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Improve Your Blog Functionality

commentsYou can improve your blog functionality in order to improve your traffic, readership and the number of people that comment on your blog posts. When you improve your blog functionality, it can have a profound impact on the capabilities of your blog. Here are some tips to improve your blog functionality by making small tweaks and improvements to how your blog works.

Improve Your Blog Tip #1 – Install a plugin to track top commenters.

One way that you can reward the readers that are participating in your blog as well as to encourage other people to get involved is to install a plugin for top commenters, which works for WordPress blogs. This is going to put a little box on your sidebar with the names and the links to the commentors that have had the most participation in your blogs to give them a little big of recognition.

Improve Your Blog Tip #2 – Customize the sidebar on your blog pages.

When did you last make any modifications to your sidebar? The chances are, the people who regularly read your blog will have grown accustomed to what is already there, and they probably completely tune your sidebar content out as a result. From time to time, it may benefit you significantly to change things up just a bit, adding new features or new content to your sidebar.

Improve Your Blog Tip #3 – Separate your trackbacks from your comments.

Most blogs are displaying their pingbacks and their trackbacks along with comments from the blog’s readers. They may be helpful in showing your readers that other people find your content to be valuable but they can also actually get in the way, interfering with conversations that are going on throughout your comments section. There is a simple way to separate these things in WordPress, so if you use WordPress, make sure to separate your trackbacks and your pingbacks from your regular blog comments.

Improve Your Blog Tip #4 – Adjust and improve the about page of your blog.

Some of the people that read your blog are going to want to visit your About page so that they can find out more information about you. When was the last time that you took the time and made the effort to update this page? Make sure that you are taking a look at how effective it really is when it comes to communicating with your readers.

Improve Your Blog Tip #5 – Add a sitemap to your blog website.

Users can really benefit when you have a sitemap available to them. WordPress users can make use of a sitemap generator plugin that allows a sitemap page to be designed that lists out all blog posts and pages for easy access.

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Originally posted 2009-10-26 03:16:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Ways to Improve Blog Traffic

trafficlightsThere are actually an endless number of different ways that you can improve blog traffic if you know what to do and how to do it. Here are some tips to improve blog traffic by making improvements to your blog.

Improve Blog Tip #1 – Improve your content quality and write better overall content.

The quality of your content is going to be one of the most important criteria when it comes to determining how successful your blog is. Great content is going to make it easier for you to market your blog, and you are going to find yourself being able to improve the entire community around your blog so that other people will begin to recognize the value behind the information that you are providing. Writing improved content will not always be easy, but it will be well worth the time and effort investment.

Improve Blog Tip #2 – Set aside time for the purpose of brainstorming.

Your writing skills are not the only requirement for when it comes to creating good blog content. You are also going to need to have ideas that are original as well as interesting. If you do not have good ideas, then your quality of your content is going to suffer, even if you have the best writing skills around. Make sure that you are regularly setting time aside so that you can brainstorm, coming up with as many different ideas as you can.

Improve Blog Tip #3 – Hire other people to help you write in your blog.

If you are finding it difficult to come up with enough high quality content for your blog, consider paying other people to help you out. There are plenty of high quality bloggers out there that are more than willing to write for you if you are willing to pay them to help you out with your blog. If your blog is capable of producing more money than you are spending, then this is a consideration that is well worth making.

Improve Blog Tip #4 – Publish posts from guest bloggers and writers.

There are many bloggers out there that have learned the trick of publishing guest posts from bloggers elsewhere on the internet in order to get more comments when they cannot afford to pay other writers to write in their blogs. Guest posting is something that is great for everybody involved. It gives you free content, it gives the guest blogger increased exposure and a link back to their own blog or website, and it offers your readers more content as well as a new perspective on the same niche or industry.

Improve Blog Tip #5 – Publish more or less frequently.

If you are not posting a lot, start finding ways to post more frequently. Only do this if you think you will benefit from it in some way. On the other hand, if you are posting too often, try increasing your blog quality by decreasing your blog quantity.

