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Recent Favorite WordPress Plugins

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Here are a few WordPress plugins I have been really happy with lately:

Admin Bar Minimiser
Minimizes (and brings back) the WordPress admin bar at the click of a button, very nice…

Awesome Flickr Gallery
Creates a photo gallery of your Flickr photos with many customization options, uses the Flickr API… powers the sidebar widget here.

Dynamic To Top
Very nice with lots of options, JQuery-powered… at lower right on these pages.

Plugin Organizer
Selectively disable plugins on any post! (And many other powerful features.) 
 

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Nice Looking GigPress Update

GigPress WordPress Plugin

Nice looking update to the WordPress GigPress plugin… Artist URL field, External Link field (Facebook Events, etc.) and more… getting ready to install now.

GigPress 2.2 available

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More on Facebook Cache “Hell..

Facebook Developers URL Linter

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve experienced being infuriated trying to debug the Facebook cache and Share button “hell” while incorporating their share functionality into websites you’re developing, and have possibly read some of the help posted online from others…

The Facebook Developers URL Linter tool is key, for starters, to troubleshoot what’s going on with the Open Graph Protocol meta tags being generated (or lack thereof) and to break Facebook’s cache… but what had really been tripping me up was not being aware of the very specific thumbnail image requirements specified in their documentation:

  • og:image – An image URL which should represent your object within the graph. The image must be at least 50px by 50px and have a maximum aspect ratio of 3:1. We support PNG, JPEG and GIF formats. You may include multiple og:image tags to associate multiple images with your page.
    Open Graph protocol – Facebook Developers

Pay attention to those specs, and your thumbnail image display issues will be solved.  Also, if you’re a WordPress user there are a handful of plugins available for generating the OG meta tags… one I especially like is Open Graph Protocol in Posts and Pages by HitReach which allows you to specify exact OG tags per post or page as well as set site-wide defaults.