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In recent years, URL shortening services have gained a considerable popularity thanks to the large success of Twitter. These services (such as ThinyURL, Bit.ly, WP.me) provide Twitter friendly short aliases for redirection of long URLs.

A valuable use of these services is their integration with the pages of your WordPress blog so as to give to visitors short URL addresses ready to be shared on the popular microblogging service.

Source: 5 Practical Ways to Integrate URL Shortening Services on Your Blog

Digg has recevied a lot of negative feedback after the release of V4.0. A lot of users have mentioned that they are no longer able to keep track of their friends’ submissions easily. However, Digger Plus has launched Sub.Diggerplus.com, which can save you so much time when browsing through your friends’ submissions.

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Simply clicking the Next button, you will be taken to the next story of your friends’ submissions automatically. With the List view, you can also view all submissions with the ability of sorting and filtering as well.

And also, they have released another Digg Tool called Fan.Diggerplus.com. It helps you optimize your friend list, so that you know which of your friends are still active in Digg. It analyze our recent submissions and give you a detailed report which of your friends have / have not dug your recent submissions.

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Once you are using both tools, you can have a list of most active friends on Digg that digg your submissions daily. And also you can keep track your friends’ submissions without wasting diggs on non-active Digg friends.

Now, WordPress is upping your Gravatar Profile to a new level of awesomeness with Gravatar Hovercards. It’s now easy to find out about who is behind your favorite comments on WordPress.com simply by moving your mouse over their Gravatar.

Gravatar Hovercards show information about a person: name, bio, pictures, and their contact info at other services they use on the web like Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. As a commenter, Hovercards offer a great way to show your Internet presence and help people find your own blog. If you’re a blogger on WordPress.com, you can quickly check out who’s commenting on your blog, and have an easier time connecting with them.

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Source: Gravatar Hovercards on WordPress.com

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Private cloud hosting is a highly modern hosting format that represents the best in hosting scalability and optimization of virtual resources. Private cloud hosting removes the dependence on a singular physical web server and focuses the process of web hosting through a selection of linked servers that work together to provide you with the hosting resources you need to operate your online content.

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Private cloud hosting is essentially the linking of multiple server clouds to create a centralized pool of web server resources. Each cloud is an individual server and when linked together, they form a private cloud host network. When utilizing private cloud hosting, you receive access to more than one web server at all times and can use the hosting resources from many servers to expand your online content or scale your hosting resources to match your website needs without paying for unused server space.

The features of private cloud hosting provide you with a hardwire and virtualized linked system where you have enough computing power and resources to manage your online content and engage in expansion without being limited to a single physical dedicated server or sharing space with other clients on a shared hosting plan. (more…)

WordPress is one of the best CMSs out there — if not the best (but of course, I’m biased because I’m a WordPress fanatic). It has loads of handy features that make site administration a breeze. WordPress is a publishing platform with a comment system, a GUI for creating, editing and managing posts and pages, handy built-in tools like the “Export” feature to back up your content, user roles and permissions, and more.

But how much of these features do we really use? Though already simple and user-friendly by default, we might want to Customize the WordPress Admin interface to make it even simpler and more manageable for our clients, our co-authors, and ourselves.

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Source: How to Customize the WordPress Admin Area

WordPress Admin Toolbar Bookmarklet is a JavaScript bookmarklet for WordPress site administrators and designers.

Using jQuery, it appends the default WordPress admin menu to whatever page you’re currently on and styles it with CSS, fixing it to the top right corner. Assuming you’re on a site that’s running WordPress, you now have instant access to the entire administrative back end from the front end.

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Pricing: FREE
Requirements: WordPress
Source: http://iamnotagoodartist.com/other/wordpress-admin…

Joost released a WordPress plugin for Google Analytics that adds a tracking code and dozens of various pieces of meta data to blogs. Since the release of version 4, he has updated it 6 times, to the point where it’s now at version 4.0.6. In this article: Lessons Learned From Maintaining a WordPress Plug-In, he would like to share with you his experiences in maintaining this and other WordPress plug-ins and common good practices that he has distilled from that work.

The updates that Joost released had a couple of purposes, ranging from bug fixes to new features and fixes in documentation. While all of these are nice to talk about, the bug fixes are the ones you’ll learn the most from.

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Source: Lessons Learned From Maintaining a WordPress Plug-In

How to Build a Successful Blog Business is a straight forward guide to building a publishing business online that covers everything from choosing a niche to hiring staff, registering a business to selling it, finding traffic to monetizing it.

Collis is a web veteran with a wealth of experience and an easy to read style. He has founded sites such as the Tuts+ network, the Envato Marketplaces, FreelanceSwitch and AppStorm which combined serve up over 50 million pageviews a month.

In How to Build a Successful Blog Business Collis shares tips from his years of operating kick ass blogs, and reveals stats, graphs, revenue figures and inside details from three real world case studies.

Nowhere else will you be able to find information like this. Step behind the scenes of Envato’s wildly successful sites and find out how you build blogs that are both profitable and popular. This is the must-read book on blogging business.

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Source: The Complete Handbook on Building a Blog Business

WordPress and jQuery are both very famous for their plugins. In the case of jQuery, plugins allow developers to extend the library’s capacities in order to create beautiful effects. In WordPress, they allow anyone to benefit from the work of others, as they come under the form of a module that you can easily activate from within the administration interface, and start using right away.

Creating one of those modules is not that difficult, but if you are not familiar with their syntax, it could end up being a headache. There are many jQuery plugins that have been transferred into a WordPress one already, but what can you do when it is not the case? How do you do when you have found the perfect jQuery plugin for your latest site, but it is not yet available as a WordPress plugin?

In this tutorial: How to turn any jQuery plugin into a WordPress one, we’ll see how you can easily create a WordPress plugin from a jQuery one. We’ll review what a jQuery, or a WordPress plugin is actually made of, so we’ll find the elements they both have in common. From there, we’ll show how it leads us to perform some simple operations to allow us to benefit from our jQuery plugins in a WordPress template.

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Source: How to turn any jQuery plugin into a WordPress one

WordPress has become the most widely used blogging platform in the world, estimated to be used on a quarter of a billion websites online today. WordPress works as a blog, but also as a straightforward content management system, ready to use with search-engine-friendly URLs and fully valid HTML and CSS.

With so many sites using WordPress and only about 1,200 themes listed on WordPress.org, there are inevitably lots of sites looking exactly the same. You and your clients need to stand out, or end up being branded as “just another WordPress blog.”

In  the article: Create Your Own WordPress Theme from an HTML Template, Matthew Higgins will show you how to take an existing HTML and CSS site template and convert it into a theme for WordPress. Of course, WordPress theming is much too vast a topic to cover entirely in a single article, so he will provide you with some resources at the end to further your learning. This article serves as a good introduction and give you a solid foundation to start learning about creating your own WordPress themes.

Source: Create Your Own WordPress Theme from an HTML Template

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