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Global Translator – Translates Your Blog Into 34 Languages

January 31, 2009

Now you can translate your blog content into 34 languages by using a free WordPress plugin, Global Translator!
What makes this translation plugin better and unique than the others, is that it doesn’t take your readers away from your blog. Instead all translated pages are kept on your blog and become new content. Which means search engines will index it too! Like that you add a ton of unique content without writing or anything. However this plugin give you the choice to include the translated pages in your sitemap if you want.

Global Translator provides a powerful features which are:
• Four different Translation Engines: it has the ability to provide the translations by using Google Translation Engine, Babel Fish, Promt, FreeTranslations.com
• Search Engine Optimized: it uses the permalinks by adding the language code at the beginning of all your URI. For example the english version on http://www.domain.com/mycategory/mypost will be automatically transformed in http://www.domain.com/en/mycategory/mypost
• Fast Caching System: new fast, smart, optimized, self-cleaning and built-in caching system. Drastically reduction of the risk of temporarily ban from translation engines.
• Fully configurable layout: you can easily customize the appearance of the translation bar by choosing between a TABLE or DIV layout for the flags bar and by selecting the number of translations to make available to your visitors
• No database modifications: Global Translator is not intrusive. It doesn’t create or alter any table on your database: this feature permits to obtain better performances.

Download: WordPress Global Translator

HowTo – Auto Update Copyright Notice

January 31, 2009

Making sure that your blog has updated copyright notice is very important from a branding and professionalism level, however many people consider it a minor issue.

For most bloggers it’s a simple task to FTP into the blog and edit its footer. But the problem is many bloggers forget about it because it’s done only once per year.

Today, i’ll teach you guys how to make it update automatically. How? it’s simple:

All you have to do is FTP into your blog and open the footer.php file. Find the part with the copyright notice and replace it with the following.

Copyright &copy; <?php echo date(’Y’); ?> Blog Name

or

Copyright &copy; 1990 – <?php echo date(’Y’); ?>  Blog Name

or for wordpress bloggers, you can download this plugin below:

Auto Copyright

Instead of hard coding 2009 into the copyright notice, you replace it with <?php echo date(’Y’); ?>, which will automatically fetch the year from your server. If your server does not give you the right year then you’ll have to contact your web host admin and have him adjust the date.

Now, instead of trying to remember to update the copyright notice at the start of every year, the blog will do it automatically.

WordPress.com To WordPress.org Migration

January 31, 2009

WordPress To WordPressMoving a Blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org is something I’ve had a lot of questions about – today Jeff Chandler shares tips on hwo to do it.

Everyday it seems like I find a story or two from a cities local online newspaper which delves into the topic of blogging and what it’s all about. The story usually goes through a mini backlog of history surrounding the term, what blogging is and at the end of the article, there is usually a list of suggestions on how to get started with the most popular suggestion being WordPress.com. Using WordPress.com is a great way to introduce yourself to blogging but if you decide that you want to turn blogging into a full time job or just want more control over your work, you’ll need to move.

Thankfully, the move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org (WordPress.org being the self hosted version of WordPress) is painless thanks in large part to a great export tool.

Tools ImportTo start things off, login to your WordPress.com account and browse to your administration panel. From the menu on the left, click on TOOLS – EXPORT. At this point, you have the option to confine the export to a particular author or all authors. Using the export tool will compile your posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags. This information is placed into a WXR file or, WordPress eXtended RSS file. Essentially, this file is just a normal XML RSS based file with a couple of custom fields added to it which makes it specific to WordPress. Once you’re finished, click on the Download Export File button and save it to your desktop.

Once you have that file on your desktop, you can breath a little easier considering your half way through the content migration process.

The second part of this guide refers to an installation of WordPress 2.7. Login to your self installed WordPress administration panel and from the menu on the left click on TOOLS – IMPORT. From the list of blogging systems click on WordPress. Next, click on the Browse button and locate the XML file you downloaded earlier. This will upload the XML file into your WordPress installation and will unpack all of the data the file contains. There is one caveat though regarding this entire technique.

Most webhosts for whatever reason still have their PHP.ini configured in such a way where end users can only upload files with a maximum file size of 2MB or smaller. Although it takes quite a bit of content in an WXR file to go over 2MB, 2MB is not a lot of head room. If you find yourself in the position where your WXR file is larger than the maximum file size, I highly suggest submitting a trouble ticket to your webhost and asking them to increase the limit. If they choose not to, then ask them if they can import the file for you. If that doesn’t work, you can pull a trick from your sleeve by uploading a custom php.ini file to your webhosting accounts root folder. This is what my host did for me and afterwards, I took a look at the php.ini file and noticed it had this line in it:

; Maximum allowed size for uploaded files.

upload_max_filesize = 7M

Apparently, the php.ini file overwrote the settings on the original file and I was able to bump my limit up to 7 Megabytes. This trick is not guaranteed to work. As a last ditch effort, you can also try adding these lines to your .htaccess file. Just replace the pound sign with a number that is above the size of your WXR file.

#set max upload file size

php_value upload_max_filesize #M

#set max post size

php_value post_max_size #M

Once the WXR file is unpacked on your self installed version of WordPress, you’re ready to walk through the gates of freedom without skipping a beat!

P.S. This strategy also works for those wanting to go from WordPress.org to WordPress.com.

Credits: problogger.net

Use Gravatars to Add Personality to Your Blog

January 31, 2009

In this post Jack Gamble from Babeled sheds some light on a handy service – Gravatars which is a tool that many people are adding to their blogs (I’ve got it operating in the comments section of both TwiTip and Digital Photography School at present).

