WordPress Plugin: MagpieRSS Hotfix for Enclosure Support and Character Encoding Issues

Latest version: 1.2 – Released 16th December 2008 Description This hotfix adds support for RSS enclosures to MagpieRSS, the RSS parser behind the fetch_rss() function in WordPress. It also forces MagpieRSS to use UTF-8 character encoding, which fixes some issues with feeds that contain non-ASCII characters. Is this plugin for me? This plugin is only going to be of use to you if: You are fetching feeds on your blog with the fetch_rss() function and want to parse enclosures contained in the feed; or You are fetching feeds on your blog either with the RSS Sidebar Widget or with fetch_rss() … Read more

WordPress Plugin: Image Upload HTTP Error Fix

This plugin is extremely old, no longer maintained and should no longer be used. Description Fixes the media uploader HTTP Error that some WordPress configurations suffer from. If your WordPress 2.5 installation shows an HTTP Error when uploading files using the media uploader, then this plugin should fix that problem. Simply upload and activate the plugin, then you’ll be able to upload files with no problem. Technical details: The plugin adds a few lines to WordPress’ .htaccess file which deactivates mod_security on the file which handles file uploads. Installation Unzip the ZIP file and drop the folder straight into your wp-content/plugins/ … Read more

WordPress Plugin: Google AJAX Libraries API

Important: This plugin is no longer being updated. It has been superceded by the good work of Jason Penney with his Use Google Libraries WordPress plugin which uses code based on this plugin. I recommend that you use his plugin from now on. Description This plugin replaces the most common JavaScript libraries in WordPress with the corresponding files on Google AJAX Libraries. “The AJAX Libraries API is a content distribution network and loading architecture for the most popular open source JavaScript libraries.” Note that this plugin does not actually replace or remove any files from your WordPress installation. It simply … Read more

WordPress Plugin: Global Post Password

Latest version: – Released Description Installation Unzip the ZIP file and drop the folder straight into your wp-content/plugins/ directory. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress. Visit the ‘Settings -> Global Post Password’ menu in WordPress and set a global post password. Now whenever you write or edit a post or page you’ll be able to switch password protection on or off with one click, instead of having to manually type in a password for each post. You can change the password whenever you like. More Information Please see the plugin’s page on the WordPress Plugin Directory for … Read more

WordPress Plugin: Disable WordPress Core Update

Latest version: – Released Description Completely disables the core update checking system in WordPress 2.3 and higher. It prevents WordPress from checking for updates, and prevents any notifications from being displayed in the admin area. Ideal for administrators of multiple WordPress installations. Why would I want to disable it? Most people should not disable this feature. It’s a fantastic feature of WordPress and I’m fully in support of it. However, administrators who maintain multiple installations of WordPress on behalf of other people (eg. clients, friends) may not want update notifications to be shown to the users of these installations. This … Read more

WordPress Plugin: Sign Out Reminder

Latest version: 0.2 – Released 26 July 2008 Description This is a very straight forward plugin. It simply displays to every user who logs in a reminder to log out once they’ve finished using the admin interface. It’s not going to guarantee that anyone logs out, but if the users of your blog are likely to be logging in on public computers then it serves as a handy reminder. See the screen shot below: Installation This plugin requires WordPress 2.0.2 or later. Download the plugin using the link at the bottom of this page, unzip it and drop the signoutreminder … Read more

WordPress Plugin: Head Meta – Add Anything to the <head> of a Post

Latest version: 0.2 – Released 21 March 2007 Description Ever wanted to add things such as JavaScript or meta data to the <head> of a page when you’re writing a post? It usually means editing the header.php file in your blog’s template, which is time-consuming and especially complex if you only want to add it to certain pages or posts. This is where the Head Meta plugin comes in. It allows you to simply type your meta data or your JavaScript into a custom field and have it show up inside the <head> on your post or your page. Example … Read more

Firefox Search Plugin: Post Updates to Twitter right from your Firefox Search Bar!

April 18th 2008: This no longer works. Try an alternative instead. Description “Post to Twitter” is a search plugin for Mozilla Firefox which allows you to quickly post statuses (or “tweets”) to your Twitter account from the Firefox search bar. It is not an extension — it is a Firefox Search Engine. This means you can activate and install it in about five seconds, and start using it straight away without having to restart Firefox. Evan Williams, the co-founder of the company behind Twitter, described it as “wicked cool“ Download Take a look at the button to the left of … Read more

Questionably Useful Thing: Really Big Source Text

Update (11th August 2007): We now have numbers! Description View-source. You’ve gotta love it. But it’s a bit boring sometimes – line after line of hypertext, with the only highlight being nice indentation if you’re lucky. I thought I’d liven things up a bit by putting some nice messages into the source of my web pages. For example: _____ ______ _____ _ _____ ______ _____ _____ _____ _____ | _ | | __ | | ___| | | | ___| | __ | | _ | |_ _| | ___| | _ | | |_| | | | | | … Read more