Promote your blog – Greet your readers to share

From last one month I am concentrating on different issues about promoting my blog. It is really hard to promote a new, fresh blog, moreover if the blogger doesn’t have much recognition it can be hardest in many cases. After spending huge time on different resources and blogs I am digging deep on better promotional aspects as much as I can. It all depends on which position you are starting your blog? What is your current social value? How many people follow you? Most important is how about the contents as well as what is the prospect of your blog, how it’s going to be differ than others? Well, lots of questions to follow-up at a time aren’t it? I will write about this topic later very soon with resources but right I am after something else.

In this post, I am going to write about a wordpress plug-in which may help you to promote your blog. It named “WP GREET BOX”. Yes, already known to lots of bloggers, even one of the biggest blogging networks like Smashing Magazine was using it. What is it really? What it does? OK let’s have a look:

WP GREET BOX – What is that?

WP GREET BOX is a plugin for wordpress, in simple sense it welcomes new readers. Yet simple, but it does have some dynamic ways to greet your blog visitors. It place a welcome box at the end or beginning of the post and reminds you to subscribe to the blog’s RSS.

Features

The best feature it has is the dynamic version of greetings according to tracked visitors from different social websites. Which means if your visitors are referred from Google, Digg, Stumbleupon or even from Twitter this greeting box will show their  customized subscriber links according to referred sites.  Moreover it gives you option to see related posts those are already listed in Google search.

I am placing some of it’s features bellow:

  • Show a different greeting message to your visitor depending on the referrer URL.  You can add/edit/delete/disable these greeting messages as you choose.
  • Show a different greeting message to your visitor depending on the referrer  URL.  You can add/edit/delete/disable these greeting messages as you choose.
  • Ability to keep displaying the greeting message until after the user click  close for the first time.  After that, the greeting message will not show up or that user anymore.
  • Ultra customizeable greeting message box (with CSS) allowing you to  prepend/append HTML around the greeting message box.
  • Cache compatible mode makes use of AJAX to display greeting messages in the frontend.  This makes WP Greet Box compatible with other caching plugins (such as WP Super Cache) and WPMU.
  • * AJAX administrative interface that uses nonce verification to discourage hackers.
  • Currently the following referrers are installed by default, but you can easily create your own if your favorite referrer is not on the list!

Subscriber buttons:

  1. bing.com
  2. blinklist.com
  3. blogmarks.com
  4. del.icio.us
  5. delicious.com
  6. digg.com
  7. diigo.com
  8. facebook.com
  9. flickr.com
  10. friendfeed.com
  11. furl.com
  12. google.*
  13. linkedin.com
  14. ma.gnolia.com
  15. mister-wong.com
  16. myspace.com
  17. netvibes.com
  18. newsvine.com
  19. plurk.com
  20. reddit.com
  21. search.live.com
  22. search.msn.com
  23. search.yahoo.com
  24. simpy.com
  25. stumbleupon.com
  26. technorati.com
  27. twitter.com
  28. youtube.com

Installation:

First download the plugins for this link:

After download the plugin file unzip the folder.

  • Upload the plugin to your plugins folder: ‘wp-content/plugins/’
  • Activate the ‘WP Greet Box’ plugin
  • Go to the Options -> WP Greet Box admin panel to make any customizations.
Test

To test it is properly working type any of the keyword which will show post link of your blog. After clicking that you can find out a Google icon is in place with greetings “Googler”. Remember you can change the welcome message in option panel.

Supports

You can get full documentation about this plugin at Ominogging.com

Your turn Now

I think this plugin may help me a lot. As a new blogger social icons and subscribing functionalities helps you a lot to promote your baby blog. Let me know if you have any other good plugins that you have already used. And yes don’t forget to share!!

