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Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress
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Creating an online social network using WordPress and BuddyPress

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  • 1. CREATING AN ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORK USING WORDPRESS & BUDDYPRESS 
    Bronson Quick
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
  • 2. OVERVIEW
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    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
  • 13. BEFORE THE REDESIGN
    • Existing WordPress site based on a premium WordPress theme
    • 14. Modifications and design updates by Brett Sirianni (Digital Design Coordinator)
    • 15. Doesn’t have to comply with CUE standards as it’s a .org.au
    • 16. Limited user engagement and interaction
    The site didn’t reflect what happens inside the space!
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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  • 17. OUR PROCESS
    Let’s have a look at how we achieved this!
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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  • 18. GOALS
    • Online space to reflect physical space
    • 19. Increase commenting
    • 20. Encourage collaboration
    • 21. Create long time learning
    • 22. Digital footprint for Queensland
    • 23. Embrace and contribute back to open source software
    • 24. Work with the Queensland Government to implement a social network!
    What an exciting and challenging project!
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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  • 25. WHY BUDDYPRESS?
    BuddyPress: “Social networking in a box”
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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  • 26. INITIAL SCOPE MEETING
    Let’s flesh that out a bit more!
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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  • 31. PROPOSAL & CONSIDERATIONS
    • Functional overview
    • 32. Wireframes
    • 33. Server requirements
    • 34. Plugins
    • 35. Plugin extensibility, security & performance
    • 36. Testing – UAT & Unit testing
    • 37. Moderation
    • 38. Privacy
    • 39. Open source community impact
    • 40. Queensland Digital Footprint...
    18 pages, 72 hours and 9 coffees later!
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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  • 41. PLUGINS
    No plugin is created equally! 
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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  • 55. BUDDYPRESS ACTIVITY PLUS!
    • Upload a photo (or multiple) directly from your computer to the activity stream
    • 56. Embed a video from popular sites such as YouTube and Vimeo by copying the link
    • 57. Embed a link to any site - the site title and description will automatically be pulled in
    • 58. Embedding a link also allows you to choose a thumbnail image from a list of images on the site's homepage
    • 59. Works perfectly with any theme based on the BuddyPress Default theme
    • 60. To be developed externally
    • 61. To be fully open source for EVERYONE to use! http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress-activity-plus/
    Bet you haven’t seen that happen in the Government before!
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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  • 62. PROTOTYPING
    • How many plugins clash?
    • 63. What’s the server load like?
    • 64. What WordPress version are they currently running?
    • 65. Does the theme work on the latest version of WordPress?
    • 66. Can I develop and child theme on it?
    OMG what have I got us into?!?! 
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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  • 67. PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    Basecamp for the win!
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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  • 68. VERSION CONTROL
    This went from hard to easy with 1 developer!
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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  • 69. TESTING
    • Internal testing
    • 70. Round 1 of bug squashing!
    • 71. Internal testing
    • 72. Round 2 of bug squashing!
    • 73. Internal testing
    • 74. Round 3 of bug squashing!
    • 75. Soft launch – “beta”
    Oh noes! I can have server problems 
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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  • 76. PROBLEMS
    • URL’s not encoding properly in existing usernames
    • 77. No phpmyadmin access!
    • 78. Didn’t get activate caching on their fast enough 
    • 79. Object Caching 4903/5054 objects using disk
    • 80. I was wearing a pink sombrero a.k.a cowboy coding http://www.bnj.com/cowboy-coding-pink-sombrero/
    We have a dedicated staging site being provisioned!
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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  • 81. THE PLUG
    • WordCamp Gold Coast 2001 http://2011.goldcoast.wordcamp.org/
    • 82. Held at Bond Uni
    • 83. 2 content streams – High Tech and Low Tech
    • 84. Morning Tea and Lunch on both days!
    • 85. A funky lanyard for the event so you cherish your wonderful memories of the weekend!
    • 86. A chance to network with hundreds of Australian WordPress users, designers and developers…and even some attendees from overseas!
    • 87. Normally $75 but for BWD it’s $60! - bit.ly/wpbwd Code: BWD
    2 days worth of training for $60? Hook me up!
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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  • 88. THANKS
    • Matthew Fallon – Acting Executive Manager
    • 89. Brett Sirianni – Digital Design Coordinator
    • 90. The Edge Team for UAT testing!
    • 91. Andy Peatling (@apeatling)
    • 92. Paul Gibbs (@pgibbs)
    • 93. Boone B Gorges (@boonebgorges)
    • 94. All the people on BuddyPress.org & the WordPress community!
    And thanks to you for your time!
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | bronson@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
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