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Why Themeforest authors why….

So….all this commotion regarding the Slider Revolution plugin being bundled in themes has caused quite a few headaches for people. Myself included…

I spent a fair chunk of an evening this week “updating” a friends (staging) site using this theme -> http://themeforest.net/item/chariot-professional-responsive-portfolio-theme/5817175 to make 100% sure it was secure.

Here’s what I had to do…

  1. Backup the site – obviously
  2. Download the latest theme package from ThemeForest – fair enough
  3. Deactivate all the plugins – ok then…
  4. Delete all the plugins – huh? why? Oh right….cos you have your own custom installation of plugins….right….
  5. Upload the new theme – smooth, theme options maintained, hope restored.
  6. Reinstall and active the new versions of the plugins – worked well.
  7. Pour a double whiskey – because half the freaking content (such as slider images) is now gone/broken/i don’t know

So yes, I’m at a point of frustration now, because even as a seasoned developer on over 100 themes I now have to sift through backups of what SHOULD have been a smooth upgrade process just to fix the content. Loving it.

And before you ask, fortunately this wasn’t a live site, it’s a staging site, so luckily his live site isn’t buggered. And it’s not like I don’t like the Theme, just to be clear….just not this crappy plugin activation method.

Well now…that was fun….maybe I should start a marketplace?

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WordPress Heartbeat API example plugin – Pulse

One of the most important experiences for me at this years WordCamp Europe was meeting other people, specifically members of the WooTeam who I haven’t met before. One of them was Remi Corson, who after overhearing a chat I was having with Patrick Rauland, sat me down and showed me what he was working on with Heartbeat API.

It was an awesome chat! The power of collaboration between WordPress community members is so cool 🙂 and in the spirit of collaboration, I’ve decided to release an open source plugin that will help you get started with your own Heartbeat API development.

So check it out on Github, fork it, submit some pull requests, if we can make life easier for other WordPress developers wanting to use Heartbeat API in their products then that’s what I’m hoping for!

In the long term I’d like to contribute back to the Heartbeat API docs because they are severely lacking at the moment!

[box type=”download” size=”large” border=”full”]Pulse – Heartbeat API example plugin[/box]

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WooTumblog WordPress Plugin

For those who follow WooThemes, you will no doubt have seen our Tumblog Themes such as Cinch and Crisp, and will know that they give you similar functionality to a tumblr style blog from within WordPress. So if you didn’t buy one of our tumblog themes you wouldn’t be able to have that functionality, but now you can for FREE! In addition to this, you can buy the Express for WordPress iPhone app and publish content to your Tumblog enabled WordPress blog right from your iPhone!! See the official announcement page here: http://www.woothemes.com/2010/10/tumbling-along/
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FlagTag WordPress Plugin

Seeing as how I’m big on getting behind your sports team, I saw an initiative by White Wall Web (Disclaimer: I used to work for them) to get the internet into the World Cup Feva by adding what they call a FlagTag to your site.  I think it’s fantastic, see my FlagTag on the right of the site.  But what most people (who cant code) don’t know how to do is add the code to their website.  So I thought, let’s use my WordPress experience and slap together a plugin.  No code editing, just a simple download and upload, activate the plugin, and choose your flag! It’s that easy.

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