Test driving WordPress Plugins

  • Since upgrading to the very cool WordPress 2.7 Coltrane interface I have notice some changes in one of my favorite plugins called Kish RR which translates several different languages. I received an error and it basically uninstalled itself. This plugin is a simple plugin to display inline translation using the google translate API. Your visitor can read the translation in the offered languages. You can select the languages that you would like the visitor to use. Other feature is that every page have a search-able and index-able page for every language you offer. This is a very nice plugin to have running concurrently with Google Translator. A+

  • Homepage Excerpts WordPress Plugin is a very cool because it has two main objectives. The first one is to make blogs that use full posts on the homepage more search engine friendly. The second one is to give flexibility to people that want to use both full posts and excerpts on the homepage. I think it nice for those who want that continue reading message at the end of their post. The only thing I did not like about the Homepage Excerpts plugin is it can take away the images from your post. I like images in my post. A+

  • What is skoffer:

    The Skoffer project provides a free service which allows you to build in “One Click Screencasting” into your website.

    The goal of Skoffer is to make the web more user friendly and easy by enabling weblogs, PC support forums, wikis etc. to use screencasting. Skoffer provides a very simple API for developers to build screencasting widgets and plugins for every desired website-software. This plugins put a new button on your website which can be used to insert screencasts in seconds and with one click. I haven’t quite figured out how to use this in my daily blogging routine. I prefer to use Adobe Adobe Captivate 2 software enables anyone to rapidly create powerful and engaging simulations, software demonstrations, and scenario-based training without programming knowledge or multimedia skills. Adobe Captivate is a screencast program that outputs swf files using a Microsoft Windows computer. It can also convert Powerpoint files to Flash files. Despite my opinion about this plugin it definetely deserves an honorable mention for their B+ effort.

  • Smilies Themer allows you to use smilies (emoticons) themes (or packs) to replace the wordpress default ones. I couldn’t get it to work with the jazzy WordPress 2.7 Coltrane interface. It could me doing something wrong? Oh well! C-

  • SRG Clean Archives plugin is designed to display your archive listings in a clean and uniform fashion that’s Search Engine friendly on a dedicated page or in your sidebar. Too bad it does not work with WordPress 2.7 Coltrane. It is really a beautiful plugin.

  • I looking around on the Internet for script or a code which would allow me to display java script in my post. I found WP-UnFormating 1.x to get the job done. I wanted to run a campaign from a site called Unruly Media and the html code would not work the transitional way simply by putting the code in the html editor; it needed a little help. Believe me this plugin does get the job done without all the BS with installing a plugin. It is simple and to the point. AA+

  • Honorable mention for the day: Random redirect allows you to create a link to yourblog.example.com/?random which will redirect someone to a random post on your blog, in a StumbleUpon-like fashion. You can also specific in the URL random_post_type or random_cat_id. AA+

I may not know much about programming and coding in a language. To be quite frank I don’t want to learn it and will leave that job to the real geeks. I took Cobol, Basic and other programming languages which were very boring and put me to sleep during the lecture way back when we thought there would be tons of jobs in programming. I really enjoy test driving these plugins that I found while surfing  the Internet. WordPress plugins can make your blog run more efficiently and smoothly if FTP’ed and installed correctly.

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