New WordPress Widget to Display and Manage 125×125 Ads

Sometime ago, I introduced to you the Show125 WordPress widget, which was a WordPress plugin dedicated to display and manage your 125×125 advertisments.

My friend X-OR, who blogs with me at CatsWhoCode, decided to re-build a new version of the widget, which is now named ISIS Ads management.

What’s new?

ISIS Ads management expands the possibilities of Show125: You once were limited to 4 ads, but now you can manage an unlimited number of 125×125 banners.

Also, the plugin control panel has been totally rewritten. No more forms, you can now drag/drop your ads to place them as you wish, and edition have never been so easy before: Just click on the pencil icon to edit your ads properties (Link url, link target and css class)

ISIS Ads Management Demo

X-OR recorded this great video in order to demonstrate the possibilities allowed by ISIS Ads Management.

Click on the picture below to watch it.

Download ISIS Ads Management

If you’re interested by ISIS Ads Management, you can grab your free copy at CatsWhoCode.

X-OR (and me on this post) are also offering free support, so let us know if you experience any problems with the WordPress plugin.

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  • Top 3 Most Underrated WordPress Plugins

    Yesterday I got the heads up that I was tagged in a recent post by John Lamansky of The WordPress Expert.  I normally don’t partcipate in these types of “blog games”, but after reading John’s post, I really think it is a great idea and allows us to spotlight a few WordPress plugins that are underrated or somewhat unknown.

    John choose to highlight the following 3 underrated plugins in his post (click over for a description):

    1. Broken Link Checker
    2. WP-Project
    3. WP SEO Master

    Here are 3 plugins I would like to add to the list that I think are useful, yet underrated:

    1. Blog Metrics – This is a wonderful plugin by Joost De Valk that was designed for multi-author blogs like this one.   It tracks all sorts of unusual analytics by individual authors that I find extremely helpful.
    2. Digg This – I think this plugin used to be fairly well known, but I don’t see it on many blogs anymore.   This plugin does nothing normally, but when it recognizes that a post has been Dugg, it will create a digg-style button and display it within the post to help encourage people to Digg your post.   They can Digg the post without leaving your website!
    3. Math Comment Spam Protection – It adds an extra step for people leaving comment, but it stops spam cold in its tracks.  I use this on many of my blogs and haven’t really had any spam troubles since.

    Hopefully some of you will find a use for some of these plugins.

    I suppose now I should continue this by tagging three more people.  How about Michael at WPCandy, Leland of ThemeLab, and Jeff of Jeffro2pt0.  If you haven’t been tagged yet, but would like to participate, feel free to do so on your own blogs to help highlight some relatively unknown plugins.

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  • WordPress Plugin: Manage Your 125×125 Ads with Show125

    Like many other bloggers, I display 125*125 pixels ads on my blog, and earn some money with it. Currently, I own 6 different ads, and most of them change every week. I became bored of editing my sidebar template everyday, so I asked my friend X-OR to write a cool widget to manage thoses ads. Let’s review it together.

    What the Show125 widget can do for your blog

    I always loved the concept of widgets: drap n’ drop, easy to edit, easy to place, easy to remove. Most of todays themes can handle widgets, so there’s many chances that the theme you use haven’t any problem with it.

    In addition to the basic widgets advantages, Show125 gives you many option and a true control over your ads. Let’s see:

    • Display from 1 to 8 ads
    • Available in English (default) or French
    • Display all your ads together, or in an eye-candy Mootools slideshow
    • Optionally add the target=”_blank” attribute to links, if you want ads to open in a new tab.
    • Show (or not) a title for your ads block
    • Easy to install
    • Clean code
    • Add custom css class to links for styling it your way
    • And more!

    Installation

    Nothing hard here: First, download the widget. If you want to see a “live demo”, just have a look at x-or’s blog, where you’ll be able to see the slideshow mode of the widget.

    Once you unzipped the widget to your hard drive, upload the entire directory to your wp-content/plugins directory. Then, go to your WordPress administration panel and activate the plugin.

    In Design » Widgets, you’ll be able to drag n drop the Show125 widget to your sidebar (or any other widgetized part of your WP theme) and set the options.

    Once you filled the fields and saved your changes, you’ll see your ads in your sidebar. Managing your ads with Show125 really makes money earning easier!

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  • How To: Finding a Good WordPress Plugin

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    Have you ever found that you are looking for a WordPress plugin that does something specific, but you’ve tried the WordPress Codex or using Google search and nothing has come up?

