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Swekey: A safe web enabler usb?

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I received a Swekey in the mail this week. What’s a Swekey you ask?

Like regular keys protect your car and your home against thieves and burglars, the swekey protects your internet accounts against any kind of piracy

Any swekey protected web site will never accept to log you in if your swekey is not plugged into your computer… Read more

So I am going to start off by stating that there is a WordPress plugin to enable this handy little USB key on WordPress powered sites. For information on the plugin you can visit it on the plugin directory.

Hopefully you’re using the latest WordPress install (2.7.1), in which you can head to the plugins menu and click on Add New. Do a search for Swekey and install the latest version (which at the time of writing this was version 1.0.7).

Once you’ve got the latest version installed head into your settings and find the Swekey setting page which will look like:

The Swekey setting on WordPress 2.7.1

The Swekey setting on WordPress 2.7.1

I’m going to have to do some research on the first three options in the setting page, which I am not sure what other server URL I’d use or if needed be outside the localhost (which I am assuming is default — or left blank as it states).

The fourth option asks you whether you want to accept regular login’s without the swekey (in cause of misplacement) or to only allow login access with the swekey. For the most part I would not choose the latter option as the swekey isn’t that popular. This also might only be handy at the current state to the people inside the development of the Swekey, but a good idea none the less.

The next option inside the setting panel will either allow or disallow your users to attach/detach there profiles with the swekey to your site. If you’re site doesn’t allow users to register and you hand register everyone, you may want to do the same with this option.

Second to last, you can edit the Supported Brands: 8 chars hexadecimal upper case value. Which at this time am not sure what it does..yet.

The last option is simply a placement for the swekey logo if you choose to upload one.

So now we’ve got the plugin installed, I guess I better get to using and testing it before continuing anymore.. 🙂

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  1. Chris

    September 8, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    That key is pretty sweet. I’ve not tried it, but I plan on ordering!
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Organic SEO Myths =-.

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Gallery Plus

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You may notice on some of our posts a gallery of images. We are using the built in WordPress up-loader, and when there are a few images we use the gallery insert button. But we are fans of jQuery and are using Thickbox.

As you know the basic gallery insert with attach the gallery images and link them to an image attachment page. Instead we installed the Gallery Plus plugin by Justin Hawkwood.

This plugin alone will add the ability under the Settings — options to add a “title” attribute in the <a> link and a rel attribute of “lightbox”.

Now I do have some site’s with lightbox installed, and I am a fan of the script, but I didn’t want to use the Scriptaculous script. And I do know that there is a Lightbox script based on jQuery.

Anyway… since I am using the Thickbox script on this site, the plugin needed a little tweaking:

There are two files contained in the download: gallery-plus.php & options.php, both with need to be edited. Lets start with the options.php:

Find.

update_option('gallery_plus_overlay', $_POST['gallery_plus_overlay']);

Add the 2nd line below, like this.

update_option('gallery_plus_overlay', $_POST['gallery_plus_overlay']);
update_option('gallery_plus_overlay2', $_POST['gallery_plus_overlay2']);

Next Find.

$gallery_plus_overlay = stripslashes(get_option('gallery_plus_overlay'));

Add the 2nd line below, like this.

$gallery_plus_overlay = stripslashes(get_option('gallery_plus_overlay'));
$gallery_plus_overlay2 = stripslashes(get_option('gallery_plus_overlay2'));

This is where it gets tricky. Find these next lines.

<tr valign="baseline">
<th scope="row"><?php _e('"rel" value in &lt;a&gt; tag:') ?></th>
<td><select name="gallery_plus_overlay">
<option value="none"<?php if ($gallery_plus_overlay == 'none') echo ' selected="selected"'; ?>>none</option>
<option value="lightbox"<?php if ($gallery_plus_overlay == 'lightbox') echo ' selected="selected"'; ?>>lightbox</option>
</select> Specify which, if any, javscript image overlay package to use. THIS PLUGIN DOES NOT INSTALL ANY OVERLAY PACKAGES.<br /><em>Note: Only applies when <strong>Link type</strong> is set to "image".</em>
</td></tr>

And Add these lines above.

