Custom URL

Receives blogs, micro-blogs, and status updates from and posts them to
your blog in the best way possible.

Author:Matt Jacob (profile at
WordPress version required:3.0
WordPress version tested:3.0.5
Plugin version:2.0.1
Added to WordPress repository:03-08-2008
Last updated:12-08-2010
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
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Great for having a personal archive of content sent through, displaying status updates in your sidebar, or starting a mobile photo blog. While there's plenty of room for customizing the plugin, sane defaults ensure that 90% of people can get up and running quickly. Keep reading for a full list of features below...

Minimum System Requirements

This plugin has required PHP 5 for quite a while, but the increased requirements below are in line with the new standard coming in WordPress 3.2. Other version of PHP/MySQL might work just fine, but I personally use even later versions of both for development and testing. The minimums listed below are just that---minimums. My advice is to use the latest stable versions you can get your hands on.

  • WordPress 3.0
  • PHP 5.2.0
  • MySQL 5.0.15

A Quick Note About Donations

Starting with version 2.0.0 of this plugin, I added a PayPal donation link to the information box in the upper-right corner of the page. Let me be clear: I'm not soliciting donations, there is no charge for this plugin, and you are not obligated to give me any money for any reason. However, people have asked me if they could donate, and I wanted to facilitate that if you feel so inclined.

I've spent countless hours developing and supporting this plugin, but it's mostly a labor of love. I first created the plugin to meet my own needs, and it's kind of taken off from there. If you feel that the plugin has been useful to you in some way, I'd be honored to take your money and spend it on gadgets and firearm accessories.

Ye Olde Features Liste

  • Works with's Custom URL feature to collect blog entries, micro-blog entries, and status updates and post them to your blog.

  • Photos posted through can be downloaded to your own blog and displayed as part of a normal post. It's a super-easy way to set up an awesome self-hosted mobile photo blog.

  • Status updates and micro-blogs can be administered through a native WordPress management screen while blogs are, well... normal blog entries! Every feature of this plugin is tightly integrated with WordPress to provide a native look and feel.

  • A beautiful settings page with predefined smart defaults and contextual help when you need it.

  • Status updates are posted to the sidebar and displayed with a widget. A standard template tag is also provided for those of you who are anti-widget.

  • The sidebar widget is customizable with the number of status updates to show and an optional string to prepend all updates with (e.g. you might use your first name if all your status updates begin with a verb like mine do: Matt is...). Sensible CSS and examples are provided for you to customize the look and feel of your widget.

  • Provides an RSS feed and permalinks for your pings so that you can share them with the rest of the world.

  • Blog entries and micro-blog entries can have certain metadata applied to them automatically. You can set the author, category, tags, and post status (published or draft) for all incoming pings.

  • All the cool features of post to your self-hosted WordPress blog using SMS, IM, email, desktop gadgets, mobile apps, etc.