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February: 30 Days of WordPress Plugins

WordPress PluginsI love WordPress Plugins. And I love WordPress Plugin authors even more.

Their jobs aren’t easy. They pull their hair out (and turn some parts gray) building their WordPress Plugins, then are assaulted by bug reports and users begging them to fix their Plugins because “we love them and we need them and can’t run our blogs without them”, all for no money nor return on their investment. Their days are spent responding to comments about the Plugin, often to users who can’t follow the most basic instructions, and chasing down reports of problems in the .

So, I’m dedicating February to WordPress Plugins and WordPress Plugin authors. I’ll be writing 30 posts about different WordPress Plugins and the art of the WordPress Plugin.

I’ll be writing about a variety of WordPress Plugins to help you blog and help you manage your blog. I’ll point to some fun ones, and some serious ones, that will help your blog’s readers and searchers.

I’ll also be talking directly to WordPress Plugin authors and WordPress Theme designers on how WordPress Plugins should, and shouldn’t, work on our WordPress blogs. And if you feel an urge to write your own WordPress Plugin, I’ll give you some tips on what you need to know on how to write a WordPress Plugin.

Expect a lot of stuff about WordPress Plugins in February, 30 days worth, and expect to find some fun WordPress Plugins along the way.

Hint to WordPress Plugin Authors: I may be talking about your WordPress Plugin(s), so make sure they are up-to-date and working with the latest version of WordPress. Get your documentation and instructions in order, because whether or not your WordPress Plugin is mentioned, expect the fun to rub off on yours.

WordPress Plugins Blast From the Past

To warm you up, here are some WordPress Plugins I’ve covered in the past:


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12 Comments

  1. Posted January 22, 2007 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    about WordPress Plugins in February, 30 days worth

    You do know that February has only 28 days, right? ;-)

    Just kidding, looking forward to your posts :-)

  2. Posted January 22, 2007 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    LOL @ Jeriko..good one

    Lorelle – I love WordPress plugins! Also, I really admire and appreciate what these plugin authors are doing for us, ordinary bloggers who sometimes demand or expect too much from them. Just wanna say, thank you & great job guys!

    Looking forward to those posts. :)

  3. Posted January 22, 2007 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    This will be exciting.I read your blog regularly but this time i was bound to respond.I will be looking forward to the post You make for plugins.

  4. Posted January 22, 2007 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    Thats great, I look forward to it. Specifically I’m looking for an event calendar (that can handle several events at the same time) and add flickr thumbnails to the side bar.

    These are pretty limited needs so other ideas will be great.

  5. Posted January 22, 2007 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    Lorelle, do you want to use my Organize Series Plugin to manage and organize this series of posts? ;)

  6. Posted January 22, 2007 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    Hey Lorelle, do you know my WP Movie Ratings plugin? :)

  7. Posted January 22, 2007 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    To Everyone: If there is a series or type of WordPress Plugin you are looking for, let me know and I’ll do some digging.

    Plugin Authors: I will be digging through tons of Plugin categories, so thanks for the heads up.

    Jeriko One: Damn! You figured out my promotional gimmick. 30 days for the price of 28. ;-)

  8. Posted January 22, 2007 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    I did not update my documentations for nothing now. LOL

  9. Posted January 22, 2007 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    This sounds great! I’m looking forward to it. And I wholeheartedly agree that plugin authors are wonderful, wonderful people. :) I have found so many incredible plugins that do exactly what I need (or more) and do it better than I could ever hope. I try to thank the developers of my favorite plugins, but I’m glad to see this chance for some of them to get an extra “plug.”

    I too was wondering how the 30 plugins in 28 days would work…

  10. Posted January 22, 2007 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Good item for the next month! Looking forward to it!

  11. Posted January 22, 2007 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    And by the latest version, you definitely mean WordPress 2.1 that was released a few hours ago :)

  12. Posted January 24, 2007 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Their jobs aren’t easy. They pull their hair out (and turn some parts gray) building their WordPress Plugins, then are assaulted by bug reports and users begging them to fix their Plugins.. all for no money.

    Spot on! I’m getting a few gray hairs myself with Gregarious.


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