Three Truly Unique Themes

September 24, 2010 | 2 Comments

I’ve come across three unique themes for WordPress a few days ago. Turn your blog into Twitter, a contact manager, or even a “coming soon” page before your site actually launches.

These aren’t Pinoy made but they’re definitely worth checking out. Malay n’yo, you might actually find them useful!

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WordPress & BuddyPress Plugin: Facestream

March 24, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Facestream synchronizes Facebook and BuddyPress streams, including posting, replying, and filtering abilities. “Everything is designed for easy-intergration, easy-setup and easy-usability. With a lots of admin and per user settings.” WPMU.org has a nice walkthrough on setting it up.

The plugin requires WordPress 2.9.1+ and BuddyPress 1.2+. Also check out Tweetstream, which does the same thing for a BuddyPress install, but this time for Twitter.

Download Facestream

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Gallery of apps for WordPress.com launched

January 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

Between the recently discovered hack to access WordPress.com via the Twitter API and Hootsuite now supporting it, using 3rd-party applications with WP.com is hotter than ever. Which is why you should check out the just-launched Apps for WordPress.com page.

In there are familiar faces like the iPhone and Blackberry apps, as well as popular software for the desktop, but what’s notable is the presence of microblogging apps Spaz, Tweetie, Twitterrific, and Hootsuite. What were once limited for Twittering have now expanded into other networks such as Facebook, FriendFeed, and now WordPress.com.

If you think blogging is dead because these microblogging services have taken over, think again! Let WP.com join the fray and let you take publishing everywhere.

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Read & blog on WordPress.com from your iPhone via Twitter

December 31, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Here’s an odd but fascinating hack discovered by Team 55 at the WP Quebec meetup: using the Twitter API, you can read and publish posts on WordPress.com from your iPhone! Matt Mullenweg explains step by step in this article. Pretty much any third-party Twitter client is okay; the key is to change the API URL to twitter-api.wordpress.com and then you can log in using your WordPress.com account.

Instead of following users you will follow blogs. Refer to them by their domain names (e.g. matt.wordpress.com). Support for replies and retweets will be added soon.

When you post a status update using our Twitter API, the update will appear on your blog. (If you have more than one blog you can choose which one gets the updates. The option is in your profile.)

Read more about this here. Matt also announced that they plan to release a WordPress MU plugin for this, so stay tuned for that one.

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How to use the WP.me URL shortener for self-hosted WordPress

December 21, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress.com users have enjoyed the WP.me URL shortener since August, but here’s a neat discovery for self-hosted WordPress users, courtesy of the folks at WP Tavern: if you upgrade to WordPress 2.9 and install the WordPress.com Stats plugin, you can get to use WP.me too. Once you type in a post title, a “Get Shortlink” button will appear right beside the “Edit” button for the post permalink. For example, the clicking on said button gives us the shortlink http://wp.me/pely2-Aq.

What do you think of the requirements? Stats buffs probably won’t mind grabbing yet another analytics plugin if they haven’t already. But upgrading to WordPress 2.9 this early might still be discouraging.

What exactly is more attractive about choosing to use WP.me over, say, native post ID-based permalinks instead? Probably the number of characters you can save with a much shorter URL.

But take note that both Google and Facebook have just rolled out their own URL shorteners in goo.gl and fb.me. Seems like the URL shortening arena is getting more serious competition than ever.

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Put yourself on the WordPress World Map

November 4, 2009 | 1 Comment

The WordPress World Map lets WP people unite get themselves on a custom Google Maps interface. You can sign in with your Twitter account (there should be support for WordPress.com, and WordPress.org as sign-on identities, but you can add your respective usernames on those sites to the profile) and add yourself as a user/blogger, developer, core developer, company, or fan. See folks who are in your area and check out which WordCamps are happening near you—probably the nifties feature thus far.

Great way to get a global perspective of the WordPress community. And this project would integrate well with the WordPress.org profiles.

Put the WordPress Philippines community on the map and register now!

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Win a mobile broadband modem, domain registration & hosting, Bob Ong books from Tinig.com

June 24, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Buwan ng Wika comes early this year with the launch of Tinig.com’s writing contest entitled Wikang Filipino sa Panahon ng Twitter.

Ayon kay Gat Jose Rizal, na ang kaarawan ay ipinagdiwang natin kahapon, “ang hindi magmahal sa kanyang salita, mahigit sa hayop at malansang isda.” Ngunit sa panahong ito ng Twitter at iba pang makabagong kagamitan sa pandaigdigang komunikasyon, lalo na sa Internet, ano ang papel na ginagampanan ng ating sariling wika?

Very good question. In fact, it feels inappropriate to even write this blog post in Filipino.

But anyway, the mechanics are simple: register at Tinig.com and submit an essay with 500-700 words discussing the importance of the Filipino language in this modern era. Entries should not have been published elsewhere (including blogs). Deadline is on August 19, 2009.

Join now!

