Highly Recommended: FourSquare API Plugin For WordPress

FourSquare API Plugin For WordPress

We have taken time to review an incredible plugin designed by NZGuru; the foursquare WordPress Plugin

Unlike other widgets which tend to use the foursquare RSS feeds to deliver your latest checkins, the foursquareAPI Plugin uses the API system to deliver a high quality, slick looking widget, complete with images and timestamps. 

In a nutshell, here is what the foursquareAPI plugin provides:

  • display the check-in timestamp
  • display the venues icon image and mayorships
  • display the venues stats
  • display your check-ins/badges on a Google map
  • display the badge description

NZGuru is also hard at work adding new features, which will include a full page template replacement system and customizable CSS.

This plugin can be seen live on the NZGuru website, and also on my own LizardInsider hockey blog. 

The plugin works better than anything I have come across thus far, and the constant updates show that NZGuru is working hard to ensure this is the single best go-to widget for WordPress users.

Click on the images below to view them in full size.

foursquareAPI Screenshot 1 foursquareAPI Screenshot 2

Not a member of foursquare yet?   Click here to create an account today, and don’t forget to checkin!

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PPM Greasemonkey Script (new features)

After discussion with Tuttle from Powerplay Manager I have decided to take this review off the Website. I thought long and hard before making this decision. The script is not supported by PPM as it allows users to get around certain features of the Pro pack. As such, use of the script could be deemed a violation of PPM rules and is highly discouraged.

If, knowing the above you wish to use it, you do so at your own risk.

You can download this addon directly by going to http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/93451, or if you use Greasemonkey and Greasefire, simply view available scripts from inside your PPM Hockey account.

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Bookmarking Demon 5 – The Ultimate Social Bookmarking Tool?

Bookmarking Demon 5 Review

Bookmarking Demon is one of the most well known and successful social bookmarking submission programs around. It has become an essential tool for link builders who want to get their sites indexed quickly and ranking well in the search engines. The software was developed by Edwin Brian who is consistently updating the program with new features to make it the best software of its kind. The recently released Bookmarking Demon 5 is no different, so lets take a look at what the new version of this program brings to the table.

Bookmarking Demon 5: The Ultimate Social Bookmarking Tool

The first thing you will notice in BMD5 is the new project management interface. Now you can create campaigns for your social bookmarking submissions and better organize everything. A lot of link building services make use of Bookmarking Demon to help build links for their clients and they will love this feature. Even if you are using BMD for personal use, make use of projects to keep track of everything more efficiently.

Bookmarking Demon has always been the fastest software of its kind for creating accounts on social bookmarking sites. With the new email verification feature of BMD5, it’s now even faster. When creating accounts on most sites, you usually have to click on an email verification link before you can use your account. Now you don’t have to as the software handles this for you automatically. Just make sure you enable POP access in your gmail account for this to work.

The most time consuming part of any automated tool is getting past captchas. Normally, many bookmarking sites require a CAPTCHA, both to create accounts and make submissions. Normally, you have to type these in manually which slows down the whole process. BMD5 now includes visual aid support which means the software integrates with Decaptcher.com online CAPTCHA breaking service. You have to pay a very small fee for this service, but this enables you to make better use of your time with complete hands-free bookmarking submissions.

One of my favorite new things is the scheduled submission feature. One thing to worry about when posting your bookmarks is submitting tons of links all at once, and getting your site flagged by Google. With the new scheduling feature, you can drip feed your submissions over a period of days, to make your link building efforts appear more natural. The software includes an easy to use calendar like interface for setting this all up.

Bookmarking Demon is the best social bookmarking tool available. By using it effectively, you can easily build up an enormous amount of links to get your sites ranking very quickly. The program is super simple to use, yet includes powerful new features to ensure your links don’t get flagged. Try it out today and see what results you get with it.

Visit Bookmarking Demon to learn more.

Author: Mike Wong
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Seyret Vs HWDVideoShare Part 2: User Features & Usability

*** This article is part of a series comparing 2 very popular Joomla video components; Seyret & HWDVideoshare. ***

Part 2: User Features & Usability

In the first part of this series I talked about the administration features. In this followup article i’m going to touch on the public parts of the scripts, and those accessible by the general membership.

