New Plugins for June

TablePress

TablePress takes your flat table of data and applies some JavaScript magic to it. Once you activate it, you can sort columns, filter data, import and export data, and more.

Activate the plugin from your Plugins dashboard page. You can get started by creating a new table, then you can populate it by importing a CSV, HTML, JSON, XLS or XLSX file. Or, enter your information manually.

There’s a lot of customization you can apply if you like. The TablePress site has examples and documentation. Then, take the shortcode the plugin generates for you (it will look something like ‘[table id=1 /]‘), and embed it in your page or post.

Here are some examples: First, a table sorted by the first column, Title:
Screenshot_1_byTitle

By clicking on another header, you can sort by that — or, if you click again, reverse sort:
Screenshot_1_byComposer

Enter a term in the “Search” box, and the table is filtered to only show rows that have that text:
Screenshot_1_search

Polldaddy Polls & Ratings

If you’re a user of the Polldaddy service, this plugin lets you interact directly with your account, and show polls and results right on your blog.
iPadPoll

The question order is randomized for each viewer to help keep your poll objective. The poll and its results can be displayed in a widget:
iPadPollResults

Poll answers can include images as well as audio and video clips, and the widget can be displayed in any of 20 different visual themes. Other options include allowing or disallowing multiple votes, multiple-choice answers, showing counts or percentages, and write-ins.

WP Twitter AutoPost

There’s a whole raft of Twitter-related plugins out there. Many of them don’t work since Twitter updated its API last year, putting hurdles in the path of anyone who wanted to interact with Twitter any way other than Twitter’s own web site or applications. This one works.

It will take any new or revised page or post, and Tweet it to your account.

You have to go through the process of setting up your Twitter App, following the directions here. You’ll then need your Twitter Username, Consumer Key, Consumer Secret, Access Token and Access Token Secret codes. Enter them into the configuration screen, and then set up your preferences.

For most settings, the default is good enough. But you’ll want to think about this one:
twitter_autopost

That sets the default behavior. If your attitude is “yes, I want to Tweet everything!” then un-check everything. If you want everything to go out, but not revisions, check the second box.

twitterautopostThis default behavior is easily overridden on a post-by-post basis. Just look for the WP Twitter Autopost in the right column of your edit screen. You can decide to tweet or not tweet, or you can put in a custom Tweet text instead. Bear in mind, it won’t put in a link to your post unless you specify. To do that, you can use some of the shortcuts, which you’ll find on the “Status Updates” page in the left column. Among them are #title# and #url#. That’s, pound-sign – url – pound-sign, which displays just http://blogs.shu.edu/yourblog/yourpost.

Microblog Poster

Speaking of social media, the Microblog Poster plugin lets you automatically send your posts to Bitly, Twitter, Plurk, FriendFeed, Delicious, Facebook, Dilgo, LinkedIn and Tumblr. For each you would set up your account information — according to the API rules of the specific social network– and then new posts are sent out when you publish. It doesn’t have the level of control that WP Twitter AutoPost does. It’s pretty much all or nothing once you add a social network account.

2 comments to New Plugins for June

  • The API varies from provider to provider. For Twitter, a good primer is here. For LinkedIn, their developers section has instructions.

    In general, the more secure ones are using the oAuth technology. You set up an “application,” and then you get two pairs of keys. Something like an Application Key and Application Key Secret; or oAuth User Token and oAuth Secret; or Access Token and Access Token Secret.

    The documentation for individual plugins usually shows you where to get these, and where to enter them.

  • automatically send my posts to Bitly, Twitter, Plurk, FriendFeed, Delicious, Facebook, Dilgo, LinkedIn and Tumblr. According to API rules, what is this API rules, where can I learn about this? I have some problems with this rules.

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