End of one era, on to the next

Automattic has claimed ownership of the plugins I worked on during my employment. As such, the VIP team and others will be taking responsibility for their continued development, maintenance, WordPress.org support, etc. Hopefully they remain independent and aren’t rolled into Jetpack. I’ll contribute as relevant to Human Made projects, but will no longer take an active role with the plugins.

These plugins include:

  • Edit Flow
  • Co-Authors Plus
  • Ad Code Manager
  • P2 Resolved Posts
  • Document Feedback
  • Rewrite Rules Inspector
  • Custom JavaScript Editor

Sometimes what appears to be a curse is actually a blessing in disguise. Human Made has pretty neat products in the works that I’m enjoying applying my creative energy towards. Stay tuned for that. And, on the open source side of things, I’ll have more time to contribute to wp-cli.

To everyone who’s used one of the above: it’s been a pleasure working with you. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to do so again in the future.

Status

Ran twenty miles this morning, the last long one before the marathon two weeks from now. The first half involved running down to the waterfront and doing a few loops — it felt great. The second half became increasingly more difficult because I ignored Leah’s advice to fuel early and often. Lesson learned.

Quartz also launched this morning. It’s the bleeding-edge of what’s being built on top of WordPress. I’m excited to see how the application continues to evolve and, being a long-time Economist reader, doubly excited to become an active reader. Quartz brings new meaning to the phrase “Powered by WordPress.com VIP.”

VIP plugin idea: Tips inbox

Quick plugin idea from a conversation with Scott from Grist: use Post By Email available on WordPress.com to funnel press releases, story ideas, etc. into the dashboard.

Upon importing, these would be saved to a custom post type that allows you to comment on the pitch, indicate that you’re working on the story, or punt it far, far away.

Seems like a fun hack to me.

Ad Code Manager and Rewrite Rules Inspector

This is the week of releasing plugins!

Ad Code Manager is a plugin designed to help you deal with ad codes, those short snippets of Javascript used to display advertisements on your website. This week, Rinat Khaziev of Doejo, Jeremy Felt of 10up, and I pushed v0.2, which includes these improvements:

  • Completely reworked user interface, one that now looks and feels like much of the rest of the WordPress admin.
  • Abstracted ad network logic, so you can integrate additional ad networks. Currently, Ad Code Manager fully supports Double Click for Publishers. Pull requests with support for other ad networks are always welcome.
  • In-plugin contextual help to get you properly configured.
  • Priorities for ad codes, which allow you to work around conflicts.
  • An [acm-tag] shortcode for placing ad codes within posts.
  • A widget for placing ad codes in widget areas. Thanks to Justin Sternburg at WebDevStudios for the contribution.

Rewrite Rules Inspector is a simple development tool for viewing all of the rewrite rules registered with your site. It’s been available for VIPs hosted on WordPress.com for a while — today it’s available for download from the WordPress.org repository.

Specifically, the Rewrite Rules Inspector helps you:

  • View a listing of all your rewrite rules.
  • See which rewrite rules match a given URL (and the priorites they match in).
  • Filter by different sources of rewrite rules.
  • Know when rewrite rules are missing in the database by showing an error message.

Both plugins are available for forking in the Automattic Github repo, and pull requests are always welcome. Coming up next are improvements to Co-Authors Plus, P2 Resolved Posts, and a new round of development on Edit Flow…