May 13, 2010

0 30 Wordpress Plugins To Help You Improve Your Sidebar

Nowadays almost everyone has a Wordpress powered website, but not everyone has a professional build blog. To build a professional blog you have to concentrate on few aspects. One of the most important aspects is of course the design. The design of your blog is without a dub the one who decides if your blog is going to be a successful one or not.

The design of your blog is based on the way you structure everything and the actual look. In this post I will talk only about the ways to improve your sidebar structure and make your blog more accessible to your visitors.

I will list here the most recommended Wordpress plugins for your blog sidebar. You don’t have to use all of them, using all of them will create chaos in your blog and people will be annoyed. You should choose the ones you think that fits your needs and try to avoid the situation described bellow.

1. Subscription Options

Is a simple yet very useful plugin for beginner bloggers. This plugin will allow you to add the classical icons for subscription: twitter, rss feed and email of course effortless.

2. Alexa Ranking Plugin

The earnings from your website are pretty important, the most effective way of getting high profits from your website is of course by selling ad space. In order for advertisers to buy ad space, they need to see what’s your alexa rank and if they like it, they will buy ad space from your blog.

3. Twitter Blender

Is a wordpress plugin that displays twitter updates in a simple widget box in your sidebar. The Twitter blender also has an updates archive.

4.Wordpress Newsletter Widget

Wordpress double option widget bulk email plugin for newsletter subscription will allow users to subscribe to your newsletter and also you will be able to manage the subscriptions.

5. Recent Comments by Entry

As I believe you figured out, the Recent Comments by Entry plugin will display the latest comments and also the entry where they were posted.

6. Post videos and photo galleries

Helps you to easily maintain your media works and place them into your blog sidebar.

7. WP Carousel

WP Carousel is a plugin that create a carousel with a category’s posts, and you can put it anywhere on the sidebar or blog.

8.Ad Code Widget Plugin

This plugin helps you to easily maintain the ads you display in your sidebar and in your blog. It was created by Primo Themes and it supports any image format and also any size and also you can add HTML/JavaScript/IFrame/etc codes.

9. Login With Ajax

This is a pretty cool widget plugin that allows your blog members to login. Using the ajax technologies, “Login with Ajax” will improve the aspect of your login page and also will impress all of your members.

10. Visitors Map and Who’s Online Widget

This will display a cool who’s online widget and also you will be able to see where the user comes from by using this great geographical positioning system.

11. Twitter Bubble

Will display your twitter updates in a simple widget who has the shape and the design of a twitter page included in a cool twitter bubble.

12. Post Google Map

If the blog you own is a business one and you have to show people where they can find you, Google Map is always the best solution. Post Google Map will help you to do that effortless.

13. Simple Flickr Photos

Nowadays everyone has a Flickr account and everyone wants to share their photos with friends and why not will all internet users. Simple Flikr Photos allows you to add a Flickr widget with your latest added photos.

14. PayPal Donations Plugin

This is definitely a must have plugin for developers and people who are offering services for free. Paypal was always the best friend of this kind of people and it helps them everyday.

15. Collapsing Archive

Being able to collapse your archive will save you some useful space in your sidebar. Collapsing archive is the plugin you want for this, and it is based on javascript.

16. General Stats

General stats counts almost everything from users, number of posts, days, and adds a simple widget to display this stats.

17. Tag For Me

If you own multiple blogs or websites, Tag for me will help you to display your stats using their widget.

18. Flash Tag Cloud

Displays the tags into a very interesting and cool way. The tags you write more are of course bigger and the ones that you don’t are smaller. The plugin is using the action script programming and is very stable.

19. Page Spot

This actually lets you to configure multiple types of sidebar and choose which one to display.

20. WP FlashTime

Adds cool and flash clock. This will help you to improve the design and it will make your site more dynamic. The plugin also contains over 25 different clocks.

21. Quick Adsense

It is a flexible and easy to use Adsense management plugin. With quick adsense you will add and maintain your adsense ads in no-time.

22. Sidebar Tabs

Includes a widget which adds multiple functions displayed in other tabs.

23. iContact Widget

Add the iContact ‘Automatic Sign-up Form’ to your sidebar with this widget. Simply paste the code from the form you created in iContact into this widget. Your form will be converted into HTML (instead of Javascript, which takes more time to load).

24. Display Widget

Choose which widgets to display and which widgets to hide. You can also choose to do this on which page of your blog you want.