All about CSS : Useful blog post on CSS3

Cascading Style Sheet started its journey in 1970 with the name SGML. As HTML grew, web developers feel wider demand of defining styling capabilities to meet business functions. Now, while we are approaching toward 2010, rapid web tech changes are highlighted to everyone. We know that CSS is the presentation semantic of HTML or markup language like XML, Do we know CSS3 better than its other version?  Moreover a big battle is going on between protective web developers and with developers who accept new changes and challenges is that, is time has come to adopt CSS3, while one of the major browser like IE don’t have its support at all?

Yes there are conflicts. We should remember every new technology which tries making changes to its previous trend, face difficulties. In case of CSS3 I believe, will make its way very soon to all the browsers and developers will adopt it as they are already doing with CSS 2.0. Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome has already given its support to CSS3 standard, only question remains with Internet Explorer. Hmm as a website developer do you like IE? You know your answer but as a common internet user Internet Explorer is the first option because it comes up with Windows for free, moreover that’s the only browser installed and I think it is not IE8 may be IE6 or IE7. In this case all out css3 is definitely not for you. Because it will not work on IE at all, in many cases your site will be a piece of disaster to these viewers, unless you don’t define a separate CSS especially for IE. Getting the right choice for CSS version depends on your target market. Most of the users of my blog use Firefox, then chrome, Safari and finally IE. Though my number of IE visitors are very less I made a substitute CSS for them, so that it runs fine in front of their blinking eyes. So decision is up to you, remember you as a developer have lots of option, “which one is best?” you know that better than others.

All about CSS” – with this title I am just trying to list some useful post about CSS3 I have found so far from different blog post. They helped me a lot and I believe it will help you to enhance your CSS3 skills.

Related Readings:

Useful blog post on CSS3

Stronger, Better, Faster Design with CSS3

stronger better faster with css3

33 Must Read CSS3 Tips, Tricks, Tutorial Sites and Articles

An article by Dainis Graver is in 1stwebdesigner.com. The post includes 33 different links about CSS3 tips, tricks and resources. A “All in one package”.
info-all-css3-useful-webdev-webdesign-resources

Styling HTML Lists with CSS: Techniques and Resources

Smashing Magazine is my first choice. They do have a huge number of resources and yes their writers know what they are writing. This article is all about stylist HTML Lists. Article is written by Louis Lazaris.
Styling HTML Lists with CSS

22 Advanced CSS Text Effects And Web Typography Tips

Advanced CSS text effect tools, resources and tutorials written by Dainis Graveris.The article describe how you can spice up your website by using cool text effect using css3.

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Pushing Your Buttons With Practical CSS3

Design your buttons with css3. It is easy, without any technical puzzle game and reusable with different colors. The writer ZURB present some key techniques about building beautiful, efficient buttons for your website by CSS3

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Only 5 for this post, but if you go through this link it is more than enough for a good start. More to come in future even I will try to share some new feature very soon. Now it is your part to share. Let me know how you liked it. Did I missed something?

IAMWD: Favourite posts of the week for December 12th 2009

IAMWD follows some of it’s favorite RSS related to website,business and personal development resources. I am opening this new post as a round up of weekly favorite post for different blogs. These posts are taken from 1stWebdesigner, YouTheDesigner, SmashingMagazine, FreelanceFolder and more….

33 Must Read CSS3 Tips, Tricks, Tutorial Sites and Articles

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Free Design Resource Roundup #1

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You May Be Addicted to Social Media If…

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Styling HTML Lists with CSS: Techniques and Resources

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25 Ultra-Creative Packaging Designs From DeviantArt

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COLLECTION OF GREAT ONE LETTER LOGOS

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Microformats: What, Why, and How

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How to display your twitter status in a unique design

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Proposed idea on social networking services

Shorter form of writers previous post on Live journal on 7th March, 2009

A social networking service promotes on building online communities of people from different activities, groups, or who are interested to exploring the interest of others. We can find out many online social networking services now a day’s who are very popular and people are grabbing their services like a hot cake. To some people they cannot even think of a single day without browsing their social networking portfolio. That is why a real time business aspect is increasingly spreading its way to this online world. Social network is a new virtual but rationally realistic world of communication and sharing activities with low cost which open doors for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Business prospects on social networking services has diversity of different aspects and beneficial for service provider. We can find out aspects in business to business (B2B) or business to consumers (B2C). We can involve some more values than traditional social networking services and can involve business aspects with bigger sense with some new ideas. Business can be involved with SNS (Social Networking Services) with all its activities and not only serving the advertising, marketing buying/selling, customer relationships but emerging other educational and human acknowledgement factors. Social networking service can interconnect all types of human to fulfill their desired interest only if we can incorporate business services with it in every possible way.

