ThingLink

When you publish images, use ThingLink to make sure people spend more time exploring and interacting.

ThingLink editor makes it easy to annotate images and infographics with additional information and details.  For example, you can create interactive maps and infographics with closeup images and videos highlighting relevant places and events, or add audio narration to hotspots that autoplay on hover.

For editorial and educational use, you can label objects and people in images for easy learning and engaging user experiences, or embed polls for reader feedback.

After installation, the plugin shows the edit option instantly on all your images.  You can now add interactive hotspots without leaving your WordPress page, and analyze how your reader engagement grows!

Check it out on Github here: https://github.com/thinglink/wordpress_vip

If you have questions about ThingLink on WordPress, email support@thinglink.com

iZooto

What does this plugin do?

iZooto enables websites to setup web push notifications on their domain. Websites can convert their visitors into loyal subscribers, engage them with web push notifications, and drive repeat traffic. Publishers can use it to push content updates, breaking news etc. iZooto works on both mobile and desktop sites.

How do I set it up?

You can set-up push notifications on your website using iZooto in these 3 simple steps:

1. Search for iZooto plugin on your wordpress.com VIP dashboard

2. Click on ‘Activate iZooto’

3. Login to your account on iZooto and start sending notifications

Please find the full documentation here.

What features does the plugin offer?

– Send welcome notification to a user as soon as he subscribes, get the maximum out of first touch-point

– Send notifications in native languages, generate delightful experiences for your subscribers

– Make notifications engaging with banner images

– Bucket users in audiences, send targeted notifications

– Deliver notifications as per user’s local time, keep the communication relevant

– Increase the reach of notifications by adding social share buttons

Facebook’s Instant Articles

We’re always looking for ways to make it easier for publishers to share their content on Facebook. One way we do this is by offering the free WordPress plugin for Instant Articles, which simplifies the process of generating and publishing Instant Articles from WordPress. If you own a site or blog powered by WordPress, you can easily start creating Instant Articles.

Learn more here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/instant-articles/wordpress-quickstart

Apester

Apester offers a suite of tools to easily create and embed beautiful interactive content units that allow publishers and other content creators to bolster their coverage and enhance their storytelling by making the users engage with the article they are reading.

Thanks to a superbly easy to use editor tool and a design that’s both slick and mobile friendly, many of the world’s biggest publishers are using Apester daily to add an interactive layer to any piece of content, and in return boost all important engagement metrics – from click through rates to time on site, from social shares to page views per session.

The platform, which offers a vast variety of layouts, features and tools to create the world’s most engaging polls, quizzes, personality test and more – is free for editorial use. And with a collaboration with Apester, allows also for generating revenue.

Quickly and safely sign in at app.apester.com, and you’ll be one minute away from putting the world’s largest interactive content platform into use on your content.

To activate the Apester Plugin:

  • On WordPress.com VIP, go to VIP / Plugins and Services in your site admin. From the VIP Featured Plugins section, click Activate Plugin on the Apester plugin.
  • On WordPress.com VIP Go, see the Go Plugins documentation for details.

Enjoy!

Roost Web Push

Desktop Notification

Web Push by Roost allows websites to send notifications to their site visitors for updates about new posts. This plugin supports Chrome notifications and Safari for desktop.

Plugin Features:

  • Chrome Notifications – Use notifications in Chrome (desktop and Android)
  • Firefox Notifications – Web Push now supported in Firefox
  • Safari Web Push – Take advantage of web push (desktop push notifications)
  • The Bell – On-Site notifications AND supported in all browsers (Want to know more about The Bell?)
  • Auto Notifications – We take the work out of it. Automatically send notifications to your readers when creating a new post.
  • Category Filters – Decide which content triggers a notification based on the category.
  • Notifications on Update – Easily send notifications when updating posts.
  • Notification Prompt Controls – Decide how and when the subscription prompt is shown to your visitors.
  • Custom Notification Headlines – Set a custom headline for your notification to be used instead of a post title.
  • bbPress Subscriptions – Allows site visitors to subscribe to forums, topics, or individual messages when posting replies.
  • Detailed Analytics – Charts with detailed metrics about your visitors straight to your WordPress dashboard.
  • Manual Post Mode – Send notifications for individual posts when creating. Just check the box.
  • Scheduled Post Notifications – Not posting now? Don’t worry. Your alerts will go out when your content posts.

Roost account needed – Custom plans available.

 

NewsCred

Fuel your WordPress site with the world’s best content using NewsCred and the Content Marketing Cloud.

NewsCred helps you simplify and scale the entire content marketing process. With licensed articles and images from over 4,000 award-winning publishers, including The New York Times and Bloomberg, this NewsCred plug-in makes it easy to keep your site fresh with quality, traffic-driving content. Best of all, because content from NewsCred is licensed, these full-text articles and images are always hosted on your site – users will never “click out” to read an article.

Features include:

  • Publish Content – Our point and click interface makes it easy to search, insert and edit articles and images from sources like Bloomberg, CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Easy to use filters make sure you find exactly what you’re looking for.
  • Manage Content – Create, customize and save your news feeds using the powerful NewsCred API and the Content Marketing Cloud.
  • Automate Content – Put your content on autopilot using auto-publishing controls in that actually work.

Note that you’ll need an API key issued to you from NewsCred in order to use this plugin. Please email wordpress@newscred.com and a sales representative will reach out to discuss pricing options for the Content Marketing Cloud.

For more information, check out NewsCred.com.

Sailthru

We’ve teamed up Sailthru to bring you onsite personalization to your WordPress.com VIP site! With our personalization technology embedded within the plugin, you can immediately get started with serving more relevant and personalized content to your users on a one to one level.

