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How to Create a Bookmark website using WordPress, TDO Mini Forms plugin, Thesis Theme

Today I am going to share with you this experiment I have been working during the last couple of days. I found a very interesting WordPress plugin called TDO Mini Forms, this plugin turns your blog into a bookmarking website,  discussion form, contact manager and make it easier to accept guest posts by allowing you to add highly customizable forms and integrate these forms into your WordPress Theme.

The amazing thing about using this plugin is the URL field of it’s form, it will allow your websites members to add their own original post links, which means they will get a backlink each time they submit a new link to the website, and it’s a DoFollow link as well and you decided which anchor text to add simply by submitting a title, and all this works from the front end of your WordPress blog.

Setting up and Redesigning Babel Talk link submitter

Let’s say that I was interested enough to create a complete new blog on an old domain of mine called Babel Talk, and run the TDO Mini Forms plugin on it to check how it will work, I also used Thesis Theme (learn more about the new version Thesis 1.7)and dress it up with one of the Free Thesis Skins, it’s the Fresh Company free skin, of course I have played a little with it’s CSS file trying to give a unique and a simple look to exactly match what I need, and Cool thing! Now it looks like a bookmark website! Of maybe it’s better to call it a link submitter.

The Login and profile links on Babel Talk sidebar

During working on Babel Talk, I realized that members would prefer NOT to see and/or use the back-end login form and deal with it, so I used Theme My Login plugin that create a nice sidebar widget and allow members to register right from the front-end and get their automatically generated password by email, so members will deal with the back-end only when they need to update their information and bio.

BabelTalk.net the wordpres link submitter

How Babel Talk will drive traffic to your links

First of all, let me list below some of what I think you can get by submitting a link to Babel Talk:

  • Free backlink to your article
  • Promotion to your article in FriendFeed
  • More traffic by getting more retweets

I am imagining that submiting Babel Talk feed to my FriendFeed and some other feed networks that will aggregate all links and spread them out there for different audience through my accounts, and as I said before all the links are for the original articles, and this means who ever click on them will not even visit Babel Talk at all or even know it exists, and this explain why Topsy plugin can show high amount of tweets for each link, it’s simply because Topsy grabs information from the original links, and this means whenever someone retweet the link will be retweeting the original link as well.

I appreciate if you give Babel Talk a visit and see how it look, and submit some of your posts, this will help on testing it, I am carouse to know how it will work for you.

What TDO Mini Forms plugin can do?

TDO Mini Forms plugin has so many features and options, basically it allows you to add highly customizable forms and integrate it into your WordPress Theme and allows non-registered users and/or subscribers (also configurable) to submit and edit posts and pages. New posts are kept in “draft” until an admin can publish them (also configurable). Likewise edits can be kept be automatically kept as revisions until an admin approves them. It can optionally use Akismet to check if submissions and contributions are spam. TDO Mini Forms can be used to create “outside-the-box” uses for WordPress, from Contact Managers, Ad Managers, Collaborate Image Sites, Submit Links, etc.

Other ways to use TDO Mini Forms plugin

This plugin is really awesome, and I hope it’s support will grow as it’s sill very new born plugin as you can see the latest Version is 0.13.7 and it’s amazing that you can use it in different ways:

For gust posting:

You can setup the plugin and create the form to allow your guest posters to submit their posts from the front-end for your approval. It’s exactly the way it works on Babel Talk but without submitting external links field, in this case posts will be stored in your WordPress database with internal link to the guest post, maybe this will change the process of submitting posts and make it more easier, and also it’s a good idea if you want to start a new guest posting blog.

Discussion forum:

It can turn your blog to a simple discussion forum, you will need a special theme in this case, check the discussion forum demo on the plugin website.

Contact Manager:

This is what I found out, you can use this plugin with some other plugins to create a simple contact manager, check the contact manager demo.

Websites using TDO Mini Forms

There is some other examples for websites running TDO Mini Forms plugin, and it’s working, I actually submitted a link to WebDesign News and it send me good ammount of traffic for couble of days while I was creating Babel Talk, and the good thing is it has a PageRank of 4.

  • WebDesign News an aggregator of useful blog articles, tutorials and how-to guides to help you learn new skills and stay current.
  • Indilean – Indie Music Blog, Lyrics, Meaning, for post song lyrics here to help fans find your stuff online and stimulate discussion.

Watch This video

This video from Cadamie Land of Indilean explains what you can do using the TDO Mini Forms plugin

Conclusion

WordPress was basically created for blogging and bloggers, but it could be used for other websites purposes and in so many other ways by extending it’s features and change the way it works using plugins, som times I think that WordPress can do anything you want it to do for you., it’s actually an amazing CMS platform. It’s also used by big companies to create their websites widely these days.

