Some New Favorite TXP Plug-Ins
In recent Textpattern development, I’ve been using some classy plug-ins from different developers. Some are new, some are old, but they all rock hard.
I have been working on several Textpattern sites recently, and have discovered some good plug-ins to help me extend the functionality of the CMS.
In combing through various sites, I’ve found my one major beef with the TXP community is the lack of centralized information about these plug-ins. Textpattern Resources has quite a few, but most are buried in the forum. Plug-in authors, please add an entry to Textpattern.org when you make your announcement on the forum.
Google Sitemap Plug-In
Sencer has created an admin extension called asy_sitemap that enables you to generate a sitemap for Google. The process is dead simple, and once you set up your Google account, hooking the plug-in’s outputted file is easy and helps the spider crawl your content more efficiently.
Navigation Generation Plug-In
Christophe Beyls has developed a brilliant little plug-in called cbs_navigation_menu that generates navigation from your site’s sections. Advantages over creating this manually? The code reads your TXP-defined URL structure (clean or messy) for output, so it will produce site.com/sectionname or site.com/index.php?s=sectionname. It also provides an “active” class for the current section for easy styling. It’s not fancy, but it’s rock solid and shaves a few minutes off development time.
RSS Feed Parsing Plug-In
I waited awhile for feed parsing capability in a plug-in, and about three different versions popped up within a few months. My favorite is bit_rss from Bit Santos, which uses SimplePie to parse feeds and output them as articles. It’s ultra-customizable and produces perfect XHTML from a form.
RSS Feeds for Comments
A minor quibble many developers have is the lack of comment feeds in TXP. Quibble no more. ajw_comments_feed by Andrew Waer solves this problem in one quick package. (It’s what powers the comment feeds on graphicPUSH.)