The Sailthru plugin makes it as easy as possible to setup Sailthru on  your WordPress.com VIP site. With a simple few clicks you’ll be ready to start leveraging the power of Sailthru Smart Data. Key features include:

  • Automatically adds Sailthru’s Horizon Javascript to each page
  • Adds Sailthru’s meta tags to each page
  • Has a simple interface to configure Scout and Concierge.
  • Widgets for recommended content and adding new users to lists

Using the Sailthru plugin on VIP is very straightforward:

  1. Activate the plugin from your Dashboard
  2. Add your API Key, Secret and horizon domain, which you can find in your my.sailthru.com account on the Settings page
  3. Associate a template with your WordPress.com sites

and you’re ready to go: the plugin will automatically add the necessary JavaScript to the footer of your theme.

For more information on using the plugin on WordPress.com VIP, visit Sailthru’s documentation page.

WP Frontend Uploader

This plugin is useful if you want to power up your site with user generated content and give your users ability to easily upload it. Essentially, the plugin is a customizeable upload form that adds files with allowed MIME-type to your WordPress Media Library under a special tab “Manage UGC”. There you can moderate your user submissions (cause, you know, you’d better moderate ’em):

  • Approve
  • Delete
  • Re-attach to other post/page/custom-post-type

This plugin supports multiple uploads for modern browsers (sorry, no IE). It’s enabled for default form. To use it in your custom shortcode add multiple=”” attribute to input shortcode.

IntenseDebate Comments

What does this plugin do?

IntenseDebate Comments enhance and encourage conversation on your blog or website.

How do I set it up?

After activating the plugin, go to Settings→IntenseDebate in your Dashboard’s sidebar menu. There, you’ll be prompted to log in with either your IntenseDebate or WordPress.com credentials. Next, you’ll have the option to import your existing comments into IntenseDebate. Finally, you’ll be provided with some customization options:

ID Settings

You are now rocking with IntenseDebate!

Comments

For more information, please see the full plugin documentation here.

What features does the plugin offer?

Custom integration with your WordPress.com Dashboard makes moderation a piece of cake. Comment threading, reply-by-email, user accounts and reputations, comment voting, and Twitter and friendfeed integrations enrich your readers’ experience and spread awareness of your blog and its comments…which drives traffic to you!

Full comment and account data sync between Intense Debate and WordPress ensures that you will always have your comments stored locally on your own server.

Flag Comments

Flag Comments allows readers to flag WordPress comments as inappropriate.

 

Safe Report Comments

What does this plugin do?

This plugin gives your visitors the ability to report a comment as inappropriate.

How do I set it up?

After activating the plugin, you’ll these new options in Settings→Discussion:

flag

Once you’ve checked the box to allow comment flagging, your readers will see the option below each comment:

Report comment

When they click to report the comment, they’ll see the following:

Thanks

When the number of reports reaches the threshold you’ve defined in Settings→Discussion, the comment will return to pending status in the moderation queue. Should it be approved once more by a moderator, the comment will not be returned to pending status regardless of further reports, but the reports will continue to be counted.

For more information, please see the full plugin documentation here.

Document Feedback

What does this plugin do?

Document Feedback appends a simple feedback form to Pages (or other post types that you specify). Readers are asked whether the document answered their question or not.

How do I set it up?

After activating the plugin, the feedback form will appear on your pages:

feedback

If they choose yes, they’ll receive the following additional prompt:

Yes

If they choose no, they’ll receive the following:

No

Any submitted feedback will be emailed to the page author and displayed at the bottom of the Edit Page screen in your Dashboard:

results

For more information, please see the full plugin documentation here.

What features does the plugin offer?

  • Modify the prompt text by using a filter.
  • Add the feedback form to posts and custom post types by using a filter.

AJAX Comment Preview

What does this plugin do?

With the click of a button, your site’s visitors can preview their comments exactly as they will appear when they submit them.

How do I set it up?

After activating the plugin, go to Settings→AJAX Comment Preview in your Dashboard’s sidebar menu:

Preview Options

Set your options, and your visitors will now see a Preview button when they comment:

Preview button

For more information, please see the full plugin documentation here.

What features does the plugin offer?

  • Customize the appearance of the comment preview, to complement your theme’s comment form.
  • Customize the button text and the preview prompt.
  • Set the format of the date that appears in the preview.

AJAX Comment Loading

What does this plugin do?

When your posts get a lot of comments, performance can be a concern.  Generating all that comment HTML and delivering all that HTML can slow down your page loads.

This plugin will load your pages without comments, and then use a secondary AJAX request to pull down the comments. Navigating through the pages of comments is also handled via AJAX.

How do I set it up?

You need only activate the plugin! For more information, please see the full plugin documentation here.

What features does the plugin offer?

For an example, on a test install with 100 comments per page, we found that the onload event fired 2x faster with this plugin. The HTML was generated by the server 6x faster and downloaded 3x faster. The uncompressed size of the HTML was reduced by a factor of 17.

Initial development of this plugin was commissioned by Google — many thanks!

Advanced Blacklist

What does this plugin do?

The plugin improves your comment blacklist functionality by allowing you to ban more specific terms. It was written by James Dowd and the NBC Sports team.

How do I set it up?

After activating the plugin, you’ll see you now have some additional options in Settings→Discussion:

Blacklist Options

What features does the plugin offer?

The default comment blacklist feature will match inside words, so “press” will match “WordPress.” The Advanced Blacklist doesn’t match inside words. This plugin will:

  • Block any post which contains a certain term in the post contents or user information.
  • Block any post which contains an exact word in the post contents or user information.
  • Block any post which is made by a user with a certain username, IP address, or e-mail address.

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