Tag Archives: Plugins

4 years and 2 months later… TheyWorkForYou plugin gets an update

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;

  1. Go to Plugins > Add New in your WordPress dashboard, search for TheyWorkForYou and install
  2. Download from the WordPress.org plugin repository and install manually

One important note: if you are using the original plugin, you’ll need to remove that first.


Options galore for Author Bio Shortcode plugin

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.

Version 2.0 of Author Bio Shortcode now does that. If you want to use it, or upgrade, I’d suggesting checking out the usage instructions at the WordPress.org plugin repository to see the fine detail. You can also see it in action at the bottom of this post!


Update! Based on Nara’s comments I’ve just added some name parameters too, so that you can add the author’s name as well as bio.

New WordPress Plugin: Story Latest

I wanted a way to easily present a “latest articles on this story” list on Lichfield Live articles so I developed this simple plugin which uses a shortcode and tags to achieve that.

For example, the Friary Outer development is an ongoing story that we’re covering. All of the related articles are tagged with “Friary Outer” and can be seen here: http://lichfieldlive.co.uk/tag/friary-outer/

Clicking on any one of them you will see a list at the bottom of the article of all the articles related to that story, with the most recent at the top.

This is achieved by adding the following shortcode to each post:

[story-latest tag=”friary-outer”]

The plugin replaces that with the list of posts. Great for any site that has multiple posts on the same topic and wants to group them easily.

Download now from WordPress.org. Feedback welcome in the comments or at WordPress.org.

WordPress Author Bio Shortcode v1.2 plugin released

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:

[author_bio id=”4″]

Display the author bio of the author whose username is ‘bobby’:

[author_bio username=”bobby”]

Display the bio of the author whose e-mail address is me@example.com:

[author_bio email=”me@example.com”]

This is really useful for creating a “team” page on your site.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, leave them here or on the WordPress.org forums.

If you use it and it works, please leave a rating and mark it as working on it’s WordPress.org plugin page!

New hyperlocal WordPress plugin: OpeningTimes.co.uk

I received a tweet the other day from the wonderful Andy Mabbett. It read;

http://opening-times.co.uk/ is very #hyperlocal oriented. They’re on Twitter: @opening_times / @willperrin @getgood (widget, @philipjohn ?)

So I toddled over to the Opening Times web site and had a gander, found some XML there and thought to myself,

Hmm that’ll only take five minutes.

It took twenty but I created a very simple widget for WordPress that displays search results for an area you specify. Here’s a screenshot:

A screenshot of the opening times widget

You can download it now although be aware that it’s in beta so it might throw up errors occasionally. I already know that it doesn’t handle postcodes very well, so be careful with using them.

If you have any thoughts/suggestions/comments/criticisms, add a comment below!

OpenAustralia plugin for WordPress

I’m delighted that after my release last week of my TheyWorkForYou.com plugin for WordPress, Henare Degan has created an adaptation which provides the same functionality but using OpenAustralia, an Australian version of TheyWorkForyou.com.

You can download the plugin from Henare’s github, just click on “download” at the top and select “ZIP” then follow these instructions on how to install it.

Hopefully as I build more features onto my TheyWorkForYou plugin, Henare and I can apply them to the OpenAustralia one too. Fantastic!

GroupsNearYou.com WordPress plugin

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.

I made a demo video and wrote instructions on how to set the plugin up which have been posted over on the Talk About Local blog, as well as instructions on installing the plugin.

All that’s left to do now is download the plugin (ZIP).

WriteToThem.com WordPress plugin

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.

You can download the plugin now and subscribe for future updates.

TheyWorkForYou.com WordPress plugin

As part of some work for Talk About Local I have just developed a WordPress plugin using the TheyWorkForYou.com API.

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.

I made a demo video and wrote instructions on how to set the plugin up which have been posted over on the Talk About Local blog, as well as instructions on installing the plugin.

All that’s left to do now is download the plugin (ZIP).