Launching a WordPress Product in Public: Session 20


In this podcast episode, Corey Maass and Cory Miller demonstrate and discuss the features of their OMG IMG plugin. They showcase how the plugin allows users to show or hide sections, customize settings, and create images for social media posts. They also address challenges related to layout and templates, including different image sizes and orientations. They talk about the appearance and customization options of the plugin, such as incorporating logos and avatars into posts. They mention the importance of branding and discuss potential improvements and future developments for the plugin.

Top Takeaways:

  • Iterative Development and Real-World Testing: Corey Maass and Cory Miller emphasize the importance of iterative development and testing by real-world usage. User feedback and real-world scenarios play a crucial role in shaping the final product.
  • Balancing Functionality and Design: While the technical aspects of generating images are important, they also discuss the visual appeal of the images. They mention the need to make the plugin capable of creating images that not only work but also look professional and engaging. This highlights the importance of user experience and aesthetics in software development.
  • Use Cases and Customization: The developers discuss various use cases for the plugin, including creating images for blog posts and social media sharing. They explore ways to customize images, add branding elements, and adjust layouts based on the needs of different users. This highlights the role of user-centered design and customization options in creating a versatile and adaptable tool.

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Corey Maass (00:00:06) – All right. So while that’s going. So here we are, Session 20, an actual demo of the actual plugin. So I’ve taken some liberties, made it, added some graphic stuff like you can see. Okay. Are we liking it? Are we good? Yeah, we’re good. So yeah, trying to give it some personality. Originally there was like background colors and stuff, but, um, but here, the basics. So, um, yeah, if you click into, click the pencil under that image. So that’s our OG image as you saw, that’s got that little flag. You saw the new loading screen. So it has our brand colors while it loads. Um, I’ve added the ability to show hide sections. So like if you click on Visible next to Image. That rectangle in the white sections. On the left, there’s one called Image and oh yeah, So if you click on that like it goes away. So you can show hide sections. And if it’s if it’s visible, then you expand any of those.

Corey Maass (00:01:31) – And then there’s, there’s, there’s settings in there. So like if you expand image, which is the down arrow or I think if you even just click on image, you can choose your source, you know, column width. So some of this like I’m definitely going to need feedback on what making this more intuitive. And over time, I think you and I are like we talked about, we want to go through and make a bunch of these, right? And I’ll take notes. And so you’re like, Boy, I wish we could, you know, make this go over here. And it’s like, oh, okay, so let’s go add that, you know, but we’ve got the the basic template image on one side, content on the other. Content is made up of a title, a blurb and a URL, but any of them could be repurposed for anything. And so it’s like I envision people getting creative with this stuff. So if we want to, if you go back to omg omg yep.

Corey Maass (00:02:39) – Um. Oh yeah. I added that because I kept not saving my changes. So now if you’ve made changes it’ll warn you before you leave the page, which is kind of awesome. Um. So, yeah, go ahead. Create an image. Um, we’ve got an OG image, but if you wanted to do, you know, Twitter header or something. Um, template. Right now we only have the business card. So now. By default because we are editing images at a site level. It brings in the the logo that we’ve saved in settings. So that’s the OMG IMG for WordPress. Yep. Settings there. And so it’s like this is, this is kind of if we want to do a little demo, like if you added a post and then added a featured image. You know, it would it would pull in that featured image and it would pull in the name of the post and the excerpt and the URL to that post. And and that’s where we save templates because I was like at a site and tell me if I’m wrong, but I was I was like at a site level, you don’t really need a template because like a site has an image or a Twitter image and you might clone it and then change, you know, say, No, this is for Facebook or this is for.