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Originally posted 2009-10-21 03:13:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What is the Difference Between Blogging and Content Writing?

shortandsweetSometimes it seems like articles and blogs are so similar to one another in content that it can be difficult to tell what the difference is between these two types of written media. Blogs tend to have more leeway, and follow a completely different structure because they can be short or long, completely comprised of video or audio, or can meet a variety of other criteria. Articles on the other hand are more than 250 words in length and are more concerned with being rich in content and informative than anything else. When it comes to writing a blog or an article, you are generally going to want to keep in mind that there are much greater possibilities that come with writing blogs than what you can do with article writing. Blogs tend to invite a much greater scope for interaction with subscribers and readers, making blogs the more superior communication method in most scenarios.

In addition to everything mentioned above, bloggers tend to be able to enjoy much larger social networks and communities, meaning that blog authors get more out of their experiences than article writers. Some article writers may also get good use out of blog specific content in their articles, but articles are generally too long to be properly utilized in blogs and most readers will skim right over them. Blogs are generally short and length, catering to those who have short attention spans or that do not have a lot of time on their hands. In other words, article content and blog content are designed to reach out to a completely different set of reader personalities.

Blogs are extremely effective in how they allow an author to convey a message in fewer words with a greater impact. The writer can be conversational, clumsy, blunt and brutally honest in a blog, where as article content is better suited for details, facts and informative content. One wrong statement in an article can have a much larger and more detrimental impact than such a slip up in a blog. Blog writing tends to be much easier in nature, because blogs are commodity content, and there is no limit to what a writer can produce for a blog. Blog posts are simple to write and can generate short term and long term website traffic. Blogs are all about up to date, current and even controversial content. They are designed to facilitate conversation and feedback, and the more often you write, the more conversation you will be able to drum up. Clearly blogging and article writing both have their place in putting a website together, but one cannot be confused for the other if you want to get the most out of each of these unique writing endeavors.

While you can maintain both an article writing endeavor and a blog, it may be important to determine which will better suit and benefit your website or the cause that has you writing in the first place.

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Originally posted 2009-02-04 16:15:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Creating and Hosting Blog Carnivals

statefairWhen it is done properly, creating and organizing your own Blog Carnival is a practice that can be truly rewarding. This is especially true if you are trying to increase your blogging experience, and by proxy, your traffic. The Blog Carnival is one of the finest innovations in the blogosphere to date, as it is a blogging event that allows participants to submit their posts, and the Blog Carnival’s organizer to feature a selection of the posts and information submitted in a digest format. The concept of the Blog Carnival is similar to a publishing event that a magazine would hold. The organizer of the Blog Carnival is responsible for creating the blog carnival, which involves providing a description, categories, keywords as well as a publication date for each edition of the Blog Carnival.

The best place to go to find out more information about the Blog Carnival concept is http://www.blogcarnival.com, which is a free aggregator and manager for blog carnivals that will allow you to create and organize your various editions, setting up brand new editions and automatically culling the submitted articles for each edition with little work. The main page features some of the top blog carnivals as well. Carnival editions are published as blog posts on the organizer’s blog, and then automatically announced on the http://www.blogcarnival.com home page. When the blog carnival’s edition is published, those who are participating are automatically contacted via e-mail.

Before you create or host your own Blog Carnival, it would be wise to participate as a contributor in some of the other blog carnivals on the web. If you write in your own blog, then you should have no trouble finding a Blog Carnival that you can participate in, but it is important that you find a niche that you fit into. Once you have been contributing long enough to the Blog Carnival scene, you will probably have the know-how that it takes to create your own Blog Carnival.

You can find your own niche by visiting BlogCarnival.com and checking to see what kinds of blog carnivals are already being created and hosted. Choose a category and then arrange the corresponding list by Next Edition order in order to see when the next scheduled editions are for the various carnivals. Some carnivals have various dates scheduled for them, as some are weekly, some run monthly and some are only published once annually. Choose a carnival that would best suit a particular post that you are looking to share as well as a Blog Carnival schedule that suits your needs.

On the BlogCarnival.com website, submitting an article to a Blog Carnival is easy, as there is a button on the home page of each individual Blog Carnival that you can click. Submit your information as requested, and you will receive a Carnival receipt via e-mail message. Then all you have to do is simply wait until the carnival has been published. If your post ends up being included in the Blog Carnival, you will receive an e-mail to let you know.

