Neat WordPress Plugin for Sharing Specific Pieces of Content

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Someone passed me this link this morning and I thought it would be worth sharing with the community here. Essentially what Highlighter does is gives your readers the ability to interact with your content to one more degree, providing some interactivity like sharing, emailing, as well as commenting right in-line with the content. Not sure how this works? Check out the following overview video: ... Continue Reading

Basic Split-Test Headline WordPress Plugin

As we get bigger and bigger we're going to spend more time analyzing our content effectiveness for the sake of our readers and Google (of course). Large news syndicates use headline split-testing all the time, and if you're not familiar with that it's essentially trying two (or more) headline or post titles to see which one is more effective at garnering traffic. It can now be done simply with a WordPress plugin if you use WordPress. Pretty slick if you ask me. ... Continue Reading

SlideNote: Slickest jQuery WordPress Plugin Ever

Our very own @Tom wrote a slick jQuery plugin for WordPress that you've probably seen implemented on more than some of the top websites out there. You have to check it out. We're considering using it here throughout the 8BIT Network and it'll be slick. Just scroll down the demo and see it pop out - magic! And then dream of how you might use it for awesomeness. ... Continue Reading

Launching an Internet Campus On A Shoestring Budget

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Yes, it can be done. However, there are a few disclaimers: The first is that just because there is a low-entry cost, doesn't mean that there are no recurring costs. And when you add the growth factor, you also add the zeroes, if you know what I mean. The second is that when you launch a project on a shoestring budget, you have to make sure that your expectations of excellence are realistic for your investment. Think about it like this, can you really become a millionaire when you buy a ... Continue Reading

Use jQuery SlideNote for Sliding Notifications

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jQuery is arguably the web's most popular JavaScript library. One of the biggest advantages of the library and its community the sheer number of plugins that are available for it. I was recently talking to the team on the back channel about having a slick way of engaging visitors and readers via notifications, and Tom obliged. The result? A wickedly-cool sliding notification that we're going to find a use for across our properties. Check it out: ... Continue Reading

Bing Maps and Silverlight Come To WordPress

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Although WordPress is a blogging platform at its core, many people have begun to use the application as a CMS of sorts. We've seen a number of businesses and churches begin to build out their online presence on top of it. Of course, the sheer number of plug-ins that are available help to make it easy for many of us to customize our functionality without actually having to write any code. We try to cover some of the new, more relevant plug-ins and a good friend of mine recently dropped Bing ... Continue Reading