callout test 1

by jonathansoroko on November 5, 2009
in Plugins

A demo callout.
Callout content here.

David Lambert’s new “Insert Callout” plugin

David Lambert, as far as I can figure is one serious software and systems designer,  recently wrote Callouts: I need a WordPress plugin on his blog Component Oriented. Then he went out and wrote the plugin. It’s called “Insert Callout,” and the preceding link is to its page on the WordPress Plugin Repository.

Here’s Lambert on (network) architecture;

and Lambert’s software reviews.

Thomas Hofter/Lunatic Studios

by jonathansoroko on October 17, 2009
in Images, Plugins

From Thomas Hofter of Lunatic Studios: some interesting  WordPress plugins, two WordPress themes, and some brilliant macro photography:

yellow ladybug by thomas hofter

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CMS plugins for Wordpress |

CMS plugins for Wordpress at – some of these are new to me – but not only do they seem well-suited for WordPress-as-CMS use, some seem well-suited for any blog with more than one author. From the post:

More Fields. This allows you to add extra fields on the write/edit page, and can be positioned either left or right of it. It allows you to add an extra level of categorisation to a post. So a food post which shows a receipe may be categorised as suitable for vegetarians, for example.

Custom flutter. In essence this plugin will allow you to make a custom write panel, whereby you can edit fields and add drop down boxes. This means you can tailor your needs around it, and in theory should make it easier for you and your clients to enter content, which is what content management is all about.

Post Template. This plugin is designed for people who need to enter information into the same structures. This is also good if you have writers who are unfamiliar with using CMS tools, as it effectively shows them what to do.

WP CMS Post Control. By using this plugin, you completely control what your writers can use and see. In essence this turns Wordpress into a content management system. You can hide custom fields and revisions etc, to name but a few.

User Access Manager Plugin. In effect, this plugin allows you to partition areas of your blog for specific user groups, such as authors, members, and so on and so fourth.


Role Scoper. This plugin focuses on permissions, by creating a CMS-like options in Wordpress. By using this plugin you can create specific roles on a page-specific, category-specific, or other content specific bases.

Role Manager. As you have probably guessed, this allows you to define and set roles for subscribers. You can also create your own roles, if you are not happy with the ones you are given at the beginning.

Member Access. This allows each page to be manipulated in terms of who can view it. The default setting is global access, and options such as limiting pages or posts to be viewed only by members can be set. The beauty of Member Access, is that the pages can be set individually to override the global setting.

Wordpress Navi. Allows for a more advanced, and on the whole, funky navigation system and graphics. You may or may not want to add this to your blog.

From CMS plugins for Wordpress. At WPThemesPlugin.

Not content to let it go at that – they turned it into a series. Here are the links to the rest:


WordPress plugin: ‘Quotes Collection’ — with ‘Random Quote’ sidebar widget | Srini’s WordPress Laboratory

by admin on August 20, 2009
in Plugins

Srini’s WordPress Laboratory is where the Quotes Collection plugin was developed. It’s easy to use, comes with its own widget – just add content. It’s a randomizing quote rotator – but also lets you put the entire set on one page or in one post. I’m currently using it on a site I’m building for a friend, the military historian Alan Cate. I’ve been using Alan’s “commonplace book” – a collection of quotes and observations dating back to his time as a student at West Point (the United States Military Academy).I’ll start using it here as soon as I can come up with something clever to put in it.

Quotes Collection plugin

From Srini’s WordPress Laboratory.

Kevin Muldoon at Blogging Tips spots new plugins

by admin on August 19, 2009
in Plugins

Kevin Muldoon at Blogging Tips has spotted 3 WP plugins that are new to me; one fills a clear need; another may extend WordPress functionality in entirely new directions. Check out his post, 3 New Interesting WordPress Plugins.

Restricted Site Access apparently permits login/password restriction of all or parts of a blog. Assuming there aren’t any security holes – and that server security is adequate – this means there’s no reason that WordPress can’t be used as an online collaboration tool. Litigation, political campaigns, any project with members distributed either in time or space or both could be served by WordPress, merely by giving every team member author or editor rights.

WT Co-authors makes it possible for a post to have more than one author. (On my main blog, Popular Logistics, we’ve created a user “TheEditors” which we’ve used a few times, but which I thought was a clunky workaround, especially since we do collaborate, and because our group of writers/contributors is gradualy growing.

Thanks to Kevin Muldoon, also of Blog Themes Club for finding these; I’m curious as to how he found them. I wouldn’t have thought they existed, so it’s hard for me to think how I’d have found them in the course of the plugin searches I’ve done.

3 New Interesting WordPress Plugins.

At BloggingTips.

Three Plugins that work together real well

by admin on August 18, 2009
in Inages, Layout and Styling, Plugins

Cicero on the virtue of Handstands

Insofar as we know, Cicero 1 never expressed an opinion about handstands. We’re using color to signal dummy copy within this post.

My latest project
The original image was 1024 pixels wide.

Now, having adjusted the “medium” size for an uploaded image at 250 pixels, we can insert an image, select “medium” size in upload image dialog box – and if we set the image flush left, say, the text will wrap around it. We found this image using Vladimir Prelovac’s Insights Plugin. And – because this is not actually a real hypothesis (that Cicero2   wrote extensively about handstands) – we won’t mention this fact in the body of the post, but, like scholars since the invention of the footnotes and endnote – bury the data in a post 3

Via Wikipedia - (english) entry on "Handstand"
Via Wikipedia – (english) entry on “Handstand”

We’re going  to write a post about handstands – and Cicero’s opinion of them in Lorem Ipsum. Those of you who read Latin will understand this is all just dummy copy.