A) Categories

As I mentioned in the first part of this series, both components have a very similar category structure, allowing for parent and child categories to help breakdown the full list of videos. From a user point of view, the categories are very much the same; they display the categories including the number of videos held in each.

As you can see HERE, HWDVideoShare’s category structure is very straight forward, however through basic PHP and HTML editing, the template is fully customisable.

I am going to give Seyret props here as it comes standard with a category module for your sidebars. HWD has a category module as part of the pro features only. As such, Seyret gets the nod but only slightly.

B) Upload / Add Videos

The upload features of Seyret and HWD are very similar in nature; that is, both of them are designed to either upload a video from your PC, or to add a video from a third part service such as YouTube. The procedure to add videos is straight forward for both, enter the entire video URL (ie. YouTube video URL you want to add), select a category you want and hit submit.

At this point, HWD has a feature that puts is well ahead of Seyret, and it’s something so simple many would overlook it. Quite simply, on the next page you don’t have to do anything at HWD. The title, description and tags are all completed for you. You can edit them if you please, or simply leave them as they are.

In Seyret at this point you generally have the title and description completed but no tags, so you end up having to manually tag the video, literally adding in an entirely new step in the proceedure.

Seyret does offer to redeem itself however, as it is compatible with a very large list of video servers from around the world, possibly giving it a greater reach globally.

From purely YouTube, Google Video etc HWD is always going to get the better rating.

C) Groups

As mentioned in part 1, Seyret does not offer anything like groups, so HWD gets the default win here. From a users point of view, when you are looking at videos on HWD you are able to share the videos, and add your favorite videos to groups you are members of. Say for example you are a member of the Dallas Stars Ice Hockey group, then you can add videos relating to that group from the video view page. This helps build the community and generates more interest in the videos.

D) Commenting, Rating & Sharing

With regards to commenting, but applications require the use of third part commenting components. Personally I like to use the JComments component as find it the smoothest to use and best looking. Of course, the choice of commenting system is purely personal. Both components are compatible with the main commenting components available including the JoomlaComments, JComments and in the case of Seyret, the Fireboard discussion forum.

Both systems have a 5-star rating system for the videos allowing users to rate how good or bad a video has beeb. I have found the HWD Ajax system to be much more streamlined and better to use.

From a sharing point of view, both the components come certain sharing features right out the box. Seyret offers the primary sharing options and allows you to turn on or off depending what you need. HWD has what appears to be more sharing features, including the main social webs, email and bookmarks.

Winner? In all honesty btoh components do exactly the same thing and offer virtually identical features. I will call a draw here.

Summary

In part 1 I came to the conclusion that HWD was on average the better of the 2 components. While Seyret looked to redeem itself in the usability aspect of this review, it came up short of an HWD component that is both solid and very usable.

HWD or Seyret, which is it? I personally prefer HWD after using it for some time. Seyret is a very nice system though, and should never be looked over if you need a video website.

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Seyret Vs HWDvideoshare Part 1: Install & Admin

*** This article is part of a series comparing 2 very popular Joomla video components; Seyret & HWDVideoshare. ***

Part 1: Installation & Administraton Comparison

A) Installation

Installation of both Seyret and HWD are straigt forward processes involving the download and/or direct URL install from the Joomla installation screen. Both have a number of optional modules and plugins which are installed in the same method as needed.
For video conversion you may need to check that your server has the appropriate codecs installed, however both Seryet and HWD use popular video conversion systems so we’ve found very few cases where this has been an issue. Contact your server administration if you do experience issues.
Result: Equally good.

B) Modules & Plugins

Both Seyret and HWD can be used straight “out of the box” however there are optional modules and plugins that can be installed to greater enhance your Joomla websites capabilities. Seyret has a number of free modules, such as featured videos slider and stand-alone seyret video player. Further modules and addons are available for Seyret, however they will often either require a Seyret PRO Membership, or will be a one-time purchase. HWDVideoShare is slighly disadvantaged in this respect as the free version only features the video component and basic plugins. For an annual fee (reasonably priced) you can subscribe to the PRO version of HWD which gives you full access to all the modules and plugins, at which point HWD becomes just as good, if not better than Seyret.

Result: Seyret gets the slight win here simply due to the fact that free modules are available. When comparing both PRO versions though, I give the advantage to HWD.

