Posted on 08.01.07 to SCN, Wordpress by Oliver

SDN Contributor Wordpress Widget V1.0

In the last couple of days I had some time to work on a widget for a new instance of this blog I’m builing up at the moment. The idea was to have a sidebar widget with some information from my SDN profile like total points and the latest blog posts.

My blog is running on Wordpress. Because I didn’t had any experience with PHP I found the widget by Automattic, Inc. very useful as a basic example for a plugin including how to build the widget configuration view. Frank Bueldges work on WP-RSSImport fitted well for reading the blog feed. Nigel James pointed me to curl which did a great job fetching a SDN Business Card related website to parse it for the name and total number of points.

The widget is called SDN Contributor and now available as version 1.0 and you can see it running on my new blog. I’ve set up a wiki page with all further information like installation instructions and download location. If you’re a SDN member and have a Wordpress blog under your own control, give it a try.

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Comments ( 3 )

Love your widget, would like to use it on, alas the wiki link is coming up empty :-(

Please fix.
Thanks, Mark.

Mark Finnern added these pithy words on Jul 08 08 at 6:28 am

Just came across this. WP-RSSImport is very interesting. I use the (rather dated) Magpie RSS to aggregate my RSS feeds for my blog. I also use Yahoo Pipes for some feeds, which works well.


Michael Koch added these pithy words on Sep 17 08 at 10:44 pm

In the latest version, which supports Wordpress 2.5 I use a custom class and PHPs internal XML parser. You’ll find it in the wiki linked in the post.

Oliver added these pithy words on Sep 18 08 at 12:08 am

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