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WordPress Plugins: Code Marathon Party and Plugins I Wanted Released

WordPress PluginsI was hoping that someone would be listening when I published my request for WordPress Plugins I wanted at the end of my month long series featuring WordPress Plugins. Part of me was sure that some of these just couldn’t be done, but the amazing WordPress community of talented Plugin authors have come forward with the answers to my blogging dreams. I’m so excited.

Cindy of Digital Ramble is working to build a better WordPress comments panel with her new Admin Panel Comment Reply WordPress Plugin. The idea is to enable replying to comments by the blog administrator/owner from within the WordPress Administration Comments Panel, not from the post itself. This should speed up the response process and save a few bandwidth chunks and database hits.

The first version of the Admin Panel Comment Reply WordPress Plugin adds a link that takes the administrator straight to the reply comment form on the blog post in order to reply. This saves time scrolling down the post past all the trackbacks and comments, to the comment form. The next version of the Plugin is mapped to have the reply be from within the Comments Panel, getting us to our dream.

My new buddy, Travis of REM State, is dedicating his whole weekend, March 24-25, to a coding party and marathon, focusing on my favorite WordPress Plugin for writing, the In-Series WordPress Plugin, which I featured in Connecting Articles in Series: In Series WordPress Plugin and Technical Tips for Publishing a Series of Articles on Your Blog. He has asked his fans to stop by and give some moral support and cheers as he works through the entire weekend on pushing this Plugins to their next version.

Improvements in Connecting Articles in Series: In Series WordPress Plugin scheduled to be worked on include:

  • Table of Contents in multi-post views
  • Table of Contents at both the top and bottom of posts
  • Table of Contents in the sidebar
  • Arbitrary post-reordering within a series
  • Series with posts from more than one author
  • Posts in more than one series
  • Series tagging with <!–Series:Series Name–>

Also from my request list, James of Reality Wired produced the Comments Waiting Count WordPress Plugin, which puts a “count” of the comments in your Comment Panel queue that you haven’t seen yet, along with a count of “new” comment spam. Akismet tells you how many you have, but not how many “new since last visit”. This is very cool. I have been anxiously pleading for a Comments (1) to jump off the tab menu telling me SOMEONE LOVES ME!

Ryan Parker developed the Show Unread Comments WordPress Plugin, which displays a list of unread comments on your blog. It keeps track of your reader’s unread comments with a read/unread status indicator next to the comments. Visitors to your blog, as well as you, can click the read/unread status on the comment, from what I understand from the description. You can then showcase a list of the unread comments in your blog’s sidebar. This is awesome for highly interactive blogs.

I’ve heard of others working on some of the other requests I had, but I’m waiting for details.

In the interim, check out these new, much desired WordPress Plugins and let us know how they are working for you and your WordPress blog. And stop in and wave at Travis as he blogs through the weekend, working overtime for the WordPress community.

Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to turn Travis’ weekend marathon into a major WordPress Plugin Writing Weekend? Or maybe an entire WordPress Plugin Writing Week? What do you think? How do you think it should work? Would you participate?


UPDATE: WordPress Plugins that I requested are starting to show up. I’m doing a dance with excitement. Please, give these a try and report back to us and the authors on how they are working for you. This is just too exciting!

Genki Announcement WordPress Plugin: This Plugin allows you to turn on and off an HTML encoded announcement on your WordPress blog. You control where you want the announcement “spot” to go in your WordPress Theme template files such as in the header, top of the sidebar, before the posts, or wherever.

Using HTML/XHTML, you can write any announcement such as a vacation notice, site maintenance warning, birth of a child, event announcement, whatever you want can go into the Administration Panel form and with a click or two, it will appear on your blog. It is not a Page or post, just a bit of content. When you want, turn it off. Change the content at any time. Simple and easy. There are so many ways you can use this. I’d love to see it turned into a Widget and have a “date off” feature, but this is fabulous.

Genki Pre-Publish Reminder WordPress Plugin: From the same author, this Plugin puts a list of reminders and things to do on the Write Post Panel of your WordPress blog. For example, it reminds you if you need to use the Custom Options to add a feature picture, write an excerpt, add the “more” comment code, turn on RunPHP or TextControl before publishing your post, add a signature, select tags…whatever things you typically need to do before you hit the publish button on your post.

This is a perfect Plugin for multiple blogger blogs, reminding the various bloggers of the styles, formats, and custom features they may need to do before they publish their articles. Or for the beginner you are helping to remind them to select a category for the post, or even to spell check first. I can see so many uses for this, can’t you?

Here is the list of the WordPress Plugins I wanted and which ones have been done or are in the works:

Here are some requests from others:

  • Footnote to Bibliography WordPress Plugin
  • Sortable Table of Contents of Past Posts in the Write Post Panel Sidebar Plugin (Intrasite Linking WordPress Plugin)
  • Add Custom Fields to the Registration Page for Customization
  • Multiple Search Engine and Directory Search Options in the Search Form
  • Customizable Agreement/Disclosure/Policy/Terms of Service Auto Form WordPress Plugin

What would you add to the WordPress Plugin Want List?


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18 Comments

  1. Posted March 24, 2007 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    I took on two simple plugins :)

    Genki Pre-Publish Reminder
    Genki Announcement

  2. Posted March 24, 2007 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Lorelle, you’ve done a great service to the WordPress community! Thanks for lighting the fuse under all this explosive talent. The response is too cool.