A few Questions for our Readers

I hope you enjoy this post, and looking forward for some discussion in the comments, I just want to ask for opinion about TDO Mini Forms plugin, and if you think a website like Babel Talk can make it get a good rank if almost all links on it is going to be external? should I DoFollow all links to Tag and Category archives in order to index them by search engines?

I create websites with WordPress, and I develop Thesis Skins. I am a social network lover. I am also the night creature who works hard to keep this project up. Owner and founder of the Famous Blog.

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  • Shaina March 16, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Thanks for this article!
    Is there a way to integrate unique sharing through individual screen names? So readers can post in their own individual stream.

  • Robert February 17, 2012, 7:44 am

    Hi Hesham

    How do I know if a site is built with drupal, wordpress or joomla? I only know that we have view source but dont know exactly where to see in view source.

    • Hesham Zebida February 17, 2012, 10:27 am

      Looking into the page source, you can figure it out:

      – WordPress > has a wp-content folder, so you can know it by looking at embedded scripts in the head of something!

      – Drupal > has a /sites/all/ folder, you can identify it from there!

      – Joomla > in some cases has a /components/ folder.

      Anyways, if you are working with these 3 CMSs you won’t find problem knowing which one is used on a website, in most cases you will find the CMS name in the code somewhere!

  • Ankur Rautela November 12, 2011, 9:53 am

    can i use this plugin with buddypress ????

    • Hesham Zebida February 17, 2012, 10:27 am

      Not sure about that, however this plugin has no updates since some time now!

  • Ana October 13, 2011, 5:18 pm

    Im going to give a try to babel.
    Site is mega great and its strange why people doesnt ues it.
    Maybe you shuld do advertising on some blogs writing about free dofollow bookmarking sites.
    Btw babel is PR
    Only for me is strange that there are seo, marketing, tec, etc posts… is this mean you doesnt accept health articles?
    Regards Ana

  • Mihir April 23, 2011, 10:09 am

    is there a way to upload image and attach as feature image of post created using tdomf ?

  • Lennart Heleander November 6, 2010, 12:22 pm

    Hi Hesham,
    This little older article have not see before, very interesting about Bable talk link submitter, I going to registered me on it and see what it can give me. Thanks.

  • Justyna October 26, 2010, 9:53 am

    Hi Hesham,

    Excellent tutorial on creating social bookmarking or link submitting site :)
    And the Babel Talk looks awesome, so spacious, clean and light – congratulations!

    I couldn’t resist registering ;) and I’m waiting for my first link to be accepted.

    Best wishes
    Justyna recently posted..Little known facts about Feed GeneratorMy Profile

    • Hesham October 26, 2010, 10:06 am

      Hi Justyna,

      nice of you to stop by, I’ve approved your link!

      P.S. BabelTalk is still a kind of demo site, maybe if I got some time for it I will do more enhancements!

  • AJ June 17, 2010, 9:31 pm

    What about the “vote it up” plugin?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/vote-it-up/screenshots/

    Have you had any experience with this?
    AJ recently posted..C&M Clean And Minimal Wordpress ThemeMy Profile

    • Hesham June 17, 2010, 9:49 pm

      Because I was testing on BabelTalk.net while writing this post, I will probably try it latter when I have time, but as you can see from on the site I have used the Topsy tweet button instead!

      I love to try everything, so.. who knows what could come next ;)

      • AJ June 17, 2010, 10:26 pm

        Oh yea, I am loving the Topsy Tweet. Its really nice looking…not so ugly like the green retweet button.

        You have time…when does that happen? :) You seem like a busy man.
        AJ recently posted..C&M Clean And Minimal Wordpress ThemeMy Profile

        • Hesham June 17, 2010, 10:49 pm

          lol it depends on so many things, so.. I think not before one month from now :)

  • srihari reddy April 11, 2010, 6:17 pm

    Hello

    I installed but no success can u please help me to finish the things

    its my kind request

    • Hesham April 11, 2010, 7:30 pm

      Hello, plz read more on the TDO Mini Forms forum bulletin.helppalestine.org as this is what I am trying to do!

  • Cadamie Land February 13, 2010, 3:57 pm

    Hello Hesham, I’ve tried to figure out what the problem is that you might be having, with TDO Mini Forms frezing, and I hate to say I’m just not sure! I am using an older version of WordPress but I would assume the product is useable with the latest release. You should ask your question on the forums here: http://thedeadone.net/forum/ the creator is very responsive and supportive :)
    .-= Cadamie Land´s last blog ..Double Life =-.

