Post to iLike from WordPress

Here’s another compter-nerd post for you artists who use both WordPress and iLike. If those words make no sense to you, you probably have a life, and have actually been outdoors in the past few days, and would never spend countless hours hunched over a laptop working on something called a “WordPress plugin.” You are excused. The rest of you, follow me.

I’ve been neglecting my iLike page because it’s such a hassle, but now that iLike is being favored by Google in search results, it seems like a good time to get that house in order. So I wrote a WordPress plugin that re-publishes blog posts to my iLike account.

Unlike the plugin I made for MySpace, this plugin will send your WP content to iLike automatically once it’s published. So you don’t have to remember to push a button.

Once the plugin is installed and activated, you can configure the plugin with your iLike info and options:

post-to-ilike-1

Once configured, post edit pages will display a status box:

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That’s basically it.

Installation

  1. Make sure that your web host supports PHP with libcurl. Ask your hosting provider if you’re unsure about this.
  2. Download the plugin here
  3. Unzip it and toss the post-to-ilike.php file into your /wordpress/wp-content/plugins/ directory
  4. Log into WordPress, go to Plugins > Installed, find the “Post To iLike” plugin in the list and activate it.
  5. Now go to Settings > Post To iLike and configure your iLike login info and options.

Notes

  1. Not yet tested in WP 2.9
  2. iLike blogs support only a few HTML tags and no embedded media, so this plugin will strip out images, video embeds, etc. before posting. (a future version may convert these to optional off-site links.)
  3. This plugin version does no error checking on the iLike side. If your login info is wrong, or the attempt to publish fails, the plugin will simply quit silently. Your post may still be marked as published even if the attempt failed, so it’s a good idea to check your first few posts.
  4. Use at your own risk. No warranties, including those of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, are given or implied.
January 3, 2010
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