Posts Tagged ‘wordpress’

Customize The WordPress Contact Form 7 Plugin

Friday, March 13th, 2009

I ran into an interesting problem the other day.    I’m a big fan of the Contact Form 7.  I’ve used it on many of the wordpress sites I’ve developed, and appreciate the plugin for its simple integration, nice admin interface, and the pretty ajax functionality.

Unfortunately, I recently discovered that the plugin does not allow you to specify custom landing page urls, or Thank You pages for the contact form.  Some of you may wonder why I care about reloading the page to say thank you vs. the sleak Ajax popup confirming that your message has been delivered.  The answer: Because I’m trying to measure performance of the contact form within my Google Adwords CPC account. (more…)

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Zemanta Upgrade

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

HBW! (Cherry blossoms trio)

This is an update to a post I wrote last year after first discovering Zemanta, a blog tool/firefox add-on that makes intelligent real time contextual recommendations based on the content you’re writing. These recommendations come in the form of pictures, links, tags, and related articles. I’ve been using it for about 8 months now, and have to say, it’s probably the most useful Firefox add-on, let alone web tool in general, that I’ve found. The pictures and link recommendations are becoming more relevant over time, showing the creators’ legit semantic engine skillz, and the tag generation is a priceless feature for annotating posts with meta information. They’ve recently enhanced the magic by integrating the tool into Gmail and Yahoo mail!


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Popularity Contest Plugin for WordPress

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Many of you may have noticed the widget in our sidebar that shows the most popular posts.  It was originally built by Alex King and has been a great for our site.  Recently, we upgraded the Grape Thinking website, and one of the items we updated was this widget.  For our non-tech-savvy readers, please feel free to play around with the links, and I apologize for any tech speak.  If you are interested in using the widget for your own sit, The “cool” functionality we created was:

  1. It’s a widget… this means you can easily place it in the sidebar of a blog.
  2. It’s smarter !  Depending on what page you are looking at, it displays different posts that are relative to what you are reading.  To see this in action, click a tag, category, archive, or an author in the sidebar, and check out the most popular posts within that section.


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