Corey Maass (00:04:12) – But you’re not you don’t need you don’t need you’re not going to load it as a template over and over and over again, I don’t think. Um, whereas for a post like you would go in, so if you wrote your first blog post and you went in and, and said, Yeah, so let’s do it just. This is my first post. Yep. And you know, add some Lorem ipsum or something in there. And then put in a featured image. We can just. Yeah. Pick a logo or something. Yeah. That’s fine. That’s actually better because then it’s distinguishable. So then if you hit publish. Or you don’t even technically have to hit publish, but we may as well. So then if you go back to Oh, so there’s a button, edit post, add new and then omg omg. So then create an OMG image. So let’s create the open graph. So the first one. And again, we only have one template so far. See if this works.

Corey Maass (00:05:36) – So by default, there you go. Featured image on the left title. Excerpt URL. And so you’re like, Well, the image is a little big. So if you expand the the image section on the left and say column widths, you drop that down a little bit. You know, so. You can put your play around with it and then hit save. Yep. Do what you want. So save your changes. Yeah. Save as is a little vague. I need to move that. But so that’s now saved and I from that save as. Drop down the image underneath the preview there. Save as template. So it should come back and say. Well, it should have come back and said that it’s been saved. But so if you go back to if you click on so above the name of the image 20th July, above that, it has the name of the the post. So if you click on that. This is how you see all of the images for this post.

Corey Maass (00:06:58) – But there’s a new button in the top right called templates. And so it’ll say here are the templates for post type post. Right. And so if you. Um, so you can go in and edit one of these if you wanted to. If you go back to projects top right. That should say images now that I think about it. But now if you say create an OMG image in the top right and select templates, you’ll see that that is now an option, right? And so here it’s kind of redundant. Yeah, but yeah, but there you go. So Twitter and stream, so it’ll be a different sized image, but it’s got the same formatting and it doesn’t it’s supposed that URL should be italics. No, I did not save it. I didn’t say didn’t save it. Okay. But yeah, I think if you go to, uh, lay no image if you expand image. You’ll find that the column width is. Yeah, 44. So that is what you would set it at.

Corey Maass (00:08:08) – So you get the idea, right? So it’s like you add a background. Style it however you want. And then as you were writing each post, you’d say, okay, create an image for this post using my custom template posts template. And. And off you go. You got to save it first. Oh, yeah, that’s confusing. So I need to. I’ll take a note to work on that. Okay. So then when I go back to my post. So there is a menu item there? Yep. Yep. And now is that saved to this post?

Cory Miller (00:08:55) – Or do I need to detach it somehow?

Corey Maass (00:08:58) – You mean as an image? Yeah, you’d you would go so go back to the edit screen or the OMG images. So under testing post. Right where sorry. Right where you’re at next to view. OMG omg. Whichever one you want. Hit the dot, dot, dot.

Cory Miller (00:09:22) – Got ahead of you.

Corey Maass (00:09:23) – That’s fine. You can do it from either and say save as open graph image.

Corey Maass (00:09:32) – And so now if you go to that post, you won’t see it here. But if you view the source. You’ll see. OG image. Line 15. So there’s that image, width and height.

Cory Miller (00:09:55) – There you go. Rock on. See if it unfurls.

Corey Maass (00:10:10) – You said you’re sharing it in Slack and right now it’s bringing up the site wide one.

Cory Miller (00:10:15) – Because we didn’t have it.

Corey Maass (00:10:16) – Switch to have it. Yeah. And so now I think that’s that’ll be cached for a little while but.

Cory Miller (00:10:28) – Here. That’s it.

Corey Maass (00:10:34) – This is a C, so. Okay, so the the one on the right. Should be there, the one on the left. I don’t think it should because I don’t think you’d created I think that should be assigned specifically to a post or maybe that was the project or something, so I’ll have to clean that up. Okay.

Cory Miller (00:11:01) – Okay. So probably. Okay. I think I know how to say this is a template now. So when we’re talking about blog posts in relation to these presets templates, what channel should I use? Just Ott or something different?

Corey Maass (00:11:22) – That’s a good question.

Corey Maass (00:11:23) – I.

Cory Miller (00:11:27) – I think. Yeah.

