Posts Tagged ‘wordpress-plugin’

One Tool Inadvertently Helps Cure Others’ Ills

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December 2nd, 2010
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So we have not made it a secret on this blog that we are big fans of VaultPress as a product (Disclosure: They are advertisers on this blog). I have been using it on this blog (amongst others) for our protection and have happily paid for our privilege and peace of mind. It has been a little rocky to get started and we have offered and received help and feedback for the issues we ran into during the initial sync with VaultPress. The peace of mind is satisfying, the support is very reasonable, the product is a “set it and forget it” and as such, it runs on its own. I check the security area once in a while and marvel at the number of comments and other statistics that are mildly interesting but not all that helpful. Then I noticed something last morning that made me think. I know that does not […]

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Lessons Learned From Maintaining a WordPress Plug-In

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August 1st, 2010
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Lessons Learned From Maintaining a WordPress Plug-In: Joost de Valk’s list of seven lessons learned from writing and maintaining a WordPress plugin. I was nodding my head all the while I was reading through them. Some of these are applicable to the general WordPress plugin developer while others are more particular to the individual project that Joost was working on but almost all of them are good advice. All in all, I think this is a good read for both seasoned as well as newbie WordPress plugin developers.

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WordPress 2.9 Feature Focus Batch Plug-in Updates

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WordPress 2.9 (Carmen) has been officially released and has quite a few new features.  Some are visible and right on the page while many others are under the hood.  One of the features that I really like is the ability to bulk update my plug-ins.  In previous versions of WordPress you had to update each plug-in individually by clicking on the automatic upgrade link in the WordPress plug-in, entering your FTP credentials and then waiting for the update to happen. If you had a lot of plug-ins this process could take a while to do. To utilize the new bulk update process go to the Tools>Upgrade menu in the admin panel:    There you will find a screen that looks something like this": Select the check boxes for all the plug-ins you want to update and then press the Upgrade Plug-in button at the bottom and you will then be […]

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The Best-Of Series: Contact Forms

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September 29th, 2009
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Over the years I’ve tried pretty much every contact form plugin available for WordPress. Some were pretty bad, some were almost there, and a select few really shined. Today I’m going to list those few that really do the contact form job right. Lets begin… Contact Me Widget I really love the Contact Me Widget. I think this plugin takes the simple contact form to a whole new level. Not only does it have a contact form but also an IM function and a place to put all your other contact info. All in one neat little package. Do note though that this plugin relies on the ContactMeButton.com service. So, you may not want to depend on it as the sole option for your visitors to get in contact with you. If the ContactMeButton site were to go down or something, well… I’m sure you can imagine plenty of horrible […]

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21 Great Plugins for Manage Multi-Author Blogs

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21 Great Plugins to Manage Multi-Author Blogs Efficiently: This is an interesting collection of plugins to manage multi-author blogs and add extra visibility to your co-authors. Weblog Tools Collection is a multi-author blog that is put together by highly dedicated and talented authors in various parts of the planet. We collect and put together news, information and articles throughout a 24 hour period and are probably watching over the blog and the comments in one way or another. We rarely ever meet face to face and tend to communicate via IM, email and a very rare phone call from time to time. Some of the plugins mentioned in this list are popular such as Role Manager, which is very useful in and of itself. However, there are others that sparked immediate interest in my. The ability to add co-authors to a post would be quite cool, as would the ability […]

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Send in your entries to the Plugin Competition!

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There are now over 30 posts about new plugins on the WordPress Plugin Competition blog if you have not checked them out already. The prize purse stands at about $3000 thanks to some generous sponsors and well wishers. But the competition is about to come to a close. As promised, please send in your entries to the following email in the following format: Plugin Competition Entry Submission Email: ******@****.net Subject: WordPress Plugin Competition 2009 Entry: [Name of your Plugin] Body: [Your Name] [Your Email Address] [Your Paypal Address] [Plugin Competition Blog Post about your plugin] [Plugin Description] [Blog/website Address] Attachment: [a zip file containing the final version of your plugin to be considered for judging] If you have not done so already, please register on the Plugin Blog and post your entry on the blog so our readers can vote on them (did you vote on the plugins yet?). Then […]

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WordPress Download Monitor Review

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April 13th, 2009
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WordPress Plugins

When you build a website – what is your goal?  Most of us want to get visitors and provide a product that our readers and visitors will enjoy.  One of the ways you can add some value to your website is to offer downloads.  These downloads an be pretty much anything you want them to be – the goal of course would be having something that people want. So whatever that download is you certainly want to keep track of it and see how many people are finding value in your provided download. I am currently using the Download Monitor plugin from Mike Jolley and it provides me everything I need to setup my websites downloads and keep track of them easily. Once you have installed the plugin from the WordPress Plugin directory – head into your Admin panel and activate the plug in. You will now find a menu […]

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An Introduction and a Plugin Review: Admin Links Widget

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April 7th, 2009
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WordPress Plugins

Hello everyone.  My name is Rich Hay and I want to start off by thanking Mark for inviting me to write for Weblog Tools Collection.  I have been a long time reader of this site so it is both exciting and humbling to be given the opportunity to write about WordPress on here. I look forward to our interactions in the future. I have been banging around the Internet since the early 90’s and put my first website online at GeoCities.com.  The technology has come along way since those days and I have now been maintaining and developing WindowsObserver.com in one form or another since 1995. So as I was looking around for a subject to write about for my first blog post here I decided I would select what I consider to be a very simple but useful plugin – at least for my aesthetics. By default when you […]

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Automattic Acquires PollDaddy

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October 15th, 2008
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Automattic Acquires PollDaddy.: From their recent bi-yearly assembly of Automattic folks, this time at Breckenridge Colorado, Matt announced that the PollDaddy service is the most recent member of the Automattic family and WordPress.com users will now be able to add polls to their WordPress blogs. He also said that the team is working on many features and customizations of polls to make the polls have the same look and feel as the blogs. There is a WordPress.org plugin for PollDaddy and Matt posts about the PollDaddy acquisition on his blog. From the sound of things, a few cool projects might be announced and introduced in the few weeks following this Automattic meeting.

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