Add Custom Headers to your WordPress.org plugins

Matt Mullenweg announced few days ago that, plugin authors will be able to put custom headers on their plugin pages. Soon the geeks across the globe got started with designing and customizing their header images.

Developers are happy as they have got an opportunity for a little branding. Our creative heads from rtCamp too got down to design the banners. You can see them here (For Bloggertowp redirection plugin and rtSocial Plugin)

How to change the header image:

You can also customize your plugin custom headers, as it’s a pretty simple process. All you need is to follow the steps below:

(this tutorial was written while developing the header image for our BloggertoWordPress Redirection Plugin)

Step 1: Design  a 772×250 pixel jpeg or png image. (No animated GIFs)

Step 2: Adding it to plugin’s SVN Directory:

  • Create a directory in your system: mkdir b2w-plugin
  • Checkout the code from WordPress plugin Directory:

svn co http://plugins.svn.wordpress.org/blogger-to-wordpress-redirection/ b2w-plugin

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  • Move it inside the directory: cd b2w-plugin
  • Create one more folder into it. : svn mkdir assets
  • Move inside that folder. : cd assets
  • Store the Image which you want to display for your plugin inside assets folder.
  • Use this command: svn add *
  • Now Commit the code from your system to WordPress plugin directory : svn ci -m “Added Banner”.
  • It will ask you for the svn username and password. Give it the proper authentication and you are done with the new banner updates for your plugin.

So, lets start getting creative and write your plugin links in the comment area for other readers to see.

Upgrade Your Blog to WordPress 3.3 “Sonny”

WordPress 3.0 ‘Sonny’ named after a jazz artist Sonny Stitt is now available. Users can either download it from WordPress.org website or upgrade it automatically from their WordPress Dashboard.

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What’s New with WordPress 3.3

  • The new WordPress version will allow dragging and dropping files into the WordPress uploader. Support has been added for rar (winrar) and 7z (7Zip) files.
  • This version will also feature fly out menus, which will help navigate on the dashboard a lot faster.
  • WordPress 3.3 also shows a lot more by combining the old dashboard header with the toolbar.

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  • There will be no time lag when two people are in edit mode for the same post.
  • WordPress 3.3 will also feature the ability to import you Tumblr blog onto WordPress.

Before you update your WordPress 3.3 make sure your theme is compatible with the latest version along with plugins you are using.

Also adding a note  of caution that before any upgrade, it is always a good idea to take a backup. :-)

Have you tried out WordPress 3.3? Do drop in your first impressions in your comments.

Download Link: WordPress 3.3

10 Most Popular Posts This Week! [05 – 11 Dec 2011]

This week was interesting for internet users in India. India’s telecom Minister came under immense criticism because he asked companies like Google and Facebook to remove and monitor content on social networks. This amounted to internet censorship and there was a lot of criticism against such ideas. Google+ circles also made into Gmail and Facebook has finally started rolling out Timelines on user profiles. Posts on these topics were the most popular. :-)

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10 Most Popular Post This Week!

  1. Congress website hacked, Official content replaced by pornographic message
  2. Facebook to Release Subscribe Button for Websites
  3. Google+ Circles Gets Integrated into Gmail!
  4. Show only ‘Subscribe’ button on your Facebook profile [How-to]
  5. Download your Facebook Albums in ZIP file
  6. Indian Government Flip-flops on Internet Censorship!
  7. How to move photos from one album to another on Facebook
  8. Facebook’s top ten Global and Indian topics of 2011
  9. How to deal with useless/repetitive updates in Facebook News Feed
  10. Facebook Timelines Starts Rollout in New Zealand

Which post was your favourite of this week? Do drop in your comments and let me know.

10 Most Popular Posts This Week! [28 Nov – 04 Dec 2011]

This week we had only 10 posts published but a lot of social interaction to them. WordAds was introduced, so was the new Google bar but the most popular post was about Facebook committing to better privacy in the future ahead.

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10 Most Popular Post This Week!

  1. Facebook Commits to Better Privacy, But Will You Trust It?
  2. 5 Reasons Google Music Could Win Against Apple’s iTunes!
  3. New Google Bar Brings Search Across All Google Products
  4. YouTube’s New Design is Available!
  5. WordAds – WordPress Competition to Google Adsense
  6. How Chrome Raced to 2nd Spot in 2 Years! [Browser Wars]
  7. [Showdown] Google+ Vs. Twitter
  8. Create an Address Book of Your Twitter Contacts
  9. Qwiki – View Video Presentations On Any Topic!
  10. Best App for Twitter on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry

Do drop in your comments on which post was your favourite this week.

