Posts Tagged ‘plugin’

Comment Rating Plugin Fixes Security Vulnerability

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December 8th, 2010
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If you use the Comment Rating plugin for your WordPress powered site, you are highly encouraged to upgrade to the latest version as it fixes a security vulnerability. More specifically, a Cross-site Request Forgery attack. According to the report at OSVDB.org which is an Open Source Vulnerability Database: The flaw exists because the application does not require multiple steps or explicit confirmation for unspecified sensitive transactions for the admin function. By using a crafted URL (e.g., a crafted GET request inside an “img” tag), an attacker may trick the victim into clicking on the image to take advantage of the trust relationship between the authenticated victim and the application. Such an attack could trick the victim into executing arbitrary commands in the context of their session with the application, without further prompting or verification. There is no known workaround for versions lower than 2.9.21. Kudos goes to KrebsOnSecurity for reporting […]

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Embeddable Tweets for WordPress

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November 9th, 2010
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WordPress, WordPress News, WordPress Plugins

Twitter introduced Blackbird Pie back in May of this year, providing the world with an easy way to embed fully functional tweets. Before Blackbird Pie’s introduction, the common way to embed tweets was to simply take a screenshot. Blackbird Pie not only easily embeds the tweet itself, but also leaves the profile link, @-mentions, hashtags, and other links in tact. Despite Blackbird Pie’s usefulness and firm roots in Twitter, it’s received little recognition over the past months. Blackbird Pie will be getting some well-deserved recognition now that it has been fully integrated with WordPress.com, and those of you with self-hosted WordPress blogs can join the party too with the Twitter Blackbird Pie plugin. What do you think of Blackbird Pie? Will you be making use of it on your blog?

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IE9 Pinned Site Plugin

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September 26th, 2010
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Microsoft recently released a public beta of their newest web browser, IE9, that has quickly become very popular.  In its first 48 hours of availability it was  downloaded 2 million times. You know what that means – more users are visiting your WordPress site using IE9 everyday. So why not take advantage of a feature that combines new capabilities in IE9 and the Windows 7 Taskbar to ask visitors to place a permanent link to your site on their Windows 7 Taskbar? Some real quick background.  On the Windows 7 Taskbar any icon that is placed there can be programmed by the software’s author to have interactive menu items on what is called a Jumplist.  This Jumplist typically contains shortcuts to program features and commands to provide quick access to them. Well with the introduction of IE9 webpages can have code added to them that will allow a visitor to […]

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Plugin Review: WordPress Advanced Ticket System

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January 29th, 2010
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The other day, I had asked plugin developers to dish out their wish list for the plugin repository. Olivier published a comment recommending a plugin called WATS or WordPress Advanced Ticketing System as a way of handling support on your own website. After installation, users need to visit the Wats Options page within the Settings menu to configure the plugin. The top of the settings page has a donate button if you want to send a little coin to the plugin author which is not intrusive or bothersome. While configuring the plugin, you can click on each menu title to show detailed information about that settings group. The only problems I met when configuring this plugin is the user interface. Like I mentioned above, you can click on the settings title to show a hidden message that gives more details for the settings group but it’s not obvious this can […]

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Making Site Wide Changes on Your WordPress Blog

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January 22nd, 2010
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WordPress, WordPress Plugins

Last week I wrote up a post to review the Real-Time Find and Replace Plugin and the comments on that story about other methods to make site wide changes permanent sent me in search of another way to search and replace information in my SQL database. Now I consider myself pretty decent at geeky things but directly editing and messing with my site’s SQL database does not top my list of things to do.  Neither does manually going through nearly 1,000 postings to make changes. What I found was a terrific plug-in that lets me perform a few different functions to make corrections or change info throughout my site. Caveat: Before I get started – this plugin does make changes to your database. Play it safe and back up your info to protect your original data. With that said let me now introduce you to the Search Regex Plugin written […]

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WordPress Stats Plug-in Review

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August 30th, 2009
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WordPress, WordPress Plugins

Stats – Stats – Stats.  They can drive everything for your WordPress site.  They can help you understand how visitors move around your site; how they got there in the first place; what are the most popular posts they are visiting; what browser and OS they are using. The list can go on and on. I have spent a lot of time over the last few months looking for just the right plug-in to track stats on my WindowsObserver.com website and I think I may have hit the mother lode with my most recent discovery. CyStats is written by Michael Weingaertner and has been downloaded from the WordPress.org Extend directory 32,435 times over the 23 months it has been available there. The last update was last October so it would be nice to see an update however, it works just fine with the current release of WordPress (2.8.4). According to […]

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Should you use a Mobile WordPress Plugin?

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June 12th, 2009
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Blogging, brainstorming, WordPress Plugins

Twitterized answer? Abso-freakin-lutely! Take a look at the following graph. It shows the pageviews and unique visitors on this blog from mobile browsers since we started tracking last year. Notice the numbers and the trends? How many of your visitors, do you think, come back to your blog after your page takes five minutes to load on their iPhone, and needs the twenty flick, carpal thumb scroll to read browse through the huge header? If you care about your reader and want to keep up with this growing populations’ reading habits, a mobile plugin on your blog is a necessity. Now what you use is up to you. We use MoFuse on this blog and I must add it is somewhat successful. The mobile pages are decent, the pages load relatively fast and the statistics are nice. But the admin pages are painfully slow and MoFuse injects their own ads […]

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Plugin Review: Improved Plugin Installation

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March 1st, 2009
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Weekly Plugin Review, WordPress Plugins

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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Are You Ready To Shopp?

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January 17th, 2009
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WordPress Weekly

It’s not often that we feature plugins or themes that you have to pay for but when the product is fully compliant with the GPL, things are gravy! In this special episode of WordPress Weekly, we talk e-commerce with Jonathan Davis who is the developer of the Shopp E-Commerce plugin for WordPress. Jonathan gives us the low down on what his plugin has to offer. What is also interesting is his business model. The plugin is fully compliant under the GPL but without purchasing the update Key, you won’t be able to upgrade the software. If you’re interested in learning about an e-commerce solution for WordPress, definitely take a listen to this episode. Disclaimer: This interview was not purchased or is sponsored in any way. Here are some of the questions we covered on the show: Why did you create Shopp when WP-Ecommerce was already available? Speaking of WP-Ecommerce, what […]

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