Corey Maass (00:11:28) – So you’d. That’s a good question. So a template. Isn’t channel specific. So we’ll have to do something with. So it’s like because you create an image using a channel and a template, customize it. Save it, save it as a template. But that template should be you should be able to apply that template to Instagram so it comes up square, but it still has all your customization. So yeah, I’ll have to do something visually to denote that it’s not tied to a channel. But to answer your question, it doesn’t matter.

Cory Miller (00:12:16) – Okay. Because what I’d want to do is create a template called, you know, single post. Template. And then do a couple. I guess I need to go into the.

Corey Maass (00:12:35) – Add of background color. Yeah. So, you know, so you know, you’re like, this is, this is yellow, just so you follow along.

Cory Miller (00:12:53) – Because I can do this with my 40. Two Because I need a new OG image for it.

Cory Miller (00:13:01) – It’s really old, but then creating I’d want to OG image. This would not be the for the single post. Look into here real quick. Oh, that’s right. Because we’ve only got the business card where it’s left. Image right text. Correct. But I could create. How would I create new ones with the different widths? And like if I want image allowed like that.

Corey Maass (00:13:50) – So if you want image on the right you. Again, not what you’re asking, but if you click on image. Uh. Sorry. No layout.

Cory Miller (00:14:06) – Uh.

Corey Maass (00:14:07) – Reverse column order. There it is. Okay, so not. But I know that’s not what you’re asking. So. So save this. And again, this is where you might. You’ve created an image, um, you know, calling them projects, but it’s like you’ve created this image. And so once it’s saved. Um. If you wanted to create a new one. What we don’t have yet is like so yeah go go to. That should be linked, but it’s not.

Corey Maass (00:14:40) – But anyway, click on Under media, click on OMG IMG, which should show you all images that are sitewide images. Right? And what we don’t have yet is copy. So it’s like you would clone this. And then change the. Um, change the channel to be Instagram. So then it would use the same content, but it would overall it would switch to square. So to emulate that, click on the pencil under the yellow one you just created. And then change the channel to Instagram Square. There you go. So it got goofy, but. I think we just ran out of room. Yeah. Maybe change the image column size. Column width. So yeah, this is some of the stuff that, like I was talking about earlier, like we need to, we need to start using it. But I’m thrilled that we’re actually like to the point where we can start using it, you know what I mean? Um, and, and, you know, start coming back with like, oh, okay.

Corey Maass (00:16:08) – So every time I jump from this to this. You know, it looks terrible. How can we. Do we just not offer that or, you know, do we show a warning or do people just have to tolerate it and like, do exactly what you just did where it’s like, okay, well, you know, I don’t have to change the background. I don’t have to change the fonts, but I will have to mess around with, you know, the overall layout because, I mean, the truth is, is, you know, sometimes an image that’s like, I found this, I made an image that was horizontal and then switched the channel to be TikTok. So then it’s vertical. So there was a lot of white space above and below and all my content in the middle because clearly it was a rectangle. So it’s like, All right, well, how do we account for those things? But the basic plumbing is there, which. Pretty proud of. Awesome.

Cory Miller (00:17:28) – So this I think what disappeared was my single blog post template.

Cory Miller (00:17:35) – I’m not mistaken. Or maybe I wrote that.

Corey Maass (00:17:38) – So I think if you go to and this is goofy if you go to posts. And then go to OMG. Under any of them. So I need a way to get to templates. And now you go to top right templates. I think it was one of these. I think we didn’t save it. With the title change. And so, yeah, I need to somehow there needs to be a way to go from. Like immediately jump into the template. All templates of four posts. Oh. What happened?

Cory Miller (00:18:28) – No.

Corey Maass (00:18:34) – What the heck?

Cory Miller (00:18:41) – It again.

