Monday, March 15, 2010

FHA Mortgage Rates WordPress Widget

I have recently developed a new WordPress widget named "FHA Mortgage Rates". Once installed, it provides you a customizable widget which you can drag into your sidebar, showing daily updated mortgage rates for you readers. The plugin can be useful for real estate related blogs. You can customize it's color scheme and size to match your weblog's look.

Installation

1. Download plugin's ZIP file and extract archive's content into wp-content/plugins directory.
2. Activate the plugin through WP admin screen.
3. Go to the widgets page of WordPress admin screen and drag "FHA Mortgage Rates" widget onto your sidebar.
4. Done! Use and enjoy it!

Troubleshooting

If you have any suggestions regarding to plugin's functionality, or find a bug, please don't hesitate to write about it in the comments to this post.

Download

Will be available soon on WordPress plugin repository.

Friday, November 13, 2009

My new weblog

Links for nerds - my new weblog where I collect links different technology-related news.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sorry

There are some problems with WordPress plugin repository, so currently I cannot commit some critical changes. I am really sorry.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

PDF and PPT Viewer - WordPress plugin for embedding documents to your posts

Recently Google published Google Docs undocumented feature that let us embed PDF documents and Power Point presentations to the webpages. Surprisingly this document viewer isn't created with Flash. All the user need to view documents is love JavaScript. Of course I couldn't ignore this cool feature and created WordPress plugin that let you embed PDF and PPT documents to your posts. The plugin is called PDF and PPT Viewer.

Installation

  1. Upload pdf-ppt-viever folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress.

Basic Usage

It's extremely easy to use PDF and PPT Viewer. Just start writing a new post. Then, when you need to insert PDF or PPT file to your post, press Add Media button above WYSIWYG editor. Then go to the desired tab and insert a file to the post in a usual manner. If this file is a Power Point presentation or PDF document, the plugin will determine it automatically and do the rest of work for you. As a result you'll get the file embedded to your post in the manner that is shown here. Note that if you insert the file from your media library, you should set Link URL to the File URL.

You can set size of the viewer to fit the theme that you use. Go to Settings -> Miscellaneous in the WordPress menu and set corresponding values in the PDF and PPT Viewer settings section.

Advanced usage

PDF and PPT Viewer supports shortcodes. It means that you can write code like [pdf-ppt-viewer href="document_uri" width="viewer_width" height="viewer_height"], e.g. [pdf-ppt-viewer href="http://infolab.stanford.edu/pub/papers/google.pdf" width="400" height="500"], which will embed PDF or PPT document to your post. All arguments, except href, are optional. By default, widht and height of the viewer are set according to blog settings. Using this way of embedding documents, you can save your time and have a better control over viewer's size.

Supported platforms

PDF and PPT Viewer supports all modern browsers. The plugin doesn't require installation of non-standard PHP extensions on your server, so you will not have problems with your hosting provider. PDF and PPT Viewer works with WordPress 2.8 and higher.

Resources

PDF and PPT Viewer in WordPress plugin directory

Download

Good luck!

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Media Finder - WordPress plugin for searching images and video

Do you like WordPress? I do. This engine probably doesn't have the best architecture, sometimes its code is just awful, but its agility and excellent user interface attract lots of users around the world. I decided to contribute to the development of WordPress community and wrote a plugin Media Finder.

This plugin helps you find images and video on Flickr and YouTube quickly and easily and insert them to your post with one click. A lot of readers find posts with illustrations more interesting in comparison to the text-only posts. But we often don't have necessary illustrations which fit the subject of our posts. Here Media Finder can help you. It lest you find mediafiles on the largest storages of video and images on the internet, and illustrate your posts with them.

Installation (will take no logner than a minute)

  1. Upload media_finder.php file to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress.

Usage

It's extremely easy to use Media Finder. Just start writing a new post, then, when you need to insert image or video, press Add an Image / Add Video button (above the text editor) and go to Search tab on the opened window. After that enter the search query and press Enter. You'll see search results pretty soon after that. If you've searched for images, then in addition to inserting to the post, you can view it's larger version. And if you've searched for video, you can view larger version of the preview image and watch the video. And that's it!

UPD: From the version 0.0.2 I have added 2 options for the images search. First, you can specify the order of the images - by relevance, publication date or interestingness. Second, you can choose the license, end Media Finder will search only for images that support the chosen license. Thanks to iCounsellor who suggested this feature. In addition, all images that you insert to your post are by default linked to the author's photostream, because Creative Commons license requires it, but you can change it easily, if you want.

Supported browsers

FF2+, IE6+, Opera 9+, Google Chrome.

Web hosting support

Media Finder requires curl PHP library to be installed on your server. As an alternative, allow_url_fopen flag in php.ini flag should be set to 1. Don't worry, most fo the servers have the required library installed. If not, contact your hosting provider support service.

Support of different WordPress versions

I have tested Media Finder using WordPress 2.8.4, but earlier versions can also work. You can install the plugin and check whether it's compatible with your version of WordPress. Media Finder doesn't use database and doesn't make any unalterable actions, so you won't have trouble even in case of incompatibility.

UPD: Media Finder works with WordPress 2.7 and higher.

How you can help

  1. Just use Media Finder.
  2. If you like it, tell your friends or write a little post about it.
  3. If you find a bug or have an idea that will help to improve the plugin, write about it here in the comments.
  4. If you think you can improve design or functionality of the plugin and you wish to do it, I'll be glad to collaborate with you. Write to Kadalashvili at Vladimir at gmail dot com.

What I am planning to do

Of cource, I am planning to fix bugs as soon as possible. In addition, I am going to test the plugin for compatibility with earlier versions of WordPress. I am also going to add some options for search, for example, sorting the results by date, relevance or popularity. If you have some ideas about adding new features, please share them.

Resources

Media Finder on WordPress plugin directory
Download
Happy blogging!

Friday, July 31, 2009

SexyCombo 2.0.7 released

I have just released new version of SexyCombo jQuery plugin. This release was very productive. I have fixed all (I hope) bugs related to IE6. dropUp config option is now deprecated, the plugin can determine whether option list should go down or up automatically. Some minor changes related to usability were also made.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Must read!!!

11 jQuery Plugins to Enhance HTML Dropdowns - a great article about jQuery plugins that can customize default selectboxes. Must read!!!