OneClick your way to a shapelier blog

OneClick and its Firefox extension make installing WordPress plug-ins and themes as easy as...well, one click.

We don't often give a lot of attention to WordPress (for Windows or Mac), Movable Type and other self-publishing blogging systems. They often require a bit more determination than merely creating a Blogger or Livejournal username, password, and some pithy-kitschy title to show the world how witty you truly are.

WordPress has two very strong aspects: The installation really does take about 5 minutes, and it's highly customizable with plug-ins that absolve the user of having to be a CSS expert. OneClick is a two-part plug-in for WordPress and Firefox that simplifies the plug-in experience even further.

It's simple to set up. You install the WordPress plug-in as you would any other plug-in, activate it, and then install the Firefox extension. Type in the location of the oneclick.php on your server into the Firefox extension, and you're done. You can now install Themes and Plug-ins to your WordPress installation through the context menu in Firefox.

OneClick adds a context-menu installer for WordPress plug-ins to Firefox. (Credit: CNET Networks, Inc.)

On the two sites I manage, Big in Japan and K is 4 Kill, I've found that I spend far less time installing new themes and plug-ins and far more time working on the important part: configuring them to behave and look the way that I want.

Themes and plug-ins that require a PHP file to be placed in the root Plugins folder need to have that file moved manually. But other than that one hitch, OneClick makes managing WordPress that much easier. It also adds a control panel for backing up and exporting your plug-ins, as well as deleting them from within your WP Dashboard.

It's not often that a small piece of code can have such a large impact on your workflow, but OneClick takes the tedium out of making on-the-fly changes.

Would you be interested in reading more stories on CNET about self-publish blogging tools? Have you used self-publish tools, like WordPress, Movable Type, Drupal, or Expression Engine? Tell us about it either below in TalkBack or in our forum on publishing tools.