After the deadline - contextual grammar checking wordpress pluginThis weekend I attended WordCamp Boston at The Nerd Center aka Microsoft’s building at 1 Cambridge Center.  It was an excellent conference and extremely well organized, run and managed WordCamp.

I was introduced to the After the Deadline plugin while helping people at the Genius Bar.  After the Deadline is a great plugin that does grammar checking and spell checking of wordpress posts and pages.  This is no simple tool, it performs contextual checking of grammar and spelling at a very high and accurate level.

WordPress comes with a built in spell checker these days, but its not to powerful.  After the Deadline is a plugin that has been picked up by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com.

image I was also re-introduced to the Shopp ecommerce plugin for WordPress.  These days there are several WordPress plugins that provide ecommerce capabilities either as a bolt on plugin or as a conduit to another ecommerce plugin like OScommerce.  Shopp provides a number of great features as an ecommerce tool which include but are not limited to

  • Easy to install WordPress plug-in
  • Bolt-on e-commerce functionality, just install and activate
  • Works out-of-the-box with any theme (quality may vary)
  • 2Checkout.com (included)
  • PayPal Website Payments Standard (included)
  • PayPal Express Checkout (included)
  • Google Checkout (Lvl 2 Integration) (included)
  • PayPal Website Payments Pro (available add-on, US & UK only)
  • Handles multiple product images with easy drag-and-drop sorting
  • Support for selling digital & physical products and donations
  • Export orders and customers into Tab, CSV and Excel formats
  • Export orders for import into Intuit QuickBooks
  • Search engine optimized shopping pages (product name and category in the title, semantic markup, alt/title attributes set, <meta> keywords/description)
  • Built-in smart categories provide easy ways to highlight: new product additions, featured products, bestselling products, on sale products, random products, even related products for cross-selling
  • Standards-compliant mark-up output (targeting XHTML 1.0 strict)
  • Setup free shipping discounts
  • Promote overstocked items with buy X get Y free promotions
  • Apply any of your discount options using promo/coupon codes

Shopp is not a free plugin, it costs about $55.  As compared to the WP-Ecommerce plugin, which is free at a basic level and has multiple add on components to make it shine.  That said, the total price adds up to about the same amount.

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