After covering WordPress and Drupal, its time for me to set my eyes on Joomla – the next major CMS software in the OSS field. Today, I’ll release my first ever Joomla plugin – the Export to WordPress plugin. This ‘component'(as Joomla users calls it), will create a XML dump of your sites contents. This XML file is readable and importable by wordpress. This plugin is important if you want to migrate from Joomla to WordPress. The XML dump will include all your posts, with categories and with all its comments.
Time to take a break from the WordPress Plugins. This time, its a Gimp Plugin. Gimp, or GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Its what we Linux guys use instead of Photoshop. Web 2.0 Shadows is a Gimp Plugin – or as Gimpers call it, a Script-fu.
Gallifrey is an image gallery WordPress plugin based on the Galleriffic jQuery plugin. It will replace the standard wordpress gallery when you activate it. You don’t have to change the code of all the earlier galleries.
MiniCart will implement a mini-shopping-cart in your blog. You can add items from the admin side and embed the cart into posts. This can also be used as a donation plugin. By design, you can only show one item in a cart.
After the success of Plugin Week, I have decided to do it once again. So, without further ado, Welcome to Plugin Week 2. If you don’t know what a plugin week is, its a week when I publish one plugin per day – for an entire week.
After eight posts, I am ending the plugin killer series. It has been a nice run. Hopefully, I have given you an idea of how easy it is to customize WordPress yourself – without having to resort to third party plugins. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Its just that, its more satisfying when you do it yourself. The advantages and disadvantages of customizing a theme rather than installing a plugin is given in the introduction to the WordPress Plugin Killer Series.
Recently, one of my friends posted a list of plugins you can use to optimize your 404 page. In case you don’t know what a 404 page, its the page that shows up if the URL requested by the user don’t exist. He listed eight plugins to do this. And since I am working on the Plugin Killer series, it got me thinking – is it possible to do it without using any plugins?
Many blogs highlight the author’s comment in the comments section. You can use many plugins to get this effect(For eg., the Highlight Author Comments Plugin) – but you don’t have to. You can get the get the same effect by adding a small bit of code to your theme.
Related posts is a very popular feature. My default wordpress installation often includes a plugin that has this functionality. There are quite a few plugins that lets you have this feature.