Subscribe Sidebar WordPress Plugin

Angelo MandatoBlubrry, Contact Us, Information, PodcasterNews, RawVoice Generator, Tech Podcasts8 Comments

Subscribe Sidebar Wordress PluginRawVoice is pleased to announce the Subscribe Sidebar WordPress plugin.

The Subscribe Sidebar plugin creates a uniform list of the most common subscribe links with icons to display in a blog’s sidebar. The plugin may be added to the sidebar by either utilizing the dynamic widgets sidebar feature or adding a few lines of code to your theme’s sidebar template. Configurable options include links for RSS 2.0, Atom, Podpress podcast Feed, add to Google Reader/Homepage, add to My Yahoo, add to iTunes, add to Zune and follow on Twitter.

The plugin was inspired by our Subscribe & Share sidebar found in the RawVoice Generator‘s program pages. RawVoice CEO Todd Cochrane wanted the same easy to find and recongize functionality of the subscribe links found on our Blubrry, TechPodcasts and PodcasterNews properties for our WordPress blogs. My (Angelo’s) answer, the Subscribe Sidebar plugin.

Unlike our Subscribe & Share list found in the RawVoice Generator, the Subscribe Sidebar plugin does not contain any share links. If you are looking for a WordPress plugin that includes this functionality, please check out Alex King’s Share This plugin.

Please let us know if you have any code improvements, suggestions, comments or thoughts.

8 Comments on “Subscribe Sidebar WordPress Plugin”

  1. Rob Safuto

    This is a good plugin idea. I tried it out on the blog and found one issue that you may want to correct. If the blog sidebar widget has a formatted header, as most WP sidebar widgets do these days, a pair of headers are produced. You get a blank header and then a header with the title of the plugin.

    This is showing up because the title variable is not being invoked in the widget code. At least I think that’s what it is. So consider cleaning that up. Would also be good to make the title editable via the widget screen. Editable titles seem to be the norm for WordPress widgets that have been released lately.

  2. Mike Wills

    This won’t work for me. I like the idea, but I need better control of the RSS feeds that are given. I would recommend changing it to allow the user to enter in the feed(s). In my case the site feed is myshow.com/feed and the podcast feed is myshow.com/podcast.xml (with redirection). This also won’t work for those using feedburner for their feeds.

  3. Rob Safuto

    I agree with your feedback Mike. Although this could work out of the box for many people, it would be a great value add for the configuration window to have an option to add an alternate feed for subscription.

  4. Angelo Mandato

    Thanks guys for the feedback!

    This plugin does work with other plugins that redirect the feed such as FeedSmith. I wrote my own WordPress plugin a year ago that writes my feeds as a static xml files and changes the URL in WordPress the static ones (e.g. site.com/rss2.xml). I can copy the logic from that plugin to this one pretty easily. I’ve been thinking about making that plugin available as well, the jury is still out on that one.

    I see what you mean by the sidebar header title. This is only an issue for those who use the dynamic widgets version of the plugin. I’ll get that fixed in the next version.

  5. Brian Yuhnke

    Our show has two hosts, Would love the ability to add more than one Twitter account.

  6. Bruce Simon

    Hi, I just installed Subscribe Sidebar and got this error message while trying to update my options:

    “You are not a LEVEL 8 or above USER & hence you cannot configure Subscribe Sidebar. If you are a LEVEL 8 or above USER, then please Logout & Login again.”

    I logged out & logged back in and still got the message. I am the owner of the site (therockandrollfantasy.com) and am the only one with access to the Admin functions.

    I’m still running WP 2.2.1 (don’t ask) — could that be the problem?

    Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

    Sincerely,

    Bruce Simon
    The Rock & Roll Fantasy
    therockandrollfantasy.com

  7. Angelo Mandato

    You will want to upgrade your WordPress ASAP, there are security issues with older versions of WordPress.

    Upgrading your copy of WordPress is one solution, the other is to try the following version of the subscribe sidebar which removes the user level check: Subscribe Sidebar 1.0a.

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