MyBlogLog WordPress Plugin

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MyBlogLog WordPress Plugin

Skip all the talk and get the plugin!

Here at Sitening, we have had the privilege of being granted access to the new MyBlogLog API while in its beta stage. As a developer primarily working with PHP, I first created a PHP wrapper class to implement all of the API calls. This made it a lot easier to develop web applications with the API without having to make all the requests and parse the responses each time. Using the wrapper (I mundanely called it PHP MyBlogLog), it was a snap to put together member profile pages for each community member over on the Raven SEO Tools blog. By creating member pages, it allows visitors to view member profiles without leaving the blog. I also created a sidebar widget to display the community members, similar to the Javascript widget that MyBlogLog provides to display recent readers.

As useful as the API wrapper is to PHP developers, we realized the average blogger would probably have little use for PHP MyBlogLog. In order to create something more readily useful, we decided to develop a WordPress plugin. The idea was to recreate some of the functionality we developed for the Raven blog members section.

The MyBlogLog WordPress Plugin provides two main features:

First, it makes two sidebar widgets available: recent readers and community members. If your WordPress installation and theme supports widgets, the MyBlogLog widgets will be available where you normally configure your widgets. If you are not using WordPress widgets, you can simply insert a line of code in your sidebar file to display the desired widget.

Second, the plugin creates an entire community members section inside your blog. You can specify the sub-path where you want the members section to live (everything is still contained within the plugin folder – the pages are inserted by the plugin by hooking in to the WordPress template redirection system). The members section includes a paginated member listing page as well as individual member profile pages.

Installation is as simple as unzipping the plugin, dropping it into your plugins folder, and configuring it as needed.To download the plugin or get more details, visit the official MyBlogLog WordPress Plugin page.

Update (2/12/2008): The initial release accidentally left out displaying del.icio.us links in member profiles.  Download the latest version (0.9.1) to add members’ del.icio.us links to their profile pages.

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