Jetpack 2.1 Adds New Photo Gallery Types to WordPress: Tiles, Square Tiles, Circles, Slideshow

Jetpack Tiled Galleries Preview
Jetpack Tiled Galleries Preview

Jetpack, the WordPress plugin combo for self-hosted WordPress site, adds new “Tiled Galleries” feature in version 2.1.

“Tiled Galleries” allows you to display your in-post photo gallery in 4 new styles: Tiles, Squares, Circles, Slideshow. The Tiles and Squares layouts show captions when you hover the image. The new gallery types are mobile devices friendly, too.

Check out the live examples of all 3 options in this article.

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Important Things You Need to Check Before Installing a WordPress Plugin [Flowchart]

face painting and plug
face painting and plug
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WordPress Plugins offer custom functions and features so that your site meets your specific needs. Currently, there are over 20K plugins available in WordPress.org Plugin Directory. Not every plugin is well coded, there’s risk of installing WordPress plugins.

It is not unusual that a bad plugin could bring down the entire WordPress site. I did installed some plugins that cause extreme high server load then brought down the web server. WordPress plugins that are poorly coded could also exposes your site to hacker attacks.

There are some questions you need to ask before you install a WordPress Plugin.

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How to Make Your Blog Mobile-Friendly in 5 Minutes using MobStac

MobStac make your blog mobile friendly

MobStac B! is a free service to turn your blog into a mobile-friendly site. It takes your blog’s feed URL and convert it to a mobile site which is compatible to almost ANY mobile devices, regardless smartphone or feature phone.

I am one of the closed beta member of MobStac B! (B for Blog). The setup is extremely easy. Simply submit blog URL and customize the mobile site (title, header image, tagline) and you are done!

MobStac B! not only supports almost any blogging platform (as long as your have a blog feed), also has a WordPress plugin for native integration.

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Automattic Stats for Self-Hosted WordPress Blogs

skeltoac released an Automattic Stats WordPress plugin for WordPress users. Automattic Stats is familiar to WordPress.COM bloggers because it is the default free web statistics for their blogs.

You need to get a free WordPress.com API key to install the Automattic Stats for your self-hosted WordPress blogs.

After installing Automattic Stats (or WordPress.com stats), you will get a “Global Dashboard” link under WordPress.com Blog Stats on your WordPress dashboard.

WordPress.com Blog Stats link

Clicking the link will lead you to WordPress.com Global Daskboard(dashboard.wordpress.com) where you can get the Blog Stats of your self-hosted WordPress blog.

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