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Creative Uses for WordPress

WordPress is most known as the world’s most influential and popular blogging framework.  However, it can be used in some really creative ways.  Ways that stretch conventional uses and, at times, push the WordPress core to it’s limits.  So why use WordPress to create something really creative?  It’s a blogging engine, not a blank slate for your wildest dreams.  I’ve found, it actually IS a blank slate.  Although it comes pre-packaged with lots of features as a powerful blogging tool, it is quite simple and versatile out of the box.

I have started multiple web projects that had very little need for a blogging feature, but I’ve chosen to build the application on WordPress because it makes creating and managing dynamic content very easy.  The following are examples of some creative and innovative uses for WordPress.  Have an example I missed?  Leave a comment below.

WordPress as a Wiki

Wikis were made famous by sites like Wikipedia, the community-managed encyclopedia.  They are essentially user-moderated content pages that can be used for any collaborative project.

Popular URL Aggregator

Some of the famous examples include PopURL and AllTop.  These are just RSS feeds essentially, aggregated and moderated for quality content.

alltop

WordPress as an Image Sharing site

A popular example of this includes ffffound, an open image sharing site that no longer accepts new registrations.

WordPress as a Contact Manager

There are lots of reasons to manage contacts with a WordPress site.  It can also act as a CRM.  I once built a contact manager for an agency with about 100 employees that wanted help keeping track of them.

contact manager

As a membership Directory

Similar to a contact manager, a membership directory offers some features designed to interact with members.  Such as signing up and managing one’s own profile.  This opens up a world of pay-for-membership opportunities.

WordPress as a Twitter clone

I don’t quite see the utility of creating a twitter clone.  But I suppose this could be useful for busy tech support departments or other situations in which contacts must be made quickly and publicly.

twitter clone

WordPress as a Forum

One of the most ubiquitous features of a web site is a forum.  A forum provides an organized way to discuss or ask questions while allowing others to see the content.  Forums were made popular with support services because they reduced call/email volume by allowing people to see the solution to their problems immediately.

As a News Aggregator

Be careful with news aggregators.  Some sites just compile content from other people’s sites and it makes for lame, useless content.  When done well, and tastefully, people can compile interesting news from their niche of interest.

news

WordPress as an Invoicing System

Run a freelancing business from your WordPress site?  Why not integrate your billing as well?  There are plugins that allow you to bill customers, accept payment and track outstanding invoices easily within WordPress.

WordPress as a Job Board

WordPress can do one thing exceptionally well: build community.  With that community you can disseminate information, gather information, or even publish job listings.  This works best if your website already has authority related to an issue.

wpjobboard

As a social bookmarking service

WordPress can be used like Digg, Reddit, or other similar social bookmarking services through which people can share interesting content and vote it up or down.  Again, hard to break into this service unless your site already has authority and ranking.

WordPress as an Auction Site

Yea, it can do that.  Some plugins let you turn WordPress into an eBay clone, or at least the major features.  Find your niche and become the vertical market auction site of your choice.

wpauctions

What did I miss?  I’d like to hear about other wild and crazy ways people are using WordPress to break the mold.

 

 

10 Years of WordPress

I feel like WordPress has been a part of my life for more than 10 years.  But this past May, WordPress reached a 10 year milestone.  What began with a conversation between Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little about forking their favorite blogging software evolved into the most powerful, ubiquitous website platform in the world.  Currently powering 18% of all websites, WordPress has risen beyond fame and into legend.

This original post by Matt was the marker of inception of what would become WordPress.  As futurist as he may be, I would speculate even Matt couldn’t predict what that project would become.  But oh, are we thankful for what happened in the subsequent months.

Mike Little, the co-creator of WordPress recently wrote about the 10 years that have passed since the first release.  He highlighted some of the huge websites that run WordPress, near 70 million websites now.  Around half of the top 100 websites are using WordPress.  The underlying theme here is one of appreciation.  People across the globe have sent words of grattitude to Matt and others at Automattic for providing such a tool, for free.  What is perhaps more important here, is the community they have developed.  This has been possible, in part, because of a dedication to open source software.

