Out of Synch at the Moment

I just installed a plugin called Twitter Tools to make my tweets at Twitter or any Twitter-based third party application to show up as posts on this blog. My posts and tweets are out of synch at the moment. So, give it a little time to catch up a bit. This should work in a few hours. Or maybe in the next few posts. My previous tweets that were not posts were just recently added as blog entries. It’s fine as it is. I didn’t think it was going to posts all the tweets in the past. Technology. Love it and hate it, at the same time.

Update: I decided to not use Twitter Tools because I was seeing duplicate posts. I deleted the duplicates. It’s a good thing it was only a couple of dozen posts. It’s not Twitter Tools fault, since I was only using a portion of the plugin, and that is, to post tweets on my blog. This might not be an issue if I use all the features of the Twitter Tools plugin, but I have another plugin that does it quite admirably..

Add a Home in WordPress Pages Widget

WordPress Widgets are handly little pieces of code that usually come from plugins. They are usually displayed on sidebars. One of my favorite widget is the Pages Widget. One thing that is obviously lacking from the Pages Widget is a ‘Home’ link.

A number of WordPress themes use ‘Pages’ for navigation. The navigation links are usually located on top or just below the header. Theme designers usually add a custom ‘Home’ link in addition to listing the pages, ie, wp_list_pages().

If you use the Pages Widget, you can add a ‘Home’ link without adding a single line of code. The inspiration came from an earlier article I wrote about ‘Creating a WordPress Page With An External Link.’

Add A Home

Go to your Dashboard > Pages > Add New

Enter in the Title: 

<a href=”/”>Home<a/>

Leave the content blank. Publish.

You now have a WordPress Page pointing back to your main index page. Verify if the ‘Home’ link is reflected on the Sidebar.

That’s it.

WordPress Plugin: Drop Caps

Here’s another WordPress Plugin called Drop Caps. A Dropcap is when the first letter of a paragraph is enlarged to “drop” down two or more lines. It’s a very common typeset used in magazines and now a few blogs. I’m releasing this plugin similar in look to the Dropcaps article I wrote two years ago. Check out the first letter of this very paragraph. Download the plugin and place it the plugins folder of your WordPress install. Activate and that’s it. Enjoy.

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Canonical Plugins Explained

What exactly is Canonical Plugins? WordPress.org explains

Canonical plugins would be plugins that are community developed (multiple developers, not just one person) and address the most popular functionality requests with superlative execution. These plugins would be GPL and live in the WordPress.org repo, and would be developed in close connection with WordPress core. There would be a very strong relationship between core and these plugins that ensured that a) the plugin code would be secure and the best possible example of coding standards, and b) that new versions of WordPress would be tested against these plugins prior to release to ensure compatibility. There would be a screen within the Plugins section of the WordPress admin to feature these canonical plugins as a kind of Editor’s Choice or Verified guarantee. These plugins would be a true extension of core WordPress in terms of compatibility, security and support.

Top 15 WordPress Plugins

Here’s a list of the Top 15 WordPress Plugins I use on this site. Plugins gives WordPress added functionality. WordPress was designed to be lean keeping the engine fast and flexible while minimizing code bloat.

WordPress plugins vary in function from catching spams, providing stats, doing backups, download counters, comment functions, executing PHP, page navigation, creating sitemaps, adding meta tags, displaying videos, etc.

Here’s the Top 15 WordPress Plugins that is running on this site:

  1. Akismet – Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.
  2. All in One SEO Pack – Optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).
  3. WordPress Database Pickup – WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.
  4. WordPress Stats – focuses on just the most popular metrics a blogger wants to track and provide them in a clear and concise interface.
  5. Google XML Sitemaps – creates a Google sitemaps compliant XML-Sitemap of your WordPress blog. It supports all of the WordPress generated pages as well as custom ones.
  6. Subscribe to Comments – enables commenters to sign up for e-mail notification of subsequent entries. The plugin includes a full-featured subscription manager that your commenters can use.
  7. EXEC-PHP – The Exec-PHP plugin executes PHP code in posts, pages and text widgets.
  8. WP-Download Monitor – Download Monitor is a plugin for uploading and managing downloads, tracking download hits, and displaying links.
  9. Contact Form 7 – Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
  10. Author Highlight – Author Highlight is a plugin that prints out a user-specified class attribute if the comment is made by the specified author. It is useful if you would like to apply a different style to comments made by yourself.
  11. Audio Player – Audio Player provides you with a simple way of inserting a stylish Flash mp3 player on your WordPress posts and pages. Features include configurable colour scheme, enclosure integration, runtime options such as autostart and loop and ID3 tag integration.
  12. WP-Syntax – WP-Syntax provides clean syntax highlighting using GeSHi — supporting a wide range of popular languages. It supports highlighting with or without line numbers and maintains formatting while copying snippets of code from the browser.
  13. Sociable – Automatically add links to your favorite social bookmarking sites on your posts, pages and in your RSS feed. You can choose from 99 different social bookmarking sites!
  14. Related Posts – WordPress Related Posts Plugin will generate a related posts via WordPress tags, and add the related posts to feed.
  15. WP-Page Navi – Adds a more advanced paging navigation your WordPress blog.

Do you any suggestions, recommendations, substitute? Please let me know.