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WordPress News & Tips #1

Welcome to the first issue of WordPress news & Tips.
This week in WordPress News & Tips I bring you a couple of plugins that can enhance the content on your site. One to showcase snippets of content in a fancy box the other to help you find those links for not only local content but content links off your site also. All this can be done while you are creating your WordPress Post.
Plus the announcement of my first Webinar which will be free to attend as I work out any bugs in the system.

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The Big News This week is of course from San Fransisco where Matt Mulenweg presented his state of the Word 2012 you can check it out on my posts here.

Big iPhone/iPad Update Now Available

This weeks Plugins

Drop Shadow Boxes 1.1

The Lowdown:
This plugin is for when you want to make some piece of content in your post stand out and uses differing shadow types to enhance that content.. I found this to be pretty nice in how it work it add a new button next to your media insert one and when clicked brings up a popup where you add your content and modify it to the style button you want. It has a preview that you refresh after each change until you get what you want. A feature I think it could use is the ability to control the colours. It has the ability to change border colour but only in its set ones you do not get to customize it. It does pace everything as plain text and if you need line breaks simply add the html code, while I was at it I checked to see if it accepted other html and it seemed to just like a regular text widget. All in all pretty nice if it add colour control it would be great although with some tweaking to your CSS you can do that but if you want it to be compatible you need the rgba colour code and not just the hex number.

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Event Promotion:

The First Webinar from John Overall will be on Saturday the 25 of august at 10am PDT register for Weninar here it will cover the following topic: WordPress & Email List Campaigns This is a presentation I will also be giving at the WordPress Meetup Group on August 16, 2012 so if you are unable to attend then you can catch it here.

Don't Panic it will work outInsights 1.0.5
The Lowdown:
You know sometimes the old is still pretty good..
While some of the functionality is provided int the WordPress core when you wish to add a link to a post not all of what this plugin is available.
This plugin provide a great easy way to find links within your site as well as off site links to places such as Wikipedia. just a keyword or two and your on your way. This is a simple plugin that you just install it adds a new window to your post dashboard and all you do is choose a keyword or two and choose where to find info your blog, images, videos, Wikipedia, Google, news, blogs or books. then it is just a click away to add the link.
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