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Source from photobucket.com

Few Ideas:

Social networking services are still new and growing with its full phase. There are lots of scopes where business can focus activities and appear a direct involvement. As a preliminary stage some ideas can be incorporated along with these services where key motivation should be “WORLD ON ONE PAGE”. I personally believe it is possible at the era of technological development. We can share knowledge, send emails, chat with friends, do business, learning new things, attend meetings, getting updated news, complete essential tasks, searching and can do many more at one single place. To get that we can think about a interconnected social networking service where a virtual world is presented by many third party services.

  • Create a module for instant alert system. Mails will be pushed to handheld or as messaging services to normal mobile phones. (already live)
  • Create a business network close to local area for small business and worldwide network for global business according to entrepreneurs profile and their interests
  • Including online parcel sending module with gifts. Where many local shops will be connected and parcels can send by well established parcel carriers like FEDEX, TNT or in local ROYAL MAIL. That means we can easily involve E-Logistics terms in SNS.
  • General Banking services can be included.
  • While putting users profile users can be asked for their national ID number. They will be easily identified through the main database under proper authentication and authorization. Thus the security will be improved and a person will not able to use more than one profile.
  • Connect with local events and national events
  • Make sure knowledge gets to people who acts on time
  • Schools and College works and learning system can be merged as a test.
  • Share individual intellect and get a combined idea.
  • Promote professionals and skilled peoples, search for employee and employers

Measuring business prospective on social networking services has a vast potential for research work and gathering new ideas for new entrepreneurs. It does have some history of potential misuse but still this is a growing sector. Stakeholder can find a new way of potential profit and can establish a well structured network for virtual human world.

Feelings of Social Media Inadequacy – by INC.com

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This is a IAMWD News:

A very new article written by Josh Spirio, titled

“A New Source of Stress: Feelings of Social Media Inadequacy” – published by Inc.com.

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The article pointed a clear overview of possible outcomes of business sector who are using social media as not only a marketing tool, but as a tool of customer service. The article also relieved its own point of view on social media adaption to business. We have seen different argument for and against this new hype. But if we really try to evaluate it’s strength we can recognize a clear picture of a  powerful tool which can take care of your present and potential customers.

You can visit the original article by clicking this link:

Technorati Claim code : Boost blog Traffic

Hello folks

I really do apologies but I do not have any other option. This post is just for activation purpose for Technorati claim code: TCUCTJQCP22J

But hey we can still share some thoughts together. Here is one of the post you might find interesting:

HOW TO: BOOST YOUR BLOG TRAFFIC

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The post already got popularity for its clear discussion about getting traffic to your new blog. The article written by Paul. Here i got a chance to have a look how to claim your code for Technorati. It also delivers some key point of using some great tools that will help increase your blog traffic and also monitoring facilities.

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Optimized wordpress header : Cleanup unwanted element

As a new blogger I am going through lots of usability and optimization difficulty with my current site theme. I always follow source file how dose it really look like? Whether it is optimized or not? If it is properly formatted? How my template is effecting by plug-ins?

