I knew I wanted to get the next version of Organize Series out the door and with the surprise (well maybe not quite a surprise) release of WordPress 2.9 I decided to get my butt in gear and finish off the threads needed. As far as I know Organize Series works fine with WordPress 2.9 (I’m running it fine on my websites) but if you notice any problems report them to the support forums as usual.
This release is mostly bug fixes. Please make sure you read through the changelog if you want all the details. Some of you will be happy with some persistent bugs you’ve been dealing with (I hope!).
What’s next? Well, I have had a number of different feature requests that have come my way. Some I may be doing as custom work in the new year (that means getting paid to implement) and others I have quoted on but I think it’s outside of the budget of those wanting them. I’m strongly considering doing some work on some plugins to Organize Series that will implement some of the most requested features and offer it up for sale on a service like the wpplugins app store for a nominal amount (between $10-20). Anything I do this way will still be release GPL etc. but it will be a way for me to still contribute new features to Organize Series and help pay my bills as well. The core Organize Series plugin of course will still always be offered free of charge and I will continue to do maintenance and bug fixes on it going forward. All I would be doing is offering new features as a paid option.
I just finished getting the next version of my super duper series plugin for WordPress launched to the wild. Organize Series 2.1.5 has got some neat stuff in it:
- New Feature: A bundled plugin called “Organize Series Publisher”. You don’t have to activate it if you don’t want but it’s there if you want to try it out! This new add-on for Organize Series is a take-off of the Issues-Manager plugin created by Jonathan Brinley and was sponsored by Amanda Giles who hired me to port Issues-Manager so it works with Organize Series. Amanda graciously agreed to have this released to all users of Organize Series! Basically, this add-on allows you to set a series so any posts assigned to it won’t publish until you explicitly publish the whole series. Read more about it on the Organize Series Plugin Page
- New Feature: custom base for series permalinks. Yeah, now you can change ‘series’ to something like ‘myawesomesequenceofposts’…well, you can..
- New Feature: Added a new function for you power users who want to be able to fully control the output of series data. get_series_ordered() has joined the party and you can thank Amanda for it too! With this function you can get series data from the database and manipulate it however you want when it’s returned. Do the tango with it if you want! Uh…yeah…
A pretty major bug slipped through with the release of Organize Series 2.1. What happens with the bug is when someone posts a comment to a post that is part of a series, that post will lose it’s series information. Not good. Organize Series 2.1.1 should fix that. You’ll want to upgrade as soon as possible.
At long last, another update to my flagship WordPress Plugin (well, really the only WordPress plugin I’ve developed…)! This is a significant release which is why I skipped doing a version 2.0.9 and went right to 2.1. A couple of quick notes about this release.
- Organize Series 2.1 will only work with WordPress 2.8 and higher. The code was starting to get bloated with trying to support all the previous releases and I really don’t have the time to keep supporting earlier versions of WordPress. If you really need to use Organize Series with an earlier version of WordPress then I suggest you keep using Organize Series 2.0.8.
- Because of some of the feature add-ons you really should read the note about upgrading (read this – scroll down a bit for the upgrade notes) so you don’t have any unexpected stuff happen.
- Going forward I’m still going to be offering limited support via my support forums. What does limited mean? It means I will answer basic questions that don’t take me a lot of time to answer and I will also respond to bug reports (and work on fixing them). However, I am unable to devote any more time to significant usage related questions or new feature requests. Feel free to post such requests in the forums and there may be other users willing to help you. Another option is to contact me and hire me to do custom work for you related to Organize Series.
If you’ve used Twitter for any length of time you’ve probably noticed the phenomenom called “Follow Friday” where people tweet about people they think are worth following and actively search out new people to follow themselves. If anything, “Follow Friday” shows us how something can gain traction when it’s simple and consistent. Probably not too many people heard about it when it first started but because the few that did kept doing it and used a common hashtag – it quickly gained a following (pardon the pun) in the twitter realm.
I’m writing this post because of my love for WordPress and especially all the developers out there who contribute code to both the opensource project and the thousands of plugins and themes that make it such a great tool for all of us. There has been discussion over the years of ways in which we can express appreciation to the developers who freely offer up their code to the world to use (and all the hours put into developing, maintaining, and supporting that code) but as a plugin developer myself (only one at that), although I’ve appreciated gratitude sent my way and reviews posted on people’s blogs nothing has stoked me more than seeing that little notification from PayPal that someone has donated a sum of money to me. The dollar amount doesn’t really matter – it’s more the realization that someone thinks what I’ve invested so much time in worthwhile enough to pay for.
So far it’s looking like it’s on track to be another useful addition to my curve. Remember though that it’s still only in beta so mileage may vary.
NOTE: I just posted this as a draft using my BlackBerry and then touched it up via my laptop to add the links – there’s still no easy way to add links in the app.
Fixed a bug reported here. This was a pretty major bug affecting scheduled posts that are a part of a series, let me know if you have any problems with it!
UPDATE (12/6/08): Just a heads up that the link above downloads from the trunk of the Organize Series subversion repository so you will get the bleeding edge version of Organize Series (currently at 2.0.8beta4). I’m not going to be responding to bugs listed here as frequently (unless I can reproduce easily…so make sure your report is as thorough as possible) because I’m ramping up to get a release ready for when WordPress 2.7 is released this week. OrgSeries 2.0.8beta4 currently WORKS with WordPress 2.7 RC1
Patience pays off – for those of you waiting for a version of Organize Series that will work with the latest version of WordPress (currently WP 2.6.2)! I just want to give a shout out to all the people who have been trying to hack up fixes in the interim instead of just waiting (and a thanks to Matthew Porter who emailed me his version of a fix – which I used a section of). One of the major hurdles keeping me from releasing even just this beta is that my “unique” “automatic-series-part-ordering” system was horribly broken by the new revision system introduced with WordPress 2.6. The fixes offered up by others worked for adding new series but if you modified an existing post that is a part of a series and reordered it in the series then things would go haywire. So, I needed time to test and fix – which I haven’t had much of. Well today, sitting at my wife’s bedside in the hospital while she sleeped (and staying up a bit later too) I managed to hack off this beta. Here’s the rough changelist: