Find Me at WordCamp MSP 2010

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).

-John Havlik

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Breadcrumb NavXT Hits 200K Downloads

Ok, so this is a bit belated, but just over a week ago Breadcrumb NavXT hit 200,000 downloads since the first beta release of 2.0.0 on WordPress.org back in late 2007. The amazing part is approximately 100K of those downloads have occurred within this year. Also, WP Lynx is approaching the 1000 total download mark, and should hit it sometime next week.

-John Havlik

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WordCamp Minneapolis 2010 – I’m Presenting

It has been confirmed, I will be speaking at WordCamp Minneapolis on November 13th, 2010. My presentation is titled How-to: Reporting Issues. I will be covering troubleshooting techniques, determining if an issue is a bug, and best practices for reporting bugs. This includes a quick primer on using the WordPress Trac. You will find this presentation in the beginner track, though it can be a good refresher for more advanced users that are not used to dealing with troubleshooting.

By the way, you may want to watch the WordCamp Minneapolis website for an announcement around October 4th. Yes, I already know what it is (it involves a change in venue, you didn’t hear this from me, capisce?).

-John Havlik

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mtekk.weblogs.us is now mtekk.us

No, the webhost did not change, I finally shelled out some cash for a domain name of my own. This in preparation of some future projects, and WordCamp MSP in November. More details on the projects will come later. In the mean time, feel free to start updating your links. Note that mtekk.weblogs.us will still link to the same blog for as long as it is hosted on weblogs.us (I do not have any intention of switching hosts any time soon).

-John Havlik

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EOL Announcement

As of July 1st, 2010, Mtekk’s Testimonials and Iframe-B-Gone will reach EOL. The last time either of these plugins were updated was back in 2008. Since that time, much has changed and equivalent plugins have been released by other authors.

In the case of Iframe-B-Gone, the WordPress Exploit Scanner by Donncha O Caoimh is a all around better solution. It has more features, and does just about everything Iframe-B-Gone does, minus attempting to autofix issues—a stupidly dangerous thing to do, by the way.

As for Mtekk’s Testimonials, it needs a substantial overhaul with the advent of custom posts. There is also the problem that it uses mootools while just about everything else in WordPress uses jQuery. At the moment I am not interested in rewriting this plugin. In the future, if the need arises, this plugin may get rewritten, but I doubt it will be this year.

Both of these plugins will remain available into the foreseeable future. However, I will no longer support them after July 1st, 2010. All of the plugins about to be EOLed have been moved to the “Historical” subpage of “Code”, and will have their comments closed on their EOL date.

-John Havlik

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