Its been a fantastic (and busy) month for me – september 1st I started my new job at WooThemes, arguably the most popular premium WordPress theme company in town, and I’m having a blast 🙂
At WooThemes I’ve been busy working in the new ‘WooLabs’ division alongside my pal James Koster. In the WooLabs we’re focusing on application style themes (like SupportPress), plugins (our nearly complete Mighty Menus plugin) and the highly anticipated WooCommerce plugin and themes.
So far I’m really enjoying my new role at Woo, and I’m ecstatic that they gave me the opportunity to work with them.
I’ll leave you with this teaser…looking forward to tuesday!
Whilst looking for a method to get comments from one of my post types in WordPress I stumbled across some undocumented parameters for the get_comments function. Simply state the name of the post type in the undocumented post_type parameter:
Last week my Sidebar Login plugin was featured in WP Candy’s daily plugin series; I never expected it to be shown so it was a really nice surprise to see 🙂
Since then I’ve updated the plugin to version 2.3 with some cool new features (AJAX login for instance) and given it a new admin panel. You can also now find the project on GitHub if you’d like to contribute.
Good news folks. SupportPress (created by myself and James Koster) is ready to download. It’s our second application style theme built in collaboration with WooThemes and I’m really excited to say that its finally available.
The theme provides you with a completely self-hosted help desk and knowledgebase solution, all built upon the WordPress core. It functions similarly to popular SaaS offerings such as Zen Desk and Tender.
The front-end is coded with HTML5 and CSS3 (using LESS CSS to aid development and make theming easier), and the design is responsive making it work well on both desktop and mobile devices. As with FaultPress before, this feature has been very well received by the woo community.
Notable features of the theme include:
Support ticketing for clients; let your agents deal with support requests
Tickets are private; only the client and your agents have access to tickets
Knowledgebase functionality, complete with like/dislike buttons
Easily turn a ticket into a knowledgebase entry via a button
Unique landing pages for agents, clients and guests (plus signup)
AJAX powered searching of the knowledgebase and tickets from the dashboard
Blog/Alerts for notifying clients with news and announcements
Message section for agent communication
Responsive design for mobile viewing
Overall, myself and James are very pleased with how SupportPress has turned out and look forward to creating our next application theme 🙂
The demo for SupportPress can be found here, and if your thinking of buying it WooThemes are offering an 11% discount until July 11th by using the code ‘SUPPORTPRESS11′. Enjoy!
The important part is the ‘keyframes’ chunk – this tells the browser what to animate, and at what point. In my example we start off (0%) with a non-scaled, non-rotated element. We then (at 10%) make it larger, and finally we make it finish (100%) fully enlarged and rotated 360 degrees.
…and here we are. I’ve decided to simplify my online presence and change my domain from “Blue Anvil” to something more personal. I’ve spent a lot of time designing a minimalistic, more content focused site which is easier for me to update, and easier for you to find useful information.
You may have noticed that I’ve gone for the Tumblr style of blogging; allowing for full posts but also accommodating smaller updates such as code snippets, quotes, and links. As well as that I’ll be showcasing projects I’m working on (such as the projects I’m doing in collaboration with WooThemes) and any interesting freelance work I do.
Some of your will also appreciate that I’ve spent some time improving the documentation for my plugins, rewriting bits and giving the docs a much more organised format. These will be available from the projects page and will be added over the coming weeks. Handy!
Blue Anvil will stay live for archive purposes, but I’ll be switching off comments and moving important content over here. Thanks for reading and be sure to follow me on twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed for updates.