  3. Posted March 24, 2007 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    I like some of the ideas here. I’ve done some hacking on WordPress to make it easier to manage from the Admin Panel, like: from within comments section, show the title and url of the post the comment comes from.

    I’ll keep an eye on a plugin I can help develop. I have some other, smaller, ideas as well, aiming to help administrate WordPress via more intuitive and easier information.

    Things start to get pretty complex when you’re dealing with multiple users, posts, and voting hierarchies.

    Cheers,
    Eric N.

  4. Posted March 24, 2007 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    I have been anxiously pleading for a Comments (1) to jump off the tab menu telling me SOMEONE LOVES ME!

    Do you really need a Comments notification for that? :P
    Anyway, all of these plugins are very interesting, and I’m bound to download at least a couple of them. The thing is that they seem to be more useful for high-traffic blogs (most of them).
    Unfortunately, I don’t know enough PHP to be making my own plugins. However, I will drop in to some of these authors’ sites and let them know that I do appreciate their coding efforts.

    Thanks for blogging, Lorelle! :)

    PS: You ought to install the “Subscribe to comments” plugin.

  5. Posted March 24, 2007 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Hey Lorelle; as always thanks for the mention. :)

    I didn’t actually plan to get around to the feature bullet-points you listed until after the marathon — I expect that I’m just going to get through item 6 or so (“Implement the new APIs”) from the first list this weekend. I guess I’ll have to try harder, now! ;)

  6. Posted March 24, 2007 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Gurdit: I’ll take love from anywhere I can get it. ;-)

    You think that making replying to a comment easier is only for high traffic blogs? I’m having terrible trouble with one of my web hosts right now. They’ve decided to impose a limit on database access. To reply to a comment (just one comment), I have to load the post (a lot of hits on the database). Type in my reply. Hit submit. And the post totally reloads with all those hits on the database a second time. Replying to two or three comments (I can go weeks without a comment on that blog – it isn’t written to encourage comments) and my database locks up and my site is down for an hour until the count resets. I will move it very soon, but right now, a way to bypass that double smack of database hits would be lovely.

    Also, seeing that comment count would thrill anyone, especially those who rarely get comments.

    These are not exclusive to high traffic blogs. They are useful tools that will work for anyone.

    As for the Subscribe to Comments Plugin, WordPress.com blogs do not allow installation of WordPress Plugins.

  7. Posted March 24, 2007 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    That is pretty cool. I’m gonna try the comment reply plugin. :) It looks nifty.

  8. Posted March 24, 2007 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Oh, hey Jenny and Lorelle.

    If ya’all don’t mind I should be able to whip up something in a couple minutes.

    I use Quoter to quote. Combining this feature would be excellent, I also have to log all the way through to post a reply. I’ll write it so that it checks to see if Quoter is turned on, and act accordingly! We get about 50-200 comments a day on my other site, so this could really help.

    Some other things to think about is that the default approval for WP is to allow future comments to green light straight to the pages if they’ve been already approved once by a moderator. A method to sort through this could be very useful!

    This would cut back on us increasing our hits and views.

    May the quickest draw win!

  9. Posted March 24, 2007 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot Lorelle! I picked up some plugins that I have been looking for for a while now

    What I am still looking around for in addition to the ones you requested is an RSS reader for the admin backend, since I spend a large portion of my days there and also could find new stories etc

    Should be rather easy, I just do not have the knowledge yet

  10. Posted March 24, 2007 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this write up. Helpful as always. And I like the way it highlights those who are developing these great plugins. A lot of great talent out there.

  11. Posted March 24, 2007 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Will have to add the comment plugin soon to my blog, thanks for the news and being a voice for the rest of us.

  12. Posted March 24, 2007 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Lorelle for your initiative and thanks to the developers – my life has been made more easy. Will be applying the 2 Genki plugins.

  13. Posted March 25, 2007 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Great initiative(s) and it makes me want to learn PHP so bad! But for now I’ll just hop over to Travis of REM State to bring him some virtual coffee :)

  14. Posted March 25, 2007 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    I also created a Pre-Publish Reminders plugin which you can see at the plugin project page on my blog.

  15. Posted April 2, 2007 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to have a flexible stock quote plugin. I’ve only found one plugin for stock quotes and it requires that the code be inserted into the template. This doesn’t allow the flexibility of inserting different quotes into different posts and having them updated when the post is displayed.

  16. Posted April 2, 2007 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Yes, there should be more stock quote Plugins. I found some during my WordPress Plugin research, but there should be more. This would be an ideal WordPress Widget, wouldn’t it?

  17. Posted April 10, 2007 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your useful articles on plugins. I’ve found some very useful ones thanks to you.

    I’d like to use WordPress to build a community site and would love a plugin that would allow me to easily list details of hotels, guesthouses, campsites (i.e.places to stay in the local area) and a list of restaurants in the local area. I haven’t found anything suitable though. Don’t suppose you know of anything?

  18. Posted April 11, 2007 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    A Plugin to create lists? Sorry. That one you have to do manually. It’s too narrow a field for a WordPress Plugin. As a host of regional information, you have to provide that manually, since you are “recommending” these places. You can work with a gadget or widget that brings in information from Yahoo or Google Maps and business finder, I guess.


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