Due to the requests I have received, I looked at displaying the gravatar within the enhanced meta widget, and it’s easier than I thought it would be.

So I have a couple of design questions before I implement this feature, and would like to hear your comments/ideas.

1. Where in the widget should the gravatar be displayed? Simply at the top and left aligned, or somewhere else?

2. Currently the display of gravatars is controlled through the “settings->discussion” options, which controls also if gravatars are displayed in comments. I would prefer to leave the control of gravatars this way, but for those of you who use gravatars, would you want an option to control the gravatar in the sidebar (i.e. not show gravatars in the sidebar widget, but keep them enabled in the comments)?

Version 3.0.0 of Enhanced Meta Widget has now been released.

This version changes none of the core operations of EMW, but simply updates the plugin to be compatible with WordPress 3.0. This corrects the error generated by links to create, edit, and manage pages. I believe I have tested all other links and they are working.

The downside of this update is that if this version is used with WordPress versions earlier than 3.0, the links for create, edit, and manage pages will generate errors. All other links are still correct.

While not a major update, I have updated the numbering of the plugin to correlate with the version number of WordPress.

A previous version, 2.3.3 had been released earlier, which simply consisted of updated language files. I failed to recognize the contributors of the new translations.

A big thanks to Sebastián Asegurado for providing a Spanish translation (which exist in the language directory as files for Argentina and Spain), and to Vladimir Zhoukov for the Russian translation.

As usual, the widget can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin repository, or updated automatically via the WordPress admin panel. And please don’t forget to rate this plugin.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you find any errors or have suggestions for this plugin.

Versions 2.3.1 and 2.3.2 of Enhanced Meta Widget have now been released.

These versions change none of the core operations of EMW, but are simply language file updates.

A big thanks to M. Comfi who provided the Belarusian translation, and to Gianni Diurno who provided the translation for Italian.

Also a thanks to Sandra Rietveld for updating the Dutch translation.

As usual, the widget can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin repository, or updated automatically via the WordPress admin panel.

If you know of anyone willing to translate, please encourage them to contact me.

I would appreciate it greatly if you would please take time to rate EMW.

Version 2.3 of Enhanced Meta Widget is now released.

This version incorporates a user suggested change and a fix for WP 2.9.1.

The following is a summary of all changes/fixes:

  • Added option to add a new page.
  • Fixed link to Dashboard to link to the index.php file rather than just the wp-admin directory.
  • Language files updated with most recent changes.

As usual, the widget can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin repository, or updated automatically via the WordPress admin panel.

If you know of anyone willing to translate, please encourage them to contact me.

I would appreciate it greatly if you would please take time to rate EMW.

Version 2.2 of Enhanced Meta Widget is now released.

This version incorporates a couple of changes that were suggested by users.

The following is a summary of all changes/fixes:

  • Changed wording from site admin to dashboard in both the options and the links.
  • If display dashboard is selected, the link will appear for all logged-in users, not just admins. This allows non-admin users access to all settings for which they have permissions.
  • For admin, the link to the dashboard still appears at the top of all admin links. For non-admin logged-in users it appears just after my profile.
  • In the “Welcome, UserName” phrase, it is now an option to have the username link to the user profile.
  • Added Turkish (tr\_TR) language files

As usual, the widget can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin repository, or updated automatically via the WordPress admin panel.

I would appreciate it greatly if you would please take time to rate EMW.

Version 2.1 of Enhanced Meta Widget is now released.

(An incremental release, v2.0.1 was released earlier and added German (de_DE) and Danish (da_DK) language files and updated the Polish language files.)

This version cleans up the code, and corrects the XHTML to be as valid as possible.

The following is a summary of all changes/fixes:

  • Fixed situations where an empty sidebar would be displayed, showing only a title, depending on what options were chosen for display. The most common was if _show login form_ was selected by itself (perhaps to have just a “log in” section of the sidebar). If this was done then logged in users would see an empty sidebar with just a title. Further testing identified some additional, likely rare, situations where this could occur as well, so those were all fixed.
  • All html should now be XHTML 1.0 Transitional, unless login form is used with other links in certain situations (see below).
  • “Welcome, UserName” displays the username as set with “Display name publicly as” in the user profile.
  • Fixed coding error that would generate empty unordered lists if certain options were not selected, which is not valid XHTML. (Thanks Ian)
  • If W3C validation is important, do not use the login form with other options if your $before_widget variable uses id=”%1$s” in its tag (usually a div or li). This widget uses $before_widget, $before_title, $after_title, and $after_widget to display the login form to be identical to other sidebar widgets, and thus there will be two tags with the same id which is not valid XHTML. In order to use the login form and have it validate in this situation, add a second widget to your sidebar and select only the login form (or change your settings for $before_widget).

As usual, the widget can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin repository, or updated automatically via the WordPress admin panel.

I would appreciate it greatly if you would please take time to rate EMW.

Version 2.0 of Enhanced Meta Widget is now released.

I jumped to a new primary version number because I made a significant change to how the control panel is displayed. Gone are the “Display…” or “Show…” statements/questions, and they have been replaced with just a simple “Display:” header with all the options simply listed as options with checkboxes. This saves some real-estate, especially for languages in which the phrases are longer than English, plus it just makes more sense to me than repeating the same basic statement/question over and over.

The following is a summary of all changes/fixes:

  • Changed the format of the administration panel to a cleaner presentation as describe above.
  • Changed “UserName is logged in” to “Welcome, UserName” and moved to top, under the title.
  • “Welcome, UserName” displays the username as set with “Display name publicly as” in the user profile.
  • Added link to “my profile” for logged in users.
  • Updated log in and log out links to return to the current page/post.
  • Created option to have linebreaks or not. (I prefer to have breaks between some sections of links – user actions, admin actions, and the orignal meta links – but others prefer all links to be a list without breaks. So now “Line breaks between sections” is an option.
  • Added hook to allow other plugins to run actions just before the end of the login form – do_action(‘login_form’).
  • Corrected the order in which the options are presented on the admin page to reflect how they’re presented on the sidebar.
  • Added Polish (pl_PL), Danish (da_DK), and German (de_DE) language files.
  • Updated French (fr_FR) and Dutch (nl_NL) language files.
  • Found and translated another missed phrase. I think all phrases are now coded for i18n. If you find a phrase I have missed, please let me know.

As usual, the widget can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin repository, or updated automatically via the WordPress admin panel.

I would appreciate it greatly if you would please take time to rate EMW.

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