<tr valign="baseline">
<th scope="row"><?php _e('Insert "class=..." Attribute In Link:') ?></th>
<td><select name="gallery_plus_overlay2">
<option value="none"<?php if ($gallery_plus_overlay2 == 'none') echo ' selected="selected"'; ?>>NONE</option>
<option value="thickbox"<?php if ($gallery_plus_overlay2 == 'thickbox') echo ' selected="selected"'; ?>>thickbox</option>
</select> <em>Note: Only applies when <strong>Link Images To Full Resolution</strong> is on.</em>
</td></tr>

It should look like this:

<tr valign="baseline">
<th scope="row"><?php _e('Insert "class=..." Attribute In Link:') ?></th>
<td><select name="gallery_plus_overlay2">
<option value="none"<?php if ($gallery_plus_overlay2 == 'none') echo ' selected="selected"'; ?>>NONE</option>
<option value="thickbox"<?php if ($gallery_plus_overlay2 == 'thickbox') echo ' selected="selected"'; ?>>thickbox</option>
</select> <em>Note: Only applies when <strong>Link Images To Full Resolution</strong> is on.</em>
</td></tr>


<tr valign="baseline">
<th scope="row"><?php _e('"rel" value in &lt;a&gt; tag:') ?></th>
<td><select name="gallery_plus_overlay">
<option value="none"<?php if ($gallery_plus_overlay == 'none') echo ' selected="selected"'; ?>>none</option>
<option value="lightbox"<?php if ($gallery_plus_overlay == 'lightbox') echo ' selected="selected"'; ?>>lightbox</option>
</select> Specify which, if any, javscript image overlay package to use. THIS PLUGIN DOES NOT INSTALL ANY OVERLAY PACKAGES.<br /><em>Note: Only applies when <strong>Link type</strong> is set to "image".</em>
</td></tr>

Now lets edit the gallery-plus.php file:

Find.

'overlay' => get_option('gallery_plus_overlay'),

Add the 2nd line below, like this.

'overlay' => get_option('gallery_plus_overlay'),
'overlay2' => get_option('gallery_plus_overlay2'),

Next Find.

<a href=\"$full_image_href[0]\"" . (($overlay != 'none') ? ' class="' . $overlay . '"' : '') . ($atagtitle ? " title=\"".trim(htmlspecialchars($attachment->post_title, ENT_QUOTES ))."\"" : '') . "><img src=\"$thumbnail_link[0]\" title=\"".trim(htmlspecialchars($attachment->post_title, ENT_QUOTES ))."\" alt=\"".trim(htmlspecialchars($attachment->post_excerpt, ENT_QUOTES))."\" width=\"$thumbnail_link[1]\" height=\"$thumbnail_link[2]\" class=\"attachment-thumbnail\" /></a></{$icontag}>";

And change the $overlay to $overlay2, like this.

<a href=\"$full_image_href[0]\"" . (($overlay2 != 'none') ? ' class="' . $overlay2 . '"' : '') . ($atagtitle ? " title=\"".trim(htmlspecialchars($attachment->post_title, ENT_QUOTES ))."\"" : '') . "><img src=\"$thumbnail_link[0]\" title=\"".trim(htmlspecialchars($attachment->post_title, ENT_QUOTES ))."\" alt=\"".trim(htmlspecialchars($attachment->post_excerpt, ENT_QUOTES))."\" width=\"$thumbnail_link[1]\" height=\"$thumbnail_link[2]\" class=\"attachment-thumbnail\" /></a>
</{$icontag}>";

note: I know that this is really just riding the plugin of the lightbox script and telling it to use the thickbox only script, but till it’s added in, this is the way I went about it.

Thanks

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Scheduled Post Shift

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I just came across an article over at WPHacks.com about a “how to” shift and bring back posts hidden way in the archive. Seems really interesting, cause I have a few blog sites myself and some of them like thefrosty.com and jeanasays.com. Theses sites have been working hard for a long while and have built up a good 20 plus paginated archive of posts.

So I am going to try and download the plugin Scheduled Post Shift Plugin by Dagon Design.

Once I have a chance to review this plugin I will surely write about it. 🙂

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Comment Validation

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Another plugin I am using on this site: Comment Validation by Jörn Zaefferer.

From Jörn’s site:

Why should you install it? Because you care for comments and want to help users reduce mistakes that hold them off from commenting at all.

Whats the technology used? jQuery and the jQuery Validation plugin with a few customizations to make it fit into the standard WordPress theme.

Is it compatible with other plugins? The plugin is tested with the Draw Comments plugin and works, though the performance is slightly degraded. Other plugins haven’t yet been tested.

Download WordPress-Comment-Validation-Plugin (zip)

And.. Test it out below, but then, do leave a true comment. 🙂

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