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A Contact Form For Your WordPress Blog

Why do we need a contact form on our blog/website? The main reason is to cut down the email spamming. You’ll be glad if you set up one for your blog/website since it hides your email in it. So do you want to find out which contact form is good for your blog/website? I searched the web and provided a list below. Check them out; find out which one is good for your blog/website. If a blog/website have multiple blogging authors, then some of the contact forms will allow you to set up to only send an email to a specific author.

  • Contact Form ][ – a WordPress Plugin – Contact Form ][ is Ryan Duff’s original contact form. It is a WordPress plugin that offers a simple drop-in contact form in any new/existing post/page.
  • PXS Mail Form WordPress Plugin – This plugin has updated email contact from plugin built off of Ryan Duff’s excellent wp-contact form plugin. PXS includes additional checks over the original…
  • Enhanced WordPress contact form plugin – Another improved contact form based on Ryan Duff’s Contact Form ][. Now it adds: referring page on your site; if the original referer is a search engine, the keywords used in the query; the original referer; spam protection…
  • cformsII – contact form – cforms is a highly customizable, flexible and powerful form builder plugin, covering a variety of use cases and features from attachments to multi form management, you can even have multiple forms on the same page!
  • contact form 7 – Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible. Supports multiple contact forms. You can customize form and mail contents with simple markup. AJAX submitting with jQuery Form Plugin. Spam filtering with Akismet. Bot prevention with CAPTCHA.
  • Secure Form Mailer Plugin For WordPress – This is the WordPress plugin version of the secure PHP form mailer script. This plugin has a wide range of features including: support for multiple instances, an easy to use dynamic form generation system (any number of fields, in any order), multiple…
  • SCF2 Contact Form – WordPress contact form plugin that lets you read and reply to emails while logged in WordPress and sends emails to multiple users.

For a WordPress.com blog, you have options to put a contact form in your post or page. For details of how to implement it, just check out this post: Contact Forms. See my contact form in Contact page that I’ve just created.

Would you like to use a contact form for your WordPress blog? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

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What is The Difference Between HTML Sitemap and XML Sitemap?

There are two types of sitemaps in general; namely HTML (Hyper Text Makeup Language) sitemap and XML (EXtensible Makeup Language) sitemap. Do you want to know the difference between them? If you do, then read on…

What is HTML Sitemap?

HTML sitemap is used to list all hyperlinks of different sections and pages of your blog/website. These hyperlinks are normally listed hierarchically and they may provide description for each link. It is no doubt that adding a HTML sitemap to your blog/website will help your visitors navigate and find information easily. So HTML sitemap is primarily created for humans.

Although a HTML sitemap is created for your visitors, indexing bot such as Googlebot might have a better chance to crawl your first-time-missed links again since all the files are well put together in your sitemap page. Check this blog’s sitemap to get a general idea of how a HTML sitemap looks like. You can create your own HTML sitemap from HTML Sitemap Generator here.

What is XML Sitemap?

XML sitemap lists URLs (world wide web addresses) for your blog/website in a special format. See the table below for a XML Sitemap with one single URL:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">

</urlset>

It allows webmasters to inform search engines about URLs in your blog/website for easy indexing. XML sitemap is created for search engines but not for humans. Submitting a XML sitemap to search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN will not only help your blog/website being indexing quickly and efficiently but also increase your blog/website’s visibilities in search engines as well.

For a full version WordPress blog, you can use Google XML Sitemaps plugin to do the trick for you.

What is the difference between HTML sitemap and XML sitemap? Please leave a comment below.

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A Signature For Your Blog Post?

Have you ever thought about to add a signature to you blog post? Adding a signature to each post of you blog will no doubt bring your personal touch to your readers. It is an identity of representing you online. Moreover it brings an uniqueness to your blog as well. I was inspired by Lorelle VanFossen’s signature on her blog.

