Custom Post Types were one of the important innovations in WordPress 3.0. They really launched WordPress on the main stage when it comes to usage as a Content Management System (CMS). WordPress is very intuitive in the area of RSS, however it still does not generate automatic feeds for custom post types.
So how can we add Custom Post Types to our main WordPress RSS feeds?
There are a number of posts on WordPress blogs (including our own take on the GPL and potential abuse) that deal with WordPress plugin and theme licensing. Many people don’t really understand the concept of open source software, and either view it as a sure way to financial ruin or the best thing ever as there is no protection and everything is free.
It’s not so straightforward. Many websites have sprung up during the past year or two reselling WordPress plugins and themes. One of the biggest ‘victims’ are Woothemes whose add-ons for WooCommerce are now easily available from other websites for a very small fraction of the price that Woo sells them for.
Really Simple Syndication, or as we call it – RSS, is one of the easiest methods of distributing and curating tons of content, across the Internet. From the reader’s perspective it’s a matter of adding the feed URL to the RSS reader and that’s it.
For the publisher who’s using a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress, it’s actually little or no work. The RSS feed generation and upkeep is handled internally by WordPress. All you have to do is display a RSS feed icon in your sidebar or footer or other areas in your site to let your visitors know that there’s an RSS feed there. Even that’s optional.
As a WordPress user, you get four core freedoms due to the open source nature of WordPress’ software license. These WordPress freedoms are in contrast to closed-source desktop software like Photoshop, or closed-source publishing such as Squarespace.
RSS as we all know is one of the oldest and most powerful weapons of mass content distribution for publishers and mass content consumption for readers. Launched back in 1999, RSS has seen a tremendous rise in the past decade.
Since the dawn of social media and the boom of email marketing, RSS has been taking a slow but steady turn down the river. Prominent web authorities have started (long back) to outcast RSS and shift to cooler, smarter and faster alternatives than RSS – Twitter and other forms of social media.
If you’re a commercial plugin developer, one of the things you’re bound to come across sooner or later is a refund request.
You’d do well to decide from the onset what your policy on refunds is going to be. In this post I will take a look at the 3 most popular policies that I have come across, and my thoughts on each.