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How to Add Facebook Comments in Your WordPress Blog

by Tamal Anwar on Monday, October 15, 2012

How to Add Facebook Comments in Your WordPress BlogFor building a better blog or website, you need to focus on usability. Blog comments are a great way to increase usability but what more you can do?

Now that there are more than 1 billion active users on facebook and even my mom is on facebook, adding facebook comments on the blog seems like the best option.

I am logged in to facebook 24/7, so I got a feeling that most of my readers are logged in too!

So in this post I will guide you how to add facebook comments in your wordpress blog, Click to Read the Full Article →

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How to Offer an Ebook Download Using Feedburner

by Tamal Anwar on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

As you have learned in my last few posts how to create a PDF ebook from a word doc and then where to host your ebook for instant download. Now in this post I would like to share how you can offer your ebook through feedburner.

feedburnerFeedburner is a free blog RSS service and it is a must when it comes to setting up your blog. Feedburner has a free email delivery service and people can sign up for your blog posts through email. We can use this as a method to deliver your ebook and for your ebook you can get more blog subscribers.

So here is what you have to do. Go to feedburner and sign in to your feeds. If you don’t have feedburner, then use this guide on feedburner to set it up. Now go to your blog feed.

You will see a publicize tab on top:

offer ebook in feedburner publicize tab

Then choose email subscriptions from the left (you may need to activate this service): Click to Read the Full Article →

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How to Host Your Ebook as an Online Download

by Tamal Anwar on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

You have an ebook that you want to offer as a download. Now in this post I will write about how you can host your ebook online and offer it as a download. If you want to know how I have created my word document in a PDF ebook, then make sure to check that post out.

Okay so we want to host this ebook you created online. There are many options to host your ebook online. The end goal here is that we want to make this available on demand. The very basic way to host a PDF ebook is to host it on your own server. Click to Read the Full Article →

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How to Create A PDF Ebook Using Google Docs

by Tamal Anwar on Monday, February 27, 2012

create a PDF onlineOn this post I will write about how you can create ebooks to offer in your blog as downloads in PDF version. PDF files are very popular and it can be opened in mobile phones, smart phones, iphones and ipads as well as computers. In google chrome PDF can be opened and read right on the browser.

If you want to get more traffic from your blog and make money then you can offer free PDF downloads as a part of your content. Most internet marketers use downloadable ebooks as a hook to get email addresses. Such as I am doing with my blog, I am offering this ebook in my sidebar so people can submit their info and get the book. You may offer your blog articles as PDF downloads so people can read it offline and can print it. You can also sell ebooks and make money. There are endless opportunities with ebooks but first let us learn how to create a PDF ebook using google docs.

Which Program to Use for Writing an Ebook?

To write an ebook, open your word application such as Microsoft word or any other word processor you may have. You can also use open office to create your ebook. You can put your older blog posts and make up an ebook or you can write one from scratch. Click to Read the Full Article →

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How to Add Google Authorship to Your WordPress Thesis Website

by Tamal Anwar on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

In this post I would like to share how I have added google authorship/ profile picture/ avatar next to my sites. And this can be done very easily using your wordpress thesis site. Some of you may think your avatar can only be shown next to your blog posts and this feature is available only to blog articles, but it is not you can show up your picture next to any page you have and it’s gives an advantage to your site over your competitors:

google authorship avatar

So let’s begin. Click to Read the Full Article →

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Most essential and recommended wordpress plugins of all time

by Tamal Anwar on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WordPress is the cool blogging platform. Its a software to power a blog. The cool thing that made wordpress apart is the wide range of plugins. WP plugins are easy to install and use, just search, install and activate. As a WP user, I use a range of plugins that I recommend everyone to use. Here they are,

Most essential and recommended wordpress plugins of all time

Comment plugins

Top commentators

WordPress top commentators plugin is a nice tool to increase your blog comments count. By default it shows up the top 10 commentators of your blog with a linkback to their site. For this reward your readers would love to comment on your blog.

