Well WP-IRC Plugin (for lack of a better name 😉 ) can fetch the number of users online in any IRC channel and can be scheduled to auto refresh it every x.minutes.
The count thus fetched can be displayed in the sidebar of your blog using a sidebar widget provided by the Plugin.
You can download the Plugin as a zip filefrom the WordPress Plugin repository. The source code of the Plugin is available at Github. If you want to contribute to the Plugin, then fork it and send me a pull request.
Extract the zip file and just drop the contents in the wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation and then activate the Plugin from Plugins page. After activation, go to the widgets configuration page. You should find the IRC Widget under available widget.
The pot file is available with the Plugin. If you are willing to do translation for the Plugin, use the pot file to create the .po files for your language and let me know. I will add it to the Plugin after giving credit to you.
TODO for future release
The following are the features that I am thinking of adding to the Plugin, when I get some free time. If you have any feature request or want to increase the priority of a particular feature, then let me know.
- Create a settings page where people can test connection
- Add support for shortcode
- Add support for alerts
If you have any comments or if you want to report any bugs, please leave a comment below or contact me in twitter.
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- 2009-07-29 – v0.1 – Initial Release
- 2012-01-31 – v0.2 – Fixed issue with textarea in the widget
- 2013-01-21 – v1.0 (
- Complete rewrite and added support for AJAX with caching