iBlog Updates June 2009

I’ve updated the iblog core to WPMU 2.7.1. I have enjoyed a long run of somewhat error free blogging with the core and have spent much time modifying and coding plugins, but no doubt I’ll need to tinker more over the summer.

WordPressmu has been very stable for “browser based blogging.” The future should provide more robust features for mobile users, iPhone a BlackBerry especially I figure. I have one plugin and one template that enables a more readable interface on a BlackBerry, but I need to put some work into enabling the admin interface for handheld devices. Writing posts on a BlackBerry is a pain on its itsy-bitsy screen. Mobiles play nicely with RSS feeds so I’ve beefed up support for feeds. If you browse a blog in Safari, you’ll notice the RSS link in the url bar. It will reveal all RSS feeds available. You then enter that url into your mobile’s feed aggregator and away you go. The STJ Tags blog has the best feeds for sitewide categories, tags, authors, comments, etc.

I’ve added support for Twitter, I’m just not sure why, yet.

Since I tend to only do a major update once or twice a year, I thought I’d make a list of what plugins I have written or added. Many come from http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ or http://wpmudev.org/

WP Plugins(Enabled per blog):

Plugin Name: After The Deadline
Plugin URI: http://www.afterthedeadline.com
Description: Contextual spelling, style, and grammar checking for WordPress. Write better and spend less time editing.
Author: Dashnine Media
Version: 0.3
Author URI: http://killall.dashnine.org/

Plugin Name: Amazon Showcase 2
Plugin URI: http://www.aaronforgue.com/projects/amazon-showcase/
Description: A plugin for showcasing items from Amazon. Simply enter the ASIN/ISBN numbers of any products and optionally enter an Associate ID for earning commissions.
Author: Aaron Forgue
Version: 2.0
Author URI: http://www.aaronforgue.com

Plugin Name: Audio player
Plugin URI: http://wpaudioplayer.com
Description: Audio Player is a highly configurable but simple mp3 player for all your audio needs. You can customise the player’s colour scheme to match your blog theme, have it automatically show track information from the encoded ID3 tags and more. Go to your Settings page to start configuring it.
Version: 2.0b6
Author: Martin Laine
Author URI: http://www.1pixelout.net

Plugin Name: Critical Thinking Generator
Plugin URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org/dsader/
Description: Adds a Critical Thinking Generator below the edit post form. Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy
Author: D. Sader
Version: 1.1
Author URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org/dsader/

Plugin Name: Focus Questions
Plugin URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org/dsader/
Description: Adds a Essay Question Generator below the edit post form. AKA Focus Questions
Author: D. Sader
Version: 1.0
Author URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org/dsader/

Plugin Name: Learning Log Generator
Plugin URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org/dsader/
Description: Adds a Learning Log Generator below the edit post form.
Author: D. Sader
Version: 1.1
Author URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org/dsader/

Plugin Name: Randmon Idea Generator
Plugin URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org/dsader/
Description: Adds a Randmon Idea Generator below the edit post form.
Author: D. Sader
Version: 1.1
Author URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org/dsader/

Plugin Name: Tagline Generator
Plugin URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org/dsader/
Description: Adds a random quote to your blog tagline. St. Augustine –> Van Morrison.
Author: D. Sader
Version: 1.1
Author URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org/dsader/

Plugin Name: PostRSS
Plugin URI: http://www.snowotherway.org
Description: PostRSS is a simple RSS aggregator for posts. Insert "[rsspara:URL]" or "[rsslist:URL]" into the post for paragraph or list format respectively. Replace "URL" with the URL of the RSS feed starting with "http://".
Author: David Sader
Author URI: http://forum.stjschool.org
Version: 1.0

Plugin Name: Extra Feed Links
Version: 1.1.5.1
Description: Adds extra feed auto-discovery links to various page types (categories, tags, search results etc.).
Author: scribu
Author URI: http://scribu.net/
Plugin URI: http://scribu.net/wordpress/extra-feed-links

