Update: The sale is now LIVE and is currently $15.00.
Sales from 101 onwards will be $27.00 until the plugin goes officially live.
Tomorrow Today Wednesday 4th, I’m going to be pre-releasing a cracking little plugin that I can’t believe no-one has done before.
Again, it was James Dunn who wrote to me asking if it was possible that we could supply him with a smart phone app that could somehow pick up plugins etc, that needed updating on WordPress blogs.
He wanted it to be able to keep an eye on a selection of client sites and then notify him when a theme or plugin or WordPress itself needed some update attention.
My first reaction was to say no, but I thought it would be a good idea if WP blogs could somehow tell us they needed updating in some way. (Apparently there are some expensive monthly services that will do this.)
So I had a little think and did a bit of research, and this is what we came up with.
The plugin will create a new RSS feed on your blog, listing everything that needs updating. You specify an obscurely named feed, and a URL is generated from that name.
Then all you have to do is use the RSS feed reader of your choice.
Most new smart phones have RSS readers pre-installed as free apps, or you can get them at very low cost from the relevant market places.
You can get yourself a PC based RSS reader, and there are even small free apps that sit in your Windows system tray and monitor feed activity.
Whatever your choice of platform, when the feed gets updated, you get notified and you can then go give the blog some update love by following the admin link in the feed.
Really cool huh? And blimming useful too – I already have it installed on a dozen different blogs…
Tomorrow at 6.00pm GMT, I’m pre-releasing it at just $10.00 for the first 50 buyers.
Be there or be square.