WordPress 2.6 released

I’ve just updated this blog to WordPress 2.6 which was released today. Most notable feature is the built-in version control which makes WordPress even more similar to other CMS systems than it already was. In fact, there’s probably more emphasis recently on turning WordPress into a generic CMS rather than just blogging software.

The WordPress admin site also has implemented Google Gears support, which downloads and syncs all of your admin related pages to help speed up access to the admin site. This is enabled by using the small ‘Turbo’ link in the top right corner of the screen. Not sure if this also enables offline access, will need to test further to find out.

New WordPress plugin

I’ve been creating a bunch of WordPress plugins recently. They are really easy to make and the documentation is great. I don’t really know much about PHP but it has the same structure as the way I write VBscript, i.e. write a bunch of functions, then call them with parameters.

Most of the plugins I’ve made have been for the Blogtown NZ site, but I’ve made a couple for standard WordPress installs too. I’m also working on a bigger one at the moment which started out as a time tracking plugin, but is now turning into a full service desk application.

This is my latest one, and I love it because of its simplicity and raw power: “Amanzi Text Control”. All it does is remove the filters that process posts and pages when rendering the output. What this means is that you can put anything in a post, including JavaScripts, CSS, HTML tags without worrying about them being stripped or modified.

<?php
/*
Plugin Name: Amanzi Text Control
Plugin URI: http://stuart.amanzi.co.nz/tag/amanzi-text-control
Description: Inspired by Jeff Minard's Text Control plugin. This plugin does one thing - removes WordPress's fomatting filters from the posts and pages.
Author: Stuart Maxwell
Version: 1.0
Author URI: http://stuart.amanzi.co.nz
*/
remove_filter('the_content', 'wpautop');
remove_filter('the_content', 'wptexturize');
remove_filter('the_excerpt', 'wpautop');
remove_filter('the_excerpt', 'wptexturize');
?>

Comment notifications are back

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Don’t you hate it when you post a comment on a blog and then have to keep checking back to see if someone has replied to your comment. Well if you post a comment on this blog you can choose to receive an email notification when a new comment is made on the same entry.

Each email notification you receive has a link that allows you to prevent any further notifications annoying alerting you.

Credit: http://txfx.net/code/wordpress/subscribe-to-comments/

Simple Tagging for WordPress

 I was wondering why the inline tags I was posting to WordPress with Windows Live Writer weren’t being translated into proper tags by the Simple Tagging plugin (as described here.) Turns out I was running an ancient version of Simple Tagging which didn’t have that feature. Simple Tagging is now on version 1.67 and introduces heaps of new features and better customisation.

My Tag Cloud looks a bit better now, but perhaps I need to be more liberal with my use of tags.

Simple Tagging is another tagging plugin for WordPress: smarter, better, faster :-)

Simple Tagging for WordPress – Trac

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Scoopit is NZ’s own social news site

Scoopit Logo I had no idea that NZ had its own Digg-like social news website. It’s called Scoopit, and the blurb from their blog is:

Scoopit is a collection of links submitted and ranked by readers. Submit your own Scoop. View and vote for unpublished Scoops submitted by others.

There’s not much content on there yet as it’s only been launched within the last few months, but it’s good to see some good local content coming through. I’ll be adding a Scoopit button to my WordPress template so if you read something interesting here you may want to “Scoop it” so others can read it too.

Hmmm – their service has been down twice since I started writing this post but they are aware of the problem and hopefully can get it sorted out.

Just caught up on my FeedDemon reading

I've been studying for my next exam (Microsoft's 70-296) so I haven't spent much time reading through FeedDemon recently, so I decided to catch up this morning. I subscribe to 122 different feeds which you can look through here: OPML.

There is a lot of good content out there, as well as a lot of crap (that reminds me, I'm down to 121 feeds now!) Almost all o the feeds that I subscribe to provide full content, the only exception I can think of is the BBC, and I tolerate it because I think the BBC is one of the best general news sources available online.

In my reading this morning, I discovered some new software (Cropper in C#), the WordPress Themes site, four WordPress plugins for displaying Flickr albums on your site (I'm still trying to find one that will allow me to include/exclude certain tags), and several reviews on the new webmail apps offered by the big guns (now I'm back up to 122 feeds!). I also found a very cool article on how to script iTunes in vbscript (on a Microsoft site of all places!) – I haven't yet worked out how I'm going to use this yet, but I'm sure I will!

All up, a very productive morning! 

New Zealand blog listing

My latest blogging venture is to create a site listing all of the blogs that are based in New Zealand.

I’ve created the NZ Blogs site on Blogtown NZ which is the free, blogging service that I’ve set up to make it easy for New Zealanders to start their own, local blog.

I can’t track down all the blogs myself, so there’s a submission form on the site which allows you to submit your own blog, or the blog of someone else you know in NZ.

I’m going to try to make a WordPress Widget at some point that will allow you to easily link to it, but for the time being you can find all the blogs and a nice OPML file on the home page over on the NZ Blogs site.

UPDATE! Check out the Recent Posts page which lists the 20 most recent posts from all blogs – you may find something interesting there.