Facebook 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

Sailthru

Sailthru brings on-site personalization to WordPress VIP. 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 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 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.

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.

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!

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