RankingBadge: PageRank, Alexa & Technorati Plugin in 1

Looking for a WordPress plugin/widget that can display your Google PageRank, Alexa Rank and Technorati? Look no more, RankingBadge is what you need!

  1. Unpack the zipfile rankingbadge-0.4.zip
  2. Upload folder rankingbadge to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  3. Make cache directory writeable chmod 777
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  5. Go to settings -> RankingBadge and configure colors etc.
  6. Place <?php if(function_exists('rankingbadge_display'))rankingbadge_display(); ?> in your template or use the sidebar widgets.
RankingBadge Setting Screenshot
RankingBadge Setting Screenshot

CMF Ads’ WordPress Plugin to Create Widget

Once you have installed the plugin, go to Appearance – Widgets and add the CMF Ads widget. You can then choose the options for this widget. You will be asked for the site ID – you can get this by going to the CMF Ads Control Panel and clicking Get Widget next to the site you’re working on.

The plugin is only available to those of you with a self-hosted WordPress blog.

You can download it here: CMF Ads WordPress Plugin

Best WordPress Plugin for Statistics

I have been hunting for a plugin to view my WP Statistics and to track my visitors’ search terms in order to arrive in my blog and there I found StatPress Reloaded!

StatPress Reloaded Screenshot
StatPress Reloaded Screenshot

This plugin (previously known as StatPress) shows you real time statistics about your blog. It collects information about visitors, spiders, search keywords, feeds, browsers, OS etc.

Once the plugin StatPress has been activated it immediately starts to collect information. Using StatPress you can see your visitors actions while they are surfing your blog or check which are the preferred pages, posts and categories. In the Dashboard menu you will find the StatPress page where you could look up the statistics (overview or detailed). StatPress also includes a widget you can add to a sidebar (or easy PHP code if you can’t use widgets!).

Multilanguage

StatPress speaks English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Norwegian, Dutch, Brazilian, Turkish, Swedish!

StatPress Widget / StatPress_Print function

The widget is customizable. These are the available variables:

  • %thistotalvisits% – this page, total visits
  • %since% – Date of the first hit
  • %visits% – Today visits
  • %totalvisits% – Total visits
  • %os% – Operative system
  • %browser% – Browser
  • %ip% – IP address
  • %visitorsonline% – Counts all online visitors
  • %usersonline% – Counts logged online visitors
  • %toppost% – The most viewed Post
  • %topbrowser% – The most used Browser
  • %topos% – The most used O.S.
  • %thistotalpages%
  • %pagestoday%
  • %latesthits%

Now you could add these values everywhere! StatPress offers a new PHP function StatPress_Print(). * i.e. StatPress_Print(“%totalvisits% total visits.”);

To download this plugin, please visit: StatPress Reloaded

Best WordPress Plugins for Google Adsense

1.   All in One Adsense and YPN

Features:

  • Automatically insert Google Adsense or YPN ads in to your blog posts.
  • No manual work required, ad code is dynamically inserted into your existing and new posts.
  • You could optionally specify not to show ads in a post by using tag
  • You could optionally specify where to start the ads in a post by using tag
  • Decrease ad blindness by giving you the option to randomly place your ad within your posts.
  • You could optionally define absolute ad position instead of random position.
  • You could optionally define random ad network to maximize earnings from both networks.
  • Allow you to pick how many total ads to show on one page.
  • Allow you to pick how many ads to show in one post.

2.   Random / Rotating Ads

Features:

  • Allows you to simply and easily show random / rotating ads anywhere in your template files or using widgets
  • You can show ANY type of ad: Google Adsense, affiliate ads, banners, images, flash, text, etc.

3.   Smart Ads

Features:

  • Automatically inserts advertisements like Google’s Adsense above and below your post content
  • These advertisements are only visible when viewing a single post
  • Smart Ads will only insert advertisements into posts that meet or exceed the desired Wordcount
  • To ensure that new content remains fresh, users can choose to only place ads on posts that are over a certain amount of days old
  • Advertisements can be manually disabled on a post-by-post basis while writing a post, by category, or for registered blog members
  • Users can also insert custom ads into their posts or pages by inserting <!-smartads-> into their post text

So far, these are the plugins that I think deserve my recommendation.

I don’t simply recommend but I will constantly update this list.

Let me know if there are more plugins that you think is worthy to be mentioned 🙂

How to Install WordPress to Your Server Manually – Step by Step Installation

  1. Check that you and your web host has met the minimum requirements to run WordPress.
  2. Download the latest version of WordPress here: http://wordpress.org/download/. It is recommended that you download the zip file.
    Download WordPress
  3. Unzip/extract the zip file.
  4. Go to your cPanel. The address to your cPanel should look like this: http://www.greatbloggingtips.com/cpanel (replace my domain name with yours)
  5. Create a MySQL database and a user who has all the privileges for WordPress on your web server.
    Add Database
    Add Database

    Add database
    Create Database

    Create User
    Create User

    Add User into Database
    Add User to Database

    Grant All Privileges to User
    Grant All Privileges to User

  6. Open your wordpress folder and rename the wp-config-sample.php folder to wp-config.php
  7. Open wp-config.php and fill in the details of the database created earlier.
  8. define('DB_NAME', 'putyourdbnamehere'); // The name of the database
    define('DB_USER', 'usernamehere'); // Your MySQL username
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'yourpasswordhere'); // ...and password
    define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value

  9. Upload the WordPress files into the desired location of your web server.
  10. If you want to integrate WordPress into the root of your domain (e.g. http://www.greatbloggingtips.com), upload all the content in the wordpress folder to the root directory of your web server (e.g. public_html)

    If you want to integrate WordPress into a subdirectory of your domain (e.g. http://www.greatbloggingtips.com/blog), rename the wordpress folder to “blog” and upload it to the root directory of your web server (e.g. public_html)

  11. To run the WordPress installation script, go to http://greatbloggingtips.com/wp-admin/install.php if you installed WordPress in the root directory or http://greatbloggingtips.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php if you installed WordPress in a subdirectory called “blog”.
  12. A username and password will be generated and you will be using them to login into your WordPress account in the future.

…and you’re done!