Août 30 2008
Imdb link transformer wordpress plugin

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What’s that ?

IMDb link transformer aims to ease the movies information search process, for both the blog writer and the blog reader. All movies’s names which are tagged between
are automatically turned into an url. This url can open a new window (a popup) containing many useful data related to the movie itself. IMDb link transformer transforms all the words you tagged into links to an informative windows. It means one can view the filmmaker, the casting or the goofs that website includes with one click; it can show either the director or the movie related data (biography, filmography, miscellaneous related to the director; casting, goofs, AKA titles, crew and many others related to the movie).

Example: 2001, a space odyssey (click the link, and browse). Or you can alternatively have a glance to this movie page reviews. The popup contains a (few) words in French, because this blog currently uses that language. But please note Imdb link transformer supports already English and Portuguese; if you want to translate the plugin into your language, use the comment field below or drop me a mail sorry, I hate spam).

This plugin also add displays buttons in writing interfaces (both HTML and Visual).

You can also activate the imdb link transformer widget, which will display information parsed from IMDb straight on your sidebar (or where is attached your widget). After activating the widget, every time you will add the key « imdb-movie-widget » to the custom field to your message *and* the name of the movie to « value », the information related to selected movie will be displayed on the sidebar.

In the same way, this plugin can display many movie’s related data inside a post, when putting a movie name in [ imdblt][ /imdblt] tags (remove spaces). No widget needed, and movie’s data can be displayed anywhere inside posts.

IMDb link transformer is a great tool to inform yourself and to provide many trivias on your post! It is very versatile and multi-functional. Blogger can display data in many ways (popup, widget, straight into the post), and can fine-tune data with admin options and css.


Imdb link transformer v. 2.3.2

How to install


1. Unzip and put the « imdb-link-transformer » folder into your plugin folder (usually wp-content/plugins/)
2. Activate the plugin (using the settings tab from admin board)
3. Configure the plugin (settings admin board). Values should be automatically completed, but check them anyway.
4. Create the cache directories (cache and photo directories). The plugin is preconfigured to work with « /wp-content/cache/imdb » and « /wp-content/cache/imdb/images ». Deactivate the cache (advanced – cache management section) otherwise, if you don’t want to use the cache. Either you use or you don’t, the plugin will work – but be aware that without cache, process will take a long time, each time…
5. Give read & write permissions to these two cache directories (see 4).

basic options

0. There are three ways to use IMDb link transformer: popup link creator, widget and inside a post. Each option can be combined with any other, as blogger wants; there is no limitation, feel you free to use all three at once!
1. When writing your post, add either <!–imdb–>nameMovie<!–/imdb–> tags to your movie’s name (if you disabled visual editor, and that you have HTML interface) or click on imdb link transformer’s button after selecting the movie’s name. As a result of this, a link which will open a popup will be created. The popup contains many data and is extensively browsable.
2. Widget can be activated, and used in a way where informations will be displayed inside it. Once widget is activated, look closely to select what you want to display on your sidebar: options are available on imdb admin settings tab. Also add « imdb-movie-widget » or « imdb-movie-widget-bymid » to your message’s custom field; the value you will add will be the movie that will be displayed inside the widget. Check faqs.
3. (new) The plugin can now show IMDb data inside a post. When writing your post, put the movie name inside tags [ imdblt][ /imdblt] (which gives ie [ imdblt]Fight club[ /imdblt]). No third party plugin needed anymore.
You may also edit the « /* —- imdbincluded */ » part from imdb.css to customize layout according your taste.

Fine tuning:

1. The files inc/, popup.php, imdb_movie.php and imdb_person.php could be modified to match your theme; check also /css/imdb.css if you want to customize default theme.
2. A (front) page can be created to include all you movies’ related messages. Have a look there : personal critics page.
3. If your language is not included… translate .po file (inside /lang directory) to yours! And send it to me, of course, thus many people would enjoy IMDb in a new language.


1. If you are not interested in having links opening popup windows but look only for informations displayed (both in widget and posts), look for « widget options / Remove popup links? » and switch the option to « yes ». There will be no more links opening a popup (both in widget and posts).


