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WordPress – Auto Upgrading Plugins: Could not create directory. /public_html

posted Monday, January 3rd, 2011

WordPress has had this most useful feature of upgrading plugins automatically, from within WordPress, for a while. Just one click and you are done.

However there are times you might run into an error and get this error instead:

Could not create directory. /public_html

This can have you banging your head against cyber walls for a long time. The solution, however, is very simple.

Here is what you need to do: more…

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WordPress 2.6.2

posted Thursday, September 11th, 2008

I’ve had that annoying yellow bar telling me to upgrade to WP 2.6.1 for a while. Today I finally decided to give it a go and just in time, too. Now the bar reads download WordPress 2.6.2. Wow! These guys are fast.

Saved from two upgrades. Phew!

Here’s the lowdown on why you should upgrade to 2.6.2

It is most important for those of you who allow open registrations on your blogs. Of course there are some bug fixes, too. So best to upgrade.

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CForms II – More on Using as a Comment Form

posted Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Good news! There is a new version of CForms that is out and has got great features. The best thing about it is it has got most of the features on my wish list :)

So here goes…

Plugin Compatibility

CForms is now completely compatible with three of the most used comment plugins.

First Step is to install the above mentioned plugins and activate them.

Next… adding Subscribe To Comments and CommentLuv


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Explode and Increase Comments Using These WordPress Plugins

posted Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

I have already discussed a few techniques and plugins you can use to increase your comments. Here is a re-cap of some old and some new plugins I haven’t discussed before. All are must-haves if you want to explode your comments:

  1. Subscribe To Comments
    I am absolutely staggered that so many bloggers don’t use this one. Don’t they want their commenters coming back? When I comment on a blog, I really want to know when there is a reply. And subscribe to comments is the perfect plugin as it sends me an email whenever a comment is posted.

    Without this option, your commenters may just get sick and tired of checking manually or not bother at all. Not everyone subscribes to the comments RSS feeds so make sure you provide this option.

    I cannot stress this one enuff!


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CForms II – The All In One Contact Form Solution

posted Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Cforms II is a WordPress plugin which makes it easy for you to add a contact form to your website.

Once you install and activate the plugin, don’t get intimidated by the dozens of options available. It is pretty easy to set up. Click on CForms from your WP admin menu.

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How To Get Visitors To Leave Comments?

posted Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

You have to motivate your visitors to leave comments.

How do you do that?
By giving them a good enuff reason to do so.

Like they say there is no such thing as a free lunch.

We have already discussed one approach and that is by making your blog do-follow.

Another option is the CommentLuv Plugin.

This plugin searches the commentator’s RSS feed and adds the title of their last blog post to their comment.


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Updated List of Important and Useful WordPress Plugins (WP 2.5.1)

posted Thursday, July 31st, 2008

It is time for an updated list of useful WordPress Plugins that work with the 2.5.1 version.

I’m not going over 2.6 as it is still in its early stages and not all plugin authors have successfully updated to this version. But I will get to this soon.

Some of these are going to overlap with my previous list as they have been upgraded to work with this version and some I have already discussed in detail in several other posts.

  1. Accordion Tabs
    This lets you add WordPress functions in a tabbed interface. Not only does this look pretty neat but it also saves space. A must have for any blog!

  2. Add This Social Bookmarking Widget OR Add To Any
    Both plugins offer your visitors the chance to bookmark your posts and pages. Instead of adding several icons under your post and making them look cluttered, the whole menu pops up AJAX style on mouseover.

  3. Adsense Deluxe
    This is a classic and should not need any introduction. It lets you add adsense or YPN ads to your posts at the click of a button. Manage the codes on the plugin settings page.

    An alternate which lets you add either adsense or YPN is the All in One Adsense and YPN. However, I haven’t tested this one yet.


bbPress Plugins That Work!

posted Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

After going thru many bbPress plugins here are some that work with bbPress 0.9.2 and provide added functionality to your forum.

  1. bbPress Latest Discussion

    This is actually a WordPress plugin which displays up to the last 10 discussions going on at the forum. Let your blog visitors know what is going on at your forum.

  2. bbPress Signatures

    Let registered users add a signature to their posts. You can also add the option to individially toggle this option on or off per post.

  3. bbRatings

    Add the option of post ratings. Let registered users voice vote on the posdt on a star rating of 1 to 5.

  4. Censor

    Want to filter posts for bad words? This is the plugin. There is just one issue at the moment … its settings page doesn’t show up in the bbPress admin. A slight tweak will do the trick.


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Popular Posts – Recent Posts – Most Commented Posts – Related Posts – Posts and Posts

posted Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Once you have visitors to your blog, the point is to keep them reading and keep them coming back. For that you need to keep your content in front of them. Give them easy access to posts they might be interested in.

This means you need to show listings of your most recent posts, popular posts, posts with comments on them and so on and so forth.

And as always WordPress plugins help.


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Tweet, Tweet, Twitter

posted Monday, July 21st, 2008

I joined Twitter a while but never bothered much with it. That is until I found this very simple to use WordPress plugin.

This plugin not only displays my last X twitters but also lets me add Twitters from inside the WP admin. Now that is a God send for people like me — what a time saver!

This can be called as a function or added as a widget. And that is the way all plugins should work. Give both options! You never know what might be needed.

Now I can tweet to my heart’s content and it is quite a lot of fun to do so, too.

For those of you who are still as yet unaware of Twitter, it is reminiscent of its name. Think of it as constant status updates of your life. It is the answer to one simple question: What Are You Doing? You can twitter away, let your friends and family follow your escapades or make new friends and see what they are up to.

Check out the My Twitter Plugin.


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