Pinoy WordPress Plugin: Comment Hilite

August 24, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Show some comment love by highlighting notable comments on your blog posts with Comment Hilite. This WordPress plugin is 100% Pinoy and is made by Markku Seguerra.

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Must-have plugins for every WordPress blog

April 2, 2010 | 1 Comment

BloggingPro compiles a list of 10 + 5 WordPress plugins every blog should have. It covers the basics from good ol’ Akismet to security, performance, and analytics plugins.

It doesn’t matter what the aim of your is blog, whether you set out to become the next person getting rich in only 4 hours per week, want to run the hottest dating column in town, aim to take Arrington’s crown or just want to blog for fun, if you chose for WordPress there are some basics your blog needs.

The shortlist:

  • A Solid Theme
  • Akismet
  • Google XML Sitemap
  • Align RSS Images
  • AntiVirus for WordPress
  • Subscribe to comments
  • WP Super Cache
  • WP.com stats
  • WP Twitip-ID
  • FeedBurner FeedSmith
  • The Excerpt Reloaded
  • WP Footnotes
  • Future Dashboard Widget
  • WP Table Reloaded

What’s on your must-have plugins list?

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WordPress in Google Summer of Code 2010

March 30, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordPress is once again participating in the annual Google Summer of Code, whose application period just opened. For the unfamiliar, GSoC gives initiatives for student developers to work on open source projects (such as WordPress) in preparation for their foray into real-world software development.

Here is this year’s list of ideas for WordPress:

  • BuddyPress
  • GlotPress
  • bbPress
  • Media
  • Widgets
  • Blog Import/Export
  • User Roles
  • Template Versioning
  • Comment Moderation
  • Move WordPress
  • Enhance Profiles.WordPress.org

The WP GSoC also gathers some of the biggest names in the community to act as mentors to the participants. IRC chats will be held on March 31, April 3, and April 7 to interact with them.

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Sharpen your commenting skills too!

March 15, 2010 | 1 Comment

So you’ve learned the ropes of blogging, both the publishing and maintenance sides to it. But how are you doing on the commenting front, or have you put no thought to the way you interact on other people’s blogs? Good thing Quick Online Tips can answer why you should be honing your commenting skills as part of your blogging regimen.

Thousands of blogs are waiting for you to read. Many excellent bloggers are posting great content every day. It is easy to subscribe to far too many blogs, skim the posts and leave nothing of value behind. It is doubtful, no it is ridiculous that you would subscribe to hundreds of paper magazines. Consider, if you had to pay for all your blog subscriptions. Would you do that? Far better to read a few, become involved and comment with purpose and quality..

The post also mentions some of the cardinal rules of commenting: add substance, don’t spam, take a deep breath before resorting to flaming. Bottom line: commenting isn’t quite as refined an art as crafting posts, but with more discussions on them that could change.

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WordPress 2.8.2

July 20, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.8.2 is an important security update that addresses an XSS vulnerability with unsanitized comment author URLs. No betas or release candidates came out before this version, but upgrade away! The notice should already be up in your WordPress admin panel.

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Google Blog Converters

January 19, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Google has released a tool that lets you move from one blogging service to another much more easily. Google Blog Converters is an open source project containing Python libraries and scripts that convert export formats of the leading blog platforms Blogger, LiveJournal, Movable Type, and WordPress.

Blog authors around the world, Google would like to remind you that it’s your blog, your data. Now that Blogger allows users the ability to export all contents of their blog, the Data Liberation team would like to announce the Google Blog Converters project.

It’s great to learn that Google in particular is all for the free transfer of data despite being the owner of Blogger.

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SEO: WordPress 2.7 comment pagination causes duplicate content

January 12, 2009 | 1 Comment

Here’s an important heads-up for all the SEO-conscious bloggers out there: the new comment pagination feature in WordPress 2.7 apparently produces duplicate content, which is frowned upon by search engines like Google. Quick Online Tips reports:

When I checked my Google Webmaster tools today, it notified me of hundreds of duplicate title tags and duplicate meta descriptions pages on our site which were not there before. A quick look at this duplicate content issue revealed it was caused by multiple comment pages.

By default, a WordPress 2.7 installation will break the comment list into multiple pages if they exceed 50 comments. You can change this setting and other comment-related options by visiting the Discussion page in the admin panel.

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How to implement WP 2.7 threaded comments feature

December 17, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Aside from the admin redesign, threaded or nested comments is one of the biggest new features in WordPress 2.7. Problem is, if your theme you’re using doesn’t support it yet, you won’t be able to enjoy it!