Subscribe to comments

After adding this plugin, I saw a lot of people have subscribed to a number of post comments. This will add the option for your readers to subscribe to your post comments via email. This is good to attract returning visitors and make them coming again to your blog.

CommentLuv

This plugin will fetch the last post of your commentator’s blog. This option will allow your reader to promote their post and making him interested to comment on your blog.

WP threaded comments

WordPress has a built in option to thread comments like forum discussions but some templates are unable to use it. This plugin will make your comments threaded so it would be much easier to reply your comments. This plugin has a built in “Subscribe to comments” option.

NoFollow free

By default, comments are set as NoFollow. This plugin will remove the NoFollow tag, making your comments DoFollow. This is a cool way to spread link love to your contributors and to attract more comments.

Promotional plugins

Dandy ID

DandyId.org is a service to keep all of your social profile ID’s in one place. By adding this plugin, you can show all of your social links on your sidebar. For this, you need to have a DandyID account.

Twitter plugin

There are a bunch of twitter plugins available. Some allows you to put the twitter badge, or follow me on twitter link. A must have plugin, which automatically tweets about your new post. Auto tweets about posts saves a lot of time and it’ll bring your friends to the new post.

Add to any Share/ Save button

This is a social bookmarking button which allows your readers to promote your post in different social bookmarking sites. This is an ideal plugin which can be visible from each of your post.

WP related posts

This plugin shows up related posts after each of your article. This is a cool tool to make your readers find another related post and making them stay longer!

SEO plugins

All in one SEO pack

This is the best wordpress SEO plugin. The default options will make your blog search engine friendly. You can rewrite meta data for home page and every singe pages. You can also set no index for specific pages.

Google XML sitemaps

This plugin will create automated search friendly sitemaps for your blog. The sitemap is compatible with google, yahoo, live and all other search engines. You can set other options to set crawl rate for search bots and it sends update to search engines every time you add new posts.

Optimization plugins

WordPress super cache

This is a cool plugin which will reduce excessive load from your server. Your site can handle a big amount of traffic with this plugin. Most of the time a shared server is unable to process the data and it shows, “Server too busy” message; using this plugin will optimize it.

Comment form 7

This plugin will allow you to generate professional looking contact form for your blog. Why show up your email? Add the form and let your visitor contact you directly from your blog via email.

WP limit posts

Another cool plugin, this will allow you to automatically set post excerpt length. With this plugin you don’t have to set excerpts for each of your posts, it can be set automatically. Your homepage, tag and archive pages will show short teasers of your post. All of my articles are too large so I set a small number of words + image to show up in the front page. Readers have to click on the “Read more” button to read the article.

Other plugins

Feedburner feedsmith -redirect to feedburner feed
Fix RSS -fix RSS feed errors
Feedfooter -add a custome footer on your feed
WP poll plugin -create and manage polls
Tweet this -Allows your readers to tweet the post
Sphere -Adds related posts from the web

What’s your personal WP plugins choice?

If you’re using wordpress, then what plugins you’re using for your blog? Please share your recommendations with us and tell us why you love it? Did I miss anything?

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How to Install WordPress Blog on Your Server

by Tamal Anwar on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

How to Install WordPress Blog on Your ServerPeople say that it’s better to host our blogs ourselves than host it with WordPress. They say self hosted blog gives us more freedom to show our creativity, our innovation and etc. In fact, what I think is that the statement remains true only if you have certain level of knowledge in web hosting and computing. Fortunate enough, installing WordPress has become very simple with Fantastico and everyone could do it in a split second nowadays. Thanks to BlogKori that I am given an opportunity to show you the easiest way to install WordPress on your hosting.

There are many different web hosting deals in the market. However in this guide, I assume that the hosting plan you have has Fantastico embedded. For your information, Fantastico is a script library collecting all sort of software to satisfy your website needs.

