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RecordPress demo page.

RecordPress for WordPress is soon here with a public beta. In the meantime we have created a demo-site running RecordPress, so you can take a look on how it’s working in the front-end. We currently have out-of-the-box support with the default theme Twenty Fifteen, and we have plans to support previous and future WordPress default themes as well. We will in the future also develop some free custom-made themes to use specific for RecordPress.

Wanna to see RecordPress in action? Just visit the demo page found here!

Discogs integration to RecordPress.

We have made it possible to import records from the Discogs API so you can easily add new records.  This means you can copy and paste the release code, which will paste selected information of the record to it’s corresponding fields. This means that information like artist, recordname, label, country etc. will be filled out automatically.

Images will not be imported, and the reason is the API-limitation set by Discogs. With WordPress new media handler, it’s easier than before to upload images or insert from URL. With the new Discogs integration, we have combined the barcode and matrix fields, so they now are one field.

Since the last blogpost we have a working plugin and we have added a bunch of shortcodes and widgets wich will make it easy to integrate WordPress with many existing themes. While writing this we have two available widgets; search and category viewer and more widgets will come in the future. As already mentioned we have added a bunch of shortcodes which is needed to integrate RecordPress with themes. For instance if you type No record to display. on a page it will output detailed information about a certain record with no programmingskills required.

This is a somewhat short blogpost but we can inform you that a public beta release of RecordPress for WordPress is soon here. When it’s available we will update the documentation acordingly. Unfortunately we have some sad news for existing users of RecordPress. There has been alot of changes recently to RecordPress which will make it harder to convert. We will therefor not work on an upgrade feature, unless there is a large amount of users that wish us to do so. Let us know!

We finnish this blogpost with some pictures of RecordPress in it’s current state. Enjoy!

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The ongoing work with RecordPress

It has been a while since anything was written in the blog. What is the status on the transition of RecordPress to WordPress? Let us first show you an image.

RecordPress plugin

RecordPress plugin is found and activated!

Yes, in our development environment we are working on the plugin. While there are much work left we can still give you some good and some bad news if you are an existing user. The good news is that we will maintain the existing database, which means all your records will have an quite easy transition. Some changes has to be done with the database, and you can rest assure we will add instructions for this in the future.

The bad news is the images. While we are investigating this further, the way images is managed by RecordPress as of today is really poor. In RecordPress for WordPress this is handled so much better! This means that images probably needs to be reuploaded for every stored record. Because we are using WordPress, we now use the built in media manager to handle all uploaded images.

Most of the existing settings (like managing users) will be removed completely from RecordPress, since this is now handled by WordPress. As we mentioned in our previous post, no new features will be added to RecordPress in this stage, since all work is focused on making every existing features to work properly.

As soon as we have a working plugin, we will release it on GitHub. In the meantime we’d like to post some few images of RecordPress in it’s current state. Yes, we will make it a little bit more fancy in the future regarding design, but we’d just want to show you some pictures from the current state of RecordPress.

Add record

Adding a new record is really simple.

The new media handler powered by WordPress. Upload and manage images have never been so easy!

The new media handler powered by WordPress. Upload and manage images have never been so easy!

We have added a testrecord.

We have added a testrecord.

Uploaded images is displayed properly!

Uploaded images is displayed properly!

 

Statusreport on RecordPress.

In january 2009 the first version of RecordPress was released to the public. In june the same year version 0.3.1 Hello Dolly was released and today this is still the latest version available for download. For many years nothing has actually happened to RecordPress.

During these years I have received mails thanking for the software and mails about suggestions for improvements. Not a single mail has been sent on what’s going on here? Any updates or is RecordPress dead?

When you are reading this post, early 2015 this site have had som major changes. The logo have gotten a smal facelift. This whole webpage is now completely rewritten and is now powered by WordPress instead of static pages. Everything you read about RecordPress is still focused around the v. 0.1.3 release. So we have a new webpage, how about RecordPress itself?

RecordPress is still in beta and will continue be for a long time.  The future of RecordPress is all about an transition. Yes, RecordPress will move from it’s own system to become a plugin for WordPress. Why? Because WordPress gives us everything we need! There are only benefits.

With WordPress comes awesome security and a large community working and supporting the software. Moveing RecordPress will get nice features from other plugins available. WordPress is a publishing platform that many understands and is also supported by many webhosts.  You can install WordPress in your own language and it’s easy to add features like for example contact form via plugins.

If you are not familiar with WordPress and plugins, it means that a plugin extends WordPress with new features. You will use a great publishing platform and extend it with all the goodies from RecordPress.

For you who uses RecordPress today might wonder if your exisiting installation can easily be moved to WordPress. The answer to this is probably not. But I will surely check out the possibilities to make this happen. But I can’t guarantee anything!

And what about the existing version of RecordPress? No further updates will be available from my side. But since it’s open-source anyone can continue to work on it. It will always be available for download.

When is RecordPress expected to have a functionally plugin available for WordPress? At this stage I honestly don’t know, but the work has begun. When a somewhat functionally plugin is available you will be invited for early betatest. Be sure to check out this blog for updates regarding the transition.