WPtouch Pro Review – Mobile Plugin for WordPress

Maybe not specifically related to content curation, but making sure your blog is mobile friendly is going to be a key.  Nice review at wpmayor describes how this premium plugin does it for you.  Of course the debate over responsive design versus a mobile specific version will go on for a while.

There are currently two options for mobile themes. The first is to have a responsive theme, which automatically adapts to the screen size it is being viewed upon. While this can be a great option for blogs with a straightforward design, many times it is unpractical for larger sites as it will slow down the sites (need to download all desktop content) and also make it very complex for the designer/developer to change things around depending on the device. There’s also the issue of excessive scrolling/too much content.

With a server side solution like WPtouch Pro you can offer a more streamlined solution that can create a specific mobile experience while maintaining optimal performance on any device.

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10 Plugins For Securing Your WordPress Based Website From Hackers

A nice list.  Haven’t tried all of them, but Akismet, Captcha and a backup are all worth it.  Will be trying some of the malware scanners.  If anyone has some experiences, please comment!

Oct 08

14 WordPress Content Marketing Plugins

14 WordPress Content Marketing Plugins

A great list of plugins to help with your original content as well as curated content.

content marketing plugins If you’re using WordPress for your small business website, you have access to thousands of WordPress content marketing plugins that can enhance your site’s functionality and effectiveness.

Nearly all companies engage in some form of content marketing. Whether you maintain a business blog, post articles on your website, use social media or combine these methods, there are WordPress content marketing plugins that can help you manage, promote and track your various content marketing strategies.

If you run a business blog, you can use the WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin (pictured below) to help you plan ahead for your posts [...]

Sep 17

WordPress Security Based on Facts and Statistics

Great article on how easy it is to scan a WP website, find out the user names and then try and break passwords.

WordPress has become a common target for malicious hackers because it is easy to break into. Just last year over 170,000 WordPress blogs and websites were hacked, and for 2013 the number of hacked WordPress sites is expected to increase even more.

Why is it so when WordPress itself is a very secure platform? Let’s have a look at some statistics from last year’s incidents and learn from them so your WordPress is not the next target. Learning from WordPress Hacking Facts

Below are the statistics from the 117,000 hacked WordPress sites reported during last year. I am using the [...]

Sep 07

Installing online site offline with WordPress Plugin Duplicator

Video tutorial number 2 on using the WordPress plugin Duplicator:
How to take an existing online site and backing it up to create a local/offline install using MAMP.

The first Duplicator video is about taking an offline/local site installing it online. It also goes a little more into detail on how to do things. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EhX55-507E

When I make bigger modifications to a site I use Duplicator to backup the site.
I download the Duplicator package and installer file. Then through MAMP create a local/offline site.

After having made the modifications that I need I have two good options as I see it:
1. Pack up the site with Duplicator and upload the package and installer to the domain that I am working with. Then reinstall the site on top of the existing site.
2. Take the modifications (perhaps a new child theme, updated CSS stylesheet, etc ) and add them to my online live site.

It is up to you to try it out and see what works for you.

This is not a support channel. I am not the creator of the plugin. If your having difficulty with technical aspects, I will suggest you to check out the support area of the plugin: http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/duplicator

May 29

How to Add Tables in WordPress Posts and Pages (No HTML Required)

How to Add Tables in WordPress Posts and Pages (No HTML Required)Your article writing and curation can sometimes use tables of data nicely formatted.  This can be hard to do even if you are good with CSS and HTML.  The TablePress plugin seems like a great option.  This article from Wpbegginer.com gives a nice step by step overview.  Using the plugin should be a very helpful if your content writing or curation includes data you need to format.

WordPress comes with a visual post editor which is nice, but there are certain things that it can not do. Creating tables is one of them. Tables are an important tool to sort and present data in an understandable format. Even though you can create tables by manually writing HTML and CSS inside your posts, it is not a feasible option for many specially if they lack the HTML and CSS knowledge. In this article, we will show you how to add tables in WordPress posts and pages. Best of all, you don’t need to know any HTML or CSS to add tables in WordPress using this tutorial.

May 10

Adding CSS for Content Curation posts

English: css example

For your curated posts, sometimes you just need to add a little CSS to make them stand out or highlight specific elements of your typical post.  I wrote a How To post on our MyCurator site discussing the format of your attribution link.  To make this work, you need to add CSS to your site to center and highlight the attribution link.

Many themes have a way to add some CSS for customizing your site.  If your theme doesn’t, then you might try the Custom CSS Manager plugin.  This is a really simple plugin for adding custom CSS to your site.

First you install it like any plugin.  Once its installed, you will see a new menu item in the Settings menu – Custom CSS Manager.  Click on this menu item and you get a simple page with an area for entering your CSS.

Thats it, just enter your custom CSS.  The editor doesn’t do any debugging or editing of your CSS.  When you save your changes, the CSS is live on your site.

