optimization. Please let me know if you use this tool or find it useful.