I 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
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:
Instant Reply Comment WordPress Plugin– Admin Panel Comment Reply WordPress Plugin
- Post Preview Button Restored WordPress Plugin
- Controlled Post Data Exports WordPress Plugin
- Search the Post Editor TextArea WordPress Plugin
- Sort Posts by Title, Author, Category, Comment Count, and Date
Blog Status Announcement or Alert– Genki Announcement WordPress Plugin Pre-Publish Reminder List– Genki Pre-Publish Reminder WordPress Plugin
- Widgets for WordPress Administration Panels
Comments Waiting Count– Comments Waiting Count WordPress Plugin
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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