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Updating Videos, Slack Chat, and Other Production Changes

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After another WordCamp visit this past week, this time for WordCamp Orlando, I am back with all kinds of new ideas including ways to update my plugin development process. This time around I am seeking to improve communication; a theme that was re-iterated at several sessions this past weekend.

As part of that process I have decided to learn how to utilize Slack. Slack is an online chat and collaboration tool. It happens to be the new home for WordPress Core development conversations, having moved on from IRC. Since I want to get back to contributing to core I figure it is a good place to start my improved communications with my customers. It also happens to be the only project management/communication tool that got high praise from the various CTO-level contacts I heard from while seeking a decent Project Management tool.

As for improved communications, any developer interested in Store Locator Plus even from a custom integration/private development standpoint is welcome to get on Slack. Use the contact form here and ask for an invite. Any time I am on Store Locator Plus development I am going to get onto the charlestonsw.slack.com base plugin channel. Developers are welcome to ask questions there. I won’t respond to general support questions there as I feel the forums on this site are better suited to that. It helps reduce the number of times the same-exact question is asked. Chat and email are horrible for shared questions & answers.

Another check box on my “improve communications” list is getting updated videos online. I started by recording my testing session for SLP 4.2.17 today. It is not a great video as far as training, instruction, etc. but it does give a quick 5-minute overview of how the product works when adding locations and what it looks like on a default/fresh WordPress install. I plan to add more videos with instructions or general rambling as I work with the Store Locator Plus updates over the next few weeks. You can catch my YouTube Store Locator Plus playlist on the documentation pages on this site. The iframe embedded channel is right here:

Back to testing & coding…