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 Post subject: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: November 28th, 2009, 12:32 am 
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After my recent "boom" I decided to work some more on the Wordpress integration I prototyped a few months ago transitioning it from pages copied into templates to a plugin that works seamlessly across them.

Screenshots using the Mystique theme...

Now Playing
  • Album covers
  • Amazon.com buy linked image
  • Non-timezone specific countdown timer w/auto refresh
  • Genre and category listing
  • Links for more information on artist, album, and song
  • Coming up and current show display
  • Song metadata display
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nowplaying.png



Playlist browsing: Starting point
  • Alpha-numeric browsing links
Attachment:
playlist1.png


Playlist browsing: Artist list
  • Bread crumbs
  • Triple digit counter
Attachment:
playlist2.png


Playlist browsing: Album list
  • Bread crumbs
  • Single digit counter
  • Thumbnail cover art
Attachment:
playlist3.png


Playlist browsing: Album/Song list
  • Bread crumbs
  • Triple digit counter
  • Full size cover art
  • Genre list
  • Amazon.com buy linked image
  • Small request image
  • Some metadata information
  • Song previews (not shown)
Attachment:
playlist4.png


Playlist browsing: Song information
  • Bread crumbs
  • Large request image
  • Mostly same as Now Playing
  • Song preview (not shown)
Attachment:
playlist5.png


Options: Plugin page
  • Standard Wordpress plugin configuration
Attachment:
options1.png


Options: Complete configuration
  • Short description
  • Paypal donation reminder
  • Database configuration
  • Amazon.com ASIN harvesting and linking configuration
  • Toggle for Flash song preview
  • Toggle to retain settings if plugin removed
  • Now Playing and Playlist page ID settings
Attachment:
options2.png


Notes:
  • The plugin is theme independent although it works best on wider ones.
  • Some of the listing pieces need better styling but function over form for now.
  • Should work OK if SAM isn't local to Wordpress as long as the webserver has access to the SAM database.
  • Since this is a Wordpress plugin it will only work with a MySQL database; furthermore it uses some of my awesome views which puts the version to at least 5.0x. Don't have any view setup parts yet and first beta will have a SQL file to run (in other words won't be integrated yet).
  • Not quite happy with the Now Playing and Playlist ID config parts; there must be an easier way.
  • Song previews may not be documented for awhile so best to not enable
  • Needs some Amazon.com sanity checking; can't do much about bad values but it still tries to do the work if they are empty.
  • Requests not yet integrated; going to provide four methods 1)HTTP request proxy 2)Direct to SAM 3)FesterHead's category method 4)Custom to be coded by user
  • Going to host beta release at my Google Group before submitting to Wordpress
  • Using FHRSAM as the plugin ID
  • Haven't quite figured out how to check the database connection but if garbage values are used the pages will be mostly blank; at least no scary error messages
  • There's some hard-coded values scattered throughout that will get better managed later
  • Does not provide a means to condition fhr_artistids and fhr_albumids. If you don't have the tool to do that this plugin won't be much use. Tool to be provided again later.
  • Any support would be done through my Google Group

ETA for initial release is some time in December 2009.


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 Post subject: Re: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: November 28th, 2009, 8:03 am 
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Now that's a Christmas present I could use. I'm in the process of rebuilding my site w/ Wordpress. I'll be looking forward to looking over this when I get home. Can't really make it out well on my iPhone.

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 Post subject: Re: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: November 29th, 2009, 5:31 am 
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I'd just like to say that this is perfect timing for me, I was fretting over what to do with a site I've had on Wordpress for quite awhile. I wish you the best of luck, this is awesome work!

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 Post subject: Re: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: December 21st, 2009, 7:27 am 
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Festerhead, I bow in your general direction...

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 Post subject: Re: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: December 21st, 2009, 6:52 pm 
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Hoping to use some vacation time to tie up some loose ends but some unexpected events occurred at work and my time is a limited this week :(

I did re-write the fhr_albumid, fhr_artistid, and album cover art to be "simple" PALs just need to give 'em a test.

Stay tuned.

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 Post subject: Re: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: December 21st, 2009, 6:56 pm 
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FesterHead.... I don't know if it has been said enough, or ever could be,... but THANK YOU for everything you do for this community and others outside of it with your scripts and creations. These have benefited a lot of people, including myself. I am looking forward to this newest implementation of yours.


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 Post subject: Re: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: December 22nd, 2009, 10:29 am 
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Can't wait to see this! Any chance of a beta release?


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 Post subject: Re: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: December 30th, 2009, 5:34 pm 
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Update notice sent to Google Group subscribers.

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 Post subject: Re: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: January 18th, 2010, 5:53 pm 
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any word on a beta test? I would be happy to test it for you...

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 Post subject: Re: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: January 20th, 2010, 12:55 pm 
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Getting closer; been working on the incidentals up to the plugin install (database conditioning, artist and album ids, ...) and finishing up some of the config items (the ones where info is hard-coded).

Not adding anymore functionality at this time.
Want to get a beta out then tackle requests.

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 Post subject: Re: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: January 20th, 2010, 1:33 pm 
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Do keep us posted. Once my move is complete, I'm working on a complete overhaul of the website to WORDPRESS, and this would be ideal.

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 Post subject: Re: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: January 20th, 2010, 4:57 pm 
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Order of verbosity from high to low:
* festerhead.com
* Fescon Google Group
* These forums

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 Post subject: Re: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: January 21st, 2010, 11:18 am 
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festerhead + wordpress = a great year 2010 for SAMs community.


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 Post subject: Re: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: February 15th, 2010, 12:23 am 
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Looking forward to this - sounds really cool!!
Good luck, and thanks!!

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 Post subject: Re: SAM Wordpress Plugin
PostPosted: February 18th, 2010, 1:42 pm 
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hi

whats the status with the plugin? any chance we can use what you have done 'till now??


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