Matt Cutts from the Web Spam team at Google showcases the good and the bad of WordPress as seen through the eyes of Google, including basics on how Google search works and how you can boost your blog’s results in Google searches.
Web performance expert Nicole Sullivan discusses a set of best practices in the creation of supremely fast, visually impactful web sites at Yahoo headquarters from Sunnyvale, California (video – 42 minutes).
VideoPress is a one-click WordPress.com upgrade that allows you to create streaming high definition videos on your blog or anywhere on the web. You can even create an instant video podcast right from your blog feed.
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WordPress.com, one of the most used blog host, now allows users to post text and images by email. If you are at work with Outlook or on the move with a BlackBerry and wanted to publish at quick post, this feature can be extremely useful.
Post by Email, is simple to use.
From the new ‘My Blogs’ menu you can generate special email addresses. You can create as many email addresses as you need, one for each blog you have access to.
You can send email from any email client, whether in a browser, on your desktop, or from your cell phone and as much formatting will be retained as possible.
Your images will be included and automatically converted into thumbnails. If you include multiple images, they’ll be converted into a gallery.
Post by Email Features:
- Transcoding of any video files supported by the WordPress video player (mp4, mov, wmv, avi, mpg, and m4v).
- Add your email addresses directly into your address book using downloadable vCards. (You don’t even need to remember the address)
- Automatic notification of a published email post.
- Automatic removal of standard signature blocks, with support for manual removal of other signatures.
- Conversion of YouTube URLs into embedded videos.
An improved version of the quite known online dating software and social network SkaDate was launched these days.
SkaDate 7 is a completely new business software solution with a full set of up-to-date features for online dating and community web sites.
Now users may embed codes of favorite clips from any video sharing sources such as YouTube, Yahoo video, FaceBook, Metacafe, and others – it will save bandwidth and disk storage of a website, import contacts from popular email services like Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, track replies in forum topics, use new interface for creating blogs and so on.
SkaDate 7 introduces the new core engine with excellent performance which makes uploading a web site’s pages on average twice as quick then before.
In the new version customers and their users will find a number of general improvements and several features rewritten from scratch.You can test the demo here.
Just as they launched the new version the company already has an update: SkaDate 7 Update – Build 7.941 (improvements for News Feature, Text Formatting, Smilies, Ajax IM, Profile Notes, Rate Photos, Photo Approve tool, Site Suspend and added three new templates).
SkaDate is a PHP/MySQL web software and it’s running best on a Linux server (some additional software – for video processing – is required). See the server requirements here.
To get a glimpse of their new version watch this screencast presented by Natalie Antonova.
Skalfa eCommerce is the company behind SkaDate dating software and it’s based in Indiana, USA and Czech Republic (although some people say they are from Kyrgizstan actually).
BitGravity (CDN) announces new Advanced Progressive™ API for Interactive Video Application Development
What does that mean?
It means that BitGravity’s patent pending Advanced Progressive application programming interface (API) for H.264 and FLV-encoded video now supports Progressive Downloads, Auto Bitrate Adjustment and Virtual Clips.
This is a major breakthrough in HD streaming (see the demo below).
This new API enables developers to inject advertising, automatically adjust bitrates, add virtual clips and other additional advanced features into their H.264- and FLV-encoded video, unlocking the ability to create affordable and scalable interactive HD video applications for the first time.
With the Advanced ProgressiveTM API, BitGravity customers can add a variety of advanced features to FLV- and H.264-encoded video, including:
- * enabling auto bitrate adjustment between series of encoded videos
* seeking to any portion of video by time code without having to download an entire file
* showing select scenes from a larger video
* creating start and stop points
* allowing time-range requests
* synchronizing videos from time codes
* delivering bandwidth control
BitGravity’s content delivery network (CDN) was engineered to enable a new wave of High Definition, live and interactive content on the Internet (we’ve presented Bitgravity in the Content Delivery Networks providers list).
