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No More WordPress Plugin Development for Me

REBOOT!
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After the release of WP Minify and the many months supporting my other plugins (such as WP Greet Box), I am feeling quite a bit burnt out. Because of that, I am sadly announcing that I am discontinuing support for all of my WordPress plugins. I realize how important some of these plugins are to you guys so I have actually recorded myself on my web cam talking about why I have made this decision. Please hear me out in this video.

More reasons about why I’m doing this.

April fools everybody! I’m still alive and kicking in WordPress plugins development.

WP Minify WordPress Plugin

I have previously reviewed the Minify PHP application and found that the only drawback it had for a WordPress user was that it was semi-tedious to integrate with WordPress. Because of that I would like to release the ‘WP Minify’ WordPress plugin that will integrate Minify into WordPress for you and help you improve your site load time.

Description

This plugin helps you easily integrate the Minify engine into your WordPress blog. Once enabled, this plugin will combine and compress JS and CSS files to improve page load time. Read on…

How to Make WP Greet Box Work on Non-WordPress Pages

I had to
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A few people have asked me how to make WP Greet Box work with non-WordPress pages.  Luckily there is a way to easily do this and I will show you how in this tutorial:

Requirement

You must have WordPress installed with WP Greet Box plugin enabled.

JavaScript Modification

You will have to make a copy of “http://example.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-greet-box/js/js-mode.js”, modify it, and place it somewhere accessible by your non-WordPress page. As an example, I will place a copy of the file at “http://example.com/non-wordpress-platform/js-mode.js”. Now open “non-wordpress-platform/js-mode.js” and modify the line:

url: "index.php",

to point to your blog WordPress blog index.php.

url: "/index.php",

For example, if your blog is installed under “http://example.com/blog/”, you would change the code to:

url: "/blog/index.php",

JavaScript Placement

There are a few Javascript files that you need to reference to do this. Make sure you drop the following Javascript references into your non-WordPress page:
Read on…

WLTC: Top 10 Characteristics of a Great WordPress Plugin


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I posted an article on Weblog Tools Collection about the top 10 characteristics of a great WordPress plugin.

10. Easy Installation
9. Seamless Upgrade
8. Uninstallation Option
7. Meaningful Error Messages
6. Localization Support
5. Intuitive Admin User Interface
4. Reset/Import/Export Options
3. Optimized
2. Secured
1. Good Support and Thorough Documentation

Read the full article here.

Weekend Links – Mar 28, 2009

  • WordPress: Working With Options – Options in WordPress are in an extra options table (with Prefix before) stored. Options include the blog name, which theme is used, etc.. Pl…
  • Sick of images being to large for the content area? – Have you ever uploaded an image that might have been a tad bigger than the width of your content area? I know I have! So here is a little CS…
  • WordPress Plugin Developer Tips – WordPress has become one of the most widely spread blogging and publishing platforms on the Internet today. With the huge number of existing WordPress powered sites, from personal blogs to corporate solutions, the demand for WordPress plugin developers has increased largely…
  • How to build the new next generation theme – How complex, or complicated, does a theme need to be to offer all the possible solutions that you want? I think it is possible to do it very…
  • How to: Show related posts without a plugin – This code will display related posts based on the current post tag(s). It must be pasted within the loop…
  • Read on…

SezWho is Now JS-Kit (What now?)

SezWho logoEarlier this month, SezWho announced that they have been acquired by JS-Kit.  I have previously written a post praising SezWho for the great work that they’ve been doing.  I must admit that since then SezWho has been dropping the ball on development, allowing other competitors like Disqus and Intense Debate to shine.  Nevertheless, I am quite sad to see them get devoured and rebranded into JS-Kit because they had such great potential.

What to do now?

Before JS-Kit supplied a clear upgrade path from SezWho, I’ve experimented with Disqus and Intense Debate.  They both have comparable features, but here are a few different things that make me prefer each service over the other:

Read on…

Announcing Winners of the $600+ Giveaway Contest

Here are the winners from the previous $600+ Give Away Contest.

First Place Winner

  • Frederick Ding wins a custom banner design.

Second Place Winners

  • BFG 9000 wins a 125×125 do-follow ad spot on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days.
  • Ajay wins a 125×125 do-follow ad spot on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days.

Third Place Winners

  • Kathy wins a do-follow blogroll link on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days.
  • Mek wins a do-follow blogroll link on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days.

Read on…

Weekend Links – Mar 21, 2009

Released WP Greet Box 4.8

Non-cache-compatible WP Greet Box ModeWP Greet Box version 4.8 is here!

What’s new this release?

This version of WP Greet Box has a few minor enhancements.

  1. Added support for non-cache-compatible mode for people who do not use this plugin with any caching plugins. If you do not use any cache plugins, I recommend disabling cache compatibility so you do not get that load “bump” when jQuery dynamically loads the greeting banner above your post text.
  2. Added option to disable JS references for manual JS management.

Read on…

Released WP Greet Box 4.7

Plurk, LinkedIn, and FriendFeed IconsWP Greet Box version 4.7 is here!

What’s new this release?

This version of WP Greet Box has a few minor enhancements.

  1. Added friendfeed.com, linkedin.com, and plurk.com along with corresponding icons.
  2. Made related posts not show up if no related results are found.

Read on…