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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Current status

Hello everybody,

there’s a lot of change going on in the FlatPress project lately - some of it you might notice, some not. I’d like to keep you folks up to date.

In short

Before I dive into the details, here’s the tl;dr for the impatient reader:
Not much to see for now, the big things will happen in February.




Still reading? Thank you :) Well then, let’s take a look at the details.

New FlatPress release

You may have noticed (and propably updated to) FlatPress release 1.0.3.php7. It looks and feels exactly like the previous release 1.0.3, but runs under PHP7 and supports HTTPS.
Use the update package to update your FlatPress instance from 1.0.3 to 1.0.3.php7, it’s really easy! (For update instructions, see the download page.)

The upcoming release 1.1 is actually quite finished (see the changelog); I’d just like to add a few more language packs. Feel free to get the latest snapshot from GitHub to play around with!
I plan to release FlatPress 1.1 in February, when we have the new forum online (see below).

Website

I did a little polishing on flatpress.org the last weeks; a shiny new version of this website will be published later. You guess the date: February.

Forums

The old Vanilla forum is quite outdated, and moreover, registration is broken. This sucks if you need (or want to provide) support :(
I will open a completely new forum - in February :)

Wiki

The FlatPress wiki is a great place to get information about FlatPress, or to download themes and plugins. But it’s also littered by spam users and content.
There will be a complete overhaul (February?^^); but since the user accounts won’t be transferred, you will need to re-register your account.

That’s it!

Did I forget something? Just ask me!
Oh, well: When the new website goes online, there will also be an official flatpress.org mail address - finally :)

I hope you guys out there feel good about the way this nice little open source project goes. Please send me your feedback and suggestions! And, more important: Spread the word - tell everybody that FlatPress will be new and fresh and shiny. In February ;)

All the best,
Arvid

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!)

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Currently no registration possible on the forums

I wondered why it is so quiet on the forums lately. Turns out, registration is broken… -.-
But fear not, I work on it!

So for now, if you have questions about FlatPress or want to contact me, please use the comments here in the blog or just mail me.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

FlatPress lives! New maintainer aboard, new version ahead

Hi everybody,

in July, sad news striked: Edoardo announced the end of FlatPress.
It took quite a while, but now here I am to prove him wrong: FlatPress lives.

What’s the current situation?

Edoardo is about to hand me over all aspects of the project. Since I’m able to write this blog post here on flatpress.org, the first steps seem to have worked ;)
The transfer of the GitHub project is still to be done.

Who will maintain FlatPress from now on?

My name is Arvid, I am a software engineer from Germany. FlatPress is not my first experience with open source projects. I was founder, leader and coder of moziloCMS, a German open source PHP-based flatfile CMS.
I am a FlatPress user since 2013, you may know me from the forums as “azett”. Over the years, I contributed some plugins to FlatPress. Also, I built an inofficial version FlatPress 1.0.3.php7 based on the latest FlatPress release 1.0.3 to be used with PHP7. (See my GitHub fork here.)

What’s the plan?

I want to keep the project FlatPress running, so all you FlatPress users out there are able to keep running your FlatPress-powered blogs.

I won’t come up with dozends of fancy-shmancy new features. As first step, I will just make sure FlatPress works correctly under current PHP versions (which it sadly does not right now). My PHP7 version of FlatPress will most likely become the next official FlatPress release. Also, HTTPS support is very important.

Another big issue on my plan is to revive the community. It has been very quiet on the forums lately.

What can YOU do?

  • Let me know you’re out there.
    Leave me a comment below, drop me some lines on the forums or send me an email. (There will be an offical flatpress.org address later.)
    I need to know that the effort is worth it.

  • Help me testing the upcoming new FlatPress version.
    Download the latest version of my FlatPress fork and test it thoroughly. There is also an update package (1.0.3 to 1.0.3.php7).
    Does everything run fine under PHP 5 and 7? Do all your plugins and themes continue to work? Let me know on the forums!
    As soon as I have access to the official FlatPress GitHub project, I can then pull the changes from my fork to the official FlatPress repository and release an official new FlatPress version.

  • Get aboard the FlatPress team.
    If you like to join me on my mission, let me know. You may be a coder, a template designer, or maybe you just want to help me moderating the forums and the wiki. Every help is welcome!

  • Keep up to date.
    To stay informed about the further development of the FlatPress project, check out flatpress.org once in a while. You may also subscribe to the RSS feed.
    (The forums also have an RSS feed, did you know?)

  • Spread the word!
    Tell the world that FlatPress lives. Tell everybody how simple and great this blogging tool is. Get active on the forums, help each other, and give a warm welcome to new users. Revive the community - it is a vital part of a buzzing open source project.

And finally: A few words of thanks

I would like to thank Edoardo Vacchi a.k.a. the NoWhereMan, who kicked off this fine piece of open source software. A big salute to your years of effort on this really great flatfile blogging system, Sir! Also thanks for handing me over everything and thus giving me the opportunity to keep FlatPress alive.

Thanks to Matthias Mauch as well - my PHP 7 version of FlatPress is based on his FP-Patch.

More to come soon

I am looking forward to getting your comments and responses. Let’s see if this all works - I’d love it to!

Best wishes,
Arvid