Archive for December, 2010

How To Integrate Facebook With WordPress Automatically

I got a question from Mike Winstanley on How do I publish my WordPress Post automatically on Facebook Fan page. This is something which I forget to write earlier, though I have already written about “Connecting Twitter account with Useful Applications“.

I did some research to find out how the integration of Facebook with WordPress and vice versa works, or — in other words — how you can present your WordPress blog on Facebook or use the functionality of Facebook on your WordPress-powered blog. Both of these can be achieved with a set of WordPress plug-ins, a couple of which I’ll present here in detail. Even on Facebook Fan page there is an option for this.

1. Integrating A WordPress Blog Into Facebook

Integrating a WordPress blog into Facebook is actually quite simply achieved via the Facebook API.

Creating an app ID for your blog:


WP Facebook does require a little coding within your blog’s theme. However, the coding is minimal and will help expose you to very basic PHP, if you are not already familiar with it.
Facebook Connect requires you to set up a Facebook application to communicate between Facebook and your blog.
1. Visit

2. For the sake of organization, give your application the name of your blog or something similar.

3. Facebook will automatically generate an API Key and Secret—each of these keys will be required to complete the setup of the WP-FacebookConnect plugin.

4. In the Settings | Facebook Connect, provide your API Key and Secret.
5. Click Update Options.

Once you have set up your plugin, your website will automatically include a Facebook badge in the upper-right-hand corner of your website. If a user is logged into Facebook, they will see their name and their avatar.

Adding the connect button to your comments:

In most cases, a user will want to connect their Facebook account to leave a comment on your website. To have a ‘connect to Facebook’ button on your comments page, you will need to edit your themes in the comments.php file.

Locate the comments.php in Appearance | Themes | Editor. Select the comments.php and insert the following code to add the Facebook Connect button at the end of the file:
<?php do_action(‘fbc_display_login_button’); ?>

Download WP-FacebookConnect

WPBook: WordPress Facebook Plugin

WordPress rocks. Here’s a plugin for bringing your WordPress blog posts into Facebook, and enabling users to comment and share those posts.


Download WPBook

2. Integrating Facebook In A WordPress Blog

Facebook announced in 2007 that it would implement OpenID, and others followed, which explains why we now find more and more buttons that say “Connect with Facebook” or “Google Friend Connect.” This leads us to our second plug-in, Facebook Connect WordPress plug-in, which almost seamlessly integrates Facebook into your blog. Read more detail How To Integrate Facebook With WordPress from Smashing Magazine.

Reference and Resources:

WordPress Top Plugins

Digging Into WordPress

WordPress 3.0 jQuery: Enhance your WordPress website

How to Check Broken Link in WordPress Blog

404 is a code name for a missing page or a webpage that no longer exists. Over the years, I am sure you have linked to tons of websites that are either dead in the water or have changed their website’s URL structure. Broken Link Checker will try to go through all of your previous posts and find any links to websites that are no longer reachable. Along with the 404 Notify plugin mentioned earlier in this chapter, you will never have another missing page or link within your blog. Unlike 404 Notify, Broken Link Checker covers external websites as well as internal pages.

This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found.


* Monitors links in your posts, pages, comments, the blogroll, and custom fields (optional).
* Detects links that don’t work, missing images and redirects.
* Notifies you either via the Dashboard or by email.
* Makes broken links display differently in posts (optional).
* Prevents search engines from following broken links (optional).
* You can search and filter links by URL, anchor text and so on.
* Links can be edited directly from the plugin’s page, without manually updating each post.
* Highly configurable.

Basic Usage

Once installed, the plugin will begin parsing your posts, bookmarks (AKA blogroll) and other content and looking for links. Depending on the size of your site this can take from a few minutes up to an hour or more. When parsing is complete, the plugin will start checking each link to see if it works. Again, how long this takes depends on how big your site is and how many links there are. You can monitor the progress and tweak various link checking options in Settings -> Link Checker.

The broken links, if any are found, will show up in a new tab of the WP admin panel – Tools -> Broken Links. A notification will also appear in the “Broken Link Checker” widget on the Dashboard. To save display space, you can keep the widget closed and configure it to expand automatically when problematic links are detected. E-mail notifications need to be enabled separately (in Settings -> Link Checker).

The “Broken Links” tab will by default display a list of broken links that have been detected so far. However, you can use the links on that page to view redirects or see a listing of all links – working or not – instead. You can also create new link filters by performing a search and clicking the “Create Custom Filter” button. For example, this can be used to create a filter that only shows comment links.

There are several actions associated with each link. They show up when you move your mouse over to one of the links listed the aforementioned tab –

  • “Edit URL” lets you change the URL of that link. If the link is present in more than one place (e.g. both in a post and in the blogroll), all occurrences of that URL will be changed.
  • “Unlink” removes the link but leaves the link text intact.
  • “Not broken” lets you manually mark a “broken” link as working. This is useful if you know it was incorrectly detected as broken due to a network glitch or a bug. The marked link will still be checked periodically, but the plugin won’t consider it broken unless it gets a new result.

