Turn your blog into a Menéame or Digg

You already know that with WordPress you can get almost any functionality but did you know that you do not need Pligg or other specialized CMS to create a clone of Digg or menéame ]?

You can do it really easy, like everything in WordPress, with a simple plugin called " Vote it up ", a great system to add a voting system to your posts.

] Once you install it, a button with numbering is added to each post so that your readers can vote, both positively and negatively, and many more things that you can configure in the options panel of the plugin, such as the appearance of the button, which users can vote, etc.

To appear the button in your posts you must add the following code in the 'loop':

You can also use the most voted posts widget or add it directly in your template with this code: [19659002] In short, a very complete plugin that will add to your blog a really interesting functionality, especially indicated for sites of analysis of products, downloads or any element susceptible of valuation by your readers.

Do I use Cache or No?

There are many times that this issue arises in forums and it is not easy to answer because each situation is different . The cache plugins are very useful but not necessary at all times, and in some situations they can even be counterproductive.

Let's see their advantages and disadvantages …

Advantages of the Cache Plugins

] Basically what they do is make copies of the content of your blog in static HTML pages that are what your blog will serve instead of the original content, so that is not done even a single PHP request to the server everything loads faster to not have to serve each visit all the content, and that's good.

On the other hand, the current plugins with WP-Cache or WP SuperCache do not leave your blog dead but is refreshed every time you post a new post or someone writes a comment .

They are very useful if your blog receives a lot of traffic and the resources of your server are not unlimited and they are especially vital, in fact indispensable, if you receive a barrage of unexpected visits by a " wiggle " or similar. In those cases, only one cache system will keep your blog online .

Disadvantages of the Cache Plugins

Its virtue is also its disadvantage, since when serving static pages will not update properly active content of your blog such as rss feeds that show, rotating banners, social network updates or random images, all those virginities of modern WordPress themes.

Also, although most allow filtering agents (allow to pass through the cache to certain services such as bots), there are online revenue systems (Backlinks, Text Links Ads, Linklift, for example) that will not work properly if you have active cache and can unsubscribe from the service blog … and stop receiving revenue for that service.

What is my advice? since you always have a cache plugin installed and active, or not working, waiting for it to be needed . If your server is able to serve your blog in a reasonable time most of the time is not necessary to serve static pages, let your blog show in all its glory. And only if you see that you receive a trackback of social aggregators type menéame put it in march in anticipation of disasters .

NOTICE : this publication is two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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The menéame effect, also from the comments

Following a post by Enrique Dans where he criticizes the little feedback generated by the post wagons in the real post (since the comments of meneame remain in … meneame) , the people of blogestudio had the idea (or the charge) to create a plugin (still in alpha phase) that allows inserting the comments that are made in meneame about the post in the same post, always and when it is in WordPress.

Obviously the main problem of the plugin is not the plugin itself but it links two different threads of conversation in one place, something that can get to confuse those who are in all this web 2.0 world

How it is in alpha phase, the plugin is only achieved by asking on the creators' site.

WPScoop, the WordPress menu • WordPress Help

WPScoop is a news aggregator site, similar to menéame or Bitácoras.com ]in which you can propose articles, in this case related only to WordPress .

Whether they are posts about new plugins, themes or tutorials that help improve the WordPress experience, in WPScoop you can suggest your favorite articles .

To facilitate the task of socializing the posts they have created a tools . On the one hand you have a bookmarlet a direct link that, by dragging it to your browser's favorite bar, will allow you to send the item you are viewing to WPScoop.

Another option is an for Firefox that, once installed, allows you to vote for the best posts in a blog. I miss a plugin for WordPress, which allows you to vote for your readers, but the site is really new, you have to wait a few days.

If you want to see how it works, here is a post that I have socialized and you can vote to take it to the front page, as you would in any other social bookmarking network.

NOTICE : This publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Yahoo Buzz – WordPress plugin

A few hours after the release of the new social network Yahoo Buzz a site like Digg or menéame where you can ] promote your stories so that, with luck, they get to the cover of, not already Buzz but of the same Yahoo homepage there is already a plugin to be able to vote for your blog posts and appearing in Yahoo Buzz .

The plugin WPBuzz developed by Travis Johnson even before the publication opened of Yahoo Buzz it is very easy to install – like any other, and also has options page for you to configure it to your liking.

Do not want to install more plugins? ]well, there's no problem either. In the page of Yahoo Buzz have enabled a good amount of buttons so you can socialize your posts by simply choosing the code to include in your template (usually in single.php ), and that you can see right here at the end of each article.

Help Blogs, the Menage of Blogging • WordPress Help

In the presentation of the service we are asked to promote articles from blogs that, in another post suggests as references on help blogs :

The service is just released and you will not find much news, but you can certainly fix that by promoting posts from WordPress Help or any of the other great blogs that are cited as required references.

See if Tensaiweb it improves a bit (plugin to suggest news, a new logo – the current one is horrible – and an interface improvement, some personalization), but the concept is great.

Ciénciame para WordPress – Scientific aggregator • WordPress Help

There is no day that does not appear a news aggregation site, clones of menéame that seek to get ahead and get relevance . But all, in my view, are wrong in the same, to offer general news services, and there is already too much competition.

Ciénciame is radically different, because it offers a space for to add, share, socialize scientific news or with an innovation component . A joy for those who want to keep up to date with the real news, and be able to escape from the pseudonoticias of politics, national or international.

And is not something exclusive for scientists, but a must for anyone who wants to know the real news that interests the ones that show evolution and human knowledge. I really recommend it, and it's very interesting.

Well, apart from the presentation, which is bound by the good of the concept, this post is to present a plugin for WordPress, and that is what Paco Gil, from Ciénciame to inform me that have published a plugin that, installed on your blog, will allow your readers to recommend scientific news in Ciénciame.

The installation process is as follows :

  1. Download the plugin
  2. Unzip it on your computer (the ZIP)
  3. Upload the scienceme.php file to the plugins folder of your blog (wp-content / plugins /)
  4. Upload the folder images in the main directory of your WordPress installation. If this folder already exists, do not overwrite it, upload the image directly cienciame.png inside.
  5. Activate the plugin in your Administration panel -> Plugins
  6. Add the following code, taking into account the instructions. You can include it in the main page (index.php) or in the individual pages of each post (single.php, usually), you must go to the loop so that it appears in the place you prefer within the post, you can only send articles:

Yes, the image of the plugin and the link to propose news will be shown, as well as the mename me you can see here. And that I forgive Paco for not installing the plugin but it is that here of scientists we have little, but if not scientific butts.

For science you have to Ciénciame .

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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