Build it with scratch.mit.edu. Show it in your WordPress site


icon-256x256With Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu/), you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations – and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively – essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Now, with LS oEmbed support for Scratch Mit  you can just copy-paste the URL from a scratch project into the content area of a post or page
and it will by transformed to oEmbed.

This oEmbed functionality was initial build for the Greek Schools Network blogging platform (http://blogs.sch.gr) and now it is available for all via the WordPress repository in https://wordpress.org/plugins/ls-oembed-support-for-scratch-mit/

The plugin is a useful addon for educational WordPress sites.

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The Greek Schools’ Network goes (more) WordPress – Its 1st plugin is here


The Greek Schools’ Network (GSN – http://www.sch.gr) is the educational intranet of the Ministry of Education, which interlinks all Greek schools and provides high quality electronic services.

Among other services (such as blogging platforms), it allows teachers, schools to upload and share videos and slideshows using the http://vod-new.sch.gr and http://mmpres.sch.gr sites.

Now we go a step further.

Its 1st WordPress plugin Sch.gr Commons plugin. adds oEmbed support in WordPress posts, pages and custom post types for videos, presentations etc from the vod-new.sch.gr, mmpres.sch.gr sites of Greek Schools Network. There are no settings.

Simply, add the URL in your content editor. Just paste the given “Απευθείας σύνδεσμος” link from the “Κοινοποίηση” section of a video from vod-new.sch.gr into the content area and it will by transformed to oEmbed into your post, page or custom post type.

You can find the Sch.gr Commons into the WordPress.org repository https://wordpress.org/plugins/schgr-commons/

Copy the url from a vod-new.sch.gr video
Paste a simple url in post
The resulted embed video from vod-new.sch.gr into the post.

Embed SlideSnack presentation into your wordpress post with LS Snacktools plugin


SlideSnack.com is a great presentation sharing tool that enables you to easily upload and share presentations online.
But there was a small “gap” if you wanted to embed your presentation into a WordPress site. You had to use iframe.  NOT any more.

With the LS Snacktools plugin you can just copy-paste the given “Link to this post” from Slidesnack.com into the content area and it will by transformed to oEmbed into your post, page or custom post type.

You can find the LS Snacktools plugin in the WordPress.org repository: https://wordpress.org/plugins/ls-snacktools/

Ls Gtrans Widget: New simple widget with selectbox to Google translation for the current page.


Simple drag and drop the widget to allow your visitors to tranlate the viewed page in google tranlate. The plugin is created, due to security rescriction of wordpress. It simple displays a selectbox with more than 25 European languages. When a user selects a language a new window in http://translate.google.com/ opens.

  • The original language is autodetected.
  • Multisite ready.

Widget code available at: 

http://wordpress.org/plugins/ls-gtrans-widget/

 

Widget drag and drop
Widget in frontend

Yet another plugin resurrection :-) BuddyPress Block Activity Stream Types for BP 2.x


Since I manage a very large BP community, I was in a need  of a plugin which reduces the data recorded in the bp_activity table, which stores all the Buddypress activity. A plugin that would  “block” an activity record from being saved to the stream/database. Activities like user joining groups, friendships and profile updates.

But the only plugin which does this was BuddyPress Block Activity Stream Types which was great, but is hasn’t been updated in over 2 years and so isn’t compatible with BP 2.x.

screenshot-1So, based on the ideas and footsteps of this plugin creators I made an updated version for Buddypress 2.x. :-), which uses the Settings API of wordpress and adds a “Buddypress Block Activity Stream Types”  section into Buddypress Settings admin page.

The “resurrected” plugin code is currently available at  https://github.com/lenasterg/buddypress-block-activity-stream-types-ls 

 

 

 

 

 

BP Groups Suggestions plugin v. 1.3


New version of BP Groups Suggestions plugin available at https://wordpress.org/plugins/bp-groups-suggestions/
Minor fix.

WP MS + Buddypress experiences

Some time ago I tested the ‘BP Groups Suggest Widget’ (http://buddydev.com/plugins/bp-group-suggest/)  from  Brajesh Singh, which gave me the idea to extend it, since I needed the groups suggestion to also take into account more user data.

So the result, was BP Groups Suggestions plugin.

The plugin adds “Suggested groups” functionality into Buddypress groups.

By default, it uses the user’s friends’s groups in order to suggest groups of the login user, but this can be extended throught available filters.

It adds a “Suggested group” tab into the Groups Directory page, and also a widget “Suggested groups” is available.

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The login user can hide groups from suggestion list, by pressing the “Remove group”, either through the widget, the “Suggested groups” tab or by the group’s homepage. Also the login user can reset the hidden suggestion list. The plugin uses various ‘filters’ so a developer can extend it, for example to include admins…

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BuddyPress Hashtags LS – version 1.2


I just updated the Buddypress Hashtags plugin.

In this version 1.2 two options were added in the Buddypress Hashtags Settings page:

1. Display or not the “#” infront of the hashtags in widgets and in hashtag cloud.

2. (For multisite). If the blog’s post’s taxonomy (categories, tags) should also included in the hashtags list.

 

“BuddyPress Hashtags LS ” is available at https://github.com/lenasterg/ls_bp_hashtags

 

In general, the Buddypress Hashtags LS plugin, “mimics” the Twitter hashtag behaviour, allowed the users to use # to tag a topic into there activity update and into their blog’s post (for multisite installations).

  • it supports unicode ex. Greek language
  • it provides a “Popular terms” widget.
  • it provides a shortcode [ls_bp_hashtags] which accept same arguments as wp_generate_tag_cloud() function.
  • in multisite installation it also includes the tags and categories of each post
  • in multisite installation, if a hashtag is inside the post content it also has link to the related activity.
  • it doesn’t alter the activity contents instead all hashtags are stored in a new db table in order to make lighter queries in activity table

I have tested it with BuddyPress  2. The base functionality seems OK.

It would be great if someone try it or even contribute to it.

The alpha version of “BuddyPress Hashtags LS ” is available at https://github.com/lenasterg/ls_bp_hashtags

 

Keep in mind that it is still under heavy developement so don’t use it in a production site.

The plugin creates a new db table, which is not deleted when the plugin is deactivated.

 

 

BuddyPress Hashtags LS


I’m in a process of making a hashtag plugin, based on BuddyPress Activity Stream Hashtags.

The Buddypress Hashtags LS plugin:

  • it doesn’t alter the activity contents instead all hashtags are stored in a new db table in order to make lighter queries in activity table
  • it supports unicode ex. Greek language
  • it provides a “Popular terms” widget.
  • it provides a shortcode [ls_bp_hashtags] which accept same arguments as wp_generate_tag_cloud() function.
  • in multisite installation it also includes the tags and categories of each post
  • in multisite installation, if a hashtag is inside the post content it also has link to the related activity.

I have tested with the latest BP 2 RC. The base functionality seems OK.

Things which need fixing are:

  • Unistaller function
  • Popular terms” widget. Add parameters
  • Related Activity listing. Find a way to display activities from private or hidden groups.
  • Create a Activity tab “Terms sitewide”
  • Create a “similar activity” widget for use under a blog post in case of multisite installation.
  • “Trends”. This is a difficult one 🙂

It would be great if someone try it or even contribute to it.

The alpha version of “BuddyPress Hashtags LS ” is available at https://github.com/lenasterg/ls_bp_hashtags

Keep in mind that it is still alpha version so don’t use it in a production site, cause:

1. The plugin creates a new db table, which is not deleted when the plugin is deactivated.

2. The plugin alters the activity contents by adding a link to each tag, prior inserting into the activity table.  This link don’t change when the plugin is deactivated.