by David Blank-Edelman on September 24, 2009

Last updated November 28, 2009

The People

This website was created by the CCIS Systems Group. Please feel free to contact us at systems@ccs.neu.edu.

The Tech

The website itself is built on top of WordPress using the Thesis theme and a whole pile of plugins, including:

Anti-email Spam 1.2  Anti-email Spam 1.2
» John Godley (url)
Replaces email addresses with obsfucated javascript or HTML entities

BackupBuddy  BackupBuddy
» iThemes (url)
The most complete WordPress solution for Backup, Restoration, and Migration. Backs up a customizable selection of files, settings, and content for the complete snapshot of your site. Restore and/or migrate your site to a new host or new domain with complete ease-of-mind.

Broken Link Checker 1.10.4  Broken Link Checker 1.10.4
» Janis Elsts (url)
Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.

Capability Manager 1.3.2  Capability Manager 1.3.2
» Jordi Canals (url)
Manage user capabilities and roles.

Changelogger 1.2.17  Changelogger 1.2.17
» Oliver Schlöbe (url)
WordPress 2.7+ only. For many many people a changelog is a very important thing; it is all about justifying to your users why they should upgrade to the latest version of a plugin. Changelogger shows the latest changelog right on the plugin listing page, whenever there’s a plugin ready to be updated.

Comment Reply Notification 1.4  Comment Reply Notification 1.4
» denishua (url)
When a reply is made to a comment the user has left on the blog, an e-mail shall be sent to the user to notify him of the reply. This will allow the users to follow up the comment and expand the conversation if desired. 评论回复通知插件, 当评论被回复时会email通知评论的作者.

Deactivate Visual Editor 0.1  Deactivate Visual Editor 0.1
» J. Matt Fields (url)
Deactivates the visual editor for specific pages or posts.

Enable Media Replace 3.0.3  Enable Media Replace 3.0.3
» Måns Jonasson (url)
Enable replacing media files by uploading a new file in the “Edit Media” section of the WordPress Media Library.

Exec-PHP 4.9  Exec-PHP 4.9
» Sören Weber (url)
Executes <?php ?> code in your posts, pages and text widgets.

Google Analyticator 6.4.8  Google Analyticator 6.4.8
» Video User Manuals Pty Ltd (url)
Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google’s Analytics. After enabling this plugin you need to authenticate with Google, then select your domain and you’re set.

Google XML Sitemaps 4.0.8  Google XML Sitemaps 4.0.8
» Arne Brachhold (url)
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.

Gravity Forms 1.8.22  Gravity Forms 1.8.22
» rocketgenius (url)
Easily create web forms and manage form entries within the WordPress admin.

Health Check 0.2.1  Health Check 0.2.1
» The WordPress.org community (url)
Checks the health of your WordPress install

iThemes Security 4.6.13  iThemes Security 4.6.13
» iThemes.com (url)
Protect your WordPress site by hiding vital areas of your site, protecting access to important files, preventing brute-force login attempts, detecting attack attempts and more.

Last Modified Footer 1.1.0  Last Modified Footer 1.1.0
» Hugh Johnson (url)
This plugin generates messages stating the last modification date and time for the whole site and the individual content (if appropriate). The message templates, time and date formatting and the placement of the messages are customisable.

Members 0.2.4  Members 0.2.4
» Justin Tadlock (url)
A user, role, and content management plugin for controlling permissions and access. A plugin for making WordPress a more powerful CMS.

Menubar 5.2  Menubar 5.2
» Andrea Tarantini (url)
Configurable menus with your choice of menu templates.

MiniMeta Widget 4.5.3  MiniMeta Widget 4.5.3
» Daniel Hüsken (url)
WordPress (Mini)Meta Widget with different logon types (form,link) and additional admin links. All links can enabeld/disabeld.

My Page Order 3.3.2  My Page Order 3.3.2
» Andrew Charlton (url)
My Page Order allows you to set the order of pages through a drag and drop interface. The default method of setting the order page by page is extremely clumsy, especially with a large number of pages.

Password Reset Removed 1.0  Password Reset Removed 1.0
» Derek Herman (url)
Removes the ability for non admin users to change/reset their passwords.

