Recently I read about the WordPress Plugin, Insights, which is designed to make it easy to insert images, video, wikipedia, blog and book information to your blog posts.
I tend to be wary of plugins like this because while they can make posting easier, they tend to slow down the WordPress workspace. And, of course, we tend to be on a quest to use as few plugins as possible.
But this one intrigued me so I decided to install it and test it out. And, surprisingly, I’ve been pleased with the results.
Install and activate the plugin the way you always do. The go to Pages > Edit or Pages > Add New and scroll down to just below the write post area. You will see an new area called Insights that looks like the following.
You can search for articles on your own blog, images, videos, wikipedia articles, google, news, blogs, and books. You can also add a google maps module. You need a google maps api key and the instructions are provided in the plugin’s readme file.
- My Blog – this searches your own blog for articles related to the one that you are writing or based on your keyword search. In this example I searched on the word plugins and the first 5 articles were returned. There are two icons next to the title of the post; one is to edit it and the second is to insert the link into the article you are writing.
- Images – searches creative commons images that can easily be inserted into your post. To add an image, select the size and click on the image. This, however, does not add the image credit, which would still need to be entered manually.
- Videos – searches youtube for videos that match your keywords. Clicking one the video will bring it up full size so you can play it. Then click on the Add Video button on the right to add the embed code to your blog post.
- Wikipedia – Searches Wikipedia for articles related to your keyword search. A list of articles appears with a link icon next to each title. Clicking on the the icon will insert the link to the article in you post.
- Google – Simply searches google for related web pages. The link to the article can be inserted by clicking on the icon.
- News – a search on relevant news items. Again, clicking on the link icon will insert the link to the article in your post.
- Blogs – performs a google blog search on your keywords. The link icon will insert a link to the article in your post.
- Books – And, finally, books searches for books related to your keywords. You can easily insert a link to the book into your post.
I had a couple of issues with the plugin but this is personal rather than related to it’s functionality. When I search flickr or youtube I have my options set to filter out adult content. This is primarily because my daughter uses my computer and I also don’t need that type of material. The plugin doesn’t have that type of filter so sometimes I get strange results for my searches. Otherwise, for someone who wants to reduce plugins, I really like this one. It doesn’t seem to slow down the admin area, it searches quickly, and it seems to produce accurate results.
What do you think? Is this useful to you? Is this something that you would use?