Updates

Smith College Blogs have recently been updated to WPMu 2.6.3, which fixes a vulnerability in the Snoopy library, which is used to fetch the feeds shown in the Dashboard.

Akismet was also updated, a plugin which, if you haven’t noticed it, should be your favorite! Akismet protects your blog from comment spam, and it’s doing it’s job if you never think about it. To check out what Akismet has blocked, go to Comments → Akismet Spam. (As of writing this post, Akismet has blocked 102 spam comments on the Smith College Blogs News & Updates blog.)

Lastly, the video embedding/linking plugin has been upgraded to Viper’s Video Quicktags 6.1.4. You’ll notice the new embed buttons in your text editor. To add other types of video or remove some of the default buttons, go to SettingsVideo Quicktags.

New Plugins!

Plugins at Smith College Blogs have moved! You can now find all available plugins under the Manage Plugins submenu (instead of the Plugins tab on the upper-right hand side).

New plugins include:

Photo Dropper

Photo Dropper is a WordPress plugin that lets you add Flickr photos to your posts. It searches for Creative Commons licensed photos – images that are licensed for shared use – and lets you drop them into your posts – right from your dashboard with just 1 click.

Google Maps Quicktag

While editing your post, you can quickly pop-open Google Maps from the editor and generate your map through the Maps interface, or quickly grab the link to a map you’ve already prepared in My Maps. Then, you can copy the code given for embedding and paste it directly into the HTML editor. (You can also use this plugin to embed any “embeddable” content from another website.)

Introducing Anarchy Media Player

SC Blogs has recently switched from Viper Video Quicktags to Anarchos’s Anarchy Media Player for WordPress Mu.

The new media player/embed tool integrates more easily with syndication and podcasting and it’s easier to use.

You’ll notice that there are now two additional buttons on your Visual editor (aka the What You See Is What You Get editor):

Visual Editor

Visual Editor

An “A” for embedding miscellaneous and sundry media files and an “f” for embedding Flash SWF movie files into your post (or page).

To insert media from the web, click on the Embed a media file button (the yellow “A”) and paste the full URL (including http://) to your video or audio file.

For example, to embed a video from YouTube

  1. Choose the video, then copy it’s URL.
  2. Click on the Embed a media file button.
  3. Paste the entire URL into the pop-up window.
  4. Click OK.
  5. The following code gets inserted into my post (without spaces next to the brackets): [ kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/K9SrIvx43Pk" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" / ]
  6. Click Save.
  7. To see what it will look like, click Preview this Post.

This is the video that gets embedded:

Please enable Javascript and Flash to view this Flash video.

Anarchy Media Player also auto-detects links to mp3, flv, Quicktime mov, mp4, m4v, m4a, m4b, 3gp as well as Windows wmv, avi and asf files, and creates a player on your page. So, for example, the following link:

<a href="http://www.archive.org/download/DefianceOhioTheFearTheFearTheFear/Defiance_Ohio__06__Now_Now_Now.mp3">Defiance Ohio - The Fear The Fear The Fear - Now Now Now</a>

Creates this player: Defiance Ohio – The Fear The Fear The Fear – Now Now Now

The great thing about this is that if you embed an mp3, m4a, m4b, mpeg, mp4, mov or qt video, it will automatically be detected as a podcast in your blog’s feed!