25. Visual Categories

This plugin enables you to build “category entries” which contain a link to the category and which may contain a link to the category’s feed, an image, the time stamp of when the category was last updated, and the current count of posts in the category.

26. TinyFeed

A simple ajax plugin that loads a micro feed on your sidebar.

27. Flash Mp3 Player

It displays a cool flash player in your blog sidebar. You will be able to choose which MP3 file to listen and is more like the youtube player.

28. Category and Page Icons

This obviously adds icons to your categories and pages links.

29. ThemeSwitch

Using this plugin will allow you to easily change the current theme of your blog.

30. Gallery Widget

Gallery Widget is a simple plugin that let you show the latest/random images of the wordpress media gallery inside a widget, directly in your templates (it is possible to choose some categories to be included/excluded) or in posts/pages using a shortcode (see faq on how to use them).


If you liked this list of plugins just share it with your friend, and don’t forget to let us know what you think by commenting. Thank you!


May 9, 2010

0 The 15 Best Wordpress Plugins to Use in 2010

I recently moved one of my Blog to word press and i'm 100% satisfied with word press platform. One of the reasons that I’m so madly in love with WordPress is the thousands of plugins available. It doesn’t matter what you want to accomplish on your blog, there’s probably a plugin that will allow you to do it.

This list is the 15 most incredible WordPress plugins. Only the best plugins have made it while anything less than amazing has been kicked to the street.

Each of these plugins are used at Site Sketch 101 and I personally recommend each of them to you. The following plugins are posted in the order that I recommend them.

  1. WP Super Cache This plugin is great for two reasons.  First, it makes your pages load way faster.  Second, since it stores static versions of your site, it requires much less CPU processing than using WordPress all by itself. This WordPress plugin is number one on the list for a reason.
  2. HeadSpace 2: WordPress SEO Made Simple- Move over All in one SEO. There’s a new guy in town. HeadSpace provides you with the features you need to drive your site to the top.  People spend way to much time working on SEO and too little time writing great content.  This plugin let’s you put your focus back where it belongs.  It takes care of all the SEO work that your blog will need.
  3. Akismet – Akismet is the comment spam fighter that comes built into Wordpress and it does a mighty fine job.  Activate this plugin and you won’t need to moderate or captcha your comment submissions.  Akismet does 99% of the work for you.
  4. WPtouch iPhone Theme – This plugin allows you to instantly and effortlessly transform your website into a mobile paradise. Whenever a mobile user accesses your blog a pleasant looking lighter version designed specially for mobile devices is presented.  This is a must have for 2010.
  5. Backtype Tweetcount – If you’re using the TweetMeMe tweet counter badge on your blog then kill it right now. Nobody wants to authorize another program to access their Twitter account just to share a link to your site.
  6. Nofollow Case by Case – This site’s comment links are dofollow.  I’ve stripped out all of the nofollow tags from the comment section of Site Sketch 101. You leave a comment here and Google page rank will chase you all the way back to your site.  This plugin is what makes that happen. So leave a comment here and then install this awesome WordPress Plugin at your blog.
  7. WP-DBManager This little gem is amazing for backing up your website. It actually has quite a few functions that it can perform but perhaps it’s most impressive feature is it’s ability to email the entire WordPress databse to me every day.
  8. Thank Me Later – This plugin is great.  It sends an email to all first-time visitors.  You can write up the email to remind them about your RSS feed or just to invite them to connect with you personally.  I do both.
  9. WP-PageNaviThose ‘Older Posts’ and ‘Newer Posts’ links are boring.  With WP-PaveNavi you can get page buttons so users can go directly to whichever page they want.  Plus they look a lot better than plain little links.
  10. Permalinks Moved Permanently Last year I moved all of my permalinks to post the page so that they wouldn’t be so long.  This would have meant that all of the links to my posts would generate 404 errors.  This plugin just forwards all the links and PR to the new addresses.
  11. SEO SlugsUsing your entire post title as the slug for the article can make web addresses long and it can waste the opportunity to focus on using your keywords.  This plugin strips out all the unnecessary words from the permalink for you so that you don’t have to.
  12. SEO Smart Links Do you inter-link your articles?  You should.  Linking within an article to other articles is a great way to build Page Rank throughout your site and it’s a great way to get readers to find your other articles on similar subjects.  This plugin will interlink keywords to your other articles for you.
  13. Subscribe to Comments This plugin took a little bit of work to get it to work right but it’s great because it allows people to subscribe via email to any other comments that show up on a given post.  This helps get readers to keep coming back.
  14. Top Commentators Widget – At the bottom of the sidebar here, you can see the top 10 commentators for this month.  This is a great way to provide a dofollow link back to the people who help make your site great.
  15. Wordpress Related Posts If a reader enjoys one of your articles then one of the best things that you can do is to put some more articles in front of them to keep them digging through your site.

