Find Plugins Used on a Site

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I wrote a little while back about a plugin for Chrome that lets you find out what WordPress theme a site is using, now I have one to find plugins! Thanks to WordPress Jedi for pointing out SpyBar for Chrome and Firefox. It helps you find out what WordPress plugins and themes a site is using.

Once you install SpyBar, you will be able to analyze websites and find each one’s theme and plugins in one click. The script did not show us every plugin for every site but it showed enough in many cases. SpyBar also shows the themes being used by your favorite sites.

Use WordPress as a Wiki

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I’m not sure why you’d want to do use a content management system as a wiki – but I’m such a fan of WordPress that I thought this article on WordPress Jedi looked interesting.

Many webmasters use solutions such as MediaWiki to add a Wiki section to their website. There is nothing wrong with that approach. But integrating MediaWiki with WordPress could be challenging. Besides, having to deal with a new content management system is not always fun.

Check out the 5 plugins in this article if you’d like to learn more.

Bulk WordPress Plugin Installer

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I am always setting up new WordPress sites and the first thing I do – the first thing we all do – is install a set of the same plugins. Now there is a plugin to make it easier to bulk install those favorites!

Bulk Plugin Installation is a new plugin that allows you to install one or more plugins simply by typing their names or download URLs in a new textarea added to the “Add New” plugin page.

Learn more and see screenshots on WPMU.org.

The Best WordPress Related Websites on the Internet

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Tom Ewer at WPMU has created a list of the top 40 best WordPress sites. If you’re interested in WordPress you should check out the list – and of course if you think something is missing let him know! I also have my own WordPress bookmarks and bibliography (which are by no means comprehensive) if you’re interested in bookmarking those.

WordPress Plugins

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In preparation for a workshop I’m doing with Polly Farrington at Internet Librarian I’ve been creating a bibliography of WordPress plugins. Here’s what I have so far:

Check out the updated list on Zotero and feel free to add your own must have plugins to the comments here.

WordPress Favicon

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One of the things I wish was easier in many WordPress themes was adding a favicon. The favicon is the little icon that appears in the address bar of most websites to the left of the URL.

A favicon (short for favorites icon), also known as a shortcut icon, website icon, URL icon, or bookmark icon, is a 16×16 or 32×32 pixel square icon associated with a particular website or webpage.

Does your library website have one that’s custom to you? If not, and you use WordPress, you might like this tutorial from WPMU.org on adding a favicon to your WordPress site.

A favicon can be added to a website by several methods – by adding code to your theme files or by using a plugin. Many times, you must create the favicon off-site and then upload it to your hosting account for it to be used.

What’s that theme?

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Have you ever visited a website and wondered what theme was being used? I have! And now there is a way using Chrome to sniff out the WordPress theme being used by a site you’re looking at.

Chrome Theme Sniffer is a add-on for Chrome that will detect the theme or template being used on current site for several major open source CMS’s, including Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. All you have to do is click the Theme Sniffer button at the top of your browser to get the information instantly

See it in action here on my site – or any other of your favorite WordPress powered sites.

Found via WPMU.org.

WordPress bookshelf plugin

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Are you using WordPress for your library website? This tutorial from Smashing Magazine walks you through creating a bookshelf plugin for your WordPress site. From the tutorial’s conclusion:

Having done this tutorial, you should be able to create a nice shelving plugin for your books. The plugin might serve your needs if you need an online book archive or library. The options aren’t limited to books either; you could create a similar system for CDs, DVDs and records, and you could tweak it to show videos. The possibilities are endless.

The open source behind Twitter

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You’ve maybe heard of identi.ca, a micro blogging tool like Twitter, but 100% open source, but did you realize that, as Jason Hibbets says, “Without open source, Twitter wouldn’t exist”? Jason starts off his interview with Chris Aniszczyk, Open Source Manager at Twitter:

Every Tweet you send and receive touches open source software on its journey between computers and mobile devices. We were curious about how much open source is used at Twitter. Beyond that, we wanted to discover how open source may influence the culture at Twitter, Inc.

One of the things I tell all of my open source students is that open source powers the web – and most of the popular sites that they use every day. So, open source fans, don’t write off Twitter just because the software itself isn’t open source, at least the power of open source is still being harnessed to keep this popular micro-blogging site afloat!

If you want to learn more about how Twitter uses the power of open source read the entire interview and/or check out Twitter’s open source page.