WordPress started because Matt and Mike wanted a better “logging software” and the best at the time, TextPattern, was not GPL.  Because of Matt’s dedication to an open and free web, (specifically: open source software with a General Public License), WordPress was born out of necessity.

Because WordPress is open source and freely available, it was adopted by millions.  But a community is more than just an active forum.  A community surrounding a piece of software is about shared ownership and investment.  We all contribute to the vibrancy of the WordPress community and that’s what makes it unstoppable.  If you are skeptical of the global impact of WordPress, head on over to http://en.wordpress.com/stats/ to see a live look at the geographical spread of action on the WordPress.com servers.

live wordpress

If that’s not convincing, take a look at the growth in WordPress.com pageviews.  At press time, over 380 million people view 4.1 billion pages per month via WordPress.com.  Now that’s impressive.

wordpress pageviews

As I’ve already mentioned, the functionality, ease of use, simplicity and professionalism found with WordPress as a blogging tool was half the reason for it’s success.  But the other half is due to the commitment to freely available software under a GPL.  In honor of the 10th anniversary of WordPress, the in-process WordPress book “Freedom, Community and the Business of Open Source” added chapter 3 “On forking WordPress, Forks in General, Early WordPress and the Community”.  In this chapter the genesis of WordPress is outlined, including the prophetic blog post from 2003.

In WordPress Matt’s succinct outline of the major impacts of each version from the beginning, he highlights one key factor that is not unique to the WordPress community, but so critical to it’s success:

In WordPress 1.2 the new Plugin API made it easy for developers to extend WordPress. In the same release gettext() internationalization opened WordPress up to every language (hat tip: Ryan Boren for spending hours wrapping strings with gettext). In WordPress 1.5 our Theme system made it possible for WordPress users to quickly change their site’s design: there was huge resistance to the theme system from the wider community at the time, but can you imagine WordPress without it? Versions 2.7, 2.8, and 2.9 saw improvements that let users install and update their plugins and themes with one click. WordPress has seen a redesign by happycog (2.3) and gone under extensive user testing and redesign (Crazyhorse, Liz Danzico and Jen Mylo, WordPress 2.5). In WordPress 3.0 we merged WordPress MU with WordPress — a huge job but 100% worth it. And in WordPress 3.5 we revamped the media uploader to make it easier for people to get their images, video, and media online.

What Matt pointed out here is so very important.  A vibrant developer community is the key to software success.  Although at the time there was resistance, the healthy discussion made WordPress stronger.

If one thing is clear through this, it is the strength of the WordPress community over the last 10 years has grown at a steady clip.  Without the community, there would be no WordPress.  Without the vision of a couple pretty bright guys, there would be no WordPress.  To all of you that have contributed to WordPress over the  years, from Matt to Moe to Mary, THANK YOU.

What’s new in WordPress 3.6

With an active development community, you can always count on regular releases as WordPress evolves.  WordPress 3.6 is currently in beta 3 with the option to download and test it.  There is also a plugin called WordPress Beta Tester you can use to test out the new stuff.  Even with this plugin, I would highly recommend setting up a dummy WordPress site to play with 3.6.  Do not use your production site.  So far, 150 contributors have made over 100 changes to WordPress.

Mark Jaquith, lead developer for the 3.6 release was quoted back in December regarding his intentions for the release:

I’d personally like the focus of the release to be about content editing (revisions, autosave, workflow, editing modes, etc)

Here are some of the nice new features you can expect:

Nicer post revision comparison

The current version of WordPress is difficult to use because the contrast between colors is weak.  Users are stuck trying to discern red on red and green on green which is not ideal.  WP 3.6 includes better contrast and an overall polished look.  Users now have access to Previous and Next buttons that allow for easy browsing of revisions.  This can be really helpful with multiple authors.

