Using the Google Analytics API in WordPress

There’s a great article over at Theme.fm on Using the Google Analytics Data Feed API in WordPress which covers some pretty interesting techniques to grab and make use of data stored in your Google Analytics profile, like what are your top 10 posts this month, or what were the most searched ones, etc. I’ve authored that article so feel free to ask questions ;)

Inspired: Javascript & jQuery Love

Remember the “inspired” blog posts series I started back in November? Well, let’s keep playing that game and today’s topic is jQuery and Javascript. The things you can do with javascript today are pretty impressive and sometimes unbelievable. Starting from simple AJAX calls and ending up with complete rich user interfaces with sweet animation (poke Facebook for instance).

You know I browse the web a lot – StumbleUpon, Digg, Twitter, etc. I go through tonnes of content, so today I made a short list of a few interesting jQuery and Javascript links that made my day! For rookies and for pros, check them out (ordered randomly):

Now you tell me – who needs Flash when you have Javascript? ;) Oh and by the way, if you’ve anything to add to the list (preferably articles published in late 2009) feel free to suggest via comments. If you’re looking for even more jQuery love, follow the real-time search results for the #jQuery tag on Twitter. Cheers!

Twitter Friendly Links: Now In Alphanumeric Mode

Hello my friends! Yes, I’m finally back from my two-week vacation. It was awesome, I spent a week in Magnitogorsk and another one in Sochi. The weather was great, it only rained on Sunday, when I was on my way back. Everything went fine, I’ve seen all my friends, we had a great time. Sochi is okay, getting ready for year 2014, though their airport in Adler still sucks big time!

Anyways, back to Moscow and back to work, and today I’d like to introduce a new feature in the Twitter Friendly Links plugin for WordPress. I call it the Alphanumeric mode, or format, or whatever. You see, people are used to TinyURL and bit.ly, where links are hashed and alphanumeric most of the time. I used a simple base 32 encoding algorithm in my case, plus added a few thousand, so that the links wouldn’t be shorter than three symbols. Not very nice to see example.com/a I guess.. Right? The Generic mode is still there and switched on by default for all the retro guys like me ;) Yes, I do prefer numbers and I know bit.ly would if they hadn’t hosted thousands of new links every day.

Also, I removed the rev=canonical option cause it’s pretty much outdated and encourage you to use the rel=shortlink HTML and HTTP headers, and rel=canonical too, as encouraged by wordpress.org. By the way, it’s pretty cool to see wordpress.com blogs get shortened links by wp.me as announced here: WP.me – shorten your links and they too support shortlink relations (both HTML and HTTP), which was why I decided to stick to them. Right, as Sam Johnston mentioned in the comments, that made over 7 million blogs accept the shortlink relations. Twitter clients should now be thinking about plugging that into the clients. It would make linking much easier, although may be a little more traffic consuming.

Or what if the guys from Twitter would.. Arrgh, hell no =) Impossible…

P.S. Hope you switched to WordPress 2.8.4 in time before the massive password reset attacks ;) I’m kidding, there were no massive attacks.. I guess =)

I’m so glad to be back. Have a great day everyone!

Powered by Delicious: Web Design, Coding & HTML5

This is my first “Powered by Delicious” post, but I plan on writing similar posts at least once a month or so, depending how many links I bookmark. Here’s a list of some of my latest delicious bookmarks, with goodies on web design, coding, html5, photoshop, javascript and a bunch of other stuff.