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Facebook Album: Caching and Localization

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.

Social Icon Widget

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.

gCal - A Google Calendar

Recently at work I developed a quick and dirty Google Calendar plugin for WordPress called gCal. In all simplicity, it needed to grab the public calendar XML file, parse it, shoot out a list and provide event details in a JavaScript modal popup. It is very basic, with only one view option and few backend settings, but it got the job done. In the last week I worked on the plugin, filling it out some. There is now an administrative panel via your WordPress dashboard.