Thanks to this GREAT plug-in (Star Rating for Reviews) I was able to revamp my site’s review summary quite a bit to simplify the process. Before I had to hand-code the HTML for the summary, which led to problems when I revamped my blog as well as meant I had to be very diligent in making sure it kept updated (which I didn’t, sorry).
Now it automatically updates thanks to some PHP code, and it’s easy to sort and see when a review was posted, where to find it, and what the rating was. Awesome. 🙂
So check out the new page here and poke around. Maybe you’ll find a review you didn’t see before.
One of the reasons I wanted to update my blog was so I had a ton more control over the theme, layout, and plug-ins included in the WordPress installation. I’ve come to really appreciate having the extra control over what actually shows up in my layout. But one of the things I’ve struggled with has been banner advertisements.
I want to advertise. I’m not planning on making billions of dollars here, but would like a bit of some extra income from my writing if at all possible. But I’m not much of a marketer. And web design is very new to me. So figuring out where to put these banners has been a bit of a mystery.
Then I came across the MaxBlogPress Max Banner Ads plug-in. This is Review-ware, which I’ve never heard about before, but the idea is that it’s free to anybody who wants to write a review about it. So that’s this post. I think this thing is awesome.
I’ve been able to consolidate a few things into one widget. And it rotates the ads automatically.
So, as I said, I’m never going to make billions doing this. But it cleans up the look/feel of the blog significantly and handles the management of those things so I don’t have to.
I heartily recommend that anybody who has banner ads on their site check it out!