Thankfully, will.ph has written how you can use comment threading in your WP site.

The feature has been integrated in my theme since 2.7-Beta1 was released, yet only now did I realize that my reference was a bit too technical, even for me, that I decided to write another howto that is simplified. Before jumping in, I would highly advise to disable any comment threading plugin, including Disqus, to avoid any unwanted hiccups. Of course, the decision to do this is all up to you.

Thanks Will!

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Pinoy WordPress Plugin: Strip!

December 3, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Strip! is a WordPress plugin by Markku Seguerra that “strips” away links inside comments. (Don’t worry, you can put them back.)

I developed Strip! because of an interesting trend in the behavior of my commenters: some would respond to my share their thoughts on a given post, but unfortunately link to some off-topic pages at the bottom of their comment. Typically, I can just mark the comment as spam or disapprove it, or just delete it. But there are times when the on–topic part of their comment is admittedly necessary and helpful to the discussion — this is where I use my Strip! plugin.

Interesting note: if you attended WordCamp Philippines and attended his talk, this is the plugin he was demonstrating then.

Download Strip! | Plugins by Markku Seguerra

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IntenseDebate reopens after Automattic acquisition, new WordPress plugin available

November 15, 2008 | No Comments Yet

IntenseDebate reopens after going invite-only since its acquisition by Automattic. So for those who haven’t signed up for an account, now you can.

And of course, they’ve made it especially easy to use for WordPress users with a new beta plugin, with the following features:

  • Two-Way Comment Sync (comments are saved both in your WordPress database and the IntenseDebate server)
  • Admin Panel Integration
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Trackbacks
  • Profile Sync
  • Post Settings

And more:

Can’t wait to get hold of all the great commenting features included in WordPress 2.7? Get IntenseDebate now!

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Keyboard shortcuts in WordPress 2.7

November 5, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Here’s another great feature to expect in WordPress 2.7: keyboard shortcuts. Though WordPress already has several shortcut keys for the Write Post page (documented here and here—the Visual Editor must be turned on), new keyboard shortcuts will be available for managing comments:

  • j – next comment/down
  • k – previous comment/up
  • a – approve comment
  • s – spam comment
  • d – delete comment
  • u – unapprove comment
  • r – reply to comment (Esc to cancel reply)
  • q – quick edit comment

You’ll have to activate them first in your user profile page, and then you’re all set.

(Via WordPress Hacks)

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Questioning WordPress user satisfaction & status as a CMS

September 9, 2008 | 1 Comment

CMS Survey Results by Steve Smith

I found this Content Management Survey Results by Steve Smith of Ordered List, with WordPress having the highest usage among the respondents (173 out of 189).

One of the more interesting features of the survey was the user satisfaction levels among CMSs. WordPress had a rate of 85% (44% “it’s OK” plus 41% “very satisfied”), though lagging behind Expression Engine, which was at 94% (30% “it’s OK” plus 64% “very satisifed”).

Enter the comments who question WordPress as a full-fledged CMS and dismiss it as a mere blogging platform. Granted, the structure of WordPress really is meant for blogging. But why deprive it of the term “Content Management System”? Is it because WordPress isn’t generic enough? Should WordPress have to aspire for the title of a “true” CMS, or are people happy with the direction it’s going?

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WordPress Comment Moderator for Adobe Air

September 1, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Daniel Dura presented a sneak peek of an Adobe Air application that lets you moderate comments on your blog:

WordPress Comment Moderator for Adobe Air by Daniel Dura

This screenshot is the application actually working. I have it running against a local version of a WordPress installation. It gives alerts when new comments are awaiting moderation, tells you how many comments are awaiting moderation in the dock menu, and allows you to approve comments, mark them as spam, or delete them.

This looks like a convenient way to keep track of comments from your own desktop. Since Adobe Air is cross-platform. It should work whether you’re a Windows, Mac, or Linux user.

Since this is just a preview, though, you can’t download it yet. Daniel says it will be out in a couple of weeks. Visit the blog post to leave your questions and suggestions.

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WordPress Plugin: Seesmic Video Comments

April 30, 2008 | 2 Comments

Seesmic is a service for video-based conversations. But it takes a step further and can integrate with your WordPress blog. It lets you record video blog posts as well as video comments with the help of a WordPress plugin.

The Seesmic-wp-plugin allows you to:

  • Record one or more Seesmic video’s to a post.
  • Accept authenticated or anonymous video comments.
  • Moderate video comments exactly like text comments.

You can watch how it works with this video.

Download Seesmic Video Comments

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