Archive for December, 2008

Survive the Digg-Effect with WP-Cache

Posted 31 Dec 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysIn our wildest blogging dreams, we all hope to hit the front page of Digg with a well-written and popular post.

To survive the large amount of traffic that will come your blog’s way whether you are on the front page of Digg, popular on StumbleUpon or getting loads of search engine traffic, install WP-Cache, a well-known and popular WordPress plugin.

The concept behind WP-Cache is very simple. It simply builds static pages from your site, which will allow your site to stay up during major peaks in traffic. Other reasons to use WP-Cache include if you have limits on your bandwidth and want to cut back on server requests or if you usually have slow performance from your server.

Merry Christmas!

Posted 25 Dec 2008 — by Ellie
Category Announcements

I wish for you and your families a wonderful Christmas full of love and joy, and a holiday season full of all those things that make us love one another.

We’ll be back on our regular schedule next week.

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Creative Ideas for Creativity

Posted 23 Dec 2008 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville

SoulvilleAt some point we’ve all said, “Man I wish I could make that”. Well, I can’t give you any creative genius, but I can share some creative insights – things to make, freeware to make it possible, ideas for supplies, etc. Check it out then let me know how you get creative!

Calendars – Most of us need a calendar. Some of us need severalĀ  that we frantically and obsessively keep up with. But if you want a cheap way to just keep a calendar around that you can be happy to put up and reference, check out these sites for making your own custom calendars.

The 10 Ultimate iPod Accessories

Posted 21 Dec 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

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Santa Claus is coming to town, and if you are like me, this year you are still looking for the perfect gift at *almost* the last minute.

I’ve done some of the heavy lifting for you and compiled a list of the 10 ultimate iPod accessories for your favorite music aficionado from, where you can still order by Tuesday at 3pm PST and still get your gifts delivered by Christmas Eve. It’s not too late to get these delivered by Christmas – just order now!

Looking for WordPress plugins to add functionality to your site?

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Posted 21 Dec 2008 — by Ellie
Category Announcements

Check out my “Site Design” section on the site. You’ll find a comprehensive list of the plugins used on this site, along with descriptions and links to download.

Make Leaving Comments on WP Blogs Easier

Posted 17 Dec 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysLeaving comments on WordPress powered blogs can be tiresome and frankly, tedious.

There are two ways to work around this problem – one is a Firefox extension and the other is a browser bookmarklet.

I’ve mentioned bookmarklets here before, and this one works just the same. Single click and drag this link (WordPress Comment) to your browser toolbar. Be sure to edit the name, email and website values after saving by right clicking on the link and going to preferences. A WordPress comments bookmarklet could come in handy on many blogs, but the developer says there are problems with some themes not having the right coding, so the fields do not automatically fill in. Note: I have only tested on Firefox 3. (Source: i0nutzb)

Top 13 Ways to Prepare for the Holidays

Posted 15 Dec 2008 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville

SoulvilleSo it’s the holiday season, and time to enjoy the 3 f’s – family, friends and food. No matter what you celebrate or if you celebrate, here are some ways you can prepare for the season.

1. Check your local newspaper for the events calendar or check out all the fliers hanging around when you go to the grocery store. Most papers print the events in a special section or in the community calendar and many also include it in their online papers.

What is YOUR favorite WordPress Plugin? [Contest]

Posted 10 Dec 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysOver the next 24 hours, let us know what your favorite WordPress plugin is – and you’ll be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate!

The winner will be selected randomly and announced on Friday, December 12, 2008 at 12:00 pm EST!

Congrats, John Lessnau and to all who entered. John, you will receive your gift certificate today, and I would like to THANK all of you for entering!

WordPress Wednesdays features posts about plugins, themes and general usage of WordPress, the world’s most popular content management system!

Monetize your Twitter Profile

Posted 08 Dec 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlTwitter has become an important part of most of our lives – in 140 characters or less, we can let our friends, family and the world know where we are, what we are doing and what we are thinking!

Magpie is an option for Twitter monetization that seems to annoy a lot of Tweeps, but it is very popular with some Twitter users. Twitter account holders sign up through the Twitter API and allow Magpie to post ad tweets among their tweets. Users can set the number of Magpie tweets to be posted, and there is an option to label them with the hashtag of #magpie or other text.