Also helpful for multiple authors, WordPress 3.6 improves on the feature of post locking.  With 3.6, blogs with multiple authors will be able to work on a post together without losing their modifications.  This is accomplished by locking posts during editing.  When a second author attempts to open a post that is being edited, they will receive a warning that it is locked.  The second author will have the ability to take control of the post, or abandon their attempt to edit.

Nicer Post Format Interface

Post formats were released in version 3.1, and have relied on some hand-coding to implement.  They are useful for changing how post content is displayed without changing the content itself.  The new post format interface will look something like this:

new post formats WP 3.6

Improved post auto-save

The underlying goal of this enhancement is to prevent authors from ever losing a post.  Historically, the WordPress auto-save feature was subject to an unbroken internet connection and server availability.  With WP 3.6, the auto-save will occur every 15 seconds with the remote server, or locally if that connection is unavailable.  The local copy will then be synced with the server.  This is made possible in part by modern browsers.

Bundled Theme Improvements

Personally, I have never used the TwentyThirteen or any of it’s predecessor themes on a production site.  But it is a handy foundation on which to build a the functionality of a WordPress site before looking at a design.  In WordPress 3.6, the bundled theme comes with some significant improvements.  Demo it here.  The developers have been pretty bold with the changes this go around.

twentythirteen

Custom Menus

Also a relatively new feature to the WordPress core, custom menus are being improved upon further.  The new menu UI will include a more polished checkbox select system, an accordion menu feature (wahoo!) and enhanced help text.

The new UI has a more defined workflow, forcing the user the select the necessary options such as adding menu items.  They do this by blocking all other options that are out of sequence.  The UI is further improved with a big “create new menu” button at the beginning.

Summary

WordPress 3.6 was set to release April 23rd of this year.  Mid-way through May, it seems like the developers have made a wise choice to not compromise quality and attention to detail in order to make a deadline.  I agree and wish them the best of luck.  Thanks for working tirelessly on this release.

Although nothing groundbreaking is found in this release, it addresses some significant bugs and polishes the overall functionality.  It’s better not to roll out a drastic change too often anyway.

See the full list of changes here.

Best Places to get WordPress Support

WordPress is known for simplicity and ease of use.  Even people that don’t understand a lick of code can get WordPress up and running in about 5 minutes.  With the advent of 1-click installation, this became even easier.  Another great feature of WordPress is the foundation that allows you to build virtually any type of website on top of it.

Originally a pure blogging platform, WordPress has grown into a structure upon which one can build an online store, social network, magazine, business, even portfolio websites.  In building such advanced functionality, there comes a time when everyone needs a little help.

This help can come in form of community support, official support, paid support, or just a casual learning tool such as a tutorial.  In this post I outline some of the most common and reliable places to find WordPress support.

Official WordPress Support

The official WordPress support resource has to be the first one listed here, obviously.  From here you can access a vibrant support community in the forum, the official documentation (codex) and some handy WordPress tutorials.

Visit the WordPress forum.

The WordPress forum isn’t the most vibrant forum I’ve ever seen, but it is steadily and consistently accessed by some very smart WordPress admins that can answer questions quickly.

wordpress forum

Visit the WordPress Tutorials Section

These tutorials are basic, but helpful for the newbie that hasn’t spent a ton of time with WordPress yet.

wordpress tutorials

Unofficial Support

There are lots of unofficial support sites.  Some are dedicated WordPress support blogs,  but many are articles written by WordPress admins.  For me, this has come about when I’ve needed to learn something new about WordPress.  Often it seems sharing this new knowledge might be helpful to someone else so I write it up.

Some of the websites dedicated to providing WordPress support can be found here.  I decided not to share individual bloggers’ attempts at support because I can’t guarantee their consistency or accuracy as confidently as I can for these dedicated resources.

