Tip for Plugin Developers: Inline Changelogs

Recently, the Dev4Press and Weblog Tools Collection blogs made posts about integrating plugin changelogs into the Plugins dashboard. This functionality was something I was already doing in the SEO Ultimate plugin, so I thought I’d share my technique for doing this. (My method is different because it’s simpler and it integrates directly into WordPress’s update message.)

Here’s what an inline changelog looks like when implemented:

Example of inline changelog from SEO Ultimate

As you can see, a small notice like this helps users know at-a-glance what’s new in your plugin update.

Here’s the code you can incorporate into your plugin:

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Don’t Let Google Truncate Your Blog Post Titles!

Even if you have a catchy blog post title, it might not generate many clickthroughs in search engine result pages if it’s truncated with the familiar ellipsis in the SERPs. Here are two tips to avoid this:

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4 Steps for Spring-Cleaning Your WordPress Blog

It’s spring here in the northern hemisphere — why not incorporate your WordPress blog into your spring-cleaning routine?

Here are some ideas:

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7 Tips for the WordPress “Write Post” Page

Here are 7 useful tips related to WordPress’s “Write Post” page.

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How to Include Code in WordPress Posts

If you’ve ever tried to insert code into a WordPress post, one of the following has probably happened to you:

  • Your HTML code was rendered as such.
  • WordPress stripped the code from the post entirely.
  • WordPress turned "straight quotes" into “curly quotes” — not good if you want your users copying/pasting code from your blog!

Here’s how to get around these annoying problem and make the code show as-is:

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How to Turn Off WordPress’s Visual Editor

Don’t like WordPress’s visual editor? Turn it off:

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Is Your WordPress Theme Plugin-Friendly?

Did you know that the correct functioning of some plugins is dependent the “plugin-friendliness” of your WordPress theme?

The themes that come default with WordPress are okay. But if you’re using a theme designed by someone else, you might want to inspect it to make sure.

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How to Embed XHTML-Compliant Flash

According to Macromedia, the typical method of embedding Flash on a website is using the following HTML, replacing “myFlashMovie.swf” with the filename:

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How to Publish Posts in the Future

Setting posts to auto-publish at a specified date in the future is a simple WordPress trick to help you “work ahead” with your blog, which is great for those times when you’re in the blogging mood. Here are the steps:

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7 Tips for Choosing a WordPress Theme

Doing some WordPress theme-hunting? Here’s a checklist of things to look for in a good WordPress theme that’ll hopefully help you narrow down the choices:
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