What’s New on #wpswfl and #t4gswfl via oEmbedAPI – now in 4.4

On this post we collect snippets of post on other websites, using the oEmbedAPI plugin to embed WordPress post as easily as tweets or YouTube videos. The plugin needs to be available on the website delivering the snippets. (10/23) OEmbedAPI plugin has made it into WordPress 4.4 Beta 1 version and disabled my beta site a minute or so, until I deactivated the earlier plugin, the fun of beta testing:-)  Now this blog runs on WordPress 4.4 Beta 2 and this is out oEmbed works when part of core.

So in order to share posts from wpswfl.org site, the plugin needed to be install there.

WordPress Meetup SWFL posted

Updates & Resources: What’s New 4.3, Plugins for Photos, Security and more

Tech4Good SWFL posted:

Recap and Resources: Prepare for #GivingTuesday – Checklist, Ideas, Guides, free online webinars for nonprofits, and more!

My biggest hope for this feature is, that the oEmbedAPI plugin also allows curation tools like Storify to display WordPress posts better in their views. At the moment they don’t make a big enough splash, compare to a mere Twitter post with a photo… but I guess that’s a total different discussion all together:-)

OEmbedAPI need to be installed on the site of the to be embedded posts.

10/23/15 (bph) – I wanted to also include Steve Hart’s post on Relevanza about the last Tech4Good Event in this test, and it doesn’t seem to work. All I see is a big white space where the post should apprear.

http://www.relevanza.com/social-media-surgery-southwest-florida-style/

So… something is interfering on the Relevanza Site that prevents oEmbedAPI plugin there to display the linked content correctly. How to find time to troubleshoot this in the next couple of days.
If you have any thoughts, share them in the comment section below or reach to me on Twitter on @bph

10/30 – Update: You can read more about the new feature on the Contributors blog – yes, it’s embedding the post:-) In the comment section of the post is a side note “Options come at a cost” and WordPress Philosophy on Decisions and Options.

New Embeds Feature in WordPress 4.4

When making decisions these are the users we consider first. A great example of this consideration is software options. Every time you give a user an option, you are asking them to make a decision. When a user doesn’t care or understand the option this ultimately leads to frustration. As developers we sometimes feel that providing options for everything is a good thing, you can never have too many choices, right? Ultimately these choices end up being technical ones, choices that the average end user has no interest in. It’s our duty as developers to make smart design decisions and avoid putting the weight of technical choices on our end users.

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