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Working around Tumblr’s broken RSS feed.

I don’t know if anyone has noticed but Tumblr’s RSS feeds rarely work anywhere else. It turns out that all EU based requests to RSS feeds redirect to a EU policy acceptance page. This includes machine consumed data like RSS feed. I have recently made a pull request to the …

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Features

Jokes for nerdy dads only

This is less a big deal update and more me having some fun but Author Buzz now has secret dad jokes. I was playing with the hooks in WordPress and realised I could use send_headers. That’s a hook for sending headers – who would have guessed. As a result, if …

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Features

The Author Buzz calendar helps you plan your posts

There are no development updates to share at the moment. However, I thought I would remind you of a feature that we recently rolled out. The post planning calendar. The WordPress Editorial Calendar is one such way to manage this task. The editorial calendar is something we added right after …

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Progress

Backup all the things

If there is one thing that this outage has shown me, it is that there can always be a more comprehensive backup system in place. This post should publish just after the most comprehensive, site-wide, backup of all the things has completed. That ends step one. Some backup stats Files …

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Progress

Author Buzz is back

I think by now that everyone noticed that we were off line for an indecently long time. I will talk about exactly what happened but not quite yet. There is a lot to do to fix what went wrong and to make sure that it does not happen again. Before …

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Bugs

All fixed now

There was a problem but we are all fixed now. I’m going to duck away again and hope nobody saw that downtime.  If you did, then please rest assured that our hosts have taken care of the issue and there should not be a repeat of the problem. Thus continues …

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WordPress Development

New features coming

Author Buzz has some exciting new features coming soon. I have been working on the largest plugin yet which will add a unique game to the author buzz family. Initially, it will be limited to a new blog that we will create to play the game. However, once that phase …

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Updates

I thought I would post an overview of the updates I’ve been running. Themes and plugins It is not terribly exciting. A month’s worth of bug fixes and security updates but no new features to speak of. The only really important news is that we have been silently keeping on …

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Bugs
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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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