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Friday, September 20, 2019

Blog / News / Project interna / Support forum: Registration bug fixed

Support forum: Registration bug fixed

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Image: “Wood shed door” by bobu - licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

After I updated phpBB in our support forum last week, the forum registration was broken. The problem persisted until I fixed it today.

Thanks to Rick who reported this! :)

If you encountered problems registering to the forum lately, please try again now.

All the best
Arvid

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Blog / News / Project interna / Current project status

Current project status

Hi everyone,

here’s a little update on the current status of the FlatPress project.

FlatPress itself

Version 1.1 “Da capo” runs stable and doesn’t seem to have major bugs. (See the open issues on GitHub.) Thus, we can concentrate on overhauling language packs and plugins.
Also, there may be some SEO improvements to the default theme Leggero soon.

Support forum

Our new support forum got populated quite nicely. I am very happy to receive your feedback and suggestions on FlatPress! Also, there a lot of experienced users out there trying to answer incoming questions. Thank you all for supporting each other in this friendly and productive manner!

In order to prevent bot registrations, I changed the behaviour of the registration page. Please let me know if you experience problems registering.

Regarding the old support forum I have good news and bad news: Although I got the forum itself running again, I am still searching for the “everything is read-only” switch. (Vanilla experience, anyone?)
I’m still working on it - it would be great to have back this huge pool of FlatPress know-how.

Public relations

The German-speaking, Twitter-using FlatPressers may have noticed: FlatPress is now listed at Heise Download, one of the biggest German software portals. You are very welcome to rate FlatPress there.
If you know more of such software sites (in any language), please let them know about FlatPress! We still need to make FlatPress more visible to the world.

In retrospect …

In my first blog posting here on flatpress.org, I described my plan to stabilize the software and to revive the community. Although not as quick as I hoped, this seems to have worked quite well.
Thank you all for supporting me in any way!
Let us keep working together to maintain and evolve a great little blogging engine - that may not fit any need, but ours perfectly :)

Friday, February 22, 2019

Blog / Releases / FlatPress 1.1 “Da capo” is here!

FlatPress 1.1 “Da capo” is here!

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Hi all you FlatPress users out there!
I am more than happy to announce the release of FlatPress 1.1 “Da capo”.

For those who just can’t wait any longer: Proceed to download of FlatPress 1.1 “Da capo” (zip, 1.0 MiB)

What’s new?

As stated in this blog entry, the new release is not completely new software. But it’s the stable foundation for all upcoming developments.

The most important steps - PHP7 and HTTPS support - were already done with the previous “emergency” release 1.0.3.php7. Now with 1.1, we took the time to fix a few more things, and to clean up a little bit. The BBCode toolbar has now graphical icons and knows a few more elements, some more languages are included, and a number of bugs and glitches have been fixed. Even one security fix is on board.

Please see the changelog for a complete list of changes.

“Da capo”?

Continuing the lovely tradition of naming FlatPress releases after music terms, I decided to go with Edoardo’s suggestion to call the new release “Da capo”.
That’s a well-matching name, since the FlatPress project was fallen asleep for more than three years, and is now revived with fresh energy. FlatPress is starting over again - or, as musicians put it: Da capo! :)

How does FlatPress continue from now on?

The FlatPress blogging engine will be evolved carefully, I do not plan to hastily stuff in crazy new things. Now that the stable release 1.1 is online, my main efforts will go into reviving the community. Coding will mainly be fixing bugs, refreshing outdated plugins et cetera.

What can you do?

As stated in my take-over posting, I can use every help I get.

  • Help me improving FlatPress.
    Send me in every bug or glitch you encounter while working with FlatPress. If you are familiar with GitHub, don’t hesitate to create issues there.

    Coders are very welcome to join the FlatPress team. If you have a bugfix or an enhancement for FlatPress, I’d be excited to receive your pull request on GitHub.

  • Join the community.
    We have a great new support forum, but it’s still quite empty. 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.

    Also, you can help us to update and complete the contents of our wiki. The information there may be outdated, or linked sites may be gone 404 in between.

  • Spread the word.
    If you know a software archive or a CMS compare site that does not have FlatPress, tell them! Ask your web hosting provider if they’d like to offer FlatPress in their software installer. Recommend FlatPress to people asking you for an easy-to-use blogging engine.

After the last years of silence around the project, let’s remind the world of FlatPress again.





Image credit goes to Matthias - thanks a lot :)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Blog / News / Announcements / New FlatPress website, forum, and wiki

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.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Blog / Project interna / Current status

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