For WordPress.com Blog

I think it is fun to have your own signature for your blog just like you sign your signature in each email. It also serves a purpose: that is something uniquely reflects your personality. I like to do things differently because we are all unique in many ways. So if you are like me, then go ahead to create your unique signature using your desired program. Make sure you save your signature and copy and paste it at the bottom of each post. I use My Live Signature program to create mine here. What do you think?

For WordPress Blog (WordPress.org Blog)

If you have a WordPress blog, you can just download LiveSig v0.4 plugin here to your PC (personal computer). LiveSig: WordPress Plug provides step-by-step instructions of how to install it. Basically you do as follows:

  • Unzip LiveSigv0.4 file that you’ve just downloaded
  • Then upload it to this folder: public_html/wordpress-content/plugins/ using any FTP
  • Then login to your WordPress dashboard, and click on Plugins/LiveSig v0.4 to activate it
  • Finally click on Settings/LiveSig/LiveSig Options. Make sure you select an appropriate user, enter the corresponding MyLiveSignature code and hit Save button to save it

It is Free to obtain MyLiveSignature code, but you need to register in that site to get it. For a small amount of money, you can get animated signature code there too.

Would you like to have a signature for your blog post? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

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What WordPress Plugins do Most Bloggers Like to Use?

I searched around the Internet and found some very useful plugins most WordPress bloggers like to use. These plugins are for full version WordPress (WordPress.org) blogs. That means if you have WordPress.com blog, then you can’t use them. As you know plugins extend WordPress to do almost everything for your blog/website. Check out the following articles to see what plugins other bloggers have suggested:

  • The Top Ten WordPress Plugins – The author has picked the top ten WordPress plugins out of hundreds. Those WordPress plugins will make your blogging life easier.
  • 10 Must-Have WordPress Plugins – One of the biggest advantages to use WordPress software is that it provides bloggers countless of plugins that you can use to extend your blog software.
  • Top 10 WordPress Plugins – The wonderful thing about WordPress plugins is that it allows you to add so much functionalities to your blog/website. Leap to the site to see what WordPress plugins the author has rounded up for you.

After I’ve read the above articles, I am amazed WordPress plugins can do so much for our blog/website. Maybe you have already had installed some of them. So what are your favorite plugins you are using now? or what plugins do you want to recommend to your readers? Please leave a comment below.

What Can You Do With Your API Key?

Update as of 03/05/2011: The following post is for older version of WordPress.com (before version 3.0?). Now everything is changed. In order to find your API key, you need to login to your WordPress.com blog first, then visit this web address: https://apikey.wordpress.com/: it will tell your WordPress.com username as well as your API key.

If you have a WordPress.com blog, You can find your API (Application Programming Interface) key by clicking on Users/Your Profile. It says, “Your WordPress.com API key is: ########d#db. Don’t share your API key, it’s like a password,” where ######## should be replaced with numbers. API key comes automatically when you registered a Free blog with WordPress.com. In order to learn more about it, I searched around on the web. Here is the original information I got from WordPress.com. It says,

API Keys

WordPress.com has what’s called “API keys” which allow you to use services and enhancements built on the WordPress.com platform. This allows you to leverage the power of WP.com while still hosting your blog elsewhere.

How do I get one?

When you sign up for a WordPress.com account we will email you an API key. If you already have a WordPress.com account, your API key is listed on your profile page, which you can get to by clicking the “My Account” link in the top right when you’re logged in.

Where will my API key be?

It will be in your welcome email. To make sure you get the email, avoid free services like Hotmail and MSN and check your spam filter if it doesn’t show up in a few minutes. (Also, consider whitelisting *@wordpress.com.)

Can I share my API key?

No, it’s like a password to your account.

What can I do with my API key?

One example is the new anti-spam service, Akismet. Install the Akismet plugin and enter your WP.com API key and your blog will be protected from spam the same way every blog on WordPress.com is.

In the future it will also give you access to stats and other add-on services.

So if you like to have a WordPress.com API key for personal use, then you know what to do now. However, for the purpose of commercial use, check out Commercial Use API Keys here.

What can you do with your API key? Is this post helpful? Please leave a comment below.

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