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Gravatars Without a Plugin

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March 2nd, 2008
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LinkyLoo

Connor Wilson has published a tutorial on how to setup Gravatars on your WordPress blog without the use of a plugin. If you are comfortable editing theme files and don’t want the overhead of a plugin, then this technique should work for you. I’ve added in my input in the comment’s section on how to use his technique in the sidebar of a post as well, which should be useful for blogs with multiple authors.

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Adding Your Plugin to WP Extend Plugins With a Mac

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February 9th, 2008
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HOW-TO, WordPress FAQs, WordPress Plugins

A while back I wrote about listing your plugin to the official WordPress plugins directory. The tutorial was for windows and I have been on the look-out for a Mac version. Since I have been unable to find one, I will present to you a step-by-step tutorial on how to add and modify your WordPress Plugin using a Mac. To begin this tutorial, I first have to make some assumptions. My Assumptions Your plugin has already been approved over at WP Extend Plugins. You are running at least OSX Tiger You have WordPress locally installed. If not, please read Jeff’s tutorial on installing WordPress locally. You already have Subversion installed. If not, here’s a good tutorial on installing Subversion on a Mac. If you have Leopard, Subversion is already installed. You have downloaded and installed svnX. svnX has a nice GUI for those who don’t like to use Terminal commands. […]

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Trackbacks: Still Useful?

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February 2nd, 2008
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Blogging

Six Apart created the Trackback specification as a way to enable bloggers to communicate between each other via a link or acknowledgement. My question to the reader: in what ways do you use Trackbacks? Do you still find Trackbacks useful? With the growing Trackback spam, how do you keep up with legitimate bloggers?

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Plugin Authors: Organize Bug Reports and Feature Requests Using the WordPress Plugin Repository

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January 18th, 2008
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HOW-TO, WordPress FAQs, WordPress Plugins

One of the downsides of having a popular plugin is the amount of support requests, bug reports, and feature suggestions that come in. Well, it’s not that bad, but sometimes it’s difficult to organize what features should be added, what bugs must be tackled first, and what can just be ignored. If you’re one of the few and the proud over at WP Extend Plugins, you have a nice tool at your disposal to keep track of all your plugin related needs. The tool, you ask? It’s the trac ticketing system over at the WordPress Plugin Repository. WordPress Plugin Repository WordPress Plugin Repository – Trac Each plugin hosted on WP Extend allows the plugin author to post and assign tickets to their plugin. In fact, any member of the WP Support Forums can post a ticket against any plugin hosted in the official repository. Logging into the WP Plugins Repository […]

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What Makes a WordPress Theme Premium?

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About a week ago Smashing Magazine released an article covering 100 free WordPress themes. And just yesterday they released an article covering premium WordPress themes. My questions to the reader is: what makes a WordPress theme premium? Is it the Features? What features does a theme have to have to be considered premium? What are you looking for that will immediately tell a premium theme apart from a non-premium theme? Is it the Design? Are premium themes designed any differently than their non-premium counterparts? What design elements does a premium theme have that others don’t? Is it the Support? Do premium themes offer more in terms of author support and upgrades? Or Something Else… Please weigh in on what you feel makes a WordPress theme premium.

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WordPress Plugin Uninstall Tool

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January 9th, 2008
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LinkyLoo

In response to Jeff’s post regarding uninstalling plugins, Andrew Rickmann has created a tool that adds an uninstallation option on the plugins page. The uninstall option will only show up if the plugin has been deactivated and if the plugin author has created an uninstall file. Click image for larger size — Uninstall Option for Hello Dolly Andrew is unsure of the demand for a tool like this, so please let him know your thoughts on having an uninstall option on the plugins page. ¬†Update Jan 11: Andrew has released a second iteration of the uninstall tool.¬† Click here to check it out.

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WordPress Extend Plugins: I Love Thee

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December 21st, 2007
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WordPress, WordPress WishList

I have to admit, I love WordPress Extend Plugins. My first experience with the service came in April of this year when I released Ajax Edit Comments. I was mainly drawn to the service because of the promise of added publicity and the ease of tracking statistics. My plugin crossing the 10,000 mark is a testament in itself to how WP Extend (and the WP community) helps promote plugins. Once you get used to it, WP Extend is an easy and powerful tool for launching (and maintaining) a plugin. Sure the SVN takes a little bit of getting used to, but numerous people have written great tutorials on how to get your plugin listed (Windows, Linux, Mac?). And since WordPress 2.3, WordPress users are automatically notified when a plugin listed at WP Extend is updated. It can’t get any better than that. Or, can it? I love you WP Extend […]

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WordPress Plugin Generator

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November 8th, 2007
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LinkyLoo, WordPress Plugins

Andrew Rickmann recently launched a neat new site called Fun With WordPress to showcase some of his WordPress projects. One of the first tools he has published is called Fun With Plugins. The tool acts like a plugin wizard, and after you answer several questions, the tool generates a downloadable plugin file. One of the things I like about this tool compared to similar ones is the automatic namespacing, and support for some of the more advanced things plugin authors take advantage of including localization and admin menus. Future versions promise Ajax support, style support, client side scripting, and an automatically generated WP Extend readme file. Be sure to check out the tool and let Andrew know how he can make it even better.

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Localizing a WordPress Plugin Using poEdit

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Localizing a WordPress plugin enables your plugin to reach widest possible audience. Fortunately, WordPress makes it rather simple for plugin authors (and theme authors) to ensure their work is available in many languages. This post will go over the steps that are necessary from a plugin author’s end to make it easy for others to translate a plugin. For those then wishing to translate, I will go over a program called poEdit, which will allow you to translate the plugin for your use and for others. The Benefits of Localizing a Plugin The more languages your plugin is in, the more people that can download and understand it. If a plugin is popular enough, you’ll have people volunteering to translate in order to adhere to a different part of the world. The hard way would be someone going through your code after each release and translating word for word. However, […]

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