Live Hits

10th Jan 2007 Danny

Plugin updated 24th Jan 2008 - Please ensure you have the latest version installed

The Live Hits plugin for b2evolution provides an automatically updating, live view of who is visiting your site. Once the plugin is uploaded and installed, go to the Tools tab, then the Live Hits sub-tab. JavaScript is required.

You can filter the hits by blog and by hit type (browser, rss, robot and unknown). For each hit, you can see which blog was visited, what url was visited, the referring url, if any and a logo for the user agent. Click on the logo to see the full user agent signature. The plugin tries to do a lookup on the IP address to see what city and country it's coming from.

If you fill in the Plugin setting for Google Maps API Key, then a map will be added to the Live Hits page, and new hits will be shown on the map (provided the IP lookup returned a latitude and longitude for the IP.) You can get an api key for your domain here.

The other plugin setting controls how often new hits are displayed. The default is every three seconds.

  1. Introduction
  2. Installation (v1.x+)
  3. Installation (v2.x+)

Extra Comment Control

9th Jan 2007 ¥åßßå

Extra comment control at your fingertips

One of the drawbacks of b2evolution blogs is the lack of finesse when it comes to controling who can read or make comments. You either have to close the door on the whole world, or leave it wide open so everyman and his dog can wander in. There's no middle ground unless you fancy butchering a few of the core files to bend them to your needs.

B2evolution ships with the following 3 possible settings for comments :

  1. Open
    Everyman and his dog can read and make comments
  2. Closed
    Everyman and his dog can read comments, nobody (not even the dog) can leave comments
  3. Disabled
    What comments?

This plugin changes those options so you can specify exactly who comments are open/closed/disabled for. No longer do you have to let in the world just to allow your members the ability to comment. With this plugin you can choose from all of the following levels for each of the open/closed/disabled settings :-

  1. Anybody
  2. Registered users
  3. Blog members
  4. Blog editors
  5. Blog administrators
  6. Nobody

If this is the plugin for you then carry on to the installation instructions ....

  1. Introduction
  2. Installation

Using workflows in b2evo

8th Jan 2007 Topanga

Is your work flowing properly?

Of course you've seen those 'Workflow' properties you can use in the backoffice when writing an article, but why are they there and, more importantly, what can you do with them ? How can they be of any use to you ?

When can they be of use to you ?

  1. If you write/prepare articles that are to be published in the future
  2. If you work with several people on the same blog/ezine project

The workflow properties are mostly used when several of you contribute towards the final content.

  • Person B can write an article and assign it to the next to spellcheck, layout check, include pictures, ...
  • Or Person A can start an empty article and assign it to Person C to write the actual content,...

If you need the functionality, you'll instantly know what I mean. If I don't make sense, then I'm sure you don't need this plugin.

  1. What does it do ?
  2. Installation (v1.8)
  3. Customization
  4. Is that all I can customize ?
Tags: workflow