WordAds – WordPress Competition to Google Adsense

Google Adsense is often the first step towards monetizing your blog. Thousands of blogs make money online thanks to those text-based advertisements, that show up above the post.

Google Adsense is still the king of online advertising for bloggers. This might change soon if WordPress has its way. WordPress has announced WordAds, an advertising program that will show Ads on WordPress powered blogs. This is being done with a tie-up with Federated Media.

Who Can Apply for WordAds?

  • Any WordPress.com user can apply but there are some details that are needed to qualify for signing up for WordAds.
  • The blog needs to be publicly visible and also have a custom domain.
  • Users can start applying for WordAds here.

How does this help WordPress.com?

WordPress.com users usually stick to the free service even if it has decent traffic. Most bloggers are not professional bloggers. WordAds might serve as a carrot for many bloggers to upgrade their accounts to custom domains and get WordAds.
WordPress.com has been growing a lot lately, with over 50,000 WordPress powered blogs everyday. This means there is a huge opportunity for WordAds to succeed with small publishers who might not find Google Adsense relevant or even might not qualify for Adsense.

As a blogger will you prefer WordAds? Do drop in your comments.

Link: Apply for WordAds

10 Most Popular Posts This Week! [14 – 20 Nov 2011]

This week we did something different but featuring an interview with Gaurav Singh, the man who put together WordCamp 2011 in Jabalpur. That interview was the most popular post this week.

We will be soon bring you more interviews with interesting people doing interesting things.

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10 Most Popular Post This Week!

  1. Gaurav Singh on Organizing WordCamp Jabalpur 2011
  2. Why Google’s Search Results Are Better Than Bing!
  3. Enable Google+ Page and Your Blog for Direct Connect
  4. Online Tool To Check and Improve How Google Displays Your Search Results
  5. Use Google to Search for Connecting Flights
  6. Showdown: Echofon Vs. TweetDeck For Windows
  7. Nokia Launches Lumia 800 in India: Runs on Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)
  8. Search for Google Images by Drawing with Online Tool
  9. AIM Preview: Chat with Gmail, Facebook and AIM Buddies!
  10. [Online Tip] Create and Share Short Links that Expire

Do drop in your comments.

Gaurav Singh on Organizing WordCamp Jabalpur 2011

Something interesting happened in India for the WordPress community a week before Diwali holidays. A WordCamp was organized and it was not in one of bigger cities but in a smaller town of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.

We decided to catch up with Gaurav Singh who headed the organizing committee of WordCamp Jabalpur 2011 and ask him questions on how to go about organizing a WordCamp.

Q. How did the idea of having a WordCamp in Jabalpur come into being? Who were in your group and helped out in organizing it.

I was introduced to WordCamp by my friend Aniket Pant when I was doing internship at Delhi Metro Rail Corporation in June this year. We were fascinated by the idea to organize WordCamps in our cities (Goa and Jabalpur) and applied for it. Unfortunately he was not granted permission and I managed to succeed.
After getting permission, I got warm support from my juniors in college, namely Roopal, Ankit and Apoorv. They were the real organizers whose efforts made this a success.

Q: Jabalpur is not a metro in India, what had an disadvantage or an advantage?

Jabalpur not being a metro in early days felt like a big disadvantage as most of the tech guys and companies are based out of cities like Pune, Hyderabad and Bangalore. In beginning it seemed really hard to get some sponsors from Indian companies, who were not ready to support because it was organized in a tier-2 city. Some speakers had to cancel their slot because of 2-3 days long journey and non availability of tickets.

On a brighter side, we were able so cut down costs, as a tier-2 city is relatively cheaper when compared to metros. This made us save on infrastructure cost like venue charges, bandwidth(donated by BSNL at 1Gbps) and other such items. Above all, we are happy that we were able to spread WordPress and open source in a city which is not too involved in web development. WordCamp was covered in the local Hindi daily(Dainik Bhaskar) for 5 consecutive days. Now I get calls from people who want to shift their HTML sites to WordPress. I consider this to be a big achievement.

Q: Were you all WordPress developers or just enthusiats?

I am a WordPress freelancer since 3 years and have my little contribution to WordPress community as well. Other organizers are WP enthusiasts and now trying to get more into it since WordCamp.

Q: What was your single biggest challenge in arranging a WordCamp?

The single biggest challenge was to convince tech guys from metros to travel some 500-1000 km to join us for WordCamp. Most of them were professionals and had to take leave from their day job to reach here. It was awesome meeting them all and would like to thank them for being here during WordCamp.

Q: Jabalpur being a smaller city, do you think more WordPress fans from other smaller cities would be inspired?

