Many WordPress users have the Digg Digg floating social toolbar on their websites to allow surfers to share their pages via social media, there is now an alternative called AA’s Digg Digg Alternative. The one problem with Digg Digg is that it adds so much unnecessary code even to pages that aren’t using the floating toolbar at all. There is now an Alternative to Digg Digg that seems to load faster and easily has less code added to your website. The second issue with Digg Digg is that many users find the settings very complicated and don’t understand what they are selecting. AA’s Digg Digg Alternative has one simple page of settings so users can easily setup their floating social sharing bar and walk away knowing it works fine and is setup correctly.
Interested in how the toolbar looks, its the one to the left of this post. We decided to check it out and sure enough it was cleaner, easier, and SEO friendly. The Digg Digg Alternative has less features and social networks to select from right now but the developer has promised to update the social toolbar with many more after it has been thoroughly used and tested in its currently simple form.
Creating a WordPress plugin is not as hard as it might seem. Of course creating the actual function of the plugin does take a little research and practice depending on your skill level. This particular tutorial will be simply creating a plugin that does nothing but will show up as a plugin within your WordPress plugin page. This is the very first step to creating a plugin.
1. First thing you will need to do is create a folder in your plugins directory and name it whatever you want. If you plan on distributing the plugin make sure it is unique enough that it may not conflict with another plugin that a user may add.
2. Next you will need to create a php file in your favorite editor (notepad if you don’t have an editor like Dreamweaver, Aptana, etc.)
3. Add the following php comment at the very beginning of the php file you created:
Plugin Name: My First WordPress Plugin
Plugin URI: http://www.mofiki.com
Description: A description of my first plugin so that people can see what it does.
Author: Brandon Orndorff
Author URI: http://www.mofiki.com
4. Save and upload the php file you created to your folder within your WordPress plugin directory created in step 1.
5. Login to your WordPress admin area and go look at your plugins and you will see it. From there you can go ahead and activate it and deactivate it to see it work (don’t worry nothing will happen as the plugin is empty).
For those that have WordPress blogs that have multiple authors or just the occasional guest blogger Digital Tweaker’s “Author Box Plugin” is what you need. I have many blogs and article websites that have multiple authors and the author box plugin makes it easy to give credit to those that write the article.
DT’s Author Box Plugin is very easy to use and offers a good variety of customization. The best part of the plugin is that its completely free. While the plugin has a small credit to the developer it can be turned off by unchecking an option in your WordPress Admin panel.
Digital Tweaker’s Author Box Plugin Features:
Author box below articles written to show Author Bio
Includes an image that the Author chooses (can be edited by Admins)
Includes a place for Authors website address link (If chosen)
Includes Authors Twitter follow link (if chosen)
Digital Tweaker’s Author Box is a very light weight plugin that takes little to no setup and has been tested by us personally. IF you decide its not for you its easily deactivated and deleted (removing all traces of itself). If you try the plugin please let us know your experience and any issues you face if any.