Editor/Writer: Joe specializes in writing about themes and plugins, as well as helping users work more easily with WordPress by providing how-to posts and tutorials. You can connect with him on Google+ or Twitter.

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5 Free WordPress PayPal Plugins You Would Gladly Pay For

Some WordPress users require full-blown ecommerce solutions (like MarketPress); however, some don’t need quite that much. Still, they need a solution that will let them sell their products with confidence through PayPal and give them some payment processing options at the same time.

In this post, we’ll go over 5 PayPal plugin that let you do everything from add a shopping cart right to your site to simply take donations.

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15 Fab bbPress Plugins to Put Your Forums in Shape

Not only does bbPress (the forum software created by the same people who make WordPress) integrate very easily into WordPress, it’s also very similar to it in that it often takes a number of plugins to get it working the way you’d like.

In this post we’ve got 15 very good ones for you. These plugins will allow you to extend bbPress’ features to get it running the way you want your forum to run.

 

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10 YouTube Video Plugins You Didn’t Realize You Needed

When people go looking for YouTube WordPress plugins, the truth is that most will either be looking for a player or a gallery plugin.

But there are a number of other interesting YouTube plugins out there that you may want as well.

In this post, we’re going to look at 10 of them. They will let you do everything from get your videos’ analytics in your dashboard to white labelling YouTube out of picture.

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10 Ways to Set Up Hidden Premium Content In WordPress

These days there are all sorts of ways you can choose to keep content in WordPress hidden from the general public. There are all sorts of reasons why you might want to do that.

In this post we’re going to look at 10 solutions that will let you hide your content, but then also let you reveal it if the visitor takes the right action. That action might range from putting in the right password to paying for it through PayPay to tweeting out a link to it first.

Photo credit: Craig Sunter

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UX Hack: Making Long WordPress Posts Easier to Read & Scan

Overwhelmed by hordes pumping out low quality “content” day and night and Google’s ever more stringent rules for what makes it to the top of their search pages, many are starting to realize that producing quick, superficial, rehashed content is a massive waste of time.

In order to compete, in order to win, you need to produce something of substance, something of quality. That often means long posts and articles. Sometimes very long.

“Substance” and “quality” aren’t always defined by length, of course. There are plenty of exceptions there.

First there were content farms. Now we have endless long posts. The reader needs a break.

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Find and Fix Missing YouTube Videos – WordPress SEO Clean Up

Perhaps even more disappointing than following a broken link on a site is coming across a missing video.

This tends to happen a lot with YouTube videos. The post author has carefully crafted a set up for you to watch something juicy or interesting or beneficial, and when you go to play it, you get some type of message saying you can’t.

There are all sorts of reasons for this. Sometimes the video maker has removed it. Sometimes YouTube itself has removed it. Sometimes it’s been set to private. Sometimes it’s been restricted because of your location.

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Automate These 30 WordPress Tasks with IFTTT

IFTTT is a service that lets other services or software (like WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, ect.) talk to each and perform actions when certain things occur.

IFTTT literally stands for “if this then that,” and that’s a pretty good explanation of what it does.

For example, you can set up an IFTTT “recipe” (as they’re called) that goes something like this:
IF a new post is made on my WordPress blog THEN automatically tweet out a link to it on my Twitter account.

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Turn Your WordPress Comments into Forum Posts for More Engagement

Unless a site is massively popular with lots of comments on nearly every post, leaving a comment on a post can feel a little lonely.

Single posts tend to feel a little walled off from everything else. Once you leave a comment on a post, you may feel like browsing around and finding another post to read, but you don’t typically get the impression that you’re in the middle of thriving discussion.

That’s where forums can excel.

Although a forum thread is also walled off to degree, you’re always only one click away from lots more discussion.

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WordPress Glossary Plugins: Unsexy but Super Useful

“When I first read the dictionary,” goes an old joke by comedian Steven Wright, “I thought it was a poem about everything.”

Part of what makes that joke funny, of course, is that dictionaries (and glossaries alike) get a bad rap for being nothing but boring old reference material. But boy are they useful when you need them.

Some sites seem to positively cry out for a glossary (i.e. a mini dictionary). And yet those that have them are few and far between.

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