AntiSpam Bee: A Possible Akismet Competitor?

Akismet has long been accepted as the most popular spam fighting WordPress plugin, closely followed by both Bad Behavior (which can be used along with Akismet) and of course Spam Karma 2.   However, one interesting WordPress plugin I recently came across is the AntiSpam Bee plugin, which was designed by the author specifically to be a competitor with Akismet.

The interesting thing is that this WordPress plugin actually replaces the comments field completely, making it so spammers can’t find it.   Some other listed features:

  • Quick & Dirty: activate, done!
  • Spam may be marked or deleted immediately
  • Saves no data in the database, accordingly no connection
  • WordPress 2.7 ready: Design and as well as technical
  • Very, very fast execution
  • No need to adjust any templates
  • Clean up after uninstall the plugin
  • Anonymous and independent

Has anyone tried this WordPress plugin yet?   I’d love to some first-hand experiences from people using it.

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  • Someone Please Rescue the Popularity Contest WordPress Plugin

    Possibly my favorite WordPress plugin of all time has always been the Popularity Contest WordPress plugin from Alex King.    Back when WordPress 2.5 first came out, there was a minor scare where Popularity Contest quit working on new WordPress blogs, but a fix was eventually published and once again all was right with the world.

    Now that WordPress 2.7 has been released, I noticed the other day while setting up a couple new niche blogs that Popularity Contest appears to again be broken on fresh installations of WordPress 2.7.    My WordPress installations which already had Popularity Contest installed and were upgraded to WordPress 2.7 seem to still be working fine.

    While checking for updates on the authors page, I noticed that it appears that Popularity Contest (along with Alex’s other plugins) are no longer supported and will not receive any future updates.  In fact, the last update was over a year ago.   The only exception I know of is the Share This plugin, which I believe was purchased by someone who has continued to improve the plugin.

    My hope with this post is that someone will either take over supporting this WordPress plugin (if Alex is willing to hand it over to someone), or that someone will create a similar plugin for the WordPress community.   Heck, something like this that is supported and gets regular feature updates might even be something I would happily pay a one time fee for!

    Anyone having luck with Popularity Contest and brand new WordPress 2.7 installations?

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  • How To: Integrate Twitter into Your WordPress Blog

    Although I personally am not a major Twitter user, I do see the value in the service and have made several attempts to use it more often.   For many others, it has become an addiction and possibly even a major time sink.

    One trend we are starting to see more often lately is Twitter being integrated into WordPress blogs.  In the past we’ve featured a couple methods to integrate Twitter into your blog such as How to Add a “Tweet This” Link To Your Blog and How to Display Most Recent Twitter Entry.   Even more recently there have been some WordPress plugins released to further integrate Twitter into your WordPress blog:

    1. Tweetbacks – This recent plugin by our friend Joost De Valk displays any “tweets” about your blog post below that post in the same way trackbacks/pingbacks are often displayed on WordPress blogs.   You can read more information about the plugin and how to install it here.  A similar plugin called TweetSuite was released recently as well.
    2. Twitter Comments – Works similar to Gravatars, but displays the comment author’s Twitter avatar instead.  If a Twitter avatar is not available, it will then attempt to locate a Gravatar to use instead.

    Due to the popularity of WordPress, I would imagine this is only the tip of the iceberg and many more Twitter WordPress plugins will follow over the coming months/years.   Out of curiosity, for those of you that are heavy Twitter users, what have you done to integrate Twitter into your WordPress blog?

    Update: I just ran across this post over at Profit Blogger which shares more than 20 Twitter WordPress plugins that already exist.

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  • Introducing the Blog Stats WordPress Plugin

    A few days ago, I wrote a guest post on Pro Blog Design about creating a Stats page for your WordPress blog. One day later, Kyle, who liked the article, wrote a post here on WP Hacks to let you know about my guest post.  One of WP Hacks readers, Wesley, enjoyed the post and decided to create a WordPress plugin to enhance the functionality of my initial hacks.

    The plugin, entitled “Blog Stats” makes available a number of statistics about your blog, including number of posts, comments, trackbacks, users and categories, PageRank, Alexa rank, Technorati rank and Feedburner RSS count.  To ensure you always have the most up to date values, the plugin automatically update statistics on a daily basis.

    How to Install and use the Blog Stats WordPress Plugin

    First, you have to download the plugin on Wesley’s website or on the WordPress.org page.

    Once you have it, unzip it on your hard drive and upload the plugin file to the wp-content/plugins directory of your WordPress blog.

    Login to your WordPress dashboard, go to the Plugins page and activate Blog Stats.

    You now have a bunch of new shortcodes that you can use in pages and posts. If you don’t know what a shortcode is or want more info about it, I wrote some shortcodes-related posts on WP Recipes.

