Line Break – Website Updates

"line break" by Exey Panteleev via Flickr

"line break" by Exey Panteleev via Flickr

The website might act strange or broken while I make some major updates!

After my last round of advertising for talent we have a bunch of actresses and a few models who have signed on, and I’m hoping to get some shoots in this week but my main focus will be implementing the new software!

The result of literally months of research into membership software, how to provide special “behind the scenes” access to special items, and how to create a collaborative workflow online I have finalized the tools needed and started procuring them for installation. Here is the final specs and what they are used for.


Digital Access Pass – The best membership program and plugins available, this will allow you to help support the site by purchasing access to extra content. But what extra content, and who decides who gets what? You do! Aside from all the free content we are working on, all behind the scenes and membership perks are going to be a la carte, you decide exactly what content you want and when!

The features are too many to list and mostly interesting just to those of us running the site, so I’ll skip the review here. It was these keys that made my decision to purchase DAP:

  • The open forums and ability to read/search even member posts only areas.
  • The model of adding functions to core instead of automatically making a pricy new plugin.
  • The open documentation, I spent several hours reading through all the sites.

Edit Flow – One of the major issues I have been wrestling with is how to allow both the people I can assist personally through the work flow process, and people who work online only. This is the solution, using publishing methodology to run collaborative workflows, which is a complicated way to say we can all work together easily to create anything.

Edit Flow empowers you to collaborate with your editorial team inside WordPress. We’ve made it modular so you can customize it to your needs:

  • Calendar – A convenient month-by-month look at your content.
  • Custom Statuses – Define the key stages to your workflow.
  • Editorial Comments – Threaded commenting in the admin for private discussion between writers and editors.
  • Editorial Metadata – Keep track of the important details.
  • Notifications – Receive timely updates on the content you’re following.
  • Story Budget – View your upcoming content budget.
  • User Groups – Keep your users organized by department or function.

WP Document Revisions – This works with Edit Flow to manage the files used in the projects.

WP Document Revisions is a document management and version control plugin. Built for time-sensitive and mission-critical projects, teams can collaboratively edit files of any format — text documents, spreadsheets, images, sheet music… anything — all the while, seamlessly tracking the document’s progress as it moves through your organization’s existing workflow.

  • E-Mail Notifications and User Groups allow you to keep track of activity via e-mail and manage alerts based on existing teams. Subscribe individual users or entire groups to receive a document’s updates.
  • Custom Document Metadata allows organizations to store additional information alongside your documents in a sleek, intuitive manner. Supports a virtually unlimited number of checkboxes, dates, locations, text, users, and numeric fields.
  • Collaborative Team Chat allows users to comment on and discuss individual documents, pulling the conversation out of your inbox and back into your workflow.
  • Evolved Workflow State Integration allows for more granular control of Workflow states (“Document Status” in EditFlow parlance), including setting a document’s initial status and better integration with the native WordPress experience.
  • Advanced Snapshots of your team’s progress via filterable calendar and budget views. See all documents in a particular step in your workflow, in a particular category, in a particular week, or by a particular user.

Gravity Forms – It’s hard to get excited about creating contact forms for websites, unless you are talking about this product.

Build and publish your WordPress forms in just minutes. No drudgery, just quick and easy form-building. Select your fields, configure your options and easily embed forms on your WordPress powered site using the built-in tools.


Wicked Cool Plugins – From the makers of DAP, allows us to do some cool social interactions and sending SMS notifications.


I will be disabling the CubePoints systems until I evaluate the impact running a second point system will have on the site, I am afraid it will just cause confusion. So while I would love to reward people for all the interactions as CubePoints and the CubePoints BuddyPress Integration currently does, it will have to sit on the back burner for awhile. I will be updating my custom plugin code once I get some free time to the latest version base code.

Also cut is the current Video Player plugin from Kaltura so a few videos won’t work, but I’ll either replace it with FlowPlayer or re-enable it later. The Social Login plugin is gone and won’t return as all signups must go through DAP now. Also finally exported and removed is the wiki entries, they will most likely be part of the workflow process now.

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