LiveSig: WordPress Plug-in for automatic insertion of graphical signatures generated by MyLiveSignature at the end of each post

MyLiveSignature LogoLorelle’s signature has always stood out as a beautiful example of calligraphy and adds a different dimension to her blog by effortlessly imbibing that much-needed “personal touch” to all her posts. That signature in question has intrigued me since I came upon her blog quite sometime back and I’ve wanted one of my own ever since. Incidentally, if you’re not in the know, Lorelle’s blog is one of the most valuable resource of WordPress and blogging in general out there on the web.

Lorelle's Signature Graphics

However, the ardent desire to own one never really materialised as I’m one of those “graphically challenged” folks ๐Ÿ˜€ No amount of time spent with an ultra steady hand at the mouse was good enough for me to conjure one – that is, till MyLiveSignature came to my rescue. MyLiveSingature was a chance discovery while I was browsing through some random sites and if you will, ‘I’ve never been so grateful’ for a particular bit of information as this. The site allows anyone to create fancy virtual signatures that can be appended to emails, blog posts, forums signatures and what not. To top it all, these signatures so totally look like real life hand-scribed signatures.

How to go about getting one for yourself?

To start with you’ve register yourself with MyLiveSignature, which comes for free. The site sports a nice web based wizard interface that allows you to choose between 120+ fonts as well as a wide variety of parameters like size, colour, slope etc. all of which combine to render a singature that bears a very close resemblance to your real-life one.

Does this really come for free?

Animated MyLiveSignatureYup. Pretty much so. The basic signature generation service is absolutely free. However, if you wish, for a nominal price ($19.95) you can get yourself an animated signature designed by the professional animators at MyLiveSignature. They also offer a graphical reconstruction service (of your real-life signature) if you prefer that to the computer generated one. This too is a viable option which comes for a meagre $9.95 – but then again the availability of extremely cheap yet high-resolution scanners makes this service kind of redundant.

What’s all this got to do with a WordPress plug-in?

This is where I step in. Following Lorelle’s tracks, I wanted to add that personal touch to all my posts. MyLiveSignature provides you with the HTML code that displays your signature virtually anywhere on a site. If you know even a bit about the inner workings of WordPress, it’d be easy for you to edit the template and include this code in the “loop” to make it appear after each of your posts… but nothing like a simple plug-in which does the same for you without ever requiring you to do any messy template editing.

LiveSig is a WordPress plug-in that automatically inserts your MyLiveSignature code after each of your WordPress posts making it seem like each post has been personally signed by you.

Current Version

  • 0.4

Features

  • Once the MyLiveSignature HTML code has been fed into the plug-in, the plug-in appends your virtual signature at the end of each of your posts.
  • Multi-author blogs are supported. However, as of now, only a user whose Role permits changing of plug-in settings (namely, Administrator) can setup the signatures for individual users. The LiveSig Options page isn’t available to non-admin users (Editors / Authors / Contributors).

Requirements

  • WordPress 2.1.x – but should function properly with the 2.0.x line too.

Download

LiveSig  (19.5 KiB, 4,791 downloads)

Installation

Once downloaded, simply…

  • Unzip & Copy the plug-in file into your WordPress plug-ins folder.
  • Activate the plug-in from the Plug-in Manager in WordPress.
  • Visit the Options / Settings menu and find a new item called LiveSig. Click on that to get to the LiveSig Options page. Once there simply select an appropriate user, enter the corresponding MyLiveSignature code and hit Save.

Showcase (the plug-in in action)

Subversion Repository

Change Log

  • Version 0.4 (2008-05-25)
    • Added the option to be able to specify Signature Placement – i.e. at the end of posts on the blog’s front page, at the end of individual posts (single mode) or for both.
    • Removed jQuery library that was being bundled with the plug-in. Since this plug-in uses jQuery only in the administration / configuration interface and in such cases jQuery is provided by WordPress itself, there was no need to include a jQuery release and increase the size of the bundle. Apart from that, inclusion of jQuery twice (once by WP and then by LiveSig) was causing a minor JS Warning to be thrown. That has been eliminated now.
  • Version 0.2.5 (2008-05-19)
    • Minor fix in the UI (Administration Panel) – where the list of users didn’t clear out while selecting a different Roles – in cases, where that particular Role didn’t have any users belonging to it.
  • Version 0.2 (2008-05-19)
    • Added multi-author support. If a blog has more than 1 author, LiveSig can display singatures that are unique to each in appropriate posts.

