WordPress for Android 1.0 Release


This is a reprint by Dan from android.wordpress.org.
 

wordpress for androidThere is a WordPress for Android available in the Android Market. The initial release has focused on giving you the ability to manage your blog while on the go.

Features include the ability to:

    * Configure and manage multiple blogs
    * Comment moderation including the ability to reply to comments
    * Create and Edit Posts including categories, tags and photos
    * Create and Edit Pages
    * Get notified of new comments in the Android notification bar

Users of the popular wpToGo app for Android will feel right at home in WordPress for Android 1.0, as the source from wpToGo has been used as the foundation for the WordPress app. wpToGo will be discontinued as all development efforts move forward with the Open Source WordPress for Android app.

So grab the new app by visiting the download page and if you have questions or issues visit the forums to get help or suggest new features.

Should You Switch From Facebook to Google+?

9 Reasons to Switch From Facebook to Google+

9 reasons to switch from Facebook to Google+ by Mark Sullivan, PCWorld. The following article is reprinted from PCWorld.com.

I, like many see the points, but am still not entirely convinced that Google+ will ever beat Facebook….read on below:

9 Reasons to Switch from Facebook to Google+

Can Google+ steal users from Facebook? Yep. There are good reasons to switch from Facebook to Google+, ranging from ease-of-use to respect for data privacy.

When people ask “can Google+ beat Facebook?” they’re misstating the question. It’s not about one site versus another site. Google+ is bigger than that. The reason Google calls it the “Google+ Project” is that Google+ will become a central part of Google’s whole identity. It will reshape the company. So the real question is “can Google beat Facebook?” Put that way, the contest seems a lot more even.

Facebook, of course, has a huge head start, but there are good reasons for people to seriously consider dumping Facebook for Google+.

1. Integration with Google Services

The biggest wedge Google has for driving people toward using Google+ is integration. That is, Google will build Google+ social networking features and tools into almost all of its existing online services from Search to Documents to Video (YouTube). Google+ is already integrated into the navigation bar at the top right of almost all Google products; this lets you monitor all Google+ events (updates, messages, etc.) as well as share content with friends without ever leaving the Google service you happen to be using. Millions and millions of people use Google's free services (Gmail, Docs, Search, etc.), and with Google+ bound so tightly to them it may start to seem silly to jump out to some other site (Facebook) to do your social networking.

2. Better Friend Management

Google is right that the “Circles” concept is more in line with the way we make friends in real life. We have many different kinds of friends, and we interact with them and communicate with them in very different ways. Facebook’s Groups feature lets you form ad hoc groups of friends, but compared to the way its done in Google+ it seems cumbersome. After all, Facebook’s Groups feature is pretty new; it was “built on”, while friend "circles" are the bedrock of the Google+ platform.

3. Better Mobile App

If you're an Android user, you may find that getting content from your phone to your social platform is easier, cleaner more functional with the Google+ mobile app. The app is already great, but Google will seek more and more ways to make your Android phone a seemless appendage of your Google+ social platform. Google hopes to use its huge Android user base as a wedge against Facebook, whose mobile app, while nice-looking, is a little clunky to use.

4. Easier to Find Stuff to Share

Google+'s Sparks feature is another important differentiator from Facebook. Spark is Google leveraging its search engine to do something Facebook can’t do—give users an instant wellspring of relevant information to share with friends. Because Facebook has no search engine, its users must leave the site to find shareable data or wait for their friends the share it with them. The question "how do I find stuff to share" is immediately answered with Sparks.

5. You Can Get Your Data Back

Facebook is notorious for its poor stewardship of personal data. You are forced to make certain parts of your personal data "public" for example, and It is very hard to permanently delete your Facebook profile. Google, on the other hand, makes it possible for you to pick up all the data you’ve banked at Google+ and walk away. This is done through a Google+ tool called “Data Liberation.” With just a few clicks you can download data from your Picasa Web Albums, Google profile, Google+ stream, Buzz and contacts.

6. Better Photo Tagging

When viewing photos in Google+ you can “tag” the people in them similar to the way you do in Facebook. You draw a little square around a person's face, then type in their name in the box below it (or choose one of the names Google+ guesses). But there’s a big difference in the way Google handles the privacy aspect of photo tagging. When you tag someone, you see this note: “Adding this tag will notify the person you have tagged. They will be able to view the photo and the related album.” Facebook, on the other hand, does not make an effort to warn people the they’ve been tagged (possibly in an unflattering or compromising photo) and give them an immediate chance to remove the tag.

Also, Google has wisely decided to shy away from using facial recognition software, which Facebook now uses to automatically identify people in photos uploaded to user albums.

7. Strong Group Chat Features

Google+ has Facebook beat in the area of chat. Forming ad hoc group video chats using the Hangouts feature in Google+ is easy, and forming ad hoc groups for a little chat seems like a natural and fun thing to do in a social networking setting. Similarly, the new Huddle mobile app makes it easy for mobile (Android) users to start up group text chats. Facebook simply doesn't offer these tools.

