This is the 2nd part of this 3 part video series on hosting a plugin on WordPress.org. There are 3 easy steps to accomplish this, but you need to do them all and you have to do them in order. So if you haven’t already gotten your WordPress Subversion repository in an email, take a look at Part 1 of this series here. Here in Part 2, we’re going to download and install the Aptana IDE to use as a graphical interface to subversion. WordPress very helpfully provides instructions for the bare basics needed to use SVN to get your plugin hosted. Take a gander at the image at the right. That sent shivers down my spine. I did download SVN and tried a few SVN commands from the terminal. And they worked, but I really wanted something a little more point-and-click. And Aptana was it.
If you want to give the manual version of SVN a go, check out the WordPress instructions here.
A Word on SVN
SVN is a code repository that provides superb versioning and access controls for development teams. These types of tools are particularly necessary in large development groups where many developers might be working on the same code. If you’re like me, you may have only the faintest idea as to what SVN does. Well, not to fear. These next two videos are going to tell you exactly what you need to do in order to get your plugin’s code into the repository.
Configuring Aptana for Subversion Integration
Aptana is an IDE that is based on the open source Eclipse IDE project. The following video shows you how to download and configure Aptana for connecting to your repository.
You probably noticed that the sound was cut off there at the end. ScreenToaster was having some problems and it was cutting off recording audio at 4:00 mins. And I’m so bad at doing these videos that I couldn’t bear trying it yet again for 10 seconds more sound. Basically I said, “The Subclipse box will show up in the bottom right. And check out part 3, which brings it home!”
Once you’ve configured Aptana and SVN (Subclipse), you’re now ready to make the connection to your remote WordPress plugin repository. So, check out video 3 which demonstrates the steps for getting your plugin files into the repository.