Three New WordPress Plugins

Three New WordPress Plugins

Three New WordPress PluginsIf there's one thing you can count on, it's that you can always do something to improve your website. There's always something that can be added, and with a WordPress site, always some new, shiny plugin to explore.

Let's take a look at some of the newest WordPress plugins and what they can bring your cheap hosting WordPress site.

Take note: these plugins, being new, might have some bugs. To prevent anything detrimental from occurring on your site, install them to a test site or at the very least, ensure you've backed up your site. Also remember that some plugins don't play well with other plugins, making testing them prior to installing them on your actual site crucial!

Okay, onto the list of new WP plugins!

Three New WordPress Plugins: Quiz Master Next

Looking to integrate a test or quiz into  WordPress site? Simply install ‘Quiz Master Next,' added to the Plugin Directory on September 1. This plugin is brought to you by the makers of Quiz Master, a highly popular quiz plugin introduced years ago.

You aren't limited in the number of quizzes you can add, and they can be as long as you would like. Just write up the quiz and add it to your page simply with custom-created shortcode. Want contact information of your quiz takers? No problem! You can also set it up to email you once the quiz has been taken. You control whether the user is graded, or if they only see whether they got the answers right or wrong.

Results are stored for future reference, and you can delete them at any time via the handy quiz dashboard.

Three New WordPress Plugins: Slippy Slider

Slippy Slider, added on September 3, is a jQuery content slider with touch-based navigation. It is highly responsive, and allows you to integrate sliders onto your website that work across many devices. Mobile or desktop, your users have a fun, interactive way to view important content.

Include HTML or image content on slides, and customize buttons with five different gradient colors and two different sizes. You can embed YouTube videos, reuse HTML content from elsewhere on your site, and even choose to transition with a fade effect. Also, choose to set your slider to auto play for effortless slides.

Three New WordPress Plugins: Inn Style

Are you the owner of a hotel or bed and breakfast, searching for a plugin to assist with the process of taking reservations? Look no further than the UK-based Inn Style plugin, added September 6.

Choose any area on your site to include this widget, and presto: an easy to use booking system is in place. The widget adjusts its size automatically, meaning you don't have to mess around with code to get it to fit properly! Pay nothing to list your bed and breakfast or hotel, only pay a small fee of £1 each time a booking is made via the widget.

Do any of these plugins seem like a great fit for your website?

Media Explorer: Storify for WordPress Blogs

Media Explorer

media explorerWordPress is trying to compete with Storify by offering users a new way to embed YouTube videos and Tweets. The newest WP plugin called ‘Media Explorer' will add some spice to your WP blog while also providing a pretty clever way to quickly insert videos and share tweets of interest. Here's how it all comes together.

Using Media Explorer

Directly from the post editor page, you can click on the ‘Add Media' option. From there, you can simply choose ‘Insert Tweet' or ‘Insert YouTube.' You can also search through tweets using hashtags, keywords, user names, replies, mentions, and a ton of other search options. The same can be done when searching for a YouTube video.

The Media Explorer feature drastically differs from previous ways of inserting YouTube videos and tweets into a WordPress blog. Prior to Media Explorer, WP users had to insert tweets and video links manually, now it can all be done with the tap of a button – simple and effective. No HTML, no short code, no buttons or other gadgets to mess around with – just click on that ‘Insert' button, and insert tweets and videos to your heart's content – but, act with caution.

When to Insert Tweets and Videos

Obviously, if you have created a YouTube video or sent out a tweet that you want your blog readers to see, you can insert videos and tweets to your heart's content. Otherwise, the same social media rules apply here. You have to gain permission from YouTube creators to re-post a video, and you'll want to carefully select which tweets to re-post.

Adding videos and Twitter posts to your site is a great way to make your blog stand out, but do be sure that what you are posting is worth it. WordPress has rolled out the new Media Explorer feature to WordPress.com users and to WordPress.com VIP users for now. The feature will arrive on self-hosted WordPress sites through JetPack in the very near future.

No Twitter or YouTube Account? Find Your Balance!

Really, find that right balance between content, videos, and Twitter posts. You don't want your blog to be full of videos or Twitter posts, but you might want to add in some of these things – especially if you send out a Twitter comment that gets a lot of responses. There are a lot of ways to use the new Media Explorer feature, just make sure that you use it wisely!