May 4, 2010

0 NameCheap May 2010 Discount Coupon

Namecheap is an excellent domain registrar and they provide cheap and quality domain names.They have Advanced Control Panel and they also offer Customizable Parking Page. In this post I’m going to share Namecheap discount coupon for the month of May 2010. NameCheap Coupon Code for May 2010 is MOTHERSLOVE.


Apr 21, 2010

0 Kaspersky KAV/KIS UPDATED (21.4.10)

1)Install "Kaspersky Internet Security 2009"
2)Choose A Key From KIS_8,KIS_7,KAV_8,KAV7(Choose KIS_8 for Kaspersky Internet Security 2009).
3)Copy The Key And Paste It On Your Desktop (Or Where Ever You Want)
4)Open Kaspersky And Click: License > Merge/delete > "Delete Key" [If You Already
Have A Key Installed] > Activate Using The Key File > Browse [Browse For Your
Key - If You Followed These Instructions It Should Be Located On Your Desktop]


Apr 17, 2010

0 Kaspersky KAV/KIS UPDATED (17.4.10)

1)Install "Kaspersky Internet Security 2009"
2)Choose A Key From KIS_8,KIS_7,KAV_8,KAV7(Choose KIS_8 for Kaspersky Internet Security 2009).
3)Copy The Key And Paste It On Your Desktop (Or Where Ever You Want)
4)Open Kaspersky And Click: License > Merge/delete > "Delete Key" [If You Already
Have A Key Installed] > Activate Using The Key File > Browse [Browse For Your
Key - If You Followed These Instructions It Should Be Located On Your Desktop]


Apr 15, 2010

0 10 Must Have Extensions For Google Chrome

Initially Google Chrome didn’t spread it’s magic as the best browser due to it’s lack of support for third party plug-ins and extensions. But, Firefox has got a great support for add-ons and were at helm. This lead developers at Google to add few extra features to Google Chrome and hence extensions were introduced to provide a wide array of features.

Here are some of the must have extensions for Google Chrome,

Advertisements on certain web sites are very annoying to the reader. Google chrome sports a cool extension called AdSweep that enables the user to block advertisements on web sites. The traditional ad blockers like AdBlock in Firefox blocks adverts leaving sometimes the ad-holder empty but, AdSweep leaves the page clean. Following is a screen shot which shows a site with ads and the same site with AdSweep extension enabled.



Probably the best extension for Twitter fans and social networking nerds. If you are working on a window and simultaneously want to tweet without leaving the window you are currently working on, then this extension is for you. ChromeBird lets you tweet and view your friends tweets as they come with the help of small window pane that overrides on current page. This extension also notifies when a new tweet arrives. Moreover, it enables you to see direct messages from your friends and followers as well.


If you like sharing stuff with the people via Facebook or Twitter then you might want to check out Shareaholic. Shareaholic is the better, quicker, easier extension to share, e-mail, tweet, and bookmark sites you like with friends, family, and co–workers. The best part of this extension is that, it automatically generates short link, so no additional URL shortening services are needed.


If you like customizing your browser then, XChrome does the thing for you. XChrome is theme manager in Chrome that lets you install the theme in no time. Unlike traditional installation of themes where you need to copy and replace the default.dll files, XChrome does this for you, thus removing the heavy lifting task. XChrome is a clutter-free theme manager and enables you to install themes with ease.


The Web Of Trust is a large community that rates millions of web sites. WOT is a popular add-on in Firefox, it warns you about online scams, adult-content sites and spam content. These warnings and rating would be helpful while doing business or buying stuff online.

WOT is a paragon extension to protect your children from risk of web. WOT also lets you to add your own rating of a website.


LastPass is a Chrome extension for managing passwords. It helps you browse the web more securely. With LastPass you can now forget you password, as it lets you setup multiple profiles and automatically fills your personal information on web forms securely. Thus, you don’t need to type password for every form you come across on web. LastPass is not limited to storing usernames and passwords. Important text data can also be stored using LastPass.


