One of the more popular plugins I’ve developed for WordPress is PostPost. Many people wish to customize their pages, posts and feeds but doing it from within the theme editor can be quite complex. This plugin allows you to write content before or after posts on a single page, all pages, or just in your feed.
Recently, I’ve been doing a contest giveaway via my feed and the plugin has come in handy! I put a message in before my feed post for folks to email me with a specific subject. The first email I receive wins a $125 subscription to .net magazine, a fantastic magazine that covers a ton of topics with online technology (and some marketing). A few days later, I also announced the winner via the plugin!
PostPost allows you to capitalize on the is_feed, is_page and is_single functions of WordPress without having to understand how to edit your theme or write code. Download PostPost from the Plugin Page.
I don’t usually update a plugin unless I’ve gotten a ton of feedback for a feature or I’m trying to learn something new. In this case, I wanted to incorporate jQuery which is included with WordPress. It wasn’t as simple as I thought, though. First, I had to add the framework to the plugin with a specific WordPress PHP function:
Within the jQuery code, there are a couple minor modifications as well. Typically, a call to initialize jquery is usually written like this:
Within WordPress, it looks like this:
This was a fun project and has really come in handy! Of course, I also added some code to publish my blog’s feed within the administrative page as well – it’s a free plugin, so why not promote my blog in exchange.