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Posts Tagged ‘WordPress Plugins’

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 »

Crap, GPL Questions Once Again

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Recently, someone sent me a private message on the community network. They had joined WPMU DEV and acquired all of their premium plugins. They wanted to know it they could, “release those plugins all to the buddypress / wp mu community without consequences.”

I wrote a response but decided to share it here as I periodically receive Read more »

Easy Code to Show Your Most Recent Tweets in WordPress

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Note: The code below will no longer work as it uses a now deprecated Twitter API. Unfortunately, to grab your tweets, or any tweets from the public timeline, you have to set up an OAuth connection. If you’re interested in doing that, see my last comment in this post and visit the link I’ve posted there. I will not be providing any more support on this post.

I’ve been reworking my website today and decided it was time to add a recent Twitter tweet to the front page. I checked out the Twitter widget and several (of the many) WordPress plugins that display your most recent tweets, but decided that they had a few issues. Read more »

A Flock of Twitters: Decentralized Semantic Microblogging

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

In my last article, Flocking To the Stream, I ended with this thought about the growing issue of social-networking fatigue:

…as the number of streams continue to increase and as the flow rate of each stream picks up, people will grow tired of having to subscribe to, having to join yet-another-stream phenomenon (YASP). Does the Web truly need additional stream providers each with their own data silos? Is there a user-centric solution to this rapidly growing, overflowing-stream issue that puts YASP to rest once and for all?

This article answers these two questions in great detail but the succinct preview version is as follows: 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 »