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Plugin to Remove WordPress Comments

If you’ve worked on more than one self–hosted WordPress install, I’m sure you’ve had one site without a need for the webapp’s commenting feature. Unfortunately, it was rather hard to remove it’s associated features from the administration side. Thankfully, WPEngineer has written a plugin to completely remove comments from WordPress, and it will surely come handy for anyone at some point.

New JQuery Techniques for UX

Smashing Magazine has a roundup of several JQuery techniques and plugins that may be used for an improved user experience in your sites. 45 of them!

WordPress URL rewriting

Understanding how WordPress rewrites its URLs is not as easy as Apache’s mod_rewrite. It is much easier to instead use available plugins as a baseline if you were to take advantage of the WordPress URL rewriting engine. This plugin that provides an easy hack for these rewrites should do the job. I know I’ll be using it one of these days.

CrossSlide: Image slideshows in JQuery

DHTML/Javascript has always lagged compared to Flash when it comes to image slideshows. For some reason, Flash just handles the transitions and image handling better. I guess this can be attributed to Flash’s animation roots. But there are some Javascript–based slideshows that manage to do a decent job — Smoothgallery is one of them. Now comes CrossSlide, a JQuery plugin that pushes the limits of DHTML–based slideshows. What used to be almost exclusive to Flash like the Ken Burns effect, it can do it too! It can do smooth transitions, panning, and zooming.

Some caveats though: CrossSlide is more CPU–intensive compared to other similar implementations. This downside is somewhat negligible considering today’s multi–core processors, but it’s good to know about it’s limitations.

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