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  1. Oleas send me an email as soon as possible. I promise that it won’t hurt:)

    Thanks in advance,

  2. I meant to say ‘Please…’

  3. David

     /  November 25, 2009

    Can we discuss one of your plug-ins, I would like to suggest or even help add in a feature or two.

    – David

  4. Vern Lincoln

     /  December 2, 2009

    I’m having problems with your Embed RSS plugin. When I try to embed an RSS from my own site to one of my pages it doesn’t show up. I get no errors, there is just nothing there. If you could email me, I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

  5. I’ve very sorry to bother, and feel free to scold me if I’m asking this in the wrong place.

    I’m using Embed RSS plugin. Is it possible to have the link that shows up for the feed target to a new window?

    Thank you in advance for your time!


  6. Yah, Kyle. I’ll figure out the line to modify tomorrow.

    • thanks so much!!!

      • Okay – sorry it took me a while to get back to you. Busy busy.

        Anyway, in the shortcodes.php file (which is in the lib directory), on line 95, just add


        between the href and the title.

        (I tried to post the whole line but the html muncher munched it.)

  7. Oh yeah you rock! Worked like a charm. No prob by the way on the response time. I hope you have better things to do than to sift through code for strangers.

    By the way, I hope you like lattes because I smell a donation coming your way.

    all the best,


  8. UPDATE:

    where’s your donation button….oh man, what if you really are that kind hearted and now I can balance my Karma? I’m a coding newb so I can’t help you there….do you by chance need a job in Korea? =)


  9. Well, I hope that Rusty and Co. like lattes!

    Happy New Year!


  10. Deanna I was wondering if you would be interested in doing some custom coding for us? Can you shoot me an e-mail if / when you get a chance? I’d love to discuss it with you!

  11. Bill

     /  January 22, 2010

    I think there may be a bug in your embed rss plugin. Specifically, in the shortcodes.php file…

    RSS items seem to get two closing and I think the problem is on lines 95 or 103!

  12. Justin

     /  February 10, 2010


    I’m working on a WPMU website and need avatars, you stated in one of the forums that you have modified the Add Local Avatar to work and not be in the root directory. Any chance I could get a bit more of an explanation on fixing mine?


    • Here’s the modified code. They weren’t major modifications, but I don’t have time right now to go through and articulate each one. Sorry.

  13. Hi Deanna, just wanted to say thank you for much of the useful plugins you created. We have used some of your plugins to help out our BuddyPress plugin. I hope you don’t mind?

    We have given acknowledgment in both code and the settings page as well.

    You can find the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bp-groupblog/

    Thanks again for being a great contributor to the WordPress community.

    • I’m glad they’ve been of use. I’ve not done anything with BuddyPress, but I’m happy something I’ve done has helped the BuddyPress community.

  14. new blog defaults doesnt seem to work on wpmu 2.9.2

    • You’re the second person to say that, but I’ve not been able to “not make it work.” I need more information about your set up and what, in particular, doesn’t work.

  15. I have been trying to find a plugin that will allow the site admin to create a list of categories that other bloggers on WPMU can use on their sites. In other words, a default list that they can choose from. I hoped your New Blog Defaults plugin would fit this bill, but I can’t get it to work.

    I am using WP 2.9.2, and am still learning.

    Thanks for your help.

    • What “doesn’t work” about it for you?

      • Lol – I’m sorry.

        When I go out and register as a new blogger, the category list is blank, and the new blogger can choose his own categories for his blog. Perhaps I am misunderstanding what to do.

        Let me start over. I am running WPMU 2.9.2, and I would like to be able to specify categories for bloggers to choose from on a sitewide basis. I am using the theme “Modfolio” by Graph Paper Press. I have installed one plugin that requires new bloggers to choose one category for his blog, but I don’t want to limit it that much.

        I went to the New Blog Defaults setup in the admin panel. There is a section that asks me to enter other categories and specifies the format. I entered a list in that box, but they did not show up on the new bloggers past page.

        I believe the format required a description and a parent. The categories I am setting up are the parent, so I am unsure about whether I entered them correctly.

        Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated!

  16. Paragraph 3, last line – that should read “bloggers POST page”.

  17. Ronald

     /  August 5, 2010

    Hi Deanna,

    I’m interested in an extension of you plugin “New Blog Defaults” to define default settings for network plugins. Please contact me, if you can help me with that.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi codegurl. I downloaded and correctly copied your cets_blog_defaults.php file. At least I’m pretty sure I got it right. I’m trying to get rid of two dead end links on the home page of my blog; “Hello world” and “About”. Neither seem to go anywhere. I’ve tried tricking them by creating posts and pages with the same names so I might delete them, but no luck. I thought your plug-in might work – but I don’t see the menu item added in my Admin page. Sorry to bend your screen here, but I could not find another way to contact you.

  18. Kelly

     /  January 30, 2011

    using your embedRSS plugin and wondered if you might be able to add the media:content element to the mix?
    That way a list of podcast could be added to the feed.

    What say you? Please, pretty please?

  19. Hi,
    Are you interested in A Freelance work?
    am planning to setup a WPMU website and i need a custom work for it.

    please let me know if you like it.