C) Templating

Both components offer templating capabilities and have a few different templates available for download, although in HWD’s case, a pro acct is required to use templates. The main diffence between the 2 is the method of templating. Seyret uses standard coding to theme their system so those familiar with HTML and PHP will have no problem manually making changes to the system. HWD uses the popular “Smarty” templating method and uses TPL files instead of the standard PHP. Smarty files can be edited like standard PHP however the minor differences between the 2 may cause issues with those not familiar with the Smarty system.

Result: Due to the ease of editing the template files, Seyret gets the edge.

D) Video Import & Adding New Videos

This is where the heart of both these components lie, and depending on your needs and wants both the systems “can” be equally as good. Seyret offers 2 methods to adding new videos; upload direct from your PC or add a third party video such as Youtube or Google video. Seyret is compatible with a long list of online video networks, making it appear more versatile.

HWD offers the same features as Seyret, however also offers other options as well including remote, scan, SQL Import, CSV Import, Direct import from Seyret, RTMP and the ability to bulk add videos from youtube playlists and user profiles.

Result: HWD easily has the better features in this category.

E) Categories & Groups

Both Seyret and HWD offer the same features regarding the creation of primary and child categories. HWD has an extra feature called groups however which allow users to create groups relating to a particular topic, and then other users can join that group and share their favorite videos.

Result: HWD easily has the leg up here.

F) General Settings and Set-up

For the most part, both these 2 components are equal in this category, and both allow you to edit the component settings to suit your websites needs. HWD does appear to have more features in this category and gives you a few more options regarding the general setup.

Result: Equal

G) SEO Features

This is often one of the biggest problems with Joomla components and in my experience is quite oftenen a headache for video components. I believe the reason being that until recently video components were not widely used so didn’t have a large group of scripters writing addons and plugins for them. That has changed however and both Seyret and HWD are compatible with all the popular SEF components including JoomSEF, SH404SEF, SEF Servicemap and more. HWD is allegedly compatible with the standard Joomla SEF features also.

Result: While HWD could have the advantage here I am yet to test it, so will call this a tie.

H) Video & Server Maintenance Features

Seyret and HWD both offer a range of basic maintenance features, such as video removal, viewing and editing of pending and reported videos and general editing of video settings. One of the biggest advantages that puts HWD well up in this area is their specific maintenance administration area which offers a single location for you to; Delete videos, fix SQL Errors, Recount SQL Database, Re-Generate local video thumbnails, archive access logs and re-calculate video durations. Seyret to my knowledge does not have similar features.

Result: HWD by far offers the most options and wins hands down.

I) Summary

Reading through the above you would be forgiven for thinking I think much less of Seyret than I do of HWD, which is most definitely not the case. For the last 2 years my hockey video website “2 Minutes For Hockey” has used the Seyret component to deliver the videos with efficiency. I admit however that I am in the process of migrating the system over to HWD simply due to it’s much more user-friendly features.

Overall, the 2 components are very much on par with each other and the only thing separating the 2 are personal preferences based around your particular websites needs. On a direct comparison I do rate HWD as the better component to use.

What do you use? Do you have a preference? Please leave a comment below.

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Seyret Vs HWDVideoShare: Intro

Those familiar with Joomla may have heard of the Seyret Video Component, an addon to Joomla that allows you to essentially create your own Youtube style website. Seyret has been the premier Joomla video component for a number of years and is feature rich, easy to use and looks great. We even use it here on succeed2k for our video reviews and guides section.

There has however, another component that has been very quietly gaining popularity: HWDVideoShare.

Like Seyret, HWD allows you to create your own video streaming website. It allows users to upload videos, rate, comment and view videos. It also, like Seyret allows users to add videos from third party sites such as Joomla, Google Video and Metacafe.

Which brings us to the point where we have to ask… which one is “better”? This is purely subjective of course as the definition of “better” pretty much depends on the users on opinions, needs and preferences as to the look at feel of their website.

Over the next few days I am going to be writing a series of articles which will highlight key aspects of the 2 different components running a comparison between then. This 4 part series will consist of:

  • Installation & Administration Features & Comparison
  • User Features & Usability Comparison
  • Modules, Plugins and Third Party Extensions Comparison
  • Summary

I look forward to any comments you may have so please don’t hesitate to drop me a line or leave a comment at the bottom of the articles.

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