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Originally posted 2009-06-26 05:42:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Top 10 Tips for Writing a Blog

writing15Most of the rules and tips that are associated with writing for eZines and newsletters also apply to writing blog entries, though there are some truly important differences as well. If you keep these top ten tips for writing a blog entry in mind, you will be creating excellent blog content in no time at all.

1 – Write with the reader in mind.

What is in it for your readers? “WIIFM” is jargon for “What’s in it for me?” in the marketing world, and this is what you need to be keeping in mind with every post that you write.

2 – Make your content worthwhile and valuable.

Do not waste people’s time by posting content that is not worthwhile or valuable. If you do not have anything to say, don’t bother blogging. Review books, share articles, conduct interviews. There is plenty to say, so say it.

3 – Proof read every entry and comment.

Look for typos and for grammatical errors. Don’t publish spelling mistakes. Polish your content to show that you respect your readers.

4 – Keep posts short and simple.

Keep things short and simple, because most people simply skim and scan over material. People do not have a lot of time, so do not burden them with too much information unless you have a really good reason to post lengthy entries in your blog.

5 – Keep your blog lively.

Your blog should be snappy and snazzy, interesting and lively. Write like you are having a conversation with a friend, and get to the point quickly. Make sure to touch on the who, what, where, when and why.

6 – Provide plenty of links.

Building links builds credibility, and it positions you as an expert in the industry or niche that you are posting about. People do not have time to know what everyone else is doing, so you should tell them by sharing links in your blog entries. Link other blogs and websites to build a network of associates online.

7 – Use keywords as often as possible.

Using keywords that are relevant to your niche will keep you on task, help search engines find you, and attract more traffic to your website. Your rankings will go up, and people will find you more easily than ever online.

8 – Write clearly.

Make sure to use short sentences, and touch on only a single concept per sentence. Do not use double speak, do not use jargon, and do not overwhelm your readers by cramming more than a single idea into each sentence. Spoon feed your content to your readers and they will return to your blog for more.

9 – Write in the same way that you talk.

It is okay to use common expressions and to write conversationally. Let your blog be fluid, conversational and friendly, and your readers will keep coming back for more.

10 – Use a headline that is clear, concise and descriptive.

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Originally posted 2009-02-04 14:10:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Drive Traffic with Twitter

whaleTwitter is viewed as just another social networking tool that you can utilize in order to better promote your website or your blog. You can use Twitter to promote your blog quickly and easily, and this is a truly effective way to drive more traffic without much effort. First, you need to set up your Twitter account.

If you are going to write on Twitter.com, the first thing that you need to do is to set up an account and then to get started. This will include creating an account with the username you wish to have represent you, and then completing your profile and setting up any specific settings in your Twitter preferences. For good marketing, you should set up a picture in your profile because it is important to let people get to know you.

The next step in the process is to write the content that you have in mind. You can use twitter to reference content that you post on article submission sites, so you may want to begin by writing such an article. Create a profile on the submission directory site if you have not done so already. This is just another way to get your name out there.

Now that you have an account created on both websites, and a bio or profile under each of the sites, the next step is to get everything linked together. If you have a Twitter account, you can set things up to automatically update your status when sites like ezinearticles.com approve your content. What that means is that as soon as an article you write is posted on EzineArticles, it will be automatically posted to your Twitter feed at the same time. Considering how simple both of these endeavors truly are, this is a two for one kind of marketing effect. Not only will it get your name out there in the article submission sites for better article syndication marketing, but it feeds your Twitter.

This is one of the best ways to use your Twitter account to advertise your blog or other website endeavors that you are looking to attract traffic to. This is a really hands free process that everyone can get use of because it only requires membership to two sites for absolutely free, and a little bit of content in order to get the ball rolling. If you want to use Twitter to advertise your blog or website, this is a good way to set everything up, because your Twitter account is “fed” hands free, and you can work on writing good content and letting article syndication as well as Twitter accomplish the rest of the work for you.