TutsPlus

TutsPlus is part of the NetTuts (short for tutorials) empire.  They have quite a bit of free stuff, plus some paid content that is well worth the few bucks to access.

tutsplus wordpress support

WP101

I’ve not personally used WP101 but it presents itself as a premium WordPress support resource.  It is a video-based learning resource that you can access with a monthly, annual or lifetime membership fee.

wp101 support

Crowd Support

For these purposes, I considered crowd support to be any organized service that allows people to support each other.  Whether paid, or free, a service that connects people for the sole purpose of getting WordPress help.

WPQuestions

My personal favorite.  I’ve answered many tough questions on this site.  Ask a question and offer a small monetary reward for the person that answers it.  Some people have made thousands on this site.

wpquestions wordpress support

Guru.com

Hire a pro for a little or lot of money depending on the scope of your needs.  I got my start with WordPress on this website 10 years ago.

guru wordpress support

oDesk.com

Another pro-for-hire site.  I’ve spent a lot of time on this site and found some very inexpensive and fast help with WordPress.  Mainly custom plugins and themes.

odesk wordpress support

 

Individual providers

These are a couple individual WordPress support sites who’s skill level I cannot verify but seem pretty reputable.

MyWPExpert

In addition to custom themes and such, this WP expert offers one-on-one support and training.  Not something that is widely available.

mywpexpert wordpress support

WP boys 24/7 support

This is very cool.  Pay for 24 hour WordPress support.  Scenario: your client calls at 11pm, their site is down and you can’t figure out why.  Call the WP boys!

wp-boys wordpress support

If I missed a great resource for getting support with WordPress, please leave it as a comment.  I love to hear your suggestions that make Pingable a truly rich WordPress resource.

25 Free Nonprofit WordPress Themes for February 2013

What to consider when choosing a WordPress theme for a nonprofit.

Today’s nonprofit can no longer depend on generous donors to send money because of the quality or depth of the mission. In a tight economy, nonprofits need to act like businesses – adopting business principles and strategy in order to stay competitive. One major component of a competitive nonprofit is a powerful and dynamic web presence.

Because this new reality for nonprofits and non-governmental organizations requires an intentional focus on their website and design, and WordPress is miles above the competition when it comes to building a community online, I thought it important to look at what makes a good nonprofit WordPress theme.

First, how these themes were rated.

1) A good nonprofit WordPress theme must be easy to navigate for non-tech savvy visitors.

2) A good nonprofit WordPress theme incorporates multiple avenues for converting visitors to participants.

3) A good nonprofit WordPress theme is stylish but professional.

I examined each of these three factors, along with basic standards for usability, good design principles and quality coding. The following are standout themes that would be good for virtually any nonprofit.

Yasmin

A fixed layout, 3-column theme with lots of social media engagement for potential donors or volunteers. Comes with a slick portfolio feature too.

yasmin nonprofit wordpress theme

Western

A 2-column business theme with striking color contrast and up-top social links.

western theme for nonprofits

Stylish Church

An easy to implement branding platform (like – just upload your logo easy) and an integrated events calendar make this a great option for nonprofits.

Free Church nonprofit wordpress theme

Simple Nonprofit Theme

It is what it says, a simple nonprofit theme with a header menu to highlight what’s important. A clean blog and latest news function round out this nonprofit theme.

free nonprofit theme

Fanwood

More striking contrast to make the theme pop off the page. Above the fold social links and easy navigation.

fanwood nonprofit theme

Pure Line

A truly simple design with the old school menu header. This theme is super free (full GPL) because it’s found in the WordPress theme depository.

pure line nonprofit theme

Simple Catch

It’s right in the name: “simple”. A smooth, clean design but a pretty powerful back end with a complete administrator panel.

simple nonprofit theme

Unique & Responsive

Responsive is the key phrase here. With more people accessing the web via mobile devices than ever before, this theme will set up your organization to catch people wherever they are, and in the future as more and more people use mobile web.

responsive nonprofit wordpress

Foundation Theme

One of the very few themes out there specifically designed for nonprofits. Foundation theme is from a small (2-theme) shop so who knows about support or consistency. But the theme looks pretty tight and clean.

