Shocking it’s been so long really, but I’ve finally revived my TheyWorkForYou WordPress plugin.
When I first released it, all the plugin did was supply a TheyWorkForYou widget. Nothing’s changed! That’s for good reason though… At the time, the latest version of WordPress was 2.8.6 and we’re now on 3.8.1 so a lot has changed!
Crucially, the way plugin developers add widgets has changed so that needed to be updated.
Also of huge importance was that the original plugin hard-coded my own TheyWorkForYou API key and was a key reason why the plugin never made it to the WordPress.org plugin repository. There is now a simple settings page for you to enter your own API key, and the widget isn’t even available to you until you do that.
I have a bunch of other enhancements I want to add, all of which are listed on the GitHub issues page for the plugin. If there’s something you’d like to see in the plugin, please add it there too.
Given the amount of functions provided by the TheyWorkForYou API there are probably loads more things the plugin could do – please think of them and ask me to add them. Or, even better, fork and pull on GitHub and to add them yourself.
Finally, to use the plugin you can;
Go to Plugins > Add New in your WordPress dashboard, search for TheyWorkForYou and install
My Author Bio Shortcode WordPress plugin has received a substantial update today, adding a bunch of new options.
Thanks to some helpful and constructive criticism from Richard Tubb about my blog I’ve been making a few updates including wanting to put a bio below each post, which reminded me I already had a handle little tool for that! Not satisfied that it only printed out the bio, I wanted to add my avatar and also some wrapper HTML to make styling the whole thing a little easier.
I finally got round to updating this quick-release Author Bio Shortcode plugin. The main changes are background stuff and making sure it’s compatible with the latest version of WordPress (v3.2.1 as I type).
One important feature is that I’ve locked in compatibility only to v3.2.1 and older. If you’re using a version of WordPress prior to 3.2.1 you won’t be able to activate. Upgrade!
Secondly, while the original version only allowed you to place the bio of the current post’s author (i.e. it would print my bio here because I’m the author of this post), you can now specify an author using one of three methods.
Here’s some examples…
Show the current post author’s bio:
Display the author bio of the author with user ID #4:
Display the author bio of the author whose username is ‘bobby’:
Display the bio of the author whose e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org:
This is really useful for creating a “team” page on your site.
This is the last one this week, I promise. For Talk About Local I have just developed a WordPress plugin using the GroupsNearYou.com site. The plugin creates a simple widget which shows the groups in your area, based on a postcode that you provide.
As if the TheyWorkForYou.com plugin wasn’t enough I’ve also created a plugin for WriteToThem.com as well!
The plugin adds a new widget which your blog readers can use to get in touch with their politicians from councillors to MEPs. There’s a demo video and instructions on how to set up over on the Talk About Local blog.
For this first version the plugin creates a single widget which shows the latest activity for your MP. I hope to add more in the future and if you have any suggestions, please add them to the comments below.