Watched a movie or a TV show? Log it in WordPress with Traktivity

Do you watch a lot of movies or TV Shows? Do you have a WordPress site? You will love Traktivity!

This plugin allows you to log everything you watch inside your WordPress site. You may then use that data for anything you want.

You could display the last few shows you watched in a widget in your sidebar, you could automatically post on Facebook or Twitter whenever you are watching something, or you could just keep that data to find out more about the genres you watch the most, or how many hours you spent in front of the TV last month or last year.

Most importantly, that data is yours, saved in your WordPress site for good.

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Jetpack: move Jetpack Ads further down in a post

You’ve probably heard about Jetpack’s new Ads module: it allows you to insert ads in your posts, in your sidebar, and in the header of your WordPress site without having to worry about finding the right ad network, managing ad inventory, or worrying about the quality of the ads. It’s available to Jetpack Premium and Professional users.

To use the feature, all you have to do is to click on the toggle under the Jetpack menu in your dashboard. Jetpack takes care of the rest.

However, sometimes you may not be happy with the default placement of the in-post ads: they appear right below the post content. That’s great, but sometimes you may be using other plugins to insert elements in there, like sharing buttons, related posts, subscription forms, …

The code snippet below will allow you to move the ad box exactly where you want it to appear.

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Use Unison on Webfaction

Unison is a great little tool to synchronize files between your local machine and a remote server. It’s free, open-source, and cross-platform. I use it every day to develop Jetpack. However, until very recently I couldn’t use it to work with files on this very site. I’m hosted with Webfaction, a great hosting provider for developers who want flexibility without having to deal with server administration. A lot of packages are already installed and configured on my server for me. Unison is not available by default, so I had to install it myself. Luckily, Webfaction lets you do that!

Here is how I did it.

Jetpack: control what images are served by Photon

Jetpack flying through the sky (or maybe it's SpaceX)

Jetpack’s Photon module is a free image CDN that doesn’t require any configuration; as soon you activate it, all the images in your posts and pages will be downloaded, optimized, cached, and served from WordPress.com’s CDN. Magic!

Photon is applied to all images on your site, including images that may hosted somewhere else; if you one day added an image to one of your posts without actually uploading it to your Media Library, that image will be served through Photon too.

However, sometimes you’d rather not serve external images through Photon. After all, these images may already be served via another CDN! Luckily, Jetpack includes a filter to allow you to control which images get served by Photon. In the example below, we’ll only use Photon for images belonging to our site, and make sure none of the images that are not hosted on our site get processed by Photon.

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Jetpack and Open Graph Meta Tags: change a post’s Media Type to Video

Customize the way your post previews look like on Facebook

When sharing posts on Facebook, you may have realized that sometimes you can play a video right on Facebook, without having to click and go to another site.

Videos on Face

This is possible thanks to Open Graph Meta Tags. When you share a post on Facebook, or when Jetpack Publicize publishes a post to your Facebook page, Facebook crawls the page and looks for Open Graph meta tags in the head to build a complete post preview. That post preview will often include an image, a title, a description, and sometimes a video like on the screenshot above.

Jetpack automatically creates these Open Graph Meta tags for you unless you already use another Open Graph plugin, in which case we let the other plugin handle things.

Let’s learn how to customize the type of tags that Jetpack can add to your posts.

Add Subtitles to a video in WordPress

WordPress Video Options

I faced an interesting challenge last week: I wanted to add subtitles to a video I had inserted in a page with WordPress’ Core Video Shortcode, but I couldn’t find any shortcode parameter allowing me to specify a subtitle file.

I checked the shortcode’s source code but couldn’t find any “subtitle” attribute there. The Codex page wasn’t helpful either. After more digging, I realized that the whole thing was in fact super easy!

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Post Views for Jetpack

New week, new plugin! ?

This is once again a Jetpack add-on, and it’s also another good example of the things you can accomplish with the WordPress.com REST API: Post Views for Jetpack pulls data about your site’s stats, as well as stats for each one of your posts.

This is still a work in progress; I would love to know what you’d like in this plugin, and where you would like to display those post views. Open a new thread in the support forums to let me know!