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New WordPress Plugin: WS7 Weather Widget

One of the great local bloggers around Lichfield is Kevin Jones who, every day, uses his own weather station to provide a forecast for the area.

It’s a great service and one that we try and retweet through Lichfield Live. I wanted to provide our visitors with something more and so, after some collaboration with Kevin, I built a WordPress plugin that creates a lovely graphical widget that will sit in any WordPress sidebar to show today’s forecast, and link through to Kevin’s site for the full report.

You can see it in action on Lichfield Live and Burntwood Live and if you’d like to use it on your own site you can do so by downloading the zip file.

If you’re running a site in the local area, feel free to use it. It’ll update at around 7:10am every day. If you have any issues with it, or feature suggestions, let me know in the comments section below.

Ratemyplace WordPress Widget

I’m a massive fan of WordPress and like what Stuart Harrison has done with Ratemyplace so I thought I’d get my hands dirty and write my first WordPress plugin.

It’s really rather simple – I didn’t wanna get too in depth on my first plugin outing. It creates a WordPress widget for showing the Latest Inspections javascript badge that you can grab from the Ratemyplace site.

There’s also an options page so you can decide which local authority you want to show from the ones available, or if you want to show all of them.

I’ve tested it with a standard installation of WordPress v2.8 and it seems to work okay. It’s ready for localisation so if you fancy translating it, please do.

It’s released under the GPL and you can download it here.

*It will be available on the WordPress.org site in time.