Use WordPress Like Tumblr

QuickPost Plugin LogoWhile browsing around the WordPress.org plugin database for something completely different, I happen to stumble upon a plugin that was inspired by the Tumblr bookmarklet. It doesn’t have every feature of the Tumblr bookmarklet, but it doesn’t have to.

The plugin is called QuickPost and was developed by a company called Twelve Horses. After downloading, installing, then activating the plugin, you’ll have to go into the QuickPost options area and select a default category for each bookmarklet tab.

Setting Default Categories

The bookmarklet supports the following types of posts: Quotes, Text/Links, Photos, and Videos.

QuickPost Tabs

For those that are using FireFox, installing the bookmarklet is as simple as dragging a button to your bookmark toolbar. The process is a little more complicated if your using Internet Explorer.

Dear Internet Explorer Users: Yours is a harder path to walk.. Right click the bookmarklet below and select “Add to favourites”. Your IE will probably tell you that this is an “Unsafe bookmark to add”. Ignore your smart arse browser and click OK. The setup will thus be completed.

Although the bookmarklet doesn’t support every thing the Tumblr version does, I don’t feel as if it needs to. I think this bookmarklet covers the majority of content most people post to their Tumblr blog or regular blog. One thing about this plugin is that it does not allow you to preview the post before it’s published.

There is a checkbox that is part of the plugin options that allows you to use the WYSIWYG text editor but I ‘d rather see the option of choosing between both when making a post. The reason being is that, it’s pretty difficult to post YouTube Embed HTML codes into the WYSIWYG editor without it screwing up. I get around this by switching to the CODE view of the post and making sure that embedding the video is the last thing I do when creating the post.

Thanks to this plugin, I’m seriously considering disbanding my Tumblr account and using this blog as my Tumbelog and everything else blog. After all, lifestreaming seems to be where everything is headed so perhaps setting the site up this way allows me to get a head start on the trend.

P.S. The blog post before this one was actually me testing the QUOTE function of the QuickPost plugin. Apparently, it works.

7 thoughts on “Use WordPress Like Tumblr

  1. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll check this plugin out.

    I also need to work on the CSS for quotes. Currently it doesn’t have anything fancy and distinguishable like yours does.

    I hear you re: the WYSIWYG editor. I disabled mine from the start after realizing that all my posts were getting screwed.

    Even without it, some things still don’t display properly. Like weird gaps before/after images and some in-line html elements being displayed as block elements.

  2. @Mike

    If you happen to be running Windows XP or Vista, you should check out Windows Live Writer. It is probably one of the few applications from Microsoft that I have ever enjoyed using.

    I got a review on my site as well if you just search for it.

    It is good stuff.

    As for the plugin, I doubt I’ll use it, but it definitely has potential for those who like to post content found around the web.

  3. “Thanks to this plugin, I’m seriously considering disbanding my Tumblr account and using this blog as my Tumbelog and everything else blog. After all, lifestreaming seems to be where everything is headed so perhaps setting the site up this way allows me to get a head start on the trend.”

    Welcome to the Dark Side ;)

  4. Not sure if this will help you or not Mike but this is how my BlockQuote is put together via CSS.

    .item_class blockquote, .blog_comm blockquote{
    background:url(images/block_bg.png) no-repeat left top #F5F5F5;
    padding-left:35px;
    padding-right:5px;
    margin:0px;
    margin-top:5px;
    margin-bottom:5px;
    margin-left:5px;
    padding-top:10px;
    }

    .item_class blockquote blockquote, .blog_comm blockquote blockquote{
    background:url(images/block2_bg.png) no-repeat left top;
    padding-left:35px;
    margin:0px;
    margin-top:5px;
    margin-bottom:5px;
    margin-left:5px;
    }

    @James Mowery Good points James. Although there are a number of times when I come across something on the net and I want to immediately post something about it because the thoughts are in my head. If I take the time to load the admin panel and all that jazz, I’ll lose my train of thought :)

  5. I also wanted to add that the plugin doesn’t provide any way for you to add tags to a particular post. Instead, you have to view the post and then visit the EDIT screen to type in the tags, something that could of been done if you originally had the post editor running.

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