Introducing the wpseek Bot

I’m not much of a tweeter. While I’m pretty much into WordPress, I’m not much of a blogger either. As long as anyone hasn’t come up with a thing called 48-hours-day, that’s not gonna change anytime soon.

Introducing the wpseek Bot

While I am not tweeting much, I hired a guy called ‘wpseek Bot’ ‘Joe W.P. Seek’. Since wpseek.com went online sometime 2009, the wpseek Bot keeps the data updated that wpseek.com is based on. Namely functions, hooks, filters and all that comes with it. He’s a busy guy (called by crons every now and then), so here’s a brief overview on what he’s tweeting about with the wpseek Twitter account:

WordPress development version updates (Checked hourly):

Whenever the core devs update to a new development version, the wpseek Bot will keep you updated on Twitter.

New WordPress releases (Checked hourly):

The Automattic guys just released another security release? Know when there’s a new WP version available to download.

New WordPress functions on wpseek.com (Updated twice a week):

As of now, you can browse through more than 5000 WordPress functions on wpseek.com. To keep data up-to-date, the wpseek Bot seeks for new WP functions regularly to add to the wpseek database. When there are new functions available, he will tweet about it.

New WordPress hooks/filters on wpseek.com (Updated twice a week):

Alongside WP functions you can find WP hooks and filters on wpseek.com. These are updated twice a week to keep you updated on the newest WP API stuff.

WordPress release reminder (Updated once a month):

Don’t know when to expect the upcoming WordPress release? Not sure if you’ll manage to get your plugin’s new version out before a new WP version will be released? The wpseek Bot will tell you once a month!


There are several more crons, parsers and updates running behind the scenes to keep the wpseek.com data stock up-to-date, but the 5 above are the most important and relevant for the random WP developer and designer.

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  3. [...] Behind the scenes, can you tell us a little bit about how the site works? Basically it is a search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing. The only difference is that you cannot search porn. And it’s a bit more specific and niche business. Apart from that the usage is like with any other search engine: enter a search term (a function, template tag or hook) and the site gives you all the information it has that is related to your search term. This includes general information about the function, code snippets, version info, external links to the Codex, user discussions on the wp.org forums and user notes posted on wpseek.com. There are 8 crawlers doing their job for the site, running periodically from hourly to monthly. Some of them are collecting WP code data from local copies and repositories, others are posting on Twitter occasionally notifying my followers of new WP releases or new functions added to the wpseek database. Recently I wrote a blog post about some of the (publicly visible) bots running on wpseek for those who are interested: http://wpseek.com/blog/2011/twitter-and-the-wpseek-bot/105/ [...]

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