If you're having trouble with this new feature, feel free to ask for some tips or advice. If you've been dying to enter Tweets and YouTube videos into your WordPress blog, there's no time like the present! Need help? Let us know!

How to Set up WordPress Using GoDadddy

How to Set up WordPress Using GoDadddy

How to Set up WordPress Using GoDadddyNeed help setting up WordPress while using GoDaddy? This can be a completely frustrating task for anyone that's tried! Here's what you need to do in order to make it all work.

Choose Your Hosting Package

When you sign up for GoDaddy, you will be asked to choose your web hosting package. Do not select the WordPress package.

  • Choose the ‘Web Hosting' package.

The ‘WordPress' hosting option is simply a marketing ploy. Okay, now that you've chosen the Web Hosting package, you'll need to select the right plan.

Choose Your GoDaddy Plan

Normally, a basic plan works – but not this time. Fork over that extra $1 per month, and you can have as many websites as you want with the ‘Deluxe Plan.' Now, you'll need to log into your account with the username/password combo that you've been given (after you purchase that Deluxe Plan).

How to Set up WordPress Using GoDadddy: Putting It Together

  • Choose the ‘Hosting' link on the right side of the screen.
  • Your hosting panel will launch.
  • Choose ‘Your Domains.'
  • Choose ‘Add Domain.'
  • Type the name of your domain in the space provided.
  • Choose the ‘Home' tab once your domain has been entered.
  • Select the ‘Your Applications' button.
  • Choose ‘Blogs' on the left hand side of the screen.
  • Choose ‘WordPress.'
  • Select ‘Install New.'
  • Choose the domain name that you want to set up.
  • Leave the ‘WordPress' description, and select your password information.
  • Type your blog name into the space provided – remove the ‘yoursite.com' if you just want your URL to appear.
  • Choose the Admin name and password – this is what will get you into your blog each time, so select something that you will remember!
  • Click ‘Finish.'
  • Wait For GoDaddy to Build Your Blog

After you tap that ‘Finish' button, you will let GoDaddy know that the company should begin building your blog. Once the blog has been built, GoDaddy will let you know via email. Once you receive that email, you can then log into your WordPress account, and set up your blog as you like.

Since the default GoDaddy theme is really bad, you'll want to mess around with your WordPress themes to find one that suits the site you are attempting to build. If you have any experience with WordPress, you can easily play around with themes. Heck, if you don't have experience, it's still easy to mess around with themes – WordPress is pretty much fool proof.

How to Set up WordPress Using GoDadddy: Skip Those Plugins

The only thing that I will suggest is that you don't install too many WordPress plugins. When a number of plugins have been installed, the result is often conflicting plugins. So, as you can see, setting up a WordPress blog using GoDaddy isn't as complicated as it may seem.

The trick is to select the right hosting package from the start, and to go through all of the options manually. Sure, it may take longer to set up a blog this way, but you'll run into a lot less snags along the way. Once your WordPress blog is up and running, you shouldn't have too many additional issues.

One more thing: GoDaddy support doesn't really deal with WordPress much, so you may have to iron out some kinks on your own. Or, you can just visit this blog to figure out what to do next. Questions? Just ask.

10 Interesting WordPress Facts

Interesting WordPress Facts

Large number 10 painted on wall WordPressBack in May, Word Press had its 10th Anniversary. That's right, it's been ten year since WordPress first opened its virtual doors! Kind of an amazing thought, right? Well, there are some other things that you might not know about WordPress either. Take a look at these top 10 WordPress facts!

1. Word Press currently runs more than 66 million websites. Some of those sites include CNN, TechCrunch, Forbes, and many other popular sites that you probably use or see every single day!

2. Nearly 20,000 people make money using Word Press every day. Haven't opened up your WordPress account yet? What are you waiting for?

3. Nearly 17% of the websites in the entire world run thanks to WordPress. Word Press is the biggest site of its kind on the planet. That's quite an accomplishment!

4. More than 19,000 Word Press plugins are available – 19,000!

5. Plugins have been downloaded an estimated 285,000,000 times – million!

6. Word Press offers complete translations in a number of different languages including German, Croatian, Japanese, Norwegian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Spanish, Indonasian, English (Canada), Swedish, Slovak, Romanian, Polish, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Italian, Dutch, Macedonian, French – and so many more that it's impossible to name them all here!

