‘Weekly Plugin Review’ Category

Plugin Review: Improved Plugin Installation

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March 1st, 2009
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One thing I’ve loved about WordPress 2.7.x is the ability to install plugins directly from the WordPress Plugin Repository. You don’t need to visit the individual site and instead just search for the plugin you want and then download, install and activate it. However, even now, you need to go to your WP-Admin to install your plugins. Improved Plugin Installation helps overcome this problem. Description: This plugin is an improvement to the current WP 2.7 plugin installation methods. It allows you to install one or more plugins simply by typing the names of the plugins or the download URLs in a textarea. This means you can install all your favorite wordpress plugins in one go! Furthermore, a bookmarklet is included which lets you install plugins directly from an external site. Review: Firstly, I love the plugin page. I’ve always encouraged authors to write detailed plugin pages on their blogs as […]

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Plugin Review: Post Avatar

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February 22nd, 2009
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I always thought that I was the only one who had a problem with the WordPress Upload manager. Seems like, I’m not alone. The author of Post Avatar plugin for WordPress also had similar feelings, which was one of the reasons he wrote this plugin. Description This plugin simplifies including a picture when writing posts by allowing the user to choose from a predefined list of images. The image can be automatically shown on the page or output customized with the use of a template tag in themes. Features Easy selection of images in the Write Post screen. Scans images in sub-directories of the image option folder. Allows the following file types: .jpg, .jpeg, .gif and .png. Settings display avatars automatically or through the use of template tags. Customize html output of avatars. Does not display missing images. Demo For an example of what this looks like you can check […]

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Plugin Review: Yawasp

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February 15th, 2009
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Who doesn’t hate spam? Ever since blogs became common place, one thing that we have to worry about is spammers. It is like the constant battle of good vs. evil with the good folks finding means to defend themselves and others and the bad ones finding better means to attack the innocent ones! Yawasp (Yet Another WordPress Anti-Spam Plugin) is one such plugin that uses an innovative approach to battle comment spam. Description Most anti-comment-spambot-plugins focus on user interaction, e.g. captcha or math comment spam protection. Yawasp focuses on handling comment-spam-protection within WordPress. It replaces the names of the comment form fields with random names, protecting your blog from spambots that aim at the default comment field names. Furthermore it adds a blank field, hidden from the user, that needs to be left empty. In addition, the random field names are changed every 24 hours, giving a spambot no chance […]

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Plugin Review: MailPress

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February 8th, 2009
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While WordPress comes inbuilt with the power of RSS, which allows users to subscribe to new posts and view them in their feed readers. For those who prefer the traditional method of receiving updates via email, you have Feedburner or Feedblitz that enable you to do this. But, what if you want to send a newsletter out to interested readers. One option is to get hold of a remote newsletter solution. However, this can cost you a good amount of money if you have many subscribers. Another option is to install a mailing list software on your server. Yet another is to rely on good old email clients like Outlook or Thunderbird. Then again you can use MailPress. Description With this plugin you will be able to send beautiful and styled html and plain text mails based on dedicated themes and templates for any e-mail notification issued for comments subscribers, […]

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Plugin Review: Autoclose

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The man, the myth, the legend, Ajay D’Souza not only brings you news of the latest WordPress plugins and themes to hit the community but he also has a few plugins under his belt. Today, I’ll be reviewing one of those plugins called Autoclose Autoclose enables a granular approach to managing pingbacks/comments/trackbacks on both posts and pages. Some of the highlights that the plugin features: Close Comments on posts/pages older than (number of days). Close Pingbacks/Trackbacks on posts? Close Pingbacks/Trackbacks on pages? Close Pingbacks/Trackbacks on posts/pages older than (number of days). The ability to configure when the plugin runs its configuration to detect if a comment/trackback/pingback need to be closed off. Last but not least, Autoclose also provides a checkbox to delete post revisions. So why would you want to use a plugin like this? For starters, based on my experience with blogging, the conversation on any particular blog post […]

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Plugin Review: WP125

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January 25th, 2009
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If you’ve finally decided to start selling ads on your WordPress blog, you either signup for an advertising network like Google Adsense or sell ads directly on your own. 125 x 125 button advertising has become a rage with almost every blog / site selling advertisement. Out here at Weblog Tools Collection, we use OIO Publisher for this. However, if you’re not interested in purchasing the plugin, then WP125 is an excellent choice for the same. What is WP125? The WP125 plugin is designed to make it easy to manage 125×125 banner ads on your blog. The plugin adds a new “Ads” menu to the WordPress admin, featuring submenus for tweaking display settings and adding and removing ads. It’s very customizable, allowing you plenty of options for displaying the ads. It can optionally track the number of times the ads are clicked. The best part is you don’t have to […]

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Plugin Review: WP Greet Box

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January 18th, 2009
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Last week we reviewed Referrer Detector. This week we review a similar plugin called WP Greet Box. What is WP Greet Box? This plugin lets you show a different greeting message to your new visitors depending on their referrer URL. For example, when a Digg user clicks through from Digg, they will see a message reminding them to digg your post if they like it. Another example, when a visitor clicks through from Twitter, they will see a message suggesting them to twit the post and follow you on Twitter. You can also set a default greeting message for new visitors (not matching any referrer URLs) suggesting them to subscribe to your RSS feed. Having these targeted suggestions will help your blog increase exposure, loyal readership, and reader interaction. Screenshot Features Show a different greeting message to your visitor depending on the referrer URL. You can add/edit/delete/disable these greeting messages […]

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Plugin Review: Referrer Detector

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January 11th, 2009
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The second plugin in our weekly plugin review series is not a one that helps you win over a few visitors who arrive from search engines and other sites. What is Referrer Detector? Referrer Detector is a WordPress Plugin that displays a greeting message to visitors that come from different urls (known as referrers). For example, you may want to welcome Diggers with a message that reminds them to digg your story, or you may want to ask Del.icio.us users to bookmark your post, and so on. Features A pure AJAXed admin interface with elements tidily divided into tabs. Entries can be added/modified/(de)activated/deleted without the need to reload the entire page, or even with just one click. The greet box position can be set to before or after the post. A [custom tag] can also be used in case you don’t want to show greetings on every post. Users can […]

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Plugin Review: Simple:Press Forum

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January 4th, 2009
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We’re kicking of our plugin review process with a feature rich plugin labeled Simple:Press Forum. This was also the first plugin review request that we received. So what is Simple:Press? Simple:Press is a feature rich forum plugin for WordPress. It fully integrates into your WP based site utilizing the same user records and database and displaying on a single WP page. It is fully customizable and comes with a number of skins and sets of icons to get your started. Current users have shown it to be fully scalable whether your site membership numbers the tens or the thousands. Through it’s powerful and flexible permissions system it is suitable for those who wish to run private, specialist forums with invited members but is equally able to accommodate open, public forums that allow guest posting. Also included is a Private Messaging sub-system, the ability to link blog posts with forum topics, […]

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