Plugin Name: My Friends
Plugin URI: http://wpmudev.org/project/Friend-List
Description: Gives WordPress MU a Buddy List of bloggers on the same site. Allows users to search for a friend and Add them to their “Friends List”. Now with a widget and Users–>My Friends page with RSS reader
Version: 2.0.0
Author: Alex Barker – Revved up by D. Sader
Author URI: http://www.callutheran.edu

Plugin Name: Google Docs
Plugin URI: http://sites.google.com/a/stj.ecacs16.ab.ca/
Description: Activate, read Options–>Google Docs for usage.
Author: D. Sader
Version: 1.0
Author URI: http://sites.google.com/a/stj.ecacs16.ab.ca/

Plugin Name: Lightbox 2
Plugin URI: http://www.stimuli.ca/lightbox/
Description: Used to overlay images on the current page. Lightbox JS v2.2 by Lokesh Dhakar. Mad props to Tanin for his crucial regular expression code! You rock!!
Version: 2.8.2
Author: Rupert Morris
Author URI: http://www.stimuli.ca/

Plugin Name: List Authors
Plugin URI: http://www.takaitra.com/posts/60
Description: Adds a widget to display a list of site authors. Can be configured to include post counts and links to author RSS feeds.
Version: 1.1.1
Author: Matthew Toso
Author URI: http://www.takaitra.com/

Plugin Name: Media Library Gallery
Plugin URI: http://www.ixme.net/products/media-library-gallery/
Description: Automatically creates a gallery with every images posts have in attachment. Support thickbox. To include the gallery in a page, simply write in the post: [media-library-gallery nb=XX] where XX is the number of pictures for a page.
Version: 0.0.1
Author: Raphael Verchere
Author URI: http://www.ixme.net

Plugin Name: OpenBook Book Data
Plugin URI: http://johnmiedema.ca/openbook-wordpress-plugin/
Description: Displays the book cover image, title, author, and publisher from http://openlibrary.org
Version: 1.7.2 beta
Author: John Miedema
Author URI: http://johnmiedema.ca

Plugin Name: Page Link Manager
Version: 1.0b
Description: Adds admin panel to choose which pages appear in the site navigation.
Author: Garrett Murphey
Author URI: http://gmurphey.com/
Plugin URI: http://gmurphey.com/2006/10/05/wordpress-plugin-page-link-manager/

Plugin Name: pageMash
Plugin URI: http://joelstarnes.co.uk/pagemash/
Description: Manage your multitude of pages with pageMash’s slick drag-and-drop style, ajax interface. Allows quick sorting, hiding and organising of parenting.
Author: Joel Starnes
Version: 1.3.0
Author URI: http://joelstarnes.co.uk/

Plugin Name: PollDaddy Polls
Description: Create and manage PollDaddy polls in WordPress
Author: Automattic, Inc.
Author URL: http://automattic.com/
Version: 1.0

Plugin Name: Recently Updated Posts
Plugin URI: http://f00f.de/blog/2007/10/23/recently-updated-posts-plugin.html
Description: Returns a list of the most recently updated posts.
Version: 0.4
Author: Hannes Hofmann
Author URI: http://uwr1.de/

Plugin Name: Shadowbox JS
Plugin URI: http://sivel.net/wordpress/shadowbox-js/
Description: A javascript media viewer similar to Lightbox and Thickbox. Supports all types of media, not just images.
Version: 2.0.4.1
Author: Matt Martz
Author URI: http://sivel.net

Plugin Name: Simpler CSS
Plugin URI: http://simplerplugins.wordpress.com/
Description: Simplifies custom CSS on WordPress µ blogs.
Version: 0.2b
Author: Frederick Ding
Author URI: http://www.frederickding.com/

Plugin Name: SlideShare MU
Plugin URI: http://www.slideshare.net/
Description: Slideshows and PowerPoint presentations from Slideshare.net can be embedded into your blog posts and pages via a Slideshare shortcode. Shortcodes can be found by going to any slideshow on the Slideshare site and copying the embed code marked: “Embed in wordpress.com”
Version: 0.2.1
Author: Koen Verhaeghe modified by Elad Salomons
Author URI: http://slideshare.net

Plugin Name: Snow Falling
Version: 1.1
Plugin URI: http://www.saltando.net/snow-falling/
Description: Watch as snow gently trickles down the page, then disappear. The image used is changeable, so snow definitely isn’t the only effect this script can render…
Author: Joan Fisbein (Based on a Script of Dynamic Drive)
Author URI: http://www.saltando.net/

Plugin Name: Three Comments Max
Plugin URI: http://www.snowotherway.org
Author: D. Sader
Version: 1.1
Author URI: http://blog.snowotherway.org
Description: Turn off comments and pings when a post achieves three comments.

