LiveCom for WordPress - A Live Blogging Plugin

UPDATE : v1.2 (March 01, 2015)

This is a feature release of the LiveCom for WordPress plugin!

NEW FEATURES

What’s New :

What Changed:

  • Translation mechanism: There is a potentially breaking change in case you have translated the plugin to your language, the admin application now uses angular-gettext for its translation and doesn’t rely anymore on different sets of partials per language translation.

The documentation will be updated soon to cover the new features and reflect on changes.

Introduction

Built on the state-of-the-art AngularJS framework, LiveCom for WordPress is a powerful, flexible and highly customizable, premium live blogging plugin. Whether you are attending a conference, watching a football game, or at the red carpet of a movie premiere, LiveCom is the perfect tool to broadcast live text on your WordPress Website and share a real time experience with your visitors.

How it Works

Thanks to its intuitive workflow and rich features, LiveCom makes covering events live on your WordPress website a very easy process which can be divided into three major steps:

  1. Create a LiveCom Event : A one-click step done through the LiveCom backend.
  2. Link Event to WordPress Content : You simply add a shortcode linking your event to a WordPress post or page and you are ready to broadcast! Inserting LiveCom shortcodes is easily done thanks to the LiveCom TinyMCE Plugin.
  3. Broadcast Live Comments : Once the event is linked to your WordPress post or page you can start broadcasting your live comments instantly on the Event Management Page!

Features

  • Plug-n-play Install : Simply upload the plugin archive using the WordPress Plugin Manager interface.
  • Intuitive Event and Comment Management : LiveCom has a top notch administration panel with some very cool features (for instance: inline comment editing) where you can easily manage all of your events and broadcast live text.
  • Multi-User Collaboration : Work closely with your colleagues in real time to cover your events. You will be notified instantly of every action that they do.
  • Notifications System : You are notified of everything that happens on the server side when you are liveblogging!
  • Easily Customizable : LiveCom for WordPress comes with FOUR Templates that are very easy to customize. You can also easily create your own Templates!
  • Media Embedding : You can embed Images, HTML Videos, HTML Audio, Youtube & Vimeo videos and tweets in your live comments. Head over to Youtube for a preview of the Media Embedding feature : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e78pwbjWL3k
  • Social Networks Autoposting : Live comments can be automatically posted to pre-configured Facebook pages/profiles or Twitter feeds.
  • Beautiful & Sleek Animations : You can choose between 5 Animations to show the live comments on your WordPress frontend!
  • TinyMCE Integration : A LiveCom Dialog is added to the TinyMCE Visual editor that comes with WordPress. Through it you can easily link LiveCom Events to your WordPress posts and pages.
  • Flexible Configuration : Take control over the behaviour of LiveCom. Configure the application for optimal use of your server resources.
  • Automatic Behaviour : Did you forget to archive an event before going off to bed and are worried that your bandwidth will be needlessly wasted? Worry no more! You can choose to enable the Autopause and Autoend features on your settings page, both of which will take care of pausing and archiving your events for you after a configurable idle delay.
  • Highly Optimized : The LiveCom Service is optimized to use the least amount of server resources and have a very low execution time.
  • Cross-Browser Compatibiliy : LiveCom for WordPress works on all of the new major browsers! (IE7+, FireFox 4+, Chrome, Safari, Opera)
  • SEO Friendly & Graceful javascript degradation : Users with no javascript support, and search engine spiders will see the archived version of the live comments.

Quick Start Video Guide

You can watch a quick start video guide on youtube. It will walk you through the installation and the first use of LiveCom for WordPress.

Documentation

The support manual is hosted online, you can find it on this page : LiveCom for WordPress Documentation.

Preview

Head over to LiveCom’s website to try out the Preview Application.

Requirements

  • WordPress 3.3 and greater.
  • PHP 5.2 and greater with sessions support enabled.
  • Your web host must permit direct file operations using PHP functions (fopen/fwrite).
  • Your WordPress MySQL user must have CREATE and DROP table privileges.
  • The theme you use must properly register jQuery and jQuery-color that come with WordPress.

