Ever since WordPress added a Live Preview option to the Manage Themes screen, it’s been frustrating to test a plugin using multiple themes.
Why Live Preview sucks for developers
When using Live Preview, you can’t modify the URL of the page you’re visiting or open the preview in a new window or tab. Live Preview prevents you from viewing multiple themes at once in different tabs.
In my last post, I wrote about the benefits of using YOURLS, a self-hosted link-shortening service. I’m finding that YOURLS is great, but it’s not perfect. Some of the issues I have experience are part of what you get using most URL shortener services.
Some of the downsides of using link shorteners are:
Google Analytics doesn’t always capture the original referrer (and I have no clue how they do the rest of the time!).
When generating links using the bookmarklet (or in this case, also the Yourls installation), there’s no easy way to add campaign, source, medium, content, and term tags for Google Analytics to track.
Yourls doesn’t allow query strings on URLs by default, making overriding existing campaign tags difficult/impossible. For example: `http://katz.si/t?utm_source=2300`
The Show Content Only Plugin enables you to show only a post or page’s content, without sidebars, footers, and other content.
There are many different reasons for wanting to show just the content, but there’s never been such an easy way to do it. This plugin adds a box in the post and page editor that provides you with four links:
Content with Tags
Content with Categories
Content with Categories & Tags
This is very helpful in conjunction with the Google Keyword Tool, so that Google only analyses the content of your post or page, not the surrounding context as well.
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I’ve been using Joost de Valk’s Simple Taxonomies plugin for a couple of projects, and I’ve been very disappointed by the formatting of the terms output code.
When configuring the plugin, you have the option of choosing “Add terms to the end of posts” or “Add terms to the end of excerpts.” If you do, you get a <div> and a couple of spans. Not very semantic. Also, the code uses an #id, instead of a .class, meaning that if you have more than one post on a page with taxonomies, it no longer validates.
Simple Taxonomies uses terms, so let’s make a list of them!
Sometimes you may want to vertically align a block item, but the CSS-only vertical aligning methods don’t make you feel clean. Personally, I hate having to style items as a table/table cell to get them to vertically align in Internet Explorer.
I use LesterChan‘s Download Manager plugin, and it’s great. Good interface, simple purpose.
I recently found out that after upgrading a client’s site to WP 2.5, WP-DownloadManager was no longer working. I followed the documentation on the plugin website, including resetting the permalink structure, but nothing worked.
As sad as it is to admit (since the plugin has saved me thousands of clicks), Admin Drop Down Menu by Ozh breaks the WordPress image uploader. If you’ve tried everything WordPress tells you to do in order to fix that Image Gallery feature and multiple image upload capability in WordPress 2.5, and disable this plugin.