Google Chrome Dual View is one of the popular extensions in Chrome. It lets you split a single tab into two halves specially for multi-tasking. This extension comes handy when you have to compare two web pages, for instance, referring to one web page and write about it in the email.


Google PageRank is one of the most popular ranking system to check the importance and popularity of any particular web site. PageRank Status extension makes it easy for you to check the page rank of any website in your browser status bar.

This extension enables a notification icon on the Chrome toolbar. Whenever you receive an email from your Gmail account, you will be notified by this icon, a simple click on this icon will open the Gmail window. 


Using Youtube Downloader extension in Chrome, one can download videos from YouTube. This extension provides a ‘Download’ button to the right side of the YouTube page. YouTube Downloader extension lets you download video in multiple formats like mp4, flv and 3gp.

What’s your favorite Google Chrome extension, do tell us in comments.

0 10 Free Scripts to Create Your Own Url Shortening Service

Since the popularity of Twitter started to rise and the 140 characters mania began, there has been an outburst of Url shortening services which allow you to sqeeze a long url in the given limited space. There are many url shortening services out there which are both free and easy to use. There is no doubt, that till services like Twitter are there, these url shortening services are no where to go.

Moreover, mechanisms like these let us turn ugly long urls into shorter ones which are easy to manage and are rememberable also.  On the other hand, there are several scripts available which let you shorten urls when installed on a server that you manage. So you own the service and it can be used for either personal, public or commercial use. Many popular websites like friendfeed, gigaom, digg etc already use such methods to easily distribute their content in digital as well as print format.

If you are looking to create a similar service for yourself, check out these scripts that we have compiled together.

Kissa.Be is a relatively new url shortening script that is based on php and mysql. When you install it on your server and get it running, you can not only shorten urls but also create text notes, upload images and create shortened email links that redirect to email addresses when opened. You also get an API to work with so developers can create 3rd party applications for it.  A ‘-’ after any shortened url gets you its stats and number of page views. You can check out a demo here. Download here


Shorty needs PHP 4+, MySQL 3.23+, and Apache 1.2+ to run on a server. With Shorty, you’ll get a full blown admin panel from where you can control all your shortened links. When shortening links, you can either create a random url or provide custom keywords for the url. Within the admin panel, you can orgranize, edit short urls and also get a rss feed for them. You can test a demo of Shorty here and Download Shorty here.


Linx is a tiny (5kb) script based on  php. You’ll also need a mysql database to run it. It is created by @harry_jerry and he uses it on his site to create brandable shortened urls. You can see how it works on the Linx site and Download Linx here.


Phurl runs on Php and is very flexible when it comes to extendibility. It comes with a very easy installation process and a simple administration panel. Unlike many on the list, it can handle urls without the http:// prefix, so it makes shortening even more quick. It is captcha enabled so users will have to pass a test before creating urls, but this is optional. You can checkout a demo here. Download Phurl.


phpurl-logoAs the name implies, PhpUrl is built on Php and needs a mysql database to run. PhpUrl includes a simplistic admin backend that lets you monitor hits and IPs. Custom keywords may be affixed to the url. You can check out PhpUrl in live on this demo. Download PhpUrl.

Url Management

Url Management script is a lot more than just url shortening. You can create a site with features like domain whois, ip pinging, video download options and a lot more of webmaster tools. Easy ad placements are present and the process of installation is not difficult. Have a look at them demo hereDownload Url Management.


logoBrokenScript as again, is based on php and mysql. Unlike other scripts on the list, the shortened url will not be prefixed with any random characters, but a user defined custom keyword (seed). the script’s size is not big, only 45kb. You can check out a site using this script here and Download Broken Script here.

Tiny Tiny Url

Tiny Tiny Url is a script built on ruby by Leah Culver. If you are familiar with Ruby, you can customize it as you wish. Tiny Tiny Url is available for download from Github, Download here. And also read the release post here.

Url Shrink

Url Shrink is a simple, easy to use and deploy php script for shortening links. It comes with several design templates and you can create one of your own too. One shortcoming of Url shrink is that the user has to enter his email address before shortening links. Bu for people who are ok with this, Url Shrink should be all good for them. Url Shrink Demo. Download Url Shrink.

URL Shortening Script by Kiviniar has brought up a url shortening script which the developer is giving away for free. It’s built on php and needs a mysql database to run. The installation is very easy to follow and you can easily edit the site’s design with css. Download it here.

And That’s All! As previously stated, there are many url shortening scripts but a majority of them are paid ones. Looking for scripts which are free is a difficult task.