- WYSIWYG Comments Trix:
Replaces the standard comment submission form with a WYSIWYG rich-text editor. A bunch of you said this was a bad idea, because 64KB should be enough for anybody.
- Geolocate Comments:
Saves and displays (to me) the location of each commenter's IP address. Hello to all my friends in the Russian bot farm industry!
- Mirror Gravatar:
Mirrors commenters' Gravatars and serves them locally, rather than loading them from gravatar.com on each page load, thus both speeding things up and eliminating an off-site webbug.
They join in infamy my previous two plugins:
- Base64 Shortlinks: which is, I suppose, mostly useless, and
- Herp Derp: which is absolutely essential.
FYI, the other plugins that I still use are:
- Akismet Spam Protection, which, while not as essential as Herp Derp, is still pretty essential.
- Comments Like Dislike, which gives you those little thumbs.
- Heavily hacked versions of Comment Reply Notification and HTML Emails, which I have Frankensteined together. They're both kind of bad and maybe one day I'll rewrite them.
- PubSubHubbub, which, I'm not even sure what this does any more. It predates sitemaps, so maybe it's useless now?
For a long time I used WP Super Cache, but I decided that it was more trouble than it was worth. It was far too agressive at showing people out-of-date pages, and I think that since I started using CloudFront as a CDN for my images and videos, it's a lot less necessary. I guess we'll find out the next time I say something that makes the techbro hordes invade.
Separating out these plugins made me marvel at how long my wp-content/
- Colors, scripts, sidebars widgets.
- A bunch of permalink-canonicalization crud.
- Hacked the "Archives" sidebar widget to go into "year mode" after a few months, instead of listing 200+ months.
- Show relative dates on posts and comments.
- Move the login fields above the text area instead of below (what were they thinking?)
- Tear the legs off of "wpautop", "wptexturize", and all the emoji crap.
- Disable "Gutenberg", "XML-RPC", and "JSON REST".
- Disable "categories" as much as possible.
- Search results by date, not some nebulous "relevance".
- Filters to move images and videos into the CDN.
- Locally mirror images posted in comments.
- Auto-generate IMG SRCSETs, dependent upon my image scaler. WordPress kind-of handles this thing internally if you use their built-in image uploader, but I don't, because reasons.
Search and social media crud:
- Add OpenGraph and Twit metadata properly.
- Remove "users" and "taxonomies" from sitemaps.
- Keep year and month indexes out of search engines: link to leaf nodes only.
- Omit sidebars and comments and such from the version of the site seen by search engines. I know they hate that, but it makes the search results better.
- Auto-crosspost to Twitter and sometimes Instagram.
Other random features:
- Added an option to hide all comments on particular posts, without actually deleting them.
- Added an option to mark particular posts as search-engine-noindex.
- Better HTML-to-plaintext conversion for RSS feeds and multipart/alternative emails. This is useless but it's the principle of the thing.
Relatedly, I also re-organized my hacks/ page for the first time in over a decade.
Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.
Sadly, referers often aren't sent on the modern web, because spammers ruined it for everybody.
One nice feature of WP Super Cache is that it has a big red "lockdown" button for when you notice that the shit has hit the fan.
I'm not asking you to work for free. But, if you ever come across a site and see a sea lion there and just decide, "Fuck it. I'm done listening to their shit" and make a Herp Derp bookmarklet/extension to Herp Derp by user on a different site.... I might drive from Texas and make you whatever meal you request. (and, I'll buy the drinks. From DNA, of course.)