  • Pubudu Kodikara February 12, 2010, 11:16 am

    This sure is a great post bro! But i was thinking… can you write a post about how to make social sites with Drupal like you have done in MMO Social network?
    .-= Pubudu Kodikara´s last blog ..How To Turn Off Windows Indexing Service =-.

    • Hesham February 12, 2010, 2:58 pm

      Ah! I wish I can do that soon, it’s not that easy to create a social network, specially with Drupal! I remember a few years back I was struggling to use Drupal, created a few websites for testing and I didn’t feel comfortable because it’s kind of complicated as you have to do lots of steps and take care of each little detail of your website!

      I will try to write about this on the first chance I can, but this is not a promise ;)

      • Pubudu Kodikara February 12, 2010, 8:13 pm

        :D oki bro :D i hope you’ll find time for it :D
        .-= Pubudu Kodikara´s last blog ..How To Turn Off Windows Indexing Service =-.

  • Cadamie Land February 10, 2010, 1:08 am

    Thanks for the mention! TDO Mini Forms has been working great for my site and the best part is, it has an “edit this story” feature that stimulates further revisions much like a wiki. I created a video tutorial for TDO Mini Forms to help people get started, it’s on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2Hu-lH9gME

    Rock!
    .-= Cadamie Land´s last blog ..Double Life =-.

    • Hesham February 10, 2010, 2:25 am

      Of course I sow the video before, it’s awesome! I thought to publish it here on the post, Can I? Thanks Cadamie for the visit, your website rocks and I visit it some times to enjoy the music, it’s bookmarked :)

      • Cadamie Land February 10, 2010, 10:45 am

        Hey Hesham,

        Definitely! Go ahead and share the video, thanks for asking. I got another message this morning about using TDO Mini Forms and a “freezing” problem, I plan on responding but have back to back meetings so it might come later.

        Again, great post and thanks for the props on mine.
        .-= Cadamie Land´s last blog ..Double Life =-.

        • Hesham February 10, 2010, 3:16 pm

          The video is added to the post, it’s a great add!
          take your time, I will be waiting for your reply!

  • Dennis Edell February 9, 2010, 11:23 am

    Very cool Hesham, I just picked up a couple plugins to check out. :)
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Here We Go! Theme Construction Part 1 – Your Participation Is Wanted-Needed! =-.

    • Hesham February 9, 2010, 9:23 pm

      There is lots of new plugins developed everyday, I think we should give some time to check what’s new, it’s a good inspiration.

  • element321 February 9, 2010, 12:48 am

    I think this a great idea, I think if its setup correctly, proper marketing, and the feeds feeding out to place like twitter, friendfeed, cliqset, and other social media sites, it might work. Actually would’t mind trying it out, even helping out if you need the help.

    The things that annoy me about most bookmarking sites is it takes me to bookmark site. The way you set it would work well.
    .-= element321 @ evolutionary desings´s last blog ..Weekly Link Love =-.

    • Hesham February 9, 2010, 2:49 am

      Sure it is, I just need to be sure that tag pages are indexed, this domain has a PageRank of (1) , and it’s 2 years old and this is why I used it rather than buying a new fresh domain, It’s an open invitation to spread your links through my feeds ;)

      You can do a great help by submitting some of your posts and maybe mention it once on your blog, I will appreciate that.

      I can not hide the fact that I got more traffic than I imagine from “WebDesign News”, you must give it a try if you have any post talking about design! (this is a traffic tip ;)

      • element321 February 9, 2010, 9:30 am

        Just created an account on there and submitted a link. Did not show up in the list. Does it have to be approved first?
        .-= element321 @ evolutionary desings´s last blog ..Blogging Tips #3 – Blogging Resources =-.

        • Hesham February 9, 2010, 9:22 pm

          It shows now, I have upgraded your account, and yes I set it to approve everything not to get some spammy stuff and have to remove them.

          • element321 February 10, 2010, 12:29 am

            Hesham,

            This works! I am already getting traffic from it. Not a lot but enough that it helps.
            .-= element321´s last blog ..links for 2010-02-09 =-.

        • Hesham February 10, 2010, 12:43 am

          LOL! I told you ;)

          Don’t forget to add killer titles and don’t over submit to it, it will work for you if you keep using it wisely!

          • element321 February 10, 2010, 1:35 am

            So what kind of traffic are you seeing on the site now?
            .-= element321´s last blog ..links for 2010-02-09 =-.

