Archive for November 27th, 2012

Amazing Things You Can Do With WordPress

WordPress is not limited to blogging only. WordPress is a blogging software written in PHP but being Content Management System as well, it can do nearly anything. Like a Photo Gallery, Wiki, Forum, Web Directory, Job Board, Classified Ads,  Article Website and many more.

There many things you can do with WordPress but here are top 10 ones!

 

Directory Website

A Directory is just a listing of sites, categorized. Today, people still like directories because unlike a search engine, with million of results. A good directory has great sites categorized by exactly the topic you’re looking for. You can use WP Link Directory Plugin and Open Directory Links.

 

Classified Website

You can start a classifieds site for your business. Use WP Classifieds WordPress Plugin to creat a classified website.

It’s comes with post dates and view counts, and even a submit form. Users can add contact information, an image, and they have a text editor for ads. Spam is controlled by Captcha.

Another is WordPress Classifieds Plugin. It has good layout and the ability to charge for listings.

 

Article Directory

Creating an article directory is a great way to get free content and traffic, and there are lots of scripts that help in making of article directory.

Using the Article Directory Plugin you can easily setup an aricle repository in your WordPress. It allows you to accept articles submissions.

 

 

 

 

Image Gallery

Are you a photographer? NextGen Gallery is the plugin for photo management in WordPress. With it you can display random pictures in your sidebar. It has the ability to manage thousands of photos. You can upload an entire zip file with pictures for inclusion, and it features a integrated flash slideshow.

You can also use Page Flip Image Gallery and Lazyest Gallery Plugin.

 

Forum

A discussion forum is really a great thing to start with WordPress. I gathered a plugin for you:

Simple:Press Forum allows you to create an fully featured threaded discussion forum within WordPress itself. It has search, user registration, RSS feeds, pagination, breadcrumbs, full stats, fine grained user control.

 

eCommerce Site

There are some plugins that allow you to sell single items using PayPal. You can use ArtPal Plugin for this. You create a post with a few custom fields. This plugin is mainly used to sell art but can be used for selling anything you want.

You can also use: Fat Free Cart and eShop Plugin.

 

This guest post is by Areeb Majeed from HackingTag Security.

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First Windows 8 TV Spot

Windows 8 is officially launching on October 26, but does the first TV spot entice you? Microsoft totally changed things up and went in the opposite direction of the standard calm, look-at-how–interesting-this-is approach. The TV spot is loud, crazy and very exciting. There are exploding lap tops, a punk metal soundtrack and a nearly-rabid cartoon dog.

It’s only 30 seconds long but Microsoft packs a lot into a New York minute. There are images of people using Windows 8 but just as many images of seemingly unrelated things. It’s like an SEO company developed an advertisement filled with unicorns and glitter. It will get your attention, but does it get the job done?

What the Critics Say

Some critics are hoping that Microsoft will tone down the ads in the future because Windows 8 is confusing. It’s not the most user-friendly version Microsoft has ever dished up and there are huge differences from Windows 7. Getting people to understand how to use and appreciate Windows 8 will be critical for success and adaption. Not even the start menu is the same.

Windows 8 replaces the familiar start tab with a full start screen complete with tabs. It has a universal search feature, side-by-side app snapping and is geared to be used on tablets and mobile devices as well as PCs. It’s estimated that Microsoft will spend $1.5 billion on advertising, but this preview has critics wary. Windows 8 is like nothing Microsoft has done before and it has some explaining to do.

Why Should I Buy This?

The non-tech crowd will be completely confused with Windows 8. Anyone who hasn’t been loyally following the impending launch and reading every article available on the features will be faced with an alien object. Windows 8 needs to explain why a laptop-cum-tablet hybrid is important and benefits every consumer. There’s no mention why Windows 8 is better than Android or Apple.

Of course, Android and Apple are the competition. In order to take on these players, Windows will seriously need to step up the marketing. Going back to basics, especially with a completely new product, is necessary. This wild ad does nothing to ease consumers into a new system.

On the Other Hand…

Some people are raving about the latest TV spot. It’s high-energy, bright, colorful and (some say) obviously hinting at the touch-screen capabilities. Windows 8 was designed with touchscreen platforms in mind even though it’s also available for old school use. However, there’s no mention of the XBOX or Windows Phone.

This might be because these devices are getting their own Windows 8-themed commercial. If not, that’s a huge oversight for Microsoft. The bottom line is, whether you love it or hate it, the ad marks the influx of tech-themed holidays.

Michael is a full-time blogger who has passions in all corners of the online world. In his down time he enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and blogging on everything from technology, to business, to marketing, and beyond.

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