An important thing to remember as you develop your blog is to build an identity that distinguishes you and your site from the rest of the blogosphere. One tool that can help to accomplish this is the use of Gravatars.

Gravatar is the abbreviation of the phrase “Globally Recognized Avatar.” In short, it is a small image, normally a head shot, of the author or commenter. The Gravatar you chose will be tied to your email address; therefore any enabled site will automatically feature your image next to your comment.

The sense of sight is relied on more so than any other. In a text dominated world, it is difficult to quickly establish an identity with readers in the short time most people will spend on any page of your blog. Think of a newspaper in the editorial column where popular columnists will feature a small photo of themselves next to their articles. This allows the readers to quickly put a face on the writer.

Choose your Gravatar carefully. Don’t pick just any picture. Make use of an image that lends itself to your blog’s identity.

Let’s look at two writers over at Babeled.

gravatar-1.jpgThe first is yours truly. I write under the pen name “Man Overboard.” This name was derived from my former job as a commercial fisherman and it is also a play on words that hints at my tendency to overreact to certain issues.

As you can see, the Gravatar I have chosen shows my ugly mug through a port hole on my old boat making a face that says “don’t take me too seriously.” This small image next to a comment or blog post immediately tells the reader more about me than a full page of text ever could. Above all, it does this while occupying only a very small amount of valuable space.

-2.jpgNext is our very own Cartoonist who goes by the name Keeks. Take one look at his Gravatar, a cartoon self-portrait, and you know everything you need to know about this guy and his obvious sense of humor.

Another reoccurring piece of advice you will commonly receive at ProBlogger is to frequently comment on other blogs. Most sites require you to enter your email and URL to comment. The Gravatar you chose will be tied to your email address, so any enabled site will recognize you and hence your Gravatar image will automatically appear next to your comment. Again, the Gravatar will help to identify you as a face with a personality (and more importantly a blog) of your own. As you make your way throughout the internet, the chances that your Gravatar becomes noticed increases with each comment.

Also, by placing the same picture on your profile at various social media outlets you will increase its visibility and effectiveness. Be sure to use the same profile image for Mixx, Stumble Upon, Reddit, Facebook, and any other social networking tool you employ. Each time you display the image it becomes product placement for your blogging identity.

Gravatars become even more important for multi-author blogs. At Babeled, I am one of many regular writers. My Gravatar, and that of my coauthors, is a useful tool that allows our readers to quickly distinguish between the many personalities that contribute to our various topics. As the comments develop, the Gravatars create the impression of watching a dialogue between two easily identified writers with different points of view.

If you don’t already, I encourage you to enable Gravatars on your site and start using them immediately. You will find this practice very helpful as you strive to separate yourself and your site from the endless sea of bloggers on the internet today.

~Man Overboard

WordPress Plugins for Google Adsense

January 31, 2009

Google Adsense is the most popular online contextual advertising program and the easiest way to monetize your blog. Many people don’t know where to start.  Luckily there are lots of plugins that can help you integrate Adsense into WordPress. thus, helps you simplify the process, provide flexibility and as well as exponentially increase Adsense earnings.

Here are some of the useful Google AdSense plugins for WordPress 2.5 and above.

Ad Integration – While it is more a tool to add advertisements you like to your posts, the clearest choice is Google AdSense. This will allow you to change ads on your site without having to constantly edit your templates.

AdSense Manager – Allows you to manage the codes of many different online advertising networks with a focus on Google’s AdSense.

Adsense Deluxe – offers advanced options for managing the automatic insertion of Google AdSense or Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN) ads to your WordPress posts. Easily switch all AdSense ads to a new color scheme across the entire site.

AdSense Revenue Sharing – If you run a multi-author blog, this is the perfect solution for revenue sharing.  It will let you easily create multiple authors and allow each of them to have their own AdSense set up so they can earn the revenue from their posts.

All in One Adsense and YPN – Allows you to insert AdSense and Yahoo Publisher Network ads in all of your posts, opt to skip some, randomize where they are inserted to lower ad blindness, and many more options.

Shylock Adsense WordPress plugin – allows you to insert Adsense ads on your blog without modifying the template. Set it up to show different Adsense ads for articles older then ‘n’ days. E.g. insert a 468×60 ad at the bottom of a new article for regular readers, and replace with higher paying 336×280 ad after 7 days for the search engine visitors.

Googmonify – Allows you to set it up so you can add AdSense to all of your posts by just using simple tags to insert the ad units as you like.

Ozh’ Who Sees Ads – Allows you to set several options for when an add gets displayed.  Some of the most interesting ones are if the reader comes from a search engine, was published between certain dates, is older than X number of days and more.

Random / Rotating Ads – By using text files and widgets, you’re able to add rotating ads to the same spot on your blog.  You can even alternate between Google AdSense, affiliate links and more.

Smart Ads – Gives you numerous options for auto inserting AdSense into your site, such as setting a minimum word count, categories to exclude and more.

AdSense Widget for WordPress Sidebar – Google AdSense widget designed for the new WordPress Sidebar Widgets plug-in.

Adsense Earnings WordPress Plugin – displays your adsense earning details within wordpress admin panel.

Author Advertising Plugin – This plugin allows blog admins to create a revenue sharing program utilising one of the many advertising programs out there i.e Yahoo, Google Adsense, Amazon, Allposters etc. It can also be used as a banner manager, author photo/website widgets.. actually it has about a zillion uses. Give it a try and lemme know if you use it for anything really groovy.

Google Ad Wrap – wraps posts and comments inside Section Targeting tags for better targeted ads.