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Example Gallery Post

Posted on March 21, 2012 I Written By

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This is an example post of a WordPress image gallery. Thanks to Windows 7 for the sample pics.

BuddyPress Group Photo Gallery Plugin Thoughts

Posted on: May 26, 2010 I Written By

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I really need to have a great BuddyPress photo gallery (and it would be nice if it did video also) for a project I’m working on. Unfortunately, there just aren’t many options out there for BuddyPress Photo and or video galleries on BuddyPress.

The 2 top ones that are out there now are the following:
BuddyPress Album+ – Free and Open Source
BP-Gallery – Paid Plugin

Here’s the challenge. I really need the BuddyPress Group Galleries or the plugin won’t work for me. The paid plugin has group galleries and the Open Source one doesn’t. However, the open source one has it on it’s future release list and suggested 3 weeks for the group galleries to happen. I have to make a good choice, because photo galleries are not the type of plugins you want to have to change later.

Don’t get me wrong either. The $30 for the paid plugin is not a big deal at all. It’s a drop in the bucket really. However, what bothers me is that the plugin is not open source. This matters, because then the plugin is only dependent on one person for development. This includes new features, bug fixes, security issues, etc.

I hate the idea that I’m building my website on the back of a plugin that’s so dependent on one developer. Plus, I also don’t like having to pay $30 to see if the plugin is what I really want. I want to try out the plugin and make sure it’s a good fit before I cough up the money.

Long term I think that the open source BuddyPress Album+ has more potential. I also love that it’s a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) project. However, I’m a little nervous waiting the 3 weeks to see if they built the features that I really need (ie. Group Galleries). Plus, timelines often slip when we’re talking about open source development. So, I won’t be surprised if the group galleries take longer than the suggested 3 weeks.

Oh the choices we have to make. Taking what’s here and available now or betting on the better long term choice which isn’t quite ready right now.

P.S. If anyone has an implementation of BP-Gallery I can try, I’d love to have a chance to try out the features.

BuddyPress Disable Email Activation – My First BuddyPress Plugin

Posted on: May 12, 2010 I Written By

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As those of you who follow my Twitter account probably know, I’ve been diving head first into the BuddyPress development side of things as I build my Sports Fundraising website. So far I’ve made some amazing progress and I’m quite happy with my choice of BuddyPress as a platform for this project. I guess we’ll see how it goes once I launch the site in July.

In my process, I’ve created a number of BuddyPress plugins, but mostly just for internal use. I hadn’t written any for the public yet. So, today I decided to take some code written originally by Andy (founder of BuddyPress) and add in one piece that he was missing and make a plugin (he told someone to).

So, here’s the first release of the plugin: BuddyPress Disable Email Activation (download here). I’ve tested it and it seems to work, but I welcome any feedback.

Unfortunately, it only disables the email activation for a standard WordPress install (with BuddyPress of course). I’m still working on getting the WordPress MU email activation to be disabled too. I’ve got most of it disabled, but can’t get the email to stop sending (see more details of this problem here). If I figure that out, then I’ll likely incorporate it into this plugin as well.

Until then, enjoy my first BuddyPress plugin. Now I’m going to figure out how to post it to the WordPress plugin repository.

Creating Content Versus Consuming Content

Posted on: August 3, 2009 I Written By

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Last night I had a second to start reading through a bunch of content. I realized as I did this that it had been a while since I’d really spent a good amount of time just consuming interesting content. I think I’ve been spending too much time creating content and not enough time consuming content.

This isn’t completely true. I think I’ve done a decent job of keeping up with content on So You Think You Can Dance and electronic medical records. I kind of have to in order to maintain those blogs. However, even there there’s so much content out there that I only have so much time in a day.

There in lies the problem. How to prioritize your time between the creating and the consuming of content. Creating content is how you make money on a blog. However, I sincerely believe that the more content you consume the better content you create (old school people say “To be a great writer you have to be a great reader.”)

However, even more than the above is that I probably need to spend a little more time consuming content just because it’s enjoyable. I love reading about the progress of WordPress. I love reading the various venture capital or entrepreneur blogs out there. I enjoy me a bit of techcrunch talking about startups, etc, etc, etc.

Of course, it still goes back to having enough time in a day to do everything. All in all, I have no complaints. I love my life. I just can’t help but wonder if I’d love it even more if I tweaked my balance in consuming versus creating content.

One thing is certain. I love blogging!!

Matt Mullenweg Announces WordPress Handbook

Posted on: January 10, 2009 I Written By

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I’m currently sitting in the Las Vegas Wordcamp listening to Matt Mullenweg’s talk on “The State of the Word.” He just announced that WordPress will be launching a WordPress handbook.

The basic concept is that WordPress will be taking a subset of the Codex and some information done from scratch to document the releases of WordPress. This Handbook will be put into subversion and when a new release of WordPress is release, the handbook can be trunked out and be fixed similar to how the code for WordPress is done. Users can submit fixes to the WordPress Handbook and some users will have the ability to commit the changes.

This seems like a really cool idea since it will allow the Handbook to be version specific. It will also make it much easier for the international community to know what to translate (since translating the ever changing Codex is very difficult).

Of course, the first question is how will this work with the Codex. The answer is that the Codex will remain because it has just too much good information. However, Matt said that it’s so new that we’ll have to just see how they work together and which parts will remain in the Codex and which will be moved to the Handbook.

The other important point is that Matt said the document would be saved in a special format (I didn’t catch the exact format) that will allow it to be viewed in multiple formats including: pdf’s, windows help files, etc. Plus, this format allows consultants, plugin creators, etc to be able to integrate their own help files into the main WordPress Handbook. Pretty cool. Sounds like a simple way to create a WordPress for Dummies book.