I just tried some new search on how to optimize or remove unwanted elements from header file? I really liked three post. Bellow are the three Links from which I have taken references for this post:

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I found these post really helpful and like to share some of my understandings with you:

Problem with wordpress wp_head()

wp_head() is a action hook for plugins which is used in HTML <head> tag in wordpress header.php file. It is used so that plugins can include their additional functionalities within <head> tag if necessary. Now the problem with this wp_head() is that it do have some of it’s own element itself which you can find in view-source page of your template. Have a look:
[code lang="html"]

[/code]

The tag :

[code lang="html"][/code] is unnecessary if you do use different rss feed element like Feed Burner in your blog. Moreover it conflicts the original title tags as well. In some cases few social networking services like “StumbleUpon” get confused which title it should follow!

How to remove?

Remember removing the wp_head() element is simply designers choice. It is up to them. If you really want to use core Jquery link given by wordpress, want to write your blog using Windows Live writer then you should not remove these elements. One simple solution might be just remove the wp_head() from your header.php file. In that case it may hamper your template because  these Action hooker helps your template to work smoothly. What we can do is, to remove each single element inserting few codes in your function.php file.

Open your function.php from your Editor from wordpress admin or with notepad from your local PC. Now add following codes according to your interest. I have removed all of them because I already had substitutes for my template and most of them were useless for me.

Remove the links to the extra feeds such as category feeds

[code lang="php"]remove_action( 'wp_head', 'feed_links_extra', 3 );[/code]

Remove links to the general feeds: Post and Comment Feed

[code lang="php"]remove_action( 'wp_head', 'feed_links', 2 );[/code]

Remove the link  EditURI link

[code lang="php"]remove_action( 'wp_head', 'rsd_link');[/code]

Remove  Windows Live Writer manifest file

[code lang="php"]remove_action( 'wp_head', 'wlwmanifest_link');[/code]

Remove Index Link

[code lang="php"]remove_action( 'wp_head', 'index_rel_link');[/code]

Remove wordpress Generator

[code lang="php"]remove_action( 'wp_head', 'wp_generator');[/code]

** please be aware removing this link means you might have problem while upgrading your wordpress automatically form your admin dashboard.

Remove Start, Prev and current post link

[code lang="php"]remove_action( 'wp_head', 'parent_post_rel_link');remove_action( 'wp_head', 'start_post_rel_link');remove_action( 'wp_head', 'adjacent_posts_rel_link');[/code]

Remove Additional Jquery Link

If you include all your jquery script source manually in your <header> tag in that case self included jquery reference is an excess for you. We do have on function wp_deregister_script(‘jquery’) , But the we cant include this one in function.php file. It is because it inherit code wordpress admin panel jquery functionality. In that case (Thanks to Falcon to notify us) we just need to open our header.php file and include the code just above wp_head(), as follow:

[code lang="php"]wp_deregister_script('jquery');wp_head();[/code]

Thats all the basic wp_head() element you may want to remove to keep your <head> tag clear. Though some plug-ins will contradict with their own generated script like JavaScript or style sheets in that case you have to go more deeper. You just need to open that plug-ins main php file and try to find [code lang="php"]add_action('wp_head', 'plugin_function_here');[/code] after you do know the name of the plug-ins function just go back to your function.php file and include this code: [code lang="php"]remove_action('wp_head', 'plugin_function_here');[/code]And it will work fine.

Hope this discussion may help you guys. Please let me know if I missed something.

Amazing Free wordpress themes for December 2009

Since it starts its journey WordPress; is now counting as one of the most powerful yet simple CMS for publishing contents. We do have different CMS out there like Joomla, Drupal and Xoops, but WordPress is something which can be done easily or without much headache. You do have several option to choose this award winning CMS, as it is very user friendly, easy to understand, tons of plugins that makes your CMS for functional, thousands of free trendy templates which you can use without a single customization. For developers it is something very familiar than Drupal i guess. It’s documentation is so clear that even a beginner can customize the templates and develop new plugins with a very little effort.

