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Weekend Links – Apr 11, 2009

SezWho is Now JS-Kit (What now?)

SezWho logoEarlier this month, SezWho announced that they have been acquired by JS-Kit.  I have previously written a post praising SezWho for the great work that they’ve been doing.  I must admit that since then SezWho has been dropping the ball on development, allowing other competitors like Disqus and Intense Debate to shine.  Nevertheless, I am quite sad to see them get devoured and rebranded into JS-Kit because they had such great potential.

What to do now?

Before JS-Kit supplied a clear upgrade path from SezWho, I’ve experimented with Disqus and Intense Debate.  They both have comparable features, but here are a few different things that make me prefer each service over the other:

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Weekend Links – Jan 29, 2009

Weekend Links – Jan 23, 2009

  • Photo Dropper: Easy, Free Images for Your Blog – Written by Jonathan Bailey from Plagiarism Today. If you want to spice up your blog posts with a few images, you may find yourself in a bit of…
  • You’ve Only Got 10 Seconds – to impress or your visitors will fade away…….
    Make no mistake about it. It doesn’t matter if you have a powerful arsenal of promotional tech…
  • Intellegence is the future – For some time now I have been talking about adaptive themes. I wrote about this not too long ago in a post about setting your theme into mod…
  • Weblog Tools Collection: Plugin Review: WP Greet Box – Last week we reviewed Referrer Detector. This week we review a similar plugin called WP Greet Box.
    What is WP Greet Box?
    This plugin lets yo…
  • Pulling custom fields from outside the loop – In the last post I showed you how to create a custom widget. Well in this post I will show you how I used my custom widget to display all po…

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Weekend Links #3

Weekend Links for the week ending on 07-25-08

  • Enhanced Sidebars with Dynamic Content: Visitors tend to ignore the sidebar because most of sidebar content do not change. I’ve been experimenting with this myself and I was planning to write a similar post but Vandelay Design says it better (for now at least).
  • WordPress Tips + Things You Can Do After Installing WordPress: It is more like “Things You *Should* Do After Installing WordPress” both for security purposes and usability.
  • How to write a solid and stable WordPress plugin: Mark Jaquith tells us [WordPress plugin developers] how to develop solid and stable WordPress plugins.
  • The Deceptively Simple Steps to Persuasive Writing That Works: This technique requires no actual writing ability, but it does work! It’s so simple I can’t believe I never did it until recently.
  • Read on…

Adding More Sites Social Homes Widget Plugin


Social Homes Widget is a small but neat little plugin that lets you add links to your various social homepages in your sidebar. Of course you can do this manually, but it’s a lot nicer to be able to manage this in the widgets section in wp-admin instead of having to dive into your sidebar.php every time you want to modify the list.
The plugin supports 19 different social home links. This is more than enough for most people, but not me. Today I found that I needed to add my Plurk homepage to this list. So I found a quick hack to get this done fast, instead of submitting a request to the author. All I did was: Read on…

Widget Bugs or Features in WordPress 2.5?


This might be useful for WordPress widget developers out there. I wasn’t going to post this before, but I just found that another developer ran into the exact same issue. So hopefully the 10 minutes I spend writing this post can help save somebody hours of debug.

After WordPress 2.5 released I found that my NowThen Photo Display widget broke the sidebar management page in WordPress adminitration. I took the longest time to figure out why, but the root of the problem was that the new WordPress 2.5 actually executes widget code in the wp-admin area. I have no idea why this is the case. Is this a bug or a feature of the new 2.5 code? I can see it as a feature in a sense that, if the code is not able to executed properly in the wp-admin area, then it should not be added to the front-end. If that’s the case, I would expect an error message rather than a broken sidebar management page.

Anyhow, here are a couple of tips that I have if your plugin breaks after the upgrade: Read on…

Nowthen Photo Display WordPress Plugin

This plugin is no longer supported/updated because of low demand for the plugin.

Today I would like to announce the release of “Nowthen Photo Display” WordPress widget that parses picture RSS feeds from the image service nowthen.com and displays the pictures neatly on the sidebar. This is my first WordPress widget so any comments and suggestions are welcomed. I would be happy to make updates/releases if the demand for this widget is high enough and there are some worthwhile feature requests.

Screenshots

Sidebar Widget
Sidebar Widget
Widget Options
Widget Options
Gallery
Gallery
Gallery Options
Gallery Options

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Make Your WordPress 10X faster During Traffic Storms


This tutorial will augment the technique of automatically enabling WP-Cache during heavy load with the ability to switch to a low-bandwidth WordPress theme at the same time.

Few reasons to do this

1. WP-Cache messes with your site statistics, so you do not want to leave it on when your site is not being hammered.
2. You don’t want to use a bandwidth efficient theme all the time because it’s not pretty-lookin’.
3. During traffic storms (e.g. Digg Effect), every 1/100 second optimization tweak counts.
4. If you host your site on a shared host, you will most likely have a bandwidth quota. Switching to a leaner theme conserves your bandwidth (duh!)
5. If you host your site on a home connection, your upload is not up to par with most hosting services, so you need to use that small pipe efficiently.
6. Each “IMG” tag, even if it’s a 1×1 pixel gif, requires an HTTP request to your web server. If you have 10 images on your page, and 10 users are loading your page, that’s 100 simultaneous calls to your server already. Leaner themes usually means less/no images, giving Apache some break.
7. If you’re server is non-uber, you don’t deserve to administer it.
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