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Originally posted 2009-02-06 07:15:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Go Go Google Gadgets

gadgetIf you use Blogger in order to manage your blog then you have available to you hundreds of gadgets that Google has released; all of which can add features to your blog. A gadget is a widget that adds small programs to a blog, adding features that show off lists of quotes, mini-games, and other functionality that will enhance your site. Here are a few of the new gadgets:

- HTML/JavaScript.

This will enable you to enhance Blogger by adding your own code. This makes Blogger vastly more usable, with features that you control. You can create a mailing bot, add links and images from other pages that you own, integrate with eBay and PayPal, and other features.

- Feeds.

This gadget allows you to add a feed from other blogs, directories, or other forms of news services. This enables your readers to see into what is in your reading list, and direct readers to other sites and content. If you have an account at an article repository, then you can add a feed to new articles as they are written. You can also reinforce a relationship with another blog not only trading RSS feeds, but also guest posts and more, effectively combining your readerships.

- Followers.

This is a way for you to follow other bloggers and for others to follow you anonymously. Think RSS meets Twitter. It is an easy way to generate traffic to your website, as if you start to follow others, they may start to follow you. You can also use this as a form of gauge, counting your readers and followers.

- Google Docs.

If your blog talks about spreadsheets or other documents, you can provide templates that users can copy and use for their own needs. This allows you to provide your readers with much more than plain content. For example, a finance blog could add links to spreadsheets that implement techniques that are described in your blog. The added benefit is that if your templates are publicly listed, then visitors finding the templates will be directed to your blog in order to learn how to use the docs.

- AdSense.

If you are in it to make money, then adding AdSense to your blog is a great way to start. Google’s technology works well with Google’s technology, and adding AdSense to your blog will be seamless. You will need to have an account with AdSense first, and it is good to run the blog for a while to generate traffic before adding the gadget. Then you can just add the code and it will integrate seamlessly. Then you will start to generate revenue from your writing.

Adding a gadget is simple, just go to your dashboard and add it. Gadgets provide a functionality that will enhance your blog and your reader’s experience.

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Originally posted 2009-02-06 09:25:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

5 Twitter Tools for Better Blogging

tweetAre you already familiar with the micro blogging platform known as Twitter, and what it can do for the online marketing world, especially when it comes to blogging? Twitter is taking off so swiftly that it offers its own language, with tweeps/tweeples being followers of tweeting, or making posts in the Twitterverse, which like the blogosphere, is meant to describe the world of Twittering.

Twitter is already easy to use to begin with, but there are a number of tools and resources that you can add to your arsenal in order to get even more out of the platform. There is an overwhelming amount of tools, applications and plugins that are being developed specifically to make Twitter more enjoyable or more effective as part of a marketing endeavor. Here are some of the best Twitter tools and resources that will allow you to get the most out of your Twitter endeavor.

1 – TwitterFox –

This is a plugin for the FireFox browser, and it allows you to keep up not only with your Tweets but also direct messages that come your way. There are similar plugins, including Tweetdeck and Twhirl, but TwitterFox is the favorite among many because of the simplicity that it offers.

2 – TweetLater –

The primary function of this particular tool, which can be found at TweetLater.com, is to permit Twitterers to stop up on the tweets that they write so that they can be posted over time on a schedule. What makes this a useful tool for the less die hard audience is that you can you forward the e-mails about who follows your Twitter feed to your TweetLater address, and the followers will automatically get a private message from your account, which is an excellent way to automate some of your most basic marketing tasks.

3 – TwitterSearch

This particular tool offers up a quick and easy way to search about what people are posting about when it comes to specific keywords or topics in the Twitter universe.

4 – TweetBeep –

This particular tool is the equivalent of Google Alerts but designed specifically to work with Twittering and Tweets. TweetBeep permits you to track keywords like mentions of your name, your product, your company, or any keywords that you are researching, and it notifies you when these keywords or terms are mentioned anywhere on Twitter.

5 – TwitterFeed

This is a fun and simple service that will allow you to feed your blog posts directly to your Twitter account. You can control the frequency by which your blog posts are displayed by Twitter, and you can also choose what text will preface your blog feed. This is excellent for attracting more people to your blog by showing it in bits and pieces on Twitter.

