How to install the Explorer Destroyer scripts
webpage. When an IE user visits the site, the script will display a
block of HTML encouraging them to switch to Firefox.
Installation of Explorer Destroyer varies depending on how your blog or
website works. The instructions below should work for regular html
pages. If your site runs on PHP or another language, you may need to do
STEP 1: Download Explorer Destroyer
and unzip the file. Pick which level you want to install and open the
html file for that level in an html or text editor. See explorerdestroyer.com for demos of each level.
STEP 2: Grab the file for the front page of your site
and open it in an html or text editor. You should save a copy of the
original file in case something goes wrong.
STEP 3: Copy the entire contents of the script file
and paste it into your HTML. Where you paste it is crucial. The easiest
way to do this is to copy the contents of the script file, select the
<BODY> tag in your current page and paste the script over it.
That will replace your BODY tag with the correct BODY tag for the
script and will place all the script contents where they need to be.
STEP 4: Insert your Adsense referral code into your
html. In each of the three levels there’s a section of code that
displays the ‘Get Firefox’ button. This code is also how Google tracks
your referrals. You need to replace this code with the code for a
button from your own Adsense account. To find where your Adsense button
should go, look for the grey comment text that says:
<– REPLACE THIS BLOCK OF SCRIPT WITH YOUR OWN FIREFOX REFERRAL BUTTON SCRIPT –>
and ends with
To get your own referral button, login to Adsense and click on the
‘Referrals’ tab. Then click on the ‘Firefox’ tab and copy the code for
one of the buttons. We suggest using the medium-size square buttons.
STEP 5: Optional: customize the html. You can make any
changes you’d like to the HTML that displays when IE users come to your
site. Adding a personal message from you is a great way to convince
your readers to switch.
STEP 6: Test it. Visit the page in Internet Explorer and make sure everything is working like a dream.
Word Press Install
Installation into WordPress is
very simple. From the Dashboard, click on ‘Presentation’, then go to
the Theme Editor. In the list of files for your theme, click on
“Header”, then replace the <body> tag with the ExplorerDestroyer
script as normal.
Note: If these instructions seem too
difficult or if you have a blogging account that doesn’t allow you to
edit the site code, you can still switch people to Firefox and earn
Google referral money. Just sign up for Google adsense and paste grab
the code that they provide for the switch Firefox buttons. You can
paste this into blog entries or the sidebar for your site. It won’t be
as devastatingly effective as Explorer Destroyer, but it still helps
AdSense-Deluxe Plugin Download & Version:
Selectively embed Google AdSense and Yahoo! Publisher Network ads in your WordPress posts.
- Latest Version: 0.8 (released Jun 27, 2006 – Release Notes)
- Download URL: Download AdSense-Deluxe Plugin
- WordPress 2.0 Users: AdSense-Deluxe and WordPress 2.0 Support
- Use simple HTML comments for embedding AdSense or Yahoo! Publisher Network ads in a WordPress post
- Choose from any number of ad styles and format on a post-by-post basis
- Globally change ad styles
- Selectively disable display of individual ad styles or all ads
- Integrated AdSense Preview tool (a sandbox) for seeing what ads will appear on a given page. (Stand-alone AdSense SandBox Tool also available)
- All settings configured through WordPress Options interface (no knowledge of plugins or PHP required)
- Easily test different ad formats and color styles across (all, or) a range of blog posts.
- (Optionally) Apply CSS formatting to the AdSense code.
- Does not display live ads when editing a page, instead placeholders are shown.
- Ads are EXCLUDED from RSS feeds — even if you have full-text feeds enabled. (new in v0.3)
- Preview your ad blocks from the AdSense-Deluxe options page (in case you forget what the ad style looks like), and ads can be clicked without penalty since they use a test account.
- Support for wp-tiger-admin plugin’s CSS in post/page editor QuickTags
AdSense-Deluxe Advantages and Uses
- Switching all AdSense ads to a new color scheme across the entire site
- Trying out image ads instead of textual ads
- Testing alternate AdSense formats
- Disabling a class of AdSense ads, or even all ads
- Including common formatting for AdSense ad blocks (less typing)
- Testing alternate ad placements for higher click-thru rates
- Controlling ads within your WP template files.
After installation (described later and in the plugin distribution’s readme file) click on the WordPress Admin “Options” link, then select “Adsense” on the sub menu to get to the settings interface. Copy your AdSense code from Google and paste it into the form on the Options page and give it a name. If it’s the style you’ll use most often, just name it “default”. Now you can edit an existing post in your WordPress blog by adding either <!–adsense–> to use whatever you select as your default AdSense format, or by referencing the name you defined, such as <!–adsense#default–>. Now view your post after saving the changes. You should see AdSense ads wherever you inserted the HTML comment.
google_ad_client = “pub-555555”;
google_ad_width = 468;
google_ad_height = 60;
[New in v0.5] To insert any of your defined ad units within template files, you can call a PHP plugin function with the name of the ad unit you want displayed. The syntax is as follows:
<?php adsense_deluxe_ads('my_AdBlock_name'); ?>
However, it’s strongly recommended that you always confirm that the function is available to keep from generating PHP errors or breaking your page display, using the following syntax:
<?php if(function_exists('ad_unit_name')) :
adsense_deluxe_ads('my_ad_unit'); endif; ?>
When you use this new feature it enables the plugin to track the total number of AdSense units displayed on a page and avoid inserting more than the maximum of three units allowed by Google. Sadly, this tracking isn’t completely refined yet and the following example illustrates the issue I still have to code for: Assume you have a single ad unit in a template file, but three ad units in a single post. The plugin tracks the ads displayed for the template and increments the counter by 1. However, replacements are done en masse in a single post, thus the page will now have four ad units displaying (the last of which is going to be blank since Google will not display more than three). The internal counter is now at 4, and if other posts appear on the page they will NOT have any substitutions performed. At some point in the future I will have to rewrite the code to stop doing mass replacements, but for now this is more efficient.
