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Daily Tip: Add Pocket Read It Later Links to WordPress Posts

If you’re a fan of the Pocket ‘Read It’ Later service, you may want to consider getting your WordPress site hooked up to it. Pocket is a free service that lets you access your personal reading list at a more convenient time on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire or in your browser.

Pocket Read It Later Links is a new plugin that automatically adds a “Read It Later” button to your WordPress posts. Here’s how the buttons look when added to your posts:

This is especially useful for sites with lengthy blog posts. You can even add your own custom CSS to change the placement of the button. Download the Pocket Read It Later Links plugin for free from the WordPress repository.

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Daily Tip: Approve or Delete WordPress Comments With an iPhone App

If your email box is full of comment notifications from WordPress, you may need a new system for managing discussion on your site(s). The team at Notificare is rethinking how we interact with these notifications.

It takes time to log into your WordPress dashboard to approve or delete comments. Notificare is a plugin that works with an app on your phone to notify you of new comments on your sites. You can approve comments or mark as spam with a simple push of a button from your phone – no need to log in!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a constantly full inbox, Notificare will help you to get that under control. It makes it fast and convenient for managing WordPress comments from your mobile device. Notificare also incorporates a few other services, such as beanstalk, SendGrid, Twitter and github. In the coming days they will be adding the ability for you to create your own services.

I’m hoping they will also make an Android app as well, but for right now it’s only available for iPhone and iPad users. Notificare is currently in private beta. Watch for it in the iPhone app store and make sure to request an invitation to Notificare on the service’s website.

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Cool WordPress shortcode plugins to snap your blog into style

Do you like to style content on your WordPress blog and make it look real pretty? Are you NOT a whiz with css? Then, here are some quick and easy shortcode solutions for you!

WordPress Shortcode Plugins

Shortcodes are, imho, one of the best things to happen to WordPress. They allow you to do all kinds of cool things on your blog with just a few mouse clicks; like create beautiful buttons, boxes, columns and tabs. Today, I’d like to share 3 of my favorite shortcode plugins to do just that, and then some… check out #3 on the list; it’s awesome!

#1 – J-Shortcodes

J-Shortcodes is one of the simplest plugins available for buttons, tabs and the like.

  • Uses pure CSS to achieve effects like hover and active states for buttons
  • A real lightweight when it comes to page load times
  • Combine and nest the shortcodes to create truly unique WordPress layouts.

 

Speaking of layouts, have you ever struggled to get your post content “just so” in nicely arranged columns or boxes? Fret no more. The J-Columns and J-Boxes shortcodes enable you to create custom layouts in your posts, pages and widgets. You can use them in divs, tables, lists… just about anywhere.

Shortcode output for boxes
Shortcode output for columns

Have a lot of good content that needs to be squeezed in?

Shortcode for tabsThe variations of the J-Tabs shortcodes – 5 themes and 5 sizes – allow for 25 unique looks. And, yup, you can nest other shortcodes in there too!

J-Shortcodes is available for download from the WordPress repository here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/j-shortcodes/
Full specs are also available here: http://www.jshortcodes.com/

#2 – TheTheFly Shortcodes for tabs and accordions

Tabbed shortcode outputTheTheFly (weird name, I know) has some fully customizable shortcodes for tabs, as well as both vertical and horizontal accordions. The output of these shortcodes also inherits the styles of your current WordPress theme, so no futzing around required.

Customization is accomplished with a whole slew of parameters you can define in the shortcode:

  • Title
  • Speed
  • Style
  • Collapsible
  • Animated
  • Autoheight
  • Autoplay
  • Pauseonhover
  • …and many more

TheTheFly Shortcodes is available for download from the WordPress repository here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/thethe-tabs-and-accordions/
Full specs here: http://thethefly.com/wp-plugins/thethe-tabs-and-accordions/

#3 – Shortcodes Ultimate… for just about everything!

The Shortcodes Ultimate plugin deserves its name. Pretty much anything can be accomplished with this WordPress plugin. All shortcodes and custom parameters can be defined in a modal window that pops up when you click the “Add shortcode” icon available above your post editor.
Output of image gallery shortcode

  • Buttons
  • Tabs
  • Spoilers
  • Accordions
  • Image frames
  • Quotes and pullquotes
  • Labels
  • Boxes

A great shortcode for displaying a Google Doc reader

  • Members-only content (really!)
  • Lists
  • Columns
  • Tables
  • Google maps
  • Google docs
  • Image sliders, carousels and galleries
  • …and more still

The Shortcodes Ultimate plugin also has an easy-to-use admin panel where you can load only the scripts you actually use. Custom CSS can be added too.

Here’s a video demo for using the Shortcodes Ultimate plugin:

Shortcodes Ultimate shortcodes plugin is available for download from the WordPress repository here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shortcodes-ultimate/

Photo credit: Plugs from Flickr.com

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