Twitter is not going away because it is a sturdy blogging platform rather than a quick fad. These tools will allow you to maximize your Twitter use, enhancing your social networking endeavor in the process.

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Originally posted 2009-02-06 07:55:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

SEO Principles for WordPress Blogs

coffeeWordPress is a relatively SEO friendly blogging tool to begin with. It offers a linking structure that makes it relatively easy for spiders to crawl your pages, and the code contains very little validation errors if any at all. However, there are a few additional steps that you can follow in order to make your WordPress blog even more SEO friendly, and most are so simple to implement that there is absolutely no reason not to.

1 – You need to make sure that the URLs on your pages contain your blog’s post name, rather than simply a post number.

This can be easily accomplished by using the permalinks page in your WordPress settings, typing “/index.php/%postname%” when asked about custom structure. Alternatively, you can write a rewrite rule directly into your .htaccess file in order to have an increase in control over the syntax of your URLs.

2 – Change your page title order so that your blog post name appears before the name of your blog or the date of your blog.

The first words in your title are always given more weight than anything else, and they will also catch the attention of your readers more effectively. This can be done by editing the header.php file, swapping the order of the PHP tags so that wp_title appears before bloginfo.

3 – Make excellent use of your heading tags.

You may find that your blog entry title is insert automatically into a tag, or that your blog name is in a tag. You can edit these tags in single.php as well as header.php in most WordPress templates. You can choose a format that suits you, but the best solution is typically to put your blog entry title in, swapping your blog name for an image instead. Also make sure that you make good use of other heading tags, using a good heading structure any time that it is suitable.

4 – Avoid duplicate content issues by using “index, nofollow” tags on your tag pages, archive pages and category pages, allowing search engine spiders to follow the links on these pages but not to list them in the index.

There are a number of plugins that can make this a really simple process, and one of the best is called robotsmeta.

5 – Pay attention to the linking structure in your blog, making sure that all of your blog entries can be properly accessed with as few clicks as is possible.

Remove unnecessary links from your blog pages and remove unnecessary pages from your blog as well. You are going to want to consider using a pagination plugin to help you remove unnecessary clutter from your blog for ease of use and increased access.

There are a number of other techniques that you can use to maximize your SEO for WordPress, but this is certainly a good place to begin.

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Originally posted 2009-02-06 08:35:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

WordPress Backup

WordPress Backup is an essential plugin for all WordPress blog administrators by the Blog Traffic Exchange. It performs regular backups of your upload (images) current theme, and plugin directories. Backup files are available for download and optionally emailed to a specified email. Don’t get caught without a recent backup of your theme or images or plugins.

If you get a blank screen please make sure…

  1. You are using the latest version: Plugin Zip.
  2. You are using php5 (php4 has reached end of life and is no longer supported).
  3. Modify the permissions of the bte-wb backup folder to be 755 (switch the permissions from 777 to 755 or visa versa)

You can adjust the interval between backups and the email address to which the backups are sent.

Please note that as the size of the zip files increase, it may not be possible to email the files due to limitations of email servers.

It is also essential to backup your wordpress database. There are many excellent options for wordpress database backup… Blog Traffic Exchange recommends: WP DBManager

Installation

  1. Download
  2. Unzip
  3. Upload Folder to WordPress Plugins Folder
  4. Activate Plugin — If you get a blank screen please see instructions above.
  5. Adjust Options if needed.
  6. Add an htaccess file to you backup folder (bte-wb folder). Here is what I have in mine. This is simply a filename “.htaccess” with the following contents (hat tip to Wendy).

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} .*bte-wb/.*
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_COOKIE} !^.*wordpress_logged_in.*$ [NC]
    RewriteRule . - [R=403,L]
    Options All -Indexes

Troubleshooting

  • If you get a blank screen please modify the permissions of the bte-wb backup folder to be 755 (switch the permissions from 777 to 755 or visa versa)
  • Upgrade to 1.8.0
  • If you have trouble using the automatic plugin upgrade feature, please deactivate plugin prior to upgrading.
  • If plugin causes memory error please make sure php.ini set memory to 64M in wp-admin folder.
  • If plugin options page to make sure directory locations and permissions are set correctly.
  • If you have any other problems please email me at kevin @ blogtrafficexchange dot com.

