Plugin Guide

In the following page you will find information regarding the various plugins available to ScotBlogs users. Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine. Some plugins may be available that have not yet been added to the Plugin Guide, so keep yourself updated by viewing your dashboard and clicking on “Plugins” in the left hand navigation. Also, be sure to check ScotBlogs frequently to see if something new has been posted in the site blog or these pages.

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After the Deadline
Akismet Spam Protector
Author Bio
Flickr Manager
TinyMCE Advanced
WordPress Video

After the Deadline

Every day, our ScotBlogs users publish over 100 posts, yet many do not use the spell checker. It may be that at this wonderful institution, our users are all wonderful spellers. Or it may be that they just forget to use it.

We have just installed After the Deadline, an intuitive spelling and grammar checker, to all of our blogs. An API key is required for its use, and you may enter the College’s key to use the software: 9546992ac1e662c817b695ff126ff400

And, you can view a comprehensive demo in the video below (originally created for

Akismet Spam Protection

How does it work?

When a new comment, trackback, or pingback comes to your site it is submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down.

Do I have to maintain a blacklist?

Nope! Part of the idea of Akismet is that you’re always protected up-to-the-second from the latest dirty tricks of spammers. There’s no maintenance, no upgrading, no hassle.

Where does the spam go?

When the plugin catches something as spam it saves it in the database for 15 days in case you want to check it out manually and then automatically deletes it. In the unlikely event something gets incorrectly identified as spam you can correct it and it submits the “false positive” back to Akismet for analysis and improvement of our system. If a spam comment happens to get through and you mark it as spam within WordPress, it does the same thing. Akismet becomes more effective the more you use it.

Help! Akismet is catching a regular comment as spam!

Don’t worry, if you see a regular comment on your Akismet page, just click the “Approve” button or the “Not Spam” checkbox and submit and the comment will be sent back to Akismet as a mistake. The system will learn from your submission, though it may take a day or so in some cases. False positives, as they’re called, are extremely rare and we watch them closely.

How do I get rid of the “Missing API Key” message on my ScotBlog Dashboard?

You can enter the API key by navigating to Plugins -> Akismet Configuration from your Dashboard, and entering the following key into the appropriate field: 42ce38ac029f .


How does it work?

AuthorBio includes a biographical information about the author of a post at the end of each posts page. This is particularly useful for blogs with multiple authors, as it can help to make a distinction between authors. For single-author blogs it can display credentials or other personal information relevant to the post or blog.

What does the Bio information look like?

It is a small box underneath the text of a post. The box will not appear on the frontpage of the blog, only when someone goes to the single post page for a post by clicking on its title or the ‘read more’ link on a long post. Also, the bio box can be automatically formatted in several different styles to match your blog, or formatted by hand using CSS to look any way you like.

How do I change or update the information in the bio?

Youll need to log into the dashboard. Complete instructions can be found in the Guide to ScotBlogs

Where are the configuration options for AuthorBio located?

These options are located in the right-hand navigation under Settings >> Author Bio

Flickr Manager

What Does it Do?

Flickr Manager is an easy-to-use plugin that seamlessly integrates your Flickr account with your WordPress backend, so that you can use images from your Flickr account on your blog posts or pages.

How Do I Use It?

First, activate the plugin by browsing to the “Plugins” page in your left hand navigation on the WordPress backend. Then, tell WordPress how to log in to your Flickr account through Settings -> Flickr in your left hand navigation. Once you have activated the plugin and authenticated your Flickr information, you will now see a Flickr icon above each Post or Page edit view next to your other images and galleries icons. To add an image, click on the Flickr icon and select the image you would like to use, and click “Insert into Page” or “Insert into Post”, and you’re done!


How Does It Work?

MapPress’ purpose is straightforward. From the developer’s page (
The MapPress plugin makes it easy to add Google Maps and driving directions to your blog. Just type some addresses in the post edit screen and click the ‘insert’ button. The plugin will insert a great-looking map with markers and directions right into your post.

What can be ‘mapped’?

Anything that can be mapped by Google Maps can be mapped by MapPress. These include addresses, cities, monuments, latitude or longitude

How are maps included in posts?

When writing a post, immediately below the text-area where the posts text is written is the MapPress control. To include a map, enter the location you would like to map in the space provided, place your cursor at the point in your post where you want the map and click “insert map shortcode”

If I add locations or change options in the map, do I need to reinsert it?

No. The when you post your post, the current map settings will always be used.

How many locations can be added to my map?

As many as you like!

How is where the map’s view oriented controlled?

If the “Automatically center/zoom map when saved” box is checked, MapPress will automatically zoom and center the map to include all points you have specified. If you would prefer that the map was centered elsewhere, or need to show a different level of detail, uncheck this box and drag the map to the position you would like it to start in.

Is it necessary to enter a complete address?

No, MapPress will attempt to guess the location based on any details you provide. However, to ensure accuracy, enter as much detail as possible. You are also not required to use the latitude/longitude boxes.

Stat Press

How does it work?

Activating StatPress will not change the outward appearance of your blog at all. This plugin is entirely for blog authors and admins to be able to check how many views their posts and the blog itself is.

Where can my blogs stats be veiwed?

In the right side navigation on the blog dashboard, a button called “StatPress” is at the very bottom. This will lead to a page of detailed statistics for your blog.

Where statistics are recorded?

Statpress takes data in real time, so a great deal of information can be gathered. You can check information about visitors, spiders, search keywords, feeds, browsers, and other such things. From these, you can check who is viewing your site at any given moment, how many views per hour, day, week, ect, where your views are coming from, and many other things! There is more information than can be described succinctly here. The easiest way to get the info you are looking for is simply to explore the StatPress page, as it is fairly easy to navigate.

Can StatPress do anything other than gather statistics?

In a way. Because StatPress is always watching your blog, you can use it to ‘spy’ on your viewers to see what they are clicking around on in your blog. To access this function, click on the “spy” link under the StatPress button on the dashboard.

TinyMCE Advanced WYSIWYG Editor

What is it?

This plugin enhanced the current visual editor in WordPress by adding 15 plugins to TinyMCE: Advanced hr, Advanced Image, Advanced Link, Context Menu, Emotions (Smilies), Date and Time, IESpell, Layer, Nonbreaking, Print, Search and Replace, Style, Table, Visual Characters and XHTML Extras.

How do I activate it?

Activate the plugin through your WordPress backend. Once the plugin is activated, browse to Settings -> TinyMCE Advanced in your left-hand navigation on the WordPress backend. After you have made your customizations and saved the settings, you will need to clear your browser cache to view the new editor settings.

WordPress Video Plugin

What does it do?

WordPress Video Plugin allows you to easily embed videos into your posts or pages from the following sites using shortcodes: MyVideo, Youtube, Youtube Playlist, google video, Brightcove, Aniboom,, MyspaceTV, Yahoo! Video, Veoh, Wandeo, Glumbert, Gametrailers, Gamevideos, LiveLeak, sevenload, clipfish,, Metacafe, dailymotion, Vimeo, videotube,, revver, IFILM,, grouper,,,, Vsocial, teachertube, slideshare,, ComedyCentral, Jumpcut, MSN, hamburg1, mncast, Collegehumor , Megavideo,, ReelzChannel, Trilulilu, Funny or die, Generic Flash,, Clipsyndicate, Mojvideo, GoalVideoz, Guba,, OnSMASH, dotSUB, current, screen-o-matic, Facebook

Where can I find the shortcodes for inserting the videos?