Corey Maass (00:18:44) – Oh. Oh, oh. You’re saying shift I. Oh, that’s fascinating. Okay, so click. No, no, no, no. Hit, cancel. Hit, cancel. You’re fine. So just click to the right of the white. You know, there’s a little red border and then hit shift. I. And then we account for this. There you go. Left image.

Corey Maass (00:19:08) – Yeah. So. That’s awesome. So a couple of hidden things for the people actually watching this. Hit shift D. And there’s all the actual data that gets those are all the variables and variable names. And if you hit shift I. It shows you what the what is actually being used to render it and where an image is then captured. So, yeah, these are secret debugging things, but I need to make it so that if you’re not typing shift D or shift I, it suddenly shows. Yeah, that’s hilarious. That’s hilarious. And this is this is what is it, a no no plan actually meets reality, meets reality or.

Cory Miller (00:20:00) – Something survives the reality. Yeah.

Corey Maass (00:20:02) – There you go. But at least we know what the. At least we know what the bug is. Um, so to go back to your question earlier is like, so I for the sake of simplicity for development, I. Went down to like just the business card template. But I’ve built it in such a way that it’s pretty easy for us to add new templates or copy a template and then repurpose it.

Corey Maass (00:21:00) – So we had talked about having a template that is like a single image or basically just one column, which you can kind of get to using this by hiding the image or something. But that’s not what we’re not what we’re talking about. And then I we also talked about. Um. Oh, And so, yeah, I was trying to earlier this week, I think I was trying to define some vernacular. So it’s like I think what we’re talking about is I’ve been, I’m starting to use the term layout, which is, um, like single photo or business card or I have your, your slide show that has basically the different layouts we want, which boiled down, I think there’s only a few, um, and or we can with a, with just a few you can get to most of the things we’re talking about or most of the, the, the images that people are ultimately going to want. Um, and then what. And then we’ve saved, we’ve introduced here, you’ve seen like so you can configure one of these and then save it as a template so you can repurpose it over and over again.

Corey Maass (00:22:16) – And then what we talked about last time that we don’t have a sense of is for you and I to once we take business card, configure it, you know, mess around with it and make it look cool, add some fonts like set it up nicely, but in a few different ways and then kind of save those as presets is the word I’m now using based on you and I chatting last week. So it’s like when when this, when when somebody installs this, they can start with the basic business card or business card, blue business card, green business card, orange or business card. Left, right or right, left. Like you and I will create some of these that aren’t aren’t actually separate layouts. They are just basically a layout used in a, you know, configured in a bunch of different ways and then, you know, generate images from all of those and then stick them in a gallery so that somebody comes in here and instead of having to see, you know, like what what you’ve done a few times of like create clicking, create new image in the top, right? And there’s a dropdown where you choose a channel and choose a template like why not choose a channel and then show a bunch of them with just Lorem ipsum images? And it’s like, Oh, that one’s pretty, it’s blue, that one’s pretty, it’s rainbow, that one’s pretty.

Corey Maass (00:23:45) – It’s, you know, left. It’ll work for me. It’s right, left or you know, just a big title and a URL. There’s no description or what have you. And so people can visually choose. I think that’ll be really compelling and make it easy for people to use.

Cory Miller (00:24:05) – You sit with me.

Corey Maass (00:24:06) – I’m here.

Cory Miller (00:24:07) – Okay. You cut out for a minute. Probably Me? Yeah. I think given the head start for the user, it’s pretty big. Yeah. So play around with these. Try to get them to where? Close to where I want them. Same as templates. And then those that that work can be used to create initial templates in the plugin. Yep. Yeah, I think this is the single blog post thing is pretty important. Like I was even using it or I wasn’t using it, but I saw the need for it. I did a blog post on my personal site and then, you know, going over to share it on LinkedIn. And I took off my image stuff that was already there because it was old and but, you know, you want something that like shows, okay, I did this post about this thing.

