A Ping is a message is used to let other people know that you have published new content on your site. The ping message is sent to different Update Servers of your choice, which in turn processes your ping to make your new post show up in different blog listings like Technorati and Google Blogs for example.
So why would you want to ping? One word: Traffic!
The more you let everyone know you have new posts, the more traffic to your site you'll expect. A ping also notifies different search engines that your site has updated.
The BlogPing Plugin is configured with Ping-o-matic by default, but you can add as many Update Services as you wish. The best thing about Ping-o-matic is that it automatically forwards your ping to 11 other Update Services and search engines.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A ping is automatically sent when you save your articles, so you can just sit back and relax.
BlogPing is installed like any other extension. It consists of one simple plugin that makes the job for you.
The BlogPing is configured to work out of the box, after you've enabled the plugin. You could still tweak the settings of your choice:
* Specify which categories to ping. Some or all?
* Enter a list of Update Services to use.
* Settings to ping on new posts or new and updated posts
* Enable or disable display of messages in backend.
* Works on Joomla 1.5+
* PHP 5 required
If you don't know what ping is, then you really missed something. This is something that almost every blogging plattform uses. A ping i basically a shout out to an update server, that your site has fresh content. The updateserver will then list your article automatically to it's blogpost listings.
Hopefully your ping will get You tons of new visitors, that you otherwise never would have reached.
* improved SEF Url handling
* BlogPing only displays messages to the user in the Backend.
Updated for Joomla 1.6+
Pros: Thanks to it, a new article in the Google search appear in 2-4 hours.
Disadvantages: If the list of servers to ping contains a lot of records, they may not work.
Technical support - do not used.
Using BlogPing for ping articles on blog.
Engaged in web technologies since March 2007. Use Joomla since December 2009.
Thanks for your awsome review. If you have any improvement suggestions or feedback, feel free to send me a mail /Daniel.
Now that is customer service (even if this version of it is free).
Very easy to install and manage. The hardest thing to do is rather finding the best ping channels.
Thank you so much for this superb little plugin!
Thank you very much for your review, and I'm glad that you're happy with the plugin. The best reward as a programmer is feedback from the users, so I allways try to help if my users request features :)
BlogPing is just the ticket. It now gives me back the ping function I had to leave behind with JaggyBlog.
THIS EXTENSION IS A MUST HAVE IF YOU'RE SERIOUS ABOUT PROMOTION OF YOUR SITE. PERIOD!!!!
Thanks for your review. I hope my plugin will help you.
So good the hear that my plugin gave you instant results, and many thanks for your great review. :)
The only think I would ask that that the developer include K2 support in the future. I would like to migrate my blog and articles to K2, but I need something like this to do it.
Keep up the good work!
Thanks for your review. There will most certainly be a plugin that works with the fantastic extension K2. Unfortunatelly K2 doesn´t support the functions that BlogPing relies on.
Hopefully the functionality will be added in K2 2.4.2, and then we will reprogram the plugin ASAP.
But if you are using front-end it posts "domainname.com/add" to ping services, not the real alliace. It uses wrong url resolving mechanism in frontend.
2. If you posting from frontend it's good to hide messages from each ping service from aughtor. They just shouldn't think about this. Then why they shou see this message?
Thanks for your feedback.
1. The upgraded version 1.6.1 for Joomla 1.6+ should solve this problem.
2. The upgraded version hides messages in the frontend.
When i am done, i set "published: yes" and save. Then BlogPing wont work/ping, and i have to set BlogPing to "ping only new articles: no", re-save/publish the article - whereupon it works fine and pings as it should, and again reset BlogPing: "ping only new.." to yes.
It would be better if BlogPing also looked at whether the article was published yet.
Did i explain that properly? :-D
Oh well. Id very much like that feature. :-)
Thanks for your review. An update of the Blogping is now available that looks if the article is published.
Thanks Daniel for a plugin that is straightforward, and works!