Posts Tagged ‘wordpress’

Show Foursquare Checkins with WordPress plugin

March 29th, 2011

Foursquare is undoubtedly one of the most popular social location services available today. With a simple app installed on location aware devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, you are able to share the places you have visited or are currently visiting.
This type of sharing is a personal, yet very social activity. Being defined as social, the more you share, the more social you are.

WordPress is a publishing platform that enjoys unprecedented popularity. Among WordPress’s chief uses is the creation and distribution of blog style websites.
Blogs by definition are very social things. They are a place where a person can document and share all of the information and ideas that may interest them.

Foursquare and WordPress

Adding a plugin to WordPress that will allow you to display your Foursquare Checkins is very easy. Simply navigate to the plugin section of your WordPress dashboard and ‘add new plugin’. In the search for plugins field, type this ‘Foursquare Latest Checkins’.
Install this plugin and configure it to get information from your Foursquare account and then place it into the widget section of your WordPress blog. This whole process can be done in under 5 minutes.

As you can see, the widget is clean and simple.

Here you can choose the number of checkins to display.

If you would like to learn more. Here are links to the developers plugin page.
http://blog.no-panic.at/projects/foursquare-latest-checkins-wordpress-widget-plugin/
and a link to the actual WordPress plugin page for this widget.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/foursquare-latest-checkins/

IntenseDebate acquired by Automattic

September 26th, 2008

The second commentosphere wars heats up with a plot twist. IntenseDebate. an alternative comment system for blogs that competes with Disqus, SezWho and JS-KIT got acquired by Automattic. the company behind WordPress, Buddypress and Akismet. the argument behind the acquisition was pinpointed to the similar backend  WordPress and IntenseDebate got according to Matt Mullenweg.

While there is no doubt that it is true. i am also sure that the other main reason had to be the price. Intensedebate had no chance to catching up to Disqus and JS-KIT that are now in a competition war with one another. JS-KIT maintains the lead followed by a Disqus that counts with good founding and a good team along some pretty high profile blogs using their software. I.D being acquired by Automattic changes everything for Disqus and is a serious threat in the short term  for them. but more to Disqus than to JS-KIT. this is because Disqus main focus up to now is WordPress. JS-KIT supports pretty much everything and were more interested in Blogger.com and Blog Networks because that is where the big numbers are. this sudden move proves them right. IntenseDebate will find its way into WordPress from version 2.7 and on. there is no news right now that indicates how the level of integration and support will vary or if it will vary from the features they got now. but it is some serious bad news for Disqus and SezWho in the WordPress front because users will not have a reason to change the default comment system for other.

WordPress 2.7 is the stepping stone that paves way to 3.0. a version that is said will be the slayer of Six Apart and will aim to dethrone Blogger.com. quite high goals but a radical change for the comment system is a great selling point to gain more adepts. this move will be also dangerous in the long run if it finally manages that Blogger.com and the other main Blog Platforms finally update their pretty outdates comment systems. that to this day remains to be Blogger.com weakest point.

This also leaves SezWho in a odd spot. i wish someone will recognize the opportunity and acquires them next. that could be anybody. from Google to Six Apart or maybe Disqus or JS-KIT.

Overall a great thing. Default Blog Comment Systems are seriously lacking and they have been that way for years. this move by WordPress should shake things up for the greater good.

IntenseDebate

via TC

WordPress 2.5 is out, comes with a new widgetized dashboard

April 3rd, 2008

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By now everyone using wordpress must already know that the WordPress software got updated up to 2.5 in both the hosted and not hosted versions. We have already upgraded here at Widgets Lab and the software does makes a great difference, it is certainly better. the only problem we have right now is making the media uploading to work, everything else does works as it should.

But the most dramatic change is the WordPress Dashboard. it now comes widgetized with modules in a Startpage fashion that could make you think of the early pageflakes. each installation comes with default  wordpress dashboard widgets, but there are more at work and one them is the Stats Dashboard widget, as you can see in the picture posted by WordPress team:

Widgetized Dashboard

And surely more will come after that one, so it is nice to know that anyone at wordpress can now count with a customizable dashboard startpage that will make blogging easier.

Every dahsboard widget installs in the same as a plugin so, it is quite easy to use them.

WordPress

WordPress 2.5 via WordPress blog

Stats Dashboard Widget

 

 

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