Photo Dropper Plugin

Are you always looking for the perfect picture to add to your blog to enhance your post? Do you search Google images and hope that you find an image that is not copyrighted? I do!

Now there is a new plugin that will do all the work for you – Photo Dropper. Photo Dropper is a WordPress plugin that allows you to add Flickr photos to your posts. Follow these simple steps to install Photo Dropper on your WordPress blog:

  1. Download and unzip the plugin. This will create a directory – /photo_dropper
  2. FTP the the folder to your /wp-content/plugins directory for your blog.
  3. In your WordPress admin panel, click on Plugins and Activate the Photo Dropper plugin.
  4. Next, click on Options at the top of your WordPress admin panel and then click on Photo Dropper.
  5. Set your blog preferences. Note: If you have a commercial blog you must check “Show only photos that can be used commercially” in the preferences.
  6. When you start to write a new post, you will notice a new section under the editor entitled “Photo Dropper Browse Photos”.
  7. Type in a keyword and click on “Search”. Photo Dropper will bring up related pictures for your blog.
  8. Click on the size (S, M or L) under the photo that you want to display and the photo is automatically inserted in your blog.
  9. Credits are automatically added to the photo.

Photo Dropper Browse Photos

I decided that I would try and see if I could add photos that I had uploaded to Flickr. Your photos will only show up if you have a Pro account and if you choose the right Creative Commons license. I choose the license: Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons. This means that the photo can be shared and remixed, only if the owner is given credit even if the image is altered.

If you are planning to use your own photos, make sure you give them at least three tags and use those tags for your keyword search. Here is the photo I took with the proper credit:


Creative Commons License photo credit: cmpryor

What is the WordPress Post Slug?

Success for Your Blog is asking for the best blooging tip and here is one of mine.  I have never used the Post Slug feature in WordPress, so I decided to do a little research. The post slug is how WordPress cleans up your post title, IF you are using the date and name based Permalinks. Your post title is not allowed to have commas, quotes, apostrophes and other non-HTML characters. For example, if your post was titled “I’d love to blog but can’t”, it will be changed to read “id-love-to-blog-but-cant”.

You can also change the post slug if you wish. Let’s say I want the post title to really be “love-to-blog” since I think this phrase will do much better in search engine results than the originally title. I can manually type in the Post Slug in the Post Slug box at the right. For this post, I typed in “wordpress-post-slug” since I think that phrase will search better than my actually title.

WordPress Post Slug

If you really want to find the best titles and keywords for your posts, you must begin using keyword tools as well. Look for future posts on popular keyword tools and how to use them.

What are WordPress Permalinks?

Permalinks are the permanent URLs to your post. In WordPress, you have the option of choosing what style of permalinks you would like to use. My suggestion is to ALWAYS use the date and name based option for your posts. Why? SEO of course! When you have the title of your post listed in the URL your post will do better in searches. Here are the options in WordPress:

Permalinks - WordPress

WordPress will need to access your .htaccess file in order to update the rewrite rules. Make sure that WordPress can access this file or you will get an error.

New Theme

I finally had enough time to install a new theme for Blog Zenith.  I love this theme, but it was written in Spanish!  I have tried to go through and change the Spanish to English, but I may have missed a few items here or there.  I will keep working on it!

Do you like my new theme?

I Love Widgets

Since WordPress decided to include the Widgets Plugin with the release of WordPress 2.2, I have converted all of my blogs to Widget ready themes. Widgets make it extremely easy to manage your sidebar(s). If you have WordPress 2.1 or earlier you can still download the Widget Plugin from Automattic and follow their easy instructions to get the widgets to work with your blog.

If you download a new theme, make sure to look for one that is already widget ready. There are quite a few of them out there (including this one).