Recommended plugins for WordPress

Finally, I have time to look at my wordpress design. It’s been a while for me to re-configure or install a new plugin for wordpress.

One of my plugin doesn’t works with the new WordPress 2.6.3, that is Popular Post plugin. After searching the net, I still can’t find the new version of popular post. So, with regrets, I have to disable the popular post plugin.

While searching, I found another plugins than can really usefull for my blog, there are Simple Tags and Google XML sitemap.

Simple Tags

Somehow, my ultimate tag warrior got corrupted. It’s cannot show my tags anymore. I tried many things to fix it but failed, so I have to disable the plugin and remove it form my template.

Now I need another plugins to manage my tags. I can however to reinstall the ultimate tag warrior plugin, but I think it’s te time to playing arround with my wordpress.

After a few search, I found this plugin. I give it a test and found out that this plugin is so amazing. It have many other usefull features like rename tags and mass edit tags (the best features imho). It’s also have the related post feature, but I don’t use it yet.

The installation is easy, more easy than the ultimate tag warrior.

Google XML Sitemaps

This the plugin that I loved. It will re-generate a sitemap for google, ask.com and many other search engines. The best thing is, it will automatically re-generate a new sitemap every time we post a new post and submit it to search engines. So our sitemap will always be up to date.

The day where I have to create a new sitemap manually and submit it to google are gone.

Those are the two ne plugins that I installled in all my wordpress blog. If you new in wordpress, you need to install these plugins.

These are the plugins that need to be installed.

These two simply you MUST have.
1. Askimet
2. All in one SEO pack

These four are very important plugins
1. Simple Tags
2. FeedBurner FeedSmith
3. Related posts
4. Google XML Sitemaps

And the rest are not necessary but good to have.
1. Subscribe to comments
2. WP-Contact form

These are why wordpress is so loveable, with tons of plugins, it seem that it can do anything (but still can’t make me a cup of coffee 🙂 )

Moving out WordPress hosting

I just moving out from my old web hosting to a new one that are bigger space, bigger bandwidth and faster performance. And as I expect, the moving of WordPress files and database from my old hosting to a new one is easy enough.

There are actually two ways (at least that I know of), the one is the easiest way, the the other one yet still an easy way. I already tried both ways. Please note that both my hosting are using Cpanel and Fantastico.

The Easiest Way

Backup

  1. In old hosting, login to cpanel
  2. Go to Backups
  3. Click on ‘Download a home directory backup’. It will start downloading a file with tar.gz extentions
  4. Now take a look at ‘Download a MySQL database backup‘ and click your WordPress database (if you only have WordPress, it should be the only one), should be wrdpxxx (in my case wrdp1). It will download a file with gz extention

Restore

  1. In new hosting, login to cpanel
  2. Click on Backups
  3. In a Home Directory Backup, upload your tar.gz file.
  4. In Restore a MySQL Database, upload your gz file.

That’s it. Nothing more easier than that.

But, there is a catch.

Fantastico will not recognize the version of your WordPress installation. It does recognize the WordPres, but not the version. As a result, it will not support upgrade using fantastico. In future upgrade, you must do it manually.

If you don’t like the catch (just like me), you can try my second method.

Yet Another Easy Way.

Backup

  1. In old hosting, login to cpanel
  2. Go to Backups
  3. Click on ‘Download a home directory backup‘. It will start downloading a file with tar.gz extention
  4. Back to cpanel frontpage
  5. Go to MySQL databases
  6. In the bottom of the page, click on PhpMyAdmin
  7. Click on Databases
  8. Click on your WordPress database, in my case is wrdp1
  9. Click on Export tab
  10. Click on Select All tables, SQL, Add DROP TABLE, Complete Insert, and finally Save as File then Go. It will created a SQL file (with sql extention)