The zip process is memory intensive and will fail if there is not enough memory allocated to php. Make sure you have enough memory allocated add this line to your php.ini files in the blog root and the wp-admin folders.

memory_limit = 64M

I have it installed and tested on Bluehost.com, DreamHost.com, Midphase.com, Hostgator.com, 1&1, and GoDaddy.com across 30+ sites… The only problems I ran into were not enough php memory to email the file via the chunk_split(base64_encode(file_get_contents(....

If you run into errors with 1.8.0 or higher please email me at kevin @ blogtrafficexchange.com with as many details as you can.

If your screen goes blank or you notice other irregularities after activation delete the plugin folder via ftp. This will remove the plugin.

Options

  • Interval — The interval between backups.
  • Email — The email address to which the backups are sent.
  • Delete File — Remove File after email sent.
  • Backup Directory — The directory to store the backups. Must exist and be writable.
  • Backup URL — The url to the directory where the backups are stored.
  • Uploads Directory — Path to uploads directory.
  • Plugin Directory — Path to plugin directory.
  • Theme Directory — Path to theme directory.

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Recovering from Disaster

So the worst has happened, but since you use this plugin you have a backup of your database, plugins, themes, and images folder. Now what? How do you get your blog back?

  1. Make sure you are comfortable with your current host. Since you are going to go through the effort to restore your site, if you were contemplating a move to a different hosting provider now is the time to act.
  2. Download the latest copy of wordpress.
  3. Copy the worpdress files into the desired folder location on your host. (I use the domain root, but subfolders are sometime appropriate depending on your desired setup.)
  4. Copy the theme, plugin, and images backup files into the correct locations. Respectively, the defaults are wordpress_root/wp-content/themes, wordpress_root/wp-content/plugins, and wordpress_root/wp-content/uploads
  5. Restore your database to a new database using your hosts appropriate tools. I usually use cpanel and phpmyadmin, but sometimes the database is too big and I need to use bigdump. Take note of the database location, database name, database user, and database password.
  6. Edit the file wordpress_root/wp-config.php and enter the values from the previous step.
  7. Is everything working? Do your victory dance.
  8. Donate
  9. Still having problems? I am available to help. If it is something easy or something I left out of the above instructions then I will help for free. Otherwise, assuming you have valid backups I can restore your site for $400 given the proper access.
Wordpress Backup Options

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Change Log

  • 12/31/10 – 1.8.0 – Fixed 2 WSOD issues. 1. Do not backup if a backup is in
    progress, which limits the WSOD to the thread creating the backup. 2. If not running in safe mode. Extend the timeout of the backup thread. This will allow for large directories to be backed up.Adding closing php brace and setting link.
  • 12/29/10 – 1.7.1 – Adding closing php brace and setting link.
  • 5/17/10 – 1.6.4 – Added option to delete the file from Server.
  • 7/12/09 – 1.5 – Tested and Confirmed on WordPress 2.8.1
  • 01/07/09 – 1.4.5 – Better Reinsituted automatic backup folder creation.
  • 01/07/09 – 1.4.4 – Better Handling of file and directory permissions.
  • 01/07/09 – 1.4.3 – Fixed location of pclzip lib in wordpress hierarchy.
  • 01/07/09 – 1.4.2 – Added bakup url option exposure. If plugin/upload/theme directory doesn’t it will not be backed up.
  • 01/07/09 – 1.4 – Added the various folder paths as options and check their existence and permissions via the options panel.
  • 01/06/09 – 1.3 – Using the worpdress pclzip class from wp-admins/includes. If it doesnt exist then using the packaged version. This fixes upgrade issues noticed from 1.1 to 1.2.
  • 01/06/09 – 1.2 – Added Plugins Dir. Fixed some memory issues. Release to wordpress plugin dir.
  • 01/05/09 – 1.1 – Release to public.

Originally posted 2009-02-05 20:30:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter