“Category Specific RSS feeds” installed …

category specific rss feeds

category specific rss feeds

Instead of the usual WordPress Category Widget now there s the “Category Specific RSS feeds” Widget installed: this plugin shows you immediately the number of posts in the category and provides you with a button for a category specific RSS feed! it gives you the chance to get anything you are interested in published on this blog. stuff you dont want to read doesnt bother you in your rss feeds …

(to get rid of the widget branding I had to outcomment “$output .= ‘<div>by <a href=”http://www.tipsandtricks-hq.com/?p=319″ target=”_blank”>Tips and Tricks</a></div>’;” in the main-php file on line 92)

“Comment Rating” plugin for wordpress installed …

comment rating

comment rating

due to heavy discussions on other blogsites I have installed the plugins “comment rating” and “comment rating widget” to allow (registered) users to vote on comments. This blog will not have open comments in the beginning, its way to much work to go through all of the spam that comes in any day on any blog. in my experience its like this: for any good, relevant comment I ll get in any of the blogs I ve been associated with there were at least ten comments like this: “I like your blog very much, visit me at blabla@sell.us”. here at “friederbronner.me” you ll be invited to become a registered user and be able to write comments and comment onto the comments …

What you have to know if you start your own buddypress-system …

The backup of such a system should be your main concern!

If your system crashes you have to have a functioning backup and recover routine or lots of data will be gone cause its very hard to restore it manually and its going to be impossible doing this with lots of data stored in the system.

Thats why you should be very careful about the plugins you choose for your installation because this is the main cause for a major crash! wp and bp upgrade regularly and the plugin-developers have a hard time to keep their plugins uptodate. if wp changes some basic function, many plugins will not work anymore from one day to the other …

thats what I learned from this:

- I use only plugins that are guaranteed to be supported and upgraded through any new wp and bp version … stay away from any fancy stuff thats not very well supported – I even have email/twitter-contact to some of the plugin-developers … that means to keep the system small, smaller in the beginning, less functions make a better system because its going to stay for longer! later its possible to expand and integrate more functions …

- I now have a few installations of bp (none of them public) and wp-multisite (without bp) only for testing new versions, new plugins before I upgrade or install them into a running system!

please be warned that your system is very fragile … so do not spend too much effort into bringing many people into the system at the beginning … keep people informed about it and invite them to have a look and try out … but eventually tell them that its still a beta-system and they should keep a copy of any data they store in your system cause it could be unavailable the next day …

work on your backup-routines and be sure you can reinstall the damn thing from your backups in short time before you send out invitations to everybody!

 

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