Testing blogpress for iPad

I bough blogpress hoping that it will turn out to be better then free word press aap, but so far it seems to be more worse. Please don’t bother buying blogpress as it crashed after adding the first blog. But if you can ignore the crashes like me, then go for it.

Still trying to figure out how to access the rest of the options for this post like specifying categories, tags and other stuff. I even can’t modify the slug.


Blogpress seems to have wysiwyg editor, but how format the text is still unclear. Let me make this text bold.

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

The iPad Expereince

Once again I have not been able to update my blog for quiet a long time. I had been working on few things which kept me busy during those days. Now the reason of writing this post is actually I am test driving the WordPress App for iPad.

Yes, yes I remember that last time I wrote how an iPad is just a big iPhone. But after using iPad my views have been changed. iPad is not just a big iPhone, at least not for me. Writing this blog justifies having an iPad for bloggers, designers, developers, system admins and business people.

iPad Home Screen

I am planning on jailbreaking my iPad later today, so expect blog posts about jailbreaking experience and hoots over the couple of next days. I also have many cool applications to share for almost every possible use that I can think of.

The only thing that is frustrating is the WiFi bug, but Apple has promised to fix that with the next firmware update. The games are amazing and I have already been addicted to Need For Speed, Fast and Furious, Fifa and Iron Man 2.

As I mentioned I am writing this post to actually test WordPress application for iPad, the applications seems a little buggy. Still haven’t tried the WordPress admin stuff, but I am assuming it should work out of the box.

Wordpress application for iPad

Expect couple of other posts this week about how to jailbreak the iPad. Have you tried the iPad? Do you think it is useful for Bloggers?

How to Add Facebook Like Button to Your WordPress Blog Posts

Facebook recently launched a web wide Like button which allows everyone to add Like buttons on every page of their site. With in hours of launching everyone started adding buttons on their site. The bloggers who use WordPress platform for blogging didn’t stay behind in the race, they also started adding the button on their blog and very soon the button started appearing on thousands of blogs.

Let me tell you how can you add the Facebook Like button on you WordPress Blog with in 5 minutes, without any extra plugin.

Goto the your WordPress theme directory and open the file single.php and add the following code snippet to appropriate position in your file.

<iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=<?php echo urlencode(get_permalink($post->ID)); ?>&amp;layout=standard&amp;show_faces=false&amp;width=450&amp;action=like&amp;colorscheme=light" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:450px; height:60px;"></iframe>

The above code adds an iFrame to your site which displays the Facebook Like button. You can modify the look & feel of the button by changing following parameters in the iFrame URL.

Facebook Like Standard Layout

Layout:

The above example uses the layout “standard” but you can also use the “button_count” layout which will display Like button as follows:
“layout=standard”

Facebook Layout Button Count

Show Face:

If you wish to show the friends who have already liked the page, then use the option “show_face=true”.

Color Scheme:

If you want to use the dark color scheme use the parameter of colorscheme to change the colors. You can use “dark” as follows to use the dark color scheme for your Like button.

“colorscheme=dark”

Facebook Like Dark ColorScheme

Are you using Facebook Like button on your blog? Are you seeing any results? Share your success story with us!

Add your blog to your Facebook Fan Page

Have you ever wondered how Mashable and other high volume blogs keep up with their fan pages? How they can post every blog post on their Fan Page as soon as it is published? If you have Facebook Fan Page for your blog but you publish your blog posts manually on your Fan Page then this post is for you.

If you haven’t yet created your Facebook Fan Page, kindly create one and then continue reading.

To add your blog to your Facebook Fan page, follow the steps below:

1. Goto your page.

2. If the notes tab is not displayed, goto Notes tab by clicking on the “+” sign.

Facebook Fan Page Notes tab

3. Click on ‘Write a New Note’

Fan Page write new note

5. When you are on Notes writing page, click on the notes settings icon.

Notes setting on Fan Page

6. Click on the “Import a blog” on Notes settings page.

Import a blog to notes

7. Paste your blog URL in RSS/Feed box

RSS Feed box on Notes settings page

8. Click on “Start Importing”

Start importing

Thats it. You are done. Now whenever you publish a new blog post on your blog, it will be published to your Facebook Fan Page. Go and start blogging and your Facebook Fans will get updated.

Google has released official Buzz Share Button

Google has release official Buzz share button with share count support. The new button was announced on official Google Blog on 13th April. You can go directly to Buzz Stuff page to configure the button and get the code for your site. If you are a wordpress user you can use my WPBuzzer plugin to add official Google Share button to your blog. Official Google Share button allows you to configure many different aspects of your button which includes:

  1. Show or not show count.
  2. Button size.
  3. Button type.
  4. Button language.

The WPBuzzer plugin also allows you to configure most of the options via your plugin settings page. You can see the plugin and button in action on this blog. And don’t forget to share this post on Google Buzz to actually see the button working šŸ™‚

6 Google Buzz tips to use Buzz as a pro

Google Buzz, a name that has been a buzz word since the launch. It looks like sooner or later people are going to embrace Buzz, those who will embrace it sooner will have an upper edge. Anyway, I am the Buzz admirer and hence I decided to share few cool Buzz tips with everyone, whether you are a Buzz fan or not these tips will be useful for you.

