‘Weekly Plugin Review’ Category

Plugin Review: Post Templates

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What is Post Templates? If you find yourself writing posts and pages on a regular basis which have the same structure, then this plugin would be a great addition to your WordPress plugin arsenal. Written by Vincent Prat, Post Templates plugin helps you save time blogging by letting you save and recall templates for writing posts and pages. Screenshots To create a template from scratch, you can use the new admin bar group “Templates.” After clicking “New Post Template”, you will be brought to the edit template page. After you’re finished creating your template, you can create a post from that template through the template edit page itself or the template management page. To create a template from an old post, you can use the “Templatize” button on the post listing page. What I Like About It What I love most about this plugin is simply what it does. I […]

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Plugin Review: cSprites for WordPress

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What is cSprites for WordPress? cSprites for WordPress plugin helps speed up your blog by reducing the number of requests made for images. When activated all images within a post will automatically be stitched up and displayed properly as compressed CSS sprites. Screenshots Before activating, all images within a post are being retrieved using separate requests. After activating, all images are stitched together into one compressed image and retrieved using only one request. The plugin then uses CSS magic to display these image sprites properly within the post. Features Quality and style settings let you specify the compression level for the stitched up image sprite. Ability to include/exclude certain types. Cache expiration tuning. SEO Options for SEO nerds. What I Like About It cSprites for WordPress was written to do one thing (convert all post images into compressed image sprites to speed up your blog) and it does it very […]

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Plugin Review: WordPress Filter

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Do you have filters set in your email program, be it Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail or even Outlook? Anyone who uses filters knows how their ability to improve productivity by getting basic things done easily. So, why not take the power of filters and integrate it with our very own WordPress? This is what Matt Walters’ plugin WordPress Filter hopes to establish. Description: WordPress Filter is a comprehensive post filtering & template system. It allows the user to define a set of simple “Catches” (criteria) to be met by a post, and then have a set of “Actions” applied to the post. This plugin takes action whenever a Post is published inside of WordPress (including Posts coming in via XMLRPC). It can be used for many tasks, including creating your own mini plugins without ever having to leave your WordPress administration area. Screenshot: Review: Working with this plugin is extremely […]

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How to write a good plugin review

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When we launched our Reader Review series, I’m sure we created a few doubts in your mind about: How do I write a review? Will my review be accepted? What if my review gets trashed by readers? Is it really worth the effort? And so on… We published a list of reviews from our readers, so that is a good starting point. I’ll guide you through a few tips on writing a good review. Step 1 – Select the Plugin The first step to starting the review, is well finalizing on which plugin you want to review, then downloading and installing the same on your blog. This could either be a dummy blog dedicated for this purpose or maybe your production blog itself. Do you really need to install it? Well, the answer is obvious. Yes, you need to. Because without getting a hands on experience, you will never be […]

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Plugin Review: WP Mollom

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March 15th, 2009
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We hate spam. We hate it so much that we always find solutions to spam. So, this week we continue our Weekly Plugin Review series with a review of an Akismet alternative called Mollom. Description: This plugin makes it possible to use the anti-spam services provided by Mollom on your own WordPress blog. What is Mollom? It’s a free anti-spam service that was founded by Dries Buytaert (Drupal) and Benjamin Schrauwen. The plugin can be used as a substitute for Akismet, Defensio, Spam Karma and others. What does it do? Mollom works much like Akismet: comments are sent to a central server which uses intelligent, self-learning algorithms to determine wether or not a comment is spam or not. Spam-classification isn’t a binary process and as a result, common anti-spam services perform bad when handling false positives. Mollom takes care of this. If it can’t clearly classify a comment, it will […]

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Plugin Reviews from our Readers

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Having launched our new User Reviews process for plugins, I didn’t give most our readers any time to get their plugin reviews across to me. In spite of this, we received a total eight plugin reviews for five different plugins. Here’s the list. Do check out the links and read what the reviewer has to say. Did you like their review? Comment and tell them. Share your experiences of the plugins with them. WP Greet Box We reviewed WP Greet Box on January 18. WP Greet Box is a simple plugin lets you show a different greeting message to your new visitors depending on their referrer URL. WP Greet Box topped our list with three reviews of the eight reviews we received. JayPee had this to say: WP Greet Box not only helps you promote your RSS feed and increase your RSS feed readers but having these targeted suggestions on […]

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24 Hours left to submit your Reviews

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March 14th, 2009
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Weekly Plugin Review, WordPress Plugins

You must be aware that we’ve launched a new series where every reader of Weblog Tools Collection can contribute and get featured in return. We’ve asked you to pick a plugin from our Weekly Plugin Review posts and review the same and then email us the link. Since, the launch, we’ve already received a few entries. The plugins you can choose from: Simple:Press Forum – (Our Review) Referrer Detector – (Our Review) WP Greet Box – (Our Review) WP125 – (Our Review) MailPress – (Our Review) Yawasp (Yet Another WordPress Anti-Spam Plugin) – (Our Review) Post Avatar – (Our Review) Improved Plugin Installation – (Our Review) Feed Reading Blogroll – (Our Review) View complete details of the how to submit your reviews » Remember your entries must reach us by Saturday, March 14 – 11.59pm EST

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Would you like to review plugins on WLTC?

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March 11th, 2009
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Weekly Plugin Review, WordPress Plugins

It’s been more than two months since we began our Weekly Plugin Review. During this time, we’ve reviewed nine plugins. All of these posts received a good number of comments, with many requesting more features and with others being mini reviews of the commenter’s experience. So, why not take this a step further? Starting this week, we’re going to throw up the Plugin Review process to everyone. How will it work? As you know, every Sunday we pick one plugin to review. e.g. last Sunday, i.e. March 8, we reviewed the Feed Reading Blogroll plugin. After we publish our review, we’ll throw open the review process to all of you. You’ll need to publish a review of the plugin on your blog. Your review should contain a link to the corresponding review post on WLTC. After this, send an email to submissions AT wltc DOT net with the following information: […]

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Plugin Review: Feed Reading Blogroll

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March 8th, 2009
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Weekly Plugin Review, WordPress Plugins

Do you display a list of links a.k.a. blogroll in your sidebar? If you do, then Feed Reading Blogroll is one must have plugin on your WordPress blog. Description This plugin provides a sidebar-widget and a template-tag that add an enhanced blogroll to your sidebar. It checks on all your linked sites, when the most recent update has occurred. The check is performed by reading the date of the most recent feed-item. The feeds must be valid RSS2 or ATOM-feeds, otherwise the plugin cannot read the date-information provided by the feed. The Plugin uses the Google AJAX Feed API to access the feeds. Demo Check out the sidebar of the author’s site. Review For starters, what I love about the plugin is that the author has made an excellent effort to create a complete plugin page on his site. The page contains detailed information about the plugin, including instructions on […]

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