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Thursday, February 14, 2019

New FlatPress website, forum, and wiki

Allright folks, after a few days getting everything running, here’s what we’ve got.

New forum!

Since the old one was broken, I started a completely new forum. Use it to ask your questions, meet other FlatPressers, introduce your plugins and themes, or show off the blog sites you created with FlatPress.
The most important thing for new FlatPress users is to find friendly help and support. Give them a warm welcome and answer their questions patiently - today’s newbies will be tomorrow’s pros.

New wiki!

The old wiki contained a lot of helpful information, but was also full of bot-registered spam users. I opened a new wiki and transferred just the contents (but not the users). So please re-register yourself and help us to update and complete the wiki contents.

New website!

Our project website got a renovation of its look and contents. Also, all flatpress.org content (including forum and wiki) is now served SSL-protected.

And as a little extra for our German-speaking users: Official German website!

New release?

Please be patient a few more days. My plan is to publish the new FlatPress release 1.1 still in february - let’s see if this works out!
When the new release is out, my next efforts will be to publicize it to CMS compare sites, download archives et cetera.

Feel free to get the latest development snapshot from GitHub and test it thoroughly. There will be only a few changes until 1.1 is complete.
Thank you very much for all the bug reports, suggestions, issues and pull requests I already received!

Thanks

A special “Thank you!” goes out to our friends at UD Media, who really like what we do here. UD Media generously supports the FlatPress project by hosting us, making our project revival possible.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Beta test for upcoming release

As a little pre-christmas treat, FlatPress is now available as version 1.0.3.php7. This marks the beta test version of the upcoming final release.

Go to download page!

Please contact me to report any bugs and suggestions.

What has changed since the last version?

  • Runs under PHP7
  • HTTPS support
  • Plugins added: Last comments admin, Media manager

Update 1.0.3 to 1.0.3.php7

If you already have version 1.0.3 running, you may use the update package. Updating FlatPress from 1.0.3 to 1.0.3.php7 is quite simple.

  • At first: Create a backup of your blog. This enables you to rollback your changes in case of errors.
  • Simply unzip the update package and transfer its contents to your server. Overwrite existing files.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

FlatPress is now on Twitter

twitterlogo.pngAs you may have noticed, there are a lot of changes going on in the FlatPress project currently. Besides the project blog you’re reading (and its RSS feed), there is now another way to stay up-to-date: FlatPress is on Twitter!

Feel free to follow @FlatPress - and please spread the word!




(A big “Thank you” goes to Julian Rademacher for his generous support on this topic!)

Friday, July 6, 2018

Hello, long time no see

I owe you guys an apology.

You all will have noticed that I’ve been away from FlatPress forums for quite a while.

And you’ll all have noticed that it’s been quite a while since the last FlatPress release.

So, sorry about that.

Reason I’m breaking the silence today is that, in the last few days, this server has been compromised. Now it should be back online, but I am taking this chance to to say what you all already know.

The FlatPress project is basically dead.

FlatPress was born, believe it or not, 12 years ago.

In 2006, PHP 4 and shared hosts roamed the Earth. Many of these free services did not provide a SQL installation, and even the PHP installs were extremely limited. I started blogging with SimplePHPBlog (another dead project), but at some point, together with some friends (drudo and hydra) from the Italian community, we started developing something more extensible. FlatPress was born there.

But times have changed. Nowadays, there are fewer blogs. People use Twitter, Facebook, and, often, for longer texts, Medium. WordPress is still present, both as a hosted platform, and as the usual self-hostable script. It’s changed a lot, too.

PHP itself has changed a lot. In 2006, I chose PHP for FlatPress because it was everywhere. But today, as a programmer, I can host a Jekyll/Hugo/Pelican (etc.) blog on GitHub.io in seconds. These static web site/blog generators are a breeze to use, and there are many for non-programmers, too. They all share the FlatPress spirit, of being simple, easy to customize, with a flat-file post format that can be easily edited in a plain text editor. And, what’s better, they don’t even require a scripting language on your server, because they’re pre-rendered before you upload them!

Comments, you ask? We don’t need to self-host those either: we have Disqus, Facebook comments and many more.

Static web site generators are now really practical, and in my view, almost the norm. So, if you loved FlatPress, that’s what you should try.

So, here’s the thing:

The FlatPress project has no reason to exist anymore

It’s been ages since I’ve touched a line of PHP code, anyway. And PHP has changed a lot too. Nowadays I’m mostly a backend guy and I work with a range of technologies that span from Java to Scala, to native. Hell, I don’t even recognize HTML and CSS anymore. And PHP? And JavaScript? They’re completely different languages now! Not to mention that I’m pretty sure the FlatPress code base is pretty much crap now :P (but hey, it was my first nontrivial project!)

I have finished my PhD in DSL and programming language development in 2015, I joined the R&D department at UniCredit Bank; and finally I have joined Red Hat this year. You can follow me on Twitter if you’d like to

What now?

Code will still be on GitHub. If anybody is interested, you can contact me, and I’ll give access to the theme archive. The website will be probably still available up to October 2018, then it’ll probably shut down.

As for migration for your old posts, I have tried more than once to create a “converter” script for FlatPress posts to markdown (most of these platform use Markdown), or at least HTML. Unfortunately I’ve never had the time. Hopefully, someone from the community will.

Thank you

So, I take the chance to say, today, on my 32nd birtday, thank you FlatPress, and thank you, FlatPress community, it’s been one hell of a ride.

Edoardo Vacchi a.k.a. the NoWhereMan

Friday, June 12, 2015

FlatPress 1.0.3

Hi guys! New FlatPress release!

This release fixes an XSS (CVE-2014-100036).

Bonus: a new style for Leggero theme by @MarcThibeault and other UI enhancements by @MarcThibeault and @liquibyte

Have fun!