Back on Thursday evening, Breadcrumb NavXT hit one million downloads on the WordPress.org plugin repository. This is the total number of downloads since it was first introduced in the plugin repository almost six years ago. Not many plugins have hit this milestone, and it is exciting to have written something that has been downloaded a million times. At this juncture, it seems appropriate to reveal my vision for the future of Breadcrumb NavXT.
Breadcrumb NavXT 5.0, is functionally ready for testing. Only some polishing and documentation is left before it is ready for release. The reason for skipping versions 4.5 through 4.9 is the fact that a substantial reorganization of the plugin has occurred for this version. The changes should make Breadcrumb NavXT more flexible, and were necessary to implement an Network Admin settings page. Expect to see 5.0 near the beginning of October.
Currently, the plans for 5.1 are a little open, though it is likely it will contain several tweaks that fix issues that have been punted for some time. See the issue list on GitHub for Breadcrumb NavXT milestone 5.1. Additionally, for 5.1 the introduction of a more formal regression/unit test suite is likely to happen. As for a release date, sometime between the end of December 2013 and mid January 2014 is the target release time-frame.
There are several features that groups of users have wanted Breadcrumb NavXT to have for quite some time. While introduction of these features into the main plugin has been resisted—and will continue to be resisted—going forward many of these features will make their way into premium add-on plugins.
These features have enough demand to warrant an add-on plugin, but are not applicable to the majority of use cases for Breadcrumb NavXT. To service this demand, beginning in September, a handful of premium add-on plugins will be released for Breadcrumb NavXT to add functionality. Take a look at how Easy Digital Downloads is run, that is the model that will be used here. More information on this will be made available later this week.
My presentation titled “The Power of Custom Types” was accepted into the “Intermediate” track for WordCamp Minneapolis 2013. This is based off of the presentation I gave twice at WordCamp NYC last year. Based on some feedback from organizers this presentation will take a slightly different path than its predecessor.
Yes, it is still on Custom Post Types. However, custom taxonomies and post (custom) meta will also be covered. Inspiring members of the audience to use WordPress’ custom types in their next project is the aim of the presentation. In the presentation I will be covering the basics of CPTs, taxonomies, and post meta, presenting a few cool tips and tricks, discussing when a CPT, taxonomy, or post meta use is appropriate, and showcasing some cool plugins that use a combination of CPTs, taxonomies and post meta. As always, there will be plenty of time for Q&A so bring your questions.
My presentation titled “The Power of Custom Post Types” was accepted into the DIY track for WordCamp NYC. Yes, it is on Custom Post Types. Inspiring members of the audience to use CPTs in their next project is the aim of the presentation. In the presentation I will be covering the basics of CPTs, showing a few cool tips and tricks, and showcasing some cool plugins that use CPTs (including one I have been working on for the past five months). There will be plenty of time for Q&A so bring your questions.
BTW, for those of you in the Twin Cities, you can get a preview of both my presentation, and Josh Leuze‘s presentation titled “jQuery the WordPress Way”at the next MSP WordPress meeting. Free pizza and beverages are provided by the Nerdery.
WordCamp MSP is in just 15 days. Today the presentation schedule was published. I will be speaking in the first group of sessions, starting at 9:30AM CST. After that, you’ll find me jumping in and out of various sessions (of various tracks). From 3:40PM CST to 5:40PM CST I will be helping out at the Tech Shop.
For those who do not know what the Tech Shop is, it is a place where you will find friendly WordPress experts that you can ask for help. The Tech Shop is being organized and run by the Minneapolis St. Paul WordPress User Group. This is a great opportunity to meet some local WordPress experts and get help resolving any of the issues you are experiencing with WordPress. These can be simple questions about using WordPress, more advanced questions about writing themes or plugins, and anything in between.
So bring your all of your Breadcrumb NavXT and WP Lynx related questions between 3:40PM CST and 5:40PM CST. I will have my laptop, access to a local testbed, and can try to reproduce any of the issues you are experiencing. If things are really “slow” I may even be writing some code (I hope this is not the case).