26 Aug 2009

Update: WP Plugin 2.4.2

Today we’re releasing an update to our WordPress plugin that fixes a problem some of you were having where other plugins/widgets/JavaScripts were preventing IntenseDebate from loading. This is a minor update, but we recommend that everyone upgrades. It loads your comments slightly faster, and also corrects a URL that will allow us to improve the Facebook Connect functionality in the the plugin as well. This version also displays a neat little icon while the comments section is loading. 😉

You should get an upgrade notification in your WordPress admin panel soon, or you can also go to the WordPress Plugin Directory to download it directly. If you’re not using IntenseDebate on your WordPress site yet, now is the perfect time to get started!

Posted by Beau Lebens in WordPress Plugin

20 Aug 2009

Coming Soon to an IntenseDebate Comment Section Near You

We have a number of super-cool projects going on here at IntenseDebate, and we thought we’d give you a sneak-peek at what’s around the corner.

Localization
There is no question about it – localization is by far the most requested feature. We make a habit of listening to our users, and internationalization is almost here! If all goes according to plan, we will be ready to start rounding up multilingual folks to help us translate the IntenseDebate comments section (the bit that appears on your website) within a few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled on this blog for a call for volunteers.

Admin Comment Editing
Again, ask and yee shall receive. We’re in the final stages of testing a new feature that will allow you (if you’re a site admin of course) to edit the details of all comments on all posts on your site. No more letting your users run wild, unless you’re into that sort of thing.

WordPress Plugin Innovations: SyncRepair
One last tidbit that you may have heard on the support forums or around the place; we’re in the final stages of testing our sexy new self-healing comment sync, a.k.a, SyncRepair. SyncRepair looks for discrepancies between the comments stored in your IntenseDebate account and those stored in WordPress. If it finds anything that doesn’t look right, it’ll re-sync those comments and get you back in good shape.

This is only the tip of the iceberg! We’re working on our opus. Details to come…

What do you think? We love your feedback.

Posted by Michael Koenig in News

18 Aug 2009

WP e-Commerce Plugin Integration

The team at Instinct Entertainment has been hard at work, and we’re excited to post about their latest release. Their famous WP e-Commerce Plugin now features integration with IntenseDebate!

About WP e-Commerce:

WordPress e-Commerce is a WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin that is truly an industrial strength elegant easy to use and fully featured shopping cart solution suitable for selling your products, services, and or fees online.

Using IntenseDebate with your WP e-Commerce plugin gives your customers the ability to submit product reviews and comments while they’re shopping.

Hats off to Dan Milward, Thomas Howard, Chris Beavan, Allen Han and the rest of the team at Instinct. Thanks all of your hard work fellas! We’re looking forward to giving you a hand with your shopping.

If you’re not using the WP e-Commerce Plugin to power your shopping cart, then get with it already and install it! IntenseDebate and WP e-Commerce: it’s so choice.

WP e-Commerce IntenseDebate

Posted by Michael Koenig in WordPress Plugin

5 Aug 2009

WordPress Plugin v2.4.1 Now Available

As of this morning, the long awaited version 2.4.1 of the WordPress plugin is now available for download!

I want to give a big shout-out and thank you to everyone who volunteered to help test this version and make sure there were no show-stopper bugs in there. We really appreciate your feedback and suggestions and are actively using them to drive the direction of our development.

To find out more about the new features and changes in this version, you can read the announcement about the initial beta testing. If you are already using IntenseDebate then you should get an upgrade notification in your WordPress admin panel soon. Not using IntenseDebate yet? Now is the perfect time to get started!

Posted by Beau Lebens in WordPress Plugin

21 Jul 2009

WordPress Plugin v2.4 *BETA*

Hey everyone! We’ve been studiously working on a new version of our WordPress plugin, v2.4. This latest version contains a lot of changes, and a few new features that will be extra-handy if you’re just getting started. Given all of the changes, we’d love your help beta testing to make sure it’s all smooth sailing.

So, what’s new?

  • Lots of optimizations on when/where to load ID resources (CSS/JS) to improve page load times
  • Switched to inline JS/CSS in the admin to prevent loading the WP engine again
  • Now loading ID comment UI via the script object method, rather than direct <script> inclusion
  • Removed some unnecessary options and just used smart defaults
  • Changed so that there is no backup comments template — your theme MUST have something available, even if it’s very simple
  • Made the option to reset the plugin available before import was completed
  • Added the ability to reset your import any time during the installation process if you’re having problems
  • Standardized on no-www for URLs
  • Reversed the order of comment imports (starts oldest first now)
  • Added Ping/Pong function for network diagnostics
  • Cleaned up translatable strings and now shipping with a POT file for translations (translations will be ONLY for the plugin admin interface, not for anything on intensedebate.com or on the comments themselves, yet)
  • Improved comment count links within wp-admin
  • Updated some screenshots
  • Now using a stable tag, rather than trunk, in the wp.org plugins directory

Feel free to check the Changelog for past versions of the plugin.

You may notice that a few changes have come directly from community requests/suggestions, and we love that so keep the feedback coming. We’re really excited about this release – there are some solid improvements to the whole experience, and it allows us to continue focusing on the IntenseDebate service from our end, including new features and functionality.

If you’re interested in getting in on the beta (that means actually telling us if there are any problems!), then please email us at labs@intensedebate.com, and make sure you include the URL to the website where you’re planning on installing this beta version. We’ll email you back with the plugin and some extra information to get you started. Thanks in advance!

Posted by Beau Lebens in WordPress Plugin

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