We’re still here

Sorry everyone, we’re still here. The plugins still work, the paypal issue mentioned in the last post (so long ago) had been resolved within a couple of weeks.

If you need the latest copies of any plugins, please login and go to the downloads tab under each sub-forum. There is a list in each for the latest updated files.

Thank you for your patience.

3.3 is out – you’re good to go

WordPress 3.3 was released into the wild last night and the biggest question on people’s mind is “Will my plugins break?”

Not ours. ๐Ÿ™‚ Feel free to update.

Eating our own dog food

Somewhat an unappetizing but often used phrase within a lot of development communities, here at WPeBooks we’re fans of eating our own dog food too.

In short, this means we use the products we develop. WPeBooks is just one of our properties; we also run a successful network install offering free blogs for homeschoolers.

As anyone who has used multisite to host blogs for others has realized, it can quickly become a target for spammers signing up for hundreds of blogs, auto-posting thousands of posts. Cleaning it up can be messy, laborious and painfully boring. Stopping them can be akin to sticking your finger in a crack in a dam.

So one of the things we did on Homeschooljournal.net was install the Custom Registration plugin, creating a special custom signup page off the main site. Nothing fancy. This was in late July.

After a month or so, we checked the stats for August.

13 splogs had signed themselves up manually using the new form, in addition to a number of legitimate new users. Using the snack bar plugin and monitoring the sitewide feed, I was able to quickly mark them as spam as soon as I found them.

When Ron checked the access logs, however, we were amazed.

Approximately 750 spam blog signup attempts were made. In August. And blocked.

It’s hard to determine a legitimate signup from a spammer sitting there filling out the form manually, so we’ve come up with something that may work and over the next month or so we’ll be testing that out. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

500th sale

Just before we went to WordCamp Montreal, we announced on Twitter only that we were holding an impromptu contest for our 500th sale. Then we kept a careful eye on sales, and noted the 500th.

I’ve just emailed the winner, who can out himself in the comments if he wishes, but he not only gets his sale refunded, we also gave him access to all the products currently listed.

We’d like to thank the winner for their support, and all of you reading along. No idea when we’ll run another contest, but we certainly will again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Re-releasing Aggregating Global Content

How’s your summer? Busy? Hot? Here in our office we’ve been putting our heads together over how to make things better. And one of those things was making one of our ebooks all new and revamped. We even changed the title! Still means the same, now with less boring.

Aggregating Global Content will now be known as Network Home Pages. Already purchased it? No worries, you’re still in the same group (must be logged in), AND you get access to the newly revamped ebook in the downloads section (must be logged in) of the product’s support area. And? We’ve now bundled Network Home Pages with Custom Registration and WP Curator, so previous purchasers get free upgrades to BOTH of those groups. Cool beans!

Also? We added a nifty plugin that makes a very organized home page layout of each site in your network with the latest posts from that site – just like I have on my personal network at AtypicaLife.net, and that many people have asked how to do.

Is it hot in here? *whew*

Montreal here we come!

Ron and I are headed to WordCamp Montreal a few days early, for a couple extra days of vacation. As such, support will be light. We’ll still have access to email during some parts of the day. You’ll be able to follow our progress and see any real-time notices on my Twitter account.

As always, thank you for your patience and understanding. ๐Ÿ™‚

New general support area

We just realized that we did not have any public support area for pre-sale questions or general questions users would not mind in public. So, over the weekend I quickly created our new General Support area.

If you’re a fellow member, I’d like to encourage you to ask or even answer questions to help each other. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’re not yet signed up as a member, feel free to do so and get a glimpse of what support is like in the private groups.

Summer Sale!

Well it’s hot enough we can start opening the office windows and let the cool summer breeze blow in. Up here in the wilds of Canada the trees are in full leaf, my tulips came up and it looks like the long cold finger of winter is dead for a few months.

We thought we’d help out a little with your fall plans and building networks by giving you a head start. Use these coupons for multiple purchases:

SUMMER2X10 – buy at least two items, get 10% off.

SUMMER3X15 – buy 3 items and get 15% off.

SUMMER4X20 – buy 4 or more items and get 20% off!

WP Curator now available

Our latest plugin and ebook is called WP Curator, which allows super admins to hand select specific posts in a network and promote them to the main site. If you’ve ever been to the front page of WordPress.com, you’ll see they have hand selected posts from across their network.

This is one way it can be done – with the WP Curator plugin. Once activated, it shows a “promote post” link only to super admins. This way, when surfing your network for excellent content, you can reward your users by highlighting them on the very front of your site. How you format those posts when they get there is totally up to you. You can also use any theme you like – no need to switch to a new theme. We’ve even included some code snippets to use with the Genesis Theme Framework and its child themes.

In fact, WordPress.com has been so successful, they recently launched three separate site showcases featuring posts in three different categories: FoodPress, EcoPressed, and PopPressed.

This plugin requires WordPress 3.1+ with multisite enabled. Get it here, and have fun!