Embedly WordPress Plugin: Embedding Content On Your Blog Has Never Been Easier!

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Embedly WordPress Plugin: Embedding Content On Your Blog Has Never Been Easier!

WordPress Editor is awful when it comes to embedding an iFrame – besides, in some cases, it chooses to strip the embed code once you click from “HTML” tab to “Visual” editor.

Embedly is a new promising start-up that is said to help you “embed anything” to your blog post. It works via the Embedly oEmbed API that currently supports about 100 huge content sources that can be embedded to your blog with one click.

The problems that the plugin is aiming to solve:

  • Different content providers have different embed codes – with the plugin you no more need to worry about that. Just use one unified way to embed anything.

  • Some huge content sources do not provide for a clear way to share their content without hosting it – the plugin expands your possibilities by letting you embed what you have never tried to.

The Embedly WordPress plugin is installed just like any regular plugin: choose your preferred way (either manually or with the help of the WordPress admin area plugin installer) and activate the plugin.

Immediately after that you should see a new menu section called “Embedly”. That new section lists all your services that you can from now on “effortlessly” embed to your blog.

There’s an option to disable any of the services (I couldn’t find a reason to disable any of them – even if I am not going to use it in the near future, who knows, maybe I’ll need it at some point).

embedded content

Besides obvious sources like YouTube, SlideShare and Scribd, you’ll be surprised to see a few popular sites you’d never think to embed content from, such as:

  • Twitter;

  • Craiglist;

  • CNN;

  • Amazon;

  • Digg, etc

Give It A Try

So how exactly does Embedly make it easier to embed content? You are going to love it!

From now on you don’t need an embed code to embed anything. All you need is your content source URL – just paste it in your editor and it will be converted into a rich embed!

Now let’s give it a try. Create a new post, add some short introduction and try embedding, say, your Tweet.

All you need is to grab your Tweet direct URL and copy-paste it into your WordPress Editor. When you are saving the draft or publishing the draft, this URL will be turned into the embedded Tweet:

Embedding A Tweet

embedded content

Embedding YouTube Video

Just grab the video URL and copy-paste it into the editor. I was curious to see which dimensions the embed video was going to be. The choice turned out to be a bit unexpected: looks like the plugin used the small size (see the actual output on my test post):

content in blog

So we tested it with a Tweet and with a video. Now let’s try something different for a change: Compete.com. How has the start-up been doing in terms of traffic? All we need is to copy-paste this URL – http://siteanalytics.compete.com/embed.ly – right into the editor:

content in blog

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How To Turn Your WordPress Blog Into A Blog Network With WordPress 3.0

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How To Turn Your WordPress Blog Into A Blog Network With WordPress 3.0

Step One:  Upgrade Your Site To WordPress 3.0

Upgrading your WordPress site should be as easy as usual.  You do need to make sure you make a backup of your files and databases (check out this article for a few WordPress backup tips).  If you use the WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin, it actually allows you to download both the files and the databases in the upgrade process.  Either way, before you make any kind of upgrade to your WordPress site, you really ought to have it backed up in case something goes awry.

Step Two:  Modify A Little Bit Of Code

For some reason, the networking abilities of WordPress 3.0 are hidden behind a small edit to the wp-config.php file.  Don’t worry because if you know how to use FileZilla (or some other FTP program) you can easily download the file, edit it, and re-upload it to replace the original file.

What I actually did was download the file, rename it a little bit, and then download the file again.  This way I kept a backup file in case I messed something up.

Open the file in a text editor like NotePad or gedit and add this code:

define(‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true);

directly before this:

/* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */:

Once you have made the necessary changes, save the file and upload it replacing the original file.

Step 3: Preliminary Settings To Set

There are a few things we need to set before going ahead with the installation process.  First you will need to make sure the site URL is not set to show “www” in the name.  To change this, simply visit the “General Settings” section and delete the “www.” from both the “WordPress address (URL)” and the “Site address (URL)” boxes.

wordpress blog networks

Once that is done, head to Tools–>Network to begin the installation process.  Since my WordPress installation is not new, my permalink structure is already in use only leaving the sub-domain option for me to use for the WordPress blog network (ie. xxx.bloggerdoggie.com).  If your installation is brand new, you’ll probably get to choose to either use the sub-domain option or the sub-directory option (ie. bloggerdoggie.com/xxx).

wordpress blog networks

Then you are free to click “install.”

Note: if you choose to use the subdomain installation option, you must add a wildcard subdomain in your DNS records.  In cpanel you need to go to Domains –> Subdomains

blog networking

From there create a subdomain called “*” (keyboard character for wildcard).  Point this to the directory holding the main installation of WordPress and WordPress will know what subdomain visitors are coming from and take care of the rest.  I understand that you may not be using cpanel but the idea should be similar.

blog networking

Step 4: Create A New Directory & Play With More Code

When you click “install” you will be faced with some more chores to do.  First thing you need to do is add a sub-directory into your wp-content folder called “blogs.dir” which will hold files uploaded to your other sites.

Now for more code!  You are going to want to backup both the current wp-config.php file and .htaccess files.  Once done, add the code where the page tells you to.

blog networking

Once you’re done with all of that, the network functions should be enabled.  You’ll only be asked to sign back in and you’re all set.

You will now notice that there is another option in the left-hand sidebar menu called “Super Admin.”  Don’t you feel special?  You’re now super!  Anyway, that is where you go to handle the network.  You can add sites and users and even handle which themes are enabled for the network.

There you have it.  Isn’t it nice that they finally brought the functionality of MU into WordPress?  Now, I wonder if they will ever cut out the annoying modifications enabling the features.  Maybe they can put some sort of switch in the dashboard converting it so we don’t have to modify core PHP files?  Maybe even a plugin?

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Maximize Antioxidants

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Maximize Antioxidants with This Style of Tea

Tea sure is loaded with good-for-your-body nutrients. But to really get your fill of antioxidants from tea, choose brewed over bottled.

New research shows that most bottled teas have few antioxidants to offer, while brewed varieties can provide anywhere from 50 to 150 health-boosting milligrams per cup. So dust off that teakettle.

Healthful antioxidants in tea, called polyphenols, are credited with everything from reducing the risk of certain types of cancer to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. But you need as much as 125 to 500 milligrams of tea polyphenols per day to achieve these health benefits. And not all teas deliver the same antioxidant punch. It varies greatly by brand — and color. In general, green brewed teas deliver the most polyphenols — averaging 50 to 500 milligrams per serving. Fresh-brewed black tea hooks you up with anywhere from 10 to 360 milligrams per cup. (For more grow-younger benefits, check out this list of antioxidant all-star foods.)

Bottled vs. Brewed
And bottled teas? In the recent study, the majority of bottled teas contained little to no polyphenols at all. So whether you ice it down or drink it hot, you’re better off reaching for the kettle and brewing your tea at home. What’s more, brewed teas can cost just pennies per serving, unlike pricier bottled beverages. Aim for 2 to 3 cups per day of the brewed stuff to reach health-promoting polyphenol levels. (Supercharge the antioxidant power of your tea with this sweetener.)

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