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BPWP Twire (twitter/wire)

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The more I learn about BuddyPress the more I like it.  One very cool feature is the wire – its a Twitter-like app.  This plugin allowsyoue wire and Twitter feed to intermingle…in a good way.

Twire is a BuddyPress plug-in that makes it easy to post to Twitter directly from the member area. Twire will display all your tweets in the member area as well as allow you to post new tweets.

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WordPress :: get author info outside the loop

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I’m working on a plugin to which will ftp posts each time they are published.  It’s going pretty good – but the only information I have on the author is the ID.  So I needed to get more about the author – I found the solution in a post by Shawn Gaffney which showed me how:

WordPress allows you to create a custom Author web page for your WordPress blog and you can make this page look like anything you want. It is easy to display author’s profile inside the WordPress loop. However, it can be a challenge when you have multi-users blog and trying to dynamically display author profile for the current post on the single page using sidebar or widget.

// Get the author profile data using author’s ID ($author)
if(isset($_GET[‘author_name’])) {
$curauth = get_userdatabylogin(get_the_author_login());
} else {
$curauth = get_userdata(intval($author));
}

Then use:  $curauth->display_name; to get the name.

Jump over to Shawn’s site to see how to get all the author information you need.

Also – another good post about the author loop is here.

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WP Plugin: WP Photo Album Plus

Looking for a photo album?  Here’s an option.

This plugin is designed to easily manage and display your photo albums and slideshows within your WordPress site. This plugin is compatible with WP Photo ALbum version 1.5.1 so you can upgrade your existing photo album without re-creation of albums and without re-uploading your photos.

WP Photo Album Plus

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Plugin: My Snippets

This could be interesting.  It feels a little clunky, but I think the over all use would be way cool.

My Snippets

One of my favorite plugins has always been Widget Logic, which allows you to display/hide widgets based on context. The biggest limitation of that plugin to me is that I had to go to my Widgets screen in my WordPress admin every time I wanted to add a new widget for a single post or page.

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10 More Tips To Improve Your WordPress Theme

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I think 4 & 5 are some really good points:

4. Don’t use custom fields unnecessarily – so many themes have relied on this to put more of the pressure on the author.  I think theme authors should be looking at ways to improve and simplify the workflow when possible.

5. Custom write fields! – yes, yes and yes.  I think 2010 will see many plugins and themes take advantage of custom write fields and templates.

10 More Tips To Improve Your WordPress Theme

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