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Review: Top 3 Facebook Like Button WordPress Plugins

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The WordPress plugins directory yields 443 results when you search for a Facebook Like Button for your website or blog. When there's so many available it's always difficult to know which are good quality, or more to the point, which one best suits your needs. What could be perfect for one user would be completely out of place and of little use to another.

So we're going to examine 3 Facebook Like Button plugins that seemed to come recommended by various other blogs, reports and info around the web, including the ever eminent  Mashable. Very few of these reports or suggestions listed video, so it's hard to get a good idea of how the plugin will look and what are it's features and drawbacks. Hopefully we'll have gone some way to solve that problem.

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Generating Like Button Code Directly from Facebook

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How to Embed Videos on Your WordPress Website

One of the most common things people want to know, is how to successfully embed YouTube videos onto their WordPress sites. It's mostly straight forward, but there are one or two tricky issues that you can trip up on.

This Video Shows You:

  • How to Link to a YouTube Video
  • How to Embed a YouTube Video & the Most Common Mistake People Make
  • How to Embed a YouTube Video the Right Way
  • How to Embed Videos from Vimeo & Other Video Sharing Websites

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The Key Mistake Not to Make

If you add the embed code in the HTML editor, and then switch back into the Visual editor, sometimes your video embed code disappears. Stay in the HTML editor, hit Publish or Update to make it go live, and only edit that post or page in the HTML editor from then on - so make adding the video the last thing you do.

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Friday Shorts 13th Jan

Duty Calls

"Duty Calls" from Xkcd

 

ReCatcha

How ReCaptcha Works

6 Startups to Watch in 2012: Mashables pick out 6 bright young things of the startup world for our insight and pleasure. Most insightful of all however is to see which directions they think technology and its adoption is moving.

Google Integrates Google+ with Search Results: Google takes another step in personalising your search results with information from your Google+ account, customising your experience of the web one step further.

Harness Water to Power Your Smartphone: Swedish company myFC have devised a two-in-one device that consists of both a fuel cell battery pack and replaceable fuel cell cartridges which will charge smartphones, cameras and other such devices.

Luis Van Ahn's Large Scale Human Online Collaboration: After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. At TEDxCMU, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately and all for free.

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Friday Shorts 6th Jan

Copyright of Xkcd.com

Copyright Xkcd.com

MIT To Give Free Education to All: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced they will launch an online learning initiative called MITx, offering MIT courses to anyone in the world free of charge. MITx will not allow students to earn a degree but those who demonstrate a mastery of their subject can attain a certificate of completion.

 The Pros and Cons of Google+ For Small Business:  Mashables surveys many of it's small business contributors and rounds up their responses in 7 for and 7 against using Google Plus.

30 Social Media Predictions for 2012 From the Pros: A host of Social Media experts and pioneers give their predictions for the changes and developments on their way this year. Let's see how many come to pass.

5 Reasons Online Video is So Persuasive: What Makes Them Click!? Find out with insights from the psychologist as to why online video is so captivating to audiences.

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Friday 28th December Short Shorts

Copyright of Gary Larson, The Far Side

Copyright of Gary Larson, The Far Side

 

4 Must Have Elements to Designing a Profiltable Deal

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Formula for a Profitable Groupon Deal: (See right) So many businesses have been crippled by not fully thinking out their discount deal. This awesome info graphic should steer any would be Deal-maker into safer and more profitable territory.

Top 10 Reasons Why Venture Capital Backed Companies Fail: VC expert Eric Jackson writes for Forbes about his own experiences and observations on the core factors why some VC backed Startups fail.

Superbowl to be Streamed Live to US Mobile Phones: The biggest sporting event in the US is to be officially streamed live by NBC for the first time to be viewable on computers and mobile devices.

The Neurons that Shaped Human Civilisation: In this TED video, neurologist VS Ramachandran explains Mirror Neurons, neurological firings that allow us to imitate and empathise with people and behaviours around us that sculpted human development and may be the bridge between science and the humanities.

 

 

 

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Creating a Custom Post Type for Elearning Videos

In my last blog post I mentioned that I wanted to create a custom post type for videos in WordPress here on SelfAssemblySites.

What's a custom post type?

The concept is a lot simpler than it sounds. First some background: WordPress comes with two primary post types* already created for you - blog posts** - aka "Posts" with a capital 'P' - and site pages - aka "Pages" with a capital 'P'.

Custom Post Types are simply other types of content rather than Pages or Posts, that can be displayed on your WordPress website. The type that I want to add is called Video - I want to add this special post type because I want to  include additional meta data like video runtime, a summary of what's in the video, a difficulty level, etc. (more…)

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Video Page Design

Video player is width of main content column

We're at the stage where we're uploading loads of video content that we've produced up to our video content delivery provider (BitsOnTheRun - they rock). One really important thing I've been  working on is the design of the video page template. This is the page that our customers are going to spend most of their time on, viewing training videos, so it's crucial that they are well laid out and are very usable. (more…)

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Video Size Preference

I've been working a lot on the video display page, because that's one of the primary areas where you will interact with SelfAssemblySites content. So I've added a light-box display to the video, it looks good, but more importantly it allows us to deliver video of a different size to the thumbnail on the page, without looking out of place from a design perspective. (more…)

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