Matt said that the first version of the WordPress Handbook will be released later this week.

Thanks to Izea for sponsoring my attendance at WordCamp Las Vegas

Too Many Blogs to Update

Posted on: August 24, 2008 I Written By

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One of the nice things about WordPress is that they are always coming out with updates and changes that enhance the blogging platform. One of the bad things about WordPress is that they are always coming out with updates. That means you have to go and update all of your blogs. Which in my case is far too many. Take a look at the list of blogs that I maintain:

Smuggle Me
Lynn Family Blog
Something for Nothing
BYU Sports
Spoil On

Pure TV Network Blogs
TV Freaks
Dancing with the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Amazing Race
TV Sports

Other People’s Blogs
Crowdsource This
True Life Relationships
Take Flight Blog

Blogs I Don’t Write To Anymore, But Don’t Want to Take Down Yet
Cambrian House
miaMessage Blog

Ok, so I’m too lazy to link all of them. A bunch of them are new blogs since I’m splitting Something for Nothing into a TV Blog network. So far it’s doing pretty good, but it’s a good thing that I’m not blogging all of them myself. I have 4 other people helping me to update them with content.

Now if I can just automate the WordPress update we’ll be all good. At least I’ve standardized the plugins I used so I don’t have to test nearly as much.

Export List of WordPress Links As OPML File

Posted on: August 22, 2008 I Written By

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I don’t know why WordPress doesn’t just link to this OPML link file from the link manager, but since they don’t it’s sometimes a pain in the butt to find. So, just go to to export the list of links from WordPress

There you go. Now you can export the links from wordpress just as easy as you can import them.

Export One WordPress Blog Category to Create a New Blog

Posted on: August 14, 2008 I Written By

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I’ve searched high and low for a way to move just one blog category from an existing blog into a new blog. I found tons of ways and great documentation on how to move an entire blog to a new domain, but I couldn’t find anything that showed how to take one WordPress blog category and create a new blog using that category.

I found an old plugin/import that should have done the job, but hadn’t been kept updated with the latest version of WordPress and so it didn’t work for me. I also found a ton of people on the WordPress forums interested in doing the same thing, but no one offering an answer. The best they could offer was importing just the RSS feed for that category. Problem there is that then you lose all the comments, categories and tags for those posts. Comments being the real kicker for me.

Therefore, I decided to go it alone and figure out a way to do it using the only option given in the WordPress Export which was the user that created the post. My goal was:
-Export All the posts, categories, comments, tags for just one category of my blog
-Create a list of those posts that I could use to redirect traffic/google to the new location

There might be easier ways (and hopefully they’ll make this an option in the Import), but this worked for me. Also, I wouldn’t try this method unless you’re pretty good at find and replace, executing SQL queries and editing themes.

Overview of Process:
*Export Blog to Test Server
*Change Theme to Get list of Blog Post IDs/Posts for Category
*Change Author of Each Post ID to a new author
*Export posts for new author
*Import into new blog
*Create list of 301 Redirects on old blog
*Clean Up new blog DB

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WordPress 2.5 Almost Here

Posted on: March 11, 2008 I Written By

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It looks like WordPress 2.5 is going to arrive possibly next week. Either way it will be coming really soon. Is your blog ready for it? I found a pretty extensive check list of things you can do to prepare for the upgrade. I think that it is a little over the top myself, but I guess you kind of have to be to avoid that person that gets mad at you for saying that the upgrade should be very easy. That’s why I’ve basically limited myself to the plugins that are so mainstream someone is going to update them or the ones offered by WordPress themselves (ie. Akismet and WordPress Stats). It’s always interesting to see what features they come out with next.

bbPress Info for WordPress Integration and A Few Extra Plugins

Posted on: February 22, 2008 I Written By

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I’ve been working the past couple evenings to get a WordPress blog to integrate with a bbPress forum. They’re both from Automattic so I thought that it would be a no brainer. Turns out it should have been, but I just missed one link. I’m putting them here for those looking for a reference on integrating WordPress with bbPress.

Here’s the WordPress plugin that you need to integrate it. I didn’t activate it until after I had created both the WordPress install and the bbPress install. This plugin also requires you to set the prefix for your bbPress database name. Simple enough to do on the tab that’s created for bbPress once the plugin’s activated.

This is the bbPress WordPress Integration plugin that is used in bbPress to do the integration. Of course this is activated after installing bbPress. Just make sure when you install bbPress that you set all the right information in config.php I won’t detail that out since the documentation is good for that and is really very straightforward.

A lot of the documentation points to a Display Name plugin to show the WordPress display name in bbPress rather than the login. It’s a great idea and would be great if it worked. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work, but the comments made on the plugin have a better workable method to make this happen in the bbPress template which in reality is probably where it should be anyway. Although I would shy away from loading all of WordPress on the bbPress pages if possible. I can imagine that it will slow things down.

The Spaces and special character in login name Plugin isn’t even an official plugin and I haven’t tested it myself, but it loads well and seems like a simple enough plugin that I added it in to prevent errors in the future. Let’s hope now that they’re putting some resources towards bbPress we’ll get some things like this in the core.

I haven’t added the Human Test Plugin yet, but I expect that I’ll probably need to do that sooner or later or we’ll be swimming in fake accounts before we know it.

There are a bunch of other plugins that would be cool, but we’ll see what the manager of Crowdsource This wants to do. A signature plugin might be cool. The Private Message plugin might be useful. Probably a few more I haven’t looked at yet.

Well, hopefully this helps some people trying to integrate WordPress with bbPress. Next up is to find a good theme. Possibly a look and feel designed for WordPress and bbPress would be best. I’ve read that there are a few out there. If someone knows where they are, please let me know.