Our WordPress plugin, upPrev, the New York Times-style jQuery-animated previous post flyout box, has been updated to version 1.4. Here are the major changes:
- Fixed incorrectly shown number of WordPress posts (incorrect mysql query),
- Resolved jQuery compatibility issue,
- Improved stylesheet mechanism. One external global stylesheet + embedded one for a custom animation. Additional css selectors for easier modification.
- Modified settings page,
- Ability to add thumbnails and excerpt (lots of users requested this!),
- Custom notification for pages with a shortcode [upprev]Sample Text[/upprev],
Check it out on this page (by scrolling down) and then use the plugin update feature on your WordPress site or download a new copy from the WordPress repository!
I’ve been struggling to upgrade my WordPress site for some time now.
I couldn’t download plugin updates, let alone install the latest version of WordPress without using a plugin like WordPress Automatic Upgrade. That plugin throws WordPress into a fancy maintenance mode, so you can go about your upgrading business. It works well, but it’s not meant for making quick plugin upgrades.
The final straw came today, though, when after manually updating a handful of plugins, I was unable to reactivate all my recently activated plugins. I tried activating them all at once and when that failed, I went in batches and finally, one by one until almost every one was turned back on. When I finally got most of my plugins going simultaneously, I faced another conundrum—couldn’t see any content on the plugins.php page on my WordPress backend. Read more
New York Times “Next Post” Animated Button Examples
Just like the NYTimes button, upPrev allows WordPress site admins to provide the same functionality for their readers. When a reader scrolls to the bottom of a single post, a button animates in the page’s bottom right corner, allowing the reader to select the next available post in the single post’s category (the category is also clickable to access an archive page). If no next post exists, no button is displayed.
The plugin’s only current option is choosing a fade-in or a fly-in animation.
It’s absolutely beautiful. I love Grzegorz’s work and I invite you to download the plugin in the WordPress repository.
Tomorrow I’ll be speaking at OfficePort Chicago for the official 1-Day WordPress Workshop. This event seems to be sold out but hopefully, there will more workshops in the near future for those who can’t make it.
My topic list includes WordPress themes and plugins, so I thought I could provide a list ahead of time of some links we might use during the discussions.
Finding the Perfect WordPress Theme
- 40 Free High-Quality WordPress Themes (via Smashing Magazine)
- 40 Awesome and Fresh WordPress Themes (via SpeckyBoy)
- Free Themes Reviewed on Weblog Tools Collection
- What I consider to be the best value in WordPress themes: ThemeForest
- Theme Atlas
WordPress Plugins List – The Most Useful + Highest Quality
- Fluency Admin
- Google Analyticator
- All in One SEO Pack
- Ajax Plugin Helper
- Twitter Tools
- WP No Category Base
- Get the Image
- Gravity Forms
- Lightbox Plus
- More Fields
…And Other WordPress Resources
First, they revisit old territory with a semi-dis to Automattic and their alleged third-party commercial cock-blocking, then the announcement of WPPlugins, the supposed app store for WordPress plugins.
Is this goodbye to free [quality] plugins? Maybe, but if this service is to catch on, it’ll take six months to a year for real adoption, so no need to freak out just yet.