I’m sure you’ve noticed that some websites have elements that scroll down the page as you do. For example, if the post is long enough here on WPMU, you will see our Floating Social sidebar widget appear on the left-hand side of the page. As you scroll down the page, it will appear to stick to the left margin and never go out of sight.
There may be a number of reasons why you’d want the title of your post to link to an external URL. Let’s say, for example, that you let people buy advertising on your site that looks somewhat like an actual post.
That’s what Yahoo does. Take a look below. See that “article” with the yellow background? That’s actually an ad that goes offsite when you click the title.
One of the nicest aspects of WPMU DEV’s E-Newsletter plugin has always been its graphical components – templates, color controls, WYSIWYG editor, etc.
With the latest updates to E-Newsletter, we’ve upped our game in that department even more.
One of the most prominent additions in this update is the inclusion of a new template called “Promy.”
Here’s a look at the default version.
Don’t like the header there? No problem. Another update includes the ability to change the header for nearly all the themes.
Here’s a new grassy-looking header I put into the Promy theme.
By this point, Twitter is an inescapable fact of online life – you may not use it yourself, but there’s a whole world of information being traded and discussed out there that your readers can benefit from.
Embedding tweets into articles on your WordPress site is a great way of connecting what you’re saying to the broader discussion while making sure readers don’t have to head out to an external site to get that information.
It will soon be easier than ever to quickly embed tweets and videos directly into your self-hosted WordPress posts – but only if you use Jetpack.
The Media Explorer for WordPress.com accounts has been updated to allow users to add trending content from Twitter and YouTube to their posts, all from within the post editor.
The Insert Tweet window allows you to search for tweets by keyword or hashtag, by tweets to or form a specific users and by geographic location, and add one or more tweets to your post.
Pinterest is more than just a social network for brides-to-be, cat lovers and housewives looking for home decorating tips.
With more than 70 million users and 2.5 billion page views each month, the pinboard-style image-sharing site is filled with users actively searching for photos of popular products to share with their followers.
And with 80 per cent of pins repinned on Pinterest, the site offers an ideal opportunity to drive traffic to your WordPress site.
But how do you leverage content-hungry users on Pinterest to market your website effectively? By measuring your Pinterest marketing efforts using analytics and Pinfluence.
The other day we went over some plugins for upgrading your author bio boxes. Today we’ve got a few plugins that will let you show all your authors (or only some) together on an Authors’ Page. If you add a new author to your site, no sweat – these plugin will automatically add them to your Authors’ Page.
Author Avatars List
The Author Avatars List plug works by inserting shortcodes or by using a widget in a sidebar. Here are a few things you can do with the plugin.
Show users by groups
Control size of avatars
Show users names and bios (or not)
The Inactive Widgets section in WordPress is a handy little tool. If you haven’t noticed it before, it sits below the normal widgets section. Instead of deleting a widget you’ve used before, you can drag it to the Inactive Widgets area, and it will keep all the settings. If you decide you want to use it again one day, simply drag it back into one of your widget areas, and it will be all set to go as it was before.
Try to remember back to the first time you used WordPress. Beginners look at all of these menu items and can become easily overwhelmed. Many newbies just give up, despite having the desire to create and publish content. If you’re a developer who has set up many WordPress sites for others, only to find that they never bother to manage it or publish any content, then you may want to look at some new ways to help your client feel at home in the dashboard.
Most sites you stumble across these days have some form of membership, whether it be a news site like The New York Times, an online community such as reddit or social networking sites Facebook or Twitter.
In fact, all of the world’s top 25 websites have a community of members. It’s big business and the easiest way to monetize your content and make your website profitable. After all, no one wants to give away their stuff for free.