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Bit by the Coding Bug

I’m getting my inner geek on – again. I spent the majority of my day today trying to figure out how to crosspost from WordPress to MySpace. I’d found a “hack that looked like it had potential”:http://noumenon.roderickrussell.com/wordpress-to-myspace-auto-crossposting that I messed with for quite a while, but so far I’ve had no success in getting it to run, despite having following the directions to the letter and checked everything over fifthlicate (and then some). I’m still waiting for a reply back on my comment to see if the hack’s author has any idea what’s blocking my attempts.

Ultimately, I gave up on that and started trying to find a way to put a light-weight Twitter badge on to my MySpace profile. I don’t like any of the badges that Twitter produces, so I looked around for other options. But of course, MySpace being the notoriously unfriendly environment that it is, there are no good solutions that are both functional and attractive on the page. So, I’ve given up on that option for the time being, as well.

In the meantime, I plan to learn a little more about the ins-and-outs of PHP coding tomorrow. I’ve got the MyDashboard plugin installed on this blog, but it doesn’t display quite as much information in the dashboard from some of my other behind-the-scenes plugins as I’m used to. So, my intent is to learn out to create a few gadgets that will tap into these plugins and put this information closer to my fingertips. If all goes well, I may even plan to create gadgets for a few other things that I’ve always wanted on the dashboard and never been able to find plugins for.

On that note, I’ve got a few of the plugin pages from the WordPress codex up in my browser. I really would like to get more involved with the development end of WordPress, but it is my sketchy knowledge of PHP that limits how much I can do. Since I have at least a two or three more weeks of down-time while I heal up from surgery, I hope to make some use of that time to learn a little more about how to write plugins for WordPress. I’ve come up with ideas in the past for things I’d love my WordPress installation to be able to do, things that, thus far, no one else has created plugins for. So, I hope to learn and add a few things to the WordPress community myself.

I’ve got other things to work on, as well. I still have plans to create a customized WordPress theme. I’d started work on a minimal theme last week, but that’s been on hiatus due to surgery last week. But now that I’m beginning to feel better and gain some more mobility again, I hope to get back to this project, as well, and try to finish it up. The skeleton I’d managed to build last week will probably undergo an overhaul, though, as I’ve changed my mind about some things in my mind about where I want to go with it. Heck, if I get _really_ ambitious, I might even tailor a new bbPress theme to go with it.

WordPress Crosspost Plugin

WordPress has all kinds of nifty little crosspost plugins now. With one click of a button, anything I post here will automatically and simultaneously be posted on Xanga and LiveJournal, as well. So allow me to add another item to my WordPress wishlist – a WordPress to WordPress crosspost plugin. Why would I _ever_ want something like this? Simple – there are selected items I post here that I might want to deliver to an alternate site ((For instance, I also maintain a Halo blog with somewhat periodic updates but most of what I post here won’t necessarily be of interest to those readers.)) or I might simply want to mirror my site elsewhere, kind of as a backup in case something goes kerplooey here. What features would such a plugin require? Here’s some to start:

  1. Preservation of all the post’s metadata – title, categories, permissions, date/timestamps, passwords, etc.
  2. Ability to crosspost to as many instances of WordPress as desired.
  3. Ability to select only certain categories for crossposting.
  4. Ability to crosspost to a wordpress.com blog.

I think that’d certainly do for starters. Any coding geniuses out there want to take on a new project? ((Darn, but this _really_ makes me wish for the time and energy to learn how to do this sort of stuff for myself.))