My posts have been slowing down this month because I’m in the middle of finals (yes, I’m a college student). I am doing a lot of thinking about the next version of Pligg, but not much actual work. I picked up a few Ebooks that I plan to read through over break about Content Management Systems and Web Usability, and I hope to go pick up a solid book about web accessibility from the book store some day soon. If anyone has any great recommendations for web design books please let me know so I can check it out. I am also a great fan of web design podcasts, so let me know if you have any recommendations for any of those either.
Before I forget, check out this interesting site: PopURLs.com. Think of it as the social networking aggregator for nerds. It just opened up and I have a feeling that it’s going to be really popular.
My next personal Pligg project is to design a new administration panel for Pligg. The new admin panel will have a completely seperate template from the rest of the site, which means that I’ll either have to design some CSS from scratch or find an open source template that fits all of the requirements. Today there was a Digg post (and also a Pligg forum post) pointing to Mollio.org. The site offers a really well designed template, but I have yet to read the full license to see what requirements they have for distribution. Right now I’m leaning toward using Mollio, just because I suck at designing CSS. If anyone has any other suggestions please let me know in the next week.
I bet you are all wondering what else will be new about Pligg Beta 7, well I can’t tell you just yet. Right now we have set some really tough goals to hit so we aren’t sure if we will have to postpone some of the features or the release date. We have set a target date of March 19th for the release, but it’s a really fuzzy whether we’ll get everything done by then or not. At first we were going to release a lot of minor updates at an earlier date, but I thought it would be best to roll them all out at once with a much more stable release than what we have had in the past. AshDigg believes that all of the bugs discovered from the Beta 6 release should now be resolved, at least to his knowledge. The new template that will come with Beta 7 will be more compatable across browsers and platforms than the previous, but it is still not perfected. I have noticed some errors on the Mac OS version of Firefox with the search bar, but that’s the only problem so far. The Beta 7 template will come in two options, the 2 column or 3 column layout. I’m a big fan of 2 column layouts now that I’ve seen how much the Beta 6 template squished the middle column when limited to 800px width. This weekend I will post some details about the upcoming Beta 7 release and what new features will be included. Until then, wish me luck on my finals.