1. Find someone’s comments

Getting to know on what buzz posts your friends have commented allows you to take part in conversations that might interest you, or you might find something useful. You can even find the posts where you have commented for follow up. So lets see how to actually search for the buzz posts commented by someone. You need to use the special operator “commenter:” followed by the username, email or name of the user. Like for example if you know someone’s email address you can use commenter:username@gmail.com or just commenter:username. If you don’t know the uemail address then you can specify name too. Like if you want to search the posts where I have commented you can search for “commenter: Hameedullah Khan”

2. Filter Google Buzz

If you like me don’t want to see Buzz updates in your inbox and keep your inbox and Buzz separated you will definitely love this tip which I first read on LifeHacker. Just create a filter with “label:Buzz” and select “Skip Inbox”. For more detailed step by step tutorial read Hide/Remove Google Buzz Updates from Your Gmail Inbox on lifehacker.

3. Access amazing Buzz for Mobile from your PC

Buzz for mobile not only supports collapsing comments and Buzz but it also allows you to view Buzz updates from the nearby user. By viewing updates from nearby user the opportunities to connect with other people are endless. Try Buzz for mobile here.

4. Search Buzz from specific sources.

While searching Buzz you can specify source of the updates you want to see, for example if you want to see Buzz updates that are posted from Twitter only use “source:twitter” operation in your search query. You can prefix the source operator with hyphen to filter out the Buzz that were posted from Twitter, example: “-source:twitter”

5. Post your Buzz on Twitter

Post your Buzz updates to Twitter in real time, just follow the steps below to setup posting buzz updates to twitter.

  1. VisitĀ http://profiles.google.com/me, which will redirect to your profile
  2. Copy your profile URL (e.g. “http://www.google.com/profiles/dclinton“)
  3. VisitĀ http://feedburner.google.com/ and sign in with your Gmail account
  4. Paste your profile URL underĀ Burn a feed right this instant
  5. ClickĀ next and then clickĀ Skip directly to feed management
  6. Click theĀ Publicize tab on the top
  7. Click theĀ Socialize tab on the left
  8. ClickĀ Add a Twitter Account
  9. Sign in to Twitter and clickĀ Allow to allow Feedburner to post
  10. ChangeĀ Post Content to “Body Only” (important!)
  11. ClickĀ Activate

reproduced from work shared by DeWitt Clinton

6. Follow Google Buzz team on Buzz

Follow the Google Buzz team, to stay updated on release of new Buzz features and tips and tricks from the Buzz team.

7. Bonus TIP: Follow me šŸ™‚

You should follow me on Google Buzz, if you want to stay updated on Google Buzz developments and want to learn such new tricks every now and then.

What do you think about these tips? Are they useful? Do you have any tricks to share?

Buzz getting more privacy updates this week

Google Buzz, the new social kid in town is very adorable and people are finding it useful. There was much of the hype created when Google first announced it that will go away and no one needs another social network. But looks like the Gmail users have proved this other wise. Not only they do use Google Buzz but they are also getting addicted to. Google Buzz which is still new and learning its way from user’s feedback to grown into a fully use social network.

No more Auto Follow

After the launch Google has announced second update to Google Buzz. The biggest cry of Buzz users was that their was an auto follow setup for them, as soon as they signed up for Buzz they used to see that they are already following few people from their contact list. I myself didn’t like this feature but thanks fully Google has listened to the feedback and have stopped Auto Follow. Now the new Buzz user gets to see a list of Suggested Contacts, which the user can review and make changes to the selection to the list of people the user will follow.

Auto Suggest

No more Auto Connected Sites

Until now if you had a Google Reader or Picasa account and you signed up for Buzz, Google automatically adds those two sites to your connected sites and hence share your public shares and photos on Buzz. But users don’t like most of the auto stuff and eventually Google has to stop this auto connect feature too. Now if you want to connect your reader you can do it, but it won’t be auto connected on signup.

The new Buzz Tab

The most important update in mew opinion is the new Buzz Tab under Gmail Settings. The first time I signed up I went to the settings page to see what configuration options are available for me but I was very disappointed to see no Buzz configuration options under Gmail Settings. But once again Google have responded to the Feedback and this time very quickly and have added Buzz Settings Tab under Gmail.

new Buzz settings

What’s next?

