WordPress Plugins and Tutorials | Developer Toolbox

It is indisputable that WordPress remains the most popular weblog engine. People prefer it for its simplicity and flexibility. You can find thousands of plugins, themes, tutorials and related articles which are intended to optimize WordPress for your needs. Here is a list of plugins, tools and tutorials that may be helpful in developing web-sites upon WordPress.

WordPress Themes – excellent collection of Free WordPress Themes updated regularly.

WordPress Functional Plugins

AdSense and YPN ads:

AdSense-Deluxe is an easy-to-use plugin for WordPress 1.5+ (including WP 2.0) for quickly inserting Google or Yahoo! ads into your blog posts, and managing when and where those ads are displayed.

Playing Music:

  • Audioplayer allows you to insert mp3 audio files into your posts and pages. Audio Player can also play a sequence of audio clips.
  • Del.icio.us MP3 Player makes any mp3 links (in post or page or any other location in your blog) playable directly on your webpage. In addition, your visitors will have the opportunity to easily tag and post the mp3 link to del.icio.us. This script is extremely lightweight, as is the flash movie that plays on demand. Must-have for podcasters or anyone who wants to allow blog visitors to play mp3 files on the website itself.
  • XSFP Player is a tiny plugin to allow WordPress pages to have background MP3 music embedding this player.

Read »

Job Search Resources

Nowadays the number sources for jobs on the internet has considerably increased and the process of finding them has become more time consuming and complicated. Job seekers have to visit multiple web sites, and manage multiple accounts and registrations. We’ve compiled the list of the Web sites that will be of great interest for both the unemployed and for those who are willing to make a change or looking for the better conditions.

Read »

The Most Helpful Web Tools for Students

If you are a college student, you will certainly need the following Web tools, that can make the process of learning much easier. They will definitely save your time and efforts. And the most important thing is that they are absolutely free.

Writing tools

Book Finder: A one-stop ecommerce search engine that searches over 125 million books for sale — new, used, rare, out-of-print, and textbooks. Save your time and money by searching every major catalog online, find out which booksellers are offering the best prices and selection. When you find a book you like, you can buy it directly from the original seller; BookFinder never charges a markup. If you are one of those poor students who struggles for money, this site is for you. You can compare prices that are offered by different sellers and pick up the cheapest item.

MynoteIT: A fantastic new social search learning tool. It is useful for both high school and college students. MynoteIT allows to take and store your notes online, edit and revise notes with peers, look-up and define words with your Workspace Utilities. You can share notes with your friends and groups. With MynoteIT you can keep track of what you have to do, and what you’ve done, and be sure that you’ll never forget about homework or a quiz.

Ottobib: With Ottobib the process of making a bibliography becomes faster and easier. This webpage allows the reader to see the books, their covers, links to Amazon or other online references.

Google Docs: Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a free web-based word processing and spreadsheet program that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose update files from their own computers. You can, for example, coordinate your student group’s homework assignments, access your family to-do list from work or home, or collaborate with remote colleagues on a new business plan.
Google Docs & Spreadsheets allows you to import your existing documents and spreadsheets, or to create new ones from scratch. You can edit your documents from anywhere. Google Docs & Spreadsheets accepts most popular file formats, including DOC, XLS, ODT, ODS, RTF, CSV, etc. Besides, you can publish your documents and spreadsheets online with one click, as normal-looking web pages, without having to learn anything new.

Zoho Show: Zoho allows you to create and share presentations online. It possesses a number of benefits. You can access, import and edit presentations from anywhere. It allows to share your presentations with your friends and colleagues both in private or make it public for all. Check out for other benefits.

SpellJax: Not sure about spelling of some of the words? Check your spelling online with SpellJax, an Ajax-powered spell checker.

Read »

100 Websites You Should Know and Use

The Web is constantly turning out new and extraordinary services many of us are unfamiliar with. During TED University at this spring’s TED2007 in Monterey, Julius Wiedemann, editor in charge at Taschen GmbH, offered an ultra-fast-moving ride through sites in many different areas, from art, design and illustration, to daily news, blogs and curiosity. Now, by popular demand, here’s his list of 100 websites you should know and use

CURIOSITY & KNOWLEDGE
reuters.com
research.philips.com
readme.cc.png
podtropolis.com
papertoys.com
new7wonders.com
lipsum.com
thomasedison.org
beelinetv.com
useit.com
submarinechannel.com/titlesequences
visual-literacy.org
cartype.com
captology.stanford.edu
bannerblog.com_au
ge.com
curiosityshoppeonline.com
creativecommons.org
lawsofsimplicity.com
gnu.org
digg.com