7. WordPress is one of the most requested skills in the world. Don't know how to use WordPress? Now's the time to learn! It's a really easy platform that will make your life a lot more lucrative if you can figure out how to use it!

8. Word Press beats Joomla and Drupal when it comes to usage.

9. Word Press is the preferred source for bloggers and freelancers. In fact, the going rate of a WordPress designer project is around $60 per hour – got WordPress design skills?

10. Word Press is really just the best platform there is. Alright, that's not a complete fact, but I've used a lot of platforms, and WordPress really does beat them all.

Want to know another fact? We have a ton of Word Press plugin, security, problem solving, and other articles based on the popular platform right here on our site. If you want some WordPress help, we can do that too.

Oh! I forgot fact number 11: this site runs entirely on Word Press! How amazing is that? That means that we are in the category of the billions of sites that use WordPress (and that some of us have those desirable skills!).

More WordPress Information

Surprisingly, Word Press doesn't generate that much revenue. According to a recent Forbes article, most of the company's revenue comes from advertising, with around 20% of that revenue coming from VIP clients. So, where does all of that money go?

Quirkily, WordPress's CEO, Matt Mullenweg, spends most of his money traveling around the world attending conferences (according to that same Forbes article). He's more interested in traveling and hearing what others have to say about Word Press than making money. This is a model that Forbes calls ‘not sustainable,' but for Mullenweg it's just life.

Want to know more about Word Press? Ask us!

What WordPress Doesn’t Tell You

social wordpress plugin What WordPress Doesn't Tell You
What WordPress Doesn't Tell You

WordPress plugins make blogging life easier. The only issue is that WordPress doesn't notify users if a particular plugin no longer works or has been removed from the WordPress directory for virus-related reasons. This means that you could be running a WordPress plugin that might be a hazard.

What's the best way to tell if a plugin you're using is troublesome? Why, with another plugin, of course! This morning I came across a WordPress plugin called ‘No Longer In Directory.' As you might have guessed, this plugin will let you know which of your plugins are no longer available for safety reasons.

Using the ‘No Longer In Directory' Plugin

The one drawback to this plugin is that it's entirely manual. So, you will have to set up the plugin on your own, and you can't let it run in the background without a concern in the world. Go to the plugin's settings page, and set up the plugin as you see fit. Then, search through all of your existing plugins to find out if one is particularly troublesome.

Note: WordPress does not remove plugins unless they are a safety risk, for the most part.

Why Plugins Are Removed From the Registry

As mentioned, WordPress removes plugins that are harmful. Some more specific reasons why plugins may be removed from the WordPress directly include:

  • Guilty by association: if other plugins created by the same author are found to be problematic, WordPress will get rid of all plugins that were created.
  • Author Request: the developer behind the plugin asked to have the plugin removed permanently.
  • Broken rules: a plugin breaks WordPress directory rules, so WordPress shuts down the plugin for good.
  • Harmful: a plugin has been found to be particularly harmful, so WordPress has removed it completely.

In short, if WordPress has removed a plugin from the directory page, there's a really good reason why that plugin no longer exists. So, it pays to go through the plugins that you currently use to see if one or a few are no longer working within your best interest.

Another Notification Issue

In addition to not notifying users if a plugin has been removed from the WordPress directory, WordPress will also not let you know if you are downloading an infected plugin. How can this happen? When you're asked to update a plugin through your WordPress dashboard, it's for a good reason.

If you neglect to update that plugin, you could be setting yourself up for disaster, but WordPress will not let you know. Instead of warning users: ‘DOWNLOAD THIS UPDATE – OLDER PLUGIN IS INFECTED!' WordPress simply tells you to update the plugin. That's simply not good enough because most people think that an update isn't really necessary.

What WordPress Doesn't Tell You: The Moral of the Story
  • First, update all plugins when prompted (it only takes a few minutes!).
  • Second, make sure that the plugins you are using are still available through the WordPress directory. You can do this by using the plugin listed above.
  • Third, always research the plugins you are going to use. If there are problems with the plugin you want to use, skip it.