How to add a Twitter Follow Button to WordPress

Twitter birdThe Twitter Follow Button is a small, easy to configure and implement widget which will allow your visitors to easily follow you on Twitter. And if you were wondering or you were having a little bit of trouble adding the new Twitter Follow button to WordPress here is how is done:

1.  First get the code, visit Twitter Follow button page, there you are going to find the code builder to generate a Follow Button, which is pretty easy to use, just follow these three steps: Enter your Twitter username, choose in which background color you are going to be placing the Follow Button and choose whether or not to show the follower count. At the left of the page you can preview how it is going to look like and right below it is the HTML generated code, now just select the code and copy it.

 

Twitter Follow button page

2.  Now there are various places where to paste the code, the easiest way to add a Follow Button in your website is by pasting the code into a WordPress Text widget:

a.  Go to your WordPress site Dashboard and navigate to Appearances, Widgets.

b.  From the Available Widgets area, drag a Text widget to the Widget Area, enter a tittle if you wish to, paste the code and click the Save button.

Twitter Follow button in WordPress Widget

3.  Refresh your homepage and now you’ve got a shiny new Twitter Follow button on your WordPress site.

Twitter Follow button configured in WordPress

Fix the Google +1 count for each post in your WordPress homepage site

Blue Google +1 buttonIt seems that websites are adopting the Google +1 button (Plus One) pretty quickly. If you are one of those individuals that likes to experiment with new stuff and you manually added the code, you may have found that the Google +1 button is not display the right count for each post in the homepage (index.php or loop.php).

This is because when somebody clicks the button with the current configuration a Plus One is being added to the main website URL, not to the post itself. So how do you fix the Google +1 count for each post? Pretty easy, you just need to tell to the Google +1 button to which post to add the count (but don’t worry that it just one small piece of code), and you can do it like this: Open the WordPress file index.php or the loop.php, whatever your template is using, and look for the Google +1 button code that you have pasted before and do the following:

Look for the line of code that is similar to this one:

<g:plusone></g:plusone>

And modify it to look like this:

 <g:plusone href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"></g:plusone>

the_permalink code that you have added will call the correct link for each post in the homepage and it will make Google +1 to display the correct amount counts. Now you should be good to go.

The new Twenty Eleven WordPress default theme unveiled

The new Twenty Eleven WordPress default theme

The new Twenty Eleven WordPress default theme unveiled. In this new theme there are many of new improvements and features such as, more Post Formats, alternate color schemes and layouts, new header images, and color customization for links, for more information visit Theme Showcase and if you want to see Twenty Eleven theme in action with all its new cool features visit http://twentyelevendemo.wordpress.com

If the new WordPress default theme looks familiar to Duster, well… It should because Duster was basically the beta version for Twenty Eleven, but you don’t think that they are too similar, under the hood of Twenty Eleven tons of enchantments and new features, and it will be officially released together with WordPress 3.2 when ready for prime time, which it could be in about a month.

For those of you that cannot wait, you can try the live demo with the above link or just simply activate it on your WordPress.com site, and in the case you are a self-hosted WordPress website you can still try it right now with the latest beta version of WordPress.

Be the first and tell us what do you think about Twenty Eleven!

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Show WordPress widgets only where needed with Display Widgets plugin

You don’t have to display every WordPress widget on every page and post of your site anymore, the power Display Widgets plugin is here to help.

Display Widgets is a simple plugin that gives you the ability to set WordPress widgets to be either hidden or visible on specific parts of your website, changing your sidebar content for each page/post. Once you download and install Display Widgets plugin a new section will be added at the bottom to each widget (see image below), section where you will be able to select whether to show or hide it on every site page.

This is a great plugin that could be very useful when using Google Adsense where you will be able to display different type of ads for different content, this way you can track your ads more efficiently and could potentially increase your revenue, and it is also useful to avoid creating multiple sidebars and duplicating widgets.

