Posts Tagged "plugins"

Review: LinkShare WordPress Plugin

The other day, I said that I was going to take a look at the LinkShare Link Lookup WordPress plugin. I feel like it’d come in handy on the blogs I run for musicians since I’m part of the iTunes partner program. It’s such a hassle to have to log-in, find the song/album I’m looking for, copy (edit) the code, and place it in its corresponding blog.

This plugin will allow the blogger to click an icon on the post page that will bring up a pop-up that allows you to insert a link or code directly to your post or page. Here is a description:

Just click on the red arrows on the top right of the write posts page. This opens a side bar that lets you search the LinkShare databases for commission paying links in two different ways. The first lets you convert a URL from the advertiser’s site into a commission paying link. The second lets you search for items by keywords.

I’m going to try it out right now. Let’s see… I’m currently diggin’ the resurgance of Kelly Clarkson, so I’m going to try to look her up.

I tried method two, opting to choose a keyword for my search. First of all, I think only allowing one search term is ridiculous, and secondly, the results returned weren’t exactly Kelly songs. I got a bunch of results that were from A Tribute to Kelly Clarkson, as well as some karaoke singles. So, the only “real” Kelly result I found was her collaboration of “Because of You” with Reba McEntire on Reba’s 50 Greatest Hits album. I clicked the “add image” link and nothing happened. Same with the “add text” link. Nothing was inserted into this post. So, a big FAIL for that method.

The first option was to take a URL from the iTunes store and paste it into the sidebar. From there, you click a button that encrypts the link with your affiliate code so you can use it on your site. I looked up Kelly’s new album “All I Ever Wanted” and copied the Pre-Order link from iTunes. LinkShake Link Lookup did generate a link for me and here it is: Pre-Order Kelly Clarkson’s new album, All I Ever Wanted! It’s the Limited Edition Deluxe version, yo.

So, I guess the plugin only half works for me. The method that I really wanted to use, search and automatic placement into my post/page sucked. That was really disappointing. Being able to stay within my WordPress admin area while searching and placing LinkShare products into my posts would have been awesome.

However, it still is easier to do it this way rather than log-in to the LinkShare portal, IMO. Combine that with the Amazon Reloaded for WordPress plugin, and I can still get the product’s image rather easily. So, I think I’ll keep this plugin and hope they fix whatever reason the keyword search option doesn’t not work properly.

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Tired of These WP Plugin Updates Yet?

These are mostly for me, for reference, so if you’re tired of seeing them, SUCKS TO BE YOU! Just kidding. Blogging is a big part of my life and online livelihood. It’s important that I know things work before I upgrade.

Anywho, the rest of the WordPress plugins that I listed in my previous post work! I tried them out and had no issues! So it looks like I might be ready to upgrade all of my WP installations.

I’m going to go through all my blogs, one more time, to see if there are any that I missed that still need to be tested! But so far, my holy grail plugins seem to be functional!

The newest to past the test are:

  • Quizzin’ – an easy WP quiz plugin. Successful on WP 2.7
  • Statcounter plugin; I installed it on Fergie Fan and it immediately picked up incoming traffic.
  • Stats; it already worked on a different blog of mine, but after seeing other users have issues, I thought I’d give it another go, just in case! It works on a brand new blog. Thank God, because I use this plugin a lot!
  • AdSense Manager; I only use this on a few blogs, but I know how to insert code into theme files, so it wouldn’t be a total loss. However, it works, so no worries.
  • Fun With Theme Widgets; I hadn’t used this before, but I knew I wanted to. I tried it out on a blog and it works. The only thing you have to remember is that you have to move your newly created widget files to whichever theme you decide to use in the future. It’s really neat and easy!
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    WordPress Plugin Testing Continues

    It’s been a few days and I’m still in the midst of plugin testing for the new WordPress 2.7. So far, most of my plugins are working. From reading blogger and developer updates, it seems that the only plugins that will have conflicts in 2.7 are ones that deal with the admin interface or comments. For example, if you use a dropdown menu plugin, it will just funk up your installation. Deactivate it and move on. Also, if you upgrade using the awesome WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plugin, that will be the last time you use it. The new WP has a built in upgrader and the WPAU is no longer being developed.

    Also, the 2.7 Plugin Compatibility list continues to be updated; cutting down on my work.

    Here are some more plugins that I use that work:
    Popupper – you have to use the Visual Editor to get it to work. That was the case in 2.6.5 as well, so no change there.
    Twitter Tools
    NextGEN Smooth Gallery
    ShareThis, although I’m not married to it. Lately, I’m liking Sociable and SocioFluid better. Note, only the widget version of SocioFluid works with WP.
    WP-PageNavi has a special version for 2.7 only.
    SEO Automatic Links, could be a replacement for alinks, which I need to try.

    Plugins that I still need to try include:
    Official StatCounter Plugin
    Fun with Theme Widgets Stats, some are reporting issues since upgrade, but it’s working on one of my blogs, so I feel like it’s good to go. Will do more testing though as I rely heavily on this plugin.
    Quizzin, a fun little plugin I’d like to keep using.
    AdSense Manager

    ETA: Tried a couple more plugins and pleased to report that the following do work on 2.7
    Insert Video plugin – I used this replace the broken generic video code from Viper’s Video Quicktags
    Post-Plugin Library which is used to power the Similar Posts plugin.
    Random Quotes. Love this! Much better than any other quotes plugin I’ve seen and tried.

    Still got a few more to try, but so far, so good!

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    More WordPress Plugin Testing

    I’m still testing out song plugins with the new WordPress 2.7 and I’ve got some more updates to share:

    WP Audio Player works like a charm on WP2.7. I used it to play/post a song and it was smooth sailing.

    Another plugin I’m testing out is WP Greet Box. I have been eyeing if for a while, for future use, and so far, so good on WP 2.7.

    Also, another note on Viper’s Video Quicktags. I noticed that the generic videofile setting doesn’t work on 2.6.5 either, so this isn’t just a 2.7 upgrade issue. Other than that, the plugin worked fine.

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