Please Note

I offer support for my plug-ins via the Chaos Laboratory Support Forum only. I will NOT respond to support queries left in the comment section below and, in most cases, will also not publish them. Of course, if you’d like to say something nice or helpful, feel free to leave a comment!

If you find this plug-in useful, please consider making a donation towards further development of this useful little utility.


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MyLiveSignature found via: Freakitude Technology Blog

Comments
  • Nick says:

    Hi,

    I’ve always looked at lorelle’s post & thought “that’s a nice touch, I must look at doing that”, but never have, thanks for this… now I just need to make the signature fit into me theme ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Cheers,
    Nick

  • What a great idea for a signature plugin! I had never heard of “my signature” before reading your post.

    Do you have any plans to be able to make this usable for if you have multipler contributers to your blog? For instance, can each author have their own signature “plugged” in?

    Thanks for a great pludin!

    Joe Pisano MUSicTECHnology.net
    http://www.mustech.net

  • Jim says:

    Ouch – this plugin doesn’t seem to play well with something. I activated it, put the image source code in on the Options page, clicked through to my front page, and found that all my formatting for all my posts was completely broken and nullified. No idea why. All text in all entries got mashed into one big paragraph and all text formatting was gone.

  • Thanks for the plugin. It works great.

    I’m trying to add styling so that the signature image doesn’t show up with a border. Can you point me to the appropriate tag for the plugin that I should be styling?

    Thanks!

  • First of all – sorry guys.. am usually off during the weekends and didn’t get a chance to see your comments/queries till today. I’m going to try and reply to all of you in one go ๐Ÿ˜€

    Nick: Am glad you found the plug-in useful. True, such a signature indeed adds a great ending note to your blog posts.

    Joseph: Thanks a tonne for pointing me to the right direction ๐Ÿ˜€ I was kind of out of ideas on how to develop this plug-in further. One feature that I thought will make a cool addition is to have some option by which you can specify the location of the signature (immediately below the post, or after the output of any other plug-ins you might have). But that was it. I didn’t have a clue what to do next till you came along ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll have to do some reading about the MU plug-ins of WordPress, but I don’t think it’s going to be too much of a hassle converting this to a MU version.

    Jim: I dunno what caused that problem, but can I get back to you once I’m back home? That is, on Monday. Let me work with you on this and see if it can be fixed.

    Daniel: It should be rather easy to get the border off. I’ve installed the plug-in in my girlfriend’s blog too and she was facing the same problem. Her theme’s CSS has a border with 5pixels padding on for ALL post images – by default. What you need to do is to add a simple styling tag to the code provided by MyLiveSignature that sets the border to ZERO and background transparent. That should take care of it from all angles.

    Let me give you an example. Say, the following is the code provided by MyLiveSignature:

    <img src="http://signatures.mylivesignature.com/
    12345/microscopicearthling/abcd1234.png" />

    Once I add the desired styling tags, it’ll look like this:

    <img src="http://signatures.mylivesignature.com/
    12345/microscopicearthling/abcd1234.png"
    style="border: none; background: transparent;" />

    Alter your own code in a similar fashion and update it in the settings page of the LiveSig plug-in … and your problem’s fixed ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jim says:

    Certainly, I’d be happy to help you debug it.

  • Edwin says:

    Thanks for this nice plugin. I was looking at a way to create this for some time.

  • Ellie says:

    Hi! This plugin is great, but it does not play well with MyAvatars plugin. It pushes the avatar to the bottom of the posts below the signature.

    I would love to use it, as I feel that a signature is a great personal touch. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

  • Hi Ellie,
    Let me take a look at the code of MyAvatar and see what’s causing this conflict. Once I’ve managed to resolve it, I’ll release a newer version and notify here too… so keep watching this space ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for bringing it to my notice.

    Regards,
    m^e

  • To those who are using the LiveSig plug-in to display custom signatures in their blogs:

    If you’re interested in adding your blog’s link to the Show-Case list in this post, please write back to me and I’ll happily do so.

