One thing that I has always bothered about WordPress widgets is the lack of ability to define custom widget CSS classes for each widget - it is kind of ugly using the stock widget IDs when you have four text widgets. I've been working on a plugin to extend widget functionality to match features found in Drupal's blocks. I just posted a GitHub gist quickly highlighting the WordPress filter hook.
Facebook Album: Caching and Localization mglaman Sat, 07/27/2013 - 14:40
My Facebook Album for WordPress has one major issue: performance. Each time a the plugin is loaded it polls the Facebook API for a response to parse the photos feed. I am going to integrate the caching method WordPress's RSS widgets use for caching Facebook's API response. By default the cache will set to one day, but I will be sure to add a setting that allows adjustment. Secondly I want to localize the plugin since there is such a wide variety of users from different countries. I'm going to start localizing the plugin based off of the demographics analytics of the plugin's page.
Facebook Album 2.0 Released! mglaman Tue, 06/25/2013 - 21:27
I have just pushed out version 2.0 for the Facebook Album WordPress plugin! Go on and get it, or use your WordPress's plugin updater to get the latest version. Need help?
Facebook Album 2.0 Coming soon! mglaman Tue, 06/25/2013 - 18:44
I've been hard at work in the labs revamping the Facebook Album plugin for WordPress. Very soon you will be able to use a Facebook application to authenticate with the Facebook API.
We all want to show off our social networks on our blog or website, especially our clients. Businesses need to have a profile on all major services in modern markets, and it is not hard recreating this multiple times; but, it can be annoying. Here is some quick and dirty code you can use to make a WordPress widget. The widget works by inputting the social network URLs, full URLs mind you not just the handle. If the URL is present it will pull an icon from the specified location. In the case of this code it is from a WordPress theme that the widget is part of.
fbAlbum 1.0.3 mglaman Thu, 12/06/2012 - 12:30
So I just worked on my second WordPress plugin: fbAlbum. My first implementation of fbAlbum allowed you to take a Facebook Page album URL and paste it in a shortcode to display all the images. The new release, 1.0.3, adds a widget feature. Go ahead and check out the plugin page.