Category Archives: Plugins

Chrome rocks…

I know Google tracks my searches…
I know Google scans my emails…
I know Google knows which adult pages I visit last week (ehhh…) 
I know Google knows what I like and what I hate…

BUT Chrome rocks !!! Thanks for this new way of browsing !

BTW : I uploaded a new Beta of wordTube. It contain now the new JW  Player 4.1 and some minor bugfixes. Please report issues at the GoogleCode page 

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wordTube 2.0

After a lot of work I finished the next version of wordTube. This new version is a great rework of the plugin, with a much better code base (THX to Alakahnor). Due to the fact that Jeroen Wijering release a new version of his great JW FLV Media Player, I take the chance to rebuild my plugin a little bit. This new media player version has some great new features which I can support now with wordTube 2.0 :

  • Skining the player (Not only colorized)
  • LongTail Ads support
  • Plugin support

If you already used the Media Player V3.xx you will miss a couple of features (statistic, callback routine, colors, MP3 equalizer). Please stay tuned Jeroen is already working on Version 4.1 and I will integrate these new features in the next time. (If you need those features , please do not upgrade right now, Version 1.60 is still good enough)

wordTube 2.0 has also some great new YouTube feature programmed by Alakhnor : When you entered a YouTube URL, this version will fetch automatic all the media title, description and tags. So you don’t need to enter them …

Here is a first demonstration

Please note : wordTube 2.0 require WordPress 2.6 and the JW FLV Media player 4.0, it doesn’t support earlier versions.

Download wordTube 2.0
Beta Version @ Google Code

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The hassle with WP_CONTENT_URL and WP_PLUGIN_DIR

Since WordPress 2.6 it’s possible to move wp-content and the plugins path to a different location. Basically not a bad idea , except the situation that my plugins wordTube / NextGEN Gallery loads some XML/AJAX based “standalone” php files not via the admin page. This means I need to know the location of wp-load.php. In the past I can be sure that my plugin is located always below wp-content/plugins/<plugin name>. So it was easy to get the correct path to wp-load.php

Now this has changed and Ozh show up the new way in his article. In his discussion with GamerZ he added the note to the article :

However, as pointed out by GamerZ in the comments, this still may not work. Why? Because not only the config file may not be there anymore, but the relative path to it may have changed since wp-content might have been moved too.

At this point though, there is no way I can think of to guess the locations of both wp-config and wp-content. To be 100% foolproof, such a “standalone” file needing to include wp-config should be editable so that advanced users moving their wp-content directory could manually edit a location path (the $root variable in the previous example)

I’m currently thinking what would be the best solution. For a intermediate solution I will now add a “config” file where you can add “server path” to wp-load.php in the case you moved the plugin folders. The disadvantage of this solution is the automatic upgrade procedure, because every upgrade wipe out your changes (Mhh, would be not a good idea to have a way to exclude files from the upgrade procedure ??).

Anyway here is the code :

/** Define the server path to the file wp-config here,
if you placed WP-CONTENT outside the classic file structure */

$path  = ''; // It should be end with a trailing slash   

/** That's all, stop editing from here **/

if ( !defined('WP_LOAD_PATH') ) {

 // classic root path
 $classic_root = dirname(dirname(dirname(dirname(__FILE__)))).'/';
 if (file_exists( $classic_root . 'wp-load.php') )
  define( 'WP_LOAD_PATH', $classic_root);
  if (file_exists( $path . 'wp-load.php') )
   define( 'WP_LOAD_PATH', $path);
   exit("Could not find wp-load.php");

// let's load WordPress
require_once( WP_LOAD_PATH . 'wp-load.php');

I’m happy for any comments / ideas for a better solution….

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Google Maps with NextGEN Gallery

The latest release of XML Google Maps WordPress Plugin support now the Geo tagging of NextGEN Gallery images. Have a look at the page of the author Patrick Matusz for a example. Great plugin !

Download at

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Real Estate with NextGEN Gallery

A new plugin called Great Real Estate is published and I’m glad to say that it supports NextGEN Gallery and wordTube. Great Real Estate brings content management of real estate listings to the WordPress community.

Agents can manage listings, input price and common data such as number of bedrooms and baths, and not worry about formatting each page. The plugin provides starter templates to display listings, and a sidebar widget for featured listings. Agents can enhance listings with a photo gallery, video, panorama photos, downloads, and a location map. The listings information is nicely formatted with a tabbed interface.

Download at

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I noticed a new cool JavaScript effect with a nice inbuilt slideshow feature : Lightview from Nick Stakenburg.

For fans of Prototype and rounded corners, I suggest to try out this effect with NextGEN Gallery. Thanks to my flexible effect interface you can adapt it very easy to your blog :

1. Download the plugin Lightview-Plus from Puzich

2. Change in the gallery options the effect code to “Custom” and enter in the “Link Code line”  :

class="lightview" rel="gallery[%GALLERY_NAME%]"

(If you copy and paste the code, check for the the correct double quotes !!!)

Have fun…

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wordTube support now YouTube

Jeroen Wijering released a new version of the great JW FLV MEDIA PLAYER. This new version support now YouTube links in your Media player. Simply enter the YouTube URL of your favorite video… Great !


YouTube Link :

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NextGEN Addon

Great !! It’s highly motivating when other people take NextGEN as base and extended it with new features. In the last two weeks three new addon’s are available :

NextGEN FlashViewer

Boris Glumpler extended my idea to integrate the famous Adobe Flash Plugins (SimpleViewer, TiltViewer, AutoViewer) from Airtight Interactive for NextGEN Gallery.


wp-greet from Tuxlog is a WordPress plugin to send greeting cards from your WordPress blog. It takes the images from NextGEN Gallery for your own greeting card.

NextGEN Smooth Gallery

The amazing gallery viewer from JonDesign’s SmoothGallery as integration into NextGEN Gallery (Written by Bruno Guimaraes)

Have fun !

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wordTube – Ready for WordPress 2.5

After a very long time uploaded in this seconds a new version of wordTube. Version 1.60 is the work of Alakhnor, who rewrite the whole plugin to a class structure. Without his amazing help on this plugin, I would not longer maintain this plugin… so if you would like to support this work, please consider to donate a couple of bucks at his homepage (You will find also other useful plugin’s). This version is now ready for WordPress 2.5, NextGEN Gallery requires still some testing, but I hope also to release a new version in the next week…

Here this the list of changes for wordTube:

– complete rewrite into a class
– playlist on right side
– start icon off/on
– control bar off/on
– function to display media with width/height
– fix excerpt
– sortable playlist
– choice for mp3 layout
– WP formatted filters on manage screen (media list screen)
– Media selection can be ‘last’ or ‘random’ ex: [ MEDIA=last ]
– Remove count complete
– Added button for WP2.5

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Simple NextGEN SimpleViewer

Based on some request I added two new flash scripts to NextGEN Gallery. The fantastic Tiltviewer & Simpleviewer from Airtight Interactive can now easily added to your post or page.

See some example here :

Demo Tiltviewer

If you like it, then download this addon here :

Download NextGEN SimpleViewer
WordPress plugin

(This plugin isn’t finished at all, I maybe add more comfortable options later)

UPDATE : I’m currently not able to work at this addon, if some is interested to update or maintain it, give me a note or pick up the script and write your own plugin. I will help with any questions…

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