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9 Responses to “Settings Explained Part 2.”

  1. donnacha | WordSkill | March 8, 2009 at 6:58 AM

    More great documentation, thank you MillaN!

    Hey, did you hear the news the other day, that Automattic have completely opened up the IntenseDebate distributed commenting system by creating a centrally-hosted plugin platform, allowing developers to create distributed versions of their comment-specific WordPress plugins.

    According to the documentation, the plugins are based entirely on the existing WordPress plugin structure, so, it is quite easy to convert existing plugins.

    It is really big news is you sit back and think about the direction Automattic are moving in – it is pretty clear that, with this first move towards centrally hosted plugins, they are probably thinking about how they can safely provide plugins to the 1 million+ active WordPress.com blogs.

    Personally, I think that GD Star Rating would be be the ultimate plugin for IntenseDebate.

    GD Star Rating
    a WordPress rating system
    • MillaN | March 8, 2009 at 11:31 AM

      I read something about it, but didn’t have time to check it out. I don’t like centrally hosted plugins and gathering of data offsite.

      GD Star Rating
      a WordPress rating system
  2. donnacha | WordSkill | March 8, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    I think it is worth checking out because there is more to this than meets the eye.

    Using IntenseDebate, you continue to store comments in your own installation of WordPress, so you can stop using ID at any time and return to your native comments.

    The big advantage of ID is that it encourages people to comment and participate more, because they can build a reputation across all the sites they visit. I believe that this incentive to comment will become increasingly important as more sites adopt systems such as ID and Disqus, you may soon have a situation in which people are reluctant to comment on sites that cannot add to their distributed reputation.

    The big disadvantage, until now, was that ID decided how your comments looked and what features were included – you could not include special functionality such as GD Star Rating or Facebook Connect integration. Now, however, they have fixed that problem and you can add any functionality you want to your comments.

    I understand the traditional reluctance of experienced WordPress users to rely upon outside services but, in this case, I think there is a lot more to it, I think that they have addressed the disadvantages brilliantly and that, if you take the long view, the benefits will add genuine value and momentum to blogs generally.

    As for centrally hosted plugins, your current users have no problems hosted and updated their plugins but it is worth noting that, apart from the 1 million self-hosted WordPress installations, there are 1 million active blogs hosted on WordPress.com. Those people probably chose to use WordPress.com because they did not have the technical abilities and/or resources to run a self-hosted WordPress. Unfortunately, this means that they cannot use plugins.

    I am suggesting that Automattic are experimenting with centrally hosted plugins because they want to introduce them for their 1 million active WordPress.com users. This will be a pretty big change for plugin authors, automatically doubling your audience.

    As I say, there is more to this than is immediately obvious, and I think it is worth checking out. particularly lead developer Jon Fox’s answers to questions about how open the system will be:

    Jon’s answers

    GD Star Rating
    a WordPress rating system
    • MillaN | March 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

      As I understand it plugins will be controled. They can’t just allow any plugin to be included. So, until there is more details on how custom plugins can be used with ID. When that happens, I will like to have GD Star Rating support for ID. But, I am sure that this will not happen that soon, the whole idea is still just the experiment and it will be some time before they straight all things and make the system stable.

      GD Star Rating
      a WordPress rating system
  3. Ben Hayes | March 9, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Nice work on this plugin – looks like you’ve put a huge amount of effort in.

    You say above that “comments integration is not working in WP 2.7″ – just to check, this means that if I’m using WP2.7.1, I can’t have people voting on a post within the comments form, is that right? So for 2.7, we can only use ratings submitted within the admin interface.

    GD Star Rating
    a WordPress rating system
    • MillaN | March 9, 2009 at 12:10 PM

      No, this means that integration in the comment edit in the admin section is not working.

      GD Star Rating
      a WordPress rating system
  4. Andy | March 14, 2009 at 6:40 AM

    How do I add the rating block using shortcodes? I tried putting the shortcodes directly in my template, but that didn’t work. Is there some PHP code necessary to insert them in a template page? How do I do that?

    GD Star Rating
    a WordPress rating system
  5. Ben | March 21, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Hey I have a stupid question… is there a quick and easy way to post so that the star rating shows up on the TOP of the post?

    Thanks!

    GD Star Rating
    a WordPress rating system
    • MillaN | March 22, 2009 at 11:18 PM

      Right now, no. This has been discussed on the forum several times.

      GD Star Rating
      a WordPress rating system

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