Plugin Name: Twitter Tools
Plugin URI: http://alexking.org/projects/wordpress
Description: A complete integration between your WordPress blog and Twitter. Bring your tweets into your blog and pass your blog posts to Twitter.
Version: 1.6
Author: Alex King
Author URI: http://alexking.org

Plugin Name: Video Embed
Plugin URI: http://www.snowotherway.org/
Description: A variety of online video sites supported. Activate, read Options–>Video Embed for usage.
Author: D. Sader
Version: 1.0
Author URI: http://www.snowotherway.org/

Plugin Name: Viper’s Video Quicktags
Plugin URI: http://www.viper007bond.com/wordpress-plugins/vipers-video-quicktags/
Description: Easily embed videos from various video websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, and Vimeo into your posts.
Version: 6.2.1
Author: Viper007Bond
Author URI: http://www.viper007bond.com/

Plugin Name: WordPress Mobile Edition
Plugin URI: http://crowdfavorite.com/wordpress/
Description: Show your mobile visitors a site presentation designed just for them. Rich experience for iPhone, Android, etc. and clean simple formatting for less capable mobile browsers. Cache-friendly with a Carrington-based theme, and progressive enhancement for advanced mobile browsers.
Version: 3.0.4
Author: Crowd Favorite
Author URI: http://crowdfavorite.com

Plugin Name: wordTube
Plugin URI: http://alexrabe.boelinger.com/?page_id=20
Description: This plugin manages the JW FLV MEDIA PLAYER 4.2 and makes it easy for you to put music, videos or flash movies onto your WordPress posts and pages. Various skins for the JW PLAYER are available via www.jeroenwijering.com
Author: Alex Rabe & Alakhnor
Version: 2.2.0
Author URI: http://alexrabe.boelinger.com/

Plugin Name: WP Movie Ratings
Version: 1.5
Plugin URI: http://paulgoscicki.com/projects/wp-movie-ratings/
Author: Paul Goscicki
Author URI: http://paulgoscicki.com/
Description: WordPress movie rating plugin, which lets you easily rate movies
you’ve seen recently and display a short list of those movies on your blog.
Internet Movie Database (imdb.com) is used to automatically fetch movie
titles. One-click movie rating is possible using the included bookmarklet
while browsing the imdb.com pages.

Plugin Name: WP-Cumulus
Plugin URI: http://www.roytanck.com/2008/03/15/wp-cumulus-released
Description: Flash based Tag Cloud for WordPress
Version: 1.21
Author: Roy Tanck
Author URI: http://www.roytanck.comGalery EXIF Reader

Plugin Name: WordPress Portfolio Plugin
Plugin URI: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-portfolio/
Description: A plugin that allows you to show off your portfolio through a single page on your wordpress blog with automatically generated thumbnails. To show your portfolio, create a new page and paste <!-- ShowMyPortfolio --> into it. The plugin requires you to have a free account with Shrink The Web to generate the thumbnails.
Version: 1.01
Author: Dan Harrison
Author URI: http://www.danharrison.co.uk

MU-Plugins(Enabled Sitewide)

Plugin Name: Bypass Email Verification
Plugin URI:
Description: This plugin automatically activates user and blog signups, effectively disabling the need for the user to respond to an email
Author: Barry at clearskys.net (Incsub)
Version: 1.0.0

Plugin Name: ds_fix_quotes
Plugin URI: http://www.snowotherway.org
Description: Fixes ‘, “, “, -, .
Version: 0.2
Author: D Sader
Author URI: http://www.snowotherway.org

