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How To Replicate Techchuck AutoBlog

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by specopkirbs, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. Namun

    Namun Junior Member

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    The display the favicon in front of the post title and the website logo on the post page you need to use custom fields.

    I have used autoblogged for this blog and it automatically adds a custom field for favicon ex: key: icon value: hxxp://www.site.c0m/favicon.ico and you have the option to add more custom fields for each feed. I don't know if this feature is available for wp-o-matic.

    For the website logo to appear on each post you need to add a custom field for each feed.

    Download the logos for the feeds you are going to use (i got all the images from techchuck about page), after you download 'em for each feed add the custom field like this key: feedlogo value: hxxp://yoursite.c0m/yourlogofolder/feedlogoimage.jpg

    Now you need to edit the template pages. Edit index.php from your template folder and add

    Code:
    <div style="float:left; margin-right: 5px"><img src="<?php $key="icon"; echo get_post_meta($post->ID, $key, true); ?>" /></div>
    right in front of

    Code:
    <h2><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>
    This will display the favicons on the main/index page.

    Now edit single.php page and add the same code in front of

    Code:
    <h2><?php the_title(); ?></h2>
    if you want favicons on the post page aswell.

    To display the feed logo on the post pages this is the code

    Code:
    <img src="<?php $key="feedlogo"; echo get_post_meta($post->ID, $key, true); ?>" />"
    You need to change the display style using css.

    To display related posts with thumbnails under the post i am using "WordPress Related Posts with Thumb Revised". The plugin's page is in italian, use google translate if you want.

    Code:
    http://fabrizio.zellini.org/wordpress-related-posts-with-thumbs-revised
    For displaying thumbnails for excerpts on the main page i used "Thumbnail For Excerpts"

    Code:
    http://www.cnet.ro/wordpress/thumbnailforexcerpts/
    For youtube related videos i have used the "AJAX Video Bar" from google.

    Code:
    http://www.google.com/uds/solutions/videobar/index.html
    Related tweets plugin

    Code:
    http://www.kisaso.com/ajax-wordpress-twitter-plugin/
    Custom excerpts

    Code:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-excerpts/
    Other plugins used:

    NextGEN Gallery
    Random Posts
    Post-Plugin Library (for Random Posts to work)
    Sociable
    Wordpress Popular Posts
    WP-Cumulus (tag cloud)

    I am not going to use this blog actually, made it just to test/configure the display of the plugins and learn how they work.

    You should use another template also since this one isn't looking so good without alot of modifications.
     
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  2. azizbaik

    azizbaik Newbie

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    Thanks, nice one
    aziz
     
  3. topcat

    topcat Junior Member

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    Did you just copy his css?
     
  4. Namun

    Namun Junior Member

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    No he's got a custom css, i just took a look at it and made mine with almost the same values.
     
  5. zielak

    zielak Registered Member

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    Namun - I've tried related twits plugin but even if I enable related tweets in settings it still shows my tweets. How did you setup this plugin to show related tweets on your site ?
     
  6. Namun

    Namun Junior Member

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    You probably using the widget, you need to use this code in the single.php file instead, where you want to display it.

    Code:
    <div style="padding:2px; ">
    
         <?php $searchterm = kish_twitter_get_tags(); ?>
    
         <?php kish_twitter_related($searchterm); ?>
    </div>
    
     
  7. Rushdie

    Rushdie BANNED BANNED

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    so guys once more isnt feedwordpress better than wp-o-matic and lighter for the server?
     
  8. proseospecialists

    proseospecialists Junior Member

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    wp o matic has a feed logo tag but I havent been able to get it to pull anything as of yet.
     
  9. wlsigmore

    wlsigmore Newbie

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    Heres a way I got the "Read More" to work with the excerpts: I replaced the code in the Main index Termplate(index.php) with this code. It still shows up below the excerpt instead of right at the end of it but it still puts the link there.

    <?php the_excerpt();?><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark">Read more</a>
     
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  10. rumbleox

    rumbleox Newbie

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    hello Namun

    I tried to add the code to have the favicon next to the topic on this new theme

    hxxp://mybloglove.gigglyhub.com, but doesn't seem to work. got any idea?

    thx

     
  11. sarahgill

    sarahgill Newbie

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    Hi Namun,
    Thank you so much for the help. Well, I tried several times using the code above, but it didn't work for me. I even tweaked the codes but that didn't work too. Anyways, I managed to find a wordpress plugin that does the job. For those who are experiencing the same difficulties, this http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/dynamic-youtube-videobar/ will resolve it for you. Just download, upload, activate and configure, and the videos should appear correctly based on your post tags.

    However, now I'm facing 2 problems:
    1. The video thumbnails and videos display perfectly in Firefox, but not in Internet Explorer, it only displays the default "Loading..." word in Internet Explorer.

    2. The pop-out video player displays correctly on my laptop, but when I view it on another laptop using different resolution (1024x768), it only displays half of the video.

    Any ideas how to resolve those? And also, how did you make yours to display the keywords/tags below the videos that switch keywords and thumbnails automatically?
     
  12. specopkirbs

    specopkirbs BANNED BANNED

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    hey guys back off my course now...looks like this thread is progressing nicely. will be trying out some of the new methods today
     
  13. cashcow

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    On techchuck the thumbnail in the gallery links to the post itself but the default installation of the gallery links to a larger image instead, how to fix this?
     
  14. blackhaty

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    Please share "OnlyWire Multi Auto Submiter".
     
  15. specopkirbs

    specopkirbs BANNED BANNED

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    the onlywire multi auto submitter is on this forum somewhere...i think if you search for reddit you may find it ill try and dig it out in a bit
    as for the thumbnails linking to the articles ill look into it now
    ive also cracked the favicons with a plugin that allows you to choose a large icon for in the posts and a small one for in the post titles...im working on it now and ill post a short guide
     
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    specopkirbs BANNED BANNED

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    okay guys the plugin for favicons is found http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/category-icons/
    It allows you to select a small and large icon one for posts one for the title...though if someone could look at my http://technicnews.com you will notice that the icon within the post (not the one in the title) is aligned to the left could someone please tell me how to right align it?
     
  17. rawasch

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    see here.
     
  18. Namun

    Namun Junior Member

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    Edit single.php and add
    Code:
    style="float: right"
    before or after the src="iconlink" or if you use a plugin to add icons edit the plugin files.
     
  19. saadad

    saadad Junior Member

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    Im using images from .blogspot.com blogs and inside post there is image but its not linking to my cached image on my server, its pointing to image on blogspot, any idea how to fix this?
     
  20. specopkirbs

    specopkirbs BANNED BANNED

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    has anyone managed to remove the comments icon under the excerpts on the main index page? thats my next step its starting to look good now and get traffic...how is everyone else getting on? anyone found any good themes?