Three excellent plugins work together in a very efficient way.

The Image Size Control Plugin by Hiroaki Miyashita permits customization of the standard WordPress image upload sizes – e.g. “thumbnail, medium and large.” So for instance at the moment we’re using the K2 theme with one column, and one sidebar; the column is just 500 pixels wide. We’ve set large at 500 px, and medium at 250 px.

We’ve used the Insights Plugin for every outside piece of information in the post, except for the idea that Cicero cared about handstands. Any well-educated person could tell you that as a Roman aristocrat, he  would have been more interested in upper-class sports – like Grand Prix racing, or polo.

Cicero (believed to actually have posed for this bust upside-down while he and the artist were both in handstands
Cicero (believed to actually have posed for this bust upside-down while he and the artist were both in handstands

NB: the current version of  the Insights plugin is not on/in  the WordPress Plugin Repository. So it can’t be installed by using the “search for plugins” function in the plugins menu. It can be downloaded from Vladimir Prelovac ((”Creative Solutions, Search Engine Optimization, Website Performance.” )) (main site) Insights plugin page; and download link for current version of Insights plugin.

This is what you can search for via the Insights plugin:

  • Search your own blog for posts, edit them or insert links to them into the current post (without having to open another tab, search for a post, think about how you really should have a simpler categories and tags, taxonomy. Or is it just me?)
  • Insert Flickr Images (using the Wikipedia search will also lead you to Wikimedia Commons public domain images on the same topic)
  • Insert Youtube videos
  • Search and link to Wikipedia
  • Search Google
  • Search News
  • Google Blog Search
  • Insert a Google Map

All of the above, of course, can either be part of the main body of a post – or can be reference citations, without slowing the flow of reading. Because we’re on the net, we often just put a link that leads outside of the blog post (or page).Using an endnote or footnote allows readers to see the citation at the bottom of the post – and even see a quote or comment, perhaps, without navigating away from your post, or out of your blog. And each note has a hyperlink back to the position in the post where the footnote  number is located.

Which are generated, with incredible ease, Using Simon Elvery’s most excellent  WP-Footnotes plugin. (hosted on  WP Plugin directory).  For more detailed explanations – see Simon’s page on his footnotes plugin;  also, Simon is one of the core group of people who came up with a unique technology which not only protects the skin, but can also make others perceive you as having good taste in art and clothes. That’s right – WithoutPockets.4

A brief recapitulation:

You come up with a great idea: Cicero’s musings about handstands; you need some authority for this proposition, so you use the Insights Plugin to find images, quotes, maps;

The images are wider than the column in your theme – so you modify them with Image Size Control Plugin – making, for example, “large” 100% of the column width, and “medium,” for images 50% of the column size (others, like Mr. Fibonacci and his followers might say it should be, for instance, 5/8 of the column width).

And  having decided you want some explanation of Fibonacci on your page, but not in the main text, you create a footnote, using Simon Elvery’s WP-Footnotes plugin, which you’ve already installed, only having to use two parenthetical markers at the beginning (( and end )) of the footnote. Remember – the first pair of parenthesis marks has to be preceded by a space.

These plugins are all big time-savers. Please remember that optimal image width may vary from theme to theme – so those settings may have to be changed if you change themes.

  1. The Cicero disambiguation page on Wikipedia is very good reading. I, for one, didn’t know that there are at least four owns in the United States named Cicero []
  2. Wikepedia entry: Cicero. []
  3. The Wikipedia entry on Handstand is curiously lacking in references to Cicero’s likelong obsession with handstands. []
  4. But where do they keep their crayons? []

Came across SureLogos – which provides remarkably good identity work from $29 to $199. There’s a substantial variety within their portfolio, and a lot of work that I liked a lot. There’s a lot to be said – in the long run – for spending more money and time working through logos and identities. But it’s not always the right move – especially for startups on shoestring budgets.Here’s a slideshow taken from their portfolio – selected entirely on the basis of what caught my eye (any logo incorporating paw prints, I confess, works for me). – definitely worth a look if you’re starting out.

Gallery via Alex Rabe’s ever-reliable, highly flexible NextGen Gallery plugin.

NextGen Gallery Plugin download via WordPress plugin

by admin on July 28, 2009
in Inages, Plugins

We’ll be getting to the plugin in a moment or two. You need to know

AIGA medical waiting room symbol

AIGA medical waiting room symbol

that is an outstanding image resource – wide in its breadth and variety, often deep (many resources on a given subject), and high-quality images. So – with the assistance of one of the AIGA international symbols for “wait,” we ask you to bear with us for a moment while we digress.

We’re very partial to Vladimir Prelovac’s work generally, and have been installing and extolling his Insights plugin since we discovered it. ((Insights Plugin: finding images, citations, references while composing, July 12, 2009)).

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Insights Plugin: finding images, citations, references while composing

by admin on July 12, 2009
in Plugins

gratitude: january 16, 2008


Vladimir Prelovac – among other accomplishments, is the author of the Insights plugin for WordPress (download link) which creates an extra search box within the editing window. So – if we’re posting a list of something/anything – let’s say plugins – sort of abstract, but we want to signal that this post is in the nature of a “list” – we put the word “list” in the keyword search box, click the radio button that says “images” and click the “search” button. The Insights Plugin finds a whole list of images, mostly relevant, including the image at the right.

We’ve used the phrase “radio button” to describe a type of user interface within the editing window. We search that phrase having checked the Wikipedia “radio button” and get several Wikipedia references to this type of “graphical user interface

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