bbPress is the forum creation WordPress Plugin for WordPress sites. It is used by many users and is worked on by the same teams at Automattic. Forums are used all over the web to increase the amount of continued reader/follower interaction. Almost any type of company can benefit from adding forums to their site. You can you use them for support of a product that you sell, and as a way of having other people in the community around your site help each other. You can also use forums to bring your discussions out your comments and into a single place where it can be more structured.
Previously known as WP inject, ImageInject is a dynamic free WordPress Plugin that allows you to insert images into your WordPress post very easily and quickly. You can by simply searching a huge and free database containing millions of photos with a couple of clicks and have an image added to your post.
Shortcake is a project designed to breathe new life into shortcodes and make using them “a piece of cake” according to its creators at Fusion. In herWP Tavern review of this new plugin, Sarah Gooding explains how Shortcake “create(s) a user-friendly interface for adding shortcode content and attributes to pages/posts.” This is the first real change to the shortcode UPI since it was introduced in 2008.
WordPress Plugin: A WordPress Plugin is a program, or a set of one or more functions, written in the PHP scripting language, that adds a specific set of features or services to the WordPress weblog, which can be seamlessly integrated with the weblog using access points and methods provided by the WordPress Plugin Application Program Interface (API). Writing a WordPress Plugin – WordPress Codex
WordPress Plugins are a set of files that have to be installed and activated in order to work. Don’t confuse WordPress Plugins with plug-ins for light bulbs or electronic devices. WordPress Plugins extend the functionality of WordPress, allowing it do do more. Continue reading WordPress Words: Plugins→
BuddyPress is a powerful WordPress Plugin which enables you to customize your own social network specific to your sites needs. You can use it as a social network for a school or college, a communication tool for a business, or a focused social network for a product you’re trying to sell. This is beneficial because it enables a user to have unlimited theme options while also allowing them to add features they need to fit the site.
The basic optional components of BuddyPress include:
Extended Profiles: Allows you an unlimited number of field types to customize user profiles accordingly to your sites purpose.
Activity Streams: Record personal, group and site wide activities with an RSS feed.
Member Account Settings: Users can modify their account and notification settings directly from their profiles.
Friend Connections: Gives users the ability to add friends and accept friend requests.
Messaging: Send and receive private emails from members in your friends list within your private messaging panel. All members have their own individual Inbox.
Domain Name Services (DNS) is a service which exist to help us humanize the addresses of networked resources. Humans remember words as a whole easier than numbers representing octal based Internet Protocol addresses of those same networked resources be them across the Wide World Web or just an arms length away on our local network.
That was a mouth full. Essentially through DNS you can type in a URL into your favorite web browser and through the process of name resolution your system contacts a server acting in your behalf to find the correct IP address that matches the human oriented address you type in.
Sounds simple but a lot of chatter between various servers near and far may happen just to pull up that favorite site that you wish to view. First your own system will see if it has the particular IP/URL pairing locally in it’s own tables. On your computer this information will be kept in a host.txt file and depending on the operating system the location varies. Continue reading Domain Name Services: Postman of the Internet→
Our guest speaker for our WordPress class, Mr Dan Portis-Cathers is not just a Musician, he also designs WordPress webpages for music industry clients. He pointed out that a blogger with a music page needs a plugin that plays music.
Many of the Artists that I feature on my student site are found on the website known as Reverbnation . This website began as a way for local musicians to harness the power of social networking to get the word out that their band is the next big thing or to communicate/ collaborate on music related projects
Reverbnation now boasts that it is home to over 3.5 million bands, venues and music professionals. It is a great site to meet new bands, maybe get some cds to review, and network with others in the industry.
Naturally, the Reverbnation Master Plugin became a plugin of choice for my DISTROTECH student site as my blog deals primarily with Progressive Rock music, and Linux.
After downloading, the Reverbnation Master Player Plugin was very easy to install.
Use the WordPress Installer/Updater
Activate from the “Plugins”administration panel,
Click over to the Widget Page>Reverbnation Master Widgets.
Configure the settings.
That’s it! Once installed the Plugin allows plenty of customization. Show maps of listeners, feature album art, lyrics, announcements. In short all of the Widgets that are on the Reverbnation site are included in this Plugin. HTML5 Player, HTML5 Fan Collector, Tune Widget, Merchandise, Mail, and so much more.
Have a look at this demo at wordpress.techgasp.com . If you have a music site and want to promote it, this Plugin is one that you can’t live without.
Tidio Gallery is a WordPress Plugin that allows you to have a different Gallery then the stock one WordPress offers you. It opens over your page and allows you to scroll through all the photos with a limited UI on the bottom of the screen that only pops up in the beginning for a few seconds and then when you click the page.
It is a simple plugin if you are looking for something like the stock gallery but a little different.
It’s full screen.
It’s minimal UI intensive
Unlike the stock Gallery view you are able to see the whole screen with no cut offs whether or not you have a “big enough” screen as seen below.
Doesn’t offer an obvious way to get out of viewing the pictures
Similar to the updated Gallery view with Stock WordPress
Not many are happy with the 3.9 WordPress update due to changes in the advanced image settings. Gregory Cornelius released a WordPress Plugin that enables and expands upon the old advanced image settings called Advanced Image Styles.
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Brian Balla. Brian is a WordPress Web Designer located in Portland, Oregon.
In 2009, Brian Balla left a 9 to 5 corporate design position to embark on a career as a freelance web designer and WordPress specialist. Since then, Brian has been able to retain a client roster of over 55 small to medium sized businesses in five states and two continents. With a background in small business, Brian is passionate about helping business owners and scrappy start-ups make their websites work harder for them. From one-page informational websites to complex enterprise level applications, Brian offers his clients expertise in a variety of areas including web design, WordPress development, standards compliance, analytics interpretation, and search engine marketing and optimization.
How did you get introduced to WordPress?
During high school and college, most of my free time was spent either writing or building websites.
After college, my web design hobby went to the “back burner” and laid dormant for several years as I immersed myself in suits and ties and 8 o’clock meetings. Fast forward to the fall of 2006. As I was searching for a restaurant for dinner later that evening, I came across a website with the link “Powered by WordPress = Code is Poetry”. This reminded me of my days designing and developing. I skipped the menu and I followed that link. Fast forward again to several weeks after that. I had fully immersed myself in the world of WordPress and began building and breaking things faster than I could keep track.Continue reading Interview with WordPress Web Designer Brian Balla→
Plugins are often on the forefront of WordPress housekeeping lists. This is probably due to the fact that on a normal WordPress site you’re usually running just one theme and then multiple, sometimes dozens, of plugins. Unused plugins in the mix make it inconvenient to scroll through the list and troubleshoot conflicts. They can also pose a security risk if they’re not updated.
Ever go a long your merry way writing a killer article. Your in the zone fingers cruising along the keyboard, you feel great your ready to tell the world. You hit publish but just as you do an overwhelming feeling of dread hits you like burlap sack full of 900 pound gorillas.
You forgot to proof read your post and now the damage has been done. People are reading it as you frantically try to cover your tracks before one more persons eyes can molest your post with snide comments.