Category Archives: wordpress

A New Source For Finding Premium WordPress Themes



If you use WordPress to run your website or blog then you are probably always on the lookout for a new theme.  If you are serious about your site then you are willing to pay for a good theme.  The biggest problem isn’t the lack of WP themes out there, it’s how to find and compare them.  There’s a new resource online that is attempting to solve this issue.  It’s called ThemeSorter.

Although it just recently launched it already has an impressive catalog of themes (500+ as of this writing).  The layout is basic, making it easy to browse available themes in any of several different category types – formats, niches, colors, and styles to name a few.

If you look carefully you will even find an occasional freebie thrown in.  You can also find discount deals on a lot of the themes being offered.  It’s a great one-stop-shop for anyone looking to launch a new site or upgrade a growing one.


PowerPress Podcasting Plugin Updated



My team at RawVoice this morning released version 2.0 of the PowerPress Podcast plugin for WordPress. The work committed to this update was well over 1 month of coding. I have been running the beta here at Geek News Central for several weeks, and many of you have already commented on the new video player experience as being superior to what you have seen on other podcasters websites. Now that the update has been made available to the 80,000 podcaster worldwide we are excited to watch the implementation across the web.

Folks making video will want to check out the new HTML5 video player, WebM support and Embeds feature! PowerPress 2.0 provides an optimized viewing experience for the widest spectrum of hardware/software including  web browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari), mobile devices (e.g. iPhone, iPad, Android), and TV’s (e.g. Google TV, Roku, Boxee).

Some of the new features and enhancements include:

  • HTML5 video player
  • HTML5 audio player
  • Embeds your audience can take with them just like YouTube.
  • WebM video support
  • Ogg audio/video support improvements
  • MP4+WebM (for mp4/m4v video, a new alternative WebM URL field is available. This is ideal for supporting all browser based HTML5 video players)
  • Flow Player Classic can now play m4a audio and mp4/m4v video
  • New Video Player settings page added
  • Settings pages enhanced with new options such as location, frequency and T.V. options
  • Episode Entry box enhanced with new ‘isHD’ option when video entered into Media URL box
  • Episode Entry box now includes option to configure video player width/height on a per-episode basis
  • Upload image option added to supplement the video poster image field. Images are uploaded to the built-in image gallery in WordPress.
  • Plus a number of improvements

I have created a short video on some of the coolest features and hope you will take a few minutes to overview the update. Please note that the video embed below is from the actual posting on our official PowerPress site. No longer do we need Blip or YouTube we can share our content from our sites with the embed feature.

Make sure you Upgrade today!


3 WordPress Plugins You Should Have



There are many good WordPress plugins available out there.  Some allow you to track your site’s stats – like Google Analytics and Quantcast Quantifier.  Some may help generate traffic – like All In One SEO.  Some even help generate revenue like Quick Adsense and Amazon Best Selling Electronics.  Today I thought I would showcase three that get less attention, but also can do a great job for your site.

AddToAny: Share/Bookmark/Email Button

You may have seen the AddToAny plugin in action on many web sites.  It usually appears at the bottom of a post and looks similar to this:

It’s highly configurable as it allows you to choose from over 100 sites that you can have appear in the bar, choose from several options for the Share/Save button, where you want it to appear, menu style and options, etc.  It’s a great way to allow your readers to easily share your articles.

Yet Another Realated Posts Plugin

The Yet Another Realated Posts Plugin is a way of letting your readers find similar stories on your site that they may also be interested in.  Here it is in use on the MakeUseOf website’s RSS feed:

You can have this appear at the end of your articles on your site or in your RSS feed or both.  It scans your site in several ways – categories, keywords, and tags – and finds articles related to the one your are posting and puts links at the bottom of the article that can point readers to other posts they may be interested in.  It’s a great way to retain eyeballs.

