Upgrade WordPress.com to WordPress.org [Tips]


WordPress.com is a great platform for users who want to easily create a free website or blog. With more than 23 billion pageviews in 2010, the service is a hit with millions of users.

Premium themes are now available for WordPress.com, but the nature of the system still limits what plugins can be used and how deeply customized a design and overall site structure can be.

For that reason, it is natural that some WordPress.com users will want to take the leap to the self-hostedWordPress.org software.

Transitioning from WordPress.com to WordPress.org may seem daunting — especially for users who have lots of content and multimedia already hosted on WordPress.com. That’s why we decided to put together this screencast that walks through the entire process from beginning to end.

Moving From WordPress.com to WordPress.org

Note: This process covers moving from an existing WordPress.com blog to an existing WordPress.org installation. If you need help installing WordPress.org or finding a web host to use with WordPress.org, WordPress offers some recommendations.

Using Plugins to Re-create WordPress.com Features

As I point out in the screencast, the real key to getting WordPress.org to function (and look) like an older WordPress.com site comes via plugins.

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, has customized its hosted version of WordPress to include some built-in features that just aren’t included in a standard WordPress.org installation.

As a result, some media like videos, embedded tweets and polls may not show up properly.

I mention some of the most common plugins in the video, but here are some quick links:

  • WordPress.com Stats — This will give you the same kind of stats on WordPress.org that are available to WordPress.com users.
  • VideoPress — If you have ever paid for the VideoPress video upgrade, this plugin will bring the same functionality (and access to your VideoPress videos) to WordPress.org.
  • Wickett Twitter Widget — This is the same widget WordPess.com uses to display tweets in the sidebar of a blog.
  • Grunion Contact Form — This plugin was used as the basis of the new Contact Form feature in WordPress.com.
  • PollDaddy — This plugin will enable any polls created in WordPress.com.

After the Move

After moving content from WordPress.com to WordPress.org and installing any plugins to enable native WordPress.com functionality, users may want to consider purchasing the Site Redirect upgrade from WordPress.com.

For $12 a year, WordPress.com will redirect your old WordPress site links to the new site. These are proper 301 redirects which means search engines will get updated to redirect traffic as well. That also means that most users won’t need to pay for the upgrade after the first year.

You can learn more about Site Redirect at WordPress.com and add the feature from the Upgrades section of the WordPress.com dashboard.

Thanks to http://mashable.com/2011/02/09/move-blog-wordpress-com-org/


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Outlines 7 Social Good Initiatives for 2011

Bill Gates has released his 2011 Annual Letter on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, drawing attention to seven ambitious social good initiatives. Gates stresses the need for renewed investment in foreign aid even as international budgets struggle against cuts and deficits.

Gates positions himself as a representative for the world’s poorest, those who will not have a chance to lobby governments for support, writing: “Whether you believe it a moral imperative or in the rich world’s enlightened self-interest, securing the conditions that will lead to a healthy, prosperous future for everyone is a goal I believe we all share.”

The open letter, which can be found here, identifies seven key areas the Foundation will focus on in the coming year.

The greatest priority, Gates says, is ending polio. Since hitting its peak in the U.S. in 1952, the number of cases has gone down 99%; now, there are less than 1,500 known cases of polio worldwide. There are just four countries where polio transmission has not been stopped: India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. While these numbers have been dropping, Gates says the majority of outbreaks in 2010 were actually in countries that had been polio-free. The virus travelled back across borders into countries like Tajikistan and Congo.

Eradicating polio by investing in vaccines, Gates writes, could prevent polio-related deaths, eliminate costs for treating the disease in future years, and provide an example that dangerous diseases can be stopped. Gates says that by scaling the amount of polio vaccines — just $0.13 per dose — in the affected countries, we could save 3 million lives and $2.9 billion in treatment costs during the next decade.

“In the same way that during my Microsoft career I talked about the magic of software, I now spend my time talking about the magic of vaccines,” his letter says.

Other areas covered in the letter include the fight against malaria. The death toll from the illness dropped by 26% between 2000 and 2009, and Turkmenistan and Morocco were recently declared malaria-free.

Gates is also committed to saving the youngest children, claiming that 40% of the 8.1 million deaths per year of children under age five, happen in the first 28 days of life or the neonatal period.

HIV/AIDS continues to be a problem despite the fact that the number of people dying from AIDS has gone down by more than 20% in the last five years, to less than 2 million people annually. However, Gates is pushing for better results, writing: “Given all the lives that are at stake, I am impatient enough about this that I am willing to be viewed as a troublemaker by people who are happy with the status quo.”

Investment in agriculture, specifically for developing nations, is also one way to cut down on poverty and hunger. Gates writes that investments in seed, training, access to markets and innovative agricultural policy are already making a real difference worldwide.

In the U.S., the foundation’s biggest investments are in education. Improved teaching was highlighted as a way to enhance the country’s lagging international scores in mathematics, reading and science. According to the OECD PISA 2009 database, the U.S. was ranked behind at least 16 other countries in each category. Americans were significantly below average in their math scores compared to residents of other countries like Germany and Slovenia.

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Gates aims to improve teaching standards by gathering high-quality feedback from peer reviews and video tapes while rewarding excellent teachers and learning from their example. Technology is also playing a role as seen in Sal Khan’s online school, Khan Academy, which uses online exercises to diagnose students’ weak spots and also uses online dashboards to help other teachers work with the site in their own classrooms.

Lastly, Gates mentions the giving pledge, an individual commitment to give away a majority of one’s wealth during one’s life or through one’s will. While the current roster of 58 pledgees skews towards the enormously wealthy, Gates insists it was more about fostering the drive to give back, regardless of personal wealth or geographical location.

For more information, you can check out Gatesnotes.com, or join the fight to end polio here. And let us know what you think of the initiatives: Are Gates and the foundation heading down the right path? Sound off in the comments below.

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Reference: http://mashable.com/2011/02/01/bill-gates-social-good-2011/

Is This a Robot or Human? [Video]

Behold, the most real-looking robot ever created. It looks so human, you might think it’s some guy imitating a robot. Take a look at this video and notice how the thing actually breathes.

It’s called a Geminoid, which is a lifelike robot created to look exactly like its master. Geminoids are controlled by a computer system that replicates movements. The video shows the latest version of a concept started in 2005.

In this case, the robot’s subtle movements almost take it across that “uncanny valley,” where an android (or animation) gets close enough to appearing real that it borders on creepy.

How much progress does this represent? Look at this Geminoid from 2007, which looks primitive compared with this latest one:

Now, all this new robot’s makers at the Aalborg University in Denmark need to do is give this guy arms and legs and teach him how to walk, talk and think like Watson the supercomputer, and he’ll be ready to play Jeopardy.

What other uses could you foresee for this lifelike bot?

Reference: http://mashable.com/2011/03/04/lifelike-robot/

Google Science Fair Year 2011 [Video]

Google is looking for the brightest, best young scientists from around the world to

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submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today.

Reference: http://www.google.com/events/sciencefair/

Computers in 2020 – Amazing technolgoy [Video]

Microsoft Surface technology

Check it out. How Computers will be in Year 2020.

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