Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Back in early January, Joost posted details of a Wordpress related competition - design and build a theme or plugin that extends upon sunPress, the Sunshine.co.uk affiliates plugin. The prize was a Macbook Air or cash alternative.
Breaking with my recently set New Years resolution, I delved into the world of WordPress. I've got a couple of sites running the script so I know the ins and outs of running it. I've designed the templates for the sites so know how that works. Plugins was an area I've never delved into.
I decided early on that a plugin was better than a theme. A couple of really nice themes already exist for SunPress (my favourite is "Basic Theme"). As for plugins, there's a couple of areas I explored:
My original idea was to create a widget to parse Sunshine RSS feeds. A simple idea but nothing special. After searching the web, I noticed an interest in SunPress from overseas affiliates. I refined this idea to not only parse RSS feeds but to convert the currencies into Euros or US Dollars. The result is an RSS parsing plugin that can display accurate and up-to-date prices in British Pounds, Euros and US Dollars. Any Sunshine RSS feed can be used and each blog post can have a different feed specified, each displayed in a sexy looking box underneath each post.The plugin has been specifically designed to work with sunPress but can work as a standalone plugin - so if you are promoting Sunshine via a normal Wordpress blog, you can use it too.
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Well done David, I look forward to using your plugin on my sunpress sites.
(My favourite theme is "guide").
Written on Wednesday 18 March 2009 at 13:53:11 GMT (Permalink)
Excellent plugin David
Congratulations on your win
Written on Wednesday 18 March 2009 at 14:18:02 GMT (Permalink)
Congratulations again David!
This book might be one for your list:
I've read some useful tips on the authors blog in the past and expect it would be clearly written
Written on Wednesday 18 March 2009 at 19:00:13 GMT (Permalink)
Well done. I know you wanted the 46" TV from Comet at Xmas, but this too is an excellent prize.
Plus you & sunshine have given something very useful to the wider affiliate community. Thanks, I look forward to using it along side with your PT templates
Written on Tuesday 24 March 2009 at 15:02:04 GMT (Permalink)
Nice one David. Your Plug-In was better than mine ...
Written on Friday 27 March 2009 at 19:14:21 GMT (Permalink)
@Apartments Villas - Gulshan - is your plugin live and available for download? If so, please feel free to post your URL here for other affiliates to take a look at it :-)
Written on Saturday 28 March 2009 at 15:59:44 GMT (Permalink)
how i can manually add the search engine in my sidebar without using widget? what are the code that i should copy in the sidebar.php
Written on Tuesday 12 May 2009 at 15:06:15 GMT (Permalink)
@Jesse - The easiest way is to choose a search box from http://www.sunshine.co.uk/a...
The only difference with these are that the search is conducted on the Sunshine site rather than your blog.
Written on Wednesday 13 May 2009 at 10:58:58 GMT (Permalink)
Loving your work! is there any way to get your currency converter to convert from GBP to NZ dollars? or other currencies?
Written on Monday 15 February 2010 at 02:42:07 GMT (Permalink)
@Ryan -It is possible but would require editing the plugin. In essence, you need to change all uppercase-only instances of USD to NZD. That should work in the sense it would replace the USD option with NZ dollars.
There's a total of 32 currencies available and if there's enough demand, I may consider releasing a new version with these embedded. This is a lot of work to achieve and as it's a free download, I can't prioritise it over my current workload. At the moment I don't have any time available to add all of these. I've added it to the to-do list though.
Written on Monday 15 February 2010 at 13:01:17 GMT (Permalink)
Thank you to all previous commenters.
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