Building plugins is fun, especially the smaller ones. Today I thought it would be a good challenge to build one whilst documenting the process; I’m actually writing this post as I plan and build the plugin itself with the hope of having it finished by the end of the day.
What am I building? A small post-series plugin so I can group all of my #WTBFB posts and allow navigation between them on my blog.
Today I finally finished up and deployed “version 1” of the Download Monitor plugin. This is more of a re-release than an update, hence the version reset (which should also prevent automatic updates!).
If you want to update from a legacy version of Download Monitor, after installing the new version you’ll need to also install and run the Download Monitor Legacy Importer. This will handle migrating all of your data to the new format.
I’ve also re-released the page-addon as a separate plugin.
The page addon basically lets you add a [download_page] shortcode which lists all downloads on your site with categories, tags, pagination and searching. It also adds ‘single’ views for your downloads.
Because this used to be part of the main Download Monitor plugin, albeit not as good as it is now, I’ve made this a “Pay what you want” add-on so pay what you feel is fair 🙂
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.