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Blogging Toolbox: 120+ Resources for Bloggers

Blogging Toolbox: 120+ Resources for Bloggers
An aspiring blogger can be overwhelmed with the vast amount of resources, tools, and advice for bloggers available on the net. While in no way definitive - there's simply too much going on in this space to cover it all - we did our best to bring you a comprehensive list of blogging resources, which should be equally useful to beginners as well as veteran bloggers. Enjoy. WordPress WordPress Themes ThemeViewer - The number one location to find WordPress themes to make your page cool, which you will most certainly want to do.Templates Now - A smaller collection of WordPress themes, but still worth your while to check out.TemplateMonster - If you want more professional quality themes then this site can be useful. Best WordPress Plugins Akismet - The best blog comment spam prevention plug-in. Wordpress Plugin repositories Movable Type Movable Type Styles Best Movable Type Plugins Movable Type Plugin repositories Blog Hosting Solutions Dedicated & Shared Hosting Services Paid Blog Hosting Services Tips

BOOKS TOOLBOX: 50+ Sites for Book Lovers Lulu, a book publishing site, is in the news this week. But there are many more sites for book reviews, self-publishing and exchange. Here are more than 50 of our favorites. Disclosure: Lulu currently has an ad campaign running on Mashable. Book Reviews - Search from thousands of books, buy them online and read excellent reviews. - Users can search and compare prices of new and old books from all major stores. - Users can share reviews of some of their favorite books with others. Titlez - Users can perform a comparative analysis of a book or group of books with other books in the market. - Users enter their favorite book and they are a recommended a new book based on analysis of the reading preferences of other registered users. Book Communities aNobii - A great way to create book listings, interact with people and express thoughts. - A site which connects book lovers, writers and resellers. Publishing Others

Mike Davidson: How To Keep Widgets From Slowing Down Sites: WEDJ The whole world is going to widgets. This overused, overhyped term refers to third-party code one places on their website or blog in order to display such things as Flickr photos, Twitter status, or iTunes playlists. Everybody and their mom is putting out widgets these days, and although only about 1% of them are useful or interesting, they are an important new distribution mechanism that is changing the way companies think about syndication. But there is a big problem with widgets: they slow down the sites that use them . The problem is that in either of these cases, the completion of your site’s loading and rendering depends on someone else’s code living on someone else’s server. Following is a breakdown: Root Causes Most widgets are deployed using one of two methods: raw embedding or javascript embedding. Raw embedding usually involves providing a chunk of object/embed code to display a Flash widget inline. The Solution: WEDJE Standard document.write Deferred innerHTML code Caveats 1. 2.

30+ Great Resources for Blogger Templates Blogger is one of the most popular hosted blogging platforms out there, but many people are still surprised when they learn you can customize the look of your blog well beyond the pre-built options the site offers. Finding these other templates can be a bit of a task, so we've come up with over 30 resources to help you find brand new designs, converted WordPress themes, people who will build unique custom templates, and more. What are you waiting for? What is your favorite resource for Blogger templates? Free Templates - This site only offers one template with five variations, but it isn't every day you see a five column theme for any blogging platform, and it is actually pretty clean in presentation. - A collection of over 100 templates from an assortment of a lot of smaller designers. - Keeps a small selection of top-notch Blogger themes up and running. Premium Templates Tips & Tricks for Template Design

Building a Brand with Widgets The customizable bits of software on Facebook and other social networking sites are the latest trend in viral marketing. But are widgets here to stay? The cards were stacked against A&E Television Network as it tried to generate positive buzz about its new series, Parking Wars. For one, it's a reality show about meter readers. Two, the show doesn't feature celebrities. So A&E hired area/code, a multimedia game developer, to build an online game based on Parking Wars. Grand Theft Auto it's not. Raising Brand Awareness "It's surpassing our expectations," Peterzell says. Interest in widgets is rising as marketers become disaffected by other methods of online advertising, especially on social networks. Some marketers say widgets may do a better job engaging users than, say, so-called banner ads emblazoned across the sides of social network profiles. Some Facebook Campaigns Have Fizzled There's plenty of anecdotal success. The potential audience is vast. A Short Shelf Life for Many Widgets

DEL.ICIO.US TOOLBOX: 180+ Tools and Resources Social bookmarking was one of the earliest trends out on the social web, and quickly took the lead. Today, we outline over 180 of the best tools and resources to get the most out of the number one social bookmarking site. Related: SOCIAL BOOKMARKING: 50+ Social Bookmarking Sites Web browser add-ons and Bookmarklets Randomizer button- A great way to find sites whch you may never have discovered otherwise, the button takes you to a random, recently bookmarked site. Toobar- A Firefox extension allowing you to bookmark and tag sites from a toolbar in the browser. Firefox Extension- The official Firefox extension does a great job of integrating your favorite bookmarks into your favorite web browser. Quicker Tag Bookmarklet- Add to your Firefox toolbar to quickly tag bookmarks with specific keywords. Mischievous- Browser plugin for Internet Explorer using to manage your bookmarks. Outfoxed- Adds to your informers list. Mashups

World Wide Web of Widgets The web has seen an explosion in the use of widgets over the past year or so. So let's explore what a widget is and its uses. Note that in this post, we're discussing Web-based widgets only, rather than desktop widgets such as those provided by Yahoo Widgets or Microsoft's Vista widgets. A Web widget can be best described as a mini application that can add functionality to your web page, blog, social profile etc. If you find a widget that you like, you simply copy and paste some code and add it to the HTML of your web page. Give me an example! There have been a lot of very successful widgets to date. MyBlogLog is a widget that allows you to see other bloggers on the MyBlogLog network, as they visit your site. YouTube's widget allows users to place videos on their social networking profiles and blogs. Google Adsense has made a lot of money for website owners since its inception. The FeedBurner widget shows you how many people are subscribed to your RSS feed. Widget Platforms Mobile Widgets

25+ Sites For The Fashion Minded We're going to take a step out of the normal tech stuff today and turn to all you fashion gurus in our audience. We've had several requests for sites related to fashion, so here are 25+ of them to get you started.And don’t forget to check out our new post where you can suggest the subjects of future toolboxes! This one was a suggestion from there! Fashion News - A mixture of fashion watching, celebrity news, health and more. - The fashion and trends counterpart to People magazine. - The online counterpart to Lucky, has features such as "Cute Outfit Of The Day" and "Bargains Under $50". - What list of fashion would be complete without Vogue? Lifestyle Sites - Post your latest fashion find pictures and share them with the community and build a profile page. - See what is going on in major cities around the USA in fashion, nightlife, music, and more. Outfit Tools Shopping & Selling - Changing your look? Social Sites

Blogger Toolbox: 100+ Tools and Themes WordPress receives a lot of love from the blogging community, but is still a perfectly viable blogging platform for the majority of people. In an effort to help those devoted Blogger users, we've gathered up the best of our lists about tools, themes and shortcuts for your preferred platform. Take a look through and you are sure to find something that will help you, even if you didn't know you were looking for it! Tell us what you think of these and any we might have missed, and let us know about your Blogger blog in the comments. Free Template Resources - This site only offers one template with five variations, but it isn't every day you see a five column theme for any blogging platform, and it is actually pretty clean in presentation. - A collection of over 100 templates from an assortment of a lot of smaller designers. - Keeps a small selection of top-notch Blogger themes up and running.