Introducing “A Better Planet” Fresh News Widget for your WordPress Dashboard
I have created a new plugin called “A Better Planet” which is simply a news widget for your WordPress dashboard intended to take the place of the default Planet WordPress feed. Inspired by this post on WPMU by James Farmer titled “The WordPress Planet is Pants – and here’s how to improve it”. I don’t often agree with James Farmer but this post struck a chord with me – I have long thought it’s a little unfair that the prominent news feed which is displayed on every WordPress install is so out of date and broken.
There are a good number of blogs about WordPress which deserve to be included but are never given the chance for whatever reason and there remains so many sites on the list that haven’t updated in ages or contain a lot of content unrelated to WordPress.
My attempt to provide a solution is A better Planet, a free plugin you can download and install which will provide a dashboard widget with latest new from more relevant and fresh sources
To start off with I have manually selected 30 of my favorite sources to be included which I think are of high quality and provide up to date WordPress news, tutorials and resources. Part of the reason I dislike the planet feed is that no one knows who is in charge of it or how you can get your site accepted on there. With A Better Planet I have decided to accept submissions for any site to be placed on the master feed and once a month I will hold a vote and the top two sites will be added, you can submit your site as many times as you like – sound fair enough ?
Download from the WordPress Repository:
So who is currently on the list ?
- WP Smashing Magazine
- WP Tuts +
- Code Poet
- Do it with WP
- Post Status
- WP Candy
- WP Tavern
- WP Explorer
- WP Realm
- WP Recipes
- Theme Shaper
- Mark Jaquith
- Konstantin Kovshenin
- Matt Mullenweg
- Tom McFarlin
- Brian Krogsgard
- Oliver Dale
- Adii Pienaar
I decided against including any blogs for WordPress companies as although they can provide good content, that could quickly turn sour with spam and so on.
So who have I blatantly forgotten ?! Nothing personal if I have, built this thing fairly quickly today so let me know in the comments or drop me a line and I will include them in the vote for next month.