WordPress Plugins – WP to Twitter

I seem to be spending more and more time on Twitter. I initially began using Twitter out of curiosity. I had no idea how I could utilize a service that limited my conversation to 140 characters. I further questioned whether or not the service was even manageable from a personal perspective. Conversation is difficult at best and depending on the number of people in your Twitter feed, it is quite easy for the messages to be overwhelming.

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WordPress Plugins – WP-Plurk

I stumbled across the Plurk social networking site in June 2008. I had been using Twitter for a while but was struggling with how to make use of the tool to establish communication. Twitter was great for broadcasting out a message but the Plurk interface was much better at providing a visual conversation and message flow.

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WordPress Plugins – Wordbook

I began using Facebook as a way to stay connected to my kids. I know that sounds kind of funny but as the older girls graduated from high school and began their college careers, we turned to Facebook to try and stay connected. They could post pictures and update their status to let me know what was going on and I could do the same so that they felt like they were still a part of the family home life. Somehow though Facebook kind of blossomed and became a larger service.

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WordPress Plugins – Social Links

It seems like everywhere we turn these days another social networking site is springing up. From My Space to Facebook to LinkedIn to Twitter to Plurk there is always a new service being brought up to help us connect with other computer users with similar interests. The problem with all of these services is that you never know which ones are the ones where your friends are actually hanging out. After all there what good is a social network where you are the only user?

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WordPress Plugins – Shadowbox JS

Sometimes it’s all about style. If you can’t baffle them with content, you can at least dazzle them with look and feel. One of the hot trends on the Internet these days is the use of a shadowbox effect for graphics. This effect basically dims the screen and then displays a larger graphic on the screen as an inline pop-up. I know that sounds like a contradiction but I you know what I mean.

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WordPress Plugins – Creative Commons License Widget

When I began writing my blog, I received some very valuable advice, always protect your content and its ownership. While much of my writing is available and free to the reader, I still would like to retain all of the rights to the content so that I am at least aware of how hit may be being used. Much of this can be accomplished simply using a Creative Commons License.

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WordPress Plugins – Change Admin Username

When you install a WordPress site, the system automatically creates an Administrator user account and assigns it a User ID. This is done to allow you to log into the Administration tool to manage your blog installation. Unfortunately you are not allowed to select the User ID that is created. Furthermore you are not allowed to change it once it is created. Normally that would not be a big deal but if you happen to be migrating from an existing blog, you end up with one of two scenarios.

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WordPress Plugins – Bulk Delete

It never fails; no matter how well I plan or no matter how good the migration tool is, there always seems to be some sort of data issue that can best be solved through entry deletion. The problem of course is that in most of these systems deletion is an all or nothing kind of proposition. Rarely do the developers take into consideration that you may only want to delete certain types of entries.

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WordPress Plugins – AJAX Calendar

When I first began blogging I was decidedly against having a calendar appear on the front page. I kept telling myself that I already knew what day it was and I didn’t need a continual reminder of how seldom I posted. It served as a constant feedback mechanism of how pathetic I was as a blogger. When I started this I thought I would write every day. Before long I was happy if I was posting once a week. Then it was maybe twice a month. Without a calendar there I lacked discipline of keeping track of my writing frequency. For the exact reason why I didn’t want a calendar on my blog I realized that was why I needed one.

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