BitGravity offers a library of source code that makes it easy for customers to use the Advanced ProgressiveTM API and introduce feature-rich interactive video applications. H.264 streaming with
Advanced ProgressiveTM is a new option with BitGravity’s content delivery service.
“From inception, our service was intended for interactive, fast-loading, HD content delivery across the mainstream Internet, and this new release of our Advanced ProgressiveTM API with H.264 support is another milestone in keeping with this original vision,” said Barrett Lyon, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and co-founder of BitGravity.
“With the move toward high-definition video and the demand for advanced feature sets, successful content delivery networks must have rich APIs capable of supporting customers with cutting-edge interactive video applications,” said Dan Golding, Vice President and Research Director with Tier1 Research http://www.t1r.com.
You can see a demo of their technology here: http://demo.bitgravity.com/advanced
There are two links there: “H264 Advanced Seeking and Auto Bitrate” and “H264 Virtual Video Clipping”
By default, “H264 Advanced Seeking and Auto Bitrate” will be opened and you can start testing.
Follow the red arrows from the image below.
For advanced seeking, you can drag the arrow to the location you want along the loading bar, even if the clip is not fully loaded yet. For audio bitrate adjusting, click on the spot that the red arrow is pointing to.
There are three options: high, low and automatic.
The changes can be seen in real time (especially if you choose the “low” option and then back to “high“).
To see “H264 Virtual Video Clipping” click on that link and follow the red arrows from the image below.
Choose a time interval (between 00:00 and 20:54) and click Update. You will see the jump.
BitGravity, Inc., built the first content delivery network (CDN) optimized to instantaneously deliver HD-quality video on demand, live and via interactive applications to massive audiences on the Internet.
The company is based in Burlingame, CA and is privately held, with strategic investment from Allen & Company, Tata Communications and private investors.
SkaDate is a social networking and online dating software platform supporting videos and photo albums. It can be seen here: www.skadate.com
Ska Date has been developed by Skalfa eCommerce, employing 18 dedicated programmers and support staff. They recently opened their representative EU office in Czech Republic instead usual UK. Besides dating software their other product line is Chuppo rich media applications, which are actually part of SkaDate.
Sites features are customizable from administration module, like Press, Search, Photo, Multimedia, Profile view, Events, Messages, Virtual Kiss, Friends Only Photos, Flash chat, Instant messenger, Photo rate, Profile Rate, Friends Networking, Polls, Ads, Tags, Bookmark, Blocklist, Chuppo Recorder, Forum, Blogs, Password Protected Photos, Profile comments and HTML usage in profiles.
They also offer a hosted version of this software. Check it out here
From administration module was possible to assign cost for each event or leave it as free service. The software supports unlimited membership levels allowing setup events for each level and limiting even the event usage per day or month.
SkaDate supports several payment gateways like PayPal, ccBILL, SecurePay, Authorise.net, SecPay, etc.
The navigation menu was customizable to each member level group so members will see only functions allocated to the membership level.
The administration module allows customization of multimedia and photo parameters, limiting the number of invitations, creating virtual kiss templates, enabling the friends’ network and customizing the profile fields which can be even dependent to each other.
Customizable watermark can be added to photos and videos to protect copyrights.
The product becomes with 18 layout templates and the customer can get additional templates free of charge from their website when those will become available free of charge. I assume that knowing little bit CSS the programmer can write their own templates for the site.
PHPMotion is a truly free open source media social networking platform supporting video and audio social networking.
It’s downloadable from www.phpmotion.com website after you had registered to the software support forum.
Latest stable version was 1.2 but I tested and evaluated version 2 beta which worked without any crashes and with only small inconveniences.
The product installation was quick however you must have lot of open source modules pre-installed to your server, including LAME MP encoder, Libbogg and Libvorbis, Mencoder and MPlayer, FFMpeg-PHP, GD Library 2, etc. which was taking a week of my time to get those running afterwards to find out that my service provider does not support background processes and MP3, MPEG files download.
So you should consider the hosting service where those modules are already installed. PhpMotion website lists four of hosting ready service providers, where the starting price $2.99 was per month.