Google XML Sitemaps

The Google XML Sitemaps plugin has a slightly misleading title.  I say that because XML sitemaps don’t just help Google, but also most other major search engines like Bing, Ask.com, etc.  It’s a little hard to explain so I’ll borrow from the WordPress description.

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.

As you can see from the description it makes your site more easily indexed, which is always a good thing.  It updates pretty regularly, but if you add a new post and are particularly anxious to get the word out then you can do a manual update.  The settings section will give you lots of data and options.

So, there are three of the many WordPress plugins that are out there.  These three focus on getting your site noticed and keeping people on it once they are there.  If you have a good one then please let us know in the comments section below.


Where Do You Find WordPress Themes?



For the past few days I have been scanning the net looking for a new WordPress theme for my own site.  There are a lot out there.  Just do a Google search if you don’t believe me.  Some are for purchase, but a lot are free.  Many of the sites are legit, but some are sketchy.

So the question is, how do you find legitimate content when it comes to something as generic as a WordPress theme?  If your computer-literate then you probably have a bit a intuition about sites you visit.  You may also have some help from services such as the Firefox add-ons – NoScript and Web of Trust.  But those are really just a belt to use with your suspenders.

Is there a way to really sort out the good content?  Back to my WordPress example, I have waded through pages of Google results, but found only a smattering of decent ones.  Some sites that show up high in the rankings don’t even pass the Web of Trust tests.  If it’s tough for a geek to figure out then that explains the amount of people who find their PC’s infected – or worse, don’t know their computers are infected.

That’s the discussion I’d like to have with all of the readers of this site.  I am not just looking for WordPress theme sites.  I am really looking for how all of you sort through results in a generic search and find the good stuff.  With Google returning thousands (or more) of hits and some of the less-than-savory sites rising up the rankings, how does anyone figure out where to go today?


Major WordPress Attack Underway!



If you are running an older version of WP version 2.8.3 or before you need to upgrade immediately. You risk having to re-install WordPress, this is a pretty major attack. If you host your blog at wordpress.com you are ok. This attack is reportedly growing by the hour.

Update:  Matt at WordPress and some remarks from Robert Scoble on how bad this Worm that is attacking older WordPress installs is!

Crux of this story here is you better have backups of your sites at all times!


WordPress Theme Link Scam Site!



Tonight I was working on a website I have not touched in years. I decided to install WordPress on it and went looking for a new theme. Being the Theme directory at WordPress is  useless in actually finding a topical theme I went to Search Google for WordPress Themes to see what other sites are out there.

I found a website with really nice themes that were free. Normally I have paid for each of my themes but I found a great one on the website. I downloaded it, and installed it in taking a close look at the page at the very bottom of the page I was shocked to see three linked url’s led to sites that I would never link to ever!. Here is what it looked like at the bottom of the browser window, believe me you do not want this on your website.

scamwp

Loading the theme editor and looking at the code in the Footer I found that the author had encrypted php at the bottom of the page. Needless to say alarm bells went off big time and I deleted the theme from the site.

Do not and I repeat do not download WordPress themes from wordpressthemesbase.com they are running a link farm scam in all of the themes I downloaded that will cause you a lot of harm when Google indexes your page.

You may get a free Theme but you will be pretty disappointed when your page rank goes to zero!


WordPress only Pinging Hourly?



Under the category of what was someone thinking!

When I read this morning that since the introduction of WordPress version 2.8 that WordPress only Pings sites once and hour I just could not believe. Can you imagine having the hottest news story of the year and when you publish your post that WordPress can wait as much as an hour before it pings the variety of sites telling them you have new content to be indexed.

This change was introduced obviously by someone that does not have a clue on how the real world web works these days. So a word of warning if you have published a couple of articles in a row and have a big scoop to publish you better post the scoop first so that it pings the quickest or hope someone comes out with a simple patch.

Note: PowerPress users do not need to worry we ping iTunes separately so this bug does not affect the updating of your show on iTunes.