Welcome to another wonderful edition of WordPress Wednesday from Website Magazine! Could we fit another "W" in that first sentence?
Today, instead of profiling a specific category of plugins as we normally do, Website Magazine has decided to profile a recently released plugin from Automattic (the company that runs the commercial side of Wordpress) - Liveblog version 1.0. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/liveblog/
Liveblogging is not neccessarily suited to every website. Instead, it's most common in the news and publishing industries where covering events - of any variety really, from sports to tech conferences - is quite common. While there are several liveblogging platforms on the Web (Wordfaire, Coveritlive, Scribblelive - there are also some liveblogging platforms available specifically for Wordpress here and here),
The LiveBlog add-on provides users the ability to post live updates from the front-end of a website (instead of through the dashboard), create posts that update automatically (useful as readers don't have to refresh), and offers a drag and drop interface for adding photos quickly. Plus, unlike other liveblogging platforms (namely Coveritlive) users can make every post a liveblog (even existing ones) - so there's no need for a seperate website or static setup on the same domain.
Liveblog was just released today but is already enjoying some nice ratings already - 4.6 out of 5 stars with just over 1000 downloads at the moment. Check out the video below for some more details.