8. Safer Content Sharing

Privacy advocates have long called for social networking sites to let users assign a privacy level to each piece of content they share, instead of using a pre-set list privacy settings to govern all shares. Google obviously heard those calls, and built the capability into Google+. For instance, when I share an article or upload a camera image, Google+ gives me choices of which friend circles I’d like to share that content with. Advantage Google+.

9. Google Is a Better Steward of Your Personal Data

Running a social network is all about responsible stewardship of users' personal information. Facebook is a young, fast moving company that has proved itself to be cavalier in its movements, lacking in respect for user data privacy, and accident prone. Google on the other hand, is a far more mature company that is, I would argue, seen as more trustworthy than Facebook. For the most part, Google has lived up to its “Don’t Be Evil” slogan. Which company would you rather have as the steward of your personally identifiable information?

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What Calendar Plugin for WordPress Are You Using?

 

calendar plugin for wordpress

Although there are many Calendar plugins for WordPress available out there, finding the right one for your needs, can be a bit mind boggling.

With the hopes of helping you resolve this question, I am posting a few of the recommendations made by several of the more experienced WordPress individuals in the industry.

 

1) Calendar Plugin for WordPress #1.

wordpress calendar event plugin

Now here’s one to consider if you are looking to attract attendees, sell tickets and more?

With this WP plugin, you can incorporate events into your posts, include also a Google map of the venue, sell tickets, integrated with PayPal and many more features including links to external sites etc.…

If you need more features apart from this you can get this plugin edited on some webmaster forums or get a new plugin developed as per your requirement..

 

View it here: WordPress Calendar Event Plugin

 

2) Calendar Plugin for WordPress #2.

embedded google calendar

Here’s another option…using an Embedded Google Calendar. This is an easy to use solution. It’s easy to maintain and set up looks clean. You can customize the size and also create multiple calendars if you are looking to categorize. You can then create html links within the details of the calendar posting for the links to the PDFs.

 

 

 

 

3) Calendar Plugin for WordPress #3.

WP events manager

WordPress Events Manager

WordPress Events Manager can be placed on a separate page and as you can edit the content of each event, you can also include links to pdf flyers and external sites.

 

4) Calendar Plugin for WordPress #4.

phpicalendar

Now if WordPress plugins do not suit your requirement.. Another recommendation is to install a new script on to your site along with your WordPress installation.

Consider phpicalender, its good, versatile, takes 2 minutes to install and no headaches what so ever arising from its counterparts.

 

Take a look at the demo URL here: phpicalender.

 

It’s really quite simple, if you want to integrate with your WP, just setup the script, create a page called calendar and change its Permalink to the directory in which you have installed script.

 

 

5) Calendar Plugin for WordPress #5.

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Check out this WordPress Calendar plugin, it allows you to share your schedule with the world using your blogging software.

This calendar is an events calendar for WordPress that allows you to publish a monthly breakdown of your appointments and important dates for your blog readers to view.

Useful if you want to let people know what you are up to or give people an idea what days you are free.

It is also versatile enough to provide events information to users of a WordPress powered site, for instance clubs or charities. See it here Calendar for WordPress.

I hope you’ve found this helpful, I will update this post again in the near future. If you have any recommendations on a good WordPress Calendar, please feel free to contribute it here.

Thanks for reading and good luck!

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Get More Traffic- Reviving Your Comatose B2B Blog

Excellent Advice By Marketing Prof's- How You Can Revive a Comatose B2B Blog

by Marketing Prof's

Blogging ain't easy, folks. Anyone who's tried to maintain a vital B2B blog knows that. And in down times, when marketers are scrambling to meet profit goals, the task becomes all the more daunting.

But offering a blog at a B2B website has become, well, a basic necessity. As Martine Hunter notes at a recent post at the B2B Ideas at Work Blog, "Studies confirm that B2B blogs with optimized content are effective at attracting prospects to corporate websites. And more than 90% of B2B buyers begin their research for purchasing decisions online."

So to help weary writers revitalize their efforts, Hunter offers "seven ways to get you and your blog engaged again." Here are four:

Refresh old blog posts. "If they are still relevant, update old blogs with a new image, a different headline, edited body copy or a new call-to-action," Hunter advises. "You may have a broader audience and many new readers now, so it's quite appropriate to re-post an oldie but goodie."

Remember that short is sweet. You don't have to write an essay, Hunter reminds us. "Consider a concise list of links, five or six ideas/trends/observations, or a short comment on another blog or article," she suggests. Or perhaps a related series of short posts: Readers might enjoy it and check back for updates.

Add keywords that are driving traffic. "Edit older posts by adding important keywords or phrases that have been driving traffic to your website," Hunter recommends.

Turn your PR into posts. Tweak that press release to turn it into a blog article.

The Point is: You, too, can post and post again. Applying a few creative twists to your postings can help take the pain out of maintaining a "live" B2B blog. Try some out.

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