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.

Zone Manager (Zoninator)

What does this plugin do?

This plugin is designed to help you curate your content. It lets you assign and order stories within zones that you create, edit, and delete, and display those groupings of related stories on your site.

How do I set it up?

After activating the plugin, you’ll see a new “Zones” tab in your Dashboard’s sidebar menu:

zones

Create your zones, and easily search for and add existing posts.

Once you’ve set up your zones, use the handy API functions to retrieve and display your content in your theme. Or, for those who are a bit code-averse, go to Appearance→Widgets and add Zone Posts widgets to display your zone posts in your sidebar or footer:

zone widget

The widget will pull the posts from the chosen zone:

zone display

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

What features does the plugin offer?

  • Add, edit, and delete zones.
  • Quickly add or remove posts (or any custom post type) to or from zones.
  • Order posts in any given zone.
  • Limit capabilities on who can add/edit/delete zones and who can add content to zones.
  • Avoid conflicts with a locking mechanism that allows only one user to edit a zone at a time.
  • Idle control, so people can’t keep the zoninator locked.

Art Direction Redux

What does this plugin do?

The plugin lets you edit the CSS for individual posts. Based on the original Art Direction plugin by Noel Jackson.

How do I set it up?

After activating the plugin, you’ll see a new “Art Direction Redux” module on the edit post screen:

Art Direction Redux

Styles added to the text area will be applied to the individual post:

CSS per-post

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

What features does the plugin offer?

The plugin allows you to have global archive and single page per-post styles and scripts.

Edit Flow

What does this plugin do?

Edit Flow empowers you to collaborate with your editorial team from within your WordPress.com Dashboard. It provides you with custom statuses, email notifications, editorial comments, a calendar, and more. Let Edit Flow take care of organizing for you so that you and your team have time to focus on what matters most: the content.

How do I set it up?

Once you’ve activated the plugin, you’ll see a new tab for Edit Flow in the sidebar menu of your Dashboard. When you click that, you’ll see the Edit Flow modules with links to the settings for each:

Edit Flow modules

More details for each feature, screenshots and documentation can be found on the Edit Flow website.

What features does the plugin offer?

Calendar — A convenient month-by-month look at your content.

Calendar

Custom Statuses — Define the key stages to your workflow.

Statuses

Editorial Comments — Threaded commenting in the admin for private discussion between writers and editors.

Editorial Comments

Editorial Metadata — Create as many fields as you like to store information with each post, like contact details, required word count, or the location of an interview.

Metadata

Notifications — Receive timely updates on the content you’re following, and control which of your writers receives notification of each change on your site.

Story Budget — View your upcoming content budget.

Story Budget

User Groups — Keep your users organized by department or function.

The WordPress.com VIP team contributes to the development of Edit Flow. If you’d like to see new features added or want to contribute yourself, let us know!

AYS Publish

What does this plugin do?

The plugin adds a confirmation step after you click Publish, to avoid accidental posting.

How do I set it up?

Simply activate the plugin, and the next time  you click Publish, your browser will ask you to confirm.

Are you sure?

Co-Authors Plus

What does this plugin do?

Co-Authors plus enables you to add multiple authors to posts, pages, and custom post types via a search-as-you-type input box.

Additionally, with this plugin, you can add writers as authors without creating WordPress user accounts. Simply create a guest author profile for the writer by going to Users→Guest Authors in your Dashboard’s sidebar menu. Click “Add New” and fill in the fields:

Guest Profile

Then, assign the Guest Author as you normally would.

You can even map the Guest Author to an existing WordPress.com user account on your site, so that you (as a site administrator) can control the bio and user information that appears for that WordPress.com user account. This is useful if an employee that writes for your blog leaves your organization, or if one of your writers has a personal site on WordPress.com and their bio on your site should appear differently than it does elsewhere.

How do I set it up?

Once you’ve activated the plugin, you’ll notice a new “Authors” module below the Visual Editor when you create or edit a post or page.

Authors

To add an author, search for their username. To remove one, click the remove link.

Co-authored posts appear on each co-author’s archive page and in each author feed, and each co-author may edit the posts. Note that co-authors who have the contributor user role may only edit posts if they have not been published.

Two Authors

If your theme does not display bylines, this plugin does not actually add a visible byline to each post. For custom bylines, try the Byline plugin.

For more information on Co-Authors Plus, please see the full plugin documentation here.

What features does the plugin offer?

  • Add multiple authors to posts, pages, and custom post types.
  • On the frontend, use the Co-Authors Plus template tags to list co-authors anywhere you’d normally list the author.
  • Create a listing of all or some posts by a given co-author.
  • Create Guest Authors for users without WordPress.com accounts, and/or use Guest Author profiles to control what user information displays for your authors.
  • Use included wp-cli subcommands to create guest authors in bulk automatically

The WordPress.com VIP team contributes to the development of Co-Authors Plus. If you’d like to see new features added or want to contribute yourself, let us know!

Ad Code Manager

What does this plugin do?

Ad Code Manager gives non-developers an interface in the WordPress.com Dashboard for configuring your complex set of ad codes.

How do I set it up?

Some code-level configuration may be necessary to set up Ad Code Manager. Ad tags must be added (via do_action()) to your theme’s template files where you’d like ads to appear. Alternatively, you can incorporate ad tags into your website with our widget and our shortcode. Check out the configuration guide for the full details.

A common set of parameters must also be defined for your ad provider. This includes the tag IDs used by your template, the default URL for your ad provider, and the default HTML surrounding that URL. Ad Code Manager comes with support for Google Doubleclick For Publishers (and Async), OpenX, and Google AdSense. All of the logic is abstracted, however, so configuring a different provider is relatively easy. Check providers/doubleclick-for-publishers.php for an idea of how to extend ACM to suit your needs.

What features does the plugin offer?

Once this configuration is in place, the Ad Code Manager admin interface will allow you to add new ad codes, modify the parameters for your script URL, and define conditionals to determine when the ad code appears. Conditionals are core WordPress functions like is_page(), is_category(), or your own custom functions that evaluate certain expression and then return true or false.

Fork the plugin on Github and follow our development blog.

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