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Those of you running WordPress-based blogs may want to look into this plugin

My blog postings have dropped to near-zero after I started on G+, but with +Daniel Treadwell 's plugin, I have the best of both worlds (after updating to the latest version 1.0.6). Check it out! 🙂

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Google+Blog for WordPress – HELP

This post is a brief rundown of the plugin and the settings that it makes available. If you have an questions or feedback please comment. Your reshares are appreciated.


Google+Blog for WordPress (http://www.minimali.se/google+blog/) allows you to easily (and automatically) import your public Google+ posts, as well as their comments into your blog. Posts will include images and video, as well as links to articles you may have shared.

On import the plugin will first try to make a heading from the first line of your post, so please keep this in mind when formatting your posts on Google+.

If a post contains a hashtag they will be automatically added as tags to the post in WordPress.

Images, videos and articles are linked to and embedded (where possible) into your posts. If your post contains an image album, it will display a thumbnail for all of the images except the feature image.

Comments are imported (and updated) as far back as your post history setting allows.

Whilst I do my best to keep this plugin both easy to use and bug free, I cannot be held responsible for any problems you may have because of its use. In saying that, if you do have any problems just send me a message on Google+ or via email and I will do my best to help you.

Initial setup

To use this plugin all that you need is a WordPress (wordpress.org) install that allows you to load plugins, as well as a Google+ (plus.google.com) account and API Key (code.google.com/apis/console/). The first two are self explanatory, but the API Key may not be. It is required to fetch your public posts from Google and is done by following these steps.

1. Go to http://code.google.com/apis/console/
2. Create new project (if you have not been here before)
3. Switch on the Google+ API and accept the terms
4. Your key is now visible under the 'API Access' menu. Click through and see 'API Key' under the 'Simple API Access' subheading.


To get started you must edit the Google+Blog options under the Settings menu via WordPress. Please fill in the following values.

As mentioned above, this gives you access to your Google+ feed.

Google+ Profile ID
This is your unique identifier on the Google+ network. In Google+ click on your name and it should direct you to a URL that looks like this: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103697821787469756035/posts?hl=en . Your Profile ID is the 21 digit number found in the URL (Mine is 103697821787469756035).

Post History
This setting determines how far back to look through your post history with each update. The higher the number, the more posts that will be imported (or updated).

Post Overwrite
If enabled (by default), this will update your existing imported Google+ posts with whatever is pulled from the Google+ feed. If you make any changes at all to these posts, they will be overwritten in the next iteration.

Exclusion Category
You will be able to stop your imported posts from appearing on the the front page of your blog by selecting one of the categories you are importing your posts into (specified below in 'Categories'. Your posts will still be accessible by the categories you specify below directly.

This is the default status for an imported post. Most people will be happy with publish, but if you wish to use another simply choose between pending, future, private and draft.

The author selected here will be the author shown on the posts in WordPress.

Default categories can be chosen by selecting them from the list. Each imported post will appear to be in all the categories chosen.

A comma seperated list of tags you would like applied to the post.

+Robert Scoble +Chris Pirillo +Colby Brown +Ryan Crowe +Christina Trapolino +Ahmed Zeeshan +Linda Lawrey +Johnathan Chung +Peter McDermott +Guy Kawasaki +Jason Calacanis +James Russell

#GooglePlus #WordPress #GooglePlusBlog #Blog

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Google+ Blog Concept – Daniel Treadwell. View your Google+ Posts in the form of a clean and simple blog. Also home of the Google+Blog WordPress plugin.

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Tweaks & Tech

WordPress tweaks – resolving character encoding issues

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Yay – I’m finally able to type in Japanese on WordPress!  I wasn’t able to do so when I was writing about my Kusatsu experiences because of character encoding issues.  Every time I tried writing any Japanese characters, they would display as question marks (??????)

However, after searching around (yay for Google), I found that commenting out 2 lines in the wp-config.php file resolves this issue.

Just for reference, in case anyone stumbles across this post while trying to resolve the same issue, the following lines need to be commented out:

define(‘DB_COLLATE’, ”);
define(‘DB_CHARSET’, ‘utf8’);

Commenting out is easily done, by adding two forward slashes in front of those lines, like so:

//define(‘DB_CHARSET’, ‘utf8’);
//define(‘DB_COLLATE’, ”);

Just remember: BACKUP your original wp-config file – work on a copy, so that you can always restore the original file if something goes wrong!

As a final note, also make sure that permissions to the file are correctly set – for some reason, uploading the edited file removes some of the original permissions, and I have to manually reset them to match the original settings.

Final note!  I would recommend using a program such as Notepad (or even better, Notepad++) to make any edits.  I originally tried Dreamweaver but that scrambled something and WP wouldn’t even let me access the admin logon page anymore…  (x_x)