This is an “application post” for a Summer 2013 internship at Automattic.
Hey Automattic, I’m a senior computer science student at the University of British Columbia who would love to work on any of the following WordPress ideas. These ideas are in no particular order of preference or importance and are simply things I found missing from WordPress when I was looking for them.
YouTube Channel plugin
This plugin will update either a page with some predetermined number of YouTube videos (from a channel or playlist) or create a new post draft with a YouTube video embedded in it. We could even have custom control in the dashboard that allows for video selection rather than automatically importing all new videos. Some sites/channels post a large amount of YouTube content and they may not want all videos on their website.
I did find a WordPress.org plugin that accomplished part of this but that plugin would import videos every 24 hours and it did not check for duplicates. This resulted in a large number of duplicate post drafts.
This works very well for sites that rely heavily on video content because they can bring additional discussion to their own website rather than YouTube comments which aren’t monitored very well. This may also contribute to the site’s SEO. I’m by no means an expert on SEO but I imagine increased comment activity on your own site creates meaningful discussion which in turn helps your SEO score.
Photo Albums for Media Libraries
I was recently moving an old HTML site to WordPress.com (see bhyvc.com) and while doing so I came across a large number of photos I had to import. While creating galleries was helpful as I was embedding photos in posts, I couldn’t find a way to “save” those galleries as albums. Having albums saved would be quite helpful because it enables an easy way to search for that specific album (or a photo in that album) if it’s needed in the future.
Search Categories and Tags
Large websites post a lot of content and their tag and category collection quickly becomes hard to manage. With a search function, site editors can enforce proper usage of the existing collection of tags and categories. This eliminates duplicate category and tag creation and keeps the meta data collection easy to manage.
The above ideas come from problems I’ve encountered while working with WordPress sites over the last couple of years but I am more than happy to work on anything WordPress, whether that be theme, mobile or plugin development.
I’m familiar with both WordPress.com as well as self hosted solutions via WP.org and I do understand a theme’s structure at a high level (thanks to Yoast). I recently completed a relational database course and a SQL project at school and I’m positive I could pick up PHP and MySQL easily.
I look forward to hearing from you and meeting some WordPress enthusiasts at WordCamp Vancouver this year.