Archive for WP plugins

Akismet first impressions

As I stated when I started this blog, I only wound up testing things here at WordPress.com because I had to sign up for an account to get a WP API so that I could use Akismet.

It was difficult to tell, at first how well this plug in worked, because I had only been using it with newly installed and developted blogs. When I recently took the plunge, and did the long overdue upgrade of my main blogs from V 1.5.2 to V 2.0.4 … this is when I truly found out how superior this comment and trackback spam tool really is.

For reasons I don’t understand, the Bad Behavior spam plugin I had been using just was not stopping the various comment spam that was hitting my blogs on a daily basis. Thanks, but I’m not an impodent, overweight middle aged man with a gambling addiction like these spammers seem to think I am by the many ‘products’ their posts were trying to sell. 🙂

When I upgraded, and activated Akismet, it found over 100 past and present spam comments on my blog, which I keep up with on a daily basis, or so I thought. Apparently, there had been spam comments breaking through for some time without my knowledge, which is disturbing considering I always set comments to be moderated!

Akismet also snagged one of my own references to another post within the blog, but that was easy enough to ‘teach’ the plugin that those are OK. Overall, I’m pretty impressed with how well this plugin is working to date. I just hope that saying so doesn’t make things mysteriously explode on me! LOL

Found an updated PHP in post plugin

Due to my habit of using WP for CMS, I often find in necessary to use PHP code within a post. I was having some issues with an old, no longer supported version of the plugin I used before this last upgrade, so yet again went searching.

I found a new version of the PHP in a post plugin, and it worked without any issues. The only thing you have to remember (and in most cases I’ve done this for you already when I installed your WordPress) that you must have turned off the “visual rich editor” that comes with WP now. This is found under your Users tab, at the very bottom of the page. Make sure the little box next to “Use the visual rich editor when writing” is NOT checked!

Plea for help with Adhesive plugin

window.document.getElementById(’post-10').parentNode.className += ‘ adhesive_post’;

Ok, I just updated over 20 or so blogs, some used as cms… over to the latest WP 2.0.4 — I was hoping that the Adhesive plugin by Owen would work with this version, but I’m getting the error above on the ‘catagory’ pages. It only appears on the first line of the posts that have been designated as ‘sticky’, and only on the catagory page summaries. If there are any really cool techie bloggers out there with a few minutes to spare, I would truly appreciate a nudge in the right direction to solving this problem.

Even though the catagory summaries contain this line of code for the ‘sticky’ posts, at least the ‘pages’ appear correctly, and the catagories function the way they’re supposed to. I couldn’t get this plugin to work on prior versions of WP without begging a codehead friend to rewrite parts of it.

I’m told I beg pretty well, if that helps convince you to help a chick out. LOL 😉

Replacing outdated WP plugins

One of the reasons it took me so long to upgrade all my 1.5.2 WP blogs is that there are certain plug ins I simply refuse to live without. (If I wasn’t in the middle of helping a client recreate her server after a vicious hack attempt, I’d list my imperative plugins here… post that another time.)

Since V2 of WP has been around a while now, there is a list of V2 compatible plug-ins in the Codex! To search for replacement, or updated plugins that will work in V2, visit the codex here.

CG-PowerPack 1.5.3.1 – PHP Scripts and WordPress Plugins

I just found this, and was impressed because it all came in one package. I will be testing this on a 2.0.4 blog this afternoon, I’ll report back through comments as to how it worked for me. I see most aspects of this package as having a definite marketing advantage, especially to those of us looking to increase their ad sales on commercial sites due to referrer and trafficing information being displayed to potential advertisers.

  • * CG-Amazon
    Live amazon data feeds, product links, wishlist links, keyword lookups, all product types/catalogs, article inlined and sidebars, keyword lookups, admin interface, caching system.
  • * CG-Inline
    Powerful macro system for embedding auto-generated items within your posts/articles. In combination with CG-Amazon, allows for quick insertion of Amazon links/images within a post. Flexible image inlines, for floating/embedded thumbnails or image links. Powerful permalink creation.
  • * CG-Feedread
    RSS/Atom aggregation script, for pulling from other site feeds. Ability to CSS/style sort of like WordPress so it ‘looks like your site’. UTF-8 international feed support. Multi-feed-intermix support. Feed-Refeeding support.
  • * CG-Referrer
    Stats tracking. Referrer list, bot tracking, intra-site tracking, unique user IP tracking. The most comprehensive referral-search/query string breakdown and search/query tracking. Shared Blacklist with CG-AntiSpam for referrer-spam filtering.
  • * CG-AntiSpam
    NEW FOR 1.5: Awesome Comment/Trackback spam fighting toolset, using the shared Blacklist with CG-Referrer, which supplements the built-in WP 1.5 spam combatting tools. Uses a number of new approaches to detecting spam, plus ability to show (and flush) accumulated spam held in the comments database.
  • * CG-WhatTunes
    Tying music player/watcher http POST updates to CG-Amazon, to show the current music you are listening to, the current album cover, and link to Amazon for purchase. Proven with iTunes, WinAmp, and other blogger tools.
  • * CG-Samecat
    Simple script for listing posts within a given category or categories (such as: posts in same category as the one currently being read…).
  • * CG-Related
    User-assisted process for building a table of related posts, and function to list them (sidebar, under post, etc.). Create connections between your posts!
  • * CG-PageName
    NEW FOR 1.5: Allows the [nextpage] tag to have textual page names for article blogs, shown on each page, ability to show text table-of-contents links in sidebar.
  • * CG-PostOrder
    NEW FOR 1.5: Allows fixed post-order on homepage (and others). ‘Sticky’ posts, but with yet another level of order control – have as many ‘Sticky levels’ as needed, or just explicitly number-order the sticky posts. Currently requires minor hack to wp-includes/classes.php to allow proper hooks into the post-retrieval process. (WP 1.5 version STILL IN DEVELOPMENT…)
  • … and associated helper files and functions.

    Some of the above are lacking in documentation – still working on it!

    Also note that many of the scripts are NOT dependent upon WordPress in any way, and can be tweaked to work with any PHP-based website!

    XDForums

    This forum plugin really helped me tie together the site I’m building using WP as a CMS. The only problem I have with it is that I had to disable permalinks to get the navigation to work correctly. I’m hoping they find a work around for that shortly. Other that the permalink problem, it works great!

    Check out XDforums here

    WP online counter

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting the update to this plugin! When I first used it, you had to go create the table in your database manually! Now, the plug in takes care of that for us, and it even has a widget capability! When you’re selling advertisement space on your blog, it’s handy to have your stats visable like this.

    Learn more about the WP online counter here.

    Contact form plugin

    These easy to add contact forms should be included on every blog as far as I’m concerned. If you’re running a buisness, why not make it easy for your prospects to get a hold of you? Check out the Contact form pulgin here, this one’s got a current WP version available!

    Do follow

    Since most of my clients use blogging to bring targeted traffic to their sites, allowing your commenter’s external links to be followed by search engine spiders is important. This plug in gets rid of the “no follow” command for external links that is built into WP. If you’re using your blog to market your business, this plug in is a MUST HAVE.

    Spell Checker plug in

    I’ve tested this in a WP 2.0.4 and it works great! The Ajax spell checker is just what I was looking for, and although I haven’t tested it on my older blogs yet, it says it will work on versions 1.5+ also!

    Note: you have to have your rich text editor turned off… I can’t stand that thing anyway! 😉

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