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  1. photoMaldives
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    1. Shortcode functionality (as posted previously)

    2. Ability to list & customise 20+ 'About.Me' profiles on a single page (eg: staff list). This way, staff can easily update their own info, and share as much or as little as they wish. So plugin will need a main title, and the ability to sort order.

    3. Widget photo - option to pull in the "Bio Photo" rather than the image used for the full screen background.

    4. More customisation, eg: for choice of colors & fonts displayed in the widget.

    Thanks. :)

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/aboutme-widget/

  2. RyanFujiu
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi PhotoMaldives.

    1. We're definitely doing this.

    2. We're working on a product that will allow you to do this, just in a different way then you described. But would love to hear more about how you would do it. Please email me if have a free moment rfujiu@about.me.

    3. That can be done, just need to prioritize it.

    4. Doesnt it just pick up the style of your blog? Do you want us to define a separate style for you?

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Ryan
    about.me/rkf

  3. photoMaldives
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Ryan

    Thanks for your reply - I've just sent you an email.

    1. Good news - do you have an ETA ?

    2. This could prove to be an excellent & unique solution.

    3. There could be cultural differences at play here ! I see that many of the AboutMe profiles have a fullscreen background photo of themselves, but some of us are not quite as outgoing !

    4. Yes - I think you're correct here - I don't use any widgets on my site, currently, so the CSS is probably not optimised at all. A few specific settings might be useful though, for tweaking the layout to best match the page/theme.

    Good luck with the widget/plugin.

  4. RyanFujiu
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    1. No ETA right now but will let you know when there is one.

    2. Got your email. Will talk it over with the team.

    3. Thats true. Do you just use a smaller picture of yourself for the bio photo? Just trying to understand the underlying issue here?

  5. photoMaldives
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    3. Yes - I have used a small (cryptic) image of myself as the bio photo, and a large inanimate one for the background. Coming from FB, this seemed to make most sense at the time, although after looking around About.Me I soon got to see what you were intending the use to be.

  6. Emily Rose
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I agree, I was a bit shocked when it pulled in my background photo instead of my profile photo. When it is supposed to be about me and not my background image. Also, I agree that allowing us to choose which elements we want displayed and in what sizes. For instance, I don't need my about.me name displayed under my photo, when the site is clearly my blog with my name on it, so being able to remove that element would be very useful. And the size of the header is quite large when pulled in from the CSS of my theme, so being able to choose that size to make it smaller would be very useful.

  7. RyanFujiu
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Emily,

    We can add the option to choose between the bio photo or the background. And can also add the option to display your name or not. Can you post the URL of your blog so we can investigate and prioritize?

    For the header, isnt there an option to choose the size of the header?

    Thanks

    Ryan

  8. Emily Rose
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I don't see an option to change the size of the header, and by header i mean the text <h1> <h2> <h3>

    I currently don't have the plugin on my blog, because I was waiting for the update, but my url is http://emilyrose.co

  9. RyanFujiu
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Okay got it. Will look into it the changes and will get back to you soon.

  10. Emily Rose
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you Ryan

  11. Emily Rose
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I did put the plugin on my site now. And I got some feedback, so I would like to suggest the following options. Allow a checkbox for these elements; image, name, tagline. That way if there is redundant information on the site that it's on, then we can turn them on/off as needed.

  12. RyanFujiu
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Okay, great. Do you still want the option to choose your bio photo? We can do all of them.

    Let me know.

  13. Emily Rose
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes, its a great idea to allow either photo, or none.

  14. photoMaldives
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks, Ryan for the excellent support you are offering via email.

    If anyone else wants to join in with feature requests or discussion, there is work going on behind the scenes to improve on future releases.

    (And a HI to Emily Rose !)

  15. RyanFujiu
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks PM. Yes, there are some great changes coming for V1. We also just finished a v1 of a shortcode. Let me know if you'd like to try!

    Thanks : )

    Ryan

  16. photoMaldives
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Ryan - yes, if I understand you correctly I have already tested the shortcode and emailed you about it. (Or is there another revised version ?)

  17. photoMaldives
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Ryan - are there any new features to try out in v.1.0.4 ?

  18. RyanFujiu
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    PM, not with 1.0.4, we just fixed a small error handling issue. But we are working on v1.1 with a bunch of new features. Will let you know when its ready.

    Thanks,

    Ryan

  19. photoMaldives
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Ryan

    Just received notification of v1.1 - I'm looking forward to trying the new features.

    Can we customise by adding parameters to the shortcode ? (I don't use the widget at all).

  20. photoMaldives
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Ryan

    Any news on whether extra shortcode functionality has been added to 1.1.1 ?

  21. RyanFujiu
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hey PM, we're going to start working on a new shortcode in the next few weeks and should have something close to our core embed feature soon.

    Thanks again for your patience.

    Ryan

  22. Gwyneth Llewelyn
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The only request I have is: take a look at what you're doing that makes this plugin consume so much resources. I've seen the code, and it seems pretty straightforward. Why it becomes so easily a resource hog is beyond my understanding. Do some tests with profiling tools (there are plenty around; I like P3), and see what you can come up with.

    If you have unlimited memory and resources, the impact of the plugin might never be noticed. But if you're like me, living in a very constrained scenario, the plugin simply consumes vast amounts of resources — memory, CPU, disk access, and so forth... — which is not worth the trouble, when embedding the Javascript will give you pretty much the same thing, without a performance penalty.

    Aside from that, about.me is so useful for people to find me that I'm glad there is such good support around :) so please keep up the excellent work!

  23. RyanFujiu
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Gwyneth, we'll look into it for you and will get back to you.

  24. Gwyneth Llewelyn
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you! As said, your best choice is to run a plugin profile and try to figure out what happens. I have just tried it on my own blog, which happens to have quite a lot of complex plugins — none, however, which were consuming so many resources as about-me.

    I suspect — but cannot confirm! — that the trouble might be from opening a remote call to get all the data from About.me before returning that data properly formatted to WordPress. When doing that, there might be huge timeouts, which force the user to wait on the page — and the profilers will catch that delay.

    By contrast, when simply embedding the Javascript, without using a plugin, this is called asynchronously by the browser (since it happens at the front-end, not at the moment the WP core and plugins are being processed), and there is no penalty — it's just one of many of the multiple calls to render the page, and once it's honoured, the page will display the widget, sooner or later, but the rest can be rendered while that call is pending.

    This is just a wild guess, mind you. I might be utterly wrong :)

    And maybe this discussion should be forked outside this thread for feature requests?

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