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Some of WPLift’s WP resources

WPLift.com | @WPLift

Reading up on “comments” again

WP Plugin Roundup

This will be an on-going project. I just started so there’s not a lot there right now; I’m going to create some blog posts (hope to use category hierarchy … that’s new for me) child pages and index them using this page.

Building Community Websites: Navigation and Usability

Building a Tourist Community Website With WordPress: Navigation and Usability Rules « Lorelle on WordPress

“We’re going to write a WordPress Plugin that makes sure Baripedia doesn’t break up every time URLs change. This plugin will replace public URLs with internal page IDs just like the original default URLs, similar to what WordPress does with its canonical redirects now, but differently. When rendering, it will replace those internal page IDs back to the current permalinks. This will make the entire site completely indifferent to the URL scheme that we choose and to page hierarchy.

Stay tuned for more news on how this breadcrumb navigation and redirection WordPress Plugin develops.

Great stuff … solid, and really well written.

p.s. almost entirely unrelated: Lifestream displays your social feeds and photos much like you would see it on many of the social networking sites. from ibegin.com … not light, and apparently it bogs some … but sure would be nice as an addition to a personalized About page, a UserProfile page.

8+ Things You’d Like To Know Just Now

10 Things You Need To Know About WordPress 2.7 | Technosailor.com; as I tweeted just now, “Pretty much MustRead … mucho shiny.” You’ll prolly also want to read December 11, 2008 – WP2.7 “Coltrane” (by Matt. Filed under Development) at WordPress.org.
And while you’re at Aaron’s site, check out his TwitPitch plugin, an alternative contact form that originates a DM to you. This is a brilliant idea, but Aaron informs me that it quit working a little while ago … deff promote as ToDo.

This all has me wondering if I’m still need to find a good comment threading plugin or not.


 

Jeff Chandler’s “List Of WordPress Plugins I Use“. Thanks to Jeff for that list and for pointing me to “30+ Tools to Turn WordPress into a Personal Hub” at Mashable. (And his tip on redirecting snoops away from your plugin directory.)

Other plugins of interest:

  • Sideblog … kinda like tweets directly into your sidebar. Related would be tWPtter (pronounced t-WHIP-ter), which is “a micro-blogging plugin for WordPress”.
  • Custom Field Widgets Plugin … one of many; I’m going to munge through this whole type to find what will fit a very specific need. More l8r
  • “With Comment Sorter, readers can disable Trackbacks and also decide what order they would like to read the comments.” Yaaa, that’s the sorta customize functionality I want: neat and user-friendly.
    Also by RaProject.com, WP Ajax Edit Comments: “allows users and admins to edit comments on a post. Users can edit their own comments for a limited time, while admins can edit all comments”.
    From Performancing.com: “7 Great Examples of WP Threaded Comments”
    I spoze this is the place to put “MyCaptcha for Comments“. Not what I need just now, but dandy if your situation is different.
  • Use WordPress as a Forum! … who can resist this? See it in action on TheDeadOne’s site.
  • Role Manager -“WP2.0 introduces the concept of Roles. Each Role is allowed to perform a set of tasks called Capabilities. This Plugin allows you to define and manage multiple subscriber profiles – called Roles and their Capabilities. Also you can create new Roles and Capabilities.” There is also Role Scoper to be considered; I’m gonna need to roll something like this into Mooo.
  • Rate Your Comments (Comment Karma). In line with this is SezWho; “a comment rating/reputation based service. Users rate on comments for a given post which can in turn, leverage ratings of a commenter on other blogs.”
  • Here’s two I consider non-negotiable: Subscribe to Comments and Live Comment Preview. Somewhat related, WP_EasyReply. (Jeff has posted an elegant enhancement to this.)
  • QuickPost WordPress Plugin – “Inspired by the tumblr.com’s bookmarklet … this plugin allows you to quickly post text, images, photos, quotes, and videos to your WordPress implementation.”
  • And mebbe just cuz I luv tabbiness: Tabbed Widgets (“one can easily create tab and accordion type blocks of content without writing a single line of code. Simply select the widgets you want to appear as tabs, specify their tab titles and a new tabbed widget is created automatically”) and post Tabs (“postTabs allows you to easily split your post/page content into Tabs that will be shown to your visitors.”))

Not spidered: Ozh reviews the WordPress Plugin Competition 2008: Part One and Part 2 of 2.


 

p.s. WordPress et al is doing a GPL shakeout … started with “cleaning up” the themes collection, but it’s reverberating down into plugin territory. Viz.: “”Why Were 200 WordPress Themes Removed?” and “Removal of 200 GPL-licensed WordPress themes; Automattic putting the boot to premium theme developers

10 – X Best Plugins for Comments

10 – 4 …. I found six good ones from this list.
*ripped from 10 Best Plugins To Get More Comments [Makes me crazy when folk say “Check here” and they aren’t even using the plugins they just pimped … insanity, pure and simple. -bdt]

Here are the ones that really caught my eye (not confirmed/verified):

Came across this one while rummaging around: Top Commenters Plugin / Widget.

