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Sites outage – confession of a silly dev

Hands up here, the outage of all sites was my fault. If you are interested, this post will look at what went wrong and how it was fixed. How the outage happened Author Buzz is set up on a secure dedicated server. The domains are registered with a trustworthy registrar …

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GDPR – Privacy and Data laws

GDPR is something that we bloggers need to take seriously. At Author Buzz, we’ve been looking at options to help our members comply with the new rules. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforced from May next year, requiring all organisations that handle EU residents’ data to abide …

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Tiny MCE and BBPress bug

I guess I spoke too soon. The update seems to have had a very strange side effect – BBPress’ WYSIWYG editor has stopped working. I noticed a bug report from one of our members this evening. They were reporting that the forums were being squiffy. I was going to reply …

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Updates to WordPress

This is not going to be a particularly interesting late night blog post as all I did was back stuff up and run some updates. Things updated For anyone that cares, there were some updates and I applied them. WordPress core updated to the latest version 11 Themes updated I can …

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Redesigning Author Buzz UK

Author Buzz UK is to get a whole new look. I posted recently about creating a WordPress Theme Framework. The idea is that it should be something that can be used as a foundation to build author-centric themes for WordPress. As I said in my last post, I am not a …

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WordPress Development
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The AB Theme Framework

Author Buzz UK are working on a new WordPress Theme Framework specifically for authors. One of the things to come out from the work we have been doing for Author Buzz UK is that many themes only mostly fit the needs of writers. If you add in the need for …

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WordPress
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New Plugin: AB Custom Post Meta

Author Buzz UK members can now get their hands on a new plugin – AB Custom Post Meta. For now, the plugin is exclusive to Author Buzz blogs. AB Custom Post Meta is a simple plugin that adds a new widget to display custom post data. When you write a …

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Fighting Spam

Spam – I knew that it would happen sooner or later; I would just have rather spam happened later (or never). There are two significant areas of spam that we have to fight. User Registration Spam (and spam groups) Comment Spam The user registration spam is pretty much just a …

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Importing content from other platforms

Today I set myself the task of finalising the import process for a number of large blogs waiting to move into the Author Buzz family. If only life was so simple. It turns out that the last time anyone tried to import from the platforms in question was several major …

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Simplify the menus

If the message from our beta testers said anything, it said, “simplify things some more”. Of course, life being what it was, simplifying also means more complicated. The problem with putting everything you might want all within easy reach is that you pretty much end up putting everything within easy …

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