Google Analytics Dashboard – A Powerful WordPress Traffic Monitoring Plugin

Posted by: Flirtation Creations  /  Category: Google, Internet, Technology, Web Design, Web Development, WordPress

Are you running a WordPress blog? One very important aspect of the blogger’s job is to keep track of his web traffic. It is good to know how many visitors you have and whether that number is climbing or tanking.
It’s also good to know as much as you can about your visitors. Where did they come from? What are they reading on your site or blog? What kind of changes do you need to make in order to get, keep, or grow that readership? If you want more reasons to analyze your traffic, check out 7 reasons why your website won’t last without analytics.
Many people reach for one of the most powerful tools out there to do the work for them. That tool is Google Analytics.
Google Analytics is probably the most popular traffic analyzing tool there is for webmasters and bloggers.
Sometimes it can become a pain signing into Google Analytics to see what’s going on. One way to save some time is by setting up email reports. Another option you have is to use a WordPress traffic monitoring plugin that gives you the traffic analysis right in your WordPress dashboard.
What if you could have the best of both worlds? What you want is the power of Google Analytics with the convenience of a dashboard widget.
Well, let me show you the Google Analytics Website Dashboard WordPress plugin. I think it can be the answer and can give you the power and convenience that you want.
Setting Up Google Analytics Website Dashboard
The plugin is hosted on the WordPress plugin site. That makes downloading and installing it a breeze from within your WordPress dashboard. Just head over to the Manage Plugins section and click “Add New.” Run a search for “Google Analytics Dashboard.” It should show up as the top result but make sure it is the one by Carson McDonald.
Once you activate the plugin, you will find a Google Analytics Dashboard option in the settings menu. Just head over there and sign in with your Google Analytics account and choose the profile to display.
That’s about all there is to installing it.
The WordPress Traffic Monitoring Plugin
Head to the dashboard and have a look at the Google Analytics widget you have just installed. You should see the graph displaying the visits you’ve had for the past month. This should give you a good overall look at how your traffic has been doing.
You’ll also notice some other information including number of visits, pageviews, and pages per visit. I also like the fact that it shows the tops posts, referrers and the top searches. This gives some good basic information about what’s been popular recently.
Analytics Information For Pages & Posts
Head on over to either the pages or posts section of your WordPress backend and you’ll see some stats for each page or post on the list. The plugin actually adds a column called “Analytics” and makes the pageview/exit/unique visitor stats very accessible.
The Google Analytics WordPress traffic monitoring plugin doesn’t show all of the data Google Analytics has to offer (visit Google Analytics for more in-depth information). I think the power of the plugin lies in its ability to save you a trip to Google’s site by displaying just the basics.

Learn More: Autoplay embedded videos

Posted by: Flirtation Creations  /  Category: Tutorials, Web Development, WordPress, YouTube

Yes, you can autoplay movies! In the “About This Video” section of the video watch page, we give you the source code to embed the video:

To make it autoplay, just append “&autoplay=1″ after the video ID so it looks like this:

4 Facebook Apps That Add Professionalism to Your Profile

Posted by: Flirtation Creations  /  Category: Facebook, LinkedIn, Social Networking, Twitter, WordPress

Facebook doesn’t have to be all fun and games. Check out these business-focused applications that give your friends–and potential future employers–a glimpse into your on-the-clock life.
Sure, trivial and time-guzzling Facebook Apps abound (Farmville, anyone?), but—believe it or not— other applications can add a hint of professionalism to your profile. You can include your LinkedIn profile, add your blog feed, include a Twitter tab and more.
Each of these applications requires that you allow it access to your profile. To edit each application’s individual settings, choose “Application Settings” from the “Account” drop-down menu. From here, you can control who is able to see the application from your profile, if you want to bookmark it and whether you give the application permission to publish recent activity to your wall.
You may also choose to add the application to the tabs on your profile for easy access. Note that some applications may not support tabs, and some may automatically add the tab to your profile as part of the setup. To add an app to a tab, click the “+” tab on your profile page’s navigation and select the application.
1. Extended Info.
This application won the 2007 Red Bull Flight Experience award for the most users since the Facebook Platform Launch in May, 2007. Instead of just having you fill out the usual fields such as activities, interests and favorite music, Extended Info lets you think up additional fields for your profile. Add a professional spin to your profile and include fields such as: currently reading, career goals or proudest workplace accomplishment. You can check out a list of the most popular field titles here.
2. My LinkedIn.
To add the My LinkedIn app to your profile, the site asks you to enter your LinkedIn Public Profile URL. You can find this by logging into your LinkedIn account, choosing “view profile” and looking for the URL next to “public profile.” This application does not automatically add a tab to your profile, so follow the directions above to do so.
3. NetworkedBlogs.
NetworkedBlogs lets you do two things: You can search for and add favorite or new blogs to rollout RSS-style stories, or you can import your blog feed to your profile, which lets your blog appear in a Facebook search so others can follow it.
After you allow the application access to your profile, you’ll be asked to select five or more blogs from a list to follow, if you’d like the application to act like an RSS feed. If you only want to feature your blog, just click “next” at the bottom to bypass this step. The next page will list blogs from your Facebook friends; choose to follow some, or click next to continue. The final screen will bring you to NetworkedBlogs’ homepage where you can choose to register your own blog, which will require an additional step to verify it. Follow the steps listed above to add the blog to a tab on your profile.
4. TwitterTab.
The TwitterTab adds your Twitter feed to a tab on your profile and gives you three viewing options: a running list of your tweets, filtering out retweets only or viewing who you follow in a block of icons.
There are a number of other Twitter applications available on Facebook—some let you Tweet from Facebook and include additional features—but many are buggy. TwitterTab appears to have the simplest interface and is easy to set up. This app is free, but for $1.00/year you can upgrade your account to include a custom background.

