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Weekend Links – Jan 29, 2009

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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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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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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Anti-AdBlock WordPress Plugin

Support and development for this plugin has been disconnected due to the lack of demand for this plugin.

AdBlock TextToday I would like to announce the release of ‘Anti-AdBlock’ WordPress Plugin, a plugin that can help you increase your blog advertisement revenue. Again, feel free to use the comments section for bug reports and feature requests/suggestions. Please refrain from debating the ethics of AdBlock software in the comments section so that people who are using this plugin can get timely support for it. Lastly if you have a creative custom message that you use to appeal to your loyal visitors, please share them in comments!
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Weekend Links – Jan 9, 2009

  • 148 Icons Free To Use – I love icon packs that are free not only in price but from restrictions as well. Introducing Bright! which is an icon pack featuring 148 han…
  • How To Display Feed Count For Google FeedProxy In Text – Everyone knows that feedburner had merged with Google. This also lead to the previous feed counter in text doesn’t work. I just found out th…
  • 10 Killer WordPress Hacks – by Jean-Baptiste Jung. 2008 was a very good year for the WordPress community. The software was updated numerous times, lea…
  • Design Your Way to More Blog Comments – StylizedWeb has an interesting post up on increasing the number of comments on your posts. It covers a lot of ground, and has some tips wort…
  • The Essential Guide to Growing Your Blog on Minimal Time – This is a guest post from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, author of the new best-selling book, The Power of Less.
    If you’re like most bloggers, y…

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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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