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Plugin Name: Snap Shots
Version: 1.0
Description: Adds snap.com and websnapr shots all over the place.
Author: D Sader
Author URI: http://www.snowotherway.org/

Plugin Name: STJ CSS
Plugin URI: http://www.snowotherway.org
Description: Adds CSS to customize site.
Author: D. Sader
Version: 1.1
Author URI: http://blog.snowotherway.org

Plugin Name: Bulk Email
Plugin URI: http://wpmudev.org
Description: Allows MU Site Admins(Site Admin–>Options) email all blog admins.
Author: D Sader
Version: 1.0
Author URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org

Plugin Name: Limit Post Revisions Sitewide
Plugin URI: http://wpmudev.org
Description: Allows MU Site Admins(Site Admin–>Options) to limit the number of post revisions, sitewide.
Author: D Sader
Version: 1.2
Author URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org

Plugin Name: New Blog Schema
Plugin URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org
Description: New blog optons are set up.
Author: D Sader
Version: 1.0
Author URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org

Plugin Name: Rollover Themes
Plugin URI: http://wpmudev.org
Description: Replaces default Themes menu. Adds rollovers, theme preview, to swifter loading themes list. 100s of themes load in a second, but only one screenshot until rollover.
Author: David Sader
Version: 1.6.0
Author URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org

Plugin Name: Toggle Admin Menus
Plugin URI: http://wpmudev.org
Description: WPMU 2.7.1 plugin. Go to Site Admin–>Options to “Enable or disable WP Backend Menus”. All menus are unchecked and disabled by default, except for SiteAdmin.
Author: D Sader
Version: 2.5.3
Author URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org

Plugin Name: Toggle Meta Boxes
Plugin URI: http://wpmudev.org
Description: WPMU 2.7 plugin. Go to Site Admin–>Options to “Enable or disable WP Meta Boxes”. All meta boxes(post, page, link, and dashboard) are unchecked and disabled by default.
Author: D Sader
Version: 0.1
Author URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org

Plugin Name: WPMU Power Tools
Plugin URI: http://plugins.paidtoblog.com/wpmu-power-tools/
Description: A few powerfull tools that every WPMU Admin should have.
Author: Brian Freeman (aka MrBrian)
Version: 0.3

Plugin Name: WordPress MU Sitewide Tags Pages
Plugin URI: http://ocaoimh.ie/wordpress-mu-sitewide-tags/
Description: Creates a blog where all the most recent posts on a WordPress MU site may be found.
Version: 0.3.1
Author: Donncha O Caoimh
Author URI: http://ocaoimh.ie/

Plugin Name: Comment Indexer
Author: Andrew Billits (Incsub)
Version: 1.0.1
Author URI: http://wpmudev.org

Plugin Name: Sitewide Comments Output
Plugin URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org
Description: Output fom Comment Indexer plugin
Version: 1.0
Author: D. Sader

Plugin Name: My Comments
Plugin URI: http://wpmudev.org/project/Sitewide-Comment-Tracking-Revisited
Description: Tracks comments in usermeta->LatestComments. Comments–>My Comments page.
Version: 2.1.1
Author: D. Sader
Author URI: http://wpmudev.org/project/Sitewide-Comment-Tracking-Revisited

Plugin Name: Old Post Alert
Plugin URI: http://alexking.org/projects/wordpress
Description: Show a potential commentor a note if a post is old. Might cut down on comments that are answered in later posts. Then again, it might not.
Author: Alex King
Author URI: http://alexking.org
Version: 1.0

Plugin Name: Adminbar
Plugin URI: http://www.bigalex.it/plugins/adminbar/
Description: This plugin adds an adminbar like in WordPress.com
Version: 1.2
Author: Alessio Periloso
Author URI: http://www.bigalex.it/

Plugin Name: WYSIWYG Print
Version: 1.1
Description: For a one or two themes, code is easy enough to add to the header.php, but why do that in MU? Most theme authors pay no attention to a stylesheet for printing a theme. My mu users print pages/post from their blog a lot, so… This plugin will make printing from WP themes much more enjoyable. Doesn’t make every theme look good, but many print very nicely. Must be a wp_head hook in theme’s header.
Author: D Sader
Author URI: http://www.snowotherway.org/

