Buy your own WordPress Multiuser site

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Ever want to buy your own WordPress Multiuser site already installed and up and running?  Girls’ Coffee Table is up for sale for a Buy it Now price of $60.  The site already has BuddyPress installed and Google Adsense stuck in a few places if that’s important to you.

Some work has already been done on the site.  The main blog has a custom theme that’s nice and pink. (Having flashbacks of Monkey Island 4 to be honest. “It’s pink!”) Right off I don’t see support forums or help pages and we all know how important that is to me.  Has some nice themes though.  Only has about 50 members so some marketing will be required.

As I write this, there’s no confirmed bids.  Bids start at $25 if you feel the need.

And in case you’re looking for some exceptional WPMU sites to steal ideas from, keep an eye on this thread over on the WPMu Premium site.

WordPress Plugin: User Only Downloads

Per a request in one of the WordPress support forums I still frequent, I’ve written a quick little filter plugin that allows you to hide the download link to a file and only display it when the viewer is logged in.  A lot of forums have this feature, usually as a plugin, to forse users to create accounts on their forums.

Usage is fairly simple: [user_download URL] where URL is the URL of the file in question.  Visitors who are logged in will see the URL while others who aren’t logged in will see the standard “You need to be logged in…” message.

Feel free to use.  Please consider a link back if you find some use for this.

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Filled With Mu

Continuing on with the series of WordPress MultiUser tutorials, two new ones have been added to the WPMuTutorial site:

  • Who’s Your Mu Buddy? – Why having a WPMu peer may be a good idea.
  • What’s On Your Front Page? – A personal rant on why WPMu admins keep placing adverts on the front page of their WPMu installs instead of trying to draw in the casual visitor.

Please feel free to give them a read today.

The Road to Well-Mu

Andrea from over in Home School Journal land has asked me to write a series of articles about planning and creating a WordPress Multiuser site.  The first article went online today.  I hope to have a new article posted every day for the next few weeks.  Time will tell if I can hold to that.

edit: I wonder if anyone will get the pun of the title.  I also wonder if I’ll be able to come up with any more of them.

How Matt Mullenweg and Automattic deals with complaints

Wordpress censorship

WordPress censorship

Looks like I “offended” Matt Mullenweg a bit too much.  Write a pair of posts describing how they have ignored a long list of splog reports and I now have my wordpress.com account suspended and my posts in the support forums edited without permission.  But in addition to that, I’ve been blackballed by Akismet and it appears that my comments on wordpress.com are being trashed automatically. (A picture of that after the fold.  Guess I won’t be posting comments to your blog anymore, wank.)

What bothers me about all this is that it started on Matt’s end when I suggested that since most of the support forum volunteers were not going to be able to attend the first WordCamp, that it would be a great idea if Automattic would drop each of them a tshirt into the mail.  That way Matt and crew would show how thankful they were for the time and the work that they put in.  This, of course, didn’t fly over too well and since that point, many of us noticed a “cooling” of staff’s attitudes towards those who helped out.

There, I said it.  All this because of a lousy tshirt.  A simple gesture that would have taken at most an hour or two and would have meant a lot of some people.  Hell, the gallery folks sent me a tshirt for reporting an issue with their website. (I still need to blog about that.  There’s pictures here and here.  Yes, it was 6:30 in the morning.  It was early and I was tired and hadn’t shaved.)

Since that time, I’ve had Matt and others from Automattic lie about me, post insults, make light of my physical handicaps, and make light of my former relationship with my ex fiancee.  While he goes on and on about how approachable he is, he has refused numerous times to discuss how his company has acted towards me and has refused to follow up on the questions that I raised.

All this does prove three things though.  WordPress.com is not pro free speech, not pro customer service and fully believes in censorship.  Can’t wait for the next time Matt gets up on his soap box shouting out to the whole world how they support it so much.

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What should I write next?

I’m thinking about doing some more writing in the future and was looking for some input on what to start off with.  Feel free to comment:

Opinions?

edit: Added a link to Mission to Hell Chapter #1

WP-Forums is hackable

drmike-128.jpgI’m no longer supporting WordPress but I wanted to mention this as I had been suggesting this WordPress plugin to folks in the WordPress Multiuser forums previously.

It’s been announced that the wp-forums plugin is hackable and a security risk.  Considering that the author hasn’t been around much, don’t expect a fix for it any time soon.

I, for one, have been suggesting folks use Simple Forum instead.  There’s no import route though for you to use.