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Released WP Greet Box 4.9

WP Greet Box 4.9 new featuresWP Greet Box version 4.9 is here!

What’s new this release?

This version of WP Greet Box has the following enhancements.

  1. Added the ability to keep displaying the greeting message until after the user clicks close for the first time. After that, the greeting message will not show up for that user anymore.
  2. Added support for icon links so icons are now clickable.
  3. Fixed default CSS display for when the greet box is too long compared to the greeting message.
  4. Fixed PHP cookie writing outside of place bug in PHP mode (Thank you Daniel from Bonetree Blog!).
  5. Fixed cookie bug in PHP mode (causes message to show up too often).
  6. Fixed some XHTML stuff.
  7. Fixed other minor bugs.

Read on…

Weekend Links – Apr 4, 2009

Tutorial: WP Minify Options

This post will explain the various options in WP Minify WordPress plugin.

Basic Options

Enable JavaScript Minification

When checked, all JavaScript files will be extracted from the HTML output and be minified and served as one compressed JavaScript file.

Enable CSS Minification

When checked, all CSS files will be extracted from the HTML output and be minified and served as one compressed CSS file.

Enable HTML Minification

When checked, your HTML output will also be minified.

JavaScript files to exclude from minify

You may specify any patterns for excluding any Javascript files from the Minifying process. The entries are line delimited so if you specify:

prototype
wp-greet-box/js
googlecode.com

Then the following Javascript files will not get included into the Minifying process if it’s being enqueued via wp_enqueue_script():

  • http://example.com/wp-includes/js/prototype.js
    (matching first rule)
  • http://example.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-greet-box/js/functions.js
    http://example.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-greet-box/js/onload.js
    (matching second rule)
  • http://jqueryjs.googlecode.com/files/jquery-1.3.2.min.js
    (matching third rule)

CSS files to exclude from minify

Works the same way as the “JavaScript files to exclude from minify” option except that this field will filter out CSS files.
Read on…

Tutorial: Get WP Minify to Process Your JS and CSS Files

This tutorial only applies to WP Minify pre-2.0.

You should use this tutorial if you still notice some Javascript and CSS files not being processed by WP Minify after activating the plugin.

Problem

WP Minify only sees scripts and styles enqueued via the wp_enqueue_script() and wp_enqueue_style() function. So if your theme or plugin does not use these functions for printing Javascript or CSS references, then WP Minify will not include them into the Minifying process.
Read on…

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

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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:
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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…

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…