Chrome extension to display unread emails in Gmail

Email is a good communication tool but it also tends to be the one in which we waste most of our time by continuously checking for new emails and unread mails instead of dealing with them in batch which can save a lot of time and is an efficient approach. I am also in a habit of checking my Gmail every now and then. That’s why I like to keep it close and then check the emails after fixed amount of time, like half hour or an hour.

I switched to Google chrome as my default browser some time back as it tends to react fast when it comes to my firefox setup loaded with so many plugins. I came across this great Chrome extension - Google Mail checker which keeps me notified of unread email Gmail messages. Moreover, it works for Google Apps users too.

Here is a screenshot of my Chrome :

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Just sign in your Gmail as you normally do and it will start showing you the number of unread emails count.

To use it for Google Apps, right click on the icon, select option and then enter the path to your domain name.

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It also animates when the count changes. Pretty simple & useful extension in my opinion.

I would like it to provide sound notifications too but sadly it is not there. May be it will annoy some users and defeat the whole purpose of concentrating more on work. We can have an option to enable notifications which can be disabled by default. What do you think?

If you wish you can view other Official extensions for Google products. They are useful but I don't use them all day long. May be you do.

Create PDF pages from URL and embed link in WordPress blog

pdfmyurl There are various web services which will offer you the facility of converting a webpage into a pdf file but there results were not quite satisfactory. The layout will break on many sites but yesterday I found out a service that I would like to share with you guys which gives quite good results, at least the best I have seen so far among free services and that too instantly. I don’t need to give my email address & then wait for the download link to arrive.

PDFMYURL.COM is a service which just gives you the pdf file to download without any hassles of waiting or sending you the links to your email address. Just type in the URL and the pdf file will start downloading the next moment. I would surely recommend it to anybody who wants to save a pdf version of web pages.

Embed Download as PDF Link in WordPress blog

You can easily embed the option of downloading the posts as pdf links in your WordPress theme. Just place the following PHP code inside the WordPress loop in your theme file where you want the link to appear.

<a href="http://pdfmyurl.com?url=<?php the_permalink(); ?>">Download as PDF</a>

Place it inside the WordPress loop and you will get the functionality to download posts as pdf without any plugin or additional load on your server.

savepdf Above is a screenshot of how it looks on my blog.

If you need any kind of help, then feel free to leave a comment & I will help you out.

Add blog feed to Facebook notes

facebook-notes You can add your blog feeds to your Facebook notes and your blog posts will appear as notes under your profile. It gives more exposure to your blog posts and you got nothing to lose as it doesn’t hurt. Try on.

Add Blog feeds

  • Go to your profile page on Facebook facebook-profile-link
  • Under the Share tab, Click on Options. facebook-share
  • Now click on Settings. facebook-options
  • Now look for Blog/RSS option to add your blog feed. facebook-share-select
  • Add the feed url here and click on Import.facebook-add-feed
  • From now on all your blog posts will appear as Notes under your profile.

Now your blog posts will have a better chance of getting exposure. Remember don’t let your content go down deep in the archives, get it out, spread the word. Have your say in the comments.

List of topics of a particular bbPress forum

This tutorial will demonstrate the usage of custom queries so as to show topics of a certain bbPress forum along with Topic starter and Last Poster of inside WordPress. Before you can play around with bbPress information, you need to integrate WordPress with bbPress. After integration you can place this code anywhere in your template and it will fetch information from bbPress tables.

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Show bbPress forum list with posts & topics count in WordPress

This tutorial will demonstrate the usage of custom queries so as to show bbPress forum list inside WordPress. We would like it to display the list of forums along with their topic & post count.

Before you can play around with bbPress information, you need to integrate WordPress with bbPress. After integration you can place this code anywhere in your template and it will fetch information from bbPress tables.

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Show bbPress content inside WordPress

One way is to deep integrate both WordPress and bbPress so that one’s function can be called into another as both WordPress & bbPress are loaded every time a page is being generated either by WordPress or bbPress. However I am strictly against it as the overhead is not worth it. Its not at all recommended for busy sites because this will amount to increase in resources consumption and degradation in performance.

A good approach would be to mimic the functionality offered by one into another. First of all I would recommend integrating WordPress with bbPress so that they share the same database and then we can use SQL queries to fetch data from the database. The idea is to get the data by our queries and then we can manipulate as per our needs and mimic the functionality of the needed function.

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How to show Random Items out of a list

Picking up the scenario from my project NAP, that I faced was I needed to show some books with their respective links but I have to pick up only 4 out of the 5 books I had and the picking should be random on each page load.

You might say that php random function is the answer to the problem but I have a few things to talk about.

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