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September 4th, 2014

extra powered taxonomies

Taxonomy Extra Tools enhances the WordPress native taxonomy management by enabling archive index pages listing terms for each taxonomy and adding them to the nav menu;
WordPress does not provide such page templates by default, as a specific term is usually required by the query;
custom and built-in taxonomies are supported, introducing advanced permalink structure.

Taxonomy Extra Tools in the WordPress plugin directory

BP Checkins Enhanced provides some additional features to the amazing BP Checkins plugin developed by iMath as one of his great collection of interesting projects.

As the original plugin (still required) made the default BuddyPress extension behave quite like sites as Foursquare,
further improvements have been made to post checkins or places, as well as to enable the “places” and “events” post type archives, taxonomies and dates.
Map pins are clustered in order to avoid huge amounts of overlapping icons:
the Google Maps javascript interface has been updated to an updated version of the jQuery GMap script and now it also handles cluster grouped markers.

I’ve enhanced the functionalities of the BP Checkins plugin, in some cases by adding or totally rewriting functions, and moreover I’ve updated all the javascript to the latest jQuery GMap version

the bp_is_current_action ‘place’ and bp_action_variable ‘category’ match with the post type (‘places’) and taxonomy (‘places_category’) permalink structure: this way, the naming will stay consistent across the site and, above all, places will be available not only within the Buddypress component framework, but also as custom post archives so unleashing the full template potential, including feeds

in addition, default untranslated slugs have been rendered otherwise, not as simple strings (a little ugly in localized websites) but according to the language in use e.g. ‘category’ => __(‘category’, ‘bp-checkins’), ‘place’ => __(‘places’,’bp-checkins)

also available on GitHub


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.

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