This is a guide to install wordpress on your server,

Checklist:

  1. You need a web hosting (Check out my hostgator review)
  2. You need a domain name (Buy it from GoDaddy)

First thing first, log into your hosting account and look for Fantastico in your main page. It is a smiley face icon in blue color located somewhere under software category.

Complete guide on how to install WordPress using Fantastico

Second you will see a list of available software at the side of Fantastico page. Well, these are all the software that you can use. Identify the “Blogs” category and it is not difficult to see there is a WordPress word there. Click on it and it will bring you to the installation page.

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There are some descriptions and explanation on WordPress. Read through it and then continue with “New Installation”. It will lead you to the setup page.

At the set up page, you will be asked which domain you would like to install the blog at. Let’s say you would like to have a blog with the blog domain http://webhostingdeals.org/myblog. So you will need to choose webhostingdeals.org from the drop down domain. After that in the next column you are asked which directory to install your blog. In this example, “myblog” is the directory so type in “myblog”.

(If you would to have your blog at the url http://myblogdomain.com without any directory following it, then just leave the column blank.)

Under the access data, you will need to choose a user name and password. These username and password will be used to log into your blog dashboard later on. So be sure to choose a good username and remember the password.

Under base configuration, there are 4 columns to be filled up.

  1. The first requires you to key in your name, your name that you would like to use to address yourself to readers.
  2. Second column requires you to fill in your email address. This email address will be used for communication purpose. For example if you receive a comment, the software will send a notification to this email address.
  3. For the third and fourth columns, you need to choose a name and description for your blog. However if you would like to decide later, you can always leave them blank.

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Click on the “Install WordPress” button after you are done filling up the form.

A summary page is then shown. Please make sure all data are correct before clicking the “Finish installation” button.

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Congratulations! You have successfully installed WordPress. At the final page, you can see your username and password highlighted in blue color. Please make sure that you will not lose them. It is also a good practice to have your details emailed and kept safely.

You can now access your blog at the URL you have chosen earlier on.

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Now you are ready to post anything online. You could start writing as well as customizing your blog design with WordPress themes now. Here are some reminders for you along your blogging time. Do remember to upgrade your WordPress version from time to time to avoid any chaos and being the target of hackers. Also do backup your blogs as you never know when you will need it.

With that I believe you are ready to self host your blog on your web hosting now. Good luck!

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How to show HTML/java codes in blogger(blogspot) blog posts

by Tamal Anwar on Monday, December 12, 2011

If you’re a blogspot platform blogger and want to show HTML source codes in your blog posts then you must had a hard time how to make it done. Check out Code BlogKori. You can see that I’ve created special boxes for those HTML codes and the code remains intact inside the post. It’s a nice trick for blogger platform if you’re willing to post tutorials and badges for your readers.

For this you have to take two simple steps,

Step 1

You have to add a special code inside your blogger template. Go to your blogger Dashboard > Layout > Edit HTML. Now hit CTRL+F on your keyboard and search this tag,

]]></b:skin>

Now you have to add this code above that code,

pre { background:#efefef; border:1px solid #A6B0BF; font-size:120%; line-height:100%; overflow:auto; padding:10px; color:#000000 } pre:hover { border:1px solid #efefef; } code { font-size:120%; text-align:left; margin:0;padding:0; color: #000000;} .clear { clear:both; overflow:hidden; }

Now it will look something like this,

After you done it, click the “Preview” button to see if your blog shows or not. If everything’s okay, then click, “Save template

Step 2

Now each time you create a post and you need to add some HTML codes inside your post, you have to convert it into escapable characters. For this go to this tool called Quick escape and insert your code. Click, “Convert to escaped character” the converted code will be different than the original.

Now create a new blog post and add the converted code. You have to enclosed the code with a “pre” tag(marked as blue) For this I’ve added the same code twice. One normally and the other one with the hack.

Publish your post and see the magic! The normal code showed up with the effect but the hacked on remained intact inside the table.

Please leave a comment with your response and any suggestion for this blogger hack. If you run into any trouble, feel free to ask me a question. Please do share/save this page if it helped you.

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