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Easy Index

Easy Index

While experimenting with YOP Poll, I came across Easy Index, which looked rather pretty, although it depends on on the featured images chosen. I made a category index to see how it looked. This might be better if one of the first plugins chosen as it would allow you to chose the featured images more carefully. It seems they’re not too keen on transparencies either as they are displayed as black.

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Flickr Slide Shows

Flickr Slide Shows

This page documents my use of widgets, HTML and plugins to display flickr slide shows on my blogs. AS at August 2021, I am using wordpress plugins or wordpress now support flickr URLs with a native embed. Now I just have paste the URL. Here are my notes, developed over time. …

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Nextscripts: Social Network Autoposter

Nextscripts: Social Network Autoposter

I had a quick look at Nextscripts: Social Network Auto Poster. It claims to be able to forward posts to other social networks. These include as targets, twitter, linkedin and facebook. The also offer Google+ but that needs an additional library which may be chargeable. I need to work on this a bit more.

Since the blog is already forwarding to Facebook and now Medium via IFFTTT, which are the most important targets and I am unsure I want everything to go through to linkedin or even twitter, this may not be as useful as I hoped. I returned to this in Aug 2016 as I was interested in occasionally forwarding my micro blog to Medium.

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Testing Interactive World Map

Hmm, there is only one map per dashboard, that’s not so good and it seems based on the Risk Map. It doesn’t seem as flexible as I hoped. It’s called Interactive World Map and is available as a plugin here. The plugin comes from a company Fla-shop and is  an on-ramp to chargeable content. Their sales and marketing page for wordpress is here. It works quite nicely as a sales portal entry point, but doesn’t do what I need.

I question whether this is functional enough to genuinely act as a try-before-buy. It’s a good looking widget though. Haven’t quite got it working on wptouch.

There’s probably the opportunity to rehash the jokes about US political geography, particularly over the widget’s treatment of the Russian Federation and maybe even Turkey.

I wonder if the HTML usermap feature would work with this.

In August 2015, the vendor upgraded the plugin, significantly. The map above is the new one.

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Rendering RSS on my blog or wiki

I have for a long time sought to present rss feeds within pages on this blog. It was started by a desire to use my social bookmark service as additional links in some of the reference articles on this wiki. The page was started in Jun 2014. Here my notes, although this page was subject to a major re-write in 2020.

There are further notes on my original delicious solution, involving their script and code embed, on Delicious Linkrolls and how I attempted to recover the delicious bookmark file. See also “About Feeds”, which is a private page, using the older wordpress plugins.

This page has notes on all the plugins I have used/experimented with.

Feedzy RSS Feeds Lite

I installed this on my momentum blog, and it sort of works. Here are some links, I got it to render, but can’t get it to post pictures on my rss files and would like to access the element names to fiddle with the css.

  1. https://docs.themeisle.com/article/1130-how-to-use-feedzy-with-a-shortcode

I posted my linkedin.rss to this page on my momentum blog. I had some problems rendering the thumbnail images. I suspect the rss syntax. Here are some links,

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTXnmMlipmo
  2. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/483675/images-in-rss-feed
  3. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/705224/how-do-i-add-an-image-to-an-item-in-rss-2-0

My rss looks like this

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<rss version="2.0">
<channel>
    <title>dave levy's linkedin blog</title>
    <description>dave levy's posts at linkedin pulse</description>
    <link>http://davelevy.info/pulse/linkedin.rss</link>
    <lastBuildDate>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:45:09 +0100</lastBuildDate>
    <pubDate>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:45:09 +0100</pubDate>
<item>
    <title>Learnings of Bitcoin</title>
    <link>https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/learnings-bitcoin-david-levy</link>
    <description>On Bitcoin, the consensus mechanism, and money</description>
    <media:content height="151" medium="image" url="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/08/23/upshot/up-econ/up-econ-moth.jpg" width="151"/>
    <pubDate>28 JUL 2020 0900 +0100</pubDate>
</item>
<item>
<title>Doing Record Management well</title>
<link>https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/doing-record-management-well-david-levy/</link>
<description>About Record Management, anti-crime and ISO standards</description>
<image>
    <url>https://is.gd/MwPNtT</url>
    <title>Doing Record Mangement Well</title>
    <link>http://davelevy.info/pulse/linkedin.rss</link>
    <description>About Record Management, anti-crime and ISO standards</description>
    <height>81</height>
    <width>141</width>
</image>
<pubDate>15 JUL 2020 10:00 +0100</pubDate>
</item>
<item>

RSS Shortcode

I have also used RSS Shortcode, and have implemented it on the About Feeds page. I am not sure why I discontinued with this, might have been it gave me nothing that JP-RSS-FEED did not, time to revisit as JP-RSS-Feed seems to have given up the ghost.

JP-RSS-FEED

I moved onto JP’s Get RSS Feed, a wordpress plugin. I planned to use this to replace my delicious linkrolls using the delicious rss location. See also my snip, Delicious Linkrolls.

It requires a shortcode/codesnip to invoke its parameters e.g

 
[jp-rss-feed 
    url="http://feeds.del.icio.us/v2/rss/davelevy/convoyswharf" 
    numitems="7" getdesc="50" ] 

I should document this differently; the snip must be on one line, and no space between the [ & the ‘jp’.

There’s a few more parameters which are documented on their home page

RSS on page via short code

and now we have another RSS rendering widget,RSS via shortcode on page

I am not sure how I used this but it seems I wrote “this was found to be broken on 17th October 2016”.

I fixed the simplepie version of the RSS rendering engine, it errored on the obverse of the home page ; it works on my ex-deliciuious files, but not if named .rss, I changed it to .xml. e.g.

RSS Bruxelles

RSS London

  • Boris Bikes Map
    This is a rather cool mash up. Guerrilla programming is the way to go. Its amzing how these are never produced by the original service provider
  • a charity changing peoles lives through sailing
    Based in Deptford, SE London, the Centre is open to everyone and is a place where you can have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of sailing and boating activities on the Thames in the heart of London.
  • Cartoon Museum
    On 23rd February 2006 London's first cartoon museum opened to the public. Situated at 35 Little Russell Street, a stone's throw from The British Museum, The Cartoon Museum exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day.
  • Untitled
    One excellent value hotel chain
  • online - Transport for London
    Buy or top up your Oyster card
  • Canary Wharf
    Looking for a bar to drink at, although this only does the official malls, and excludes the shops on the colonades and squares
  • Power of Yes | Theatre review | Stage | The Guardian
    On at the NT, this is the Guradian's review, on their front apge, not the back.
  • Stirling Ackroyd
    They say "Home - Estate Agents in Bankside, Clerkenwell, Hackney and Shoreditch"
  • Residential Estate Agents in Docklands
    Their home page, with a good district filter
  • - 1 Lombard Street
    Well located and the Restaurant upstairs has a Michelin *.

It seems to have concatenated the two widgets into one short code.

More Maybe

There is also, this page, on the 4 best rss plugins.