Digging into my Plugin area today, I noticed a few plugins that required updating and figured I’d let you know about them in case you have update notification turned off.
First up is Google XML Sitemaps which is now up to version 188.8.131.52 The changes for this release are:
- Fixed wrong XML Schema Location (Thanks to Emanuele Tessore)
- Added Russian Language files by Sergey http://ryvkin.ru
Next up is WP AJAX Edit Comments WP Ajax Edit Comments is now up to version 184.108.40.206
- Added Italian Language file. Thanks Piplos
- Added Russian Language file. Thanks Sergey.
Simple Pie has also released update and is now up to version 2.1.2 SimplePie Plugin for WordPress
- 2.1: Added support for feed post-processing, better error handling, and fixed issues with installing in the wrong location.
Live Comment Preview is now at version 1.8.2
- The 1.8.1 release fixes a bug in 1.8 that affects those who have WordPress files setup in a different directory than their site url. If you have any problems with this release, please post a reply with a description of the problem and any error messages you are receiving.
Last but note least, QuickPost, the Tumblr like plugin for WordPress has been updated to version 0.6
- 0.6 – Finished Safari Support; Added stripslashes for titles that have apostrophes; Minor Change to Blockquote formatting
In a previous post I mentioned that I would highlight a plugin that enables avatars from both MyBlogLog and Gravatar to be displayed at the same time. That plugin is called MyAvatars MyAvatars displays avatar images from MyBlogLog and Gravatar yet, Gravatar support is not enabled by default. Among the obvious, MyAvatar sports the following features:
- Added nofollow for avatars (from 0.2b)
- “No image bug” solved (from 0.2b)
- Title attribute for avatars in english (from 0.2b)
- “Big images” bug fixed (from 0.2a)
- Improved XHTML validation (but we still use onload=””) (from 0.2)
- Gravatar support (not active by default) (from 0.2)
- Trackbacks/Pingback support (Works good, but it’s not perfect) (from 0.2)
- Support for blogs with more than 1 author, works very well (from 0.2)
- Separated CSS Style (from 0.2)
- Email address is now safe!!! (from 0.2)
- Customizable title for the avatars (from 0.2)
- Gets MyBlogLog avatars of your commenters
- Links directly to their MyBlogLog profiles
- Easy installation & template integration
- Added email support for retrieving profiles (from 0.1a)
- If not MyBlogLog member will prompt the registration page (from 0.1a)
I believe everyone’s comments.php file is different but here is a screenshot depicting where I have placed the MyAvatar function.
I’m not sure what impact the recent acquisition of Gravatar will hold for this plugin but so far, everything still appears to be working normally. One of the cool aspects of this plugin is that, if WordPress integrates Gravatar support within the WP core, you can turn Gravatar support off so it only displays MyBlogLog avatars. This will allow you to keep the functionality of displaying avatars from both services.
I just wanted to let everyone know that after reading Brad’s post on getting rid of the “No-Follow” attribute within comments, I have installed the Do-Follow Plugin.
This plugin removes the No Follow attribute that is usually attached to links that commenter’s leave. Since that is no way to treat a commenter, those links can now provide you with a few more drops of Google Juice. If your a fellow blogger, do your audience a favor and install the Do-Follow plugin, which gives people one more reason to stop by and leave a comment.
Ronald Huereca has released a new version of his plugin, Ajax Edit Comments, which gives users and guests the ability to edit their comments similar to the way that comments can be edited on Digg.com The latest version includes a couple of bug fixes, most notably dealing with UTF-8 encoding.
The following issues were addressed in this release:
- Admin were able to edit, but non-admin couldn’t. This was caused by the timer offset in the WordPress admin panel.
- MySQL errors resulted in the comment unable to save. This was caused my blogs and MySQL database not in UTF-8.
- Some characters were being screwed up when saving to the WordPress database. This issue was caused by non-UTF-8 back-ends.
- The blog would be inoperable in Internet Explorer due to multiple session headings being called.
- Random loading comment failure on WP 2.2.2 installs.
The issues (with the exception of issue number 4) can occur on a case-by-case basis depending on blog configuration and character set.
Be sure to visit The Readers Appreciation Website to pick up the updated version or to grab it for the first time.
How many times have you published a comment, realizing just a few seconds later that you misspelled something, or your URL was incorrect. Usually, you would have to create another comment which would dismiss the previous comment.
Ronald Huereca of the Reader Appreciation Project has released a WordPress plugin which gives administrators and regular users the ability to edit their own comments within a given time frame. The plugin pretty much works in the same way that the Digg commenting system works.
The plugin uses Ajax so the entire page never needs to reload. Once a comment is published, a timer starts to count down the remaining time available to edit the comment. Once the timer reaches zero, only the administrator can edit the comment. Users can also edit their email address, or their URL by clicking on the text that needs to be edited. This will open the comment editor window allowing you to make the necessary changes.
- Utilizes the jQuery library.
- Comment editing times out after 15 seconds.
- Better error handling.
- Graceful deletion for compatible themes.
- A hook for other plugin authors to tap into.
- Compatible with many plugins, including Akismet, WP Cache, Better Comments Manager, WP Grins, TinyMCEComments, and many more.
I have installed this plugin on this blog so now you’ll be able to edit your own comments. We need every WordPress blogger to install this plugin, or something similar so that users can edit their comments. Why this functionality is missing from WordPress by default is beyond me, but the solution provided above works out very nicely. Please visit The Reader Appreciation Project and grab your copy today and install it as soon as possible so people can edit their own comments.
Special thanks to the guys who host the WordPress Podcast for tipping me off on this plugin.