Better Tags Manager WordPress Plugin Release

I am very proud and happy to release my 5th plugin for the WordPress community. The plugin called Better Tags Manager (BTM) makes your life easier when it comes to editing tags for your posts.

Better Tags Manager (BTM) was created out of my own needs to completely do away with categories and move to tags. The problem arose when, converting categories to tags left many of my posts hanging in between with no tags.

That said editing tags was also not easy for me and that is the reason I created this plugin which is the best and easy way to edit tags, manage tags, delete them, bulk edit tags and add tags to multiple posts without even editing them individually.

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WordPress Portability Kit Plugin Private Beta Testing

There is not much I have written much in the new year but as many of you know I was busy in creating a plugin. So the first post of the year from me is a plugin release.

Let’s see the main reason why I created this plugin before I can tell you more about it. Many a times you may want to startup a new blog or move from an existing host to another one, moving your database and WordPress installation is quite easy but that cannot be said about plugins and themes. You have to either download each and every plugin and upload it to the new server or copy over all the theme files to the new site or host so that you can have the same look and feel.

Though this may not occur as a part of a day to day blogging activity whenever it happens it turns out to be a hassle.

I believe that out of the billions of bloggers at least 100s and 1000s of them may be recreating their blogs on a new site or launching a new blog. This plugin is aimed to help those people who do not want to lose their old plugins and themes while migrating to their new host or creating a new website altogether.

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WordPress 2.3.1 Release and WPAU updates

WordPress 2.3.1 has been released today and Techie Buzz has been updated using the handy plugin WordPress Automatic Upgrade. There were some bugs I found while updating from WordPress 2.3 to 2.3.1 due to database table name changes which has been fixed. I have released a new version 0.8 which should fix this error.

WPAU is now also available through the official WordPress Extend page so you should see a update note in your Plugins page, please upgrade to the latest version if you are using WordPress 2.3.

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WPAU wins third at Weblog tools plugin competition

It is my pleasure to bring to you the news that WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin won the third prize at the weblog tools collection plugin competition. It not only makes me proud but also more determined to create useful plugins for the community. The plugin competition was a 2 month long affair which saw a number of plugins as entries which made life more easier for the WordPress community.

I am lucky enough to win with so many quality plugins. Thanks to all of you who supported the plugin at the competition and who have used it to upgrade your blogs. There are still few bugs and I am supporting them to make this plugin more better.

The grand winner is the awesome OneClick plugin by Anirudh Sanjeev which allows you to install a theme or plugin from your browser with one click, the plugin also comes with a Firefox extension which is one of it’s kind. Kudos to Anirudh for winning.

The second prize winner is Barry for his plugin MyDashBoard which replaces your current dashboard with a iGoogle like interface and which I use currently on my blog.

There was also a consolation prize to Ozh for his plugin Who Sees Ads.

You can find out more about the winners at the Weblog Tools Collection blog.

WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin update

Lots and lots of bugs and sleepless nights and no paid work later. Here is the next version of WPAU. I have fixed almost all of the bugs you have reported which I heartily thank each and every one of you for. Here is the NextG version of the plugin which works on most of the servers that have different users for FTP and web.Here is what I mean by that

On some shared servers the webserver (Apache) is the same for multiple user and in those cases the Apache user was not allowed to access files uploaded using a FTP client. To overcome the situation I added a preliminary check where it checks if the plugin is able to update the site or not.

If the error is due to FTP user and webuser being different you will be asked for your FTP credentials. We do not save any of this information with us and the information will be discarded at the end of the upgrade.

This is necessary if you need to run a automatic upgrade on your server, without this the information the plugin will not run.

What do we do with the FTP information?

With the FTP information you provide WPAU will change file permissions so that WPAU can write the files to your server. Once the upgrade is over WPAU will automatically change the permissions back to read only.

This step has been added so that you do not have to do the permission change manually. Only in certain rare cases will it fail to upgrade permission’s and ask you to do so manually.

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WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin

Update: If you are having issues with upgrading WordPress 2.7 and above, or if WPAU is not displaying a nag to upgrade, we have released a newer version, please read the release post for WordPress Automatic Upgrade 1.2.5.

Update: This plugin apparently does not work well when the webuser and ftp users are different. I have overcome those problems and working on testing the latest version which works fine on all systems including the above ones. I would be releasing a new version later this week which will fix all the bugs that have been reported. Thanks for all your help in making this plugin more stable. Latest version released with all bug fixes. Click here to go to latest version page.I have away for the past couple of works partly due to being busy and partly due to this new plugin that I was developing for WordPress. With help from Ronald Heureca who has helped with automating the plugin I proudly release WordPress Automatic Upgrade.

What is WordPress Automatic Upgrade?

WordPress Automatic Upgrade is a plugin that automatically upgrades your wordpress version to the latest files provided by using the 5 steps provided in the wordpress upgrade instructions.

WPAU as I call it helps you easily upgrading you to easily upgrade your wordpress installation to the latest version provided by wordpress, without having to download or upload any files.

In addition to this it automatically backups your current file and database and provides you with a link to download those. De-activates your plugins and remembers them so that after upgrading files it will re-activate those without you having to make any notes for which plugins you de-activated and the biggest saves you headaches of upgrading your wordpress installation.

Here is what WPAU does;

1. Backs up the files and makes available a link to download it.
2. Backs up the database and makes available a link to download it.
3. Downloads the latest files from and unzips it.
4. Puts the site in maintenance mode.
5. De-activates all active plugins and remembers it.
6. Upgrades wordpress files.
7. Gives you a link that will open in a new window to upgrade installation.
8. Re-activates the plugins.

The plugin can also can be run in a automated mode where in you do not have to click on any links to go to the next step.

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Better Comments Manager – WordPress Plugin release

Update: TODO list for Better Comments Manager
Add AJAX support to the reply to comments from Better Comments Manager Plugin
. Thanks to Arpit for the suggestion. This will be released in version 1.1 Version 1.2 is now available and it includes support which allows you to reply to the comments without loading a new page. Also shows posts title instead of the view link. You can get it here.

I switched to WordPress about a month ago from Joomla and I absolutely love it. While I was using Joomla I used to create customized mambots, modules and components for my site. Now its turn to give all wordpress users a new plugin.

After the move to WordPress I had started getting quite a few comments and to reply to them I had to always visit the post and reply from the comments form. This started to become more painful as I wanted to reply to all comments but they were across multiple posts and this made my task of replying to comments a bit difficult.

Then it came across to me that why not have a plugin where I could simply reply to the post from within the comment managing screen, that’s when the idea for Better Comments Manager came to my mind.

I am proud to release my first WordPress plugin to all users. Hope you like it and can put it to good use.

What is Better Comments Manager?

Better Comments Manager is an extension of the default WordPress comments manager. I have added two new features to the default WordPress Comments Manager.

  1. Reply to comment from within WordPress Admin Panel.
  2. View All Comments based by posts.

Ok so you don’t notice anything different than the default comment manager, have a look at this image ;)

Now you see in addition to the normal tasks for a comment, there are two new links one which says Reply and another which says View all.

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