Tag Archives: publish

Add PubSubHubbub to Your Blog with PuSHPress! CodeUnit 05 APR 2010

PubSubHubbub is a nice solution to the increasing problem of aggregators struggling to ever get around to parsing your WordPress RSS or Atom feed during its continuous polling thanks to the ever multiplying number of blogs they might need to serve. Basically put, it is a simple, open, server-to-server web-hook-based publish/subscribe protocol that can be seen as an extension to Atom and RSS.

Parties speaking the PubSubHubbub protocol essentially get near-instant notifications via webhook callbacks on feed URL updates and this thus frees up the listening parties from having to continuously poll the publishing party.

Nice.

Anyhow, WordPress has released a great little plugin courtesy of Joseph Scott and Automattic called PuSHPress that basically adds PubSubHubbub capabilities to your WordPress-powered site, turning it into a PuSH server and making it capable of thus entering directly into PuSH partnerships with other listening PuSH parties.

Very nice.

It’s easy to install, simply add a new plugin via your administrator dashboard, search for PuSHPress, install and activate. Couldn’t be any easier (and don’t worry, it won’t change any outwards/visible functionality on your site).

Related Link: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pushpress/

Webcomics on WordPress: ComicPress! CodeUnit 05 JAN 2010

By now, we are all familiar with WordPress, the blogging platform that literally revolutionized the web and placed the role of content creator into the hands of millions of everyday, casual users. Funnily enough though, WordPress also lends itself as the ideal way of publishing webcomics and the easiest way to do this is in fact to make use of the brilliant ComicPress theme and associated plugins to do all the work for you.

Courtesy of Tyler Martin, John Bintz and Philip Hofer, ComicPress is a clever WordPress theme that converts your usual blog layout into that of a webcomic site. The theme comes packed with various layout options as well as all the navigation tricks and widgets you’d expect from a comic hosting site and has been structured to be fairly simple to use, even for the most casual of WordPress users.

In addition to the ComicPress theme it is also suggested that you install the ComicPress Manager Plugin as this adds a whole lot of functionality in order to simplify the uploaded and managing of comic files and associated text. Also, a clever little new addition to the family is the ComicPress Companion plugin that essentially provides you with editing tools to update a separate stylesheet which overwrites ComicPress’ default styles, meaning that you can now maintain your custom styles even when upgrading or downgrading between ComicPress versions.

ComicPress really is the Internet standard when it comes to online comic publishing and it simply put, is an indispensable tool to all you would-be comic creators out there. (Hell, even my personal House of C is powered by ComicPress!)

Currently sitting at release 2.8, you can download the latest ComicPress version here.

Related Link: http://comicpress.org/