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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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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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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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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 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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Building a whole new site

My main focus over the last few days has been integration between the plugins, themes, and applications that we have been using to build Author Buzz with. I have always felt that developers should also be end users. Not power users but regular joe users. If you have to work …

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