    Ready to use Template

    Feel lazy? After you installed the plugin, just create a new page and paste the following code in it. It will output all stats available from the Blog Stats plugin.

    user_count: [user_count]
    post_count: [post_count]
    page_count: [page_count]
    comment_count: [comment_count]
    trackback_count: [trackback_count]
    avg_comments_per_post: [avg_comments_per_post]
    category_count: [category_count]
    tag_count: [tag_count]
    link_count: [link_count]
    pagerank: [pagerank]
    technorati_authority: [technorati_authority]
    technorati_rank: [technorati_rank]
    alexa_rank: [alexa_rank]
    feedburner_subscribers: [feedburner_subscribers]
    google_backlinks: [google_backlinks]
    yahoo_backlinks: [yahoo_backlinks]
    delicious_bookmarks: [delicious_bookmarks]

    That’s all. I must say that I like this plugin a lot and Wesley really did a nice job!

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  • Increase Earnings with the PHPBay Premium WordPress Plugin

    Are you looking for another way to monetize your WordPress blog?   Back in November 2008, I wrote about a new premium WordPress plugin called Auction Thumbs.   After that post was published, there seemed to be a lot of interest in this type of product.  This seems to be because people are quickly discovering they can make a lot of money online by doing nothing more than simply sending traffic over to eBay for relevant auctions!  In this post I will be discussing a similar WordPress plugin which has actually been around for over two years now called PHP Bay Pro.

    PHP Bay is an eBay affiliate script that comes in two forms.   The first is a stand-alone API version which allows non-WordPress PHP based websites to quickly and easily add eBay keyword based content advertisements to their website.  The second version is the one which will apply to our readers, and that is the easy to use PHP Bay WordPress plugin.

    PHP Bay Pro lets you take advantage of the 80 million auctions on eBay by adding relevant auctions to your WordPress blog.   When users click on the auctions, they are taken to that auction on eBay.   Then once people buy ANY item on eBay, you earn a commission, even if it wasn’t what you referred them for.  In fact, you get commission for any auctions won over the next 7 days by that person.   If that wasn’t enough, if someone signs up for an eBay account within 7 days of clicking on your eBay auction link, you also get a very nice commission (can be as high as $40.00 I believe, but usually around $15.00 each).

    Here is the feature list you get with PHP Bay:

    • Earn revenue through the Ebay Partner Network or other popular programs like PepperJam, Mediaplex, TradeDoubler or Affilinet!
    • Add keyword rich Ebay items to your php based web site that encourage impulsive buys!
    • Easily Integrate into any New or Existing WordPress Blog!
    • Thousands of free WordPress templates available across the web to create virtually any type of site!
    • Not Javascript based! Auction listings are 100% pure html based creating additional targeted content for your site!
    • List auction items regionally from 17 different countries!
    • List items by postal code (zip code) for localized results.
    • List items from specific Ebay categories.
    • Listings displayed in language and currency of selected country.
    • Listings displayed in rows or specified number of columns for a Web 2.0 look and feel!
    • Access to our active members only forum that offers a tremendous value in how to get more out of phpBay Pro, strategies, tips and tricks and much more!
    • Use on as many sites as you own! phpBay Pro is not limited to one domain. It can be used on one, or hundreds of sites with one license!
    • Comprehensive user manual with illustrations, in PDF format, for both the WordPress version and the API version, that will walk you through, step-by-step, to install and get working quickly with phpBay Pro!
    • Upgrades are free for the life of the product! phpBay Pro is nearly two years old with three major upgrades made with suggestions from our user base!

    If you are considering buying this WordPress plugin, make sure the topic your WordPress blog(s) covers will convert well on eBay.  Product based websites which cover something that is often bought on eBay seems to convert the best (electronics, pictures, etc.).   If your blog covers free products or some sort of service, chances are using a WordPress plugin like this won’t be worth your effort and will annoy your readers.

    If you decide you’re interested in PHP Bay Pro, it looks like it is currently available for $79.00.  I believe they used to have a free version as well, but I’ve not been able to track that down so they may have removed it since I bought my copy of this plugin last year.

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  • WordPress Plugin: The All-in-One Video Pack

    How WordPress handles videos has improved drastically in the most recent versions of WordPress; however, for blogs that do a lot with videos, there is always room for improvement.    That is where the All-in-One Video Pack aims to fill that void (for WordPress 2.5 or newer versions of WordPress) and do for video what the All-in-One SEO Pack has done for SEO.

    Unlike some of the other video WordPress plugins available, this plugin is not just a video embed tool.  AiO Video Pack includes every functionality you might need for video and rich-media, including the ability to upload/ record/import videos directly to your post, edit and remix content with an online video editor, enable video responses, manage and track your video content, create playlists, etc.

    Notable All-in-One Video Pack features:

    • Upload, record from webcam and import all rich-media directly to your blog post;
    • Edit and remix videos using Kaltura’s online full-featured video editor;
    • Easily import all rich media (video, audio, pictures…) from other sites and social networks, such as YouTube, MySpace, Flickr, CCMixter, Jamendo, New York Public Library, any URL on the web etc.;
    • Allow readers and subscribers to add video and audio comments, and to participate in collaborative videos;
    • Manage and track interactive videos through the management console;
    • Sidebar widget displaying thumbnails of recent videos and video comments
    • Complete administrative capabilities. You decide who can add and edit each video;
    • Supports more than 150 video, audio and image file formats and codecs
    • Three different video player styles to choose from
    • Custom sizing of the video player
    • Advanced sharing options for videos
    • Easy installation that takes just 4 steps and a few minutes.

