4 Ways To Live Blog On WordPress


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Picture this scenario: You are at the hottest conference or event of the year. While most of your readers aren’t able to attend themselves, they have all backed you as their representative of all things cool. You are there on their behalf, ready to gush over every little detail. All you want to do is blog as much about this event as you possibly can, but you aren’t looking forward to hauling your little notebook everywhere you go to transcribe notes.

Luckily, there is a much more effective and techno-friendly version of this process. It is called live blogging, and it is a must for any blogger who is attending a conference, meeting, lecture or other event. Just to keep those reading up to date on what is going on right now.

Live blogging is by far the best-working technique to get known in your niche and build better relationships with industry leaders!

Make it easier to keep up with these four tools for live blogging on WordPress.

1. Live Blogging

This plugin creates a stripped-down, simpler version of the usual WP post screen. From there you can create micro-blogs that let you update quickly and continuously throughout the event. It also auto-updates all reader’s screens so they get up to date information at all times. This all integrates flawlessly into your blog for later viewing.

2. Liveblog

Here, we have an even more basic plugin. It works by creating a single dialogue box where you update. You type in your micro-post, publish and that’s it. It will keep the updates rolling as they auto-refresh. It is very easy to use and install, and just gives you the most basic features.

3. Twitter LiveBlog

Sync your WordPress and Twitter for micro-blogging on both sites. This is a very good plugin, as it allows you to have social media integration along with your published content. Each post appears as its own line with a time stamp, for easier following by readers.

4. WP Live Stream

This widget follows the same format as Twitter to make it look like the social media site. But everything is central to your blog, so all content remains there and only there. It provides URL shortening, archive and clear features, live updates, email streaming and more.

Do you know of any good tools for live blogging on WordPress? Let us know in the comments.

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Michelle is the blogger and editor behind Viral Mom, the free guide for mom building business from home.

The 4 Best WordPress Projects To Outsource


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Big thanks to WordPress for being the #1 most used and most popular content management system on the web today. Why? Because of two reasons, 1) it’s built in PHP which is by far the most extensible and customizable of all coding languages and 2) it has created a web environment that is recognized by more programmers and designers than any other environment on the web today.

What does this mean exactly? It means you can outsource with effectiveness. Outsourcing can be dangerous, costly, and unproductive. But not when it comes to WordPress. This stable and practical web environment has allowed people to add features to their websites like never before. Here are the 4 best WordPress projects to outsource and get the most out of your investment:

1. Theme Improvements

This would be any UI or functionality you need added to your theme that doesn’t justify the development of a stand-alone WordPress plugin. In this scenario you would package up the files of your theme and send them on to a contractor with specific instructions for what new functionality you need added. Be as specific as you can be with descriptions and screenshots if necessary.

2. Social API Connections

Connecting to popular social sites via APIs and creating unique functionality on your site can be very very difficult. It’s also one of the biggest opportunities available for creating a better user experience and expanding your online business. The right outsourced contractors will be perfect for helping these connections happen for you. Think Facebook Connect for a minute and you’ll get what I’m referring to here.

3. Plugin Innovations

There is nearly a WordPress plugin for everything you can think of. But don’t let that stop you here. Here’s why, because nearly 90% of all plugins either a) don’t work entirely as promised or b) haven’t been updated to be compatible with the most recent version of WordPress. Add this to the fact that you’re always going to want your own “bells and whistles” it’s always a good idea to outsource your WP plugin development.

4. Mobile Capabilities

And finally, mobile. Mobile is tricky to say it kindly. You’ve gotta optimize your website for mobile phones, tablets, different types and models of phones and tablets etc. There’s a ton of work to be done here, and it makes perfect sense to leverage an outsource contractor. Also, don’t forget mobile app development which will require a contractor with a whole different skill-set but will be extremely valuable to you nonetheless.

Unless you’re a coder yourself, you need the help of a programmer to help you create new functionality for your site or blog. Outsourcing is a great idea for many reasons but primarily it has to do with cost. It’s cheaper than hiring someone locally. And because of how universal WordPress has become, you have more options than ever in hand-picking a developer to help you get the job done.

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5 WordPress Plugins to Secure your Blog.

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WordPress being a very popular avenue for millions of sites the world over is a target for hackers, who try and with great effort too, to access it, with the ultimate intention of using these “napped” blogs or sites to carry out illegal and malicious activities. However WordPress has always had some level of security, but there also has been growing concerns from bloggers about boosting the overall security of their WordPress blogs.

