Testing Interactive World Map

Hmm, there is only one map per dashboard, that’s not so good and it seems based on the Risk Map. It doesn’t seem as flexible as I hoped. It’s called Interactive World Map and is available as a plugin here. The plugin comes from a company Fla-shop and is  an on-ramp to chargeable content. Their sales and marketing page for wordpress is here. It works quite nicely as a sales portal entry point, but doesn’t do what I need.

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I question whether this is functional enough to genuinely act as a try-before-buy. It’s a good looking widget though. Haven’t quite got it working on wptouch.

There’s probably the opportunity to rehash the jokes about US political geography, particularly over the widget’s treatment of the Russian Federation and maybe even Turkey.

I wonder if the HTML usermap feature would work with this.

In August 2015, the vendor upgraded the plugin, significantly. The map above is the new one.

Featured images in wordpress

My current theme for the blog is not so good when the included text is not as deep as the featured picture. While not having a featured picture is OK for a screen based reader, it’s not so good for those using the wptouch interface. Maybe it’s not so good for deep pictures either.

A google search brings up the codex and these two, similarly named links, together with the codex pages,

With zbench the image and entry text are contained in a single <DIV> with a class name of “entry”. The text is contained in a <P> tag. The image class is “attachment-extra-featured-image wp-post-image”.

  1. Would it look better within a table? This would need to be developed in index & archive pages
  2. Should I use the thumbnail feature?
  3. Can I use the CSS? NB The <P> does not have a class name.

The deep pictures would be solved by by the thumbnail features.

Maybe I should consider the HTML recognition within the excerpt functions.

ooOOOoo

Also the facebook feed does not use the featured picture, but finds the first picture within the post, maybe even the post page since it often uses the up arrow on the vote this up widget.

Rendering RSS on my blog or wiki

I have today installed JP’s Get RSS Feed, a wordpress plugin. I shall be using this to replace my delicious linkrolls using the delicious rss location. See also my snip on Delicious Linkrolls.

It requires a shortcode/codesnip to invoke it’s parameters e.g

 
[jp-rss-feed 
    url="http://feeds.del.icio.us/v2/rss/davelevy/convoyswharf" 
    numitems="7" getdesc="50" ] 

I should document this differently, but the snip must be on one line, and no space between the [ & the ‘jp’.

There’s a few more parameters which are documented on their home page

Another widgit

and now we have another RSS rendering widget

This was found to be broken on 17th October 2016.

Bar chart archive widget for wordpress

A friend showed me the blog at http://tatiyants.com/ which has an awesome archive widget. I want one. Fortunately Alex has documented how to build one, in an article called “How to create a bar chart archive widget in wordpress“.

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This leaves me with how to install a widget, a quick google, takes me to here, “How to create a custom wordpress widget”.

While looking for this I also found, this at 3do labs, which points at the collapsing archives plugin.

 

Related Posts Plugin

I have been using the Related Posts plugin. I just took an update, and it rewrote the parameters, the default is to have two copies of related posts inserted because the default is to have “Auto Insert Related Posts (or add <?php wp_related_posts()?> to your single post template)” set to yes.

I have also selected the Modern theme, with Display thumbnails off.

Automating posts to Google+

I’d like to post my blog stream to google+, but it seems overly difficult to do.

  1. http://wordpress.org/plugins/google-auto-post/ is a plugin, which relies on you using/having Google Voice.
  2. http://techblog.tv/auto-post-to-google-plus-from-wordpress/ hosts a video that shows how to use Hootsuite to autopost to Google +,  as does this, How to auto publish blog post to google plus page at shoutmeloud

I wonder if NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster will do it. 2 June 2014

Other resources are,

  1. http://wordpress.org/support/topic/need-plug-in-that-sends-wp-blog-posts-to-google-account, an incomplete thread on how to do it, the later correspodents explore doing it javascript but as of yet have published no code. It suggests that its a security issue rather than a market positioning thing; I am not sure.
  2. This, http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/google-plus/ talks about going the other way, and using the various share/add this button sets to post to google+ on a one click basis, it also talks about google friend connect, but mainly the wrong way
  3. There are a number of share this button plugins, but it’s possible that not all have google+ buttons.
  4. IFTTT doesn’t yet have Google+ as an output channel

Since Facebook permit this, I can’t believe that Google’ll keep this secret since they are all looking to own the social network, and leverage the “who you know” graph. I think I want this to converse with people on Google+ and I think that the Circles are more appropriate for many relationships

Add This

I created this page to test scripts published by http://addthis.com. It was originally created on the Qube. See below, Early Experiments for what I wrote at the time, all probably useless now. I have installed their widget and so even lower down on this page, after the article , are add this’s sharing buttons. I returned to the issues they answer in Feb 2015. It should be noted that at that time on the blog I use custom code implemented in the child theme, since I moved to Nulis I am using a vanilla implementation of Add This, on the wiki. Continue reading “Add This”