As you can probably tell, my current “phase,” after finishing up this site’s overhaul, has involved cleaning up and open-sourcing as much of my custom web code as possible. This started with jKMLMap, as mentioned here, followed by Facebook Photo Fetcher a few days later. Then came the 3 Babylon glossaries I posted in the previous entry (OK, that’s not really web code – just something else I implemented over the last year that I felt others might benefit from). Finally I’ve completed the last two planned releases: WP-ViperGB and WP-FB AutoConnect.
WP-ViperGB is the homemade Guestbook script I’ve been using here. Although my guestbook was originally based on ViperGB, a completely separate CMS, at one point I decided to code up my own solution to function identically within a standard WordPress page. I’ll bet you didn’t even notice the difference 🙂
WP-FB AutoConnect is a widget that’ll let users seamlessly login using their Facebook accounts, without needing to manually register. For those who haven’t noticed, I disabled user self-registration a little while back – even with email validation and CAPTCHA I was getting far too much registration spam, so hopefully this will take care of that issue. It’ll also let me automatically grant personal friends access to higher-level content based on our Facebook associations, reducing the per-user administrative burden. Existing users who connect with Facebook will retain their existing accounts (as long as they’ve registered the same e-mail address on Facebook as on this blog).
All in all I’m pretty satisfied. There are a few more things I could clean up and release, but the functionality they offer is a bit more advanced and in all honesty many support requests I’ve received thus far have hinted that releasing them would probably end up as more of a headache than it’s worth. So for now, I’ll stop here.
In any case, the Facebook plugins have received well over 1,000 downloads each in just a few days, and WP-ViperGB is on its way too. One of the core developers of BuddyPress even contacted me directly to say that WP-FB AutoConnect is something thousands of his users have been dying for, so hopefully that one should take off nicely. Yay 🙂