One of the widgets that I’ve had running on this blog since before widgets existed (in WordPress land, anyway) is an ‘extended comments’ area. This is similar to the default comments widget, but shows more detail.
I’ve packaged it up and made it available in the WordPress.org plugin directory, naturally called Extended Comments Widget.
Following on from updating some of my older plugins, there are some updates to HTML Purified:
- PHP5 only
- Update to HTML Purifier 4.2.0
- Add German
- Add Dutch
Also AJAX Calendar gets an update:
- WordPress 2.9+ only
- No external JS or CSS needed
- Fixes category issues
So my second plugin update in a week, quite a record this year! This time it’s one of the oldest plugins on this site (the readme.txt file said it worked on WordPress 1.3) – PageView.
Enough people were still writing in, all asking the same question – can I make it borderless. Now you can. The plugin has taken a leap into 3.0 and uses the shortcode API, and strips out the stuff that wasn’t being used, while adding a bunch more flexibility.
I’ve just committed a new version of Redirection to trunk on the WordPress.org plugin repository. This isn’t available for auto-download just yet as I want to make sure any problems are ironed out. If you’re a willing test subject then I’d very much appreciate any feedback. The code is running on this site and hasn’t melted anything (yet).
There is little visible difference between 2.2 and 2.1.29, but internally there has been a big cleanup. Large amounts of compatibility code has been cleared away, some of it going all the way back to WordPress 2.3. I’ve optimized the database where possible, and hopefully fixed the annoying bug that surfaced when WordPress 3.0 came out (automatically redirecting your home page is not so good!)
Anyway, the changelog for this version is as follows:
- Add Dutch translation
- WordPress 2.9+ only – cleaned up all the old cruft
- Better new-install process
- Upgrades from 1.0 of Redirection no longer supported
- Optimized DB tables
You can grab the new version from SVN:
If you have time there’s a short survey in the plugin that asks a few questions about how you use it. My aim is to simplify it and focus on the things people actually use, and the only way to do that is find out. You can also take part in the survey directly.
A very curious thing. Someone has registered a domain with the name of one of my plugins, copied the content from the plugin page onto a WordPress blog on the site, and then added a load of adverts.
If that isn’t irritating enough, they appear on the first page of a Google search for the plugin (thankfully at the bottom).
If you’re in the market for a quick and simple way to display a Gravatar in a WordPress sidebar then check out the recently released Gravatar Widget plugin, as seen on WordPress.com.
Some of the features of the plugin:
- Email address of Gravatar taken from a user on the blog, or any address
- Change size of Gravatar
- Image alignment
- URL for Gravatar (when someone clicks on the image)
- Add arbitrary text to your widget
- Fully localized
So finally, after an extended development period and many people asking ‘are you ever releasing it’, I’ve released the theme files for the Guangzhou WordPress and bbPress theme.
As I say elsewhere:
Guangzhou is a two-column fixed width theme for both WordPress and bbPress. It is highly configurable, with two widget areas (sidebar and bottom), as well as customisable skins and many other options. It supports threaded and paged comments, making for very flexible discussion pages, as well as separating pings and trackbacks from comments – essential to keep the flow of conversation consistent.
Guangzhou has been in use on this site for over a year now and drives the appearance of both the main website and support forum. One of the main reasons for selecting bbPress for the forum was it’s integration with WordPress, and this theme brings this even closer.
I even took some extra time to make a short video:
Note that this theme requires WordPress 2.8 or bbPress 1.0