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July 25th, 2011

combo slideshow plugin

WordPress galore! Combo Slideshow is a photo and image viewing mash-up plugin that integrates the features of the best javascript slideshow effects and WordPress plugins available on the net.
It works natively in conjunction with the WordPress image upload and gallery system, through the javascript frameworks JQuery or MooTools.

See it in action in the homepage!



July 2nd, 2011

mootools gravatar box

Here it is a new WordPress plugin that auto-detects and shows in real-time the Gravatar image when users are filling the comment form.

Fork of the Gravatar Box plugin by Otto, based on the MooTools javascript framework (instead of jQuery), with a nice fading effect.

It’s easy to use and configure, further and more easily customizable options will be available in a near future release.

Please visit the plugin page on WordPress for more details.

Among dozens of WordPress plugins involving content indexing, Collapsing Archives and Collapsing Categories by Rob Felty are able to manage hierarchy and nesting better than any other.

Since the effects and some of the script core depend on the jQuery framework, I had been missing a corresponding MooTools plugin not involving page overloads. Even the SuperSlider-Menu seems to me too invasive.

When editing the PHP code of the plugins in order to match the MooTools Slider, I’ve been hardly inspired by the neat and solid script provided byShawn Milker. Most of the widget features of the jQuery counterparts have been preserved, including cookies. Now, the remaining page and link plugins of the same series might be converted as well.

MooTools 1.11 versions:

MooTools 1.2.5 versions:

In the WordPress official plugin directory, with docs, changelog and version archive:
Moo Collapsing Archives
Moo Collapsing Categories


April 16th, 2010

wordpress multibox plugin

There are many modal window plugins, commonly known as “lightbox”, available online: multiBox coded by phatfusion is powerful and relatively lightweight, it is probably the best option within the MooTools framework.

Starting from that script, Manfred Rutschmann, has released the WordPress Multibox Plugin, to make the installation process into a WordPress blog easy and straightforward.

Unfortunately, this plugin could conflict with other extensions, since it injects <script> tags into the page without checking if the code has already been loaded, as the WordPress documentation crearly recommends.

So, I’ve modified the file multibox.php in order to run wp_register_script and wp_enqueue_script function for javascript loading without hassle:


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