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Grumpy Dev Syndrome

5 things WordPress.org really needs to start doing

Today was nothing if not frustrating. I spent hours looking for ways to set up a simple user-badges system and got nowhere fast. Given the huge number of pre-existing plugins that cover this task, I thought (wrongly as it turns out) that I could simply install one of them and …

train crash
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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 …

fast car
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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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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,┬áthis is …

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State of the site: Features and progress

Every so often I am going to release a post like this. These posts will give an overview of all the features that are active, how well we are pregressing with getting everything working the way you would want it to and which features we have planned but not yet …

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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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