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Fonts are a very important part of web design. There are different ways web designers can use fonts to unleash the greatness of their web design. They can either use images, which has always been the case used for a long time now, but another way is through the use of the new embedded font technology. We have sIFR and FLIR which offer better advantages than using images; they can be detected by search engines and load faster.
7. WP sIFR
WordPress, one of the Web’s most popular blogging platforms is about to get another update. And this one is significant. The update, version 3.0, is due in early May and pushes the platform closer to a full-blown CMS. Here are some of the most important new features for Web professionals:
The merging of WordPress MU (MultiUser) is perhaps the most significant upgrade and will play a major role in several industries. In its most basic form, WordPress MU (or WPMU) allows publishers to install and manage WordPress on multiple domains all at once. This means that updates to WordPress (including plugins) can be executed across multiple sites at the same time. That’s an enormous time-saver, particularly for those managers running tens or hundreds of WordPress blogs at the same time. What’s more, MU allows multiple themes to be available and activated to any one (or two or three) of your blogs with a click.
It also allows a blog manager to enable admin privileges for individual users for individual portions of each website. For example, one user can have access to a subdomain for blogging about products, while another can be given access to a section about services. WPMU is ideal for community-style blogs and websites. It’s never been easier for multiple authors to post and for admins to manage. Combine this with a plug-in like BuddyPress and you’re getting into full-blown social media territory.
WPMU integration is going to save time which, in turn, will give the ability to spawn new websites as fast as you can dream them up. This could be a powerful tool for developers, agencies, marketers (creating branded microsites) and even domainers looking to build a little content and traffic, then resell. Here are some details about using WPMU.
Custom Post Types lets users create any kind of content they want, then assign its attributes for easy management. So, you could create a custom post type ‘video,’ then use its own admin section to get a head-start on formatting of those posts, categorization, etc. This will be a great help to multiple-author blogs so that one user can get very comfortable with a specific type of content and not need to worry about site-wide tweaks formats.
Custom Menus lets you quickly and easily add pages and categories, then manage them through a drag and drop functionality – even to add or remove posts.
Custom Taxonomies have been improved and more easily allows the grouping of items across categories, according to how they are defined. Useful, say for an e-commerce WordPress site that wants the ability to sort items by size, price, color, etc.
In all, many of the features and functions of WordPress 3.0 have been in the works (and actively tested) for a while now. What’s changed is that (hopefully) the bugs have been worked out and the process will be much more user-friendly. This should help WordPress spread even farther across the Web and help businesses increase visibility and production using a fraction of the time.
Posted Apr 22 2010, 11:30 AM by Mike Phillips
Smart Youtube is a WordPress Youtube plugin that allows you to easily insert Youtube videos/playlists into your post, comments and in your RSS feed. The plugin is designed to be small and fast and not use any external resources.
From version 2.0 Smart youtube also supports playback of high quality videos, works on iPhone, produces xHTML valid code (unlike YouTube embed code), allows you to view videos in fullscreen and most recently has support for YouTube playlists.
The videos will be embedded in your RSS feed as well, and if this is not support by the reader you can choose to have video link and/or video preview screenshot displayed instead.
- Embed YouTube videos with ease
- Embed YouTube playlists
- Supports latest high quality video protocols (360p and HD quality 720p)
- Allows full YouTube customization (colors, border, full screen…)
- Supports video deep linking (starting at desired point with &start=time parameter, use &start=num parameter)
- Works on iPod and iPhone
- Provides a sidebar widget for videos as well
- Produces xHTML valid code
- Very fast and light, no extra scripts needed
Installation & Usage
- Upload the whole plugin folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ folder.
- Go to the Plugins page and activate the plugin.
- Use the Options page to change RSS feed options
- When you want to display Youtube video in your post, paste the video link with httpv:// (notice the ‘v’)
0000000 part is your video REF#
The video will be automatically embedded to your post in the proper way.
If you want want to display a high quality video then just use httpvh:// instead.
If you want to post a HD (DVD quality, 720p) quality video you would use httpvhd:// (‘vhd’ for video high definition)
To embed a playlist use extension ‘vp’ (eg. httpvp://http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=528026B4F7B34094)
To use video deep linking just add &start=time parameter at the end of url. For example httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWfksMD4PAg&start=30 will start the video 30 seconds in.
Additionally, you can set how do you want the video to be displayed in your RSS feed. Smart Youtube can show the preview image of the video (automatically grabbed from Youtube), the link to the video, or both. I recommend enabling only the preview image.
A fast and customisable plugin to display your latest Vimeo activity on your WordPress blog.
MyVimeo is a WordPress widget which allows you to display your latest activity on Vimeo in the sidebar of your blog; activities include:
- Channels you have created
- Channels you have joined
- Videos that you have liked
- Videos that you have tagged
- Your latest uploaded videos
- Your latest video comments
MyVimeo also allows you to specify how many activities you wish to display and allows you to customise the title of the plugin in the sidebar to whatever you want.