        • Hesham February 10, 2010, 2:16 am

          I am talking about 31 visits yesterday

  • Antti Kokkonen February 9, 2010, 12:42 am

    Any website can rank as long as it gets some links in too. So as long as it gets good links in, it doesn’t matter if it has thousand more going out. I think (blog) directories and other link sites prove this already.

    For tag-/category indexing, I personally choose to index one of those, the one that makes more sense. Personally, I nearly always index category-pages and noindex tags (and I do this with Robots Meta -plugin).
    .-= Antti Kokkonen´s last blog ..Give it Away for Free =-.

    • Hesham February 9, 2010, 2:10 am

      Perfect, you have answered my questions .. and not only that, but you have told exactly what I was thinking of!

      And yes! one of those only to be indexed (tag/category), and while I was cheeking one website using the same technique and linking to so many websites, but it index the tag-pages, I think for a normal blog it’s better to index category-pages, but in my case I will go for indexing the tag-pages, I think this will increase the number of indexed pages!

      One thing I should tell you about this Babel Talk website Antti, it’s not able to have a site map to be submitted to Google webmasters tools! because the links are not on the same domain ;) there must be something I am missing or a way to discover to get it the site map to be submitted!

      • Antti Kokkonen February 9, 2010, 2:54 am

        Yup, indexing tags would be my choice on site like that too, just to get more pages indexed just like you said…

        The problem with Google Webmaster tools is odd, but I haven’t done a site like Babel Talk, but I think it has something to do with the overall setup and how the plugin “generate” the content. I hope you get it sorted.

  • Stetson February 8, 2010, 7:01 pm

    I am concerned with WordPress’ treatment of guests, and that is the main reason up until now we have been avoiding that platform.

    Hopefully things have changed.

    What we have noticed in the past:

    -Some versions of WorldPress have a white page bug

    -WordPress seems to want to issue new passwords for every new blog the commenter wishes to leave a comment on. I am referring to blogs where registration is necessary. What this does is force WordPress commenters to keep a whole library of WordPress passwords.

    -Akismet is sometimes used as a censoring device by WordPress clients. That is, instead of just deleting a comment the philosophy of which does not agree with the blog owner, the owner reports the person to Akismet, and then, the commenter cannot leave comments on the majority of WorldPress blogs. (is white paged).

    We find this terribly counterproductive.

    Akismet was meant to filter spam, and what it is effectively doing is filtering ideas.

    Unless we can be assured that there aren’t a whole army of folks out there having bad feelings about being mistreated in the past by Akismet and WordPress, we are having trouble making a decision to go with WordPress, regardless of how attractive the platform might be otherwise. (And, make no mistake, we find WordPress very professional and desirable.)

    Any comments regarding these concerns would be very much appreciated.

    Stetson

    • Hesham February 8, 2010, 10:57 pm

      MMmm! I am not sure about the “white page bug” and probably you didn’t check Wordpress since long time, there is a wide rang of big companies got their websites developed on WordPress platform, and there are over 18 million WordPress publishers out there!

      For example Ford Motor and Volkswagen, also CNN’s Political Ticker, BBC,Time, Digg, … etc, I mean check the Wordpress VIP page! and in addition to that I personally have used Wordpress to create website for our clients in a company I was working before.

      It’s interesting to see these companies using Wordpress, if they are using it then it’s another approve of the Power of Wordpress, can do it, then you can do it!

  • Keller Hawthorne February 8, 2010, 6:23 pm

    Nice tip Hesham! I always hand-code my forms for full customization, but this looks like a fabulous plugin for those not familiar with html/css.

    BTW: I love how you designed your Babel Talk site!
    .-= Keller Hawthorne´s last blog ..Win My New Premium WordPress Theme – Fresh Journal – Or Get $10 OFF! =-.

    • Hesham February 8, 2010, 7:32 pm

      Indeed! and I also like the idea of using this plugin on guest blogging blogs, the guest poster don’t even need to contact the blog owner, just sign up for an account and save his post for review! pretty cool!

  • Ari Herzog February 8, 2010, 6:05 pm

    How is the server load with this plugin?
    .-= Ari Herzog´s last blog ..Share 1 Online Marketing Tip and Win 250 Free Business Cards via PrintRunner =-.

    • Hesham February 8, 2010, 6:58 pm

      It seems to be working fine, but I really can not answer this question as I don’t have members or high traffic yet! but you can think about it as a very normal blog like any other blog, the plugin allows you to add a form on the front-end for your users to submit their links.I see it’s working fine on other websites.

      Do you think there will be a load on the server when more users are using the form to submit their links?

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