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Minify (CSS and Javascript Optimizer) Review

A few days ago I read a post on Webmaster Source about Minify, ‘a PHP5 app that can combine multiple CSS or Javascript files, compress their contents (i.e. removal of unnecessary whitespace/comments), and serve the results with HTTP encoding (gzip/deflate) and headers that allow optimal client-side caching.’

Being the enthusiast that I am, I decided to implement it on my blog. This post will report my experiences integrating Minify with my WordPress blog.
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Automatically Cycle/Rotate Fun With Sidebar Tabs

Tabbed WidgetOne of my favorite WordPress plugins that I use is Fun With Sidebar Tabs, coded by the awesome Andrew Rickmann. This plugin lets you easily tab your sidebar widgets so you can solve your sidebar cluttering issue.

The only addition I would want from such a wonderful plugin is the ability to cycle (or rotate) through the tabs automatically, so here it is. My implementation is just a simple jQuery javascript that should just plug-and-play[pray] with Fun With Sidebar Tabs.

I will also be submitting this to Andrew for possibly patching Fun With Sidebar Tabs. Stay tuned by subscribing to the RSS feed and I will let you know when the changes become official. For now, installation is easy as pie.
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Weekend Links – Jan 16, 2009

  • 45+ New jQuery Techniques For Good User Experience – by Noura Yehia. JavaScipt libraries have made huge leaps and bounds in helping developers write code and develop products …
  • Display custom url if comment authors url is blank – Here is a nifty trick for your comments.php template. If someone comes to your site and leaves a comment but doesn’t leave a url back to the…
  • Anti-AdBlock Plugin – Ty Bone, maker of the useful WP Greet Box Plugin, has just released Anti-AdBlock, a WordPress plugin that detects if the user is runn…
  • How To: Integrate Twitter into Your WordPress Blog – Although I personally am not a major Twitter user, I do see the value in the service and have made several attempts to use it more often. Fo…
  • How to: enlight searched text in search results – Open your search.php file and find the the_title() function. Replace it with the following:
    echo $title;
    Now, just before the modified line,…

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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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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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Released WP Greet Box Version 4.3

What’s new in this release?

On this release, I added the ability to detect the visitor’s search keywords and use those keywords to display related posts for the visitor. *IMPORTANT* Upon upgrading, make sure you deactivate then reactivate the plugin. This will give you default settings for newly available options.

Currently this works for the main search engines and other search engines that adhere to a few standard rules of query structuring.

This is what your visitors will see if search keywords were detected in the referrer:
Greet Google Closed
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Released WP Greet Box Version 4.2

I received a lot of great feedback for versions 4.0-4.1.1, so I decided to incorporate some of those suggestions into version 4.2. I have also ran through my 25 test cases prior to releasing the code so hopefully, this release will go a lot smoother than version 4.0 release. *IMPORTANT* Upon upgrading, make sure you deactivate then reactivate the plugin. This will give you default settings for newly available options.

What’s new in this release?

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Released WP Greet Box Version 4.0

I think this version of WP Greet Box is ground breaking enough to bump the version up to 4.0. To be honest, the reason version 4.0 came out so early is because I just found out 3 days ago (via Google Alerts) that I have a new competitor, Referrer Detector, written by Phan Van An. He seems like a really nice guy (he mentions my name repeatedly in the post), but he could have at least contacted me about co-authoring before forking the code :). With that said, I checked out Referrer Detector and decided to implement some of its wonderful changes in WP Greet Box and expand WP Greet Box to be able to work with WPMU (Thank you Andy Beard for your suggestion).

What’s new in this release?

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Released WP Greet Box Version 3.1

I’ve been quite busy with life lately, so I haven’t paid too much attention to my plugins. Good thing I had a whiff of inspiration today so I decided to add a few enhancements to WP Greet Box.

What’s new in this release?

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Released WP Greet Box version 3.0

I’ve been quiet for the past week for many reasons, but the most important reason is that I’ve been working on WP Greet Box version 3.0.  It turned out that there we so many positive responses (and feature requests) on the WP Greet Box plugin that all I could do is work on it whenever I get the chance (at coffee shops, during lunch breaks, before sleeping, etc).  It sounds tiring, but it was all worth it!

What happened to version 2.0?

I silently released version 2.0 after adding the ability to add your own custom greeting messages per referrer URL.

What’s new in this release?

This release has cookies support so now we do not keep showing the same message to returning visitors.  I also added a configurable default message to show when no referrer match is found.

Where do I download, file bugs, make feature requests, comments, and suggestions?

Please visit the original plugin post.