1. Remove the old IMDb link transformer and install the new. Or use the automated update from wordpress.
2. Go to the IMDb link transformer settings, and click on « reset ».


How to add the imdb widget ?

First, go to « design », « widget », add « imdb widget » to a sidbar (click on « add »), and change the box’s title (in case you don’t want to have the box named « IMDb data »).

Secondly, open an old post (or write a new) and add the key « imdb-movie-widget » to the custom field of your message *and* the name of the movie you want to display to « value ». IMDb link transformer will automatically display into the widget the movie selected.

Another possibility : add to your post the key « imdb-movie-widget-bymid » into the custom field from your message *and* the IMDb ID for the movie you want to be displayed on your sidebar to « value ». Instead of looking for a name, IMDb link transformer would directly display the movie you want to display. Very handy when your movie’s name doesn’t work as it should (if there are many movies with the same name, the wrong movie is displayed, etc). To get the movie’s IMDb id, search for a title on IMDb website, look at the adress bar for a « ttXXXXX » section, keep only the number part (XXXXX) and add result to the « value » meta field. However, in this specific case, do not mix with an « imdb-movie-widget » key neither add several « imdb-movie-widget-bymid » fields. Only the first one will be displayed.

How to display movie data inside my message?

When writing your post, put the movie name inside tags [ imdblt][ /imdblt] (remove spaces).

I don’t want to have links to a popup window!

Look for « imdb settings / widget options / Remove popup links? » and switch the option to « yes ». No links anymore, for both widget and inside a post.

Can I suggest a feature/report a bug regarding the plugin?

Of course, let a message right here.

How to support ?

Under the GPL licence, « IMDb link transformer » is based on the classes coming from imdbphp project. However, a huge customization work has been required to implement it to wordpress; many new features have been developed as well. If you feel somewhat generous, please click paypal image (from plugin settings).

Known issues

1. When the imdb widget is put under another widget display a list (ie, « recent posts » plugin), the widget won’t display what it should. Actually, it won’t display anything. **Workaround:** put the imdb widget one level above the widget calling a list.

2. If you activate both « Display highslide popup » option and in Next-Gen Gallery’s highslide effect option, NGG picture display will be broken. **Workaround:** Do not use « Display highslide popup » option or use another effect option for NGG.

3. Moviepilot is not working anymore. But Izzy’s working on it.

4. Biographies are no more retrieved. Izzy’s warned.

Release history

Check the changelog here

Special thanks

Well, maybe Izzy, who made the IMDb class available?
Also thanks to Murillo Ferrari for the Brazilian translation, to Andrés Cabrera for the Spanish translation, to Peter for the Bulgarian translation, and to Web Geek Sciense for the Romanian’s.

Before asking for help or improvements here

1/ Have you read the extensive help provided with the plugin? Have you had a look at FAQs and How-to, from « help » IMDb LT menu?
2/ Please explain your issue and report the basics: what’s the name of the movie you have a problem with, is the issue happening for all movies or only for the one you mention, which imdb address do you use (, french imdb, uk imdb), have you tried the « Debug mode » (general options-advanced-misc-debug mode), what are your IMDb LT, PHP, apache and wordpress versions, have you tried to unactivate all your plugins but IMDB LT, etc.

Please bear with me, I won’t answer messages which don’t comply with these points.

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363 commentaires sur “Imdb link transformer wordpress plugin”

  1. It will be great that imdb link transformer retrieves movies and displays them in posts or pages or widget without the need of « movie name » and/or « movie ID » from imdb web site. Perhaps it can be developed to act like « google news » widget. That will be super!

    Thanks and keep up the good work.

  2. Also, allow TV shows and other type, instead of just movies?

    – Release date instead of Year?
    – Short plots?
    – Embed trailer?
    – Edit CSS?

    PS: Please fix Order’s display page, it’s not letting me arrange things.

  4. Hello, great plugin.

    Althout I have got one question.
    I would like to display a « filmography » of a person (plain content without popup).

    Is this possible somehow? If not, does somebody know any other ways? Thanks so much!

    • Hi Andy,

      It wouldn’t be that complicated. Actually, that is only to adapt a one or two php files.

