Trove WordPress plugin

9 July 2012

One of the fantastic resources in Trove is the digitised newspaper collection. We’ve seen people using the newspapers for research & republishing their findings on their blogs. There’s a couple of issues with this:

  1. If the text that is copied hasn’t been corrected, if it ever gets updated in Trove it won’t get updated on their blogs
  2. Attribution is a bit hit and miss. Depending upon what the person does, they may or may not add a link back to Trove. We all know it’s nice to share the love and provide a link back to the resource where you’ve found something.

To make life easier for people using newspapers in Trove I’ve built a simple WordPress plugin based around the Trove API to allow you to embed the text from a newspaper article within your WordPress blog so that the text will reflect the current state of the text in Trove & it will provide attribution back to Trove. All it takes is three easy steps:

  1. Install the plugin
  2. Get the article ID of the text from the URL (e.g.:  the ID of is 2760597)
  3. Where you would like that article to appear in your post us the following short code [trove newspaper=2760597]

That’s it!

I made up a quick screencast to demonstrate the use of it. I really hope that it’s useful for people. If you have any suggestions for improving it or extending it for other uses within Trove I would love to hear about it.

I have to give a big thanks to Kathryn Greenhill for helping me out with beta testing. This is the first thing I’ve built using the Trove API & the first thing I’ve released back into the WordPress community & it feels pretty good!

12 Responses to “Trove WordPress plugin”

  1. Peter Says:

    very cool Paul.

  2. Chris Samuel Says:

    Looks really interesting, thanks for that!

  3. Ellen Forsyth Says:

    This is great

  4. Kylie Willison Says:

    Hi Paul
    I just found out about your plugin on the Australian Genealogy website on Facebook and I’m really looking forward to using it!! Thanks!

  5. Paul Hagon Says:

    Thanks Kylie, I hope you find it useful.

  6. Tanya Honey Says:

    Hi Paul
    Great plugin. This gives me another reason to take the plunge and pay for a WordPress account. Until then I will include active links to the articles, not just the unlinked url.

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  9. Mica Meerbach Says:

    Thanks Paul, I tried it out. Lots of fun.

  10. Richard Hayward Says:

    Great work Paul.

  11. John Terrell Says:

    A great tool Paul! Is there a way of doing something similar with a Google blog?

  12. Paul Hagon Says:

    Thanks. Unfortunately it’s not possible to do this for a Google blog.