wordpress foundation theme

Panoramica

Some nonprofits generate some great images as part of their work. Panoramica would be a good theme for them because it is built to showcase powerful images.

nonprofit wordpress theme

Simple n’ Bright

Again, built to rotate great images, Simple n’ Bright also has some beautiful built-in photography that can make the visitor feel all warm-and-fuzzy and maybe a little open-the-wallety.

bright wordpress nonprofit theme

Boldy

Another theme with rotating imagery. Boldy is put together by Site5 hosting as a “free premium” theme. Lots of social integration and a clean column look make this theme a winner.

boldy nonprofit theme

JournalCrunch

Generating lots of written content? This theme is the one for your group. A very clean, professional look with sutle vertical lines make the user feel like they’re sitting in grandma’s living room (in a good way).

journal nonprofit wordpress theme

WP Anniversary

OK, the “thank you” isn’t meant for your donors, it’s meant for Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress. But it could be customized to provide a very nice message to your visitors.

wpanniversary nonprofit theme

Simplo

Yep, I really dig the simple themes. Most themes today only look good with amazing, popping images and we don’t all have those accessible and appropriate for our site. Simplo is super simple and super easy to navigate. Two great design principles.

wordpress ngo theme

Academica

A very professional looking design, obviously targeted toward universities. With universities comes instant “cred” so tap into that if possible.

academic wordpress theme

Iris

Nice, calming but exciting blue permeates this design. Great for kids charities or other child-focused agencies. The navigation is simple, but the layout doesn’t allow for much content above the fold.

iris nonprofit theme

Respo

One of my favorites on this list, Respo is clean but really professional. The menu is boring, but the rest of the design is simple in a nice, clean and usable way.

respo nonprofit theme

Financio

One of my other favorites on this list, I think it’s the subtle vertical lines and the off-black menu. I love how this theme draws your attention immediately to the name, then the content.

simple wordpress nonprofit theme

Goodchoice

This one is modern in terms of design style. The static image background, overlaying screening, and round social buttons are all “design-forward”. If your nonprofit is progressive, this may be the design for you.

good wordpress nonprofit theme

Tint

Rounding out my list of favorites among favorites, tint has a cool, retro color bar at the top that serves no function other than to make me happy. The user is drawn to the content of your message or mission right away.

nonprofit theme

Quintel

Not my favorite design, can’t really explain why. But it has all the right components. Maybe it’s my hatred of the color teal. Yes, that’s it. Otherwise, Quintel might work perfectly for your nonprofit.

quintel nonprofit theme

Orion

A simple and straightforward nonprofit theme. If you care most about your content and images, this might be your theme. It doesn’t distract with flashy features, just clean lines.

orion nonprofit theme

Rolex

Rolex is nice because it has front page widgets you can use to highlight your work with nice icons. Plus the images are nicely displayed above the fold.

rolex nonprofit theme

Faith

I liked faith because it has an elegant quote or statistic spot at the top. Highlight a fact about what your organization does, or some inspiring word of wisdom.

faith nonprofit theme

Ready for the next level? Go premium, like this theme:

mission nonprofit theme

The Complete Guide to WordPress Editing: Part 4

Whether you’re completely new or have been blogging for a while now, you’re probably still not using everything available to you as a blogger on WordPress. It took me a few years of blogging and developing plugins before I really started getting it. I’m going to save you time and write up what I’ve learned here.

This complete series on writing and editing posts with WordPress will cover…

  1. Customizing Your Interface & Getting to Know Permalinks
  2. Mastering Text Formatting For Your Posts
  3. Leveraging Post Scheduling & Post States
  4. How to Make Private and Password Protected Posts
  5. How to Enable and Disable Comments & Understanding Trackbacks
  6. Finding and Using Theme-Specific Options

Let’s say you’re running a public blog — but suddenly there’s a post that you only want to share with certain people, or even just have it there for yourself. It looks like it’s time to explore the Private and Password Protected options of the WordPress editor.

VIP Members, only. What’s the secret?

