WordPress Plugin: Vote for Plugins

May 18, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Vote for Plugins lets you help contribute to the WordPress.org plugin ratings without having to leave your admin panel.

The WordPress.org plugin directory has a neat rating system that lets users rate plugins both on overall quality and on compatibility with specific WP versions. However, its usefulness is stymied by poor integration with WordPress itself. To try to remedy that, I’ve created a plugin that lets you vote on plugins directly from your Dashboard.

Once installed you’ll be asked for your WP.org account details so your vote can be counted. Then at the plugins list, you can indicate whether a plugin you’re using works or is broken, and give it a rating from 0 to 5 stars.

Vote for Plugins is an easy candidate for canonical plugin or even a core feature, considering the useful information it can add to the community.

Download Vote for Plugins

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More on the Automattic Theme Team

April 16, 2010 | No Comments Yet

More details emerge about the newly-formed Automattic Theme Team, led by Ian Stewart. In his newest post at ThemeShaper, now the home of all things A-theme-team-related, he explains their goals for themselves and the WordPress community. Here’s one of six:

Every WordPress.com user should feel like there’s a theme that fits them perfectly, that is exactly how they want to present themselves to the world, that they’re excited to show to their friends.

The team would also like to encourage the best coding practices and reinforce the spirit of giving back to the whole community, helping WordPress theme authors (premium or 100% free) and WordPress theme users alike.

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Ask and earn at WP Questions

February 9, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WP Questions

Do you have an important WordPress question that you’re willing to pay money for it? Or are you so confident with your WordPress knowledge that you deserve to earn from it? Try WP Questions.

It’s not official, but looks like an interesting premise. It fills in the gap between answering common problems and hiring for full-blown WordPress projects. Need a template tweak here or a bug fix there? If it’s a very specific task or problem, and you’re running out of time, this should do the trick.

Questions close automatically after 3 days and the asker has to pick the winning answer. The asker is also in charge of setting the price for the question. Listing fee is 9%; payments go through PayPal. Read more about the rules here.

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An unofficial WordPress.com Gallery FAQ

December 18, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The WordPress Gallery is one of the most powerful features introduced to the software to date, but it’s also pretty tricky. You can read the official support page for it, but long before that came around this FAQ was published. It’s more than a year old but it’s still a useful reference for anybody who uses the Gallery all the time.

Can I have a Page that displays all my existing Galleries?
To make a separate “Gallery” Page, make a new Page and then locate the Post ID number of the Galleries you wish to include in your Gallery Page (see above). In the HTML Editor, type in the gallery shortcode, together with the relevant Post ID. It will look something like this [ gallery id=”210″ ] (without the extra spaces after and before the bracket). You can also adjust the settings for number of columns and thumbnail size for each individual gallery displayed on that Page.

Note that the FAQ was created for WordPress.com users, although from the looks of things a lot of it applies to self-hosted users as well.

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Help the victims of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana)

September 29, 2009 | 1 Comment

The Philippines is still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana), which had a record downpour over the weekend resulting in massive flooding in many, many areas. Thousands of families are now homeless, and as of writing over 240 are dead, several more are missing. Even worse, at least two stores have been spotted approaching the country in the next few days.

Please take a moment to visit these sites and offer any help you can—cash, in kind, or through voluntary efforts.

Help spread the word!

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WordPress Helper add-on for Firefox

October 22, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Power users of WordPress and Firefox will certainly love this one: the WordPress Helper add-on for Firefox gives you quick access to WordPress documentation and to the admin panels of website profiles you have entered.

The extension eases the fast and simple access to develop-relevant pages of the WordPress Codex. So you always have all the necessary help at your fingertips. It’s also possible to search after strings of text that is currently marked. Furthermore it’s possible to easily switch to WordPress backend of current site. More than that, a small Icon indicates wether the currently displayed website makes use of WordPress.

Sometimes you have to search all over the WordPress.org Codex and even 3rd-party sites to answer that WP-related question, so this extension makes it a more pleasant experience.

And even if you’re not much of a WordPress developer, this tool will make learning about the inner workings of WordPress more efficient and convenient. Sometimes all you need is a little nudge, like this one.

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