We’re proud of our VIP Clients, many of whom report the latest and most important news as soon as it’s available. It was they who we thought of when we developed the new Liveblog Add-on.
We can’t wait for you to see it in action, either as an author, or a reader! To see what it will look like, take a look at the video we created for the Liveblog Add-on.
Here’s what makes the Liveblog Add-on special:
- Post updates right from the front-end of your site (no need to use the /wp-admin dashboard)
- Viewers of your Liveblog get new entries served to them instantly and automatically, without needing to refresh their browser.
- Your authors can drag-and-drop photos right into the Liveblog area, without needing to navigate to separate browser tabs or windows.
- There’s no need for a separate site dedicated to liveblogging: every post can be a liveblog, even existing ones.
If you’re interested in using the Liveblog Add-on as a WordPress.com VIP Hosting client, get in touch!
If that’s not enough, we’ve also completely open-sourced the Liveblog code for self-hosted WordPress! You can find it in the WordPress.org plugin repository and on github.
Take a closer look:
Thanks to VIPs GigaOM and Local TV for their feedback and contributions during the beta testing phase for the plugin.
Josh Betz is an Intern Code Wrangler with Automattic’s WordPress.com VIP program this summer before he heads back to the University of Wisconsin to complete his degree in Computer Science. He enjoys running, hacking on WordPress, and the beautiful view from the terrace at UW’s Memorial Union.
Bulk User Management is a plugin that we’ve built to solve the problem of having to access each site in your network to manage users. It is especially useful for site administrators with large blog networks or anyone who might want to add multiple users to multiple sites from a single dashboard.
Bulk User Management allows a set of specified users to manage permissions across all your sites. Users from every site in your network are displayed in a list and can be added to or removed from any of your sites. Any users who aren’t currently in your network can still be invited to any of your blogs through the normal invite process.
The plugin works by aggregating a list of users from all your sites into a single list with information about each user, like their username, email address, and their user level on each of the sites they have access to. There are bulk actions available like “Modify” and “Remove” that let you make changes in large batches instead of one at a time.
You can select which users to manage with checkboxes just like you would see in the normal Users page. Selecting an action from the “Bulk Actions” dropdown will reveal a bulk edit section in the table where you can select which blogs the changes should apply to and a role if necessary.
The following are some screenshots showing step by step how the bulk editing flow works.
Bulk User Management is also available in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory. It’s also on github, we’d love to have you check out the code and contribute!
One of the great things about developing for WordPress is the number of tools available for developers. WordPress core ships with a bunch of useful features (e.g.
WP_DEBUG) with many more built by the community (like our own Rewrite Rules Inspector and VIP Scanner) that make development and debugging a breeze. The hardest part is getting your environment set up just right: knowing what constants to set, what plugins to install, and so on.
That’s why we built-in the Developer plugin. It’s your one-stop resource to optimally configure your development environment by making sure you have all the essential settings and plugins installed and available.
If you’re a WordPress developer, we highly recommend installing this plugin in your development environment. You can download the plugin from the WordPress.org Plugins Directory or directly from your WordPress Dashboard (Plugins > Add New).
Here’s a quick walk-through:
On activation, the plugin prompts you to check what type of developer you are. This is used to configure the plugins checks.
The plugin does a quick check to see if you have the necessary plugins installed.
With two clicks, you can install and activate plugins.
The settings page (Settings > Developer) will check to make sure your environment is correctly configured including plugins, constants, and other useful settings.
If you’d like to check out the code and contribute, join us on Github; pull requests are more than welcome.
Are there any tools, tips, and tricks that you’re using that we’ve missed? We’d love to add them to the plugin. Let us know in the comments.
Facebook just announced their first official plugin for WordPress:
Starting today WordPress publishers can easily integrate Facebook features, such as social publishing and mentions, through the new Facebook for WordPress plugin.
The plugin was built by Facebook engineers in collaboration with open source partners, and makes it simple for anyone to make their WordPress site more social – no coding required. The plugin will also work on mobile and support internationalization.
The plugin is built-in to our WordPress.com VIP platform and can be seamlessly enabled on any VIP site. It’s also available for download for self-hosted WordPress sites as well.
This release incorporates the following:
- New Google Ad Sense provider courtesy of Erick Hitter from Oomph
- Bulk delete action added for the WP List Table of ad codes. Delete more ad codes in one go
- New ‘acm_register_provider_slug’ for registering a provider that’s included outside the plugin (e.g. a theme)
- Bug fix: Instantiate the WP List Table on the view, instead of on admin_init, to reduce conflicts with other list tables
Ad Code Manager v0.2.2 is already installed on WordPress.com VIP, and available to download for WordPress.org installs. Please report any bugs, feature requests, or questions in the WordPress.org forums. Or fork the plugin on Github and follow our development blog to help with future improvements.
Rewrite Rules Inspector is a simple development tool for viewing all of the rewrite rules registered with your site. It’s been available for VIPs hosted on WordPress.com for a while — today it’s available for download from the WordPress.org repository.
Specifically, the Rewrite Rules Inspector helps you:
- View a listing of all your rewrite rules.
- See which rewrite rules match a given URL (and the priorites they match in).
- Filter by different sources of rewrite rules.
- Know when rewrite rules are missing in the database by showing an error message.
Feel free to fork the plugin in Github — pull requests are always welcome. Hit us with feedback, questions, bug reports, and feature requests in the forums.
It’s chock full of these new features:
- Completely reworked user interface, one that now looks and feels like much of the rest of the WordPress admin.
- Abstracted ad network logic, so you can integrate additional ad networks. Currently, Ad Code Manager fully supports Double Click for Publishers. Pull requests with support for other ad networks are always welcome.
- In-plugin contextual help to get you properly configured.
- Priorities for ad codes, which allow you to work around conflicts.
- An [acm-tag] shortcode for placing ad codes within posts.
- A widget for placing ad codes in widget areas. Thanks to Justin Sternburg at WebDevStudios for the contribution.
We’ve also fixed these bugs:
- Enabled using ad codes with empty conditionals.
- Setting the logical operator from OR to AND now results in the expected behavior.
Ad Code Manager v0.2 is already installed on WordPress.com VIP, and available to download for WordPress.org installs. Please report any bugs, feature requests, or questions in the WordPress.org forums. Or fork the plugin on Github and follow our development blog to help with future improvements.
This morning we debuted a project that I’m really excited about—our new Featured Partner Program. Our WordPress.com VIP team is now working with select partners to integrate their services with WordPress, connect them with our VIP clients, and collaborate to support the integration and provide a seamless experience for our users.
Each implementation has been reviewed and certified by our VIP team to ensure a well-optimized, secure, and forward-compatible integration with the WordPress platform, and our VIP customers get the benefits of that collaboration.
We’re excited to be working with launch partners Chartbeat, ContextLogic, Daylife, Livefyre, MediaPass, Ooyala, SocialFlow, Uppsite, and Wibiya to provide a range of solutions for publishers, from web analytics to online video delivery to mobile and more.
If you’d like to learn more about the program, please get in touch.
Today Automattic (WordPress.com & more) released Jetpack, a plugin that brings WordPress.com functionality to self-hosted WordPress users.
Read the backstory from Matt on why Jetpack is so important for WordPress.