  • Kristian says:

    This is working like a charm.
    Thank you for this great pluing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kristian: Glad you found it useful. Soon getting released the next version with some serious changes and additions that’ll allow you to run this plug-in on a multi-author blog.

  • Joyangel123 says:

    hmmmm, i find this quite fascinating and clever. Great job and good luck with it all

  • Deva says:

    Nice articles, helped me a lot thanks.

  • Jimbo says:

    Hello,
    Any word on when the multiple user functionality will be supported? I just discovered this and would love to have signatures on our blog posts but there are two of us that post. Thanks!!

    -j

  • Thankiossi
    It’s great

  • Jimbo: Sorry dude. I have more than a handful now with loads of projects and a tiny one on his way… It’ll be done soon though.. very soon in fact ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers,
    m^e

  • Filipina says:

    Hi, just wanted to say that was an interesting read. Great post!

  • I have been a frequent visitor of this blog for some time now, so I thought it would be a good idea to leave you with my thanks.

    Regards,
    Jim Mirkalami

  • Doug Steele says:

    Interesting. There are some good ideass presented here. I need to do spend some time reading more about these topics.

  • I like your blog theme. I want to use it on my blog.
    Can you please tell me from where I can download these theme?

    Many thanks

    ——————————————————————————–
    Dan owner of the future gadgets blog future gadgets and inventions

  • Dan: It real easy.. The credits for the theme (Anaconda) are provided in the footer of the blog. Still for simplicity’s sake, you can grab it from here.

    Cheers,
    m^e

  • Riri Audiya says:

    hello.
    nice plugin here.

    do you know how to make the signature just only shown in post page, not in homepage?

  • Guenter says:

    The LivSig Plugin doesn’t work together with the Nextgen Gallery

    Who can help ?

    Guenter

  • Sreedinesh says:

    That is the thing that i needed for long! Thank you very much!

  • Guenter: Can you please elaborate further on the NextGEN Gallery – LiveSig conflict?

    Thanks,
    m^e

  • A new version, LiveSig v0.2 is out with much needed multi-author blog support. Now, each individual author can have their unique signature displayed at the bottom of their respective posts. This feature has been requested by many of the LiveSig users.

    Enjoy !! And as always, don’t forget to fill me in with reports on any bugs that you encounter.

    Cheers,
    m^e

  • New version with minor UI fix: v0.2.5

    Cheers,
    m^e

  • Andy says:

    Hi, fantastic plugin but unfortunately it doesn’t play nice with post teaser – I show two blog entries on my front page, and normally only the first few paragraphs appear on the page with link to read the entire post(s). But with the LiveSig plugin activated, both posts appear in full with my signature at the bottom.

    Is there a way to get it NOT to show on the front page but only on the individual post pages, please? Many thanks! For the time being I’ve had to keep it switched off as I really do not want to show complete posts on my front page.

  • Allie says:

    Hi,
    Your plugin was just what I was looking for for my multi-user blog. However, it just wont work for me. All that happens is the code shows up at the end of the post, no image. Im ruining WP 2.5.1 and I even disabled my other plugins to see if it was a conflict, but thats not the problem. I’m really stuck because this is the only plugin that allows me to have multi user support. Thank you for your time in creating this plug in and for its for public use.

  • Andy says:

    Okay, for the time being I’ve simply added in the code for my signature into my single.php file as a workaround, although I prefer plugins like this one to add stuff rather than tinker with the primary files as it makes upgrades and switches easier.

    Also, I sometimes write longer posts with multiple pages – right now this means every page of a single longer entry carries my signature… It would be nice and make more sense if there was a means to only insert, using the plugin if the front page/post teaser problem can be overcome, just ONE signature on the LAST page of multi-page entries (say, page 5 of 5 but not pages 1,2, 3 or 4).

    Is that at all possible?

  • Andy: This is a problem people have reported back earlier too… Unfortunately, I couldn’t replicate it myself in order to be able to fix it. Can you please provide me with a list of plug-ins active on your blog? That’ll set me off in the right direction I guess.

