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.
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.
It’s time to get out of beta and get this version onto WordPress.org/extend/plugins so more users can enjoy all the goodies. Once again, a big thanks to all the people who have helped test and fix the bugs that first got introduced way back when WordPress 2.6 was released. There’s so many of you I’ve lost track – but they are in the feed
Here’s a list of fixes/features with this new version:
- Added a new argument to the “wplistseries” function – “number” which enables users to limit the number of series displayed
- Reworked the layout of Organize Series administration integration with WordPress so it “fits” with WordPress 2.7 – including showing “Series” in the Dashboard “Right Now” widget.
- Organize Series interface can be floated around and respositioned in the write/edit posts screen for WordPress 2.7
- moved the “Manage Series” menu item to the Posts submenu area for WP2.7 (previous versions stay in the same location)
- fixed an inconsistency with ‘showlastupdate’
- fixed some bugs with the atom feed (was an early update…not sure if it’s still working correctly now)
My host (bluehost.com) shut down my site at about 4:00pm (EST) today and support told me that it was due to excessive MySql queries and CPU load. Some notes about this experience:
- Support was very fast on getting back to me when I contacted them.
- They weren’t very helpful when it came to what I needed to do. I had to track down information in their knowledge base.
- A quick browse on the internets via Google showed me that bluehost has received some negative press re their mysterious CPU lockout and suspension issues. Seems like they aren’t really set up to run trafficked WordPress sites on their shared servers.
- The suspension came out of the blue (no pun intended). No warnings, no emails prior to, nothing, nada. It would have been helpful if I had at least received a notice that my site was causing problems on the servers and I needed to make some modifcations or they’d shut things down…
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: