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Twitter Updates for 2010-02-22

February 22nd, 2010 by Ciaran
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Contact Form 7 For WordPress. Easy, Flexible And Works A Treat!

February 21st, 2010 by Ciaran
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If there’s one thing every website needs is a way for site visitors to make contact with the site owners. Whether it is to make a complaint, to look for help, or to provide helpful feedback, a contact form is mandatory.

wordpress contact form 7

I personally use Contact Form 7. This provides a very useful yet flexible contact form plugin for WordPress.

You also need to download another plugin called “Really Simple CAPTCHA”. This provides protection against spamming. Believe me you don’t want to go without it.

The contact form is so flexible that it has its own tag syntax. This allows you to build up your own forms to suit your own personal requirements.

For example, want to solicit a checkbox field, then its as simple as [checkbox your-country “China” “Ireland” “Spain” “France”].

The inbuilt syntax allows for fields such as email, checkbox, radio, text, email, textarea, CAPTCHA and file upload/attaForm chment. Each contact filled in is then sent to your email address.

There’s many other solutions available to add a contact form to WordPress. Try them out if you have time. However if you want a quick solution that just works and is flexible then try Contact Form 7 for WordPress.

Do you recommend any other Contact Form alternatives? If so then why not share your experience in the comments below…

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Get More Reliable Google Analytics & Boost Your Site Stats Too!

February 18th, 2010 by Ciaran
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This has been long time coming. If you use Google Analytics then this is an important heads up is for you!

Google Analytics

If you run an e-Commerce site (or any site for that matter) then Analytics are an essential ingredient to your marketing mix. It’s vital that you can measure site visits and know that you can depend on the stats being reported. However do you realise that you may be underestimating your website stats?

Until now it was best practice to put you Analytics JavaScript code at the end of your webpage so that it doesn’t have a¬†detrimental¬†effect on page load times. However if a site visitor navigates away from the page before the tracking code completes, then the visit won’t be tracked. Untracked visits skew website stats and present a problem for the e-Commerce manager and site owner alike.

Now however you have the option of using the new asynchronous tracking code. This code is positioned at the top of your webpage (right after the open body tag). The tracking code is then loaded simultaneously as your webpage loads.

Google Analytics Asynchronous Tracking

The benefits are twofold:-

  1. Firstly there is no additional delay introduced in loading web pages.
  2. Secondly the chances of missed site visits is greatly reduced.

The actual code can be found in your Analytics account. Simply click on your website, then click Edit > Check Status >¬†New! Try the asynchronous tracking code. This will present you with the new Analytics code. NB note that you have to replace ‘UA-XXXXX-X’ with your own site tracking property ID, otherwise you’ll track no site visits at all!

This is a win win situation for both site owner and site visitor.

Why are you waiting, get your Analytics code updated today!

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WordPress Mobile App For Android. 1 Week Review.

February 17th, 2010 by Ciaran
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I’ve been using the WordPress Android Phone App (v1.01) on the Nexus One over the last week. Formally called wptogo, it was recently acquired by WordPress to become their official Android app. I have to admit that its a very usefully blogging tool, but one that’s not perfect either (yet).

As a proof of concept, I created this very blog offline and saved it on my Android Nexus One. I then uploaded the post to my online blog, where I added in the necessary icing on the cake (SEO pack and Twitter Tools etc). So I can happily report that from first hand experience that the Android WordPress App works nicely!

What really shines in my opinion is the ability to write draft posts offline. If you find yourself regularly offline then you will treasure this is a very useful feature. Simply upload your offline draft when you’re back online. Works effectively too.

Creating new posts is hassle free. Simply set your blog title, create your post content, choose your category and save. Write a local draft, on online draft, or post live.

The editor facilitates bold, italic, links and qoutes via buttons. However if you already know your HTML tags then you can use these directly too.

Pictures can also be added. This allows you to use pictures from your phone’s picture gallery.

You can also enter tags, and finally have the choice of publishing or just saving as a draft.

User Comments can be maintained too. You can approve/unapprove, mark as spam, and reply to comments.

Pages can also be created and edited.

Although in its infancy, there’s a few things that are sorely missing. I’d like to see the ability to schedule posts for release. This is a very handy feature that is sorely missed. This is especially true if you are the type of blogger that writes several posts at the one sitting and sets them up for regular scheduled releases during the week. Hopefully this feature will be coming soon.

Another downside is that you cannot access any additional third party apps you might gave installed. For example, All In One SEO Pack or Twitter Tools.

I’ve also experienced the odd crash, most notably when refreshing the category list. This requires an online fetch from your blog. Needless to say its wise to save your work regularly.

Overall I recommend the WordPress app. It’s very useful tool if you blog when you’re mobile.

See http://android.wordpress.org/ for more info (or if you’re visiting from an Android device then try market://search/?q=pname:org.wordpress.android)

Do you had any tips for blogging from your phone? Leave a comment below!

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Hello world!

February 13th, 2010 by Ciaran
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Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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