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The Discovery Phase: Help Me Help You

Project Discovery in the Jungle

Once upon a time there was a brave safari guide. He loved exploring the jungle and knew the secret trails, spectacular sights, and hidden dangers better than anyone else around. The only thing he loved more than exploring was when groups of people who would hire him as their jungle guide.

Each group had something special that they wanted to see. Some wanted to explore the caves. Others wanted to observe the wild animals. Still more were just looking for a way to escape from the business and strains of life. All was going smoothly and wonderfully until… Read more

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Create Groups in BuddyPress Programmatically

Let’s say that you that you are building a custom application with BuddyPress (like maybe a Project Management application) and you had a need to programmatically create a BuddyPress group. Now there are ways to customize the BuddyPress group creation process that I will cover in a future post, but there is actually a very simple function that will do all the heavy lifting. So, without any further ado, I’d like to introduce you to groups_create_group(). Read more

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Have You Heard of BuddyPress?

Last year I was working on a new membership feature for my church’s website (actually, I’m still working on it) that would help to facilitate interaction among the churchgoers throughout the week. Being a hard core developer, I rolled up my sleeves and started working through how I would handle discussions, notifications, user profiles, and the like. After spending a few weeks of weekends and evenings hacking on it I decided to check and see what kind of prebuilt solution for this kind of application might already exist (yes this is the problem with developers: code now – research later). Read more

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Do Not Fear the Command Line

A year and a half ago and the Mac terminal scared me spitless. I didn’t know how to do anything with it and I didn’t know of anything that I really wanted to do with it. Then I started working with Vagrant, and then Git, and then Grunt, and pretty soon the command line didn’t seem so frightening any more. In fact, once I got down a few basic commands I started helping with server administration and other command liney things at the agency I worked for. Read more

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WPSessions VIP Enrollment Opens

I just received an email from Brian at WPSessions with the word that WPSessions VIP is now taking enrollments. This signup period will be limited to the first 100 enrollees so if you want to signup then you need to act right away. Here’s the cool part, even if you didn’t sign up for the WPSessions VIP waiting list, you can still use my referral link to secure a spot!

One other thing. Use the coupon code FIRST100 get $50 dollars off of your subscription reducing the price from $247 to $197. But again, you must move quickly because the offer is only valid for the next 48 hours or first 100 enrollees.

I just enrolled and hope to see you in WPSessions also!

Get Schooled

A Better Developer via WPSessions

This past week I attended WordCamp Seattle and boy was it amazing! One of my favorite sessions was a panel on Becoming a Better WordPress Developer. During this session, the panel was asked how a developer could become a better developer. The general consensus was to surround yourself with professionals in your field that constantly push you and introduce you to new tools and techniques.

I wholeheartedly agree, but this is somewhat of an abstract idea if you don’t know where to find the professionals in your field, specifically in this case WordPress development. WordCamps are a great place to find these people, but wouldn’t it be great if there was a place to find out about new leaders and stay up to date on a regular basis?

WPSessions

Enter WPSessions

I found out about WPSessions several months ago and promptly signed up for the WordPress and Backbone.js session and it was fantastic! Most recently I signed up for Working with BuddyPress and look forward to watching the recording since I missed it live because of WordCamp Seattle. Read more