I’ve been poking at WordPress plugins to see what I can do with one. (Hence the proliferation of sidebar gizmos.) I want to write something that will use the Splunk REST API to show interesting things about my server in a widget on the blog. The handy-dandy new PHP SDK will help a lot here. So that much is all good.

But in the process of checking out a bunch of different WP plugins, I have noticed an annoying habit of hiding the configuration pages all over the map. Sometimes there’s a link in the Plugin Management page. Or maybe it’s a tab on the Settings page. Some of the widgets are configured on the Widgets page, itself buried under the Design tab. Ok, I know they were written by different people, and for different versions of WordPress. Which radically changes the administration UI with each new major release. But boy is it a pain to go and hunt down where the settings went this time just to see if this thing I downloaded actually does something interesting.


  1. Kord Campbell says:

    If you need any help with coding against Splunk, let me know. Happy to help!

    Logs in a combined_access format need to have index summaries built for them so the queries you run will execute quickly.

    I’m working on a solution for building these quickly with EC2, and should have it posted up in about a week on the Google Code page.

  2. feorlen says:

    Oh hi Kord, fancy meeting you here! Google Alerts are great, aren’t they?

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