      It is on my todo list; unfortunately, I don’t have any time left right now to go through this… perhaps in a couple of months.

  5. It doesn’t work at all. It’s like it’s not even activated. No widget or admin panel. I’ve updated to 3.3. When I click the link to the options page it says You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page.

  6. Is there a way I can save the generated output of the plugin in the database? I mean I’m a bit unhappy that the content it’s not searchable on my site. If a user searches for an actor on my site it will get no response because the blogpost body is generated ‘on the fly’ and not stored in the DB.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Marc,

      Indeed, that would be such a nice feature. I tried to add it a while ago, but never succeded. Unfortunately, I don’t have the php and wordpress knowledge to achieve that.

    • What you guys want is sort of possible. Go to the plugin settings > Widget/Inside post Options > What to taxonomize. Here you can select which items to store in the database (director, actor, etc), which you can then display as a clickable link inside your posts. You can not use this data for a search, but maybe there’s another plugin for that.

  7. Hi, This is an absolutely amazing plugin exactly what I needed, hell I would of paid for it if it wasn’t free lol..

    However I had a very limited luck with it.. I added about 70+ movies detail using cache option & transfering files to my server by creating 2 folder for image & other cache..

    here how it looked:

    but then I was just sorting some orders (display order in which you choose which description goes first I was bringing up the plot after poster) & it just crashed says I need to make the entry first..

    then onward suddenly my post stopped displaying one by one..
    so now the blog looks like this:

    on every page it says « Sorry, no result found for this reference »


    so obviously I did something wrong or is it some kind of plugin issue, I have tried switching off all the plugin yet it still doesn’t work.

    I also deleted the plugin & reinstalled it through FTP (while cache folder remain intact) yet no luck..

    I also read through at least 20 posts & followed through JCV posts but on one seem to have come across this issue.. so please help anyone..

    btw I keep the older version of WP 2.8.5, as my other plugin are not compatible with newer WP, not to mention the IMDB LT was working like a charm until there was collision on plugin & I did something to setting.. so any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks alot in adv.

  8. Great widget, thanks. Is there a way to use the sidebar widget where it automatically retrieves the post’s title (which would be the official IMDB movie title) in order to display info for that movie?

    I ask because I just moved my site and switched to WordPress and I already have over 225 movie posts. I doubt I’ll have the patience to edit each one.


    • It is a feature already available, though not documented…

      Activate widget, add IMDbLT Widget to your sidebar, and go to « Widget/Inside post Options » menu, select « misc » from the new menu, and select « yes » from « Auto widget? » option at end.

      The next time you will look at your post, you will find the widget according to your post’s title.

      • Wow, it works amazingly! Thanks!

        Two little things I noticed…

        1) The ratings graphic does not show, just the text of the number of votes. And same for the IMDb ‘Source’ graphic at the bottom.

        2) The ‘Order’s display’ feature doesn’t work…nothing can move up or down the list.

        These two issues happen in both FF 6.02 and IE 9.08.

        Keep up the good work!


      • It is quite difficult helping you without the basics (IMDbLT release, php, etc)

        1) Check all the picture in « pics » and its subfolder are correctly uploaded, with correct CHMOD. I cannot access
        2) Is there something installed preventing you to use javascript? Some plugin installed in you browser?

        I also noticed when clicking on links supposed to open the popup (actors links, for instance) nothing is displayed. Should be caused by a bad installation.

      • Your second reply made me realize the problem- the directory was « /…transformer.2.0.8. » I changed it in Settings and all is fine.


  9. ok sorry, I’ve read that italin version doesn’t work well

    • Hi Diablos,

      Well, the chinese version doesn’t work at all, but I wasn’t aware there was any. As the italian’s.

      Where the heck did you get an italian version? And what do you mean by « it doesn’t work well »?

  10. Hi jcv,

    I’m using Version 2.0.7 of your plugin. Using « (default) ». Don’t know which php version.

    Not getting any pictures.

    Does that help?


    • well, it helps a little.

      Try to switch the imdb address to « uk imdb »

      If it doesn’t make a change, and since you wrote you have this issue with all movies, it is maybe linked with a cache misconfiguration. Check cache management and look if everything seems working.

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