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Gigs Calendar 0.3!

Ok, because of time constraints, I’ve put version 0.3 up without sending it out to testers.  I doubt it’ll screw anyone’s stuff up, but it might be prudent to backup your gigs tables before you start playing around with it.  There is going to be some documentation on the new features coming in a future version, but the features themselves are there.

The time constraints I’m talking about are namely that I’m traveling to London this weekend and tonight was my last chance to do major work on the plugin until I get back.  If there are critical bugs, I’ll fix those when I get the chance, but if I’m slow to respond to emails, surely you will forgive me.

New features:

  • WordPress 2.5 compatibility – I didn’t have to change much, but I’ve updated a few styles to make it work a little better in the next version of WordPress (due out in less than a week).  For now, I’m committed to supporting everything above WP 2.2.
  • Gig tagging - Using WordPress’ tagging system, you can apply tags to your post that get added to your gigs as CSS classes and let you search for gigs based on tags. Since I used WP’s built in tagging system, you can’t use this feature on versions of WP less than 2.3.
  •  Tours - This is a big one.  You can now set gigs into “tours” of your creation.  That way you can split up gigs into more manageable lists. I will be surprised if the way I’ve implemented this is 100% ideal, so I need your feedback on this feature.
  • Templating system - Now it will be easy for you to create your own templates without too much PHP knowledge by following the examples I include.  There is no documentation on this.  That and a few more templates should be coming before too long.
  • Custom locations of gig listings - No documentation here!  It’s a pretty cool feature, but I haven’t documented it yet.  I’ll hopefully have time to do that soon.
  • Customizable values in the “Ages” drop down - Is the drinking age different in your country? Now you don’t have to use my America-centric “21+”.
  • Speaking of being America-centric… Internationalization - This is a big feature that I know a lot of people want to help out with.  That’s good because I only speak one language.  If you know what to do, grab the .po file out of the install package and have at it!  If you don’t, let me know and I’ll send you instructions.  I’ll probably put up a translation FAQ at some point.  Right now, two incomplete translations are provided.  If you see that your locale isn’t represented, I’d love to have you translate it for me.

A few notes

Some observant individuals may have spotted the “Dev Feed” on the sidebar.  If you click on the link, you’ll end up on a little site that has more information than you probably ever want.  In fact, it automatically posts all of my Subversion commit messages, so you’ll know when I’m making changes and what I’m doing.  I’ll also be posting little status updates as well.

Also, if you’re using the plugins, or you’ve installed them for someone else and you’ve got a blog of your own, I’d appreciate it if you could write a short post mentioning the plugins and linking back here.  This site still hasn’t shown up in the Google Index (though I think I’m almost out of the “sandbox”).  Any links from other blogs could certainly help tip the scales in my favor and help other people find the plugins.

Gigs Calendar 0.2.5 – Country in post title

There was previously a bug that stopped the country from showing up in post titles.  That’s fixed now.  Enjoy!

Gigs Calendar 0.2.4 – Event name in post title

I’ve just put up version 0.2.4.  This version fixes the bug that stopped the event name from showing up in the post title.  That is all.

Gigs Calendar version 0.2.3

I’ve just released 0.2.3 of the Gigs Calendar plugin.  This fixes one minor bug that wouldn’t let you edit a gig immediately after you had created it.  Also, if you enable the plugin on a blog using MySQL < 4.1, it won’t completely break your blog until you disable it.

Version 0.3 is coming along well.  I’m making good progress on the templating system that will make the display much more customizable.

Calling all Translators

One of the features of version 0.3 of the Gigs Calendar plugin that I’m working on is making the plugin internationalized.  That means that people will be able to easily translate the plugin into their language without having to know any PHP code.  I think I’ve already got volunteers for French and German, so if you’re fluent in English and any other language, let me know if you’d like to help.

Gigs Calendar version 0.2.2 – Minor bugs

The new bug fix release is out.  This fixes some problems with the Google Maps links and adds the “Country” field as a customization option to the single post title and the gigs table.

Unless there’s a critical bug, this might be the last release before 0.3.  I’ve already got a todo list.

Update: I made a slight miscalculation.  If performing a fresh install, all of your posts will seem to vanish between the time that you activate the plugin and the time you go to Manage->Gigs Calendar.  Don’t worry, they’re still in the database and will reappear as soon as you go to the Gigs Calendar admin panel.

Featured Plugin: Easy Gravatars

I’ve been wanting to mention some WordPress plugins by other people that might not be directly related to bands, but you might find fun or useful anyway.

If you aren’t aware, the company that owns WordPress, Automattic, recently acquired Gravatar.  Gravatar is a pretty cool site that lets someone upload an avatar image to represent themselves across the web.  I’ve just enabled them on the comments of this blog using Easy Gravatars by Dougal Campbell.  You’ll see my photo appearing to my comments now.  If you have a Gravatar, you’ll get to see yours show up on my site too (sorry, only G-Rated avatars).

Gigs Calendar 0.2.1 – Critical bug squished

In 0.2, I introduced a bug that would let you see the blog posts related to gigs if you were logged in, but not if you weren’t.  I just pushed out 0.2.1 before I got my checklist done for it because I found the best solution to the problem and wanted to get it out to you.  You know where to get it… (hint: here)

If you never installed 0.2, don’t need to worry about fixing the old posts, but if you did install 0.2, you will have to do one of two things.  Either go through your gigs list in the admin panel and select the “edit” option and immediately save the gig.  If you have more gigs than you’d want to go through one at a time, you can install and activate this fix plugin for this problem. Make sure you put it in the plugins root folder (not your gigs-calendar folder).  You’ll also need version 0.2.1 of the calendar already installed and activated.

Sorry for this mistake.

Gigs Calendar – 0.2 is here!

I just posted version 0.2 of the Gigs Calendar plugin.  It’s got a boat load of new settings that will help you customize your pages to suit your needs.  You can change the columns in the table displaying the gigs, you can add custom Google Map queries if GMaps screws up your venue’s location, you can even add event names if you are working with multiple bands.  Owners of venues can even use it to promote acts on their WordPress blog now.  I’m still compiling a list of features to put in version 0.3, so send me your wish lists!

As always, you can get the latest release at the official WordPress plugins page: Gigs Calendar