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Introducing: Idealien Rideshares

The plugin creates a custom post type which enables you and your community to get to where you want to go using less gas & having more fun on road trips. t has been designed towards event rideshares so that drivers & passengers in the same city can co-ordinate their travel to whatever festival, WordCamp, etc they are attending.

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Migrating WordPress MultiSite to Media Temple Grid Server


If you have ever setup a WordPress Multi-Site aka a WordPress Network, you know that it is not quite the famous 5-minute install that the single site version can be. The few bumps in the road that you encounter are well worth smoothing over as the simplicity of having a single instance of the back-end code to update for multiple domains is worth the effort.

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What’s new at Idealien Studios?

The last 12 months have been incredibly busy and exciting times for Idealien Studios, both personally and professionally.

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WordPress Themes and the GPL – again?

This issue of theme theft, re-selling (or conflicting business models and the GPL) comes up every couple months. This obviously sucks, but based on the current WordPress code structure and theme distribution model, there isn’t a lot which can be done – it is the nature of the beneficial beast that is working with open source licensing models. It caused me to think outside the box and ponder a different approach to resolve the problem at hand.

In the 2 years since I originally wrote that article, the premium theme industry developed around a number of thriving businesses. Today, most of the theme developers who sell their wares do so entirely under the GPL. The symptoms causing the questions to be raised may have changed, but the important ones still remain:

1. Can (or will) developers distribute their work under multiple licenses which would respect the source code base license?
2. What do you do if someone does not respect the license that your product is distributed under?
3. How will this on-going conversation affect the open-source community surrounding WordPress?

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Refactor or Retire? ICE and WordPress 3.0

There are many exciting things afoot in the world of WordPress these days. If you’ve been living under a rock then  custom post types (A really bad name choice BTW – it’s a data type of which post, page, attachment are default setup at launch), menu management, Multi-Site all in core of the next release […]

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WordPress is not YET an enterprise-level CMS

The question whether “WordPress is a content management system?” has been answered affirmatively in my mind for quite some time. It is a testament to the versatility of WordPress that it could just as easily convert into an eCommerce site, a forum or social network. I explore whether it being an enterprise-level CMS is really that much more of a stretch?

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Solving a custom field query quandry

I found a solution to a complex display challenge: How to display a set of posts based on multiple custom field values? This post demonstrates get_post_meta_multiple, a function you could include in your theme to allow you to filter based on an infinite number of custom field key / value pairs.

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The Power of Custom Fields

Custom Fields are the way of enabling authors to store meta-data against an individual post / page in Wordpress. If you are doing more than just basic data storage / display with custom fields in Wordpress, the list of links in this post will be of great interest to you.

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Template – Retail Locations

Learn how to capture and display custom fields in a template using More Fields, a plugin that “enables you to define post types, which are custom Write/Edit pages that contains a pre-defined set of boxes”

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WordPress Developer Pub Night

Tuesday July 7th, 2009 will be the first Ottawa WordPress Developers Pub Night. Location and time are subject to interest from the community. Current theory is a start time of 8pm at Shoeless Joe’s at 3049 Carling Ave which has cheap wing night on Tues and very nice booths.

The two best ways to let them know you’re interested in attending are either post a comment on their blog or follow and tweet to them on Twitter – @wdgo. I know there are more than a few people in Ottawa who use Wordpress for great things including myself. I look forward to meeting them for a few pints to talk about what we would all like to give / get from a community developer group for our platform of choice.

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