There are many requests that come into this blog asking how to customize certain elements of the WP-Members plug-in. While I’ve made attempts to have WP-Members be as flexible as possible, there are times when a specific customization request would be outside the existing process flow of the plug-in and would require making changes directly to the functions in the plug-in itself. [Read more…]
I have completed testing of my plugins with WordPress 3.0. Both WP-Members and Verse-O-Matic are fully compatible with WP 3.0.
There are some upgrades I am working on for both of these, although I’m not sure when I’ll get them done.
Also, on a side note, it has been difficult to provide support for the WP-Members plugin lately as there has been a great deal of confusion regarding which plugin is being discussed. Starting around 2008, a number of commercial developers decided (either intentionally or unintentionally – I have no idea) to hijack the name WP-Members for their own use. There are now a few iterations of this.
Since I released WP-Members in 2006 (the free plugin available through the WP plugin repository), several other “commercial” plugins have been released with similar names, WP Member (at least 2 of these), WP Member Site, and, most frustratingly, WP-Members (although not my freely available plugin).
Naturally, when someone comes to wordpress.org for support, it is assumed that they are speaking of the free, open source version that is available at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-members/. The really frustrating part is when these people are upset because they can’t get any response from the company’s support, or they are having problems – it then get confused with “The Original” WP-Members.
These commercial developers could save everyone a lot of confusion by changing the name to something dissimilar. “The Original” WP-Members will remain a free plugin. I do provide consulting and customization services, but the core plugin will remain free.
In the Commercial vs. Free plugin debate, I fall on the side of support in allowing the commercial community to exist. I know there is debate whether that is compatible with GNU licensing since WP is free. I believe that is can certainly be consistent with the license. I just want these guys to put some thought into their product branding and avoid conflicting with other developers.
I have released an upgrade to the Verse-O-Matic that adds two “Verse of the Day” (VOTD) RSS feeds as options. These options are available in the plugin admin panel and do not store the verses locally. [Read more…]