Category Archives: Internet

Twitter

Well I decided to try twitter, I have known about it for some time, but seeing it on the gadget show convinced me to try it. I like it, it looks like it will be a good supplement to my Facebook, myspace and WordPress blogs.

It’s very versatile, for example there are wordpress plugins that let you update twitter, or be updated from twitter. Also with facebook is you add the right application, you can update twitter, and have twitter update your profile on face book, and so type once and it can update facebook, myspace and wordpress blogs to name a few.

It’s worth playing with for sure, and if you don’t like it you can delete your account.

Creating PDF Templates (article2pdf)

Recently I installed the wordpress plugin article2pdf (Marc Schieferdecker) which converts a post or page into a PDF document, you can see it in action at russellsashtanga.info. Further information can be found at the author home page and plugin home page although you may not need to visit these sites. You can download article2pdf from the wordpress plugins website or install from within a wordpress 2.7 installation. A note of caution, depending on your perma link structure you may want to read the installation notes.

So why would you want to create a PDF template? and how do you create a PDF template without spending any money? You may want extra information about the article or add some branding to it. I decided I wanted to include my name, web address and copyright on all the PDFs people create.

I thought I needed a special software package because when the PDF format first came out you had to pay for software to create PDF files, although I knew Open Office was able to create them, it didn’t seem to have a special PDF template option. After hunting around websites looking for ways to create these template files, I decided to create a normal PDF file and see if that would work, and it did!

So, the easy way to create a PDF template is using Open Office. Create a single page document, and set the headers and footers to what you want. Once this is done save it firstly as a document you can edit, and then save it as a PDF document. Then use the plugin to upload the file, and not forgetting to select the PDF you just loaded as your default template.

It realy is that simple, just any PDF document will act as a template for article2pdf. There is probably a standard PDF template format, and you may well have to use PDF templates in other applications. Of course the final disclaimer is that this may well depend upon the versions of software you are using, and changes in both the PDF format and article2pdf over time.

WordPress

It’s been a little while since I last perused the WordPress website, wordpress being the software I use to run all of my websites, I was pleasantly surprised. My main reason for visiting the WP site was to update some of the themes I use, mainly for this and my ashtanga yoga website, and the themes are looking really slick now.

Afterwards I decided to peruse the plug-ins, and more pleasant surprises, there’s one that allows you to include multiple RSS feeds in one post or page (www.colincaprani.com/programming/multifeedsnap), and two others. One allows you to email the users who have registered on your site (wordpress.org/extend/plugins/email-users), and one that automatically sends emails to users – depending on their preference settings or not (wordpress.org/extend/plugins/subscribe2) .

Finally the WordPress software itself (I just upgraded to the latest version tonight, quick and easy of course), is getting better and better. So a big thanks to all those people who provide the tools I use for free. THANK YOU ALL.

Increasing Website Visits – Some Links

I just wanted to share the following links as they relate to increasing website visits.

  1. How I Quadrupled My Blog’s TrafficIn 3 Months
  2. Comprehensive Guide to StumbleUpon: How to Build Massive Traffic to Your Website
  3. 51 Favourite SU, Sphinn, Twitter & FacebookPosts of 2007
  4. Stumbleupon Mathematics for Stumblers

To tell you the truth I wanted to read these and possibly make use of them, except I don’t have time right now, so I thought I could share them here, and come back when I have the time.