This is extremely simple.

Have you ever noticed the tiny little “Visibility” section of your Publishing options? Yeah, neither did I. It’s one of those settings you don’t even realize is there until you’ve scoured all through the WordPress admin seeking the answer.

Thankfully, I’m here to tell you now: If you click “Edit”, a whole new world of options will be opened to you.

Simply select “Password Protected”, which will offer you a text field. Enter your password there, and save.

That’s it! Now, whenever a visitor sees this post, they need to enter the super secret password. This can be really useful if you want to share a private page through a newsletter or email to your top readers.

Don’t look at me, I haven’t dressed yet!

Let’s say you want to have a technically Published post, but only want your Administrators and Editors to see it.

Enter the Private Post.

In that same section from before — the Visibility one — you’ll also see an option for Private. Just pick that before you publish, and BAM. You’re ready for private action.

That’s it. With this power, you can set up example formatting and content for your other authors, or as a reminder to yourself of your standards and ideals. Use your imagination!

Beautiful Free and Premium Responsive WordPress Themes

A new word is being used to describe some WordPress themes, “responsive WordPress themes”. This descriptor is used when a theme can fit any screen size without needing multiple versions of the design. For example, a theme that adjusts when the screen size changes without reloading or redirecting to a “mobile” version.

There is a simple test for whether or not a theme is responsive. Visit the theme, make sure the browser window is not maximized, and drag the corner of the window in and out, changing the size of the viewable window. If the theme gracefully adjusts without losing perspective, key features or dimensions, the theme is responsive. Think of it like the theme is responding to the window size.

Of course, there is some pretty tricky coding that goes into creating a truly responsive theme.  If you already know how to create a WordPress theme (not using Artisteer) and you have a basic knowledge of CSS, you can check out this tutorial on creating a responsive WordPress theme.

If you are a WordPress administrator that wants to use an ipod/ipad/iphone/tablet friendly design, check out any of these amazing responsive WordPress themes:

Alyeska | Download | Demo

Core Minimalist | Download | Demo

GoodLayers | Download | Demo

Reaction | Download | Demo

Shapeshifter 2 | Download | Demo

This is the second version of a popular theme we reviewed here.

Balita | Download | Demo

Angular | Download | Demo

Bones| Download | Demo

Flexible | Download | Demo

Mixfolio | Download | Demo

Chameleon | Download | Demo

50 Ajax WordPress Themes for Fall 2011

You’ll find some really incredible AJAX WordPress Themes out there.  AJAX stands for Asynchronous Javascript and XHTML.  If you’re not familiar with AJAX, you may be familiar with some of the features it is responsible for on WordPress sites.  For example, almost any feature that allows you to stay on the page while updating the content is using AJAX.  Search results are a common use of AJAX in WordPress themes.  When you search and the results automatically appear without clicking search or pressing “enter”, this is AJAX.

The following are 50 of the best AJAX powered WordPress Themes for Fall of 2011.  We sincerely hope you enjoy.  If you liked this post, we would love to share more with you with Facebook.

Grace powerful HTML CSS AJAX template

Revoltz – Premium WordPress Theme – 3 in 1

Distinct – Portfolio and Business WordPress Theme

Style and Fashion

cleanTypo Website Template 6-1 for clean websites

web access Website Template web 2.0 look

RamInfo Clean Corporate Business Website Template

Integrity Website Template web 2.0 style

Carta – Minimalistic Html Template

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Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2011

I build a lot of WordPress sites and these are, in my opinion, the must-have WordPress plugins for 2011.  I start almost every new WordPress install with these plugins, even if I don’t have a specific intention for them all at the time of development.  If for no other reason, these WordPress plugins will make your websites function at a top-notch level in 2011.