Corey Maass (00:25:17) – Yep. I mean, and that was, you know, that’s that was what drove us here in the first place is like you go and you’d share and by default you’d see the featured image and you’re like, well, if the featured image is, you know, a horse running across the field and and you share that on LinkedIn, like that image doesn’t may or may not convey what you want or, you know, because a lot of us are using clip art or stock photos as the featured image. So now it’s like go be able to add the the blog post title to that featured image. So you’ve got a horse running across the field, but it says down below working is like horse play or whatever. And then, you know, now it’s twice as compelling. So and that image, no matter where where it appears or how it appears and you’re not relying on the title of the post being next to that image to explain that image to de de de de. So. Okay. Yeah.

Corey Maass (00:26:32) – And some of the other things that save time is in settings you can tweet. We already support all Google fonts. Um. So if you go to options, I need to reorganize these. But Google fonts enabled save and then site go back to site wide and you can see down at the bottom of site wide. So you’ve got a site wide logo there. So that’ll show up anywhere. That’s kind of like the default. And then yeah, so in here, if you know that you, you’ve got a certain Google font, I should, I should put in parentheses like something to denote that, that it’s a Google font, but then you’ve also got brand colors. So it’s like you’d put your post status orange in there and maybe white and maybe black. And then whenever you’re messing around with actually building an image, those colors come up first and those fonts come up first to to save time so you don’t have to scroll through, you know, 4000 fonts every time you want to set set it somewhere.

Corey Maass (00:27:42) – And you can overwrite the site name, site, description and URL. So it’s like, you know, if because there’s if you if you never want it to show if you always wanted to have ww.w. You know, you’d put in. Here. And so that’s what will always come up rather than it pulling like right by default it’ll pull it uses the WordPress function site URL to pull that but it’s like it might not always appear exactly the way you want or you know, whatever.

Cory Miller (00:28:15) – Gotcha. And so make those here.

Corey Maass (00:28:19) – Yeah. And it all needs to be tested like the AI. When I install I installed this like an hour ago on omg img co. Um, and it’s there is a welcome screen. So it’s like when you install the plugin, it says Welcome, thanks for installing, you know, let’s create a site wide image. So right away everything looks better and it didn’t save. So I need to go and revisit that and make sure it’s working. It’s somehow at some point it broke, but that’s how it goes.

Corey Maass (00:28:55) – I finally. Yeah, I’d finally feel like this is. Coming together, You know, like that. That looks like a real thing. Like what? The screen you’re looking at right now is like, okay, cool. Like, you can create images reliably, lots of options. Um, you know, and then download them or save them as image or the very basics. I mean, I think I told you I got it working. Tuesday afternoon of like save as template and then use as template. So fleshing this stuff out but you know we’re we’re finally cooking it feels like.

Cory Miller (00:29:35) – Yep.

Corey Maass (00:29:38) – Okay. So yeah, the not quite not exactly what we said we wanted to do today, but because I don’t think we’re ready to actually like build a bunch of presets essentially. Right. But you know, watching you click through it. And seeing it working and you having now having a sense of of how it works and being able to come back to me and say, oh, we need like one of the things that I notice is like.

Corey Maass (00:30:08) – We are we are looking at site wide, right? But if that image on the right was post specific, we’d want the logo and site URL like lower, right. And right now you can’t add that. And so it’s like, oh okay. Right. We need to go add that as add this to the business card template so that bottom right when you’re working on a post featured image. Title of post URL of post, but in the bottom right you should always have the post status branding or the OMG IMG branding or what have you. So things like that that we need to, you know, we will add over time. But at this point again I feel like I feel set up. It’s quick enough for me to go add that.

Cory Miller (00:30:54) – Yeah, because I was trying to think like that single post. So I was playing with that one.

Corey Maass (00:31:15) – Mm. There you go.

Cory Miller (00:31:22) – Yeah, like I was thinking of that.

Corey Maass (00:31:24) – On your screen. Does the blue gradient look smooth? Okay, cool.

Corey Maass (00:31:32) – Yeah.

