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Project Management Inside of WordPress

Posted by on Jun 8, 2013 in Plugins, Portfolio | 4 comments

Project Management Inside of WordPress

I have a friend who was asking about project management inside of WordPress.  I use Asana for a lot of my stuff (which I love), but I had seen a Project Management plugin that came out not too long ago that I thought I would check out. Turns out it is pretty awesome. It even has a nice premium upgrade ($15 for single site) that let’s you create a nice front end for clients. Benefits Unlimited Projects Unlimited Users No recurring costs In-expensive to start Permission Level Views (Users only see their views) Permission Level Notifications (decide on every item who to notify) Milestones, Sub-Task Lists, Due Dates Reordering of Tasks Actively being developed Drawbacks Relatively New Product Can’t see how to Archive Tasks and Projects when complete Would Like’s It would be nice to have some nice way to integrate with this plugin.  I would like to integrate some billing in here.  Perhaps that would be a good add on for the developer to look at next… or perhaps I will develop it....

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Custom Projects Functionality

Posted by on Jun 8, 2013 in Portfolio | 0 comments

Custom Projects Functionality

Problem: Client wanted to create an easy way to add dynamic projects to their site to show up featured, on sale, and other project listings.  They wanted to make it easy to add this to other sites as well. Solution: I created a custom post type called projects with a bunch of custom fields for the metadata.  I then created page templates for the project archives, individual projects, and custom front page templates.  Here are some screenshots. NOTE: All design was done by Gray, from Gray Creative.  He is a fantastic designer and I highly recommend him. Project listing page Front page of project integrating parts Project custom post type. Individual project with all it’s custom fields. Project templates applied to another...

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WordPress Multisite – A Whole New Web World

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Presentations | 1 comment

WordPress Multisite – A Whole New Web World

I am presenting tomorrow (June 1st, 2013) at a combined Local WordPress Developers group and a WordPress Users group on WordPress Multisite.  I love Multisite and have been using it for years. Here is my presentation for those that are interested (or want to follow along during the presentation). WordPress Multisite – A Whole New Web World And here are a couple of useful links I’ll talk about. How to turn your single site into a Multisite WPMUDev – The best place on the internet for getting great plugins for working with Multisite. Great Hosting through Hostgator. If you are interested in learning more about Multisite give me a call and we can talk.  There are a ton of things you can do with...

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Educational Website Network

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Portfolio | 0 comments

Educational Website Network

Goal: Bring easy to build website to the University of North Carolina. Solution: In 2009 I built the Web.unc.edu WordPress Multisite Network.  What started out with a single class and a single site has grown to over 4500 sites and 18,000 users.  It has replaced the main campus website solution and now has a full time support staff of 5 people. This network is protected by multiple security plugins, backed up offsite, optimized across four servers, cached for speed, has over 100 themes and dozens and dozens of plugins to meet the educational community at UNC Chapel Hill. It is being used for professional portfolios, department/unit websites, special events, databases, classrooms, and many other things. We have a fabulous support forum (one of the sites on our...

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To Include or Not To Include Post Formats

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Admin Plugins, Plugins, WordPress Core | 0 comments

To Include or Not To Include Post Formats

You may have heard all the hype about the Post Formats that were going to be available in the upcoming WordPress 3.6 release… well, no more. Alas, it was a bit too much and they have decided against including it in this upcoming release.  I have mixed feelings. On one hand, this augments and shows off what you can already do with WordPress.  This makes it more powerful to the end user and potentially more uniform for the different formats. But on the other hand, with great power comes great confusion.  I can see it now already… “Wait, what?  When do I use what format?”  And the code behind it is not bad, but it adds more to the complication. When to use Post Formats If you are wondering if you should use post formats on your project think about the different types of content you publish.  It really is most focused on bloggers that add video, images, quotes, status updates and that sort of thing to their sites. If you have a client that needs that sort of easy interaction post formats might be a good option to look into.  Here is a good link to get you started: http://codex.wordpress.org/Post_Formats. Unfortunately there is not many plugins out there that make this easier… yet.  But I’ll keep my eyes...

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Multisite Networks for Web Providers

Posted by on Mar 30, 2013 in Portfolio | 0 comments

Multisite Networks for Web Providers

Goal: Build a web application that would allow the client to easily roll out websites for target audiences and charge them a monthly fee. Solution: I have build several WordPress multisite networks that target specific groups with plugins, support, automated billing and domain mapping.  A kind of mini WordPress.com, but targeted to for specific users. The biggest was my own Web Hosting company focused on small businesses called Van’s Websites (which has been bought by Fiddlers studios). Here is one for therapists. I have also set up a network focused on dentists, and currently have a few other simliar projects I’m working...

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PDF Database

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Portfolio | 0 comments

PDF Database

Problem: Client came to me as they were migrating to WordPress.  They had an old custom developed PHP program they used to share PDF’s with folks.  This database took hundreds of hours to develop and thousands of dollars. Solution: It occurred to me that we could do this in WordPress pretty easily.  So in a few hours we build out the backend with some custom fields, custom post types, and custom taxonomies. And in a few more hours we had the front end.  It turned out great and is WAY easier to manage and augment than the old...

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Spirit of Christmas

Posted by on Dec 25, 2011 in Portfolio | 0 comments

Spirit of Christmas

Goal: Build a membership site that required users to pay for an account before viewing a Christmas advent calendar. Solution: Created a lovely automated process to allow users to sign up. And an awesome custom post type with four parts for each day. Also build some great social media sharing though modal popups and coupon...

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GerClinSim

Posted by on May 29, 2011 in Portfolio | 0 comments

GerClinSim

Problem: Client came to me with a very complex website that had been half built with a custom lesson functionality.  They had a VERY difficult uploading process for new lessons. Solution: I rebuilt it using a custom post type that was easy to add new items to.  Used the default built in custom post type hierarchy. They had custom sidebars on every page, with quiz functionality built into the lesson. And an awesome evaluation at the end to gather feedback from folks about the course to support the...

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Garage Sale Site Network

Posted by on Mar 30, 2011 in Portfolio | 0 comments

Garage Sale Site Network

Goal: Build a network of local garage sale groups and make money off of adsense. Solution: I created a multisite network and wrote a plugin to pull content from craigslist and separate it out into local areas for garage sales.  It runs automatically and pulls down all the new content for smaller...

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