Restore

  1. In new hosting, login to cpanel
  2. Create a new installation of WordPress in the same directory through Fantastico
  3. Back to Cpanel frontpage
  4. Go to MySQL databases
  5. In the bottom of the page, click on PhpMyAdmin
  6. Click on Databases
  7. Click on your newly created WordPress database, in my case wrdp1
  8. Select all the tables, and the drop it (drop = delete)
  9. Go to insert tables, and then insert your SQL file.
  10. Remember that you have a home directory backup, with tar.gz extention? You can open it with winrar. Now go through the files and locate your WordPress\wp-content folder. Copy all your files inside wp-plugins and wp-themes. You can do it much more easier with good ftp client such as filezilla

That’s it. More harder than the first method but still easy, but much more cleaner.

Problem with WordPress

I have problems with my WordPress for almost three days. I though that I mess something up, but realize I didn’t do anything in my wordpress setting. What usually I modified is my theme layout, nothing else.

The problem is, my permalinks is not works as usual.

Usually I have this permalinks format

http://www.indomino.net/blog/index.php/2007/05/01/sample-post/

and somehow it changed into default

http://www.indomino.net/blog/?p=123

I don’t want my permalinks only display post_id, I want to display the post_name. I hold my new post until I solved this problem. I think this is just a simple setting problem, but it’s not. It take longer than I expected.

I first suspicious was that my hosting company had change something in their server configurations. I wrote an email to my hosting company, asked if the had change something, but yet no reply.

So, I backup everything’s and plan to move to another hosting.

This morning, I logged to my Cpanel, and go to Fantastico sub panel, and found out that there is an option to upgrade my wordPress from 2.1.2 to version 2.1.3.

What the heck, I do that.

And it solved everything.

I’m not sure what happen, but I think that my hosting company did change something, but really not sure, but I’m glad that everything is OK now, and I’ll continue to post again.

This, I believe not WordPress problem, but most likely a hosting problem. But, really not sure what 😉

Add your own digg this! in your wordpress blog

I just move out from blogger to WordPress. One of the key reason why I select wordpress as my blog software is WordPress have tons of plugins, and the other one is I can move my blog from another hosting company to another one with ease, because wordpress I think is the standard in blogging.

One of my favorite plugin is Related Post at http://www.w-a-s-a-b-i.com, where it will returns a list of the related entries based on active/passive keyword matches. Works wonderfully at my blog, Love it.

I needed a plugin so my reader can save my current post in their del.icio.us or submit it to popular articles directories like Digg, Netscape or Stumble Upon. After searched for days and tried several plugins, I have not satisfied. So, I create my own code (by studied several WordPress blogs) and then modified my own theme file, then add my code in my wp loop (in my case index.php), just above of the end of a post.

This code will add link to save current post into del.icio.us, and submit it to articles directory like Digg, Stumble Upon and Netscape.

<!– The Code start here–><p>
<!– The Code to create link to del.icio.us, digg, Netscape’s and stumble upon –>
<!– Create by Budi Febrianto at http://www.indomino.net/blog –>
<!– This link will save your post in del.icio.us –>
<a href=”http://del.icio.us/post?v=4&partner=fb&url=<?php the_permalink() ?>&title=<?php the_title(); ?>”> Save to del.icio.us</a> |
<!– This link will submit your article to Stumble Upon–>
<a href=”http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit?url=<?php the_permalink()?>&title=<?php the_title(); ?>”>Stumble It!</a> |
<!– This link will submit your article to netscape–>
<a href=”http://www.netscape.com/submit/?U=<?php the_permalink()?>/&T=<?php the_title(); ?>&sBy=feedflare”>Submit to Netscape</a> |
<!– And finally will submit your article to Digg –>
<a href=”http://digg.com/submit?phase=2&url=<?php the_permalink() ?>&title=<?php the_title(); ?>”> Digg This! </a>
<!– The Code end here–></p>

This code works in my WordPress blog, but I have not tested in another blog. Fell free to copy the code in your own blog. If you like it and find it useful, please create a backlink to my site 🙂