Tag Archives: WordPress

New Plugin: Cite & List

Simple Bibliography

A simple bibliography with some citations

Finally! I have needed—and wanted to build—this WordPress plugin for a long time, and now it is done. Because I am so bad at making up names, I called it Cite & List because that is what you can do with it: cite articles and list your publications. Both tasks are easily done with shortcodes; users of \(\LaTeX\) will feel right at home. You can also have everything look exactly the way you want it to, thanks to the use of bib2tpl.

Head over to the plugin repository and have a try! I like how the plugin turned out; hopefully I will have ample opportunity of using it, that is get to writing more sciencey posts.

New Plugin: The Bug Genie for WordPress

Example of TBG issue screen

The Bug Genie is an open-source browser-based bugtracker I have been using for some time. It beats most trackers I tried in terms of features and usability and is also quite easy to install and administrate. Not saying it has no quirks, but I like it.

So why would I want to write links to bugs I fixed or manage lists of known bugs manually? That would only ensure work and pain should the TBG folks decide to change URL structures in the future. So I wrote that small plugin The Bug Genie for WP to do that for me. It is not the most impressive plugin under the sun but does the job. So if you use TBG and WordPress go and have a try!

New Plugin: Significant Tags

Full and reduced tag cloud, respectively.

I used to be annoyed with WordPress’ tag list/cloud functionality. Not only do you have to employ special means1 to get it to a regular post or page, but it also has limited functionality. In my sidebar, I use Most Popular Tags which is fine for what it does but does not allow treatment of less popular tags.

What I want is to filter out tags that occur only once or twice from my tagcloud because such tags are most likely of little interest but extremely blow up the list. So I sat down and wrote a plugin that allows me to do that, and more. Check out Significant Tags for the details and see it in action on my tag cloud page.

Click below to see how I did my tag cloud page.

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It is not pretty, but it does the job:

<div id="tagcloud_more" style="text-align: center; width: 450px; line-height: 1.2;">
  [tagcloud drop_top=5 drop_bottom=3c]
<div id="tagcloud_all" style="display: none; text-align: center; width: 450px; line-height: 1.2;">
<a id="tagcloud_linka" style="text-decoration: none;" onclick="jQuery('#tagcloud_more').slideToggle('slow');jQuery('#tagcloud_all').slideToggle('slow'); jQuery('#tagcloud_linka').toggle(0); jQuery('#tagcloud_linkl').toggle(0);" href="#">Show all</a>
<a id="tagcloud_linkl" style="display: none; text-decoration: none;" onclick="jQuery('#tagcloud_all').slideToggle('slow'); jQuery('#tagcloud_more').slideToggle('slow'); jQuery('#tagcloud_linkl').toggle(0); jQuery('#tagcloud_linka').toggle(0);" href="#">Show less</a>

There is, of course, also the shortcode to set up:

$args = array("number" => 0, "separator" => "   ", "echo" => false, "drop_bottom" => "0", "drop_top" => "0");
$args = shortcode_atts($args, $atts);
return wp_tag_cloud($args);

  1. I use great Shortcode Exec PHP to call wp_tag_cloud as PHP is ignored in posts.

Zenphoto Gallery 2.1

New Styling Options

The latest upgrade of Zenphoto Gallery has been published this week. Version 2.1 addresses some deficiencies in the realm of styling. A number of things were hardcoded earlier; in particular, image containers, captions and images themselves can now be styled on the options page. Other than that a small bug has been fixed and some code has been rearranged, preparing for release 3.0 which will introduce yet more flexible gallery style management.

One rather annoying bug remains since I was not able to figure out a solution. When using the dynamic preview introduced in 2.0, shortcode parameters with double quotes are lost somewhere between JQuery, WordPress and JQuery again. Hints leading towards a solution are appreciated.

Find the plugin’s sites here or download from the plugin repositories.

Zenphoto Gallery 2.0

When I prepared my move to Sweden approximately two months ago I developed a WordPress plugin to present Zenphoto galleries in my blog since the existing solutions did not satisfy me. I have been working on it since then and managed to extend it quite a bit. Version 2.0 went up a few days ago, sporting new features:

  • Pictures can now be chosen in reverse order and randomly
  • New shortcode [zengallery] for showing arbitrary images
  • New shortcode [zenimage] for showing single images
  • All gallery/image settings can now be overloaded by shortcode parameters
  • Shortcode creator with dynamic preview

I also distributed the code over several files in order to create more clarity.

Find the plugin’s sites here or download from the plugin repositories.