Widgetized Admin Dashboard

It’s been a while since I’ve added a new plugin but I really like this one. The new dashboard in WordPress 2.5.x has a lot of bells, whistles and nice functionality to it but there’s a lot of wasted screen real estate, notably my empty incoming links. Then there’s the stats flash which runs a log in screen when the cookie expires.

This plugin lets you take some control over the presentation of the dashboard. For me, that meant dropping the extraneous stuff. +1 for more control.

I experienced a small problem with the plugin. The plugin does a string search of the url (looking for ‘index.php’) to determine if the dashboard is being displayed. If you load the dashboard at the directory level (i.e. yourdomain.com/wordpress/wp-admin/), the widgets won’t show because the string search will return false. I made a minor modification and replaced the ‘strpos’ searches for ‘index.php’ with the elegant is_admin() conditional tag and redirects are not a problem anymore. I think there were 3 instances that needed to be changed.

I’d have reported this on the pressography.com blog itself but you have to register to leave a comment and I’m not a fan.

Widgetized Admin Dashboard : Pressography

Update: May 22, 2008 I’ve disabled this plugin in favor of this Dashboard Widget Manager. There’s no problem (other than the minor redirect issue) with the pressography plugin but the dashboard widget manager puts the settings on the Dashboard tab which I prefer over the Widgets tab. The dashboard widget manager plugin author is a frequent contributor to the WordPress trac and knows the WordPress code quite well. Makes for a lean, efficient plugin.

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More on Eventcalendar3 and WP 2.5

Quite a bit of the hits I get here have to do with the EventCalendar3 plugin and getting it to work with WordPress 2.5. It’s really not that tough to make the small changes. I go over to the EC3 mailing list to see what kinds of problems people have with the plugin. Many folks are looking for functionality the plugin just doesn’t have. More people have problems that I don’t experience with my installation so I usually check out their blog to see if I can help.

I am always amazed how many people are running outdated versions of the plugin. Yesterday, I read a couple of support requests. They were running WordPress 2.3.x or 2.5 and EC3 version 3.1.0! I’m surprised EC3 ran at all.

The current version of the plugin is 3.1.1. RC3. Even though the it’s a ‘release candidate’, it works very well with pre-WordPress 2.5 installations. So if you find your way here looking for help with EventCalendar 3, take these simple steps:

  1. Make sure you are running the most recent version of the plugin.
  2. Go to the SourceForge bug/patch directory for EC3 and grab what you need to make it work with WordPress 2.5.

EventCalendar 3 and WP 2.5 Upgrade

EventCalendar3 has a couple of issues with the WordPress 2.5 update. There’s an unofficial patch at SourceForge that seems to work quite well on my WP 2.5 upgrade. The patch also addresses a javascript bug that showed up some time ago but hasn’t quite made it to the latest RC release. Hat tip to Andrew for the patch!