My essential WordPress plugins: 2014 Edition
A rundown of the essential Wordpress plugins I install on all my sites, covering: Google SEO, stats tracking, site caching, login security, social media, comment spam & more.
GeoRiot makes international iTunes & Amazon affiliation easy
Amazon and iTunes affiliation is big business – entire sites are devoted to reviewing products available in their stores, referring potential shoppers and attaching an affiliation cookie along the way that nets the referrer a small percentage of any sales subsequently made. I use affiliate links on this site when I review apps and it brings in about £120 a year which covers running costs and some beers and pizzas.
I take all the hard work out of it by using GeoRiot to automatically send my international visitors to the right store – and collect the referral from the correct affiliate program at the same time. If you’re a blogger using the iTunes and Amazon affiliate programs you should definitely check out what GeoRiot offers and start bringing in referrals from around the world for virtually no extra effort.
Plus, their CEO Jesse Lakes is the guy that answers the support emails – that’s very cool.
How to migrate Pixelpost to WordPress
Until recently I’d been using Pixelpost to power my photoblog, ‘my glass eye • pictures‘ but that software is long in the tooth and not well supported any more. Times have moved on so I decided to migrate Pixelpost to Wordpress. It was surprisingly easy with only a few little hiccups, all of which I managed to solve.
This post details how I did it – first I go through the basic steps you need to take to migrate your own Pixelpost photoblog to Wordpress, then a section on the problems I had and how I solved them.
Poster for WordPress bought by Automattic
The best iOS app for Wordpress, Poster, by Tom Witkin, has been bought out by… Wordpress! Congratulations to Tom, who now works at Automattic where hopefully he’ll soon be able to implement some Poster-style improvements to the official Wordpress app which, ironically, has always been the weakest option for iOS users.
Graph Paper Press release their first photoblogging theme for WordPress
Graph Paper Press’s first photoblogging theme, Retouch, is here and it works well. However, you may want to skip the childish design of the free version and wait for the pro version.
Attention PixelPost users: Graph Paper Press to release photoblog themes for WordPress in 2012
Graph Paper Press got in touch to let me know they have some dedicated photoblogging themes coming soon; PixelPost users looking to switch, this is the news you were waiting for!
new website a-go-go!
I finally have my new website up and running. It’s pretty much the same as the old one but better, in my opinion, for having finally ditched that hateful chunk of buggy code they call Flash. This means I’ve also had to give up on SlideshowPro and while I’ll miss the very lovely SlideshowPro Director […]
Photoblogging from the iPhone
(This was going to be a post about some iPhone photos I took at Westfield recently, but started to become an iPhone post instead! Photos at the bottom…) So here at mge towers we’re still devoid of connection to the real world, er, I mean The Internet. My iPhone has been pushed to the limit […]