I’ve been working with the MailPoet plugin recently as a solution for emailing users of a site. One feature I sorely needed was a way to send emails to specific user roles, and alas this wasn’t possible.
I decided to make a plugin and it did the trick. I’ve consequently shared it on wordpress.org in the hopes that it helps someone out. This simply creates a list for each WP User role (custom roles included) and keeps the list synced when moving old and new users in and out of these roles.
This weekend, I’ve dedicated to resurrecting a few more plugins which were withering away without updates between 5-7 years!
These plugins are Disable User Gravatar, Localhost Notify, Cursor Trail
I’ve just released a new update for Meta Tag Manager, a complete rewrite and bump up to version 2.0.
This was my first ever plugin to be submitted to the WordPress repository over 7 years ago! Back in the day, there weren’t any (or none I found) plugins that would allow you to add meta tags to your site. This was somewhat a pain for me whenever I needed to add google or yahoo verification meta tags to connect to their webmaster tools. Sure, you can edit the theme header, but that presented problems when updating the theme and was also just less convenient overall.
Over the years, other plugins came out that served my purposes, and in other cases I just verified my sites over DNS. As other plugins took up more of my time, this one fell by the wayside, and it has been four years since my last update!
I love coding. Plain and simple. I love making things that people find useful and make an impact online, and I fulfill this passion by creating code and sharing it with others. Whilst I’ve been wearing many hats in my work/career environment over the recent years, my coder/developer hat is and has always been my favorite.
Over the past few years due to work, time constraints, life and other priorities, this blog along with various WordPress plugins I had written in the past have been neglected. My last post was in 2012…. yikes! Yet funnily enough, I still refer people to that post as recently as this year, so the thought that I could be writing something that’s useful to someone is certainly an inspiration to get this going again.
I also have plugins that haven’t been updated in many years, and still seem to have a following. Therefore, I’m committing to reviving some of these plugins and showing this blog some love.
For plugin developers like myself, it’s a pain in the @!+ as I’m now seeing users run into this problem on a daily basis for a few weeks now, and it has become obvious that the problem in every case is the forced loading of jQuery library files from CDNs, particularly Google.
The aim of loading jQuery libraries from external sources is to speed up page loading time, so no wonder why theme makers jump at this quick speed upgrade.
However, whilst there’s nothing wrong with doing this theoretically, they way they’re going about it couldn’t be more wrong! The various misleading posts circulating the web are most likely the cause of such a widespread problem, and now we’re starting to see the consequences as time passes.
Blogging is no easy task! It takes time, dedication and consistency. I started a blog on netweblogic.com, which started falling behind as other priorities took over. It’s been over a year, and an ageing blog theme did nothing to motivate me.
After some time looking at the various user-restriction/membership style plugins, I realized that there wasn’t a quick and easy way to ban normal users from all of the wp-admin pages.
Fortunately, wordpress makes this sort of customization easy with its amazing API. These four lines of code are all that’s needed:
This is a pretty simple plugin and probably as useless as they get!
This was inspired by David Walsh’s MooTools implementation. Check out his demo to see functionality, it’s the same thing except you can control the fade speed and cursor image, as long with start/end dates for special occasions.
Activate it for Valentines Day for a special surprise, if that’s today you’ll know what I mean 🙂
Download it here!