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How to Discourage Visitors from Using AdBlock

How to disable AdBlockIf you are a new user and you use any form of advertisement blocking (e.g. AdBlock) on your browser, you would have been greeted with a neat little message saying “Doh! It appears that you are using AdBlock software…”.

The purpose of this post is to show you how to create such a message for your own website. I had this idea from a comment I found on one of my favorite blogs (Webmaster Source) regarding combating AdBlock.

Before I go on, let me say that I am not interested in discussing/debating the use and ethics of AdBlock software in depth in this post. I’m planning on writing a post with my research and data on the effects of discouraging AdBlock use in a later post, so let’s save that discussion for another time.   For now I would like you to evaluate the pros and cons of this mod and decide for yourself if you would like to install the mod or not.
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Weekend Links – Jan 1, 2009

Politically Correct Plugin Helps Save Swear Jar Money

DonkeyOne of my readers, Matt, contacted me the other day about a plugin that he has developed called “WordPress Politically Correct” plugin.  It’s a funny little plugin that changes some politically incorrect terms into euphemisms.  In other words, a good way to keep money out of that swear jar that you’ve been keeping.  Consider the following example.

This text:

So there was this bum harrasing this chick right? The guy was so drunk it wasn’t even funny. Next thing you know this huge, bald fireman comes to her rescue. He grabs the homeless guy and knocks him out cold. The poor soul looked dead, just lying there on the pavement. I know why the guy did it. The girl looked like a slut. He probably thought he was going to get some action. Yeah, she looked real easy.

will get converted to:
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Weekend Links – Dec 26, 2008

Lazy Blogging with Postalicious

Weekend Links ScreenshotYou guys have probably noticed [and hopefully found useful] my “Weekend Links” series that I post at the end of every week.  In this post, I would like to share my method of doing these posts quickly and efficiently.

Problem

I want to share my Google Reader shared items on a weekly links posts.  Generate these weekly links posts manually takes a lot of time.  Postalicious lets you do this all automatically, but the newer version of Postalicious was buggy for me when I tried it (2.5rc4 at the time).  Postalicious version 2.0rc6 has an option for you to use Google Reader, but this option is grayed out by default unless you overwrite one of the core WordPress files (rss.php).

Solution

I used version 2.0rc6, and got around modifying the core WordPress file by feeding my Google Reader feed through Yahoo! Pipes and then back to Postalicious.  Let’s go through the setup step by step. Read on…

Weekend Links – Dec 19, 2008

Are Premium WordPress Plugins/Themes Unethical?

GNU Public License MascottBecause of the recent commotion in the WordPress community about the ethics of selling premium WordPress themes, I would like to stir things up by voicing my opinion about this topic.

I know you are thinking, “Who are you? Why should I care what you have to say about it?” To tell you the truth I’m just a regular WordPress junkie who has written some successful plugins and articles on WordPress (and of course some unsuccessful ones). I believe that I’ve dealt with GNU Public License (GPL) enough to both love and hate it.

Background

You probably know that WordPress is an open source blogging platform licensed under GPL. This means that all derivative works and extensions (themes and plugins) are also forcefully licensed under GPL themselves.

GPL purists argue that it is definitely unethical to charge for premium offerings and license it under a different license. Others (like me) believe that this is a gray area and we cannot apply the GPL by the book to every plugin/theme here.

My take as a non-premium plugin/theme developer

Currently I do not develop any premium WordPress plugins or themes, but I still believe that not all premium WordPress plugins and themes are unethical. Here are my reasons why some of them are perfectly ethical (and legal): Read on…

Weekend Links – Dec 12, 2008

24 Free OMNICON Glossy Web 2.0 Icon Pack

Today I would like to release the OMNICON glossy web 2.0 iPhone type icon pack version 1.  If you use the WP Greet Box plugin, you will probably recognize that these are the icons used for pre-installed greeting messages.  Just to be clear, I created these icons from scratch, but I got my inspiration from Fast Icon.  Also please feel free use the comment form for any more iPhone type button icon requests you may have.

Screenshot

24 free glossy web 2.0 iphone type icons

License

These icons are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works.  They are free for the taking as long as you provide a link back to this page (via blog post featuring this icon pack, attribution link in the footer/sidebar, etc. (get creative)). Read on…

Released WP Greet Box Version 4.4

What’s new in this release?

In this release, I added more default greeting messages using my own set of social media icons. I also added the ability to specify multiple greeting messages per referrer by means of a wildcard (*) and a list operator (,).

The following new default greeting messages were added along with its own social media icons:
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