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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.

BuddyPress

Posted on: November 9, 2009 I Written By

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This weekend I had a little bit of fun and installed BuddyPress. YesN I know I’m twisted to think that is fun. Oh well, it is what it is. I must admit that it was super simple.

I’m really looking forward to using it. I’m planning on using it for my next project. I still need to find a good host for it and create some killer plugins. Hopefully I can get it to work the way I need it to work I’m a little hesitant building this project on top of BuddyPress, but at least it can bridge me until I can hire a true programmer to work with me.

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!!

WordPress.com is Utter Genius

Posted on: June 13, 2009 I Written By

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I’m a huge fan of WordPress.com. I’m amazed at the platform they’ve created. There are some amazing benefits to using WordPress.com which I’ll save for another post. However, you can be sure that it’s a big part of my marketing strategy. I just wish they’d open it up and allow users to show ads on it already.

What is so amazing about WordPress.com is how they monetize traffic on the site. I’ve been using it for a long time and driven quite a bit of traffic to the site. However, I’d pretty much forgotten that WordPress was putting adds on my blog. At least when they launched, they said it was only a small percentage of the pages on WordPress.com and ads are only shown to people that aren’t logged in to WordPress.com (or was it just users of that blog that weren’t logged in?). Either way, it’s a genius plan.

See, since they don’t show any ads to logged in users (which the owner of the blog is almost always logged in), then owners of the blog forget that the content their creating is being monetized by WordPress.com. How smart is that?

I imagine Matt Mullenweg back there with a little percentage setting that he can change at any time. This week it might be set at 10% of the pages getting ads. Then, next week he decides to double the revenue of WordPress.com and so he changes the setting to 20%. Best part is that users of WordPress.com won’t even notice the difference.

It’s not quite money growing on trees, but pretty close.

Google Adsense and Double Click Privacy Policy

Posted on: April 16, 2009 I Written By

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I’m a big fan of Google Adsense. I reserve the right to change this opinion, but for now they’ve been doing very well for me and they are a great partner for my websites. My key is to create great content and drive traffic like crazy. So far it’s worked out really well for me.

Well, Google Adsense has kind of caused a pain in my butt with this new Privacy Policy requirement. Basically they gave until April 8, 2009 to post a privacy policy with certain things about Google Ads. Well, I’m late, but better late than never. I now have a Smuggle Me privacy policy and posted a similar policy across all of my blogs (at least I hope I got them all). Thanks to JenSense for a lot of the wording.

At the end of the day, I don’t think that Google really cares about all this. I’m sure it’s just something they’re required to do because of some lawsuit. It’s just so lame, because like anyone really cares about a privacy policy on my blog. Oh well, at least now it’s done.

Trying out a New Ad Network to Possibly Replace Google Adsense

Posted on: January 21, 2009 I Written By

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I’m always on the lookout for better ways to make money on all my various blogs. I already do pretty well with Google Adsense, affiliates (itunes, ticketmaster, etc) and selling ads on my own. However, I’m always interested in trying new things to make more money from the advertising on my sites.

Today I signed up for the beta of Ad-Village. I’m excited to see if they can deliver on their promise of paying more than Google Adsense. I think I’m going to start the test on my So You Think You Can Dance blog since it has a nice amount of traffic to test it and see how well it does.
AD Village, I can haz Beta?
I’ll let you know how it goes.

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

WordCamp Las Vegas On Saturday

Posted on: January 8, 2009 I Written By

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I must admit that I’m really excited to be able to attend WordCamp Las Vegas this Saturday. I won’t be attending Sunday, because it’s Sunday but I think I’ll get a ton of value out of even just the first day of the conference.

I’ve lived in Las Vegas for almost 4 years now and I’ve never been to Palace Station, so that should be cool to see. The speakers that I’m most excited to see at WordCamp Las Vegas is WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, online whipping boy Jim Kukral and Social Media legend Chris Brogan. A pretty amazing lineup if it was just those 3 speakers.

Even more exciting than the speakers is that it will be fun to meet other people from Las Vegas that use WordPress. I think I only know 2 bloggers from Las Vegas that use WordPress. We’ll see who we meet on Saturday. Should be interesting.

I also must admit that I feel a little embarrassed that this is the blog I listed on the registration page. This is really kind of my play blog. The problem is that I have so many blogs, that I didn’t know which one to choose on the list and just chose this one. It just doesn’t represent my use of WordPress at all. Just take a look at the blogs in my Pure TV blog network to see what I mean:
Something For Nothing – TV and Reality TV Blog
Pure TV Freaks Blog – Blogging TV Freaks
Pure Dancing with the Stars – Blogging Dancing with the Stars on ABC
Pure Amazing Race – Blogging Amazing Race on CBS
Pure So You Think You Can Dance – Blogging So You Think You Can Dance on Fox
Pure Fringe – Blogging Fringe on Fox
Pure America’s Got Talent – Blogging America’s Got Talent
Pure TV Sports – Blogging Sports

Also, I can’t forget to thank my sponsor for WordCamp Las Vegas: Izea. I was the 61st blogger to sign up for Izea (then PayPerPost). The CEO, Ted Murphy, is a freakin rockstar and being a part of the Izea community has been key to many of the things I’ve learned and done with blogging.

I’d love to hear from others going to WordCamp Las Vegas. See you there.