WordPress Plugin - Display Widgets

Four sitemap plugins for WordPress that you must have

WordPress sitemapSitemap is one of the most important element that you can have in your website. Sitemaps are a simple way to communicate the content that resides in your website (e.g. posts, pages, images and videos) to Google, Bing and many other search engines to better discover and index your site.

When crawlers see these sitemaps, most of the time being served in a hierarchical fashion, they are able to see the complete structure of your website and retrieve information needed for indexing in a more efficient way.

In this article I am sharing four WordPress plugins that you must have to generate sitemaps:

This WordPress plugin can automatically generate a XML sitemap when you edit, publish or delete a post of your site and it will also automatically submit the sitemap to Google, Bing, Ask.com, Yahoo! and adds the sitemap URL to the virtual robots.txt file to help search engines to better discover and index all your content. Here are the installation instructions.

WordPress Plugin - Google XML Sitemaps

You can also generate sitemaps for different type of content in your site like from images and videos:

As the name implies this WordPress plugin is able to generate a special XML file named sitemap-image.xml containing a sitemap of all the images in your website. Here are the installation instructions.

WordPress Plugin - Google XML Sitemap for Images

In the same way the sitemap for images works, this plugin can generate a spacial XML file named sitemap-video.xml containing the records for all the YouTube videos that you may have embedded in your WordPress site. The video sitemap XML file will include the URL of the pages that have videos from YouTube or from pages that may contain links to YouTube videos. One thing to notice is that if the video from YouTube is removed, the record (or information) that was included in the video sitemap file will now be ignored by Googlebot.

WordPress Plugin - Google XML Sitemap for Videos

This plugin will generate a sitemap for your WordPress site with URLs that delivers mobile content. Here are the installation instructions.

WordPress Plugin - Google XML Sitemap for Mobile

Unlike Google XML Sitemaps plugin in these last three plugins there some extra steps to submit the sitemaps. You have to go to the plugin settings page, generate the sitemap, then go to your Google Webmaster Tools account and submit the sitemaps.

How to add Google +1 button (Plus One) to a WordPress site

 Google +1 Button (Plus One) For WebsitesIt took a little  bit of time but finally after about two months of testing (for search, not for websites), last Wednesday Google officially rolled out the Google +1 button (Plus One) for websites. The basic idea is +1 web pages that you like and were useful to you, so when your friends come across content that you +1, they can get a sense of how good the content is. — if you want to learn more about it check out this article from Pureinfotech –. Now in this article you are going to learn how to add a +1 button to your WP site.

How to add Google +1 (Plus One) to your WordPress site

This is a really easy process, first you need to visit the Google +1 your website page, there you will find the button creator (see the image below for reference):

1.  In the button creator page select the size and the language you want to use (if you noticed on the right side, you also have a preview of how the button is going to look like).

2.  Click the Advanced options, in this section you can set some extra settings like Include count or add a URL to +1. Defining a URL can be useful when, for example, you want to add a Google Plus One button to your posts, but you also want to promote your WordPress site in the same page.

3.  Grab the code that is display at the bottom box.

Creating a Google Plus One Button

4. Go back to your website, then you just need to paste the code, either directly into the template file (e.g. loop-single.php or loop.php) or the easiest way would be to navigate to Appearance/Widgets from your WordPress dashboard, drag a new Text widget to one of your widget areas, paste the Google +1 button code inside the widget and save it. Last, reload one of your website pages and the Google +1 button (Plus One) should be displaying.

Google Plus One button WordPress widget

5. You done it!

Welcome to Set WordPress!

Hello and welcome to Set WordPress, this is the right place to be if you were looking for a new site that offers help for WordPress beginners and advanced users.

In this website you will find great tutorials to get you started and to continue improving your website, you will also find reviews on the most useful and interesting plugins and themes that the WordPress community has to offer, that way you won’t have to go around the web hunting them down and it will be a good way to discover new ones. Plus you will be informed with the latest WP news around the web that you need to know.

Now there are not more excuses why not to keep your WordPress site up to date, and have the best plugins help you to get the most out of this awesome CMS software.

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