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Posts Tagged ‘WordPress’

The New York Times Releases New Tool For Collaborative Editing

As more news organizations move toward web content systems that were originally intended for single-person bloggers, the need for a more dynamic tool has becoming increasingly apparent. The New York Times recognizes this and has launched some code that could help. Called ICE (“Integrated Content Editor”), the tool lets collaborators of a web-based text document track changes from multiple users.

In the demo, you can select different users from a dropdown to see their various contributions and deletions in the document. You can toggle between showing/hiding changes.

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Eight More WordPress Plugins For Newsrooms

More than a year ago, I told you about six must-have WordPress plugins for newsrooms. But as technology would have it, a lot has changed since then — new social tools, new meta tags, new versions of WordPress. ¬†Here are a few more plugins I’d add to that original (and still relevant) list.

Storify

This week Storify launched a WordPress plugin that lets you curate and embed social media straight from the WordPress dashboard. All you have to do is drop in the URL to a Storify page and it will be embedded in your post. Before, dropping in the javascript embed code caused the code to get lost if a blogger was switching between visual and HTML editors. No longer! The one downside: It doesn’t currently support customization options like using the slideshow template or removing the header from embed. Hopefully that’s coming in a future version.

Google Standout

At the Online News Association conference in 2011, Google announced a new meta tag for publishers to use that would allow them to identify stellar enterprise content. This plugin lets you specify posts that should use that meta tag, as well as additional options for publisher meta tags like original-source and syndication-source.  Read more

WordPress 3.2′s Full Screen Editor: An Uncluttered Experience In A Cluttered World

WordPress 3.2 “Gershwin,” released earlier this summer, got me more excited than a typical WordPress release.

There’s the beautiful, HTML 5 Twenty Eleven default theme. There’s the different post formats.

Then there’s the refreshed dashboard that includes a full screen editor function.

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Five Tricks For Blogging From The Field

Whether you’re blogging for your news organization or are a freelancer representing yourself, blogging from the field has never been easier. If you’re using WordPress.com (not the self-hosted version, although there are similar solutions for WordPress.org users), here are a few tricks for your phone or tablet to help make you better at what you do.

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Google’s Blogger Network Gets A Makeover

For news organizations without their own branded CMS, Blogger is one of the top blogging platforms out there. However, it’s no secret that WordPress is favored amongst blogging types for its extreme customizability and clean navigation. Today, Google announced a much-needed overhaul of the entire editing and management Blogger system, a move which will align the UI with their recent Gmail and Calendar redesigns. So, what’s different?

  • Clean and simple blogging interface: According to Google’s blog, “The post editor has been expanded and simplified to give you a larger canvas for drafting and previewing your work.” The whole UI of the post editor is fresher and much easier to use.
  • Integrated stats: Blogger’s Dashboard now offers a snapshot of Google Analytics for bloggers to better understand and grow their target audiences.
  • Recommended blogs: Google is renowned for their creepily accurate recommendations, and now the Dashboard will recommend blogs you may be interested in based on your blog’s content.

Blogger’s new look comes at a time when Google is redesigning a large portion of their products to keep with a unified user experience. What do you think of the redesign?

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