Do you have problems like the auto-generated thumbnail for each of your post is no longer working after you have upgraded your WordPress to version 3.0.4? Or, the thumbnails were working fine before, but after the upgrade (later version), they fail to show up like they used to be?
I was really frustrated when this happened to my personal blog. [...more]
There are other similar services like FeedBurner, but I recommend FeedBurner as it’s the only feed customizing service I use. What is FeedBurner? In short, it’s a mean to publish your online (blog) contents, so that your readers can subscribe to your feed and read your site updates via the RSS / feed reader.
No doubt that a lot of blogging platform like Blogspot, WordPress, etc has its own built-in feed feature. But why should we even border to “burn” our feed? Because you can customize how your feed content be presented to your subscribers and you can get more benefits like getting your feed stats.
I hereby pinpoint some great features you can get once you add your feed to FeedBurner:
- Easy-to-remember feed URL
- Get number of subscribers
- Get live hits statistic (readers geographical location)
- Know your readers preference via popular item (blog post) listing
- Show feed count widget on blog
- Allow email subscription
- Customize how your feed content look like in feed reader
- Customize how your feed content look like (color, styling) in email
- Associate your Google Adsense account to monetize your feed
- Make it easier to promote your blog (will talk about this in the next upcoming post)
- and many more..
Ready to burn your feed? What are you waiting for? Get FeedBurner now, it’s FREE. Also check out the quickstart guides on how to setup your blog feed with FeedBurner.
Are you familiar with the term “OpenID“? I strongly encourage every blogger and blog reader to sign up for a FREE OpenID. Once you have your own OpenID, it will become a digital identity of yours in hundreds and thousands of websites. (provided they support OpenID)
The most common place that you will see OpenID enabled is a blogspot.com blog. Just imagine if you have an OpenID account, you can just post comments with that single identity that represent you. Maybe you think this is not neccessary, but OpenID will come in handy when you want to sign up an account in a site that supports OpenID. [...more]
I’ve been using Firefox for years and I’m still loving it, even though there are other free browsers like Opera, Flock, etc..I still prefer using Firefox (sorry, not IE). Other than it’s browsing speed, a very good reason to use Firefox is because of the add-ons. As a blogger, I depend a lot on Firefox add-ons during my blogging process.
There are many Firefox add-ons to enhance your browsing as well as blogging experience. Here is a list of 8 useful Firefox add-ons which I think every blogger should have them installed in their Firefox browser.
One of the important elements in the blogging world is social bookmarks. You can promote your blog posts through social networking sites, share your interest, as well as getting information from others (blog authors), and also it’s one of the source for you to get blogging inspiration. Among all those many social bookmarking sites, I would love to introduce StumbleUpon and Del.icio.us.
So, you must not miss out these social bookmarking Firefox extensions.
This is not a stranger in the Web 2.0 world. Sign up a StumbleUpon account and start stumble good blog posts that you think worth sharing or bookmarking. Registration is FREE. It’s a great site for you to wider your blog network, make new friends, stumble similar interest articles. If your article is being stumbled by someone, it means higher chance for you to gain more blog traffic. Isn’t it just nice? [...more]
You feel like getting your own domain, and you signup for a hosting plan. You want a WordPress blog but don’t know where to start. Now what? You can always download the latest WordPress release and upload to your host. And start to do the installation manually, just like how you setup a WordPress blog in your own local computer.
Most hosting plans include a bundle of pre-install scripts in your control panel (eg. CPanel, DirectAdmin). There are several script library like Fantastico, Installatron, etc. (depends on your host provider). To make life easier, you can always install your WordPress blog via the script installer. Learn how to install WordPress using Fantastico. It’s more or less the same for other script installer.
Now you have WordPress installed, and you probably don’t want to stick to the default K2 theme, which looks so plain and not attractive. Although content is the king, first impression is also very important. What to do next? Search for your desire WordPress theme! There are plenty of free themes available. But please beware of free themes provided by less trustful source. (hacker can encrypt codes in the theme and easily access your blog.) [...more]