Ok … I just couldn’t quit; here’s a whole other set:

  • AJAXed WordPress (AWP) – “harnesses the power of both AJAX and WordPress to improve the user experience, the administration capabilities and the design potential of any WordPress based blog. Some of AWP’s features include loading posts inline, inline comments, threaded comments, AJAX comment submission, AJAX Navigation, live comment preview and much more. All aspects of the plugin are easily customized through a single Administration panel.”
  • Category Posts Widget 1.3 – “Category Posts Widget is a light widget designed to do one thing and do it well: display the most recent posts from a certain category. Features: Specify how many posts to show; Set which category the posts should come form; Optionally show the post excerpt
  • Insights – “brings a powerful new way to write your blog posts. With Insights you can very quickly (in couple of seconds) do the following: Search your blog for posts, edit them or insert links to them into the current post; Insert Flickr Images; Insert Youtube videos; Search and link to Wikipedia; Search Google; Insert a Google Map”
  • In Series – “lets you write series of posts in WordPress, without having to deal with the hassle of manually writing up tables of contents or “next” and “previous” links in each post. It adds a new set of controls to the post editing screen, allowing you to add the post to a series (new or existing), re-order the post within a series it’s already in, or remove the post from a series entirely.”
  • MultiPage ToolKit – “the ultimate companion for people who use the multi-page capabilities of wordpress. Easy to use fully integrated in to the wordpress visual editor (tinyMCE) (WordPress 2.5 and above) and simple to use options page to create great navigation links. No coding required !!!! Using the nextpage button in the editor or the <!–nextpage–> quicktag you can create multi-page posts, and this plugin gives you three functions that extend this functionality even more!!”
  • Rob Marsh’s Recent Posts – “displays a list of your blog’s newest posts. The output can be customised in many ways.”
    • Also by Marsh, and related: Similar Posts – “displays a list of posts which are related or similar to the current post.
  • andre renaut’s MyCaptcha (I almost forgot about this!!) “Allows you to display a captcha on your comment form to avoid spam.”
  • list of posts by category – “displays a list of the posts from each category of your WordPress installation. It can be added to a post or page, or used directly in a template file.”
  • Of special interest to my uses: AZIndex Plugin – “or generating alphabetical indexes of your weblog’s posts. Enhance your WordPress blog by creating multiple, three-level alphabetical indexes of your posts based on any combination of post title, author, extract, or custom fields of your choice. Select which posts are included in your indexes using a combination of categories and tags, display them in up to four columns on a single page or over multiple pages.” see Demo1 and Demo2

Grande finale: a fabulous list of plugins; WordPress Plugins I Use from Vladimir Prelovac’s site.

Feed Subscriptions, Stats and Management

How to assemble a Feedburner alternative using WordPress plugins | Samir Bharadwaj dot Com

Also of note, from BloggingPro.com: “WordPress ShowCase” – “a cool development from the WordPress.org pages. They have recently launched a section called “WordPress Showcase”, which is a page dedicated to display great WordPress implementations by users just like us”.

On the geek side of the street:

And of note: InstenseDebate is up and running; gotta check the newest plugin.

“Ultimate” Plugin – soon for 2.5

The Ultimate WordPress CMS Plugin – Fresh Post // Freshout : Philadelphia Interactive Web Development Agency – “Here are some of the new features”:

– Custom Write Pages
– Snipshot Integration and Native Cropper
– Image Thumbnail Preview
– Date Picker
– Audio Player
– CSS Class for Images
– Add Custom Write Panels for Pages
– Large File Uploads and Retrievals
– Lots of Confusing UI/Process Clean-up
– Lots more in the works… it’ll be a nice surprise

Also of interest: Role Manager 2.2.1 released

TheDeadOne.net on Tags and Categories

Software: TDO Tag Fixes WordPress Plugin – “Some fixes and extensions for WordPress tags such as a tag cloud using only tags found in a specific category and also tag and category intersection.”


Ward references Ryan Boren’s “Taxonomy Intersections and Unions“.
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I gotta tell you, on the subject of corporate culture, there is something that really really really pisses me off about that sort of document. (Who am I to talk, you ask? I’ve been working on technical documents since 1972. And I’ll say there’s only a very slight probability that you have any clue what “heavy lifting” is really all about. MIL-SPEC FMECA, NORAD/SAC comms, TELCO … mind-bendingly difficult, and all of it has to be written squeaky clean.) I don’t want to be insulting, but there’s a way of writing something in 15 minutes that leaves 90% of the readers in the dark … “hermetic” … and it could be clarified with another 30 minutes spent on clarification.

A reference document stands and works for weeks and months. “Too busy” to do it right in 45 minutes? Snotty crap … plausibly-deniable passive aggression. Take your “too busy” and shove it you.know.where.
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Remote storage … for backups?

Amazon S3 plugin for WordPress : tan tan noodles :

“This WordPress plugin allows you to use Amazon’s Simple Storage Service to host your media for your WordPress powered blog.

Amazon S3 is a cheap and cost effective way to scale your site to easily handle large spikes in traffic (such as from Digg) without having to go through the expense of setting up the infrastructure for a content delivery network. Startup companies are embracing it for their online storage solution, and even bloggers are starting to use it to host their images and other static media (such as mp3 files for their podcasts).”

Now, really, is that impressive or what?!