Biblefox for WordPress 0.8

July 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

We just added Biblefox for WordPress to the WordPress.org plugin repository. This is the first open source release of the Biblefox for WordPress plugin. We are planning on using this blog to discuss the ongoing development of the plugin. You can leave us some feedback or ask questions about the plugin on our forum.

The Long and Winding Road

February 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

Biblefox is a project I have been working on for about a year and a half, and I am just now approaching the point where I want to promote it. I started this development blog early on, but didn’t keep up with it because my ideas for Biblefox were always changing so quickly. Because Biblefox is now starting to solidify into what I want it to be, I’m starting up this blog again.

Biblefox grew out of a desire I had to create a dynamic Study Bible. What it has become is a site in which anyone can write about the Bible and share their thoughts with others. I started by building on top of WordPress MU. Last August, I also started using BuddyPress on the site.

What I have been able to do is create a plugin that indexes WordPress blogs and BuddyPress activity streams according to the scriptures mentioned. This means that when you write about a Bible passage, your friends can find it easily when they are reading that passage themselves – it is a dynamic Study Bible created by your friends.

I will soon be releasing an open source plugin so anyone can index their own WordPress blog or BuddyPress site, and I will be supporting that plugin here on this Development blog.

Scripture Quick View

November 27, 2008 in Features

The Scripture Quick View is a tool we have added to the Post writing panel. It is designed to give you quick access to view any scripture while writing a post, without having to leave the post screen.

You will find the Quick View below the Post edit box and the Scripture Tags:

The Scripture Quick View below the Post edit box

The Scripture Quick View below the Post edit box

You can currently type in any scripture reference and view the scripture. Then you can add a Scripture Tag to your post for that scripture, as well as copy and paste from the text of the scripture into the text of your post. Any Scripture Tags you already have will have links to view them in the Quick View.

We think it will be useful, and we intend to continue to improve it. It currently only supports looking up specific bible references, but what if you don’t know the bible reference? We are planning on adding simple search functionality to it in the near future.

Please let us know any thoughts or suggestions you have about the Scripture Quick View by commenting below. Happy Thanksgiving!

A first look at the Scripture Quick View

A first look at the Scripture Quick View

A Bible in Every Blog

November 25, 2008 in Features


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In the first post on this development blog, we mentioned how we are using WordPress as the core of our website, giving us incredible blogging tools right out of the box. So, what features have we added on our own that set us apart from other blog services?

Basically, we put a Bible in every blog…

Scripture on the Blog

You can read any passage of the bible right from the blog. Currently, the only available bible translation is the World English Bible. We love the World English Bible because it is a very reliable version which, like the much appreciated NASB translation, is based on the reliable ASV translation, and like the popular NIV translation, it is easy to read. Finally, like the KJV (as well as like Biblefox and WordPress), it is completely free.

We also have the KJV and ASV on the website, although they are currently disabled during this early testing stage.

Scripture Tags

Adding scripture tags is a simple way to organize your posts around Bible passages. It works much like the WordPress tag feature, but it is specifically for scripture references.

For instance, if this post is about Genesis 1, add ‘Genesis 1’ as a scripture tag. Once it is tagged, whenever you read Genesis 1 on your blog, you will see this post! It turns your post into a bible commentary which you will see right below the scripture.

Notice at the top of this post is says ‘Scriptures Referenced: Psalm 23’ – that is because this post has a scripture tag for Psalm 23! If you click on the link to Psalm 23, you can see the scripture with this post appearing beneath it.

For another example, check out on of our current blogs and read some scripture (you will notice the scripture at the top and the blog posts about that scripture beneath it).

Reading Plans

For those of you who like to have some structure in your lives, you can create a plan for how you will read the Bible. You can put whatever passages you like into the plan in any order, then set how often you want to read them. This is a great way to organize a group Bible study!

For an example, see the Crossroad Bible Study which is currently reading through 100 essential bible passages, 1 passage a day, 5 days a week. It is great to see people reading the Bible together and sharing their ideas on the blog.

More to Come

We are still in early development, and have many more features planned for the near future. Of course, while we are testing these features, our blog users can only join blogs – they cannot create their own. Once we have implemented more features and tested them thoroughly, we will allow anyone to create a blog.

The Core of Biblefox – WordPress

November 23, 2008 in Features

Biblefox is all about studying the bible, and sharing with others what you have learned. Over the last few years, blogging has become an amazing way to share information of all kinds, with blog topics ranging from national news stories to personal journal entries. And of course there are already many blogs about the Bible.

We want to make blogging about the Bible as easy as possible. That’s why we’re using WordPress, the best blogging software available, and customizing it to facilitate studying and sharing about the Bible. With WordPress at the core, Biblefox blogs come complete with all the latest and greatest blogging features. And for those of you who are already familiar with using WordPress, you will be familiar with Biblefox’s blogging tools from the get go.

Here are some of the blogging features we have on Biblefox thanks to WordPress:

Write posts and pages

Write blog posts to talk about anything you want. You don’t have to limit yourself to writing about the Bible (although, that is what Biblefox is best for). Not only can you write blog posts, but you can also create pages to add to your blog. For instance, you could create an ‘about me’ page with your biography. Read more about posts and pages on the WordPress.com FAQ.

Great Writing Tools

WordPress has an easy to use blog writing interface that includes a simple WYSIWYG (“What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get”) visual editor and an HTML editor. WordPress looks out for you with its built-in spell checker and auto-saving features. And if you make changes to your posts that you don’t like, it remembers all your older versions so you can easily revert back to them. Read more about the WordPress visual editor on the WordPress.com FAQ.

Tags and Categories

WordPress provides easy ways to organize your blog posts by “tagging” them with labels that indicate what kind of content appears on the post. For instance, this blog post you are reading right now is tagged “wordpress” because that is what we are discussing. You can also group posts into categories. This blog post is categorized “Features”, because we are going to be discussing many Biblefox features over the course of this blog and we want them to be grouped together. Read more about tags and categories on the WordPress.com FAQ page.

Easy Importing and Exporting

You can easily import blog entries from your other blogs to Biblefox. You can import from Movable Type, Textpattern, Greymatter, Blogger, b2, and of course from other WordPress blogs. And if you end up wanting to bring your blog elsewhere, you can export it from here as well.

Comments and Discussion

WordPress facilitates great discussion by allowing blog readers to comment on blog posts. Write a post and see what people think! Read more about comment settings on the WordPress.com FAQ.

Multiple Authors

Each WordPress blog can have multiple authors, and they can each have different roles and responsibilities, such as writing their own posts or being an editor of everyone’s posts.

And Much More…

Yes, we are very proud to be powered by WordPress. You should check out more about WordPress on their websites. They have two main websites: WordPress.org, where you can download WordPress software for yourself (its free and open source) and use it to host your own blog; and WordPress.com, where they use their software to provide free blog hosting to anyone who wants it.

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