The new features are still not rolled out to everyone yet and will be rolled out this week. There are still many basic features missing in Google Buzz, but Google Buzz time seems to be working very hard to make every required feature available ASAP to make the Buzz experience more Buzzier. Have you signed up for Buzz yet? How was your experience? What are the new features you would like to see in Buzz?

Stop Google Buzz from displaying your contacts to everyone

Google Buzz is the new buzz out there, but it comes with its privacy flaw. Imagine everyone out there able to see your contacts, by simply visiting your Google Profile. Its a nightmare for many of us, I don’t want everyone to get to know about my contacts and I am sure you don’t want this either. Let me show you how can stop Google Buzz from displaying your contacts to everyone.

If you goto your Google profile, you will find out that anyone can see your contacts by clicking on the “People you are following” or “People following you” links.
Hameedullah-following

To stop Google Buzz from display your contacts click on the “Edit Profile”.
Edit Profile

Then uncheck the checkbox saying “Display the list of people I’m following and people following me”.
Edit Google Profile

Then click “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page. You should now see the links but with the text that only visible to you.
Followers not visible

Congratulations you have just stopped Google Buzz from displaying your contacts to everyone. Do you think it was a privacy flaw? Or it was a feature of Google Buzz? Will you disable display of your contacts?

How to delete old wordpress revisions

Have you been keeping post revisions for all your posts. You might have been storing post revisions for posts that you don’t touch anymore. There is no point storing post revisions if you are not making any changes to the post. Post revisions serve as a backup if you mistakenly change something in your post and then you have to revert back. But its very rare that you have something on posts older then 2-3 months. Also in my last post I showed how you can completely disable revisions, so if you had it enabled you might still have those old post revisions in your database.

Why should you delete post revisions?

  • Clean up your database.
  • So you don’t accidentally revert back to an old revision.
  • Free up some space.
  • To decrease the database overhead.

Delete revisions older then x days.

You have revisions enabled and just want to delete revisions on public posts older then x days, you should use revision delete! plugin. Revision delete! automatically deletes revisions on posts older then x days. Install the plugin and then configure it under Tools.

Delete redundant revisions.

Delete Revision is the revision manager that allows you to delete redundant revisions in bulks and hence reduces the load on database and makes your wordpress blog faster.

Delete all of them.

You have already disabled the revisions, now you just want to get rid of those old revision lurking in the database. So you can increase the performance of your blog. Access your data using your favorite client, and then select your blog database. After selecting the blog database run the following query and you are done.

DELETE FROM wp_posts WHERE post_type = "revision";

Conclusion

I am wondering how many other wordpress bloggers out there use revisions? So, have you used revisions? How do you manage? Have you disabled them altogether? Do you use a plugin to manage revisions? Have you ever reverted or had a need to revert to old post revision?

How to track adsense clicks on your wordpress blog

Stats, stats, stats!!! Every blogger love their stats, specially if the graph is moving up. You might already be using Google Analytics to track visitors on your blog. From where they are coming, what articles they are reading. But won’t it be great if you knew what user clicked on adsense ad? On what page a visitor clicked on adsense ad? How they came to your site? With the tracking information in front of you, you can optimize your web site for your visitors to increase conversions. I won’t be teaching Analytics here in detail, but if you have any issues or don’t understand anything you should ask.

To better integrate Google Analytics with your wordpress blog, I would recommend you use a plugin because adding tracking manually in your template is prone to errors and you might mess up your theme. I personally use Google Analytics for WordPress and you can get it from here.

Once you have installed Google Analytics for WordPress, goto Google Analytics configuration page and enable “Track Adsense clicks“.

Enable adsense click in Analytics plugin

Save your settings and then login to your Google Analytics. We will be creating new Goal on Google Analytics, if you are wondering what is a Goal? it lets you track conversion rate. You can evaluate your traffic in terms of money and much more. When you are logged into your Google Analytics account, goto your Website Profiles and click Edit in front of your website profile.

Edit analytics profile

Now you are on Profile Settings page and you should now be seeing a section Goals. By default there are 4 sets of Goals available for every profile and you can add upto 5 Goals in every set.

Analytics Profile Settings Goal

Click on “Add goal” to add new Goal. Once you are on Goal Setting page to add new Goal. Enter your Goal Name we will use “Adsense Clicks” for this example and select URL Destination as Goal Type.

Goal Add Settings

As soon as you will select URL Destination as your Goal Type, the Goal Details panel will be shown. Enter “/outbound/asclick” as the Goal URL, you can also enter your optional Goal Value.

Analytics Goal Details

Click Save Goal and you will see the new Goal listed under Goals on your Profile settings.

New goal  adsense click listed

From now on Google analytics will track your adsense clicks. You can track your conversion rates under Goals while viewing reports of your site.

This is how I have setup my adsense tracking, do you have suggestions to improve it? Do you know how else can those adsense clicks can be tracked?