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Archive for the ‘BuddyPress’ Category

The Growing Panoply of Specialty BuddyPress Developer and Administration Tools

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

When it comes to the availability of useful, specialty plugins for site administrators and plugin developers, BuddyPress may be approaching an interesting inflection point. Recently, several new plugins have been released that help Read more »

BuddyPress Featured Members Plugin Widget Re-Released

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

After dragging my feet for too long, I’ve finally upgraded and updated my old Featured Members Widget to work with WP/MU 2.9.2 and BuddyPress 1.2.3. The code has been entirely rewritten using the WordPress Plugin API. Read more »

Introducing WordPress Hook Sniffer: a Developer Plugin

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

NOTE: I have not been developing or maintaining this plugin for more than four years. It has been forked by a developer who goes by the name Mirco Babini. You can find his latest version of the Hook Sniffer Plugin at this WP Plugin Repo link.

As a developer, one of the benefits to sophisticated Open Source projects like WordPress and BuddyPress is that a significant amount of foundational code is already in place. This makes adding additional functionality, additional value, to the platform easier. You just create a plugin. Read more »

WordPress Hooks, Barbs, and Snags

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

This article is intended to help you learn how to interpret the output from the WordPress Hook Sniffer developer’s tool

This article is my exhaustive study of what I thought was a simple little function—the do_action function. It details how WordPress action hooks really work. Read more »

BuddyPress Privacy: Moving Toward a Privacy API

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

BuddyPress development is moving toward a modular, team-focused approach. In my mind, this is the biggest news that came out of the weekly BuddyPress developers’ chat Read more »

Do You Support BuddyPress Privacy?

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Plugin Funding Progress

In a recent post, I asked for ideas on how WordPress ecosytem developers can earn a living doing what they love to do—coding great-quality plugins for WordPress, BuddyPress, and bbPress. This post is my attempt to try the time–honored Read more »

How Can BuddyPress Developers Earn a Living?

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

In the WordPress ecosystem, when it comes to getting paid for time spent, it seems that theme designers are far ahead of plugin developers. GPLed–premium themes are not only an accepted part of this ecosystem, but seem to thrive. Plugin developers, on the other hand, have been shunned in the past for offering premium plugins. I won’t go into the reasons for this, but there is a sordid history, to say the least. I also do not want to reopen the war wounds from previous debates on this topic. Read more »

OAuth, BuddyPress, and Privacy

Monday, December 21st, 2009

OAuthWhen I first started kicking around the idea of coding a privacy component for BuddyPress, several people suggested looking into using the OAuth protocol to accomplish the task. Being semi-omniscient, and totally oblivious to everything else, I did not have the faintest clue on how to work with OAuth. Read more »

I’m BuddyPress-ed for Time

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Volunteerism is the heart and soul of any successful, healthy Open Source project. So, when Paul Gibbs posted the following Tweet a week ago,

Apparently I’ve made 1317 posts on the #buddypress forums. This puts me ahead of @apeatling on 1053, @johnjamesjacoby on 1257. @jeffsayre wins with 1454!
1:08 PM Dec 13th by Tweetie

it made me remember a post Read more »

BuddyPress: authentication versus authorization

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

When it comes to user access of computer-based systems, access control has two subgroupings: authentication and authorization. Authentication deals with the process of verifying that a given user is indeed who they claim to be. This is taken care of initially by the registration process and subsequently by the login script. Authorization deals with verifying and managing the access rights a given authenticated user has to certain objects. Read more »