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Writing the stream blog post

Writing a post outlining a few different ways you can use the new Stream feature to enhance your website. I have a lot of rust to shake off for this style of writing, and it’s crazy to me how these days I can write code quicker than a blog post. I need to write more…

The explosion of energy that came to me when I devised the Stream for MD4.8.4 still astounds me. In a period of 7 days I developed The Stream (backend and frontend), redesigned the entire MD admin dashboard, and made a slew of bug/code improvements to various parts of MD. To develop a full, product-worthy feature and all of that extra in such a short time is either proof I’m crazy or MD is really good to develop on. The things I could do by harnessing that kind of energy on a regular basis…

Business catching up

Every day you should do even a little something for your business right? Today was a solid day of finally catching up on support tickets, cleaning out email, and even releasing a small patch in MD4.8.4.1. Luckily none of those patches had anything to do with the Stream, so all good there! I really do enjoy talking to you all and helping you out with your websites. Looking over my plans as I wind down for the night to take that help to the next level.

Back to support

Catching up on the support log over at the forums, fell behind while developing the newest MD release. Between the way I develop and the ambitions I have for MD this year, I just can’t do this alone anymore. We all suffer when I can’t put my full attention into the community side of MD, just as we do when my full focus isn’t on development. Hoping to pull someone I trust on sooner rather than later.

Stream launched!

From idea to launch, I’m happy to announce that the very same stream you see here is now available in Marketers Delight 4.8.4 and ready for you to use right now! Just read this to find out more:

Publish Status Updates, Threads, and Share Posts With the New Stream in MD4.8.4

The time it takes to produce quality content and quickly post short updates are in conflict with one another. So how can we combine the brevity of social media and longform content together? Introducing the Stream…

Testing the Stream and the rest of MD4.8.4 on other sites before release. I’m happy to report that the Stream displays great on other MD theme designs and there were only a couple of small bugs to fix up. Glad I found them before release. The speed at which this was ready to go and the seamless integration of this big new feature on different test installations is a testament to why I build MD as a single theme. I could maintain a bunch of plugins and do it the “right” way, but I’d never be able to be the best by diving into that madness. Instead MD is a tightly knit, efficient product that gets smarter each release.

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Testing Threads…

Here’s a test of that idea… This is the first TEST entry in creating a threaded status. To expand on any idea or news event as they happen, you can now create threads in your status to keep them up to date. This allows you to use streams as pages for updating a news/story event, or gradually documenting an idea or goal over time.

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Stream update

Remember this screenshot of the Stream post editor from a few days ago? You’ll notice a select box at the top of the editor that allowed you to choose the type of post to share — status, post, image, video, or other. This was ok, but not ideal. I redesigned the experience to treat every post as a status, and if you enter a post ID, the Stream will embed it into your status and detect which post type to format it as. Less decisions, more automation – a big deal!

MD Popups Admin Redesign

Amongst the last details to make MD4.8.4 ready to go, you can now expect a slightly redesigned Popups settings in the WP admin. I have bigger plans to expand this feature into something more powerful, but it doesn’t hurt to clean it up a little in the meantime. Also new: The Stream, redesigned Dashboard, hooks, and more.

Post Threads to Statuses