There are several methods to improve the security of your blog. The list below contains five wordpress plugins to secure your blog and give you peace of mind.

After installing your WordPress blog, by default the first user is called admin. You must create a totally different user for the management of your blog. Removing the administartor user Id from administrator to subscriber, will enhance the security of your WordPress blog. Another option is the creation of a user name that is random and cannot be traced back to you, and then uses your email to log into WordPress. The WP-Email Login supports email based usernames in WordPress login form.

  1. Wordfence Security
    Wordfence security is an effective and free security plugin for your WordPress blogs, which ensures continuous anti-virus scanning, firewall protection, malicious URL scanning, live traffic updates that include crawlers. Wordfence also will send you an email each and every time someone, other than yourself tries access your admin area, or if there is a malicious link to your blog.It also has the ability to lock users out after several unsuccessful attempts at login in. Wordfence security ensures that your blogs are completely safe by repairing and verifying your core, plugin files and themes, even when you don’t have backups. How convenient is that? And that isn’t all; you can also with Wordfence block specific IPs from the plugin itself. This is arguably one of the best security solutions for your blogging security worries, on WordPress.
  2. WP Security Scan
    WP Security Scan, to ensure that your blogs are totally safe, scans some central componests of your blogs. What the plugin does is to check the WordPress version and the table prefix, to see if the WordPress is hidden or not, if errors of the DB are off, if the tag of the meta tag, has been removed and if the admin user exists, also for security if the a.htaccess file has already been placed for security in the wp admin.Additionally it can scan permissions of files of core WordPress folders, to show what exactly was suggested and what permissions where given. Changing the suffix of the WordPress table for the blogs protection, from number zero of attacks and WP security Scan also gives you access to a password strength checker. And it doesn’t at all, need to be active every time, to carry out these functions in ensuring that your blog is better secured.
  3. Goggle Authenticator
    This Goggle Authenticator WordPress plugin provides security for your blogs by giving you, two step authentication using Goggle Authenticator app for iPhone/Android and blackberry.
  4. IM Login Dongle
    Using IM Login Dongle can add a two way authentication through a selected instant messenger.
  5. DO NOT Advertise your WordPress version
    To ensure that your blog is secured at all times, it is very important to remember not to publish the version number, simply because this makes it easy for those with negative motives to know if the version of WordPress you are running with is outdated and non-patched.Removing the WordPress version from the page is fairly easy, provided that you make a change. Delete the readme.html file from your WordPress installation directory; because it also advertises the WordPress version of your blog to the entire world, this is not the smartest security move to make.

These are my top five wordpress plugins to secure your blog, which will in turn bring about a peaceful state of mind and creativity. Allowing you to blog the best way you know how.

Kelly is a freelance writer that loves to share tips related to WordPress. You can visit her site here in order to learn more.

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How would you build SEO Tools – for testing a page’s SEO power?

What are the keys to making great SEO Tools?

I am very interested in SEO from a web development perspective.  I don’t feel the average (or even above average) web developers know enough to be good at it.  When I started my job at ClickStop, I thought I knew enough to “be dangerous”.  It turns out, I did – dangerous to my SEO.

That got me thinking – maybe I could offer some sort of test on my site to rank people’s pages, reflecting an SEO ranking…SEO Tools for Web Page Analysis.

There are a number of things that are “standard”:

  • Keyword to focus on
  • Is the keyword in the title
  • Is the keyword in the meta description
  • Does the keyword show up in the content – if so, how many times?

What things am I missing?  How would you build a service like this.

I’m thinking of building a REST service I can pass URL’s to and have it analyze the page sent…is this what you would do?  Please give me more suggestions in the comments.


How to build a site for users

Its never a bad time to take a closer look at user interface and how to build a site for users.  Here are 10 things to look at over at web design ledger for you to review.

When building a new website or re-designing an existing one, web designers are faced with all kinds of significant challenges, including keeping the client happy, creating a site that gets results, and catering to users at the same time. During the design and development process it’s easy to get distracted and overlook the significance of usability. Since we’re the ones creating the site, we know it much better than any visitor will, and sometimes it’s easy to forget about the impact on users.

If these work out for you – drop us a note and let us know.