On July 16th, 2008 milburn wrote…

WordPress Plugin Ideas

My first WordPress plugin, the drop caps plugin has been fairly successful so I’m looking to make a new plugin and I need some ideas.

Some of my own ideas include a speedometer which measures the speed performance of your WordPress installation, analyses the speed of other plugins and your themes, checks files are cached properly and suggests ways to speed up WordPress. Another idea is a magazine plugin which allows posts to be grouped together into issues which can be published together. Finally I thought of a plugin to make event posts. These event posts would have a time and date, be integrated with calendars or displayed like usual posts in the loop and have notifications.

I want your input into what I should develop. Have you ever felt that WordPress is lacking a certain feature? If you have any plugins that you want developing please leave a comment. One idea will be made into a WordPress plugin.

As a sidenote, I’m going to be away from the 17th July to the 17th August. If you try to contact me I might take a while to reply.

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13 Responses to “WordPress Plugin Ideas”

  1. On August 3rd, 2008 Matthew Weaver said…

    A very much needed plugin that would add CMS functionality to WordPress: Ability to include/exclude specific categories from home page, from category list, from RSS feed, from archives, and from search. There is only one similar plugin I have found (advanced category excluder) but it does not work correctly.

    If you are interested in writing a category management plugin, please email so we might discuss in more detail.

    Thanks,
    Matthew

  2. On August 8th, 2008 Crawford Harris said…

    I have happily used your dropcap plugin for a few weeks. Now, all of a sudden, it have quit functioning. What is the likely cause. BTW, I barely know html and nothing about CSS or php.

  3. On August 19th, 2008 milburn said…

    @Crawford Harris

    I’m very sorry that the plugin hasn’t been working for you recently.

    I’m afraid I have no idea why the plugin has stopped functioning. I haven’t had any other reports like this. Looking at your site it is a PHP problem. Have you installed any other plugins which might conflict with this one? Are you sure you have the plugin enabled on all page types and nothing is excluded? If you use an earlier version from http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/drop-caps/download/ does the plugin work?

    It’s very difficult to debug a plugin when it is on someone else’s site but I’ll try to get to the bottom of this.

  4. On August 19th, 2008 Crawford Harris said…

    I undoubtedly have overdone it on plugins. Being new at blogging, I’m like a 69-year old kid in a candy store. The following are the plugins presently implemented on my site.

    Akismet, Berri Technorati, cforms, Copy Alerts, currex, Daiko’s Text Widget, Google XML Sitemaps, MaxBlogPress Favicon, MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer, No Self Pings, OpenBook Book Data, seekXL Snapr, StatPress, Subscribe to Comments, WordPress Admin Bar, WordPress Thread Comment, WP Chiclets, WP Easy Uploader, WP Ideas

    It could have been the addition of a plugin or the update of one. I’m not certain but I think that I might have added WP Ideas, seekXL Snapr, OpenBook Book Data and the two MaxBlogPress ones since I started using yours. There were a couple of recent cforms updates. That’s the best that my memory can do. It may or may not be of any use as a guide. I obviously need to do a bit of house-cleaning but they seem to have accumulated while I was not paying close attention.

    As stated earlier, I liked it while it was working.

  5. On August 19th, 2008 Crawford Harris said…

    p.s. 2.1 is the only version I have used. Are you recommending that I try an earlier version?

  6. On August 20th, 2008 milburn said…

    @Crawford

    I suggest that you try using an older version as an experiment. If an older version works then I know that it is a recent feature which is causing the problem. You could also try disabling all other plugins to verify wether the problem is caused by a conflicting plugin.

  7. On August 20th, 2008 Crawford Harris said…

    I found the problem. Your plugin began working when I deactivated OpenBook Book Data. I appreciate you doing my thinking for me. Your suggestion was right on target. I hope all of your other problems are that easy.

  8. On August 20th, 2008 milburn said…

    @Crawford

    Your site looks good now the plugin is working again. I’ll make a note that it isn’t compatible with OpenBook Book Data.

  9. On August 20th, 2008 Crawford Harris said…

    I may at some point want to play around with the font. Could you give me a simple way of accomplishing that? Or, is it possible for that to be an added feature sometime in the future?

  10. On August 20th, 2008 milburn said…

    @Crawford

    Changing the style of the drop caps using the admin menu will come in my next release of the plugin however for now you can change the style by modifying the file dropcaps.css This means knowing a bit of CSS. Add the following line:

    font-family: font name, anotherfont;

    You can also change the properties for the font-size, font-weight and colour.

  11. On September 4th, 2008 Artem Russakovskii said…

    milburn, thank you for a great plugin. I just had the idea to create it but found that you’ve just done so.

    My idea was to make a plugin that would make the first letter of each paragraph capital. Perhaps you could extend yours to do just so, as a setting?

    Thanks!

  12. On September 4th, 2008 milburn said…

    @Artem
    Sure I could do that but I’m not sure why you would want the first letter of every paragraph dropped. If you want a very simple drop cap for every paragraph use:

    p:first-letter{font-size:200%;}

    This works in most modern browsers.

  13. On September 4th, 2008 Artem Russakovskii said…

    @milburn
    Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll try it out!

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