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Some Important WordPress Elements + Plugins

July 1, 2011

Traditionally, websites were made using web development applications such as Microsoft Front Page and Dreamweaver. Today CMS (Content Management System) has made things much easier and quicker. While CMS handles all the coding at the back end, the front and proves to be very simple. Nonetheless, the beauty of web development applications is that users can manually fine tune the design, the elements and the code. Today we will show how to add various elements to a self hosted wordpress blog.

Inserting FLV files (Flash Videos)

For people who host their blog using CMS such as wordpress, you will need a plugin and a Flash Media Player, so that people can play videos within the blog post. For the plugin we will be using WordTUBE, and for the player we will use the open source JW FLV Media Player.

STEPS:

Download WordTube.zip from http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordtube/ uncompress the files on your computer, and you will receive a folder named ‘wordtube’. Do not rename it. Upload the wordtube folder into the plugins folder (/wpcontent/plugins/) of your blog using an FTP program.

Download mediaplayer.zip from http://www.longtailvideo.com/players/jw-flv-player/, uncompress it, rename the file player.swf to mediaplayer.swf and upload it into the wordtube folder of your blog.
Login to enter the admin area, activate the wordtube plugin from the list, and then go to Settings | Wordtube to configure the plugin. Go to Media | Wordtube, and you will land on a page that says ‘Manage Media Files’. From here, upload a flash video.

Now create a post or open an existing one if you want to use the video therein. Before previewing the post and video, enter a tag [media id = 'id'] in the context box and at the desired location inside the post. In this tag, replace ‘id’ with the number of the video reflecting in the Media Center. Also, add the playlist tag as listed therein. Finally, hit the ‘preview post’ button to see how the video plays, when published.

For changing the looks and functionality of the player, you can download skins from the official webpage, http://www.longtailvideo.com/

Comments

While the ‘comment’ function is already built into the wordpress cms, you can enhance the user experience by adding a plugin called WordPress Thread Comment. This allows users to create a thread of individual comments and alternatively post an unrelated comment too.

STEPS

Download it from http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-thread-comment/, uncompress the contents, copy the folder to the plugins folder, install the plugin and activate it.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication)

Content syndication works both ways, one is where your blog pulls feeds from your favourite sites and displays them, and the other is where readers of your blog subscribe to updates that you post.

For pulling feeds, go to Appearance | Widgets and activate RSS. When prompted for the feed url, look it up from your favourite site’s RSS page. Enter the feed url and the title, which will be displayed on the sidebar of your blog and click ‘save’. Now, updates from that site will be automatically displayed on your blog.

To enable users to subscribe to your blog and to keep a track of how many subscribers you have, you need to create an account with a service such as Feedburner, which is free of cost. Go to www.feedburner.com and enter your email address, feed title, feed address and click ‘activate feed’.

On activation, you will see a message that says, Congrats! Your Feedburner feed is now live… You will also see your feed address which looks like feeds.feedburner.com/yourblog. Write down this address for future reference. The next step will show you how to enable the tracking of statistics.

To integrate feed with your WordPress blog, download the plugin called FeedSmith. Uncompress it and copy the extracted folder into the plugins folder. Activate the plugin and go to Settings | Feedburner. Enter the feed address that you wrote and click ‘save’.

This post is via mobile. So I will correct it soon, as I will get PC access.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anish K.S July 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

its better to avoid pluggins taking much resources. done a google like.

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2 Sarami July 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

yup too much plugins makes the blog slow. Yesterday I installed google +1 button, but haven’t checked it yet, howz its looking. Will see when I will come online via PC.

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3 Twin Mattress Dimensions July 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Excellent post and very good information.

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