I have been seeing a lot of posts recently online on the WordPress forums, elsewhere and in direct email to me asking me if I have given up development of the plugin. Allow me to make this very explicit and clear: No. I haven’t given up on the plugin.
The current status of the project is that I am focusing on the autoresponder logic’s re-write. The previous implementation was very complicated, very brittle, very prone to breaking. I have built way too much and I am suffering for it. The past one and a half years has been spent on fire fighting and I wish to stop this from happening in the future. I wish to move away from this chaos and build a very good tool that can potentially become an industry standard.
Putting my foot down and doing it right
I have decided to put my foot down on the demands I get from all over the place. I see my google analytics for this website, and notice that the traffic is falling, I go online and search for WP autoresponder, I notice messages and posts saying I have given up or complaining about the plugin.
I have decided that I should stop being swayed by all this and focus on setting up a sound base and safety net – a safety net of systems that will allow me to focus on future development without worrying about things breaking in the future.
I have finished the implementation of WP Autoresponder’s autoresponder management interface. The implementation of the autoresponder process with unit test coverage has been a very complicated and time consuming task. It is a very complicated task. I’m currently having to deal with some really complex scenarios I did not think of in the first implementation that are critical to the proper functioning of an autoresponder.
Along the way I’ve made innumerable mistakes, despite by great efforts to put some foresight, learnt a lot about PHP, WordPress and generally developing software.
I wish to do this – develop the autoresponder process, once and only once. I would really like not to have to keep putting out the same fires over and over again in subsequent releases and actually move forward to a place where this plugin becomes a viable alternative to paid email marketing services. I’m sorry for the extended delay but this needs to be done right.
As you are well aware I am having to develop the plugin in my free time and there hasn’t been much of that lately. We’re all doing the best we can with what time we have.