Plugin Readme files now support video

February 23, 2010 | No Comments Yet

A new feature that will benefit WordPress plugin authors and plugin users alike: you can now add video in the readme.txt file of a plugin. This information will be displayed in the WordPress Just like WordPress posts & pages support shortcodes and oEmbed, so do plugin readme files now. There are two ways of doing this: oEmbed, by entering the URL of the video in its own line, and shortcodes, by entering the type of video and the URL in between square brackets, e.g.:

  • [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EiKx_WSesk]
  • [vimeo http://vimeo.com/173714]
  • [wpvideo OO4thna8]

The feature currently supports three video providers: YouTube, Vimeo, and VideoPress. It must also be noted that object embed codes (the usual way of embedding videos on websites) is not supported, just the two methods above. View the test example here.

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New in WP 2.9: Transform URLs to embed codes

January 28, 2010 | No Comments Yet

A very useful new feature in WordPress 2.9 is oEmbed support, which lets you display video and other embed objects with less hassle: all you need to do paste the URL and you’re all set.

First, make sure this feature is enabled under Settings > Media > Attempt to automatically embed all plain text URLs. There’s also an option to set a maximum width and height for the embed objects. Next, create or edit posts like you normally would, and enter the URL in its own line. Save your post and hit the Preview button to check if it’s working.

For example, pasting a YouTube URL (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKtdTJP_GUI) automatically generates this:

If you don’t want WordPress to create embed codes from URLs automatically, use the shortcode.

WordPress has a list of sites you can do this with, which includes sites like YouTube, Flickr, and WordPress.tv. More information about adding support can be found at the Codex page.

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Happy Slip

February 7, 2008 | 3 Comments

Happy Slip

Christine Gambito is the Filipina-American behind Happy Slip, the wildly popular video blog featuring her creative, wacky, and candid skits she produced and edited on her own. One of her sketches, Mixed Nuts, landed second place in the 2006 YouTube Video Awards for Best Comedy. She won the Podcast of the Year in the 2007 Philippine Blog Awards.

Christine recently arrived in the Philippines for the first time. She toured the archipelago as an ambassador for tourism of the DoT. Here’s her emotional take on her first day here. And guess what—several Pinoys are enjoying a meet and greet with Happy Slip right now!

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