A wordpress plugin I’d scramble to get…

Okay, I wasn’t going to post about the recent interview Matt Mullenweg did with Blogging Pro but there was an intriguing response to one of the questions asked that led me to leave a comment on Photomatt where Matt posted about his interview. The purpose of my comment was to try and tickle out more information – alas my comment was deleted for some reason and so I find myself writing this little blurb in my blog hoping (I’m not quite at begging yet hehe) that someone might have more information πŸ˜‰

UPDATE: Mysteriously my comment reappeared on Matt’s site…dunno what happened there hehe πŸ˜‰

Anyway, in the interview, Matt was asked,

What?s Automattic?s next move? I know you have been focusing on the next versions of WordPress, and your great Anti-spam service Akismet, but with the people in the Automattic now and your great eye for filling a gap in the marketplace, could you give out any hints on what we can expect next?

Tucked in his response was this reply…

We?ve got a few plugins and services we?ve cooked up internally that we?re going to provide to open source, including a little todo/project management app.

“todo/project management app.” plugin for wordpress? Now that would be nice. I’ve searched all over for a nice plugin that would do this in wordpress and have come up short. I’ve even contemplated writing my own code but unfortunately my coding skills are rather limited and I’m short on time for the moment. If the team at Automattic was to come out with this anytime soon it would make my day!

I don’t know why my comment got deleted on Matt’s site but I hope more news will be forthcoming – that teaser in his interview was just cruel! (from my point of view anyway hehe) πŸ˜‰

UPDATE: Thanks to opa (see comments below)? I’m now trying out a “To-Do” plugin by Abstract Dimension.? It’s much better than what I’ve been using and so far it’s pretty neat.? Only thing it’s missing in my eyes is the ability to group the to-do’s into different lists.? Nevertheless, I appreciate the find!? Thanks opa!

Another UPDATE (July 15, 2007): Thanks to PaintChip (see comment below) I’ve discovered that the To-Do plugin by Abstract Dimension seems to be no longer available (the site is down).  I did some digging and found “Our To-Do plugin” at the site,  “WordPress by Examples“.   It is based on the original To-Do plugin is an improved version of it.  I haven’t tried it yet but it looks nifty.

  1. I’d think that Automattic and team will make it a seperate application that will be very easy to integrate into WordPress, much like they have been working on doing with bbPress, but they will start it that way from scratch. I have always thought that Matt and team would try to compete against 37signals and their basecamp software as I know it would help keep bloggers more organized and communicate among multiple writers and editors and whatnot.

    I am very excited to see how this whole thing works out as well. πŸ™‚

  2. Yeah I’ve looked at what 37signals has made and even signed up for the free Tadalist but it really doesn’t function the way I wanted it to. I’m looking more for something that will be in the admin side of wordpress that will help me manage the ongoing projects I have with site tweaking, post outlines etc. I currently use a “To-Do” draft post as a temporary stop-gap measure.

  3. Darren,
    an existing plugin for wp sounds very similar to what you are seeking.

    Plugin Name: Todo List Plugin
    Plugin URI: http://abstractdimension.com/index.php/2006/06/wordpress-plugin-todo-list/
    Description: Adds a Todo panel into the admin interface under ‘Manage’. Useful for ideas (for posts) and managment of the weblog. Create lists to organise yourself from the comfort of you blog admin.
    Version: 1.2
    Author: Abstract Dimension
    Author URI: http://www.abstractdimension.com

    i did not try it already…

  4. @opa

    Thanks! That’s definitely closer to what I’m looking for and much much better than what I’m currently using. An improvement on this plug-in for me would be to be able to group my To-Do’s. Nevertheless, I’ve installed it and am using it πŸ™‚

  5. I’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of your blog. I’m enjoying the articles I’ve read thus far and find your writing style easy to understand.

    Thank you for that!

    Questions for you about this plug in or others like it. Are you still using it? What’s your take on it now? Is it still available anywhere. The links in this post are no longer valid.

    What would be your recommendation on this or other plugins that might work for organizing To-Do tasks.

    I sure would appreciate any input you’d care to share!
    Oh yeah – one more thought….

    I haven’t been able to get your RSS feed to work for me. The links keep sending me to the dreaded 404 page.

  6. Hi Paintchip,
    Thanks for the kind comments regarding my blog. I enjoy writing and contributing to it – I just wish I had more time to play with it than what I do.

    Regarding the “To-Do” list plugin by Abstract design. Yes I still use it and it has been very valuable to me in keeping track of the things I want to do with the blog. I don’t use it for all my to-do’s – just the blog related things. Since the links are indeed no longer valid (don’t know what happened with their site) I did some digging and I found someone who improved on the To-Do list plugin. I haven’t tried it out but it looks like I will give it a go sometime in the future. It’d be worth your while to give it a go πŸ˜‰ .

    Now, as for my RSS feed. I don’t know why it was giving you a 404 page. I double checked various feeds and they seem to be all working okay. What browser are you using and what specific feed are you trying to get? Thanks for the heads up on that but without being able to duplicate the error I don’t know where to begin looking to fix it.

    Thanks again for your visit! Let me know how the plugin works for you πŸ™‚

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