I am unabashedly and unreasonably fond of pixel art. It evokes a nostalgia for a simpler time (tinted generously with the fog of many years) when I would rush home from school, fire up my Nintendo, and try to rescue Zelda from the evil clutches of Ganon.
If you’re a typical blog owner, one of your biggest goals is to keep visitors browsing your site. One of the best methods for doing that is to provide links to additional content on your site that your visitors might like. I’ve been doing this for a while with the “Related Articles” section at the bottom of every article (check it out if you haven’t noticed it before).
But many top-tier blogs also showcase their overall most popular posts. These are the articles that often bring in a lion’s share of the site’s traffic, so they must have something going for them, right?
There are a lot of plugins out there that help bloggers rate and publicize the popular content on their blogs. Alex King’s Popularity Contest is a perennial favorite, but it has a lot of overhead, and it often breaks when a new version of WordPress comes out. For that reason, I’ve stopped using it on my site. At one point I’d even written a simple WordPress plugin for my own use that tallied up the number of comments, trackbacks and pingbacks each post had and used that to determine “popularity.”
But let’s say you have a WordPress site and are tracking your stats with Google Analytics. You and I have that in common. If that’s the case, then you already know which pages on your site are the most popular. Google Analytics’ Top Content section makes it a breeze to see what pages on your site get the most traffic (Content -> Top Content, in case you haven’t found it before).
What isn’t as easy is to take that information and display it on your site. But earlier this week I figured out a pretty simple way by piggybacking on an existing popular Google Analytics WordPress Plugin. Read On…
I ran into (yet another) Feed Count + Feedburner problem recently, shortly after writing my last article on accounting for Feedburner’s subscriber count mistakes. And since I heard from a few people who are also using the Feed Count plugin, I thought I should share this info.
As I’m sure all you Feedburner users out there are well aware, Google purchased Feedburner quite some time ago. But until recently, that didn’t mean much: the same people were working on the code, your information was stored in the same place and was represented the same way, and so on.
But recently Google has begun bringing Feedburner more fully into the fold. As a result, all Feedburner users are being required to convert their Feedburner accounts into Google accounts. That created quite a few headaches for lots of people (including myself) right off the bat, as it took a good week for Google to nail down my subscriber numbers with any accuracy – one day I would have thousands of subscribers, the next I might have zero, and the day following only a few hundred. Read On…
After I wrote and published my last article on writing a function to equalize heights in jQuery, I realized that the function would probably make a really useful jQuery plugin. This is that plugin.
This is also my first attempt at a jQuery plugin, so I apologize in advance if I’ve done something painfully stupid (and painfully obvious) to any and all plugin veterans out there. Luckily, the functionality is extremely simple.
You can download the plugin here (right-click and save the link).