    I know many of you won’t have any need for this WordPress plugin, but for those that do, you can give it a try by downloading it here.

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  • Give Commentators Points with CubePoints WordPress Plugin

    Are you in need of some more commentators or want to allow commentators to receive points for commenting to get something?

    With the CubePoints WordPress plugin you can, CubePoints allows you to choose a certain amount of points for each comment posted by a certain commentator. You can offer premium content, allow readers to purchase merchandise or maybe even an advertisement for your blog with a certain amount of points.

    When they post a comment the points set in the administration panel is added to that person’s comment account and if their comment is deleted, it automatically removes the points. You, as the administrator can even alter the points quickly and easily from administration!

    If you want to display how many points a commentator has accumulated in the sidebar, you can use this code:

    <?php cp_displayPoints(); ?>

    You can download and install this plugin from the WordPress Directory.  It was just added on December 26th.

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  • Alert Regarding the WP Marketer WordPress Plugin

    I know a lot of you also check our WordPress Forums daily, but for those of you that don’t, I wanted to pass along the following alert from Nick Roy regarding the WP Marketer WordPress plugin.  

    For those unfamiliar with this WordPress plugin, it allows you to select keywords on your posts and pages and automatically convert them into in text ads and affiliate marketing links.

    Unfortunately, it looks like there is a problem with this plugin.   According to Nick:

    A word of caution about the WP Marketer plugin. The WP-Marketer plugin was is causing the /feed URL and PHP to core dump. The system was segmentation faulting (segfault) when performing a regex for display of a particular portion of the page. For example, when I would click on my feed url, it would say page could not be displayed. Also, it would create a bunch of core dump files on my server causing the diskspace to fill up rather quickly. I deactivated and activated each plugin separately until I found that it was the WP Marketer plugin.

    I have removed 50+ core files from my website account that had been generated through accesses of the /feed.

    Hopefully the author will catch this and get a fix in place here shortly!

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  • Promote Your Content with the Greet Box WordPress Plugin

    If your WordPress blog gets a lot of referral traffic, there is a WordPress plugin you may want to check out called Greet Box. This plugin actually looks at where referral traffic is coming from and displays an appropriate greeting message to your readers.

    A popular example is Digg.  If visitors come from Digg.com, they will see a message reminding them to Digg the post!   If you have a Twitter account, you can also setup a custom message to show people visiting from Twitter reminding them to “Tweet” your post or to follow you on Twitter.  This plugin also works for visitors via Google search, etc.

    For everyone else, you have the option of setting a default greeting message for new visitors (not matching any referrer URLs) suggesting them to subscribe to your RSS feed.

    Greet Box Plugin Features:

    • Compatible with various WordPress cache plugins so you do not have to sacrifice speed.
    • 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.
    • Detect the visitor’s search keywords and use those keywords to display related posts.
    • Show a default greeting message even if the visitor does not match any of your configured referrer URL.
    • Show a default greeting message even if the visitor does not have JavaScript enabled.
    • AJAX greeting message in the front-end makes it compatible with caching plugins and WPMU.
    • AJAX administrative interface that uses nonce verification to discourage hackers.
    • Ability to set a timeout to forget a visitor so we do not keep nagging them with greeting messages.
    • Ability to setup regular expression rules to exclude some referrer URLs from seeing greeting messages.
    • Ultra customizable greeting message box (with CSS) allowing you to prepend/append HTML around the greeting message box.
    • Currently the following traffic referrers are in Greet Box by default (you can easily create your own if your favorite referrer is not on the list):
      1. Delicious
      2. Digg
      3. Google
      4. Yahoo
      5. StumbleUpon
      6. Technorati
      7. Twitter

    You can download Greet Box here.   If you’d like to check out some of the other WordPress plugins we’ve featured in the past, you can check out our WordPress Plugins page.

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  • Allow Readers to Recommend your Blog with WP-Email

    Do you want your Blog Readers to recommend or invite Friends to view your blog?  The Plugin, WP-Email created by Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan allows you to allow your readers to invite people to view your blog.

    The plugin is very customizable, it lets you customize the email that gets send to the person the blog is being recommended to, along with being able to limit the number of words that gets sent from an article that is being recommended and more. You can find the other functions on the WP-Email documentation.

    All emails that are sent, are logged into the WP-Admin interface and you view details right in the Dashboard area. It shows From, To, Date/Time Sent, IP/Host, Post Title (where the invite was sent from) and the Status of the Email.

    If you are interested in downloading and installing this plugin, you can find it on the WordPress Plugins Repository and on Lester Chan’s Website.

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