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Taking Notes in WordPress

Updated July 7, 2005

I was using a notes plugin which I talk about below, then Chris J. Davis came up with an EVEN BETTER mousetrap for taking notes in WordPress. I love it when competition makes life better for everyone.

Chris J. Davis’s WordPress Notepad Plugin takes the concept of “taking notes” in WordPress and makes it not only a useful tool, but an invaluable one.

The plugin installs as with most WordPress plugins today, with an upload and an activation click. It adds two “menus” to your WordPress Administration Panels. One is under Manage and the other under Write Post. You click Add Note and enter in your notes however you want them. When you are ready to turn them into a post, choose Convert to Draft and instantly the note is added to your Write Post Drafts. You can then edit it, assign it categories, and turn your note into a post, fast and easy.

And it doesn’t stop there. He’s added a bookmarklet similar to the WordPress Press It Bookmarklet which you can click and drag to your Bookmark or Links bar in your browser and when visiting a page, click the link and that page’s link and title will appear in a new window holding a condensed version of your Write Post Admin Panel. You can add information from the article or any other notes and then save it. It will later appear on your Manage > Notes Admin panel. WOW! That is fast note-taking.

I hear that even more powerful features are in the works and this makes taking notes and accumulating research information for posts so much easier. I can pull the info from the notes themselves into the article I’m working on, or turn the whole note into a post. That’s versatility and power. I love it!

And this is a great example of a plugin author is thinking like an end user, adding features that increase functionality and usefulness. Keep up the great work, Chris!


May 19, 2005

One of the problems with WordPress is that it is too easy. Yes, too easy to work with. I can quickly add a plugin, make a change in my code, or get into the source code and make changes there. With this ease comes problems. They can happen so fast and be so many, I forget what I’ve done and the little changes I’ve made.

For a while, I was keeping a text file with notes for all of these quickie modifications, but I get lazy because WordPress is so darn easy. In the early days, things were more complicated. A simple seeming plugin required three or five steps to install and make work. Now, it’s two clicks and it works great. Still, I need a way of keeping track of the modifications I make and the text file is a pain.

Enter Michalis Sarigiannidis’s Notes. Uplodad the plugin and its subfolders to your Plugin folder on your site, activate it, visit the Admin > Options >Notes page and begin the installation with one click, and then you have a neat and clean way of keeping notes right inside WordPress. Wow.

Click on Admin > Manage > Notes and you have a screen for adding notes of any kind to its own table within WordPress’s database. It’s very simple and has lots of room for growth and expansion, but for now, You add a title, type in your notes, and then save it. It’s there to refer to at any time.

For the modifications I make to my WordPress site, this is a great way of keeping the information together in one place, reminding me of what worked, didn’t work, and what changes I made. But this is but one use of Notes.

I’ve been using WordPress Post Drafts as a reminder and to-do list for articles I’m working on. There are many, and I find myself ignoring them after a while. This Notes plugin could also work as a to-do list. Or reminders, or even notes you gather from around different sites for research. I’m going to ask the author to include some kind of category system for sorting these notes in the future…looking way into the future.

Check it out. Another “easy” WordPress plugin that is actually very helpful. Great work!

2 Comments

  • Posted June 16, 2005 at 14:50 | Permalink

    Thanks for the great review! I’ve been working on a new WordPress plugin for some time now, and I think you’ll like it. It’s a gallery manager for wordpress. It’s still in beta, but it has many features and I am working on many more. I’d really appreciate it if you could let me know what you think. By the way, Great site! Cheers!

  • Posted June 16, 2005 at 15:01 | Permalink

    Since your notes plugin for WordPress is so neat, I may just have to check this out. Thanks!

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