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GotBanners – Making 2 Columns

December 20, 2007 by Hari

If you have installed GotBanners and if it displays only one columns of banners, here is your solution. I started getting a lot of mails asking me how to do it. So, here is the answer. Its fairly simple.

It purely depends on the space you have. You need to have atleast 290px width to accommodate 2 rows of 125×125 banners. Because, GotBanners automatically adds 5px margin to each banner. If you have lesser space, alter this line in gotbanners.php :

echo "<style>.gotbanners { text-align: center; } .gotbanners img { margin: 5px; } </style>";

Change the 5px to something lesser. If you just have 250px, you’ll have to change it to 0px.

Hope its clear for everyone. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me.

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Posted in Programming, WordPress Plugins.
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11 Ways To Help Your Visitors Promote YOU

September 13, 2007 by Hari

Social bookmarking sites are among the most popular sites on the web and they are the greatest sources of traffic for any blog. So, you should make sure that your posts hit the doorsteps of these sites. Having a busy schedule (:P) it is not practically possible for us bloggers to go and submit our posts to these sites. Instead we can let our visitors do it. It also makes sure that only the posts that people like are being submitted. So, here are 11 tools that can help your visitors promote your site/blog :

Official Tools :

Many of these social bookmarking sites have their own official tool to be used on blogs and websites.

  1. Digg : One of the most popular tools out there. They integrate like a charm into your website.
  2. Del.icio.us & Tagometer :Launched just towards the end of 2006, the Tagometer has gained a lot of popularity.
  3. Reddit : Cool buttons from the most popular Digg-alike.
  4. Facebook : The recently most-hyped social network’s “Share” buttons.
  5. StumbleUpon : Let your posts get discovered. I would call SU as the best source of “Instant Traffic”.

UnOfficial Tools :

These tools, thought unofficial, allows users a wide range of options to share and also saves a lot of space.

  1. MadKast : One of the easiest tools out there. But, i would call this a bit Intrusive, since they occupy the space near the post title.
  2. AddThis : The easiest and the most popular out there. Especially because of the fact that it can be used on Non-blog sites too with ease.
  3. Social Bookmark Link Creator : A very flexible plugin that allows you to generate the links for these bookmarking sites.
  4. Sociable : Very popular wordpress plugin, mainly due its very cool look.
  5. Share This : Probably The most popular Social Bookmarking plugin out there for WordPress. I use this too.

Bonus (Err.. Not Really)

NetScape Widget : I have separated this from the rest of the list due to the fact that NetScape might get closed down. Otherwise, a great tool to use for NetScape. Though unofficial, it competes with the official ones of Digg and Reddit. Kudos ! ! !

Hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to add to the list, if you know any more.

Posted in Blogging, Tools, WordPress Plugins.
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Got Banners – My First WordPress Plugin

September 3, 2007 by Hari

I’m very happy and proud to announce the release of my first wordpress plugin called “Got Banners”. It is a simple banner rotation plugin. Let me tell you a little about how i went to create this plugin.

I wanted to run 125 x 125 banners on the right sidebar of this blog. But, i wanted them to be put in a random order each time the page loads as seen on TechCrunch. I searched a lot for a script like this. But, no luck. So, i created my own PHP script and started using it. Then, i emailed John Chow, telling him about this script and that it might also be useful on JohnChow.com for rotating the 125 x 125 banners. He appreciated it and suggested me that i develop this into a wordpress plugin and that was very nice idea and inspired me to make this plugin today.

This is the first stage of this plugin and i’d like to hear some comments, suggestions etc.. from you. You can find more information about the plugin on its own page : Got Banners.

Posted in Advertising, WordPress Plugins.
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Automatically Upgrade your WordPress

July 28, 2007 by Hari

Wouldn’t it be coll if you could just sit back and have coffee while your WordPress upgrades itself automatically. Yup, thats what this plugin does. Upgrading has always been a pain to bloggers and it is one of the main reasons why they opt for remotely hosted solutions like Blogger.com or WordPress.com. WordPress Automatic Upgrade(WPAU) is a plugin that automatically upgrades your wordpress version to the latest files provided by wordpress.org using the 5 steps provided in the wordpress upgrade instructions.

WPAU does more than just update your blog. Here is a list of what it does :

  1. Backs up the files and makes available a link to download it.
  2. Backs up the database and makes available a link to download it.
  3. Downloads the latest files from http://wordpress.org/latest.zip and unzips it.
  4. Puts the site in maintenance mode.
  5. De-activates all active plugins and remembers it.
  6. Upgrades wordpress files.
  7. Gives you a link that will open in a new window to upgrade installation.
  8. Re-activates the plugins.

Kudos to the developers for making such a useful plugin. You can read more about it here on Techie Buzz.

Posted in Blogging, WordPress Plugins.
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