The WordPress XML-RPC (Ticket) Hit List

After half a year of complaining about the state of XML-RPC in WordPress, I’ve tried to get the stars aligned for some significant improvements in the next release (3.4). The 3.4 development cycle has just begun after the release of 3.3 last week, and I am currently on winter break until spring semester classes start on January 9. Some of the core developers have shown interest in seeing XML-RPC improved, so I hope to make their job easier by doing the legwork on patches.

As of today (12/22/2011), there are 72 open tickets in the WordPress core Trac XML-RPC component. While I’d love to see them all fixed, there is limited amount of time and so we must prioritize. This post represents my current priorities and plans. Read More…

WordPress as a Web Citizen: The Need for (Better) APIs

Prior to the 3.0 release of WordPress, I often dismissed WordPress as “just a tool for blogging.” Much to the credit of the core developers and community, WordPress has become much better suited for projects that are more complex than reverse-chronological blogging.

But when I try to use WordPress as a CMS, one of my biggest remaining stumbling blocks is the difficulty of integrating with other systems.

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Idea: Git backup of WordPress blog

I learned a long time ago the value of backing up the important data on my computers. Using various tools, most of my files are backed up automagically, without any manual work as I go about my day-to-day business.

I’ve long wanted a similarly awesome way to back up my website/blog, without manually exporting the database and rsyncing the files. VaultPress sounds wonderful, but would cost more than actually hosting the site in the first place. A potential solution: save all site content in version control, including both database objects and files-on-disk.

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A Return to Blogging

It’s been almost six months since my last blog post, but I hope less than six days until my next one. I’ve put off several blog post topics until I finished a site redesign that I’ve been struggling with since July, but decided to stop waiting and just start writing again. Maybe one of the upcoming posts will be about the redesign, but I’m going to start with a recap of what I’ve been up to lately.

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