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Plugin Review: “Top 10”

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Ajay D’Souza has done it again and brought fellow WordPress users another much needed plugin called Top 10. This plugin counts daily/total visits per post and displays the most popular posts based on the number of views. Now you might just smirk and say that this is just another popular post plugin, but if you continue reading, I will go over how this plugin is different from many other popular posts plugins.

What’s special about Top 10?

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Released WP Greet Box 4.6

WP Greet Box Import ExportWP Greet Box version 4.6 is here!

What’s new this release?

This version of WP Greet Box has a few minor enhancements.

  1. Added ability to import and export all WP Greet Box options (including greeting messages).
  2. Added option to disable CSS for manual CSS management.
  3. Enhance upgrade procedure. Now all you have to do is visit any admin page after every upgrade.

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Released Buy Sell Ads WP Plugin 0.4

Buy Sell Ads Theme InsertionBuy Sell Ads WP Plugin version 0.4 is here!

What’s new this release?

This version of Buy Sell Ads WordPress plugin has a few minor enhancements.

  1. Now theme insertion can overwrite default “show ad here” and “nofollow” settings.
  2. Made a minor optimization by moving proxy to plugins_loaded hook.
  3. Automatic upgrading by visiting any wp-admin page instead of having to visit the Buy Sell Ads plugin page and click “Reactivate”.
  4. Fixed a few minor bugs.

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Use Custom Fields to Dynamically Display Content

You might have noticed that I have a post footer section on every one of my posts. What you might not have noticed is that this post footer changes depending on what type of post it is. For example on each of my plugin pages (e.g. SEO No Duplicate plugin), you will see that the footer looks like this:
Plugins Footer
But on each of my popular articles pages (e.g. Make Any Plugin Work with WP Super Cache), you will see that my footer looks like the following:
Articles Footer
Better yet, on any other posts, the footer shows:
Other Footer

In this post I will show you how to easily implement this feature on your WordPress blog.
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Make Any Plugin Work with WP Super Cache

I notice that a lot of people visit my blog because they want to get WP-PostViews or Popularity Contest plugin to work with a WordPress cache plugin like WP Super Cache. In this post I will show you the general technique I use to make (almost) any plugin compatible with WP Super Cache.

Understanding WP Super Cache

As you all may know, WP Super Cache when fully enabled works by saving a copy of the generated HTML file and using .htaccess to redeliver that same static file upon repeated requests. The benefit of this is obviously the time saving from the absence of PHP execution and database queries. This “feature” also has the side effect of staticizing any parts of the page that needs to be dynamic, such as:

  1. Statistics tracking: This includes things like page view counting/displaying and visitor tracking. Some plugins that do this are WP Post Views and Popularity Contest.
  2. Dynamic visitor targeting: This includes things like showing different content depending on who your visitor is. Some plugins that do this are What Would Seth Godin Do and Who Sees Ads.

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Released Buy Sell Ads WP Plugin 0.3

Buy Sell Ads 0.3Buy Sell Ads WP Plugin version 0.3 is here!

What’s new this release?

This version of Buy Sell Ads WordPress plugin has a few minor enhancements.

  1. The CSS properties for advertisements are now customizable. This should let you customize the advertisement to work with any website.
  2. The default “Advertise Here” placeholder box can now be disabled.
  3. Added check for cache directory permissions. (0.3.1)
  4. Added ability to nofollow advertisement links. (0.3.1)
  5. Added ability to disable anti-AdBlock (for performance). (0.3.1)
  6. Fixed known compatibility with WP Super Cache. (0.3.1)

A few people have been requesting these features, and I’ve brought it to you! Enjoy!

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Released WP Greet Box 4.5

WordPress and Tumblr Icons
WP Greet Box version 4.5 is here!

What’s new this release?

This version of WP Greet Box has a few minor enhancements.

  1. Now a there is a filter named “greet_box_text” available that lets you modify the greeting message before displaying to your visitors.
  2. Joost De Valk has submitted his two WordPress icons and I have added a default greeting message for WordPress referrers. (Thanks You Joost!)
  3. I have also added a Tumblr icon and its corresponding greeting message for Tumblr (disabled by default).

IMPORTANT

Don’t forget to deactivate then reactivate the plugin again to get the new default greeting messages.

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Released SEO No Duplicate Version 0.2

Canonical Custom FieldSEO No Duplicate WordPress plugin version 0.2 is here!

What’s new this release?

This version of SEO No Duplicate has two enhancements.

  1. Previously the plugin only supported automatically setting canonical URLs for only post pages. I know… crazy right? Thanks to Joost De Valk’s Canonical WordPress plugin, I was able to implement canonical links for all types of WordPress pages.
  2. The little icing on the cake. This version lets you manually override any post’s or page’s canonical URL by assigning any URL to that post/page custom field named “canonical”. (Thanks Matt Harzewski for the suggestion!)

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Automatically Deal With Duplicate Content in WordPress

The Official Google Webmaster Central Blog recently announced that they now support the ability for you to specify the preferred version of a URL. This means that following these guidelines will help you eradicate your site’s duplicate contents that Googlebot sees.

Why would you do such a thing? Simply because many black-hat SEO folks abuse duplicate content to gain search ranking and Google tries really hard to detect and penalize them. The last thing you want to do is present yourself as an SEO spammer to Google.

In the post, Google is saying that you can easily tell the Googlebot the preferred version of a page by specifying the following tag within your <head></head> tag:

<link rel="canonical" src="http://example.com/your/preferred/version/of/this/page"/>

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Released Buy Sell Ads WP Plugin Version 0.2

Buy Sell Ads optionsBuy Sell Ads WordPress plugin version 0.2 is here!

What’s new this release?

This version of Buy Sell Ads WordPress plugin has two minor enhancements.

  1. Previously the nonce key is automatically generated every time you visit the Buy Sell Ads plugin options page. Now the nonce key automatically regenerates every half hour by default and this interval is configurable. This enhancement helps combat people who visit your blog, comment “It took all of 2 seconds to block all ads from this site”, and run off. When they return more than half an hour later, they will see the advertisement again because the nonce key has changed.
  2. Previously advertisement URLs were redirected through the plugin’s proxy but most of the URL was still unshielded. Now the entire advertisement URL is encrypted into a random string. This enhancement combined with one above officially makes this plugin too smart for AdBlock Plus to figure out.

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