Redirection 2.3.13  Redirection 2.3.13
» John Godley (url)
Manage all your 301 redirects and monitor 404 errors

ServerBuddy 1.0.5  ServerBuddy 1.0.5
» Dustin Bolton (url)
Various tools & tests to analyze server configuration & troubleshoot issues. Navigate to Tools: ServerBuddy. By PluginBuddy.com.

Simple History 2.0.18  Simple History 2.0.18
» Pär Thernström (url)
Plugin that logs various things that occur in WordPress and then presents those events in a very nice GUI.

Simple LDAP Login 1.5.5  Simple LDAP Login 1.5.5
» Clif Griffin Development Inc. (url)
Authenticate WordPress against LDAP.

Standout Color Boxes and Buttons 0.7.0  Standout Color Boxes and Buttons 0.7.0
» Jimmy Peña (url)
This plugin implements colored content boxes and buttons as described in a Studiopress blog post as shortcodes.

Subpage View 1.0.0  Subpage View 1.0.0
» Henrik Urlund (url)
A plugin for showing subpages on a given page. Insert into MCE by using [subpage-view attributes] an example [subpage-view depth="1"]. View WordPress Codex for shortcode help. A CodeWork plugin for WordPress.

SyntaxHighlighter Evolved 3.1.11  SyntaxHighlighter Evolved 3.1.11
» Alex Mills (Viper007Bond) (url)
Easily post syntax-highlighted code to your site without having to modify the code at all. Uses Alex Gorbatchev’s SyntaxHighlighter. TIP: Don’t use the Visual editor if you don’t want your code mangled. TinyMCE will “clean up” your HTML.

Template Tag Shortcodes 0.1.1  Template Tag Shortcodes 0.1.1
» Justin Tadlock (url)
Turns many of the WordPress template tags into shortcodes that can be used in posts and pages.

Thesis/Menubar Integration 0.3.0  Thesis/Menubar Integration 0.3.0
» Paul Clark (url)
Use Menubar as a replacement for the default Thesis 1.6 menubar. 1. Install Menubar. 2. Install Superfish or Suckerfish Template (Directions here). 3. Create and populate a menu called thesis-nav using Superfish or Suckerfish without CSS. 4. Add remove_action('thesis_hook_before_header', 'thesis_nav_menu'); add_action('thesis_hook_before_header','pd_nav_menu'); to Thesis custom_functions.php.

Update Notifier 1.4.1  Update Notifier 1.4.1
» Jon Cave (url)
Sends email notifications to the admin if a new version of WordPress available. Notifications about updates for plugins and themes can also be sent.

W3 Total Cache  W3 Total Cache
» Frederick Townes (url)
The highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.

WordPress Database Backup 2.2.4  WordPress Database Backup 2.2.4
» Austin Matzko (url)
On-demand backup of your WordPress database. Navigate to Tools → Backup to get started.

WordPress Popular Posts 3.2.1  WordPress Popular Posts 3.2.1
» Hector Cabrera (url)
WordPress Popular Posts is a highly customizable widget that displays the most popular posts on your blog

WP-PluginsUsed 1.50  WP-PluginsUsed 1.50
» Lester 'GaMerZ' Chan (url)
Display WordPress plugins that you currently have (both active and inactive) onto a post/page.

WP-SpamFree  WP-SpamFree
» WP-SpamFree (url)
An extremely powerful anti-spam plugin that virtually eliminates comment spam. Finally, you can enjoy a spam-free WordPress blog! Includes spam-free contact form feature as well.

WP-Table Reloaded 1.9.4  WP-Table Reloaded 1.9.4
» Tobias Bäthge (url)
This plugin allows you to create and easily manage tables in the admin-area of WordPress. A comfortable backend allows an easy manipulation of table data. You can then include the tables into your posts, on your pages or in text widgets by using a shortcode or a template tag function. Tables can be imported and exported from/to CSV, XML and HTML.

This is version 2.0 of our HOWTO site. The original prototype was built by John Mendelewski using Confluence.

The Graphics

The icons used on the site come from the Seed Icons by Rokey.

The rounded corners CSS for the home page are adapted from Stu Nicholls’ four curved corners example at CSSplay.