GRAPHICS, MUSIC & ARTS
yugop.com
vincent-vella.com
uva.co.uk
tutorialblog.org/free-vector-downloads
tate.org.uk
squidfingers.com/patterns
sohodolls.co.uk
radioblogclub.com
photogravure.com
netdiver.net/illustration
mine-control.com
matthewmahon.com
marcelod2.com.br
magwerk.com
kraftwerk.blocmedia.net
headbangers.tv *
grupow.com/circulo
creaturesinmyhead.com
bernhardwolff.com
arturofuentes.com
alennox.net

E-COMMERCE EXPERIENCE
colette.fr
imaginemusicstore.com
canyon.com
coft1.com
heftyrecords.com
ourtype.be
freddyandma.com
nikeid.nike.com
feelthepower.biz
shopcomposition.com
oneill.com
agentprovocateur.com

SEARCHING & FINDING
trendwatching.com
thefwa.com
springwise.com
scirus.com
scholar.google.com
podcasts.yahoo.com
msdewey.com
maps.live.com
chacha.com
books.google.com

ONLINE RESOURCES
infopresse.com/prixboomerang
rjnet.com.br/2velocimetro_php
vixy.net
kuler.adobe.com
wikitravel.org
thinkingwithtype.com
dominiopublico.gov.br
madehow.com
icp.org
howstuffworks.com
dafont.com
dictionary.reference.com
gutenberg.org
nationmaster.com
en.proverbia.net
del.icio.us
touchgraph.com

TOP INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE CREATORS
2advanced.com
akqa.com
almapbbdo.com.br
artless.gr.jp
bigspaceship.com
d-o-e-s.com
domanistudios.com
eurorscg4d.com
farfar.se
firstbornmultimedia.com
group94.com
heiwa-alpha.co.jp
hi-res.net
lowetesch.com
mecano.ca
northkingdom.com
rga.com
soleilnoir.com
wefail.com

Must-Read Articles to Become a Blogger

Many of you are always looking for ways to improve your blogs. I think the best way to be successful is to learn from those who have already made their mark. Here is a listing of  must-read articles which have enough information to help you to make your blog the  best.

Content

5 Ways to Building a Better Blog

5 Tips for Writing Timeless Content

Bring Your A-game to Write for Blogs

5 Steps to Writing the Best Blog Posts

10 Sure-Fire Headline Formulas that Work

What Are You Learning from Leading Edge SEO Bloggers?

Better Beginnings: how to start a presentation, book, article…

Bring Your A-game to Write for Blogs

Increasing Traffic

How to Get Traffic for Your Blog

21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic

25 Tips for Marketing Your Blog

8 simple SEO tips for blogs

10 Effective Ways to Get More Blog Subscribers

How to Market Your Blog in 2007

How to Make Enemies and Increase your Blog Traffic?

How to Make Your Blog Rank Well in Google’s Blog Search Engine?

A Very Simple Way to Increase Your RSS Subscribers & MyBlogLog Community Members

How To Make Your Blog Sticky?

How To Make Your Blog Sticky?

How to Use MyBlogLog to Succesfully Build Massive Blog or Website Traffic?

Link building

101 Ways to Build Links in 2006

66 Ways to Build Links in 2007

10 Remarkably Effective Strategies for Driving Traffic

21 keys to linkbait success

How to prepare for the ‘Digg Effect’?

How to Generate Targeted Site Traffic Without Search Engines

Blogging SEO Basics

SEP Advice: Linkbait and Linkbaiting (Matt Cutts)

Top 10 Ways to Get a Technorati Top 100 Blogger to Link to Your Blog (Matt Cutts)

15 Ways to become a Digg Power user in only 48 hours

2 Easy Authoritative Links that will Boost your Rankings

Blogger’s Block

When you run out of things to blog about (Jim Kukral )

20 Types of Blog Posts – Battling Bloggers Block (Darren Rowse)

10 Productive things to do when you don’t feel like blogging

How to overcome Blogger’s block? (Amit Agarwal)

Tips to Help Avoid Blogger’s Block ( Deborah Ng)

5 More Tips to Overcome Bloggers Block (Hendry Lee)

Blog Community

Top 5 WordPress Plugins That Help Increase Comments (JohnTP)

10 Techniques to Get More Comments on Your Blog (ProBlogger)

10 Quick Methods to Increase Blog Comments (Andrew Flusche )

Increase Your Blog Comments ( Jason Neuman)

5 Simple Ways to Encourage Blog Participation (Matt Huggins)

Blogging Advice

10 Blogging Mistakes to Avoid (John Chow)

The Best Blogging Advice Ever. Period.

101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger (LifeHack.org)

10 Ways to Become a Better Blogger (TechRepublic)

The 5 Deadly Sins of Blogging (Pronet Advertising)

How to Become a Freelance Blog Writer

Becoming a better blogger (Robert Dobes)

Help! I’m Addicted to Checking My Blog’s Stats! (ProBlogger)

1