Rename Media Files isn’t technically a new plugin. It was in repository for almost two years, but it was unfinished, without proper promotion.
Today I committed a rewritten version with proper readme.txt and a screenshot so you can check it out.
It marks a beginning of something I delayed for so long: releasing of WordPress plugin I created for clients or own needs that never saw a public light of the day.
This version improves existing and adds new features. You can check full changelog here but below I’ll highlight most important ones.
Now you can show message to registered user in admin bar so it will follow them through whole site.
If you use new bbPress plugin, you can show message in a reply form.
One issue that was preventing inserting correct e-mail address in field on Gravatar’s signup page was fixed too.
Other issues are under the hood. Everything now has documentation for developers, functions are reordered in a more logical way, plugin uses less resources since settings are moved to a separate file.
Finally, I prepared a video tutorial that shows plugin in use. Don’t forget to turn on captions (subtitles) since this is where you’ll get text.
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Unfortunately, OpenX open source project is like dead now. There is no good support, there are security vulnerabilities, installation have problems…
One of common problems (by looking in their forum) is that stats aren’t recorded. This is what happened to me. One day I logged to my OpenX installation and stats page said there wasn’t any impression on that day. I checked my sites and saw that ads are running normally. So I waited to see if it’s something temporary but even after days passed, nothing changed.
Then I noticed there is a new version 2.8.7 available (I was running 2.8.5) so I upgraded my installation. But nothing changed: ads were delivering, I can see old stats but not a new one.
I decided to see if there is some solution on the web and on OpenX forums, but I can see rantings and issues that weren’t applying to me. Then I saw one post of some guy who said that he optimized and repaired his database and after that everything started to work. I did that too. But by looking in my debug.log file, I also noticed that there weren’t plugins in my installation. It appeared that new versions don’t contain plugins in itself, just empty folders. So I copied plugins from old versions.
And then, stats started to record again.
My solution (which is maybe not applicable to everyone):
I feel sorry when I see how this once great software is dying. What is worse, there is no any open source alternative to it. The only alternative I see is DoubleClick for Publishers, formerly know as Google Ad Manager, which I’ll consider moving to.
Do you like new Gravatar Hovercards? Why don’t you prepare your visitors without Gravatar for the upcoming plugin with this feature for self-hosted WordPress installation by encouraging them to signup to Gravatar?
This version improves existing and adds new features. You can check full changelog here but below I’ll highlight most important.
Now message is also shown to users who already left comment before. Also, it is much easier to show message on comment form that doesn’t follow standard WordPress markup (I added support Carrington Blog and Mystique themes though users can add support for any other too).
If you was limited with way of selecting page elements for showing of message there are good news: now you can add a message to literally any element by using any jQuery selector! Note that old custom IDs are automatically updated to new form on plugin’s upgrade.
You thought that message shown when comment is written was not visible enough? Welcome the new way to show message: in a dialog box after user posted comment as in picture below.
This dialog will be shown only if user doesn’t have Gravatar, not to all users who left comment. It is not popup window, it is simply a Thickbox iframe showed on top of your page that will be easily hidden after user clicks close button or click on a link to Gravatar’s signup page.
You thought that message shown on profile page was not visible enough? Welcome the new way to show message in administration area for registered users: in an administration notices as in picture below.
Since WordPress MU was merged to main WordPress branch, I added support to multisite installations so you can show a message to users who signup on your network. Also, you can setup Gravatar Signup Encouragement on per site basis.
If you had problems with Gravatar Signup Encouragement settings, now you can simply click link “example of how this looks” to see screenshot of example of usage of that feature. Also, by clicking “Help” menu in top right corner, you’ll get links to Gravatar Signup Encouragement documentation and support forums.
If you thought that message was not descriptive enough, there is a new, more descriptive one which is shown by default.
For developers, there are many new hooks and functions that can be used in themes and plugins. Post that describes this features will be posted in the future.
You can easily upgrade to new version via automatic upgrade tool in WordPress or by downloading zip archive.
Send your thoughts about Gravatar Signup Encouragement in comments of this blog, or via official support forum.