The plugin doesn’t have any additional features such as adding CSS to specific posts or pages or any other way to limit the CSS.  Its up to you to make sure that the CSS you add doesn’t affect some other part of your site.  Just make   sure you use very specific selectors and add as little custom CSS as possible.

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May 01

How to Improve your Editorial Workflow in Multi-Author WordPress Blogs

editflowcustomstatusesI have spoken to several MyCurator clients who use the Edit Flow plugin for their multi-author sites.  In fact we added a fix to specifically save curated posts into the ‘immediately’ status so they show up appropriately in this plugin as a Draft post.  The review by WP Beginner is great as they are a large blog with a lot of contributors and are heavy users.

Managing multiple authors in a WordPress blog can be hectic. A good editorial workflow is essential for a multi-author blog to function smoothly. In this article, we will share a plugin that we have been using for quite sometime called Edit Flow. It empowers you to collaborate with your editorial team inside WordPress, create an organized editorial workflow, and increase productivity.

Apr 25

Social Networks Auto-Poster Plugin

SNAP

SNAP (Photo credit: AngSocialMed)

I had been using Jetpack’s publicize auto-post function for a while.  One big problem with it is that I like to schedule my curated posts using Editorial Calendar.  Unfortunately when I schedule the post, and then do any updates, Publicize shuts off the auto-post function to my social media accounts.  I guess its trying to protect me from re-posting to Twitter etc, but its fooled by the status or future date or something and just locks me out.

I’ve moved on to Social Networks Auto Poster from NextScripts.   This plugin is free if you are going to use just one account per social media, which covers most users (they say 95%).  To add more than 1 Twitter account, you’d have to get the Pro version.  Similarly, it seems Google+ is only available in the Pro Version.

The plugin works well and doesn’t seem to have any problem with scheduled posts.  The only drawback compared to Publicize is that you have to get an API key from each of your social media accounts.  Once you’ve signed up for a key, you have to copy and paste the keys and the ‘secrets’ into the SNAP set up screen for the account.

Its not hard to do, and they have a nice documentation page for each type of social media.  Its just a little time consuming compared to the easy set up of Publicize.

One nice feature is that after a post is published, you can re-post after you’ve made updates.  Even better, on some of your older posts that are ‘timeless’ you can just re-post to your social networks periodically, reminding people of them.  I think this plugin is going to work out well!

This plugin automatically publishes posts from your blog to your Social Network accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+(Google Plus), Blogger, Tumblr, LiveJournal, FriendFeed, DreamWidth, Delicious, Diigo, Instapaper, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Plurk, VKontakte(VK.com), YouTube, WordPress, etc. The whole process is completely automated. Just write a new post and either entire [...]

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Apr 18

A Review of the WordPress Plugin, SEO Friendly Images

Everyone uses images these days on their posts.  Many times though, its easy to overlook the title and alt tags on the image – and they can help with SEO if filled in.  When MyCurator finds images in an article, it attempts to capture the title and use these for both title and alt tag.  Unfortunately, for the same reason above, most images don’t have a title or if they do its just a number.

The SEO Friendly Images plugin makes updating these terms automatic.  All you have to do is assign a default title and alt tag, such as the post title, category and any other wording you want.  Its a lot like WP SEO, you enter strings such as %title or %tag.

When you go to the single post page of a post with an image, the image has your title and alt tags filled in automatically.  Now you don’t have to worry about remembering to do it yourself!  Take a look at the review from wphub linked below.

SEO can be improved in a number of ways, one of them being by adding alt and title attributes to site images. However, if you’re rushing through a post or focusing on another aspect, it can be easy to overlook the step of including alt and title.

Apr 11

A Better Post Update Tool for Content Curation

Merge Records Merch Giveaway!

Merge Records Merch Giveaway! (Photo credit: bradalmanac)

Have you ever wanted to make some changes to a post or page, but not have it go live yet?  Have you wanted to share the creation of a post, and then merge the ‘pieces’ into one at the end?  The post forking plugin is the tool to do that! Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 04

Fantasktic: Simple Support For Anything WordPress

Microsoft Global Technical Support Center

Microsoft Global Technical Support Center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I came across this service on WPDaily.  Because WordPress is so easy to get up and running at most hosting sites, you can easily be blogging or building up your site for months or years before any problems pop up.  Then when they do, you have no technical support to back you up.   I think this is where a service like Fantasktic could be very useful.  Rather than have to buy into a year contract, you get your technical problem fixed and then continue on with your normal work.

Fantasktic has, to my observation, chosen an interesting niche: one-time support for WordPress sites. Most support services offer a membership, subscription or monthly/yearly fee for continuous support which seems more traditional and from a customer’s vantage point, more safe.  I definitely respect Fantasktic for going into a specific niche and looking to make it work.

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