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BuddyPress 1.6 support, and the future

  • Avatar of MrMaz
    MrMaz
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    @mrmaz

    As I mentioned in a previous topic, if the premium sales of this plugin went well I would re-release a free version of Links with some of the advanced features stripped out.

    Well, the sales haven’t been off the charts, but there were enough to cover the cost of development to bring the plugin up to BP 1.5 support, and also just recently 1.6 support. I want to thank all of the awesome people who bought the premium version, as this plugin would have died if they didn’t step up to the plate!

    Today I am releasing a “community” version which has had the profile link sharing, and groups integration removed. ( These features are still available in the premium version, however. )

    Moving forward I am hoping that the additional exposure which the community version provides will lead to enough sales to make continued and active development of this plugin possible. I plan on adding some more content providers (Vimeo, etc) and possibly some alternative theme layouts as an incentive to purchase the premium version. Of course, the premium version also includes personalized support from yours truly :)

    I have just tagged a beta version of Links 0.6 in the plugin repo which supports BP 1.5 and 1.6. If you want to test it out, you can download it here:

    http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/buddypress-links.0.6-beta.zip

    As of Aug 20th I pushed some changes to the repo (trunk). Here is a link to download the latest fixes:

    http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/buddypress-links.zip

    Please post any bugs or feedback to this topic!

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  • Avatar of danbpfr
    danbpfr
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    @chouf1

    Hi Marshall,

    glad to see that your plugin is now BP 1.6 compatible. Thank you for the effort.

    I uploaded the 0.6 beta version but it doesn(t work on my multisite network.: BP 1.6 / WP 3.4.1
    http://bp-fr.net

    What happens after install ?

    - i installed the plugin as usual
    - i activated a new page for Links
    - the links tab is in the main menu

    - Surprisingly, the plugin is accessible from WP admin dashboard instead of the network dashboard
    - Creating a category leads to error “some errors occured, try again”
    - Also the WP links who are at the bottom of these admin page – and only on this part (Thank you for using WP and WP versions) appearing twice !
    - The category is not being created.

    - On frontend, i can access to “create new link”, but i’m unable to create one.
    - given error is: “you have to fill all fields”

    Avatar of danbpfr
    danbpfr
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    @chouf1

    Found a first failure: bp-links tables where not created in DB !

    Avatar of MrMaz
    MrMaz
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    @mrmaz

    Is it possible that you still have old options from previous versions of links? Check your site options table for the option key ‘bp-links-db-version’ and remove it if you find it.

    I will do some testing on a multi-site install as well.

    Btw, how did you find this topic? I can’t figure out where plugin forum activity/updates are showing up.

    Avatar of danbpfr
    danbpfr
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    @chouf1

    Note: previous version (0.5) of bp-links was deinstalled in plugins and DB before installing the beta.
    I added manually the 4 tables of BP-Links and things work globally well now.

    One small bug on ../wp-admin/admin.php?page=buddypress-links-admin-cats
    After registering a new category, and when using the bottom button “add new category” the page is not refreshed and shows again the completed fields. This occurs the error “this link still exist”. Registry itself is OK.
    When using the top link “add new category” for same purpose, the new fiels are rendering empty for new adding.

    Probably some JS who doesn’t work correctly ?

    Avatar of danbpfr
    danbpfr
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    @chouf1

    I found the topic on the buddypress.org forum under a sticked link in the how-to and troubleshooting section ;-)
    Anyway, it seems that some links here are not going to right place…

    I’ll update the FR translation and send it to you as soon as completed.

    Avatar of MrMaz
    MrMaz
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    @mrmaz

    When the Links plugin is de-activated or uninstalled the db version option does not get deleted. I think I need to start bumping that number for every release, even if the tables don’t change. Maybe also remove that option when its deactivated.

    I will try to reproduce the category bug.

    (I can’t figure out how to get e-mail notifications of new topics, or new posts to plugin forums. Its making me crazy!)

    Avatar of MrMaz
    MrMaz
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    @mrmaz

    Btw, I haven’t updated the pot file yet!

    Perhaps you should consider selling it on http://codecanyon.net as well.

    I don’t have a problem buying your plugin, but the thing I’m worried about is that it seems it’s still up in the air if this is going to be supported long term. I don’t want to add feature only to have to remove it later because the developer has moved on. I know that’s a ongoing issue with plugin development, but if you are charging for it I think you should be committed to it. Otherwise perhaps you should just make it opensource to at least allow other developers to take over if it is abandoned.

    Anyway, great plugin. :)

    Avatar of MrMaz
    MrMaz
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    @mrmaz

    Yeah, its a bit of a chicken/egg situation. Its been premium for about 8 months, and I am now feeling comfortable enough to re-release a free version, so this is a good thing :)

    The tough thing about plugins is they are mini communities within a larger project community. If the developer can’t put in 10s or 100s of hours for free, members of the mini-community have to contribute to the financial health of the project. So its a team effort really, as opposed to the traditional mass marketing model.

    There was just a ton of work to bring it up to snuff for 1.5 which was the largest hurdle so far. Hopefully there won’t be such another drastic change to BuddyPress which requires that level of time re-investment.

