Plugin Name:XML Google Maps Plugin Version Reviewed: 1.14.1 WP-URL:http://wordpress.org/plugins/xml-google-maps Reason for trying the plugin: I tried using XML Google Maps here are my notes: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/requires-google-api-key. It didn't work for displaying NexGen Gallery images on an OSM map. It didn't even display the OSM map without inputing a google API key. There was only one thing I did not try and that was using the exact code as seen on the developer's website. I did the beginning "[xmlgm" and then "ID=x]". He used the ngg_gallery shortcode. Date installed or tested:27. October 2013
WP GPX Maps
27 Oct 2013. I tried (am trying) WP GPX Maps, it requires that one uses a GPX file and then dynamically loads the photos into a map based on time stamp. This is good for persons without a process to geo-embed the metadata in the photos. However, I do this geo-tagging in my image processing workflow. So this means that I would have to create a GPX file from my images. This is not impossible to do but is extra work. I am currently able to do with an nice Java App called Geotag following a hint found here: http://sourceforge.net/p/geotag/discussion/729534/thread/69875478/. GeoTag requires ExifTool and GPSBabel. Both Applications I have previously installed.
But I still can't get the map to center where I want it to, or to show the images. I did get a successful export of a GPX file though a KLM file.
NextGEN Gallery Comments
27 Oct 2013. I looked at this plugin but it only provides template files and requires editing theme files or plugin files. This means a longer checklist on updates. And since updates happen so often, and are so easy, and since I am not using SVN, it makes it logical to skip this "customization".
There are several ways to add free fonts to a WordPress site. The first is to use a third party service (which I don't like because it requires connection to that service). And self hosting via .woff fonts. There are compatibility issues with old browsers with .woff fonts but newer bowsers will all render them.
There are supposedly two plugins which will allow you to install and use .woff fonts. Any Font and Use Any Font I looked at both of these and decided that neither really did what I wanted and that it would be better to define new custom CSS and host my own .woff font. The two tutorials I used are here: On StackOverFlow and JustCreative.com
I used the following site to create a .woff font: http://www.fontsquirrel.com/tools/webfont-generator
CSV Import Plugin:CSV 2 Post Plugin Version Reviewed:7.0.4 WP-URL:http://wordpress.org/plugins/csv-2-post/ Product Site: Not listed. Reason:I am looking for an easy way to import content from XML or CSV to PODs Custom Content types. BulkPress is awesome for simple taxonomies. But for structured data I have yet to find something which works well. This plugin seems to work with the same idea as WP-All import, but with the exception that the navigation sucks and does not follow WP UI guidelines. It did make custom content form me with the correct titles, but none of the custom fields worked. I did not try a second time and gave up and un-installed it. I might come back to it if I don't find a better solution. My ideal solution would be that PODs would have a GUI data import feature. Date installed:18. November 2013
I found the first website I made yesterday. Dates on it said June 14th 2003. Since I believe in cleaning things up - keeping things tidy, I deleted it (after backing up the files). This site predated my experience with WordPress by two years and means I now have 10 years of experience posting things on the web.
EditFlow [http://editflow.org/] is a great plugin if you only have one content type and need to pass the content across several people. Unfortunately for me it does not support the creation of different workflows for different content types. That is why I found it a bit limiting. Interestingly, the guys developing PikList [http://wordpress.org/plugins/piklist/] and PODs [http://wordpress.org/plugins/pods/] approached the problem by suppressing the existing publishing meta-box and supplying their own.
It seems that each framework (Piklist, PODs, and even ACF - Advanced Custom Fields) might have its benefits. But they are all vying for the same market place - the developer's time and the plugin folder on your WordPress install. I am not sure which I like most right now, ACF has it on admin UI/UX but PODs is really powerful. If WordPRess core added some management features for the existing capability in its APIs then we might not have this marketplace...
In the open source development world there is a lot of emphases on developing software to solve specific problems, there is much less emphasis on solving those problems well. That is, solving those problems so the most people are serviced, or so that users of software have the flexibility they need (there is also often a lack of commitment to User Experience Design but this is a shameless side plug). And there is often a real lack of collaboration around competing solutions. This is evident in the software which is created for use by linguists (usually also coded by linguists for solving the linguists’ challenges) but this is also evidenced in a different sphere of programing in the WordPress eco-system. In the WordPress eco-system there is a plethora of plugins which are abandoned. WordPress is GPL’d and so these plugins are GPL’d too. However, the repository – the human visual interface to the repository – allows for coders to grab code, and modify it for their ends, but it doesn’t allow for merging once the plugin has been “updated”. (It is true that not all changes are “updates”, sometimes people need one-off solutions.) But the net result is that early 1/3rd of all plugins for wordpress are abandoned. Their developer has been paid and has now ended their relationship with the commissioning client, or the WordPress eco-system no-longer requires the service options provided by that plugin. Matt Jones created an info-graphic to illustrate this point and to bring awareness to the problem. My comments below are my reply to him, with some minor corrections . Continue reading →
I was exploring the internet and I found a really cool plug-in in for WordPress. This plugin lets one define specific sets of plug-ins they want to repeatedly download for deploying websites. This is awesome! WordPress Install Profiles. Work smarter.
↑1 Regardless of the views expressed here in this review, it should be stated that I have high hopes for Webonary’s future. Some of the people working on Webonary are my colleagues so I attempt hedge my review with the understanding that this is not the final state of Webonary. I am excited that easy to use technology, like WordPress is being used, and that minority language groups around the world have the opportunity to use free software like webonary.
Umm frankly, I am not sure anything out there right now is going to work to bring OAI-PMH services to WordPress1. If it does then is it going to be able to use WordPress to advertise things or is it going to use WordPress to aggregate things? if the former then nothing out there ever let the admin user choose which fields were matched to which attributes, dynamically. But if it is also the former then why would anyone actually want this functionality? What is the Use Case? If one is using WordPress as a bibliography reference system like some libraries do, then this makes a lot of sense. However, there is another use case I would like to present. That is, the website which is about several or a single language. There are potentially two ways to conceptualize this:
Since 2005 I have used K2, a really nice minimalistic theme for WordPress. I especially liked the spacing and the fonts used. But alas I had two people tell me that it was hard to read posts on my blog. I set out to find a new theme which was more reader friendly (especially since I am having a few longer posts). I settled with Twenty Eleven.
The Journeyler moving from K2
So in a last adieu. Good bye K2. It has been good knowing you.