Technical Blogger? Mozillian? Here's a plugin for you to tell us about your work!

One great thing about Mozilla is that we want people to have a voice. Our products give people a voice on the web without being spied on. As a Mozillian, you don’t have to go through various levels of red tape before you are allowed to speak out in public.

many voices one mozilla

As Mozilla grows, it becomes more difficult to stay in touch with what people are saying. Mozilla is many voices, but there is also a lot of noise on the web and others scream loudly about what they do, too. We can help each other being heard by speaking together and tell other people about what we do. We’re not really playing to our strengths when the people in Mozilla who communicate to the outside world hear about great work by Mozillians by chance or from other sources.

This is why we wanted to make it easier for you to tell us when you created something interesting. That’s why Luke Crouch (@groovecoder) of the Mozilla Devengage team extended the functionality of the “Promote MDN” WordPress plugin.

promote mdn

Originally, this plugin was meant to promote MDN by automatically linking certain words in your posts to the correct Wiki pages. We talked about it before here.. Now we added an extra feature: when you write a post, you get a checkbox in the editing screen that says “Notify Mozilla of this post”:

notify mozilla checkbox in the new post screen of wordpress

When checked, publishing the post will automatically send an email to the Mozilla developer engagement team and the Mozilla communications team about your post. That way we can visit your blog, check what you wrote and give you the promotion your work deserves. This could mean tweeting about your article, creating a follow-up post on the Hacks blog, or whatever seems appropriate to the situation.

The Promote MDN plugin still does what it was supposed to do when we originally released it: it links various expressions in your text to MDN for people to read up. These expressions are maintained on the Mozilla Wiki ( and you have many customisation options allowing you even to fully opt out of this feature:

promote MDN options screen

You can become a trusted expert simply by telling us when you post. We can help get your message much further and you could become a go-to person for us when we need an expert on a particular topics. None of this is mandatory, we just want you to know the opportunity is there to take advantage of.

Get the Promote MDN WordPress Plugin here. If you are interested in modifying the plugin for your own company needs, Luke also made the source code available on GitHub.

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  1. Progi1984

    Hi, (sorry for my bad english).

    If i install the plugin, could i notify Mozilla for ever published posts ?

    February 7th, 2014 at 02:09

    1. groovecoder

      Not yet, but that would make a good feature request on the repo:

      February 7th, 2014 at 09:48

  2. Jsx

    Would be nice if the promo banners are updated to reflect the new MDN theme.

    February 7th, 2014 at 05:38

    1. groovecoder

      Can you add an issue to the repo on GitHub?

      February 7th, 2014 at 09:48

  3. Mte90

    The expression list it’s very short :-/

    February 7th, 2014 at 06:47

    1. groovecoder

      It is. And sadly, the list can only be edited by MDN site admins, since public edits could potentially spam hundreds of personal blogs. :/ Not sure how to get around that …

      February 7th, 2014 at 09:49

  4. Eric Shepherd

    Please let me know of any terms you’d like added to the term list, and I’ll add them. I’ve been trying to add more over the last few days.

    February 7th, 2014 at 10:22

  5. Eric Shepherd

    The best way to let me know, btw, is to email me: Just mention any terms you think should be added, and I’ll see what I can do.

    February 7th, 2014 at 10:23

  6. Luke

    Nice! This probably would not work at all on hosts like Sourceforge Web-space where they disallow network access from php though, correct?

    February 10th, 2014 at 19:50

    1. groovecoder

      Right – the plugin connects to MDN to pull in the keywords and phrases for links. But, you could add an issue to GitHub to include at least a default list with each plugin release.

      February 10th, 2014 at 20:57

  7. Tanima

    Please let me know that how can i install this plugin ?

    February 16th, 2014 at 04:17

    1. groovecoder

      Install instructions are here:

      If they don’t work for you, please file an issue on the GitHub project here:

      February 17th, 2014 at 13:20

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