    There are a few choices you have, including our quickly growing WordPress plugins page, but one cool thing I ran across is I want a WordPress Plugin to… , which serves almost as sort of a WordPress plugin directory.   Here you’ll find plugins broken down into categories, allowing you to click on the type of plugin you are searching for, then see what options you have.

    [via WordPress Garage]

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  • WordPress Plugin: RSS Footer

    If your website offers a feed and you care about protecting your copyrighted content, one thing you should make sure to do is have some sort of copyright notice within your blog’s feed.

    There are a variety of WordPress plugins out there that allow you to create a footer for your WordPress feed, including Feed Footer, which we have previously reviewed here.   Some offer rotated feeds, others allow you to use HTML to display whatever you want, but for the average person with a blog this is mostly fluff.

    If you just want the ability to basically add a copyright notice or use a small amount of HTML to promote a product/service, then you will want to check out the RSS Footer WordPress plugin.    It allows you to easily plugin in a line of code and choose where in your code it should be displayed.

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  • Improve Reader Navigation With The Breadcrumb Navigation Plugin

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    A couple readers have commented on how they like the navigation menu that you’ll find at the top of each page on this blog and wanted to know how to do this on their WordPress blogs.

    I really love the improved navigation it gives readers, and doing something like this on a WordPress blog is actually really easy, thanks to the incredible community WordPress has. All you need is the Breadcrumb Navigation XT WordPress plugin and some simple code to place where you want the navigation to display.

    Once you’ve got your plugin uploaded and activated (activate the Core version), you can place the following code where you want the navigation to display:

    <div class="breadcrumb"> <?php if (class_exists('bcn_breadcrumb')) { // New breadcrumb object $mybreadcrumb = new bcn_breadcrumb; // Assemble the breadcrumb $mybreadcrumb->assemble(); // Display the breadcrumb $mybreadcrumb->display(); } ?> </div>

    You can style it to look how you want using .breadcrumb on your stylesheet.

    Enjoy!

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  • Plugin: Turn Your WordPress Blog Into An Online Shop With WP-eCommerce

    I’m always surprised by the incredible extensibility of WordPress. We already knew that you can use WordPress as an online magazine, as a photoblog, or even as a Twitter platform. Now, it’s also possible to use your favorite blogging platform as an online shop, just by the use of a single WordPress plugin, WP-eCommerce.

    Installing WP-eCommerce

    Nothing hard: Just download the WP-eCommerce plugin here, extract the archive on your hard drive, and upload the wp-shopping-cart directory into the wp-content/plugins directory of your WordPress install.
    After activating the plugin, you’ll see a new tab named e-Commerce next to the Comments tab in your WordPress control panel. This tab contains all options needed for running an e-commerce website, right into WordPress.

    I must admit it, i was surprised – in a good way – by the number of available options: language, localization, tax rates, brands, products, paypal integration, and so on. Sure, this is not Amazon.com, but everything is here to create an online shop which will give satisfaction up to 90% of online sellers. You can easily manage products, payment methods…There’s also a sales journal available, which will help you a lot to manage orders.

    User Experience

    In addition to its powerful management panel, WP-eCommerce comes with no less than 6 widgets in order to make your clients purchases simpler, and more pleasant. I particularly loved the “Shopping Cart” widget and its ajax interface. Clean, easy, and pro, definitely. Some other available widgets: Categories & brands, Special products, donations…

    Conclusion

    I was really impressed by this plugin. WP-eCommerce has absolutely everything you need for starting an online shop. There’s also a non-free version of this plugin, which will give you, in addition to the “basic” plugin, a search engine for your products, a picture gallery and some others nice things.

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  • Manage Your Advertisers With the OIO Publisher WordPress Plugin

    When most people start out blogging, it is usually because they love to blog. Remember those days? Over time, you either quit or continue to grow as a blogger, and it is almost inevitable that at some point you will start to look into monetizing your blog. Whether you use Google AdSense, affiliate marketing, or direct advertising sales, there is nothing wrong with getting paid for doing what you love to do.  In fact in many ways, getting paid can cause you to work harder and up both the quality and quantity of your work.

    One of the many problems with selling direct advertising is that it can sometimes be a pain to manage, and it often takes you away from what you love to do, which is blogging. It is kind of like small business owners who love their job, but hate all the paperwork and accounting that is involved with running and managing their own business.

    Fortunately as WordPress bloggers, there is a solution available to us in the form of a WordPress plugin called OIO Publisher. This is an incredible premium WordPress plugin that will completely automate the entire advertising process on your blog. In fact, chances are that you have seen people using it (including many high profile bloggers), but just not realized this plugin is what they were using to control the entire process from their WordPress dashboard.

