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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Wordpress Plugin Assign Categories

I will blog a lot about my experiences with open source software such as Wordpress.
Wordpress is the best darn thing that has happened to the internet. Wordpress is open source *free* made for blogging but used for every type of site you can think of.

I love wordpress not because it's free but because you love wordpress. Yep, that's right so many people find wordpress easy to use and with more people using it more and more and more plugins are being made. There are so many plugins for wordpress that sometimes It's such a hassle to go through them all.

It's a hassle to find the plugin you need for your site. There is just so much wordpress information and resource sites to look through but the beauty is usually if you keep looking you find what you need.

Nearly everyday I have some type of wordpress maintenance to do on a site. And since I've decided to wait for WPMU to become better developed I needed a plugin that would help assign user categories.

First plugin I found didn't work although the title and description was right on target.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bind-user-to-cat/

A Few mins on google and I was able to find a forum of wordpress users dicussing that same issue.


And they listed two more wordpress plugins:

1) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/access-by-category/

2) http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/authors2categories/

After trying them both I decided upon plugin 2.

Which allows you to assign categories by user instead of my role.

When I choose plugins I take into account the number of times a plugin has been downloaded in addition to the comments and suggestions of other users and experience of the plugin developer. Everyone that develops a plugin isn't an experienced developer so it's best to get familiar with the developers to choose plugins from trusted and experienced developers as a precaution.

The downside of plugins is since many of them are free they are use at your own risk. Which means if you screw up your site adding a plugin tuff titty.

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