» Requires WordPress 1.5+ (including WP 2.0)
» Installed like most all WordPress plugins, just copy the adsense-deluxe.php file into wp-content/plugins
» See the ReadMe.txt file included with the download (before you email me for support!).
Widgets – coolest plugin of all. It will only works with WordPress 2.0 and up. Basically, you now can drag a sidebar from the top to the bottom in a few seconds without using codes at all. If you still use old codes that do not have widget-support, you can always copy-paste codes into widget text box and viola! It comes with few other plugins. (Google Search, META, RSS, and del.icio.us)
Akismet – spam control. You will need it big time. Just do it. Free for personal use only.
Counterize – counter style. Very useful to watch stats inside WordPress Admin. You still can use counters from 3rd party services by using Widget Text box.
Search Meter – Track search words in your search box. Neat.
Editor Monkey – WYSIWYG HTML Editor It is a must—helps make your posts look prettier and use less codes. It comes with TinyMCE and FCKeditor.
VideoPop – It is not exactly like Google or YouTube Video Plugins, but it will help you automatically set up video and it will pop up nicely. It requires a little code. (Copy and paste) There’s more video plugins (Google, YouTube, etc.) — click here.
Contact form – This is a ready made contact form – plugs in to your WordPress and activate it. It will set up automatically for you once you pick which page to install. Very nice.
Remember, not all plugins are widget-supported. Fear not! Most of the time, you can hack it easily by copying & pasting codes into a widget text box and it works like charm. I do use it for Fomdi.com codes and it is very easy to install.
There’s a lot more at WordPress Plugins website. Those 10 are my favorites and use it with my blog site. Always read plugins instruction carefully – easy to make mistake.
Note: If you start using Widgets, make sure your theme support it. If not, it may not work at all. Also, if you decide to shop for new theme, make sure it is widget-support. You can find it easily by “check” widget before search themes. Click here.
If you want to learn how to optimize your WordPress into search engine, you should read this article. I found it useful. How to improve maximum search engine visibility. Click here.
Finally, if you didn’t see one of your favorite plugins — please leave a comment and let me know. I would love to know from you!!
I recently found this quick and easy tutorial on installing XAMPP Lite locally on Windows XP. This provides a great environment for testing and developing WordPress websites from your PC. The next logical step is converting this nice local installation into a live site as quickly and easily as possible. I found some excellent instructions from The Tamba2 WordPress Guides. These guides contain almost all the information used in this tutorial. I really just combined a bunch of the provided information to accomplish this specific task. I put all the instructions together here in a quick, and (hopefully) easy to follow tutorial. Let’s get started.
Prepare Your Database
Backup your local XAMPP MySQL database using the WordPress Backup Plugin. If you have the latest version of WordPress (2.03) this plugin is included. Just login to your WordPress Admin area, activate the plugin, go to Manage, and download a backup.
Find and isolate your *.sql file by unzipping the backup you just created.
Use SCR(a simple program that will search a large document and find and replace text) to search your *.sql file and replace all instances of
Save and close your SQL file.
Note: You could also use the find and replace feature in Wordpad if your database isn’t very large.
Log on to your hosting account or your webserver and create a new MySQL database for WordPress, call it whatever you want.
Once you have created your new database, find PHPMyAdmin, and open it.
Click the name of the database you just created from the dropdown menu.
At the top of the screen it should say “Server: your_server(probably localhost) Database: your_database_name”
Click the Import Tab.
Now click the Browse Button and browse to the location where you saved your *.sql file in the first part of the tutorial.
Click Go at the bottom.
You should get a message at the top stating: “Import has been successfully finished, XXX queries executed.”
Your new database is now ready to go, exit PHPMyAdmin.
Important: If you are importing an extremely large database, over 5MB, you may suffer from a timeout and failed import. If this is the case you need to manually upload your data in parts. See Podz detailed instructions for restoring if you are having this problem
Edit, Upload, and Go!
Browse to your local WordPress installation.
Open up your
wp-config.php file and input the MySQL details (username, password, etc.) of the new database you created in the previous step.
Note: If you want to continue using your local installation you will need to change wp-config.php back to what it was originally. You could also save a copy before editing.
Save and close
Upload the ENTIRE contents of your local WordPress folder to the new location on your webserver. This new location
should must be the same one you used in the first part of this tutorial when making changes to your *.sql file. This is important. If the locations are different, it will not work.
Your done, navigate to your new “live” WordPress powered website and enjoy.