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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.

Shutting Down Smuggle Me…Mostly

Posted on: August 19, 2010 I Written By

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I must admit that it’s kind of sad to think that I’ll be basically shutting down this blog. Smuggle Me (this blog) was the first blog I ever created. It’s the start of what has become my blogging empire (a small empire, but an empire just the same). Who would have thought that me just playing around with WordPress one day would later become my full time job and me traveling to present at WordCamp Utah and Las Vegas.

Yes, my first post was June 2, 2005. Although, the post I remember most was when I posted that I beat my sister in Solitaire Showdown. Good times and great memories of the start. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 5 years already.

Don’t think I won’t be blogging anymore. I just won’t be blogging on Smuggle Me anymore. Instead, you can see my work blog at CrashUtah. That’s my new and relatively professional blog that I’ll be writing. Plus, you can follow all of my other blogs which are listed here.

I’ll still be posting here on occasion. This is basically my test blog where I test new plugins and updates. So, I’ll continue doing that. Otherwise, Smuggle Me will go pretty quiet. It’s been a great ride!

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!!

$60,000 Worth of Software Free

Posted on: March 3, 2009 I Written By

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A nice link came across my Twitter feed that talked about 45 open source or free software packages that a business could use. They valued the 45 software packages at over $60k. The cool part of the list is that it lists the paid option alongside the free option.

I knew most of the things on the list, but it had a few that I’d never heard of and I’m going to have to check out. If you are a startup company today, you have to be crazy to be spending much if any money on software these days (with a few minor exceptions).

One software that I wish was on the list was a nice video editing software. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a good free and/or open source video editing software out there.

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.

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.