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  • Coming up: A new Subscriber Status widget

    Posted on November 7th, 2019 at 11:20 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Slowly, over the next few weeks, I’ll be rolling out a widget. It’ll sit over on the right hand side, where you now see the Plus Membership block.

    The widget shows you whether you’re a Plus Member and, if so:

    • When your Plus Membership subscription expires
    • Whether you’re signed up for the Newsletter.

    Here’s what’s going on behind the scenes….

    This blog (WordPress) and the Lounge (bbPress) work together remarkably well, but Plus subscription support and the Newsletters are handled by separate packages tacked on the side — three packages, three databases. They’re strung together fairly well, but juggling three databases leads to all sorts of interesting, uh, anomalies. If you’ve ever tried to keep three databases in sync, you know exactly what I’m up against.

    With this new widget you’ll be able to see exactly what data we have on file for you. The widget also makes it easier to become a Plus Member, extend your Membership, or Donate — and we can use all the financial help we can get.

    I expect the new widget will generate a deluge of inquiries, so I’ll be rolling it out slowly — just a few dozen users a day. And, yes, I’ll be handling the Customer Support personally, so please forgive me if there’s a delay.

    And awaaaaayyy we go!