    As for your multiple page posts – I’ll tinker around with the code and see if it’s possible to achieve the effect.

    Allie: Can you send me a screen-shot of the problem.. All this plug-in does is insert an <img> tag in the correct place. I wonder why it’s dumping code. I’d like to be in touch with you on this.

    To both of you: Please consider carrying out further discussion on debugging / feature related issues at my support forums. If you register at the blog, you’ll be able to access the forums and post there as well… as WordPress Logins work in my SMF installation by default (not quite the other way round as some people have reported).

  • Andy: I believe I’ve solved your first problem.. i.e. displaying the signature only in SINGLE mode and not when the front-page contains only excerpts.

    I should be able to roll-out a new release tomorrow fixing this issue.

    Cheers,
    m^e

    P.S. It’ll be really great if you start a thread on this issue in the forums.. it helps keeping all the problem-solutions under one roof instead of having them spread all over the comments. Makes it easier for newcomers to spot & fix them.

  • Andy says:

    Hi, I’m happy to forward a list of my plugins but would prefer not to list them publicly – can’t find a contact page hereon, so wondering if you could let me have an email address to which to send the list? You can let me have that via the contact page on my site if you understandably prefer not to disclose that publicly either. And thanks for the offer to help, it’s appreciated! I note your request re the forums, will do so ASAP – and great news about solving the front page problem with post teaser.

  • Andy says:

    Ah, a thought – you don’t actually need the plugins list now… or do you? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Andy: Yep !! I won’t require the plug-ins list for now… but I still haven’t managed to get to the bottom of the issue. However, I’ve implemented a patch that might work for you.

    I’ve just released a new version – try using it. In the Settings page, you’ll find an option to define the signature placement, i.e. at the end of posts in the blog’s front page, at the end of single posts or both. Try setting it to SINGLE for now… and it should do what you want.

    And as always, please report back any problems you encounter.

    Cheers,
    m^e

  • Andy says:

    I’m just about to give it a try right now, thanks!

  • Andy says:

    Okay, wanted to let you know straightaway, problems with Post Teaser (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/post-teaser/) interplay continue:

    1. updated LiveSig plugin and removed code from single.php where I’d previously manually inserted it.
    2. updated new options in LiveSig to show signature only on single pages, not the front page.
    3. Discovered the front page entries now displayed without the signature but with all line and paragraph breaks removed, as one mass of text and in full format, not as extracts. Actual post pages appeared correctly, with signature at bottom.
    4. Checked Post Teaser plugin status – found it had been deactivated without my intervention when activating LiveSig plugin.
    5. Reactivated Post Teaser plugin and still had front page mass text, no breaks.
    6. Deactivated LiveSig plugin, everything back to normal.
    7. Tried all this again, errors and problems repeated.

    I’ve reinserted the code manually for now. I really hope this helps. And thank you!

  • Michael says:

    I share the same difficulty that a few of your commentators have experienced. My posts become merged into one paragraph and it’s certain that a conflict exists with LiveSig; of course, I had no choice but to remove it. It’s unfortunate because I like this idea very much: LiveSig adds a nice touch to my website and I regret that it didn’t work out. Please try to correct this problem. Thank you.

  • Andy & Michael: Thanks a tonne for your feedback (thanks again Andy for the detailed report). I’m working on them furiously ๐Ÿ˜€ Expecting to iron out all of them in a day or two…

    And Andy, once again I think I’m going to need the list of your plug-ins so that I’m able to emulate the problem myself… No matter what I try, it just won’t mess-up the post as you say… most likely it’s a conflict with one particular plug-in that I’m not using. Can you please forward me the list at:

    sourjya _AT_ domain_of_my_blog

    Thanks,
    m^e

  • India News says:

    Thanks for this plugin. This was exactly what i wanted.

  • Mark23 says:

    Hey, itโ€™s a very nice plugin, I was not knowing about this type of digital signature on blog befor this. I will love to use it.

  • Becki says:

    This is a great idea, but when activated it makes all the posts on the blog disappear – would be awesome if you could fix that!

  • Mat says:

    wow..nice plugin thanks
    Cheers

  • Hi,

    I am getting an error message of Cannot load livesig/livesig.php. when I click on save

    Please help.

