Cannot find old WordPress plugin?

How to find old WordPress plugin? Look for it in the repository! Seriously!

I was looking for XML Google Maps, as one of the best plugins out there for google maps, routes and stuff… so after I couldn’t find it through the search on http://wordpress.org/plugins, I  checked if the repository still remembers it: http://plugins.svn.wordpress.org/xml-google-maps

Obviously it does. You can even find the last free version of WPML 😉

Another pretty useful resource that you might miss about a plugin is the support forum. You still have it, though! Here it is: http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/xml-google-maps

Emails from the site are not received at the Google Apps mailbox of the same domain

There is a common problem with most hostings, when you setup Google Apps for serving the emails for your domain and you expect to receive notifications from your web application in the mailbox. The issue is caused by the “Local delivery” case. When sending emails from the code and the target is a mailbox in the same domain, the MX records are usually not checked, but the mail function tries to deliver the email locally. What happens is it does not find the recipient, so the email is lost.

What should be done is setting up the email routing to “Remote mail server” in cPanel at the MX Records page. Additionally it’s a good idea to add all MX records from google in cPanel even if you have the DNS hosting somewhere else.

WOW Slider for WordPress

Shockingly idiotic plugin, requiring you to use a stand-alone application, allowed to run on one computer only, in order to create the sliders, that are later uploaded in zip files and used in shortcodes.

Premium version allows you to use the application on many computers.

The reason it is used in mazda.bg is just because it plays nicely with mobile devices.

http://wowslider.com/wordpress-jquery-slider.html

ShareYourCart

Recently I had the task to search for a woocommerce plug-in that will allow discount on sharing your cart with products. This is something very nice because you get double effect: once – your store is getting free add on someones social media, and second: the client is happy that he gets discount.

Unfortunately there were only two plug-ins at that time that we offering this. The first one is ShareYourCart. And here are is the review for it.

First of all the company that made the plug-in was acquired by AddShoppers. So installing the original plug-in won’t make any sense since it requires clients ID and API Key which are no longer available. To make things working you will need to make a registration on Addshoppers.com and link your site with the account you’ll have there. Then there are several steps for configuring the “Social Rewards” app from the AddShoppers page including installing Social Sharing Buttons By AddShoppers plugin. It takes something like 10min to make all the necessary configuration (and this is the general case when you want all the products to get discount upon sharing) and then we go to the result.

The first disappointment was the outlook of the sharing option on the side. The how thing turns out to be a small banner with fixed position, which was showing on each page offering you 10% discount on sharing the current page.  OK, lets say that this problem could be configured and  with some more settings we can force  the banner to be displayed only on the cart page. But guess what? When you share your cart page, you are just sharing your current url, so actually whoever click on your shared link will be directed to an empty cart page of your site. Not very nice, uh?

Not sure if there were some other settings for managing this issue, but the whole thing is quit anti-intuitive. And having in mind that you have to manage a third-party system for your discounts and then duplicate them in your Woocommerce coupon page all this is getting to much black points. (oh, did i forgot to mansion that you have to have your discount once in the AddShoppers system and then in your Woocommerce as  well).

Anyway the AddShoppers system has some nice looking features like social media statistics on how visible are your products, how many shares are there and some other options. But I don’t have the time to have a look at all of them, and don’t think these are something new and innovative  for Woocommerce at all.

And finally some screenshots:

 

Resources on WordPress ShareYourCart
This is how the banner looks like. It is just fixed there and the only other positions that can get are top and bottom
Resources on WordPress ShareYourCart
You can add some text here related to the link that you will share.
Resources on WordPress ShareYourCart
And this is how it will look on your facebook wall.

JetPack Publicize fails to post to Facebook

Issue: Publicize fails to post to Facebook

Imagine you got a valid connection to a Facebook profile or a page. Well, imagine that after publishing a new post, nothing happens in Facebook. This does happen and it turns out it’s a pretty common issue among users with an attraction to social media propaganda.

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[FORMATTING NEEDED] Advice on improving performance of a media site

Building reader-base and building a brand online:
• Daily interaction with fans in facebook;
• Facebook – Discussions in “Recent posts by others on The Sofia Globe”;
• Facebook – Polls and asking for opinions;
• Facebook – publishing photos with links to news from the site;
• Facebook fanbox in site – upper position in the sidebar (test it, monitoring ads
performance in the same time);
• Twitter – interaction with followers;
• Twitter – discussions with non-followers;
• Twitter – using hashtags on hot topics;
• Google + page creation and development (+ automatic posts);
• Supporting various events in Sofia in return of logo in “media partners” section on their
sites;
• Partnership agreements and link exchange with other websites (applies for the increase of
the impressions too);
• Publishing video content (embedded videos mostly) for longer stay on the website, leading
to lower bounce rate and higher rating of the site;
Increasing impressions and stay on the site:
• Publishing photo galleries (twitter/bloggers/other free sources if not own);
• Attracting attention to specific “boxes” in the site as weather forecast or daily global/local
currencies rates (GBP, EUR, USD, BGN);
• “Related posts” links for further information when viewing a single post on the site;
• Non-facebook comments, allowing users to subscribe for further comments on the topic
(to be discussed if relevant);
Monetization:
https://easyads.bg – ad network, limited to Bulgarian audience (stated here:
https://easyads.bg/publisher_info.php), still a good idea to contact them, as being in an “edge case”;
http://httpool.com/ – ad network, most common ads are pay-per-click;
http://gemius.bg/ – paid statistics and access to statistics, serving ads (paying per 1000
impressions, rather than clicks);
• etarget.bg – ad network, pay-per-click, similar to easyads.bg;
http://www.piero97.com/ – one of the main Bulgarian advertising companies;
TODO:
• Price-list for all possible ad positions on the site;
• Marketing Positioning Statement – what does this brand mean;
• Relevant Message for Advertisers – why should anyone publish their ads on The Sofia
Globe;
• Brand Personality (uniqueness) – what makes The Sofia Globe different from all the others;
• Audience Profile;

WPSessions broadcasts

I subscribed for the two free broadcast topics that these guys got there – Business with WordPress and Building Plugins. These are uploaded in YouTube and you can see them once you register. Well… guest talks and screencasts using hangout with some technical or connectivity problems here and there makes some of the casts really annoying to look at. Furthermore, things I heard in “Intro to plugin development” were mostly out of Writing a Plugin in the Codex.

The topic about hiring was pretty general too and I don’t recall anything specific about WordPress being said.

If you watch these while eating or when you are bored, you won’t be sorry about the time wasted, but some of you might get even more bored. I hope Brian starts putting more efforts in these videos, as currently they are uneditted and most definitely will benefit from some cuts here and there.

Debugging WordPress

wp-config.php debug options:

And some more:

BuddyPress forum topics don’t show up

As the last year’s Vlado was not wise enough to blog about this little problem that occurs after BuddyPress updates or server migrations, he is doing it one year later, when he comes again to such a problem.

  • all forum topics are missing;
  • creating a forum topic doesn’t show up;
  • checking topics from a specific group/user profile doesn’t show any results.

Simply you’ve got a mistake in your bb-config.php file, which should be located in the root folder of your WordPress installation. In case of server migration you should check your database credentials (db name, host, user and pass) and in case you have been a wise-ass and have changed your database tables prefix, you’ll have to update these manually in the the same file.

Next thing you’ll see are all your lovely forum topics coming back home.