Arne Brachhold

Del.icio.us – Bookmark this! WordPress Plugin

Filed under: Plugins — arne on June 21, 2005
Latest release:
1.1
2005-11-27

Hi there,

here is another WordPress Plugin for you! I’m sure you know del.icio.us, an online service where you can manage and share your bookmarks with other people. With this plugin you can add a "Bookmark this page on del.icio.us" link to your posts or sidebar. This will allow your visitors to add your page directly into their del.icio.us profile and makes your blog more popular!

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Google Sitemap Generator for WordPress 2.5

Filed under: Sitemaps — arne on June 15, 2005

Hi there!

Thanks for the great support and popularity of my Google Sitemap Generator to all the users and Bloggers who linked to me, especially to Michael Nguyen from socialpatterns.com who had the idea at first of all.

Since Monday, 6 June 2005 over 3500 people visited my Blog and downloaded the current version about 2800 times.

Special thanks go to the contributors who told me about fixes and supplied code templates:
Rodney Shupe for SQL improvements, James and John for the Google-Ping code template, Brad and Christian Aust for bug reports and Hirosama for translating the plugin into Japanese and made translations possible at all.

Today I released a new version of the script, which introduces the ability to include external files which are not part of WordPress and also tell Google automatically about changes via Google Ping. A small new feature is the ability to define a minimum post priority which will override the calculated value (if activated). The work was done on Monday, 13 June but I decided to wait for two days beta testing and language pack creation before making it public.

If you still find any bugs or errors, please don’t hesitate to inform me via mail or comment.

I will move the plugin in the next few days to dev.wp-plugins.org to enable versioning and SVN access. A One-Click-Installer for wp-plugins.net was also planned, but the needed plugin "WordPress Plugin Manager" was temporary discontinued. Stay tuned for upcoming releases with new features.

More Information and Download

Update: (2005-06-16)
César Gómez Martín sent me a Spanish translation file.

Second Update: (2005-06-20)
Stefano Aglietti sent me an Italian translation file. Thanks for the good work!

Third Update: (2005-06-23)
Kirin Lin sent me a Traditional Chinese translation file! Many thanks for this! Download the full package with language files to get it :)

Google Sitemap Generator v2 (BETA)

Filed under: Sitemaps — arne on June 5, 2005

I had a little bit time this morning so I improved my Google Sitemaps Generator…

Features:

  • WordPress Plugin Support (just copy it in your plugin directory and activate it)
  • Administration UI (Customize setting like change frequency, page priorities and automatic priority calculation from your WordPress Admin Center)
  • Includes Homepage, Posts, Static Pages, Categories and Archives
  • Creates a static xml file called sitemap.xml in your blog directory
  • Gets automatic rebuilt if you edit/write/publish a post
  • Calculates post priority depending on the number of comments

Note: This new version is still beta and I’m still at testing. You can try it out and report any errors/mistakes/suggest to my email. If you can, test it under an other copy/backup of you blog… It’s still beta and may have bugs!!

Installation:
Download the zip Archive and extract the sitemap.php and in your wp-content/plugins directory. Then look in your admin page under Plugins and activate it. Now you can click on Options -> Sitemap and configure your settings. Update or write a post to start the first sitemap generation.

Note: I’m not a WordPress expert and this is my first plugin. I read The Plugin API and Writing a Plugin at the WordPress pages. If you are more familiar with WordPress plugins and see something strange/not recommended please tell me! Also the registered actions (add_action) which start sitemap generation may be redundant.

Update: I included a Manual Rebuild button in the options page so you don’t need to edit a post to start the generation at the first time. Beta Testers are welcome :)

WordPress Sitemap Generator for Google

Filed under: Sitemaps — arne on June 5, 2005

Google announced yesterday a new tool for webmasters. The Google Sitemaps! You can submit you sitemap to Google and allow them to find all your pages without crawling every link. You can read more about this cool feature at searchenginewatch.com.

I created a small php file which will do the generation of the sitemap in a Google compliant format for you. At the moment, only posts, home page and static pages are supported. If you have better knowledge of WordPress than me, feel free to modify the script and include category pages etc.

Every URL in the sitemap may have a priority which represents the page priority on your website. My script calculates the it on the number of comments. This should be ok for most blogs, maybe i will add the post date to priority generation later.

Installation is easy! Just download the sitemap.php and place it in your blog directory. Then tell Google Sitemaps the URL and all should be fine :)

If you want you can alter the default configuration for various settings like the change frequenty of posts etc. Just have a look at the top of the php file.

I’ve tested it on this site ( WP1.5.1.1 ) and with a XML Schema validator. If you find an error or if it doesn’t work on your site, please drop me a mail or write a comment and I will have a look at your site.

UPDATE:
I included support for archive pages. Just download the new version 1.1 again. :)
Archive pages will have a predefined priority which can be customized.

UPDATE 2:
It get’s allmost complete 😉
Added support for categorie pages. They will also habe a predefined priority which can be customized.
Download the current version at the links above.

Suggestions / Todo
– Autogenerate priority of categories (maybe by postcount?)
– Use correct lastMod in categories and archives (find last post)

UPDATE 3:
Check the beta of the new version at Google Sitemap Generator v2 (BETA) which comes as a WordPress Plugin and a grahpical administration page!