EP Hashimage gets a speedboost

The last few days we have been working on improving the speed if our EP Hashimage plugin. Today, we have released the result, a plugin that loads 70-80% faster when loading from the cache.

This is achieved after a complete rewrite of the caching function. It now used the WordPress Transients API. As usual, you find the latest version over at WordPress.org plugin directory.

Select networks in EP Hashimage


Today we’ve added a new feature to our EP Hashimage WordPress plugin.
You can now (from version 3) choose which networks you want to include in your search for images with a specific hashtag.
For example –  if you want to print images tagged with #cat but only from the instagram network. That is now possible.

This has been on our todo list for a while, but since we only develop and maintain our plugins between projects it sometimes take a while before new features are added.

We hope you’ll find our plugin even more useful with this new feature.

As usual, download the plugin from the WordPress plugin directory, or update it via your plugin manager on your WordPress site.

Hashimage updated with async loading

From the start we always felt that we needed to do something about the slow loading of the hashimage plugin. Today we have updated it with the option to use async loading, letting all the heavy work to be done after initial page load. See the settings page for this new option.

In this update we have also integrated support for pic.twitter.com and images in the lightbox are no longer cropper and cut, say hallo to the whole image scaled down.

As usual, you find this amazing plugin in the WordPress Plugin Directory and please leave a comment if you have any suggestions or just like the plugin.

The new latest version is 2.3.0.

WordPress plugin for fetching hashtag images

Some time ago i made a quick and dirty site for displaying images from a certain Twitter hashtag. Some hours ago i was asked to tweak this into a WordPress plugin, and here we go. This is just tested on my environment, but should be alright on any WordPress 3+ installation on PHP5 with libcurl.

It currently works with twitpic, instagram, yfrog, plixi, flickr. Adding more services is quite easy and can be done on request. URL’s are being curled and cached for 10-12 minutes using the built-in WP_Cache.

The plugin, when enabled, exposes a template tag which you can add to your theme:

<?php
if(function_exists('hashimage')){
 echo '<ul>';
 echo hashimage('hashtag=unicorn&limit=5');
 echo '</ul>';
}
?>

I can’t be bothered add this to the official WordPress repo, but please download it (or fork it!):
https://github.com/EarthPeople/Hashimage-WP

Some notes:
– The Twitter API only returns the latest results when searching on hashtag, so the result set is limited due to this.
– CSS is up to you. Really. I can’t do CSS. It’s magic to me.