There have been a couple of unique WordPress plugins released over the last few days, and we thought we’d give our readers here at WPHub.com a rundown of how they work. On Tuesday, October 30th, Perishable Press released the Simple Blog Stats plugin, which gives webmasters an ample amount of shortcodes to utilize in order to display a number of vital statistics withing a post or page.
The available stats for SBS include the number of comments, categories, users, tags, and posts; plus the plugin shows recent comments on posts and pages. If you need extra functionality, you can also program SBS to give you the number of registered users, moderated comments, approved comments, and total amount of drafts.
SBS Installation And Extra Features
The SBS plugin installation process is extremely simple and should require only a few moments. Simply go to the Perishable Press link provided to Download Simple Blog Stats, then upload to your WordPress site and activate in order to enjoy the plugin benefits. The SBS Settings tab within the wp-admin dashboard area can serve as a one-stop Control Panel for viewing shortcodes and template tags, but there is no real “configuration” to deal with, although you may want to make alterations to some of the extra SBS functions at some point.
There are also plenty of extra or “bonus” features that come with the free download, some of which are showing the date of your most recent site update and showing all of your blog stats within one list. So far there have been no comments or ratings on this free plugin, which has received nearly 70 downloads since it was officially released on October 30th by Jeff Starr.
Sliding Widgets Plugin
WordPress.org has a new plugin available as of November 1st called Sliding Widgets that gives you the ability to create a dynamic widget area, and place it at the top, bottom, left or right. The tool, which is compatible with all themes, also has the option to place unlimited color schemes within it, which is ensure you have a proper palette fit for your personal blog or company brand image.
The official plugin directory post on the .org site explains that the “WordPress Sliding Widgets Plugin will help your to create a sliding panel dynamically where you can place any number of widget as you do for regular sidebar from WordPress widget manager. You can setup the position anywhere at left, right, top or bottom.”
Settings And Feedback
On the Sliding Widgets Settings Page, you have room to input the Icon URL, set the width and height of the Control Box, configure the widget position and whether to sticky it, decide on your box width and height, plus insert the hexadecimal code for background color and text color.
Sliding Widgets author “codename065″ has a total of 14 widgets to his credit, and SW has received two Star ratings (both 5 out of 5 stars) so far with an overall download count of 744 as of late Monday morning Eastern Time. This module is compatible with WordPress 2.0.2 or higher and will work on the latest WP 3.4.2 version.
WordPress user “ajamm” posted on November 1st that the plugin is “quick and simple. Just tested this plugin, it is simple in effect but all nicely functional very easy to deploy and can add any widget functionality. I would like to we an option for multiple tabs as this would really make it a winner. However; it is already a winner, it WORKS and works well, looks nice too.”
Thanks to the new rating format at WordPress.org, users who submit a Star Rating must also include at least a brief text review. This new requirement will result in much more detailed feedback on tools in the future.