You can also click on the contents of the “Status” or “Link Text” columns to get more info about the status of each link.

Download | Home Page

Reference and Resources:

WordPress Top Plugins

Digging Into WordPress

WordPress 3.0 jQuery: Enhance your WordPress website

5 Tools to Check Broken Links

WordPress Broken Link Checker Plugin

How to Find and Remove Broken Links in Your Website

Broken Link Checker- Monitor Your WordPress Blog For Broken Links

Check Your Blog Broken Links With WordPress Broken Link Checker Plugin

6 Popular ‘Broken Link’ Checking Tools For Your Website

Broken Link Checker- Monitor Your WordPress Blog For Broken Links

Amazing Free and Premium WordPress Themes for Architects

When it comes to blogging,Wordpress is the 1st word which comes in my mind.And I have reasons for that:Wordpress is the most flexible easy to use and customize CMS platform among all.

Premium WordPress Themes are the first solution when building a blog for Architectures. Are fully supported,fully featured,perfectly coded and way too visual appealing,so choosing a premium wordpress theme is a no-brainer for the majority of Architects.

Take a look at these fresh Premium and Free WordPress Themes.If your website needs a facelift,you probably don’t want to miss this showcase.

1. The Architect – WP Edition

The Architect is a modern and professional WordPress template dedicated to the world of Architecture. It include a beautiful front-page slide-show, lightbox plugin and a working contact form with live validation.

Of course you can easily use this template for your Design Agency, Portfolio or your Corporate Business website.

Demo | Purchase

2. Greatio Premium WordPress Theme

Greatio is a Premium WordPress Theme, best suited for Business, Portfolio, Interior and Architecture sites. It comes with some JQuery scripts which makes it better view. Also 7 color theme available (Red, Violet, Green, Blue, Orange, White and Wood).

Demo | Purchase

3. Sofa Rooster, WordPress theme

Sofa Rooster is powerful Blog theme made for all the bloggers who want to run their site quick and simply. It comes with 9 built-in Widgets for a kick-start: Sectional Navigation, Twitter, Flickr, Search, Archives, 125×125px Advertising slots, Tag Cloud, Recent Posts and Recent Comments. All of them are multi-widgets (can be added more than once in the same sidebar) supposed to be used across 7 widget-ready sidebars.
Sofa Rooster is WordPress 3.0+ compliant and relies on new features brought by the latest major release of WP; Menus, Background, Custom Header and new widget architecture. On top of that, more options are added to Theme settings page in order to extend functionality as much as possible.
You can set up this theme in just a few minutes and start blogging immediately.

Demo | Purchase

4. Architecture WordPress Theme

Architecture is an elegant Premium WordPress theme that is great for people looking to create a personal portfolio or small business site that showcases their work and what they are all about.

This theme comes in 3 different color schemes to help you customize it to match you or your business. The color schemes are Dark, Haki and Light.

Plus, this theme comes with all the photoshop files and templates you need to create a truly unique site.

Demo | Purchase

Free WordPress Themes for Architects

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How to Turns WordPress’ basic search into a full text

Search is significantly more important than most people credit it. The ability to find content on your site is probably the most important aspect to running a successful blog. The Defacto search built in to WordPress is nice, but far from perfect. Search Unleash WordPress Plug-in  introduces powerful new methods to scour through your blog’s data, including full text searching and Lucene powered searching.

Setting up your search index:

A search index is a collection of information that is stored about each of your posts, pages, and other elements that contain text. This “Index” is then used during the searching process to quickly find the information that is relevant to the search terms provided by the user. Search Unleashed offers three types of search indexes.

To select your search index type, click on “Options” within Tools | Search Unleashed

1. Default WordPress: The Default WordPress search index is what all WordPress blogs come with out of the box, and while this search is acceptable for most blogs, it’s a bit slow and doesn’t offer much intelligence.

2. Full-Text Search: As WordPress uses MySQL as its database, it’s able to leverage MySQL’s built-in full-text searching. MySQL’s indexes are super fast, tested, and true. However, it can become slow when you are dealing with a blog that has more than 10,000 or more posts.

3. Lucene: Lucene is an open source product released by the Apache Foundation. The same company that brought us the insanely popular Apache web server that your blog most likely runs on. Lucene is the undisputed heavyweight in open source searching. With its unique searching and indexing algorithms, Lucene will absolutely deliver the search goods.

Creating your first index:

Once you have decided on which Search Index to leverage, you will need to build your first Index; we highly recommend Lucene. If you have decided to use the default WordPress index, then you can skip this section.

To run your first index, click Search Index from within Tools | Search Unleashed.

To initiate the indexing, you will need to click Re-Index.

Once you have completed your first index, you will not need to rerun it, as this process will now happen automatically. However, re-indexing your site is one potential solution if your blog search is not behaving properly, which can happen if data corruption happened during the indexing process.

Download Search Unleash | By John Godley

Reference and Resources:

WordPress Top Plugins
Digging Into WordPress
Turn WordPress Blog into Minimalistic Business Card – Tips in Self-Branding
Turn Plain Text URLs into Active Links using PHP
Display a different number of posts in wordpress searches

How to Customize WordPress Post Order?

