Live blogging is an important part of the web, as it helps provide people real-time updates when video may not be available online. One of the most common live-blogged events online is the WWDC.
There are many products and services already available for liveblogging, but some can be difficult or may be lacking specific features.
Automattic saw this need on the web and took initiative to build their own WordPress live blogging plugin. This is not the first plugin they’ve authored. Automattic is also known for a couple of other massively popular plugins, Jetpack and Akismet.
Here is what Automattic has to say about why their plugin is better than the competition.
Here’s what makes it special:
- Post updates right from the front-end of your site (no need to use the
- Viewers of your Liveblog get new entries served to them instantly and automatically, without needing to refresh their browser.
- Your authors can drag-and-drop photos right into the Liveblog area, without needing to navigate to separate browser tabs or windows.
- There’s no need for a separate site dedicated to liveblogging: every post can be a liveblog, even existing ones.
Here’s a video that the Automattic team produced about the liveblogging plugin.
[wpfplugin link=”http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/liveblog/” download=”http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/liveblog.1.1.zip”]
You can also find the plugin on Github.