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BP Privacy v1.0-RC1 is now available!

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Please read Important Notice section below.

After more than 1500 hours of work, 7300 code and comment lines, and creation of a 38-page manual, BP Privacy release candidate one is now available for download and testing. It is a release candidate, not to be used in a production site. It requires at least PHP 5.2.x and is developed and tested to work with WordPress 3.0.5 and BuddyPress 1.2.7. It also requires a modern Web browser and you and your users must have javascript enabled. Read more »

BP Privacy: History and Lessons Learned from Developing a Major BuddyPress Component

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Coding great-quality, open source software, while often rewarding, can also be a thankless, difficult task. As many have been asking for an update on BP Privacy–also known as the BuddyPress Privacy Component–I thought I would take the time to write up an exhaustive history of the project and share some lessons learned. Read more »

BP Privacy: An Update

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

This is an update on BP Privacy. I felt that it was important to communicate its current status. I also think that it is necessary to address a few who are claiming that BP Privacy is very late, for instance this statement that it is “at least 14 months late now“. Read more »

Release of BuddyPress Privacy Component Pushed Back One Week

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Yes, I know. What??? How could you??!! And just on the greatly-anticipated eve of BP Privacy’s release? Is this a warped event caused by a rip in the space-time continuum or possibly even triggered by Daylight Savings Time? Is this some sort of a joke?

Nope. It is real. The reason is simple and practical. Read more »

BuddyPress Privacy Offers You the Power of the Force

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Okay, that title may not be accurate. But for those advanced BuddyPress administrators and site owners who are performance focused, the BuddyPress Privacy Component will offer the option of creating the ACL (access control list) tables with the InnoDB storage engine instead of the MyISAM storage engine which WordPress and BuddyPress use as the default. This offers a number of advantages such as referential integrity with cascading deletes and updates and row-level locking instead of table-wide locking—which increases performance by facilitating multi-user concurrency, a crucial point for under-powered servers or highly-trafficked sites. Read more »

BuddyPress Privacy Component About to Launch

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Here’s a brief update on my efforts to provide a suite of privacy filtering services to BuddyPress’ core components. With the release of BP v1.2.6, the last of the essential ingredients are now in place to allow my Privacy Component to function. On November 8, 2010, I plan to make the component available to all via the WordPress Plugin Repository. You can learn more on

To celebrate this occasion, I am offering two specials: 40% off of the standard BuddyPress Privacy Component Support Plan (BPCSP) and the other 25% discount on advertising rates. All but two of the first month’s ad spots are sold. So, if you want to get in early and lock in these prerelease rates, act now.

How the Death of Net Neutrality Effects You

Monday, August 16th, 2010

The potential impact of the Google-Verizon proposal to end wireless net neutrality on bloggers, niche social network owners, and ecommerce sites seems to be misunderstood or not even realized by many of my colleagues in the the Web design and development business Read more »

BuddyPress Beginning to Mature At the Right Time

Friday, August 13th, 2010

I’ve written about social-networking fatigue in the past, and still believe that–in the long term–distributed Social Web platforms will win out over the traditional, Web2.0-styled, closed-data-silo social networks. Read more »

WordPress Hook Sniffer v0.14 Released!

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

As I posted about ten-days ago, my WordPress Hook Sniffer had a cold, its sniffer all clogged up and not functioning properly. Today, I release a once-again healthy, new and improved Hook Sniffer plugin for all WordPress plugin developers. Read more »

Important Developers’ Notice: Please deactivate WordPress Hook Sniffer for the time being

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

If you are using my WordPress Hook Sniffer plugin, I ask that you please deactivate it at this time and remove the modified plugin.php file–the one that comes with the plugin–replacing it with the original version that ships with WordPress. Read more »