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Dev Blog on a News Footing

We’ve put our dev blog on a news footing. As part of our efforts to make sure that blog beta users get a great selection of themes, we have updated the dev blog with a new theme. While this might not be the most exciting news in the world, it …

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New things on Author Buzz

We’ve been adding a bunch of new stuff to Author Buzz. A lot of it is hidden away in preparation for launching an awesome set of new features but some of it is available for general use right now. New QnA forum for writers Writer’s help – a QnA forum for …

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Oops

Everything should be working again but I managed to break everything quite badly today. First I installed a new plugin which ended up causes a network-wide server error. I then disabled all plugins which was a bit of a sledgehammer approach. After I removed the broken plugin, I had to …

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Updates and other news

In case you thought we had all upped sticks and vanished without a trace. Here is a general update on Author Buzz. The focus of the team has of late been divided into two broadly equal categories. Participating and establishing the community Coping with the heat Content Updates Now that …

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Thank you, BuddyDev’s Brajesh Singh

We can finally announce some forward progress in the area of modifying member profiles to do what we need them to do. This is almost entirely down to one man who I have never met.

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Faster site with cache

With a little luck, the site(s) should now be a little bit faster. For those of you who are interested let’s look at how we made Author Buzz a bit faster. Pretty much most of the speed improvements have come from installing W3 Total Cache. Despite my reservations, it seems …

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State of the site: Features and Progress [May 2017]

Every so often I publish a post like this going over our plans and how far along they are. These posts give an overview of all the features that are active, how well we are progressing, and which features we have planned but not yet gotten out of the door. …

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Now with books

Author Buzz now has the books feature sort of working. We have now added the ability to create a database of your published books. The limits are the currently you need to access the admin area and your books do not show up on your feed or profile. Obviously, this is …

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Now with 100% more forums

There may be a winding road ahead, but it just got a little shorter with a significant addition of another planned feature – forums. The forums, which can be found here currently consist of General Chat only. As topic groups suggest themselves we can add more boards as needed. Also, because I …

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Context specific theme changes

It looks like I have run into the first set of limits that I will have to code around. To be honest, I am surprised that I did not run in tot his sooner. What to do with new users? The Author Buzz home page looks quite lovely for me, …

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