Jetpack WordPress plugin for 2011

Jetpack is a compilation of handy features for any WordPress installation.  It includes Gravatar Hovercards, WordPress stats (available as a standalone plugin), Twitter Widget, wp.me shortlinks, Sharedaddy social sharing plugin, and Shortcode Embeds.

jetpack wordpress plugin for 2011

Usernoise Contact Form WordPress plugin for 2011

Usernoise is an absolute must.  It is the easiest, smallest and best-looking contact form plugin available for WordPress.  It is super-simple to setup, but that means there’s not a lot of customization options.  Usernoise Plugin ads a floating “feedback” image on the side of your site, that when clicked, created a slick AJAX powered overlay contact form.

usernoise wordpress plugin for 2011

Donation Can WordPress plugin for 2011

Donation Can creates a widget that accepts both set and custom donations via Paypal.  It works magically, letting you choose fundraising goals like “Pay for our server costs” or whatever you’d like.  Set weekly, monthly goals, anything really.  Perfect for kickstarting your WordPress website development.

donation can wordpress plugin for 2011

Password Protect WordPress Plugin for 2011

Password Protect plugin is essential for development, especially if you’ve got a great idea that you don’t want stolen.  Make sure your WordPress install is not indexable by search engines, then install this plugin.  It will only show the front end to logged in users, ie: you.  You can even set a custom message to users who try and view your site.

password protect wordpress plugin

Facebook Traffic Pop WordPress Plugin

This plugin creates a floating Facebook like box that utilizes jQuery overlay to catch visitors for a set period of time.  They can either “like” you or wait for it to fade away.  This is a great, albeit pushy technique to increase your social networking presence.

facebook traffic pop plugin

Foobar Announcement Bar WordPress Plugin for 2011

This plugin expertly mimics the HelloBar which is a free but branded dropdown bar at the top of your page.  HelloBar limits what you can place in their bar, and asks for $25/monthly to unlock the best features.  That’s pretty steep, especially when this plugin only costs $9 once at CodeCanyon.

foobar wordpress plugin 2011

Google +1 WordPress Plugin for 2011

Despite how you feel about Google’s foray into social networking, savvy webmasters will need to adopt Google +1 as the next wave of content sharing.  This plugin is free, in the WordPress plugin directory and gives you tons of flexibility to choose how the button is displayed next to your content.

google plus 1 wordpress plugin

What you get for $5

Fiverr is a marketplace where you can list what you would do for $5.  Some people wouldn’t do much for only $5.  Others would do some very labor intensive, complicated, desperate things.  If it’s worth $5 is for you to decide.  The flip side of this service is that you can offer your WordPress expertise for $5.  Who knows, a simple theme customization or blog post might be worth $5.  It’s all up to you.

The interface mimics Twitter, which makes sense as a $5 gig is a small, quick thing to handle.  There doesn’t seem to be a limit, however, to what people are willing to do (or ask for).  One person is asking for a complete logo and theme design for only $5.

Here are 20 things people are willing to do with WordPress for only $5.  Some might surprise you.  What would you do for $5?  If you’ve got something creative (and family-friendly), leave it in a comment below.

What people will sell you for $5

  1. Make WordPress SEO friendly.
  2. One hour of WordPress “killer tricks” taught via Skype.
  3. A custom “professional” WordPress theme! (probably an Artisteer user)
  4. Host five WordPress sites monthly.
  5. Fix any WordPress problem related to PHP or a theme.
  6. Complete WordPress setup. (If you’re reading Pingable, you should probably be able to do this yourself)
  7. Design a custom eBook cover.
  8. Review your website.
  9. Get 2500 backlinks. (sketchy SEO!)
  10. A tutorial on writing high quality, original articles quickly.
  11. Update all of your WordPress sites. (unlimited!)
  12. Get a dirty, rotten tool for replacing words with synonyms.
  13. Install and setup a WordPress ecommerce theme.
  14. Add Twitter share buttons to 25 posts.
  15. Remove encrypted links from your footer.
  16. Any small code project.
  17. Install the top 5 WordPress plugins. (says who?)
  18. Optimize your VPS Linux server.
  19. SEO your blog.
  20. Manual submission to the top 20 bookmarking sites.