Sunday, January 27, 2013

10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

WordPress is widely regarded as one of the best platforms to host a blog. It’s free. It’s secure. It has tons of cool add-ons and widgets that people can use to further customize their blog and make it stand out.
The vital components of most blogs are the images that go in its posts. Without images, a blog will look lackluster and dull and can eventually lead to a reduction in web traffic.


This is the main reason why bloggers should always include multiple images in all their posts to make their content appear more enticing and appealing.
Today’s post will discuss about 10 amazing WordPress image plugins for blogs. You should seriously consider these options as they can not only make your blog stand out, but also improve web traffic while positively impact your fan following.

1. SEO Friendly Images

This plugin is extremely nifty when it comes to ranking images in Google Image searches. It helps add ALT and TITLE attributes to all your images thereby improving traffic from search results. It also makes all tags W3C compliant.
SEO Friendly Images  10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

2. Flickr Photo Album

Do you have photos on Flickr? You can share them and link them via this plugin which essentially pulls your Flickr photo stream and then displays them as albums on your blog.
Flicker Photo Album 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

3. Lightbox 2

If you or your readers don’t mind pop ups and if you are familiar with Javascript, then this is certainly one handy image plugin for blogs. Lightbox 2 allows bloggers to overlay images on the current page into neat pop-ups powered by Javascript.
Lightbox 2 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

4. Thumbnail Viewer

This Javascript plugin is a minimalist image viewer that is known for its extremely fast loading and easy coding. If you don’t want to get too deep into scripting and just want to stick with the basics, then add this plugin to your blog.
Thumbnail Viewer 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

5. Shutter Reloaded

I really like this plugin because of its smooth functionality and unique image display quality. Shutter Reloaded essentially darkens the current page and displays an image on top of it. This contrast makes images stand out and also look more appealing. Very cool plug-in indeed.
Shutter Reloaded 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

6. WordPress Photo Album

WordPress also has its own photo album that people can utilize instead of using Flickr. This plugin makes creating and moving photo albums much easier, simpler and faster. Blog owners also gain the ability to adjust the sizes of thumbnails and full size pictures as they see fit.
WordPress Photo Album 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

7. Flipping Book

This is without a doubt one of my favorite image plugins for blogs, mainly due to the extremely unique and innovative way it displays images to the end user. Rather than displaying images in a standard way, Flipping Book displays them in the form of pages from a book that can be “flipped” with an ease to view other pictures. It’s amazingly simple and very cool to use. You can create multiple “books” using this plugin.
Flipping Book  10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

8. Yet Another Photoblog

Don’t fall for the name. This plug-in is a very strong contender and deserves a mention here. People who include more images than text in their posts will absolutely love this plug-in. If that sounds like you, you need ‘Yet Another Photoblog’!
Yet Another Photoblog 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

9. Easy Image Crop

This plug-in is extremely handy! I almost always end up cropping my images to make my posts look more attractive and streamlined. This plug-in is extremely useful for such scenarios. The best part about it is that users get to crop the images on the front end and not the back end meaning that they get to see the results instantly.
Easy Image Crop 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

10. NextGEN Gallery

Obviously, we save the best for last. NextGen Gallery is the undisputed best image WordPress plugin currently available. It is very easy to use and if you are just getting your feet wet with image plugins, this is the one you should try first. From creating albums to Flash slide shows, this plugin can do virtually anything you want it to.
NextGEN Gallery 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

7 Free Tools Every Web Developer Could Benefit From


GIMP

The GNU Image Manipulation Program should be at the top of every web developer’s list who can’t afford or do not desire to use Adobe products. Of all the free image editing software on the market GIMP is far and away the best, offering powerful web tools with an intuitive interface that should be instantly familiar to Photoshop users.
Good images will set you apart. GIMP saves you hundreds on expensive software and is the only image editing program you’ll need.
gimp 7 Free Tools Every Web Developer Could Benefit From

Google Adwords Keyword Tool

The Google Adwords Keyword Tool is free to use; you don’t need to be an Adwords partner to take advantage of this indispensable service. The keyword tool shows you which exact terms and phrases users Google most. A second metric shows how much competition you will face when choosing given keyphrases.
google adwords 7 Free Tools Every Web Developer Could Benefit From

Yuuguu

Yuuguu turns your desktop into a multi-user interface, allowing developers at remote locations to work on the same project at the same time. Just initiate an instant message and you’ll be able to share what’s currently on your desktop with any connected user. This makes it a snap to show a client current progress on a website as well, as you’ll be able to share a real-time view of the site as you see it.
yuuguu 7 Free Tools Every Web Developer Could Benefit From

Adobe BrowserLab Web Tools

Adobe BrowserLab is an online service that helps ensure your web content displays as intended. Accurately preview web pages across multiple browsers and operating systems, navigate links, and use diagnostic tools to optimize websites efficiently. Is a great tool, because there are very few online web tools built for testing websites and this tools is certainly one of the best.
broserlab 7 Free Tools Every Web Developer Could Benefit From

MailChimp

Mailchimp is an online service tool which lets you create email campaigns in the most professional way. MailChimp helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results. It’s like your own personal publishing platform.
mailchimp 7 Free Tools Every Web Developer Could Benefit From