Cory Miller (00:31:33) – Real smooth. Yeah. I was trying to think about, like, when I posted that post the other day to LinkedIn. I didn’t have a featured image, so I was like, okay. I probably wanted to look like, you know, my face logo or like Twitter, like we’ve done in the past where you’re saying this logo. Like. So this is what I posted. And. Yeah, like you know how you have this. We’ve seen some of these Twitter cards are trying to play with this a little bit like, okay. How this section. I wouldn’t want that to look. And trying to convert it over here. Like maybe the avatars down here name bio and just have. Well, maybe there would be a quote or something from here. Mhm. That’s where I’d used a quote. As the title. And then when they click this, they get over to. The actual site? Yeah.

Corey Maass (00:33:12) – Yeah, I think that’s that’s a that’s a really interesting point. And I think that that’s something that like that to me is a great blog post that one of us should write at some point when we get to the point of like sharing advice is, you know, don’t make the don’t unless your title is in fact the most compelling thing.

Corey Maass (00:33:29) – Don’t make the title actually the title make make the biggest text on there like a quote. That’s something really compelling. Um, so, you know. Losing sex more than winning. You know, and you make that huge. And then you could you can then make. So then go to the description panel. From the dropdown choose post title. Like, hypothetically, you could do it this way. And then I don’t know why we lost our URL, but the next time, next block down website because it’s hidden, so. Right. So you could do it like that way, right? So it’s like you could put in a big old block quote or an excerpt and then have the title as essentially the subtitle on and on.

Cory Miller (00:34:31) – Yeah. So I could actually put like for this one. Probably like an avatar.

Corey Maass (00:34:50) – As an aside while you’re doing that, I was further setting up the. We’re using easy digital downloads to actually sell it on the website. So I was configuring Ed. And customizing the thank you for your purchase.

Corey Maass (00:35:09) – Um. Email and signing in. Thanks, Corey and Corey. And that was the first time that I’d written that. I was like, okay, that’s awesome. Yeah, I want to add like to this. I want to add masks. Right. So you could say it could you could put it in a circle or, you know, rounded corners to customize the customize that, that looks cool.

Cory Miller (00:35:57) – I think we did round the corners or circle or something like that. That’d be cool for this, like personal blogging. I’m trying to think of some of Lindsay’s. Let’s. Yep.

Corey Maass (00:36:12) – Yeah. And we’ve got I’ll show you another time. But like the. All of the template configuration is actually just in a Json file, so you can just go in and tweak things like, oh, by default, I want the title Bold or Not Bold, and you can just like it’s not database, it’s not, you know, so it’s these just these config files that will just change over time or we can duplicate and expand on.

Corey Maass (00:36:46) – Yeah. So and if it’s a template, it shouldn’t say save as template. You should just hit save. Don’t say save as template or you’ll end up with another. A duplicate. So, yeah, I should change that.

Cory Miller (00:37:12) – The. I don’t have any color on there.

Corey Maass (00:37:23) – Yeah. What are the what are the Corey Miller brand colors?

Cory Miller (00:37:27) – That’s a great question. Sending his blue coat a bit. Oh, I was thinking about this, but. See that’s shaping up.

Corey Maass (00:37:53) – Yeah, this is one of the things that you can imagine me banging away at this. Like this is one of those things that I’ve struggled with where I’m like, How do I make it? I know that it technically can do anything, but how do I make it look like something? And that’s why I’ve been so anxious to get to where you can go in. We can put it on your website, we can put it on my music blog website, we can put it places and like actually start using it because me sliding stuff around, I’m like, Yes, it technically works, but.