    [ sorry to post it here, but i could not find a contact-me form ! ]


  20. Dan Barrett

     /  February 18, 2011

    I’ve found a bug in Blog Topics (cets_blog_defaults 2.1, cets_blogtopics 1.1). In the Settings page “Blog Topic”, when you change the topic and click Update Options, the topic changes in the database (wp_blogs_cets_topic_relationship) but not in the UI. The settings page continues to default to the old topic in the dropdown. For me, it’s always blog_topic_id = 6. This is WordPress 3.0.5. It happens in both IE8 and Firefox 3.6.

    Also the plugins page insists there is a new version of Blog Topics Related Blogs Widget (1.0) but clicking Upgrade Automatically does not make the message go away.

    Thanks for a useful plugin.

    • Dan Barrett

       /  February 18, 2011

      I found the bug. In cets_blogtopics.php:get_topics_select, in the foreach loop, you are comparing a blog ID blog ($id = $wpdb->blogid) to a topic ID ($topic->id). That doesn’t seem to make sense. I also notice you set a variable $blog_topic that doesn’t get used. You should probably be comparing that to the topic ID in the loop. I tried fixing this myself but it didn’t help, so maybe there’s a deeper problem too.

      • Dan Barrett

         /  February 18, 2011

        Fixed it. Here’s the diff:

        id) {
        > if ($blog_topic == $topic->id) {

  21. Dan Barrett

     /  February 18, 2011

    Something went wrong with the diff when pasted into your blog. The fix is to change this:

    if ($id == $topic->id)

    to this:

    if ($blog_topic == $topic->id)

    • Dan Barrett

       /  February 18, 2011

      Another bugfix in cets_blogtopics.php on line 681: add valign=”top” so the topic ID’s are properly aligned.


      echo "" . $topic->id . "";


      echo "" . $topic->id . "";

      • Dan Barrett

         /  February 18, 2011

        Ugh, you can’t post HTML in code fragments. Just add “valign=’top'” to line 681.

  22. I have found a major bug using Embed RSS. I have 3 plugins I ALWAYS use on EVERY wordpress site (Google XML Sitemaps, All In One SEO Pack, HTML on Pages)– and that’s IT.

    I use your Embed RSS plugin on ONE website, and that website’s backend TinyMCE editor is screwed up ONLY with Embed RSS enabled.

    The text is white on the white textarea, and the entire kitchen sink and the bar above it are gone. I am using WordPress 3.3.

    Please contact me with a resolution ASAP, or I will be forced to change plugins. It’s a shame, because I like your plugin.


  23. Winston

     /  March 3, 2012

    I am using your EMBED RSS plugin (THANK YOU) and calling a GOOGLE alert for Playmobil. Do you know why (sure you love these types of questions) it places a non-functioning BOLD tag around each entry?

    Playmobil sells more toy sets worldwideGoogle Alerts – playmobil March 4, 2012
    Global toy manufacturer Playmobil has announced the record sale of 55 million toy sets worldwide in 2011. The figure also represents an 8 per cent increase over the previous year. Playmobil’s sales in Malta grew by 9 per cent on 2010.See all stories on this topic ยป
    Times of Malta

    • Winston

       /  March 3, 2012

      Just to further clarify the entry looks like: Playmobil sells more toy…

      • Most likely the bold tag is in the RSS feed itself. Have you looked at the source of the RSS feed?

  24. Thank YOU for responding…looks like that’s the case.


    Google. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  25. mtcammack

     /  March 21, 2012

    Deanna, I appreciate you sharing your knowledge through your blog and the time and effort you put into plugins. I’m struggling with the WPMU Default User Role plugin. To summarize, I’ve put a thread out on my situation here: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/new-site-default-user-role-admin-to-editor

    Thanks again for your help and contributions.

    • You’re correct in that it isn’t up-to-date with the latest version of WordPress. Unfortunately, it’s not designed to do what you want it to do anyway. I’ll look into updating it so that it functions as designed again, though.

  26. hello, I’m hoping you could help me with Embed RSS plugin. Great Plugin!
    Is it possible to add like breaks and/or bullets to each link in the feed?

    Here is the site I’ve installed your plugin. http://www.briworldwide.com/
    Your plugin appears on the homepage under BRI NEWS and BRI BLOGS.

    thanks in advance!

  27. Hi Deanna! Your “Blog Topics For WPMU” is a really beautiful and useful plugin, but I see that last update was two years ago… can I help you to adjust some settings and utilities? I use it and I think we can create a good update for WP 3.3.1.

    • I’ve actually passed on commit access to a coworker (MadtownLems on the repo). He’s been maintaining it locally, and I think he intends to update the repo as well. I just gave him commit access last week, I expect he’ll deal with it soon.

  28. Perfect! I hope that your coworker will upload it ASAP. The unique real important change that I think you have to insert is the chance for user, when the user making a new registration (registration form), to select immediately one blog topic. Good luck!

  29. msuworld

     /  December 4, 2012

    So you are a code Girl right ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. borisa

     /  November 5, 2013

    My name is Borisa Djuraskovic. I am working at Web Hosting Hub supporting center.
    I found your WPMU Theme Info plugin at https://deannaschneider.wordpress.com/ very interesting and I would like to translate it to my native Serbo-Croatian language.

    Would you mind if I do so?

    I am looking forward to hear from you,
    Borisa Djuraskovic

    • Feel free! I’m no longer maintaining that plugin, a coworker is. If you post about it on the WP forums, he’ll likely respond.


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