ProCSSor

ProCSSor is a powerful (and wholly free) CSS prettifier that lets you format CSS in the exact way you want. It empowers you to turn your CSS into something that is visually more compelling, and with a minimum of effort at that.
procssor 7 Free Tools Every Web Developer Could Benefit From

Toggl

Last but not least, you need a tool which can help you improve the workflow and hit your deadlines. Toggl is a free online time tracking tool, which works anywhere. Time track anywhere on anything: Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Android. It`s a simple app which can actually track your working time in an intuitive way.
toggl 7 Free Tools Every Web Developer Could Benefit From
Unless you can all the right coupons or are able to find credit cards for people with bad creditthat have great low interest rates, it is in your best interest to look for a free service. Your search should never end for the best free web development tools. The open-source community and small developers often release products and web tools that are just as good as major brand name products. Save some money and grow as a developer with these free tools.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 6


Apple released iOS 6 this week, bringing a handful of new features to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. While they defined many of the flagship features, several were left unsaid. These are our 10 favorite secret features in iOS 6.

10. Pull to Refresh

Pull to refresh is one of the greatest gestures that Apple took next to forever to adopt. iOS 6 finally allows you to pull down to refresh your mail accounts and various other data sources. Ignore the reload button and start swiping down.

9. Tons of New Emoji

Some people love their emoji—the cute icons you can add to messages, emails, or really anywhere that accepts text in iOS. Apple just added a ton of new options. If you have your emoji keyboard enabled already, you don't have to do anything. If not, you can enable it in the Settings app by going to General -> Keyboard -> Keyboards -> Add New Keyboard. That will bring up a list. Choose Emoji and you're all set.

8. Limit Ad Tracking

Everyone's trying to track you on the web, and your phone is no different. If you'd rather advertisers not track your activity and serve up targeted ads, iOS 6 lets you turn off tracking with a simple switch. Just head to Settings > General > About > Advertising and flip the switch to On. It may take a little while for you to stop seeing targeted ads, but soon enough your activity should be much more private.

7. Wake Up to a Song

Apple update the Clock app—which I still hold to be my favorite native app—to give the alarm functionality a boost. No longer do you have to wake up to one of your ringtones. Instead, you can pick any song in your library. You could even make a recording of yourself telling you to wake the hell up, sync it to your iDevice, and open your eyes to a sunny day and your own, obnoxious voice. Or you could just pick a song that you like. Regardless, you now have a choice. That's very much appreciated.

6. Late Night Listening

Although not available on all devices, newer iPhones and iPads have a new EQ setting: Late Night. This option lowers bass levels and attempts to make your music less-intrusive in the evening so you can listen and fall asleep easily without being distracted by anything too jarring. Why Apple didn't include this option on earlier devices is beyond us, but iOS 6 has shown how much they like to unnecessarily limit their software to keep you from getting off the upgrade treadmill.

5. Only Receive Message Alerts from Your Contacts

Don't care if you get an iMessage from an unknown source? You don't have to. If you head into the Settings app, then Notifications, then Messages, you can set your alerts to only show up for your contacts. If you don't want to be bothered by people who aren't worth sticking in your contacts—like spam message bots, for example—iOS 6 lets you ignore them.

4. Sync Your Text Expansion Shortcuts Across Devices

Apple added text expansion to iOS 5, and it was awesome, letting you type in long usernames, addresses, and other text with just a few strokes on your keyboard. We showed you some essential shortcuts to set up, and now iOS 6 has made the feature even better, letting you sync it between your other iOS devices (like an iPod touch and an iPad)—along with your custom keyboard dictionary. To do so, you'll need an iCloud account. Then, just head to Settings > iCloud, and scroll down to Documents & Data. Tap it, flip the switch to On, and do the same on your other iOS 6 devices. Your custom dictionary and shortcuts should stay in sync between all your devices.

3. Launch Apps with Siri

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 6Apple told us Siri got smarter in iOS 6, but they neglected to mention that she'd launch apps for you. All you have to do is activate Siri and then say the word "launch" plus the name of the app you want to open. While this may seem a little lazy, it's really useful if you have a bunch of apps and don't necessarily remember where they all are. You no longer need to search—Siri can do the work for you.

2. Archive or Delete Messages in Mail

A common Mail complaint among Gmail users has long been the need to choose between archiving and deleting a message. iOS just never provided a way to choose on the fly. Now you can. To do this, open a message, tap and hold the Archive button, and make your choice. The unfortunate reality is that you have to actually open the message to do this. You can't tap and hold the Archive button in list view to get these options. That said, it's a welcome improvement. We still prefer Sparrow, though.

1. Walking Directions in Maps

People are not happy with the new Maps app in iOS 6. It's full of problems. One of the major complaints is that it only provides driving directions, leaving walkers, bikers, and public transit users behind. The good news is that Apple didn't leave out these features entirely. In fact, walking directions are still available. To find them, just tap the bent arrow "directions" button in Maps and you'll see your recent destinations. From there, you can toggle between driving, walking, and public transit. Walking directions will work without issue. Public transit, on the other hand, will try to route you to another app (and fail, for now). Hopefully we'll see Apple improve Maps quickly and bring back these important, lost features. In the meantime, if this secret feature isn't enough to satisfy you then check out Lumatic. It might do the trick.