Credits

Below is a list of used open source solutions used in LiveCom for WordPress :

  • AngularJS : The LiveCom Admin App and the LiveCom App are built on top of this absolutely brilliant framework.
  • AngularUI : Some AngularJS Directives are taken from the AngularUI project. (uiEvent)
  • jQuery : Some DOM interactions are done with the help of jQuery.
  • Twitter Bootstrap : The LiveCom Admin App uses Bootstrap CSS for its styling.
  • WordPress : Obviously, LiveCom for WordPress is a plugin for the award-winning content management system.
  • Jeff Roberson : For his excellent work on the linkify Regex.
  • Ajaxload : For the animated GIF loaders.

A big thank you to the people behind these projects, and special thanks to the active members of the AngularJS Mailing list.

Caveats

Please ensure that you are aware of the following caveats before purchasing the plugin:

  • The LiveCom backend relies heavily on javascript because it uses the AngularJS framework. So, for an optimal user-experience, you must use a modern browser and have javascript enabled on your browser in order to use the LiveCom admin application. This, however, does not concern your wordpress website’s frontend. LiveCom’s frontend is cross-browser compatible and gracefully degrades to the archive version of the template you choose when javascript is not supported on your visitors’ browsers.
  • The LiveCom Templates will not use your theme’s color and styling scheme. Refer to the documentation for more information about using/creating LiveCom templates.

Changelog

(March 1, 2015) - v1.2:
    + New! Userfeed template:
        A new template in the form of a userfeed where the username and avatar are shown alongside the live comments.
    + Changed the livecom Admin application translation mechanism:
        The admin application now uses angular-gettext instead of a different set of partials per language. 
        Partials text and incode javascript text are translated in the same file.

(February 20, 2015) - v1.1.3rc2:
    + Updated libs:
        angularjs to 1.2.28
        mediaelement to 2.16.3

(October 19, 2014) - v1.1.3rc: PRE-RELEASE Version.
    + New! Twitter/Facebook Autoposting:
        Live comments can be automatically posted to pre-configured facebook pages/profiles or twitter feeds.
        This feature requires the creation and configuration of a Facebook and Twitter applications.
    + New! Twitter embedding:
        Tweets can be embedded as a new media type!

(April 18, 2014) - v1.1.2:
    + Just a quick fix for users that don't have PHP write permissions on their servers and have trouble automatically updating the configuration file with FTP authentication.

(March 20, 2013) - v1.1.1:
    + Updated to AngularJS 1.0.5
    + Fixed 'Route Change Error' caused by not checking for localized versions of admin app partials
    + Indented admin app French translation for better readability by translators.

(March 10, 2013) - v1.1
    + New! Added Translation support :
        LiveCom is now fully translation ready! Furthermore, from now on the plugin will be coming with official French translation files! More information about localizing the plugin is in the docs!
    + New! Added 'Load More Comments' feature:
        Now only the latest 20 (configurable) comments are shown. Any older comments can be retrieved both in the frontend and backend by clicking on 'Load more comments'. In archived events, there is a pagination system to go through all comments.
    + New! Added Media Embedding :
        You can now embed Media to your comments!! You can directly open your wordpress media library manager to upload or select media files or just enter a url, title and caption to a media file outside your wordpress installation.
        Supported media : Images, HTML5 Audio, HTML5 Video, Youtube and Vimeo
    + New! Comment Pushing to the browser is now configurable:
        When multiple comments are retrieved from the LiveCom service, you can choose to 'push' these comments to the browser one by one with the animation, or choose to have them displayed instantly.
    + Change : LiveCom Service configuration file generation
        Checks to the LiveCom Service configuration file are now done on the LiveCom admin page alone and not globally throughout each page view. The file generation now uses WordPress's filesystem, therefore there is no more need for direct fopen/fwrite support on your webserver - you will be prompted for FTP or SSH auth details if direct access is not possible.
    + Other various small fixes, changes and code enhancements.
(December 07, 2012) - v1.0.2:
    - Fixed small WP admin menu bug.
    - Changed live templates to avoid having problems with some themes/plugins that apply textual filters on post content that modifies the angularjs bracket style {{}} syntax.
    - Changed plugin update logic.
(December 04, 2012) - v1.0.1:
    - Fixed WP plugin-check recommendations.
    - Minor performance changes.
    - The support manual is now online.
(December 02, 2012) - v1.0.0 Initial Release.
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