Plugin Name: Dagon Design Sitemap Generator
Plugin URI: http://www.dagondesign.com/articles/sitemap-generator-plugin-for-wordpress/
Description: Generates a fully customizable sitemap
Author: Dagon Design
Version: 3.15
Author URI: http://www.dagondesign.com

Plugin Name: Simple Feed Copyright
Author: Quick Online Tips
Author URI: http://www.quickonlinetips.com/
Version: 1.0
Description: Adds a simple copyright notice at end of full text articles in your feed.
Plugin URI: http://www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/simple-feed-copyright-wordpress-plugin/

Plugin Name: Did You Pass Math?
Plugin URI: http://www.herod.net/dypm/
Description: Restricts comment spam by throwing the commenter a simple math question.
Author: Steven Herod
Version: 3.0
Author URI: http://blogs.herod.net/steven/

Plugin Name: Moderate New Blogs
Plugin URI: http://wpmudev.org/project/Moderate-New-Blogs
Description: Moderate New Blogs
Author: D Sader
Version: 1.0
Author URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org

Plugin Name: More Privacy Options
Version: 2.9.1
Description: Adds more privacy options to the options-privacy and wpmu-blogs pages. Sitewide “Users Only” switch at SiteAdmin–>Options page. Just drop in mu-plugins.
Author: D Sader
Author URI: http://www.snowotherway.org/

Plugin Name: Reset Trackbacks
Plugin URI: http://www.snowotherway.org
Description: Adds a reset trackbacks to the edit form. Needed for those inexplicable posts that pinged but got “lost” along the way.
Author: D. Sader
Version: 1.2
Author URI: http://blog.snowotherway.org

Plugin Name: Signup Question
Author: Andrew Billits / James Farmer
Version: 1.0.0

Plugin Name: WPMU-Theme-Stats
Plugin URI: http://
Description: Adds submenu to see theme stats, shows themes by user and most popular themes.
Author: Andrea Rennick et al. and Phillip Studinski
Version: 1.0

Plugin Name: Diagnosis
Plugin URI: http://nlindblad.org/index.php/projects/wordpress-plugins/diagnosis
Description: Add a debugging page at Dashboard >> Diagnosis
Version: 1.2
Author: Niklas Lindblad
Author URI: http://nlindblad.org/

Plugin Name: WPMU Info
Plugin URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org
Description: More information for wpmu-blogs.php(SiteAdmin–>Blogs).
Author: D. Sader
Version: 1.1
Author URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org

Plugin Name: FD Word Statistics
Plugin URI: http://flagrantdisregard.com/wordstats/
Description: Computes Gunning-Fog, Flesch, and Flesch-Kincaid readability indexes about posts as they are edited for the purpose of improving their readability.
Author: John Watson
Author URI: http://flagrantdisregard.com/
Version: 1.1

Plugin Name: WPMU Dashboard for Dummies er Site Admins.
Description: Dresses up the SiteAdmin–>Admin page: WPMU “Dashboard”, Search Buttons to a variety of WP/WPMU sites, error_log editing.
Author: D Sader
Version: 2.0.1
Author URI: http://wpmudev.org

Plugin Name: Simple Tags
Plugin URI: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-tags
Description: Simple Tags : Extended Tagging for WordPress 2.3, 2.5, 2.6 and 2.7 ! Autocompletion, Suggested Tags, Tag Cloud Widgets, Related Posts, Mass edit tags !
Version: 1.6.5
Author: Amaury BALMER
Author URI: http://www.herewithme.fr

Plugin Name: Userthemes Plugin
Plugin URI: http://wpmudev.org
Description: Allows MU users to edit their own themes. Beware allowing theme-editor.php. A zillion users copying a zillion themes to their zillion blogs.dir/id/themes folders and editing php with a zillion “lay-waste-to-the-database” commands will give you a zillion reasons to ignore this plugin.
Author: D Sader
Original Author: Brian Samson http://samson.blog.asu.edu/userthemes/
Version: 2.6.1
Author URI: http://iblog.stjschool.org

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