Why I Like The Markdown Language

The Markdown language is a written language created to help writers write more efficiently, specifically on the internet. I think it’s great. It’s what I use for all my notes, on GitHub, writing these blog posts and others. It’s simple (sort of) and rather efficient once you get used to it. Here’s why I believe it can benefit you too.

Markdown was created not too long ago to help with writing. It’s used on GitHub and in various forms through-out wiki’s and other websites. That it’s really good for it taking design out of the writing process (similar to LaTex, but much simpler) and forcing you to focus on content.

My writing style matches up well with Markdown because it really is simple and it took my away from worrying about style, layout and all that jazz. As I write this, I don’t care if images are left, right, up, down, all around, if things are bolded or not … I am simply focusing on the words I want to write and the ideas I want to get across to you.

How It Benefited Me

With Markdown, I’ve been able to:

  • Focus on just the words and story.
  • Not worry about how ‘pretty’ it will look.
  • Write posts faster since everything is text based and nothing more
  • It’s distraction free writing so I simply stand here and write! No fuss.
  • It handles the bulk of the prettiness, and formatting. I focus on the content.

Overall, it just made writing so much easier!

What I don’t like about Markdown

This all is not to say that it’s a perfect system. As Wilfred Hughes wonderfully wrote on his blog it’s far from a perfect system.

  • There really isn’t one coherent standard and implementation.
  • Lists are a bit wonky if you try anything more than a simple list like this.
  • and linebreaks aren’t all that clean and pretty either. (it doesn’t always do what you except it to do)

But for me, as I mostly just write … it’s pretty much perfect.

I just write and write and then it does it’s thing in the background. I’m a happy camper.

Markdown on WordPress and SublimeText

You can use Markdown with WordPress and SublimeText 2. Both are super easy to setup.

For WordPress, all you have to do it download and install (and activate) a plugin called:

That’s it.

For SublimeText, you really should be using the package manager if you are using SublimeText, just install the packages called:

Simple as pie. Then when you want to use Markdown on a text file, simply which to Markdown in the Syntax menu.

I’m curious, who else uses MarkDown? Or do you use something other than Markdown for your writing?

Protect Your Business WordPress Site Using Proper Backups

This is a rather nerdy post, so bear with me here. Many of us use WordPress for our websites, which for the most part is great. Though nobody wants to get to the office one day to find their website in complete disarray, disfigured or hacked. The reality all of those are real possibilities and there is only so much that we can do to prevent it, but that’s for another story.

Today, I’ll tell you a simple way to automate your WordPress site backup along with several options for doing so.
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Adding Google+1 Button To Sharedaddy To WordPress Jetpack

GooglePlus button on Sharedaddy Jetpack Wordpress

Jetpack for WordPress is a nifty collection of plugins which helps bring some of¬†Wordpress.com functionality to your self-hosted blog, the problem is that its Sharedaddy module doesn’t include Google+ … which really sucks. So here’s how to properly and correctly add the Google+1 button to your Sharedaddy module of Jetpack AND make it fit properly as well (well, mostly fit at least).

*EDIT*: This will also works with just the Sharedaddy plugin and without Jetpack! Yey!

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Top & Best WordPress Admin Theme Plugins


Are you bored of your old WordPress admin layout? Yeah, so was I. It’s bland and every single WordPress Admin area looks exactly the same. So boring it hurts my eyes!

Fear not, there are several solution. There are only two that really stand out though. The rest are, from what I can tell, kinda sorta just … “meh”. Nothing to special (sorry other guys, but your admin themes really didn’t seem that interesting nor good).

First up are the two best of the best WordPress Admin Theme styles. Though technically one isn’t even a theme! WOOT!

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Disqus WordPress Plugin, I love it but I had to remove it!


I am a big fan of the Disqus comment system. I even had it installed for a while! I love practically everything about it.

It has a great anti-spam feature. Probably the best around, even better than Akismet! It looks beautiful and it’s extremely functional for commenters. Barely any setup on your part either! It really is that cool.

But … even though I can give it a 9/10 awesome rating in just about every area I still had to uninstall and remove it. Here’s why.

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Statpress WordPress Plugin Overview and Tutorial

A special something today. I was asked to do a quick video to help people understand Statpress. A plugin for WordPress that gives you statistics and analytics about your visitors.

I talked about several great plugins here in an older post, so that’s where all the confusion came from.

In this video I talk about:

  • Quickly what is StatPress
  • Which version of StatPress from the WP list is the one you want (big confusion about this earlier
  • Detailed overview of what each part of StatPress is
  • Understanding Statpress 101

The video is below!

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Best WordPress Stats Plugin Update – A Social Metrics Plugin

Thanks for all the comments and help on my last post title “Best WordPress Stats Plugins“. But there is an update for you all. A great plugin, which not only looks really sweet but also does a lot of neato things.

I didn’t find this plugin. All credit goes to Dave, who created the plugin, and found my blog decided to leave a comment. Honestly not 100% if it was a almost spam automated comment, but I don’t care. This is a cool plugin which I had to make a post about!

It’s called WP-Stats-Dashboard. It does exactly as the name states: It puts WordPress.com stats on your dashboard. But that’s not all. It also has a lot of Social media metric and data. You can link many of your social profiles to it: Best WordPress Stats Plugin Update - Social Media Metrics

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn

Also add some other web 2.0 services:

  • Digg
  • Reddit

Also it can get metric about:

  • Page rank
  • Yahoo rang
  • # of backlinks
  • Bing links

and a heck of a lot more.

But I’m not giving this plugin full praise just yet!

This plugin requires a heck of a lot of setup. Not that that’s exactly a bad thing, because there is just so much to configure. Adding all your services and choosing what you want shown. It’s not a problem, but setup PLUS getting the dashboard PLUS little instructions make this a troublesome plugin.

But did I mention is really is sexy lookin? And I mean very sexy! The screenshot on the right is from the authors page. His looks better than mine :) Bigger numbers.

The biggest problem with this plugin is installtion.

Yes, installing this plugin can be very troublesome.

For me, once I installed it through my blogs interface I got a “file not found error” and a whole bunch of other error related to this plugin.

I quickly found out what it was.

This plugin, for some reason, has trouble creating it’s cache folder. So, what you need to do is once you install this plugin AND IF it gives you trouble: try these steps:

  1. FTP/SSH into your blogs/site account
  2. Go into the wp-content folder
  3. IF there is no “cache” folder … create one. Give it these permissions: 755. If there is, skip to step 4.
  4. Navigate into the cache folder
  5. There probably will not be a “wp-stats-dashboard” folder. Create it. Also give it 755 permissions.

Reload your admin interface and it should be fine.

My one other problem with this plugin:

Best that I show you first (click on the image to enlarge it):

Best WordPress Stats Plugin Update I’m not sure if in my haste to test it I configured something wrong? Or maybe the plugin is broken? Or does it just need time to work? But most of those boxes have no information in there and I have no clue why.

Oh well. I’ll let it run till tomorrow to see what happens.

So far, I’m liking the metrics this plugin gives and I plan to use it further.

Best WordPress Stats Plugin

best wordpress stats plugins

best wordpress stats plugins

There are a plethora of WordPress Plugins and addons for tracking statistics. This is great because you then get your pick of the litter, but the problem is if you install three different tracking plugins you will get three different results. So what should you do with these choices and discrepancies in results?

Not to worry, I have a few answers to calm your worries. I do not have a definitive answer as to what is THE best stats plugin, but that’s mostly because ‘best’ is very relative in this situation. Though, lets start with probably the best known system: Google Analytics.

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