Corey Maass (00:38:23) – All I’m doing is making an ugly thing and then deleting it and, you know, like, can I spin the image 100%? Great. Technically it works, but it nobody. Most likely people aren’t going to actually do that. I don’t. You know what I mean? So but on my music blog, I do have all of the I the featured image for every post is I copy the the cover of the music release. And then I, I actually rotate it 16% so that it’s offset and then overlay the text. And so it’s like I’m really excited to get to a point where I don’t have to go to Canva to create those every time I can. I’m going to start using my own plugin and how satisfying, but it needs to be able to do what I need it to do. And so I’m, you know, and we and it needs to be able to do what everybody needs it to do. So I’m adding those features, but I’m not, they’re not yet being used in the wild.

Cory Miller (00:39:21) – Got you.

Corey Maass (00:39:25) – That looks great. Drag that into a new tab so we can see it.

Cory Miller (00:40:04) – You can’t see this because it’s not on my screen. Oops.

Corey Maass (00:40:13) – Yep. There you go. That is so satisfying.

Cory Miller (00:40:18) – Yeah, it looks really nice, the quality of it. Makes me think, like for blogging. Like probably feel a little weird about my picture being that big. But like, if you were to share, I did this thing on Instagram you’ve already got. You know your avatar up here. What am I put there? And I’ll have to go with karma and play around with some stuff and just see what like if you just want it to be kind of like, you know, remember those little notepads from the desk of Corey Miller?

Corey Maass (00:40:59) – Yes. Kind of.

Cory Miller (00:41:00) – Thing. I’ll play around with that because you can take off.

Corey Maass (00:41:11) – Well, like one of the things we talked about is, um. I’m posting a link to a premium blog post. In Slack. So if you open your Slack channel.

Corey Maass (00:41:26) – What I just sent you. Look at their look at their OG image. Right? It’s the title. It’s the featured image. It’s the title. It’s the. And then it’s the author. Right. And so it’s like the author image might stay the same and their username might stay the same. But it’s like if they if, if this Robert person wrote another post and then created an OG image, it would import the new featured image, the new title. You might tweak it a little bit, but it’s like being able to generate this for every person. And then if Corey wrote one, it would Corey’s picture would show up in there and Corey’s username would show up in there. So getting to the point where we can, you know, do that kind of thing. And I think that’s kind of what you’re talking about is like a little a little branding, you know, So a little Corey in the corner of everyone, but not necessarily Corey being the featured image every time.

Cory Miller (00:42:32) – Yeah, I like there’s.

Cory Miller (00:42:34) – Have a little thing down here. My hesitancy on the featured images don’t do that. So I was like, okay, what would it look like if I didn’t do a featured image? It’s kind of like that filler from the desk of or from the blog. Like this piece of content. Um.

Corey Maass (00:42:57) – Yeah, We need a template called from the desk of and it’ll have like. Handwritten at the top with the name of the person or whatever. And then, you know, post content laid out some way below it. I think that’d be really cute. Half the people using the plugin won’t understand the reference because you and I grew up in the 80s when we actually had those things. But you know. Cool.

Cory Miller (00:43:26) – Okay, I’ll play around with that a little bit more. Cool.

Corey Maass (00:43:32) – So, yeah, there’s. Yeah. Post status has purchased a license will create a and obviously you’re an admin so you can go in there and do that to like create 100% coupon. But I’d love to have you like check out and then use a license, you know, have Corey Miller check out and.

Corey Maass (00:43:57) – Purchase a license with a coupon that is 100% off. But like, I want to be testing the, you know, the checkout process and all that stuff to like because I’ve been tweaking around with the styles and an updated the admin. So when you sign in, it’s like your user account and your licenses and all that stuff is sort of laid out. Yeah. Okay. But the the version you were just using 004 is what is currently downloadable. So if you go purchase it from omg img like that’s you’ll get the latest. Okay. But yeah, I’m starting to. We are. I think we’re finally far enough along that I’m going to start pretty regularly like pushing when I make updates, pushing new versions. So the website will because the other thing I always like to test is if you get a license and install it on Corey Miller and plug in that license, then you should see those updates with when WordPress says, you know, there’s a new version of a plugin, you should see it.

