Self (Personal Project)

Custom WordPress Plugin API to Fulfill Downloads and Remote Updates

After developing Completionist, I wanted to make it available for free download. Instead of listing it in the WordPress.org plugins directory as I had done with Grouped Content, I wanted to create my own resources server API.

To implement the client-side connection, I used YahnisElsts’s plugin-update-checker package on GitHub. This gave me a fantastic starting place to understand what API endpoints I needed to create.

I packaged the resources server code into a WordPress plugin which runs on Purple Turtle Creative. It includes custom WordPress REST API endpoints to dynamically deliver the plugin’s details from the requested release’s ZIP file.

The endpoints are secured with nonces to ensure the download link expires. Direct requests for the plugin ZIP file are also denied via NGINX rules, so the release package can only be downloaded via a valid request to the resources API. Lastly, I implemented Google Analytics’ Measurement Protocol API to monitor the API’s traffic and performance.

Self (Personal Project)

Asana Integration WordPress Plugin: Completionist

I wanted to track Asana assignments related to my WordPress website as I worked on it. To my amazement, a specialized solution had not been built yet, despite an obvious need in the market.

Ever since then, I have worked on my own solution to integrate Asana tasks with WordPress. Completionist is a WordPress plugin that I offer for free download which features a dashboard widget, post edit panel (aka “metabox”), and custom automations.

Despite being a pretty small project thus far with minimal efforts to make its presence known, Completionist has received some notable attention:

Platyform LLC

Video Upload Optimizations via Mux API on BuddyBoss Theme

Poor video performance often leads BuddyBoss site owners to use third-party video embeds via YouTube or Vimeo. However, this requires the user to upload and host their videos from another platform—a platform they do not own nor have control over. This is an unacceptable solution for site visitor-uploaded content, which occurs directly on the business’s BuddyBoss WordPress website.

Using the Mux API, I was able to bring video optimizations to WordPress, including normalized audio tracks. I developed a custom WordPress plugin that uploads new videos to Mux and caches the Mux asset data to the site. To ensure the cached asset data is always current, I implemented a custom REST endpoint to process Mux webhook events. The endpoint is secured by verifying each request’s signature.

To achieve a seamless frontend experience, I implemented JavaScript that collects video source URLs that are not hosted via Mux. The video posters are replaced with a “Processing Video” loader gif image while the JavaScript continuously checks each Mux asset’s status. Once the static renditions are ready, the JavaScript sets the video source to the Mux playback URL and removes the “processing” poster.

Hearst

Google Sheets-Powered Custom Post Type Plugin with Mailchimp and Other Integrations

Upon joining the Local Commerce team at Hearst, I was asked to overhaul our map article custom post type. Each map article post features a custom Google Maps instance with scroll event interactions and animations.

To streamline the curation team’s efforts, I implemented the ability to import their collected merchant listing data from Google Sheets. The data is stored as metadata for each map article post, effectively caching the data in WordPress and serving as the posts’ main content.

With our team’s designer, I then updated the frontend styles and functionality to improve the map articles’ sales appeal. Additional features were implemented to make sponsored listings stand out from the regular listings. In particular, I custom-coded asynchronous email signup form modals which submitted to the Mailchimp and Sailthru APIs. To ensure proper security, I also implemented custom WordPress REST API endpoints to proxy the form submission requests to the third-party APIs. My custom implementation of the Google ReCaptcha v3 API also validated the form submissions to reduce spam signups.

Client Work

Facebook Messenger Bot to Register WordPress Users via ManyChat API

A client of mine had a grand vision for their Black Friday marketing initiatives. They were having a lot of success with Facebook Messenger and used ManyChat to automate conversation flows. For Black Friday, they wanted to give their Facebook contacts an easy way to join their WordPress website.

With their marketing team, I configured a ManyChat flow with Dynamic Blocks to process API requests to their WordPress website. The flow collected various information from the user and then sent a request to a custom WordPress REST API endpoint that I developed. Depending on the information provided, the custom endpoint would register the user in WordPress, tag the user in Keap, reward Gamipress points, and then respond with a success message containing their generated password and a sign-in link.