    When you download OIO Publisher, you’ll receive a WordPress plugin and be able to get an API key for each blog you want to use it on. The plugin will create an OIO Publisher tab in your dashboard where you can manage your blogs advertisements (designate how many links, paid reviews, inline ads, banners, or custom advertising your blog will have available), create and manage an affiliate program for products or services on your blog from your dashboard, and even see statistics regarding your advertisements!  Possibly my favorite feature of this plugin is that you can even set the plugin to send weekly reports to your advertisers or place your statistical information into their marketplace.

    The best part about this premium plugin is that it will just about manage everything for you for a one-time fee of $37.00. Once purchased, you then have access to use the plugin on as many blogs as you would like, as well as get access to their downloadable sales platform, marketplace, and all of the other features mentioned above!  You also get free updates each time the plugin is updated.

    In my opinion, the value of this plugin heavily outweighs the low price, but if you’d like to see for yourself the plugin in action, I recommend you check out a demo of OIOPublisher and purchase your copy today. The demonstation allows you to view how it will look on your blog and how you can manage everything from your WordPress dashboard.

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  • Improve Site Navigation With a Sitemap.xml File

    If you haven’t heard of a sitemap before, now is probably a good time to start learning about them if you run a blog. A sitemap is a XML file originally created by Google for webmasters to use to create a “map” of their website.

    A good sitemap is dynamic, keeping the freshest content at the top. This way Google knows to index any new posts or updated posts. Google’s spiders then use your Sitemap.xml file when they index your website to ensure they get everything new or that has changed. A sitemap also helps ensure pages get indexed that use JavaScript or Flash, but do not contain HTML links (without a sitemap, these normally would not be discovered by a search engine).

    Eventually the Sitemap.xml file was adopted by Yahoo, MSN, and Ask.com, making it as important for webmasters to use as a Robots.txt file to get their website maximum exposure and control what is indexed.

    If you’re reading this blog, I’m going to assume you are a WordPress user. If you’d like to create a sitemap for your WordPress blog, look no further than the Google Sitemap WordPress plugin. This is the WordPress plugin I use for this website. When activated, it will create a sitemap on http://yourdomainname.com/sitemap.xml and do all the maintenance work for you. You’ll want to then log in to your Google Webmaster Tools account and add your sitemap, or make sure your homepage links to your sitemap somewhere (usually the footer) so the search engines can find it.

    For those that are curious what they look like, you can see what our sitemap looks like here. Are you using a sitemap for your blog(s)?

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  • Display Your Domain Portfolio With The Domain Portfolio WordPress Plugin

    One common challenge that often faces domainers is how to easily display their domains that they have for sale. It can often be a lot of work trying to find buyers for your domains if you don’t have high end generic names where buyers come to you. The ideal solution is to display them on some sort of web page where you can send traffic to it to help find buyers.

    There are a few good website templates you can get, but I found and even better solution.  That solution is a WordPress plugin called Domain Portfolio. This plugin will actually create a domain page for you, and allows you to easily input your domain information into your dashboard. It will then display it on the page within a table. Information you can include are the domain name, expiration date, registrar, asking price, and of course your contact information. Here is a screen shot of how it looks on the author’s blog:

    Domain Portfolio Plugin

    I’ve actually installed this on one of my blogs and really like the way it is set up (you can see it here). People even have the option of searching your displayed domains to see if you have any available under certain keywords that they might be looking for!

    Other features include:

    • List all of your domain names for sale in one place.
    • A page for each domain where users can send their offers and contact you.
    • Have 100s of domains? No problem! Use the Bulk add or XML import tool!
    • Visitors can sort lists by anything! Alphabetically, by expiry date, price, status or even registrar!
    • Control how many domain names are listed on each page.
    • Seamless integration with WordPress.
    • Support for IDN domain names, supports most languages and can create punycode automatically. (Punycode feature requires PHP5)
    • Now grabs information from Google, Yahoo and MSN.
    • Automatic keyword recognition.
    • Easily style all aspects of the portfolio and table through CSS. Even change each row and column individually with “id” tags.

    The author also lists a few things that are in the works for future releases:

    • “Buy Now” button that goes through PayPal IPN.
    • Categories.
    • Sort and jump to page by letter or extension.
    • Automatic expiry date retrieval. (other than .org)
    • Warning on a domain’s expiry.
    • Some other surprises.

    If you have domain names you’d like to display, I recommend you check this out!

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