Cory Miller (00:45:01) – Okay, so go through the checkout and licensing. And you want me to play? Keep playing with these templates.

Corey Maass (00:45:08) – Yeah. I mean, we right now, I don’t we don’t have any way to do anything with it. But okay, you know, you, you coming right now. I think if you come back and you’re like. Even little things like, you know, like the image column slider I put under image, whereas like the padding between columns is up under layout. Like if things like that make no sense, let me know. And again, it’s because everything’s in a Json file. It’s really easy to move it around. Um, I also welcome, you know, have you come back and be like, No, no, no. Like there’s no right now, there’s no way to put a little bit of branding in the corner. We need to like, figure that out, you know? So, so that kind of level of feedback, it’s like, please be creating things with with intent.

Corey Maass (00:45:58) – Like I said, I’ve been stuck where I’m like, I’m creating Lorem ipsum and, and crazy, you know, just kind of to see how wild I can make it without actual use. I love that you immediately started saying, Oh how you know, Corey Miller just wrote a blog post. Let me actually create the image for that blog post. So already it’s more more of a real use case. Um, and, and don’t delete If you create something that you love, don’t delete it. Like I can go in and pull that data out and we can make a preset out of it. We just currently don’t have a way to click like save as preset.

Cory Miller (00:46:33) – Would it help to like create? We had the Google slides thing for me to create an actual take a post, create what I’d kind of like and go, okay, how can we bake that into a template?

Corey Maass (00:46:46) – Yeah, that’d be great.

Cory Miller (00:46:48) – Okay. Well, that great. That would probably be way easier for me. But I was like trying to tweak it because I was remembering, Oh, I got to go back and change my Google font.

Cory Miller (00:46:56) – But I think if I start from, okay, here is a single post image or a live thing like I just did, but if I can do some of that in Google slides and then you can create the mechanics for it.

Corey Maass (00:47:12) – Yeah, yeah. I’m, you know, and I’m that would be great because right now, like I said, I’ve, I’m still adding features rather than like accommodating use cases. And so I’m still forging ahead. Like to me, one of the huge game changers that we talked about is being able to take a screenshot. Of like your home page and then re injecting that into the featured image of your home page. Like how cool. But it’s some crazy meta, right? Like I have to take an image of an image of an image. So I still want to be chipping away at those. So it’s so I’m a mile, I’m a mile in front of you. But that’s great because then you’re starting to bring up, you know, catch up and bring up the rear of like, okay, yes.

Corey Maass (00:48:02) – When we get to that feature, awesome. But right now we needed to do X, Y and Z. And I’m like, Oh, right. You know, because as we’ve talked about, we’ve now got basically a month where we want to be able to premiere this at WordCamp US and have it accommodate. And even if it’s mostly basic use cases accommodate most basic use cases.

Cory Miller (00:48:26) – Yeah, I’m going to focus in on the single post and. Person is my personal blog. We’re in that right now. Anyway, getting the site staged for launch. We’re working for posterity. So I’ll throw some of the like we have podcast savvy and stuff, throw some of that in there and then give you and I’ll give you that. But this is what I’d like it to look like.

Corey Maass (00:48:56) – Yeah. Perfect.

Cory Miller (00:48:57) – Okay. Okay. Good, good, good. All right. I was like, I have to try to figure out that with the current, this is easier. This is really what I want to look like.

Cory Miller (00:49:06) – Can you get all the plumbing attached to it? I think that’d be awesome.

Corey Maass (00:49:10) – Yeah, exactly. And I think that’ll, you know. It’s kind of the. The situation we need from you. The marketing team right now is like, yeah, make make damn sure that it it actually works.

Cory Miller (00:49:26) – Got it. Okay, cool, man. I’m sorry. I got to run. Sorry. Got a little night, but yeah, good stuff. Okay, I’ll get to work on the checkout lessons and then the templates.

Corey Maass (00:49:37) – Awesome. Thank you, Sarah. Thanks.

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