For Blogger WordPress is the best choice for blogging. In WordPress theme every one wants to change Post order and page order in navigation menu or on home page, for that in this post I am going to show how to make these changes in Post order. Here are few ways to customize the sort order of posts in WordPress.

To customize post order manually, open your theme document and use the following code:

// display posts organized by title in ascending order
<?php $posts = query_posts( $query_string . '&orderby=title&order=asc' ); ?>
<?php if( $posts ) : ?>
		<h1>Ordered by Post Title (Ascending)</h1>
		<?php foreach( $posts as $post ) : setup_postdata( $post ); ?>
			<h2><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>
			<p><?php the_content(); ?></p>
		<?php endforeach; ?>
<?php endif; ?>

This code will display the specified number of posts in ascending order, according to post title. You can customized this code in countless ways according to your own requirements.

There is another useful post-ordering trick involves customizing the post order of, say, categories only, as one might do in an archive or service directory. To limit custom ordering to only categories, replace the first line of the previous loop example with this:
<?php if (is_category()) { $posts = query_posts( $query_string . ‘&orderby=title&order=asc’ ); } ?>
Also you can add another endif statement to the end of the loop like this:
<?php endif; ?>
<?php endif; ?>
As well you can  replace is_category() in that first line with the is_whatever() statement of your choice:

  • is_home()
  • is_single()
  • is_author()
  • is_search()
  • is_archive()

For more detail, check out the WordPress Codex.  let’s have a look  on to some easier custom-sorting methods by using WordPress Plugins.

1. Custom Query String Reloaded for WordPress 2.3 with tag support

Custom Query String Reloaded is one of the most commonly used WordPress plugins. Custom Query String (CQS) provides a Admin Options panel whereby users may specify any number of custom post queries. CQS enables custom sorting of many different types of queries.
Download | Custom Query String Reloaded

2. Smart Sort WordPress Plugin – Sort posts by Custom Field

This plugin allows you to place a sort bar, with options to sort the list of posts by any custom field. You can place the sort bar above or below a list of posts in a category or archive or anywhere in your template.

Download Smart Sort WordPress Plugin

3. aStickyPostOrderER : Plugin To Change WordPress Post Order

If you’d like to re-arrange the order that WordPress displays posts this plugin might help.
With aStickyPostOrderER you can customize the order of appearance of posts per category, per tag – or over-all – in a WordPress (versions 2.3+) blog. Useful for using WordPress as a Content Management System (C.M.S.).

Download AStickyPostOrderER

4. WP-Snap! WordPress Plugin

WP-SNAP! WordPress Plugin creates an alphabetical listing of ABCDEF, etc. links on a category template file. When you click “A”, “D”, or “Z”, any post titles that begin with that letter are showcased.

Download WP-Snap

5. Sort Category Posts by Title

This plugin looks like a quick and easy way of sorting category posts in ascending alphabetical order according to post title. According to the plugin’s homepage, “WordPress Sort Category Posts By Title” was designed for WordPress 2.0.2 and only customizes the sort order of posts displayed in category view — it will not effect the ordering of posts seen elsewhere (e.g., the home page) in the site. The code for this plugin seems clean, simple, and just begging for further exploration and adaptation ;)

Download Sort Category Posts By Title

Reference Resources:

30+ Essential WordPress Plugins
How to show Category ID for WordPress
List Posts by Category In Navigation
6 Ways to Customize WordPress Post Order
How to change page and category order in navigation menu of thesis theme?
WP-SNAP WordPress Plugin: Alphabetized Index Listing of Posts for Category Pages

Best Twitter Desktop Client Applications

Twitter has become an integral part of our social media lives, marketing strategies, and business objectives. We have multiple accounts, hundreds of followers to watch, Twitter trends to track, hash tags to follow, and a frequent need for continuously updating search results.

Desktop clients are applications that run directly on your operating system whether that is Linux, Windows, or OS X. One of the key strengths of Twitter desktop applications is that they allow you to keep a constant eye on your Twitter stream due to the dedicated application window and process. Here are a few popular Twitter desktop clients.

1. TweetDeck

TweetDeck is your personal real-time browser, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Google Buzz and more. TweetDeck’s claim to fame is its multiple column layout. This allows users to segment their Twitter streams into groups.

2. Seesmic Desktop

Seesmic is a powerful collection of social management tools that provide businesses and individuals with everything they need to build their brand online. With applications on every platform, Seesmic is the most comprehensive solution on the market.

3. Twitterrific

Twitterrific is a Twitter client for OS X and iPhone. It has a long history with Twitter users and has been around since early 2007. It is strictly a Twitter client and does not interface with other social networking sites such as Facebook. It also cannot manage multiple Twitter accounts, but its small desktop footprint and simple interface make it a popular choice among Twitter users.

Reference and resource:

19 Twitter Desktop Apps Compared
The Best Twitter Client for Windows Desktop
Best Adobe AIR Twitter Desktop Clients
5 Great Desktop Twitter Clients For Windows
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