  • Philix says:

    This is a great plug in ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nathan says:

    For some reason when livesig is activated when using WordPress 2.6.1 it causes all the post bodies to disappear entirely!? When I deactivate the plugin all the post bodies reappear… I’ll have to figure out what livesig is doing to my updated blog software before I will be able to use it further! Thanks for the great plugin though!

  • @Nathan: The eternal problem – which I haven’t been able to figure out yet. Gotta find some time and do a serious overhaul of that plug-in…

    Thanks for reporting back.

    Cheers,
    m^e

  • Frank Cauley says:

    I can’t get livesig and RSS to work at the same time.

  • Karen says:

    Thanks so much for the plugin. It makes my signature work beautifully.

  • Kathy says:

    As happened to Nathan, I upgraded the plug-in automatically on a WP 2.6.1 blog and all my post content vanished. The post titles and comments link remain, but the body of the posts were gone. I nearly had a coronary. I love this plug-in and really would like to re-enable it some day.

  • Jeffrey says:

    I’m having a problem with Lightbox-2 plugin and LiveSig.

    When I have both Activated, I get code in the Post (the Caption code to be specific). I also seem to lose formatting of text and photo’s in the Post as well. It also won’t allow Lightbox to automatically code my images.

    As soon as I deactivated LiveSig, Lightbox-2 handled my images correctly AND automatically.

    I’m not getting an authentication Email for your Blog, otherwise I would have posted this there.

    Thanks
    jeffrey

  • Shawn Ann says:

    Is there any chance of an update to the plugin to work with WordPress 2.6.3? It does not keep formatting on posts, no new paragraphs, etc. and I’ve also had a problem on one of my blogs where it does not show up at all but removes any smiley’s posted using the custom smiley plugin (also used on another blog and I don’t have this problem).

  • John Say says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this plugin.i love itรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs functionality.

    have a good day

  • Amy Schultz says:

    Hi there, this is a great plug-in, however I cant get it to find my User Names. This is the message I receive when I click on admin (which is obviously a user!):
    Warning: mysql_num_rows(): supplied argument is not a valid MySQL result resource in /nfs/c03/h04/mnt/57396/domains/amylizschultz.com/html/wp-content/plugins/livesig/livesig-ajax-backend.php on line 56
    { errcode: “ERR-110”, errmsg: “No users found.” }

    Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

  • It was a great script sir. I learn a new function here, that is trigger_error() function. This script would help me much if i forgot which wordpress function iโ€™ve ever modified using add_filter().

    Thank you so much sir..

  • Thank you for sharing.. I will be downloading this cool plug in.. sure it will be usefull for my sites..
    Thanks!

  • Jungle Girl says:

    The My Live Signature plugin broke my website. When I activated it, none of my teasers worked anymore, all posts displayed as full text breaking the template. Once I deactivated it all my posts displayed as teasers and I can’t fix it – now I don’t have any full text on my homepage – especially frustrating as I just used it as reference for a job i really want to get and now it’s broken.

    ANyone got any ideas??

  • Thank you for sharing.. I will be downloading this cool plug in.. sure it will be usefull for my sites..

  • I learn a new function here, that is trigger_error() function. This script would help me much if i forgot which wordpress function iโ€™ve ever modified using add_filter().

  • melanie says:

    The plugin is not fidning my user name and I get an error message. Any ideas? Thanks so much. I really hope to get to use this plugin soon and would really consider a donation since it is very helpful. Please help.

  • good,if i can, i will use it

  • I just activated this and it screws up my posts. I use the “more tag” on WordPress and my homepage has all post text deleted. I click on each post, and it deletes all text that I wrote for that post? Is this a know bug and is there any way I can fix it? If not, how can I just edit the code in WordPress to put the signature in that way? I’m deactivating it now…

    Thanks,
    Erin

  • What a great idea for a signature plugin! I had never heard of โ€œmy signatureโ€ before reading your post.I was not knowing about this type of digital signature on blog befor this. I will love to use it.

  • this plugin can work in wp 3.0?

  • @electroluminescent: I haven’t had a chance of testing out the compatibility yet, but I’m going to make new releases soon. Keep watching this space ๐Ÿ™‚

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