You may have noticed that yesterday I published a list of the 24 plugins I currently use on my blog. It was a big old list, and 24 plugins is a lot by anyone’s standards. I do preach that you should only use plugins when absolutely necessary, and rely on code snippets and so on when it is feasible, so I should probably take my own advice on board!
Anyone who is familiar with my writing for WPMU will know that I am a bit of a plugin junkie. I can’t get enough of them. And since I spend rather a lot of time testing and reviewing plugins, I find it rather difficult to curb my addiction at times.
You may not know that as well as writing for the likes of WPMU and other sites, I have my own blog. Often, when I write up a review for a plugin, I first found it when looking for ways to achieve something with Leaving Work Behind.
You may not even realize that “widgetize” isn’t actually a word. The WordPress community has just gone ahead and made it up.
And yet, it is one of those words that just makes perfect sense. If you know what a widget is (in a WordPress context), you’ll know what “widgetizing” is. Such is the beauty of made-up (yet self-explanatory) words.
With that in mind, you probably have a pretty good idea of what the Custom Post Display plugin does without me having to go into too much detail.
Spam is one of those few things in life that doesn’t polarize opinion.
Everyone hates spam. Even spammers hate spam. When I browse through the spam folder on my blog (which I occasionally do to check that no genuine comments have been caught), the absurdity of the spam comments never ceases to amaze me.
I assume that there must be some worth in these attempts to gain backlinks, but it is difficult to believe how.
Travel blogging has been all the rage for many years, and shows no sign of slowing down. Let’s face it – there is something pretty awesome about traveling the world and logging (or blogging) it all for posterity.
So whilst I am not a travel blogger (the fact that I don’t travel the world makes being one somewhat difficult), I do tend to keep a lookout for the kind of cool plugins that can add worthwhile functionality to such sites.
Introducing Geolocate My Posts
A brand new item on the WordPress.org repository is one such plugin.
As you will already know if you’re a regular reader of my posts here on WPMU, I’ve rarely got a bad thing to say about free WordPress plugin developers. If it weren’t for these selfless folk, my blog would be a shell of its true self.
I also happen to be a big fan of irony, which is why I like the rather clumsily-named WPORG Repo Plugins…plugin. The idea of a plugin developer using a plugin to showcase their plugins amuses me. But then perhaps I am easily amused.
Back in March of this year, I reviewed SlideDeck. In short, I loved it, and had no hesitation in naming it the ultimate content slider plugin for WordPress.
Sure – there are plenty of content sliders out there (I swear a new plugin is released every bloody day), but as far as I am concerned, SlideDeck is the most stable and feature-packed of the lot.
At the time of the review, my only notable reservation was regarding the cost – with licenses starting at $79 f0r a single site.
This may well take the prize as being the shortest WPMU post ever. I deliberated as to whether or not it deserved a post of its own, but I realized that the fact that I will struggle to pad this article out isn’t necessarily a good argument as to whether or not I should write it.
Are you little bored of WordPress’ standard gray backend UI? Linesh Jose was – so he did something about it.
To be honest, I am surprised there aren’t more WordPress “skins” on offer, but notwithstanding that, Blue Admin is a great offering. In principle, I’m not particularly enamored by the concept of a skin for the WordPress dashboard, but I must admit to being impressed by Blue Admin. It actually does a really nice job of presenting what we’re all used to in a fresh and attractive way.
Note: a much-improved third edition of this resource is now available — you can find it here.
It’s been nearly four months since the first WPMU 100 was released, and a lot has changed in the blogosphere since then.
I know this because I have spent the time between then and now trawling the web in an attempt to find every single quality WordPress related blog out there. The end result is a generous selection of new entries.