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Reaction Buttons: Cache plugin support

I released a new version of my wordpress plugin Reaction Buttons. Next to some internal changes related to cookies (which where a bit problematic in the last versions), there is now an option to let Reaction Buttons work better with performance or cache plugins. It simply calls a function to refresh the page cache of the page where a button was clicked. For now only W3 Total Cache is supported, but if you want me to add support for another cache addon, open a thread in the wordpress forums. I’ll try to add it into the next version as soon as I got time for the plugin again. If you want it faster, please help me and search the documentation of the plugin for a function to clear the cache (best for a specific page) or check with their developers.

And as always: Please don’t forget to vote for it on the wordpress plugin page. Thanks! 🙂

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A lot of new features in v1.1 of the Reaction Buttons!

After a long quiet time around the WordPress plugin Reaction Buttons, I took some time today to integrate changes I got from another user and check up on feature requests that I got over the past month. The result is version 1.1 with a lot of new features:

  • added reaction_buttons_click_count($post_id) to include number of reactions per post in own themes. Returns the accumulated number of clicks of the specified post.
  • added the possibility to only allow only one vote per post. (Thanks Vlad for most of the code!)
  • added the option to show a javascript popup if you try to vote twice. (Thanks Vlad for the idea and most of the code!)
  • added the option to show the results only after the user voted.

It might be neccessary to modify your CSS if you don’t use the integrated stylesheet. Hope you like the new features and update without problems. As always, I’m happy about good ratings on wordpress.org! 🙂

Download: Reaction Buttons

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Reaction Buttons and WordPress 3

Just made small changes to Reaction Buttons and tested them on a WordPress3 rc3 blog. New features will be in version 1.1.

Download the current version directly through the plugins menu or from wordpress.org.

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Exclude categories in Reaction Buttons

I found some time to check my todo list for reaction buttons and found an old entry about the possibility to exclude posts from a certain category from displaying the Reaction Buttons. Well, now that entry is gone. 🙂 Grab the new version through the plugin interface within wordpress or download it from wordpress.org.

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Widget support for Reaction Buttons

I just uploaded a new version of Reaction Buttons, which features a widget now. In that widget you can show the top x posts with the most clicks for each button.

Coding took less time than putting the new version online, since there are a lot of places where you can set a version and they are parsed directly out of svn by some wordpress magic script. 🙂 I tagged the new release properly in the svn repository and added the version nubmer as stable in the parsed readme.txt. But I forgot to change the version in the main .php file, which seems to be important too. Thanks to #wordpress on irc.freenode.net for pointing that out. 🙂

Download from wordpress.org or directly through the install/update function of wordpress.

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New Reaction Buttons version

Yesterday I finally found some time to include cookies into reaction buttons, so that you could push every button only once. Sure, It’s quite easy to circumvent, but without authentication it’s not possible to prevent that. And authenticating before using the buttons would be against their primary idea. 🙂

Download from wordpress.org or directly through the update function of wordpress.

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Reaction Buttons on the wordpress plugin site

My Reaction Buttons plugin got accepted on the wordpress plugin site. Yeah! I guess thats not too hard, but I’m happy about it anyways. 🙂 Now you can install Reaction Buttons right out of your wordpress blog, without the hassle of downloading and uploading it to your blog.

Next hing to do is make some colors configurable through the admin menu. Or is CSS enough? Not sure yet. 🙂

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WordPress Plugin: Reaction Buttons

I finally found time last weekend to try to build my first wordpress plugin. I stumbled across a Blog at bloggers with an interesting little feature: There were a couple of buttons below the post to express your reactions to the post, like „interesting“ or „cool“. Since I always like to interact with my readers, especially on my blogs which cover a certain topic, it’s always nice to find ways to make it easier for your readers.

But I couldn’t find a plugin which does that on wordpress and well, long story short, here it is: Reaction Buttons. You can check it out on this very blog and on the screenshot of a clean german wordpress installation below.

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