I am also very new in WordPress, still learning its inner functionalities. The template you are watching in this blog is basically a customization of two different free template combined into one. I learned how to add widget, create new function and insert code within core wordpress template. Anyway I can discuss about this later, but here I am listing few free templates that you might be interested to look at. Have a look below:

WordPress blog and portfolio templates for December 2009

CleanPress

cleanpress

GoodTheme

goodtheme

MotionStyle

motionstyle

Fullscreen

fullscreen

ArrasThemes

arrasthemes

new_york_free_Wordpress_Theme

TypeBased

typebased

SimpleBalance

simplebalance

Bueno

bueno

Irresistible

irresistible

Seabreeze

Seabreeze

DeskSpace

Deskspace

The template are collected from different sources and from blog post, I like to thank them too.

Thanks to:

Website usability and user experience : A Common practice

Usability and User Experience, two very common word in each and every sector in business products and services. In case of website design and development whatever or however the design or functionality it has if it do have lack of usability and User experience we just can argue “The site is a mess”. In my case as new blogger,while implementing this site I am still fighting to insure best UX and Usability functional within my ability. To get more information I was reading few blogs and advice from different writers. Lots of articles out there to get better idea abut Usability and User Experience awareness, but few of them are really helps me for my better understanding.

Source: stopanxietyinminutes
Source: stopanxietyinminutes

Usability of a website :

You can find lots of definition given by expertise. My simple point of view is “Giving less effort to find what I want from a website within my particular interest”. That means my percentage of hovering will be less, It will be easy to navigate, I will know where I can find my desired contents within a website. Moreover it should meet our goal. It might be contents, Available links, in Design pattern or may be just a video. As an example we are more comfortable driving on a wide straight high-way rather than zigzag roads upon hill! That means how comfortable you are while purchasing a product from a shopping mall.

Website User Experience :

It is common for your viewers, even for you as a browser. When we start browsing a website conscious mind start giving feedback right then, “What is my experience?” Am I feeling good? Is it comfortable for my sight view? Can I keep trust on what i am looking at? How about the services it is providing me? How satisfied I am? Yes lots of questions comes up in case of user experience analysis. An user experience is something which can keep your customer stick with you at all time. Simple example might be a shopping center who do have small product line but it do have lots of returning customer only because these customers do get good customer experience.

The battle :

Usability or Experience? Well definitely both. But we just need to balance it at best possible limit both side. Very usable thing might not cover better experience, on other hand a product with high functionality might be difficult for use to everyone. That is why developers and designers both consider to balance these two facts at the same time.

A publication by Semantic Studio, “User Experience Design“ written by Peter Morvilles (Email : morville@semanticstudios.com).With many years of experiences in information architecture and UX design the writer developed a new model called “User experience Honeycomb“.

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It was a extension to an infamous model named “Three circle of Information Architecture“. The new model just described 7 quality of an user experience, those are : Useful, usable, desirable, findable, accessible, credible and valuable. There are so many experts are there who are working with usability and UX, if you search thoroughly you might get more different techniques or mind map before practical integration. But the Map above is one of the basic content that you will find useful to fulfill your starting solution for usability and UX.

Please read the article by Peter here : User Experience Design

I have found some other posts in different popular blogs and you might be interested to have a look at those as well.

  1. 6 simple ways to increase the visual impact of your Web Page

    6 simple ways to increase the visual impact of your Web Page

  2. Simple usability problem to avoid

    ^ usability problem to avoid

  3. Brand = User Experience: The Interface of a Cheeseburger

    Interface of a cheese burger
  4. Call to Action Buttons: Examples and Best Practices

    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/10/13/call-to-action-buttons-examples-and-best-practices/
  5. 15 Common Mistakes in E-Commerce Design

    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/10/08/15-common-mistakes-in-e-commerce-design-and-how-to-avoid-them/
  6. Minimizing Complexity In User Interfaces

    Minimizing Complexity In User Interfaces
  7. 10 Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines

    10 Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines
  8. 10 usability crimes you really shouldn’t commit

    10 usability crimes you really shouldn't commit
  9. Long-tail User Experience: how to cultivate (or dissolve) a community

    Long-tail User Experience

You may find some more resources and articles on-line, If You think I should include more link that you feel better please let me know. Let me know about your interest too.