Wave This Widget for WordPress

Announcing the Wave This Widget for WordPress. Install this widget, add it to your sidebar and let your visitors share your posts easily on Google Wave!

The Google Wave "Wave This" function takes the title of a post and a short description and starts a new wave for you to add users to. It uses the "Wave This" API.

Wave This!

This sidebar widget adds a button to individual post pages that sends the post title and exerpt to Wave. If you haven't set an exerpt the widget uses the default one generated by WordPress for each post. The default button is 300px wide to allow for larger sidebars. Please resize the button using the widget options.

: Added the official button options from Google.

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Some Neat WordPress Plugins

Previously I wrote about some plugins I love for making writing posts easier. This is a list of the little plugins I love that just do cool things around the place. They're all useful, and most are ones I use on both sites I maintain. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

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WordPress Plugins I Can’t Live Without

There are a number of WordPress plugins I use to do various bits and bobs around the Geekorium. The Skribit tab and the Blogroll at the side are both produced with plugins for example. But there are some plugins that you never really "see" as such - they do their work silently behind the scenes, and most of them are primarily there to make my life easier. If you run a WordPress site, you might be interested too. These are the plugins I have both here and on First Waves because they're just so damn useful. Below is an introduction to each, and my explaination for why I use them:

After The Deadline
Adds a contextual spell, style, and grammar checker to WordPress. Write better and spend less time editing. Raphael Mudge
This plugin adds options to your profile page to check for grammar and spelling errors. Chrome usually picks up most spelling errors anyway, but this is great for picking up my awful grammatical errors. I use a lot of Passive Voice for example, and this highlights it.

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Thank You Plugin Creators!

Matt Mullenweg has declared today "Thank a Plugin Developer Day" to celebrate WordPress passing the 4000 plugin mark. Often Plugins are created for free and have tonnes of hard work put into them for little or no reward. I currently have 22 plugins active on my website at the moment handling a variety of functions, but haven't got much time to go into all the details of who made them and to thank them individually.

Instead, I'll thank one man who made two of the plugins I use: Joe Tan. I use his excellent Flickr Photo Album for WordPress plugin on two sites and I love it. It integrates seamlessly with WordPress and allows me to pull in my Flickr photos into posts and create galleries from sets. This plugin along with a Pro Flickr account have turned my crummy blog into a much more wonderful thing. I use it to keep all my relatives up-to-date with Amelynne's progress as well. Joe also maintains an terrific plugin to pull files of an Amazon S3 account.

So thank you Joe! Your work and effort are greatly appreciated.

I told Joe that I'd send a donation, but found no way to do it on his site. When I do, I will!

Oh 2.7, you know just what I like…


The Visual design of WordPress 2.7
Good Design in WordPress 2.7

The latest WordPress update, 2.7, manages to get WIN all over my keyboard. It fair shoots out of the screen and all over the place with its sexy sexy curves and simple lines. I want to give it a hug.

The 2.6 update was pretty good. It was good enough that 2.5 is all but erased completely from my mind. 2.7 however, looks gorgeous, plays nice with all my extensions and adds a couple of neat features that make me want to go home with it, and I barely even know it.

Awesome Feature Number 1 is automatic site software upgrades. Untested as I write this, the idea of its existence is enough to make me "ghee" with joy. Found under Tools > Upgrade on the new left-hand menu, it offers simple upgrades to the latest software that bypasses the old "upload each new file/directory" that some have been subjected to, and even cuts out the middle man web-hosts who have been offering something similar for a while abyebye fantastico.

Awesome Feature Number 2 is plugin searching and installation RIGHT FROM THE FRIGGIN ADMIN PAGE! This makes plugins so easy to install that it practically guarantees broken WordPress installations across the world as people just install new plugins 'cause they can! No more tossing up if it's worth it to upload and install something new. Why waste a second thinking about it when you can just press install and see? In minutes of upgrading my site tonight I had a working iPhone version of my site, and (hopefully) some integration with my FriendFeed account. That is the "killer feature" of WordPress right there my friends, found under Plugins > Add New. It makes me so happy I could cry bit could just be that I'm tired. I get weepy when I'm sleepy.

So go and update it today. It'll be the last painful upgrade you do.

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a. byebye fantastico
b. it could just be that I'm tired. I get weepy when I'm sleepy
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