Proseguo con la carrellata di novità, plugin e consigli sul mondo WordPress vedendo a distanza di tempo dall’ultimo mio intervento “WordPress plugin IV (miscelania)” cosa bolle nella rete.

Come da titolo, partiamo da una serie di interessanti Hack per i commenti e i vari interventi e miglioramenti che possiamo apportare.

Styling Your WordPress Comments, A fun part of customizing WordPress themes is designing a comments format which complements the rest of the site. Darrenhoyt has shared his three examples from recent projects, including code samples and downloads to the original .PSDs on ‘Styling Your WordPress Comment’ s.

Alternating Colors For Comments, You might want to have alternating row colors for your comments, to make a clearer separation. Alternating rows make it easier to distinguish different comments. Doing this is relatively very easy.

Styling Author Comments, An often-used feature in WordPress blogs is the ability to style comments made by the post’s author differently from the others – helping replies to stand out. Here, are few example of editing the default WordPress to add some subtle styling to author comments.

Numbering Your Comments, If your blog posts receive lots of comments then it can be really useful for both you and your readers to number it. Jean-Baptiste shows a simple solution to count comments easily and efficiently.

Displaying The Most Recent Comment First, By default, a typical WordPress blog will display the very first comment at the top of the comments template. But if you would like your WordPress blog to display the most recent comment to be right on top instead of the usual at the bottom of a page, Moses of WPThemesPlugin.com suggested a tricky solution to display recent comments on top.

Displaying Total Number Of Comments, If you have a popular WordPress blog with good number of comments everyday, then wouldn’t it be nice to be able to display the total number of comments published on your WordPress blog since your blog launch? The kind of stuff advertisers totally enjoy.

Changing The Default WordPress Gravatar, Thousands of blogs show avatars next to their user’s comments. The avatars are a great way to make things more personal and create some variety between the different comments. Over at Pro Blog Design, Michael has written a great tutorial explaining exactly how to add your own default Gravatar image, as well as provide some tips on how to make a good Gravatar default image.

Preventing Direct Access To Comments.php, comments.php is meant to be included in a post page, not separately. You could consider this a security measure. Inside the statement, you could insert any message you’d want to be displayed to the person viewing the comments.php file, preferably a die statement.

Full-featured comments.php Template For WordPress, Christian shares his fully featured and well commented comments.php file (with some modifications to make it even more flexible). This comment.php have lots of hacks already applied which can save a lot of your time.

Plugin: Fully Integrated Shopping Cart for WordPress, is a fully integrated shopping cart application suitable for selling your products, services, and or fees online. WP e-Commerce makes it easy for you to accept payments online. WP e-Commerce integrates with Google Checkout, Paypal, Authorize.net, Payment Express and many other trusted payment processors. You will install WP e-Commerce in minutes. Just like all well architectured plugins WP e-Commerce bolts right on. You simply download the plugin, copy it to your Plugins folder and activate it via your admin panel.

WordPress theme for your WordPress e-Commerce store called Crafty Cart that requires the WP e-Commerce plugin for shopping cart functionality, but works as a fully functional blog on its own. The design of Crafty Cart features custom made ‘Add to Cart’ buttons and a beautiful shopping cart widget design. It’s a fresh flavoured retro style for selling t-shirts and handmade items, designed to be a starting point for your online shop.

The WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart is a very easy to use plugin that allows you to sell products or services online in one click from your WordPress blog. It lets you add the ‘Add to Cart’ button anywhere on any post or page. This plugin also allows you to add the shopping cart anywhere in a post or page or sidebar easily. The shopping cart shows the user what they currently have in the cart and allows them to add or remove items. After the Payment has been processed by PayPal the customer will be redirected to a page (you can set your desired target page URL from the options menu of this plugin) where the customer can see download link of the product or instructions or a simple thank you etc.

Snazzy Archives is a visualization plugin for your WordPress site featuring an unique way to display all your posts. Your archive page will never be boring again. Snazzy Archives simply lets you express yourself and your blog. You can select different layouts and special effects, Snazzy archives will make sure your content stands out.

GD Star Rating plugin allows you to set up rating system for posts, pages and comments in your blog. You can set many options for displaying the rating stars, and also add widgets into the sidebars for displaying top ratings and other statistics generated by the plugin. Plugin includes advanced settings panels that will allow you to control many aspects of rating.

Anarchy Media Player 2.5 for WordPress, WordPressMu and Standalone Javascript will play any simple href link to mp3, flv, Quicktime mov, mp4, m4v, m4a, m4b, 3gp as well as Windows wmv, avi and asf files, in the appropriate player on your web page. The WordPress versions also add buttons to the Rich Text Editor for embedding Flash swf and Director dcr movies as well as YouTube, Google Video, iFilm, DailyMotion, Revver, Metacafe, MySpace, Apple iTunes iMix, and GoEar players.

The Organize Series plugin helps with the organization and presentation of articles/posts you write as part of a series. It helps make it easier for readers of your blog to discover all the series you’ve written and also to easily find post that are part of the same series.

15 Useful WordPress Tricks to Make Your Theme Even Better, This is a post for all the WordPress theme developers out there. Here are only a few of the many great snippets of code that will take your current theme creation and make it that much better. Please, use them.