Yes, it was managed totally by undergraduate students. We can hope to see more such events coming up in future. I had a e-mail conversation with Andrea, an Automattic employee who managed WordCamps across globe, told me that applications from India have increased exponentially since WordCamp Jabalpur.

Q: Your advice to anyone looking to organize a WordCamp in India and tell us about any India specific challenges?

I would suggest people, never start exporting speakers from outside your city. First look in the local WordPress group and see if someone is interested in being a speaker. Also as WordPress is not a very well known topic in most of Indian colleges, I would suggest offer some discount for students as they are the backbone of all tech developments in future.
The biggest India specific challenge is lack of WordPress community. We don’t have local WordPress meets and also developers are not on a common mail group for better discussions. If possible, try to form a community and keep that strong even after WordCamp.

Q. I was struck but the fact that WordCamp Jabalpur was held very close to Diwali. Considering a lot of bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts are college students, did having it during vacation time help or hinder the camp.

The weekend we choose WordCamp was the only feasible date from our side. A weekend before that meant we had little time for preparation and a weekend after meant no tickets for most of last-minute planners because of the Diwali rush. However the dates in end proved to be good for us as most participants being students, had this even at the start of festive season just before vacations in colleges.

Q. Finally who helped you organize WordCamp Jabalpur 2011?

The names of organizers and volunteers are Roopal Jain, Ankit Chansoria, Apoorv Anand, Arya Bhasin, Neha Nupoor, Ambar Khan, Kautuk Kashyap, Akaar.

10 Most Popular Posts This Week! [07 – 13 Nov 2011]

This week our most popular posts we about Google+ and Facebook. I guess social media is the trend. We did not have a lot of posts this week but the social interaction was better than ever. Partly it was because of increased number of shares on Google+.

We have not changed our strategy but Google Reader has. The old ‘Likes’ to our articles have changed into +1s.

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10 Most Popular Post This Week!

  1. Google+ Adds Pages to Support Brands
  2. Download Firefox 8.0 – Built in with Twitter Search
  3. Facebook Gets Multiple Fake Official Pages on Google+
  4. Aircel and Airtel Confirm Launch of Apple iPhone 4S in India
  5. Facebook Kills Off Automated Notes
  6. How Modems Evolved With The Internet! [Infographic]
  7. Adobe Loves Apple: To Discontinue Flash Support for Mobile Platforms
  8. Google Diagnostic Tool Suggests Google.com Contains Malware!
  9. Use Email Account to Post on Twitter – twitemail
  10. Creepy – Tracks Your Friends using Twitter/Flickr’s GPS Data

Do drop in your comments.

10 Most Popular Posts This Week! [31 Oct – 06 Nov 2011]

Social media is playing a big part in our lives and Facebook along with Google+ are the most in news with their problems, features and updates. But sometimes they are in the news as competitors to each other and it is no wonder the most popular post of week was one that pitted Facebook against its rival Google+.

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10 Most Popular Post This Week!

  1. Showdown: Google+ Vs. Facebook
  2. Flowchart to Decide Which Social Network to Post on!
  3. How to Opt Out of Facebook’s ‘Timeline’ Feature
  4. Get iPhone UI on Your Android Phone
  5. Google’s Galaxy Nexus Opens Registration in India
  6. Google Reader Gets Revamped to Mixed Response!
  7. Google+ Gets Integrated with YouTube and Chrome
  8. Google Gets the World to “Do a Barell Roll”
  9. How to Recover Your Old Google Reader Data
  10. Online Tool to Upload MP3 file to YouTube – mp32tube

Hope you are enjoying our posts and keep reading us. :-)

Do drop in your comments.

10 Most Popular Posts This Week! [23-29 Oct 2011]

This week we had fewer posts but a lot of social buzz. It was Diwali season and that explains the total number of posts being only 15 in the week.

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10 Most Popular Post This Week!

  1. Create Fake Facebook Wall posts of your friends [How-to]
  2. Blog Wars: Impact of WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger
  3. Facebook’s Embarrassing Failures [Infographic]
  4. Chrome Web Store Gets New Design to Improve User Experience
  5. Today Apple’s iPod turns 10 [Video]
  6. 5 Best News Aggregators To Keep Yourself Updated
  7. Solution for “This installation can only be uninstalled on 64-bit windows”
  8. Automatically Play Songs While File Download is in Progress
  9. 10 Latest Smart Phones in India this Diwali!
  10. Find Your Alumni Details on LinkedIn

Quite a few of our posts this week have been by Guest Authors. Would you also like to write for us? Do sign up here. Leave your comments if you have further questions on guest blogging for us.