Category Archives: The Web

Load WordPress Gravatars on the Fly

Globally Recognised Avatar (or Gravatar) is a service from the WordPress team that allows you to improve your web presence across blogs and specialist websites. It’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” products that are so simple but yet have so much opportunity to be integrated into virtually everything. You can see examples of this from the comments below and in my sidebar.

The problem with Gravatars that I find a lot of people mentioning is that they don’t get to see their Gravatar before they post a comment – like the comments section on Shamus Young’s Wavatar post.

You may not think that’s too big of a deal, or perhaps from a marketing point of view that’s your way of driving comments (nasty people), but allowing them to play about with their image in the form will improve their relationship with your site and increase traffic anyway. Saves people deleting and re-commenting just because their Gravatar didn’t show up right too.

So this week I’ve put together a little script that generates these little Gravatars as you type. It’s even got little Wavatar faces on them that change when you make a new address, so you’ll never get bored! Continue reading Load WordPress Gravatars on the Fly


Create Social Bookmarks with the AddThis API

One service that I had used a while back was AddThis social bookmarks. I really liked its ease of use, support for a huge range of social networks and bookmarking sites, and most importantly it had great tools for analytics.

The social bar itself however left more to be desired. It was an eyesore, appearing after every post on my site, and made me cringe at the fact that it relied on JavaScript to function. Luckily, I found an alternative in the form of their API docs. Continue reading Create Social Bookmarks with the AddThis API


Parsing the Kongregate Badge Feed with PHP

Back in September of last year, Jim Greer of Kongregate.com posted an article in the forums about a new badge data service served in JSON. This was great news for developers, we could finally grab data from our user accounts without having to do a web scrape on our user page.

However, this forum post seems to be the only official documentation on what is a very interesting data feed, so it is with this reason that I decided to create this beginner’s tutorial on how to use it. Continue reading Parsing the Kongregate Badge Feed with PHP


Auto-Post Your Blog to Twitter and Facebook

Okay, so you’ve gone through those guides on setting up your new weblog, and followed all the advice on using social media to leverage your site into becoming ├╝ber-successful overnight. The problem now is that those two elements are still detached. You’re posting all that relevant content on your website but nobody is around to click those links that direct to all that beautiful material.

This is not an article on improving your follower count or the “top 10 ways to drive traffic with SEO“, but it will definitely help in a different way. Today, I’ll show you how to automatically post your blog articles straight to your Twitter and Facebook accounts using your RSS feed as a stream.

For those of you writing #daily365 articles, or have signed up for Project52, this will be ideal. Let the computers do the work for you.

The service I use for this is called TwitterFeed, which you’ll need an account for. It’s all super easy and I’ll explain it after the jump. So anyway, here we go. Continue reading Auto-Post Your Blog to Twitter and Facebook


Finding your perfect wallpaper with Google Image Search

After finally getting round to fixing my desktop background today (which had something to do with the whole “display web page on your desktop” thing, that I’ll explain at the end for those that have this problem), I decided to have a look around the internet for a nice new image for it. Continue reading Finding your perfect wallpaper with Google Image Search