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Plugin Support Forum is Up!

Thaya Kareeson
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Creative Commons License photo credit: linh.ngân

Today I would like to announce the launch of the OMNINOGGIN plugin support forum.  From now on, I would like all support questions regarding all of my WordPress plugins to go through the appropriate categories in the support forum.  Here are my reasons for the shift:

  • Intense Debate comments are not searchable by the end user.  It’s also hard to navigate the comments to find what you are looking for.  Because of that, people end up asking the same questions.
  • Support plugins is starting to become a monumental task for me.  I’m hoping that having a forum will encourage 3rd party paticipation to help reduce some of my time spent on plugin support.  That way I can have some time to actually develop the plugins.
  • I need the ability to separate which support requests are important and which ones are not as important.  To do that, I have created a set of free support forums and a set of premium support forums.  Free forums are for people who are using my plugins for personal/non-commercial purposes (and thus would not need urgent support).  Premium forums are for people who are using my plugins on blogs that are earning them money.
  • Some people were unhappy at my attempts to gain traffic from my plugins by displaying an OMNINOGGIN widget in the WordPress adminitration dashboard by default.  The premium support forums will help justify the 20-30 hours I spend each week on my plugins, so I will be disabling these widgets by default on all of my plugins.

Read on…

Released WP Greet Box 5.0

Thaya Kareeson

WP Greet Box version 5.0 is here!

What’s new this release?

This version of WP Greet Box has the following enhancements.

  1. Added ability to expand related posts by default.
  2. Added ability to display related posts before the greeting message.
  3. Added localization support.
  4. Added version checking.
  5. Cleaned up a lot of code.

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Released WP Minify 0.1

Thaya Kareeson

I have moved WP Minify out of beta stage.

What’s new this release?

This is the official release of WP Minify. This release fixes a bunch of bugs found and reported by the beta testers (THANK YOU!). Here are some updates on bugs and feature requests.

Known bug

  1. Full compatibility with WPMU (I haven’t had time to reproduce this bug).

Upcoming Features

  1. Placing minified scripts in the footer.
  2. Automatic <link> and <script> detection for minifying.
  3. Option for setting far future expiration.
  4. Option for setting the location of local cache files.
  5. Option to not gzip.
  6. Ability to offload files to an external CDN.

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Weekend Links – Apr 19, 2009

Thaya Kareeson

Announcing Winner of WordPress Plug-in Development Book

Thaya Kareeson

Here is the winner from the previous WordPress Plugin Development Book Giveaway.

Winner

After including the people who did not win in the last contest (as promised), here is the lucky winner of Vladimir Prelovac’s WordPress Plug-in Development: Beginner’s Guide book.
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WLTC: How to Track RSS Subscribers in a Blog Contest

Thaya Kareeson
RSS icon girl
Creative Commons License photo credit: GeekMom Heather

As some of you may know, I have been writing on Weblog Tools Collection (WLTC) quite a bit lately. In this post, I would like to highlight a good tutorial I wrote on WLTC in case you guys might have missed it. The tutorial talks about one of the most important components of a blog contest: tracking RSS subscribers.

Blog contests are great tools for helping you gain readers. There are many great theories out there on the web about how to run a blog contest, but there are no tutorials that talk about how to track RSS subscribers in these contests. The tutorial will show you two simple WordPress hacks that is needed to be able to track RSS subscribers in a blog contest. Check out the full tutorial here.

Win WordPress Plug-in Development Book

Thaya Kareeson

This contest has ended! Thank you everybody for participating! I will be announcing the winner tomorrow morning!

WordPress Plug-in Development BookLast week I reviewed Vladimir Prelovac’s WordPress Plug-in Development Book: Beginner’s Guide.  Today I would like to give the book away!

How to enter

You will only need to do two very easy things to win:

  1. Follow @madeinthayaland on Twitter and stay followed until at least the end of the contest.
  2. Tweet about this contest using the following text:

    Just entered a contest to win V.Prelovac’s “WordPress Plug-in Development” Book. Win by following @madeinthayaland and RT! http://is.gd/s7iM

When does the contest end?

This contest has ended! Thank you everybody for participating! I will be announcing the winner tomorrow morning!

This contest will end on April 17th, 2009, 11:59pm EST.  I will be announcing the lucky winner in the morning of April 18th, 2009.  Good luck everybody!

Sponsor

This contest is sponsored by Packt Publishing, publisher of WordPress Plug-in Development: Beginner’s Guide.

WLTC: How to Highlight Search Terms with jQuery

Thaya Kareeson

Highlighted Search ResultsIn this post, I would like to highlight a good tutorial I recently wrote on Weblog Tools Collection in case you guys have missed it.

The tutorial shows how you can easily hack your WordPress blog to highlight search terms using some jQuery magic.  I particularly like this method because it is an easy modification and jQuery will let you highlight any text within any HTML element no matter if the text is in the post title or in the post content area.

Read the full article here.

Weekend Links – Apr 11, 2009

Thaya Kareeson

Happy Birthday to Me!

Thaya Kareeson

Today is the day I turn 26 years old.  For those who don’t know me yet, let me tell you a little bit about myself.

Who am I?

I am a full-time software engineer with a strong passion for web technology.  I started OMNINOGGIN as a personal blog in 2007 in an effort to share my knowledge in the general field of software engineering.  I wasn’t getting many readers by 2008, so I finally decided to niche-ify this blog into a blog that mainly talks about WordPress and a few other web development topics.

I developed my first WordPress plugin and wrote my first WordPress article in March 2008.

Now I have have authored 8 WordPress plugins and have written quite a bit of articles about WordPress on OMNINOGGIN.  In addition to that, I make it a point to write on Weblog Tools Collection about once week.

What I learned in the past year?

  • The good
    • WordPress is a wonderful platform and I enjoy developing plugins for it very much.
    • To have a popular blog, it’s 80% what you know and 20% who you know.  Focus on writing great posts/plugins and the rest will take care of itself.
    • Sugar, Spice, and Vitamin blogging strategy works quite well for me.
    • Writing more documentation and troubleshooting guides for your own plugin helps save you a lot of time spent on support.
  • The bad
    • Developing WordPress plugins for free will never make you enough money to compensate for your time spent, but it does get you more traffic.
    • Supporting a popular WordPress plugin is exhausting!

Do you enjoy my plugins and content?

I didn’t want to do this, but I just had to ask since it’s my birthday.

I spend a lot of time writing plugins/articles and I make them available for free.  If they have helped you in anyway, or if you are using them for commercial purposes, then I would love it if you can support me by any of the followinig methods:

Of course this is not mandatory, but it would make a really great birthday gift!

What’s next?

I will continue to support and make updates to my current plugins, but I don’t see myself releasing any more plugins unless I think they will be as revolutionary as WP Greet Box and WP Minify.  I will also be launching a support forum for my plugins to encourage community discussion/support rather than just 1-on-1 support in comment forms.  With plugin support taking less time, I hopefully can focus on more WordPress articles and tutorials for you all!