Updating my WordPress plugins

I've cobbled a few WordPress plugins together, primarily to do stuff on UCalgaryBlogs by exposing built-in WordPress functionality through shortcodes so that people don't have to manually edit themes. And then I basically ignored the plugins for a few years, because they don't actually do anything, so there's not much to update or fix. But it looks bad if a plugin hasn't been tested with recent versions of WordPress, so I just did some testing of them all....

March 31, 2016 · 1 min

RIP Structured Blogging and Microformats?

I'd experimented with the Structured Blogging plugin for WordPress almost 3 years ago. It's a way to add structured, complex data to regular blog posts, and provides both human- and machine-readable versions of the content in order to support aggregation and syndication of the data by any service that supports it. The plugin adds a bunch of extra types of posts, from generic reviews and events, to more specific formats such as Journal Article and Book....

October 9, 2008 · 2 min

WordPress Plugin - Post Revision Display

One of the profs using UCalgaryBlogs.ca was asking if there was a way to show the "audit trail" for a blog posts. If she's having students write stuff, and needs it in by a given date (say, an assignment deadline), she'd like a way to know if a post was saved before the deadline, or updated after it. It's easy for people to futz around with the "published on" date for a post....

October 7, 2008 · 2 min

Ingesting Open Content into a Course Blogsite

One of the use-cases for UCalgaryBlogs.ca is for a class to integrate external resources such as OpenLearn courses, or potentially anything that has an RSS feed, to be ingested into the class blogsite. Currently, there are 2 scenarios possible for doing this, each with their own specific benefits, but neither quite matching what I think would make for a more powerful way to contextualize these external resources within the activities of a course....

September 23, 2008 · 3 min

on disabling excessive stats

I just disabled two separate blog stats packages, each for a different reason. This move was partially inspired by the upcoming "F*** Stats - Make Art!" session on the docket at Northern Voice. First, I disabled the FeedBurner FeedSmith integration plugin. This is a handy way to automatically redirect requests for RSS feeds to the FeedBurner service. I had decided to use FeedBurner as a way to reduce the load on my Dreamhost shared server - the feed would be cached by FeedBurner and served from there, removing a tonne of requests off-site....

February 19, 2008 · 2 min

Automatically Updated Colophon

The colophon, listing the various bits that get twiddled to run my blog, has been woefully out of date. I get periodic emails about the various plugins I use, especially the latest Podpress plugin, so I thought it'd be a good idea to automate the process of updating the list. Enter the bdp_setup plugin by Bryan Palmer at ozpolitics.info. The colophon is now automatically generated, and guaranteed to stay up to date for as long as I'm using Wordpress to run my blog....

April 26, 2006 · 1 min

PodPress - podcast manager for WordPress

I just saw the PodPress plugin mentioned in the WordPress dashboard feed, so checked it out quickly. What a kick-ass plugin! Totally manages podcast publishing, enclosures, web players, iTunes integration. Handles files uploaded to the blog, as well as remote files (absolute urls). Presents mp3, m4a, mov, mp4, pdf, etc... files. Very nice. I've updated the most recent 2 entries in my podcast section, to see how it works. Pretty slick....

March 10, 2006 · 1 min

Downgrading Akismet

Akismet is the "official" WordPress response to the soul-sucking rampages of blog comment spam. It promises to make spam magically vanish by harnessing the Hive Mind to banish spam en masse. But it doesn't work. I've been getting a fair amount of spam approved by Akismet as ham, when they are obviously spam. Not sure what's going on there, but I'd guess that since anyone can flag comments as spam/ham, that the spammers are getting in the game themselves....

February 8, 2006 · 2 min

Dumping "Ultimate Tag Warrior" Plugin

Ultimate Tag Warrior provided a really handy way to tag posts in WordPress, by just entering tags into a text field ala del.icio.us or Flickr. But, it uses its own tags database, meaning external tools like Flock, MarsEdit, Ecto, etc... are unable to tag new posts. And I get to do some funkery each time I update the K2 theme to match the latest and greatest beta. So, I just spent a couple of hours this evening manually migrating UTW tags to be stored in stock WordPress Categories....

January 15, 2006 · 1 min

Performancing Weblog Editor for Firefox

The "Performancing" folks just released a plugin for Firefox that provides a fully featured weblog editor, ala Flock. I'm trying it out now - it appears to talk to WordPress OK (well, if this made it to the blog, that is). It appears to have a decent WYSIWYG editor, but the image embedding doodad doesn't seem to have an upload utility - so I think you have to manually upload an image and then paste the URL into the image widget....

December 20, 2005 · 2 min