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Shorter WordPress blog post URLs for microblogging

April 25, 2009 | No Comments Yet

No need to send your blog post URLs through a URL shortener like TinyURL or bit.ly because you can just use WordPress’ built-in system! Here’s proof.

Remember Marghil’s “Plurk This” code for WordPress? It takes advantage of the post_ID permalink to use the shortest post URLs as possible, since in microblogging, every character saved counts.

Plus, since you’re using your own blog URL, followers will know exactly where your link is going, increasing the chances of their clicking on it.

Something to remember next time you promote your latest blog post on Twitter or Plurk.

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Add a Plurk This widget to your WordPress blog

April 16, 2009 | 3 Comments

Plurk is a microblogging platform that’s particularly popular in the Philippines, and just like Twitter it can be used to promote your blog posts with a simple flick of the wrist. Marghil Macuha has written a Plurk This code snippet you can add to your WP theme:

Just copy and paste the code above on your single.php page, preferably below the post title, then modify a little bit to change the domain name and a link to your image (I have a hotlink protector so you have to host your own image, ok? ).

I suggest making a few tweaks to the code, such as using the_permalink() for the full URL and not a hardcoded one, i.e.:

http://plurk.com/?qualifier=shares&status=<?php the_permalink(); ?>

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WordPress and Twitter, sitting in a tree

March 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

Twitter is a microblogging service people are raving over for some time now. While you can use it on its own, it’s grown into just about anything and everything people want it to be: a new mingling lounge, a broadcast medium, a zeitgeist, and even a way to make a few bucks.

Now integrating Twitter and WordPress makes things a lot more interesting:

Oh, and we’re also on Twitter so add us up!

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WordPress Theme: P2 (the new Prologue)

March 14, 2009 | No Comments Yet

P2 new Prologue WordPress theme

Remember the Twitter-for-WordPress theme called Prologue? Well it recently got a revamp and has been released as P2 (ala Kubrick and K2).

Here’s the overview of what’s new in P2:

  • Threaded comment display on the front page.
  • In-line editing for posts and comments.
  • Live tag suggestion based on previously used tags.
  • A show/hide feature for comments, to keep things tidy.
  • Real-time notifications when a new comment or update is posted. (If you have a Mac, you know what we mean when we say it’s Growl-like.)
  • Super-handy keyboard shortcuts: c to compose a new post; j to go to the next item; k to go to the previous item; r to reply; e to edit; o to show and hide comments; t to go to the top; esc to cancel.
  • Helvetica Neue for you modern font lovers.
  • Plus more to come! Keep an eye on the news blog for updates.

And as always, there’s:

  • Hassle-free posting from the front page.
  • RSS feeds for everything: the entire prologue, each author, each tag, and any search.
  • A feeling of supreme awesomeness because you’re using a sweet theme custom-made by Automattic.

P2’s tagline is “Faster Blogging”, which you can find at the live demo site. As of now, the theme is available to WordPress.com users only, but a version for self-hosted users is in the pipeline, so be patient.

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WordPress.com redesigned

August 13, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress.com redesigned

Hosted platform WordPress.com just got a design refresh, as announced by Matt Mullenweg via Twitter last August 11.

You’ll notice that while WordPress.com and WordPress.org sport similar design elements now (since version 2.5), the content of their homepages differ greatly. The former features posts from the users’ blogs, while the latter boasts of the blog software’s excellent features.

Which one do you prefer? It’s like comparing apples to oranges. I do, however, would like to see WordPress.org aggregate content from self-hosted blogs too. Wouldn’t that be exciting?

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Blogging about the Lozada Testimony and ZTE Broadband Scandal

February 8, 2008 | 38 Comments

“Ang salitang Pilipino ay tumutukoy sa isang bansa, ang bansang Pilipino. And sometimes, it’s worth taking a risk for this country.” – Jun Lozada

Controversies in Philippine current events almost always spill over to the Philippine Blogosphere because it’s a great way to hear from the many voices that would otherwise be drowned out by hype. This very moment, all eyes are on the brave witness in the ZTE broadband scandal, Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada. How have Pinoy bloggers covered the issue so far?

AWBHoldings.com has a short list of blogged reactions, including a link to Manuel L. Quezon III’s Twitter live tweets of the hearing.

Speaking of MLQ3, he has quite a number of lengthy blog posts himself, the latest being “The Witness”. Lots of links out too, including a plea from Lozada’s niece. It’s clear that aside from blogs running WordPress, Multiply will always be a goldmine Filipinos updating on their lives.

Then there’s the transcript of Lozada’s Exposé from Pedestrian Observer (also available at GMANews.TV).

Oh, and I found an awesome quote by Jun Lozada from Mary Ann Señir and an awesome caricature of Jun Lozada by Jed Segovia, both of which you can see at the top of this post.

This is just the beginning, so be sure to keep up with Jun Lozada and the ZTE Broadband Scandal (tools like Google Blog Search and Twitter are a big help).

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