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NeatPress Archives: My WordPress Blog Archiving Solution · Kat&Beyond

This week seems like a WordPress Plugin week for me. Because this is the second plugin that I created this week and I rarely do that because it gives me a tremendous amount of headache. But for some reason, I actually enjoyed making this one as well, just like the last one – Recent Posts Extended.

Navigating the PHP Predicament

Imagine this: I’m all set to update my WordPress to the latest PHP version, eager to embrace its new features. However, fate had different plans. As I attempted to switch to PHP 8.0, disaster struck – my site crashed with the error: “There has been a critical error on your website.” Two days of frantic troubleshooting followed. The culprit? An old, trusted plugin – Clean Archives Reloaded.

Why I Decided to Upgrade My PHP Version to 8.0.

Well, remember when I had a brute force attack on this blog back in February this year? It’s probably one of the reasons why my website became vulnerable because it was still running on PHP Version 7.4. You should double-check if your blog is still running PHP version 7.4 and below. I strongly suggest updating it to version 8.0 just for the sake of your blog’s security.

Currently, the latest version of PHP is 8.3. However, there are a lot of WordPress plugins out there that are not well adjusted with PHP version 8.1 and above. So, the safest option is to stick to version 8.0. It’s still better than being on PHP version 7.4.

The Legacy Lives On

Now, Clean Archives Reloaded had been with me since the dawn of my blogging journey, faithfully cataloging my posts for over a decade. But alas, time waits for no plugin, and its compatibility with PHP 8.0 was a no-go. With a heavy heart, I bid farewell to my trusty companion and set forth on a new quest.

Enter NeatPress Archives WordPress Plugin

Determined to fill the void left by Alex Mills, author of Clean Archives Reloaded WordPress plugin, I took matters into my own hands and birthed NeatPress Archives. This new plugin, inspired by its predecessor, promised to be the epitome of flexibility and functionality.

Crafting the Perfect WordPress Archives Plugin

First things first – compatibility. I made it my mission to ensure that NeatPress Archives WordPress Plugin played nice with all versions of PHP. From there, I explored into the nitty-gritty, fine-tuning every aspect for ultimate customization.

Crafting the Perfect WordPress Archives Plugin · Kat&Beyond

It’s important to clarify that I didn’t copy or recycle Alex Mills code; instead, I meticulously wrote every line from scratch, aligning it with the latest standards and updates. As a self-proclaimed front-end design control freak, CSS design was my playground, and I left no stone unturned. Arrows, fonts, spacing – you name it, I customized it.

Features Galore

But NeatPress Archives WordPress Plugin is more than just a pretty face. Its ability to collapse and expand years with ease is a game-changer. Ready to explore further? You can collapse individual months too. Plus, it doesn’t just stop at aesthetics – it’s functional too. Displaying post and comment counts ensures a comprehensive archive experience for visitors. To see the plugin in action, check out my archives page.

Why Archives Matter

To me, the archive page is the heartbeat of a blog – a treasure trove of memories and musings. That’s why user-friendliness is key. It’s not just a list of posts; it’s a journey through time, and it deserves to be both functional and visually pleasing.

Reflections on a Productive Week

Ah, Sunday, a day for relaxation and reflection. I’m glad today is Sunday; it’s like hitting the pause button after a week filled with WordPress plugin adventures.

 

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With a sense of accomplishment, I’m calling it a day on plugin creation for now. Minor updates on the blog? Done and dusted. Everything seems to be running smoothly, and that’s a relief.

Contemplating Public Release

As I wrap up testing my latest plugin, thoughts of its broader use swirl in my mind. Considering its potential across multiple websites I manage, I might just release it publicly. But hold on – I’m not fully decided yet. Testing is crucial before any big decisions. Once I’m certain it’s bug-free and efficient, then maybe, just maybe, it’ll see the light of day beyond my digital realm.

Reflecting on My Journey with PHP Pitfalls

So, there you have it – my journey from navigating PHP pitfalls to crafting plugin perfection. It’s been quite the ride, filled with challenges and triumphs. But through it all, as a hobby developer, I’ve emerged with a newfound sense of accomplishment and a plugin I’m truly proud of. From the initial crash to the final launch, every step has been a learning experience. And as I look back on the hours spent troubleshooting and coding, I can’t help but feel grateful for the opportunity to grow and evolve in this hobby turned passion of mine.

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Beware of fake friends who make themselves the center of your universe while treating you as an afterthought.

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