BuddyPress Mail() Fix

BuddyPress Mail() Fix

Today I installed the BuddyPress plugin to one of my WordPress sites in order to begin setting up a miniature social network for my family members to keep in contact with each other. Right away I noticed a problem where new users could not receive confirmation email. Also, after installing BuddyPress, I no longer received any sort of email from my site, even though WordPress use to do it. This is the message that I received: The e-mail could not be sent. Possible reason: your host may have disabled the mail() function… So after scouring the internet and talking to BlueHost technical support I finally found a fix that worked in my situation. I’d like to share it because it took me half a day to find it. And the forums at BuddyPress are very difficult to navigate so it might just be easier if someone were to post it on their own site…which is what I’m doing. The answer came from a user in a WordPress forum. All I had to do was install a plugin. The plugin is called Mail From. It’s free, and even though it “hasn’t been tested” on my version of WordPress (3.2.1) it works and it saved me so much time. Overall I’m pretty pleased with the potential of BuddyPress and I can’t wait to get it fully set up and flowing on my families...
How themes work in WordPress: a basic understanding

How themes work in WordPress: a basic understanding

WordPress is arguably my favorite CMS for websites and blogs. Sometimes some people don’t quite understand the idea of a theme and their website. If you ever find yourself needing to explain in the simplest terms what a theme is, use this graphic. Underneath it’s the same only now it’s a super hero.  ...
OSX Lion Launchpad – Dislikes

OSX Lion Launchpad – Dislikes

Launchpad Launchpad seems like a good idea at first. It’s great on iOS devices. But that is because the user uses their finger. It takes next to no time to tap an icon or a folder and launch an App when you can touch it. But I’m not using a touchscreen iPhone or iPad. I’m using a computer. Let’s just walk through the flow of launching an App using Launchpad on Lion for a second and  you’ll see where I’m coming from. Launch Launchpad – Whether you use a hot corner, click the App icon on the dashboard, or hit a function key, you’ve already wasted time getting to your app. Find your App and click it – No matter how you launched Launchpad, you have to move your mouse around and find your application. If your app is in an app folder, then you have to click twice to get to it. This doesn’t include if the app is located on a different page. I thought the whole reason for having shortcuts like these was to get stuff done So, in order to launch an app like Photoshop, I have to move my mouse around an incredible amount. I thought the whole reason for having shortcuts like these was to get stuff done and not scrape your wrist on the desk. So basically, after trying out Launchpad and wasting time, I’ve gone back to using Spotlight to get stuff done....
Email Segmentation

Email Segmentation

Yesterday I received an email from Apple about some of the products that are available in the Mac App Store. Right away I noticed something that irritated me. The lead spotlight software was for the newest Apple OS, Lion (10.7). Now, it makes sense for Apple to be plugging their latest and “greatest” (I would disagree) addition to OSX. I have no problem with that. The irritating thing though is that I already have OSX 10.7 Lion. In the grand scheme of things this isn’t actually a huge deal, but it made me think about how important it is to segment emails based on a particular audience. In this instance, it doesn’t make much sense for me to be getting an email about purchasing Lion, because I already did. Surely Apple has the ability to see who has downloaded the OS and who hasn’t (all downloads are available only from the Mac App Store, where users must enter a valid apple ID email address…). Because I already have Lion, this email does not apply to me, and so I pay no further attention to it (aside from the writing of this article of course). It doesn’t make much sense for me to be getting an email about purchasing Lion because I already did. A better way to go in this case would be if I had received an email with some apps that would enhance my Lion experience. “Must have” apps to use with Lion would have been a welcome message to my inbox and would have shown more care and attention to detail when it comes to segmentation....