Joseph Tinsley

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Frinly WordPress Widget

Just a really quick update. The Frinly WordPress Widget was accepted into the WordPress Plugin directory a couple of days ago. It is now available there also.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/frinly-photo-sharing-widget/
http://frin.ly/recommend/wordpress/
Later,
Joe

Twitter Oauth and Amazon A3

After about two weeks I’m back. Things took longer then what I expected but I did get a lot accomplished. I totally re-vamped my image hosting site, from a code perspective. Users are now required to have a twitter account to use Frinly. I’m using Twitter Oauth for log in authentication. I also added Amazon A3 service so now all of the images are hosted on Amazon’s servers. I’ve Built a Upload and Post and Post only API so that users can use 3rd party applications to post images. I’ve changed the way incoming email is answered and dumped the script and cron job that checked a designated pop3 account. And last, but not least I upgraded the Frinly WordPress Widget so now you don’t have to hack the code to configure it to work. Now configurations are made through the options interface.

I think I kicked some ass actually. There where a whole bunch of tutorials I had to read to get this done. Two weeks ago I had no idea how Amazons cloud storage worked. Now I’m scratching my head wondering why in the heck haven’t I been using this all along. It’s awesome!

I’m not 100% finished yet. I have a few more features that I would like to add but I’m going to hold off for a couple of weeks before I start on them. I really want to work on this other project I’ve been thinking about for sometime now. I plan to post updates when I can but to be honest I know how I am when It comes to programming. It consumes me.

Overall the best part of buckling down and learning how these services work is the knowledge. I now have to knowledge to build bigger and better applications. So basically you have to look at the time spent as an investment.

Later,

Joe

WordPress Transfer Complete

Ok, I think I’m now fully transferred over. I won’t BS you it took longer then what I expected. It’s probably because I was being a fast ass and kept making minor mistakes. But basically all I did was pull the posts/data from the database and created a XML file that kind of matched the exported WordPress version. I left out a lot of containers like the categories and tags containers, actually that was another animal in itself. I figured I would create new tags and categories once I had everything imported, hopefully forcing me to create a more organized blog. I did realize another issue after I was done, and that was making sure I didn’t lose much search engine traffic. I expected a drop off in traffic, but I didn’t want it to be a large drop off. So basically I added a few 301 redirects in my .htaccess file and added some code in the header.php file to make sure that the pages where able to flow from the old site to the new site without issue.
So for the most part it, I think I’m done. I have a few minor things to add but the heavy lifting is over.

WordPress Installed

Ok so I’ve gotten the account setup and finally wordpress is installed. I’ve also found a Theme over at Freethemelayouts.com that I’m happy with. So basically now it’s time to tackle what I believe will be the hard part.  How to import the posts I’ve made on my old blog into my new one.
I’ve taken a look at the XML file and the containers that wordpress includes during their export process.  So I’m guessing all I have to do is a database pull and and create a XML file with the same or similar containers.  Sounds easy enough right,  let’s see.

Going back to WordPress

Ok, so I’m thinking about going back to word press. I just spent the last five minutes tying to remember how to get back into my own site.. Crazy, I know. I’m not really sure why I left word press in the first beginning. I think it had to be my code obsession. Let me explain I love writing code, its keeps my mine busy. So it doesn’t matter how awesome a site is or was I end up mashing it and developing my own version. Sometimes with more features and most of the time with less. Yea that’s it. At the time I believe word press was too heavy. But in fact it may have been my server was just dam outdated. Since them I’ve upgrades the hardware and etc so it will be interesting to see how it will perform now. So the only issue I have now is how in the hell do I import what I currently have into word press. If you have any advice please email me.

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