• Personal

    Thank you Mrs. D’Souza

    This post is 3 weeks overdue. But, like they say, better late than never! Some of you might know that I celebrated my birthday on August 16. And, this time around, Ashwina decided that she was going to spare no¬†expense, which works perfectly to my advantage ūüėČ The first thing amongst them all was my Bose QC20 noise cancelling headphones. Although, they are on the expensive side, you definitely get what you paid for. Once you switch them on, it filters out all the noise perfectly. The real test for this was when I carried them along with me on the Jubilee line, which by far is the noisiest train…

  • Plugins,  WordPress

    Auto-Close Comments v1.5

    I pushed through an update of Auto-Close Comments, Pingbacks and Trackbacks, the simple WordPress plugin that allows you to close comments, pingback and trackbacks on all your posts at the click of a button! And, v1.5 adds support for all custom post types. So, you no longer need to worry about those comments on some of your old custom post type posts. If you’re an existing user of Auto-Close, you’ll be able to update it from within your WordPress Admin area and if you’re not, then just head over to Plugins > Add New and search for “autoclose”. As usual, if you’re looking for support, please create a new ticket…

  • Better Search
    Plugins,  WordPress

    Better Search v1.3.4

    I’ve released Better Search v1.3.4 today. The biggest addition which has long been pending is the addition of a meta tag¬†that will allow you to set the search results page to stop being indexed.¬†Enabled by default, you can choose to disable the meta tag if needed. This should be¬†definitely better for SEO and recommended by Google. Setting the meta tag should eventually¬†stop Google and other search engines from¬†unnecessarily indexing the search results pages. This plugin also¬†adds support for Rocket Loader and fixes some minor bugs in the heatmap. I’ve also added a brand new header image for the plugin listed in the WordPress.org directory. How does it look? As usual,…

  • Add to Feed General Options
    Plugins,  WordPress

    Add to Feed and Add to Footer v1.3

    I released v1.3 of Add to Feed and Add to Footer plugins for WordPress. Existing users should be able to upgrade directly from within their Dashboards. Add to Feed¬†is a feed enhancement plugin that allows you to easily add a copyright notice and custom text/HTML to your WordPress blog feed. The custom text can be entered before and/or after the content of your blog post. Add to Footer¬†allows you to add any HTML or JS code to the footer for your WordPress theme. This ensures that you don’t need to keep adding the same code in case you change your theme. Simply enter the settings once and you’re good to…

  • Tower of London
    Personal,  Travel

    The Tower of London – Take 2

    A few weeks ago, Ashwina and I decided to get out and enjoy the bit of good weather that we have had of late. While it was still below 15 degrees and chilly, it was comfortable enough to not cover up with several layers of clothing. The destination was the Tower of London. We are members of Historic Royal Palaces and the membership gives us access to the Tower of London as well as four other tourist attractions in and around London. The Tower of London is around 15 minutes by DLR from our house and although we had visited it nearly two years back, we hadn’t visited every part…

  • Better Search - Seamless integration
    Plugins,  WordPress

    Better Search v1.3.3

    I pushed out¬†v1.3.3 of Better Search. The plugin replaces your WordPress search results with¬†highly relevant search results. This version comes with a brand new responsive admin interface similar to my other plugins as well an option to disable tracking of admins and editors. My favourite new addition to the plugin is the seamless integration mode. This mode¬†no longer needs¬†any search templates and gives you results completely integrated within your WordPress theme. This makes it completely compatible with all WordPress themes. This will soon be the new default option for fresh installs. If you use get_bsearch_heatmap manually in your themes, please be aware of the new syntax. The function now accepts…

  • Top 10 Meta box
    Plugins,  WordPress

    Top 10 v1.9.10.x

    I pushed an update for Top 10 a few days ago which brings you some cool new features including the ability to edit counts, set thumbnails and improved shortcode options. Following along the lines of Contextual Related Posts, Top 10 v1.9.10 brings a new meta box on your Edit Post / Page or Custom post type screen that allows you to set the custom thumbnail as well as edit the post count for the post. The meta box will use the same¬†meta field as specified in the General Settings. If you‚Äôre using the default field name i.e. post-image and you‚Äôre using my other plugins Contextual Related Posts and Where did…

  • Contextual Related Posts meta box
    Plugins,  WordPress

    Contextual Related Posts v1.9.1

    I released v1.9.1 of Contextual Related Posts yesterday.¬†This version adds a new meta box in your Add/Edit Post screen. You’ll also find this in the similar¬†screens for Pages and other Custom Post Types. The meta-box currently provides you with a single field that allows you to specify the URL of the thumbnail that you wish to use in case a Featured Thumbnail isn’t set for the post. In a future version of the plugin, this will be given priority over the Featured Thumbnail. The meta box will use the same¬†meta field as specified in the General Settings. If you’re using the default field name i.e. post-image and you’re using my…

  • Noah
    Movies & Theatre,  Reviews

    [Movie Review] Noah (or maybe no! ah!)

    I saw the promos of Noah and decided it was a movie that was definitely worth watching.¬†And I was wrong. If you’ve read the story of Noah from the Book of Genesis, you’ll agree with me. The movie borrows its story line from the actual story in the Bible and then throws in its own “masala” to end up telling a story that even more unbelievable and really painful. This could possibly be because the real story is short and they needed some fillers. But, throwing in some fallen angels was a joke! I like Russell Crowe as an actor, but this movie could have definitely received a bit more…

  • Where did they go from here
    Plugins,  WordPress

    Where did they go from here v1.7 released

    I’ve been cleaning up the code in my WordPress plugins and releasing one update at a time. I give you the newest version of Where did you go from here. This plugin will give you a set of related posts by a very different and unique criteria: What are your visitors viewing? You’ve seen this before on Amazon.com’s product pages? Amazon is a great example of visitor retention through recommendations. All of Amazon‚Äôs pages have a ‚ÄúCustomers who viewed this also viewed‚ÄĚ. Now ask yourself how many times you can clicked these links. One of the key changes to this plugin is the redesigned admin interface. It’s responsive and fits…

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