    FWIW, I am involved in the CBox project, and that was a huge motivator to get this plugin to a healthy place because I am a huge fan of education, and I think this plugin could be extremely useful to an academic commons site.

    And both versions are FOSS/GPL, so there should be no concerns about the source code disappearing.

    Don’t get me wrong I completely understand. It’s even harder with more complex plugins like yours.

    Maybe WP/BP should have some sort of Kickstarer program. Plugin developers can submit their plugin ideas and funding goals then users can pledge funds to those they believe are most useful. It won’t completely solve the long term updates, but it would allow them to judge interest and give them funding upfront to cover initial development costs.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/

    Avatar of MrMaz
    MrMaz
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    @mrmaz

    @FIQ No worries, I 100% agree with everything you said. My commitment to it *has* been up and down since i first released it almost 3 years ago, lol. http://plugins.trac.wordpress.org/browser/buddypress-links/tags/0.1

    Most of the early BP plugins were ahead of their time. The BP community just wasn’t big enough to support plugin authors financially. I am hopeful that this is no longer the case.

    Anyways, your honest feedback is good stuff, and appreciated. Wish more people would say what they are thinking instead of just pumping tires :)

    I think this could be the best plugin for BP with a slight change in purpose.

    It original was design (if I’m not mistaken) to add a Digg or reddit type service to BP. It’s a cool idea but in time it seems it gets filled with spammy type links and unless you have active voting it can become useless (another chicken and egg).

    I think it would work as a perfect solution to image, video and link galleries (separate the 3) for users and groups. If you can then tie it into the update posting box you would really have something. The problem with user galleries is opening uploading of media to your servers by the general public is a disaster waiting to happen. By using image, video, etc embeds it completely eliminates the need for storage. This allows even BP users with shared hosting to have rich media user galleries.

    In sort, I think instead of being a “Digg” like plugin it should be a user gallery plugin.

    Just a thought. :)

    Avatar of MrMaz
    MrMaz
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    @mrmaz

    @FIQ It can actually be used for more than one thing. My partner in PressCrew @bowromir has been on my case for 2+ years to do something like you are talking about. I plan to work on this, possibly with him, to have several different display/list template sets to pick from (simple drop down) which lets the site admin have an image gallery, or video gallery, or maybe even something else which pulls all of the images from external sources.

    Oddly enough when I have tried to pitch possible financial supporters in the past that 99% of people can’t afford the server set up required to handle tons of images and video streaming, nobody was interested in a purely embed solution. I have always thought this was the future, and I still think its the case. Maybe the stars are finally lining up?

    I think BP Media does support importing/displaying external galleries already, but I haven’t played with it much. That plugin is pretty hefty though, and maybe overkill for smaller sites.

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    danbpfr
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    @chouf1

    Found a bug in the bp_get_link_list_item_xtrabar_userlink_created filter
    The orginal string is “created %s ago” on mysite/bp-links/ page

    In french i see “il y a il y a”. In other words, “ago” appears twice.

    When i don’t use the translation i see “created il y a 1 jour 6 heures ago”
    This “%s” is bp core stuff where it exist under ” % ago” and already translated throught BP

    I solved the problem in the bp-links translation in not bringing the word “ago”
    Anyway this line needs some improvement IMO.
    Instead of | comments(x) | user avatar + name | created %s ago it would be better to have
    | comments(x) | created by | user avatar + name | % (the time reference)

    Similar problem whas faced here

    http://buddypress.org/community/groups/how-to-and-troubleshooting/forum/topic/ago-ago-1/

    Avatar of MrMaz
    MrMaz
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    @mrmaz

    I just pushed some changes to the repo (trunk). See first post for the link.

    * DB table install and upgrade now occurs on activation hook
    * DB upgrades are attempted on *every* activation, instead of just when db version is bumped
    * Lots of string fixes, pot file updated

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    MrMaz
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    @mrmaz

    For anyone following this thread, version 0.6.5 is now available in the repo. This latest version has full BuddyPress 1.6.x support.

    Avatar of imjscn
    imjscn
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    @imjscn

    @mrmaz , glad to see you back with fresh new versions!
    I found this plugin around the time you quit supporting it. I was in love with this “Fetch” feature and started fixing issues brought by BP new versions. Over the 2 years, I’ve made several objects around this Featch feature and completely cut off codes related to BP, discarded category, share through CPT’s settings, changed voting to stackoverflow method plus a hell lot of user actions, save and query are following WP’s CPT process. Now, the renovation is nearly complete, the next is design the theme, then, can upload to internet, and you are back :-)
    I would consult you before I move on. Do I have the rights to modify and use your codes? (use mainly the media classes and services, modify others).
    I have no problem to switch off the Fetch feature in my program if you say no. I would pay if my site will generate profit but unlikely– though I developed many features but it’s just because I have time and enjoy the learning process. I’m not on the position of purchasing a software to do something.
    By the way, during the renovation, I learned a lot php and BP from your codes. You deserve much more than people would pay. Hope each of your new versions heading for greater success!

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    MarialKa
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    @marialka

    Great, thank @ mrmaz to share it for free ;-) but WP 3.5 and BP 1.7 are not supported :-( no way… for ever ?

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