How To Modify Your WordPress Theme Via The Browser Using Stiqr

Posted by: Flirtation Creations  /  Category: Web Development, WordPress

Ordinary self-hosted WordPress users know only too well that even though choosing and using thousands of available themes is a snap, creating one is an almost impossible task. You could use one of the customizable themes to modify the look to your liking, but that’s as far as you can go. Theme creating is not for the faint-hearted who are afraid to plunge into HTML, PHP and CSS coding.
But that’s not the case anymore. I recently stumbled across a WordPress theme editor plugin called Stiqr – still in beta as every other Web 2.0 service is – which can help ordinary web users to become a “skillful” web designer. If you can drag and drop objects, you can modify the look of your web. Self-hosted WordPress is officially included in the list of supported type of websites.
And everything is done without the need for a standalone web builder application, or the coding knowledge. All you need is a browser.
Setting Up The Stage
If you’ve always wanted to design your own website but the all the technical terminologies scared you, now is the perfect time for you to start. Visit Stiqr and click on the “Get Started Now“.
But don’t expect to see the ordinary sign-up process because it’s not that obvious. Before going through the “Enter Your Name” and “Enter Your Email” routines, you have to insert one line of code in your website. But you don’t have to tremble with fear, because all the steps are painless in WordPress.
Stiqr will provide you with the code, save it to be used later.
Armed with the code, login to your WordPress.
Then navigate to the right sidebar, and click “Editor” under the “Appearance” menu.
Within the WordPress theme editor plugin, find the “Footer (footer.php)” and click on the link to edit.
You will see the editable lines of codes for “footer.php“. Navigate to the lower part of the codes and find the closing line for the body – “” – and insert the code that you got from Stiqr above it. Then click the “Update File” button.
After the “File edited successfully” notification appear, go to the main page of your WordPress by clicking “Visit Site” button next to the title of your blog.
That concludes the preparation stage.
Turn Your WordPress Into A Sticker Scrapbook
On the front page of your WordPress blog, press the key combination of “Shift + F2” to start Stiqr. As a first time Stiqr user, you will have to register first. Start by entering your email address and click “OK“.
Then continue by choosing your preferred password followed by another “OK“. My advice: please come up with a strong password for this one.
If the registration is successful, a notification window will pop-up along with a thank you note and what to do next: wait for the page to be refreshed and press “Shift + F2” button one more time.
You will be asked to enter your password to log in. Some might think that this step is unnecessary, but you really need the protection since everybody could access this page. You don’t want anybody to mess around with the look of your site, do you? This is also the reason why you need a strong password.
Upon successful login, an editor bar will appear at the bottom of your page. You can start using the tools and let your creativity go wild.

WordPress – Aligning Multiple Images

Posted by: flirtations  /  Category: Internet, Technology, Web Development, WordPress

How to align multiple images in WordPress.  Normally, using WordPress, it is not easy to place multiple images next to eachother without advanced knowledge of CSS.  For those of you that need it, I am placing some simple code for a 4 column table for you to use as needed.  Just copy and paste this code into the HTML view of your blog and modify as needed.

Here is an example of what it might look like:

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CODE:
<table>
<tr>
<td>icon 1</td>
<td>icon 2</td>
<td>icon 3</td>
<td>icon 4</td>
</tr>
</table>

<table><tr><td>icon 1</td><td>icon 2</td><td>icon 3</td><td>icon 4</td></tr></table>

Encrypted Theme? Here’s how to decode it.

Posted by: flirtations  /  Category: Web Development, WordPress

Hopefully this will help some people, with encrypted theme files. Use these tools to decode them yourself.
Better yet, avoid encrypted themes entirely. They’re always malicious in some fashion. There is no legitimate reason for a theme author to encrypt a theme file.
This page will let you decode the encryption that seems most commonplace, the one that looks like $o=whatever:
http://ottodestruct.com/decoder.php
I based the interface for it off of this one, which will decode the type of encryption that starts with $_F=__FILE__:
http://www.tareeinternet.com/scripts/byterun.php
Another one is here, for those that look like: eval(gzinflate(base64_decode('...')));:
http://www.tareeinternet.com/scripts/decrypt.php

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