Future 1.0.4 and 1.1.0 Releases
We have been fortunate that 1.0.3 has proven to be a fairly stable and bug free release, and because of that we have not posted a follow up version as quickly as we have done in the past. Last night I took some time to consider what features Pligg needs most, resulting in a roadmap for our next two releases.
The first item on the list is to get a 1.0.4 version out that will contain some smaller fixes since the 1.0.3 release, as well as some feature improvements. One such feature that will be improved is the Admin Management pages, including the story, user and comment management pages. The interface for these pages is a little perplexing and could be improved through some small changes. Another item that has already been applied to the SVN version of Pligg is the way that Pligg treats users who have been reported for spamming. If you marked a user as a spammer through the “killspam” feature it will now change their user level to “Spammer”, resulting in them disappearing from the top users page and hiding them from the admin user management page. The same user management page has also been enhanced to allow you to sort users by their user level. Some people question why we don’t completely remove spam accounts from Pligg CMS, and the reason for that is that by deleting the account they can sign up with the same username, email and IP information. Once these changes have been made and all reported bugs from 1.0.3 have been fixed we will release a 1.0.4 version.
The release to follow 1.0.4 will be a 1.1.0 version that will contain some major changes to the Pligg Admin Panel. The Admin Panel homepage will be rewritten and will feature a widget-based area where you will be able to configure what information you want to see when you log into the Admin area. Some example widgets that you might see are a latest 10 submissions, latest 10 comments, and site statistics widgets. The new Admin Panel Homepage will function similarly to iGoogle
. We are excited to see what modules people will come up with to take advantage of this new Admin Homepage.
The next Admin Panel feature that will be overhauled with the 1.1.0 release will be the module management page. We will be taking a fresh approach to this page and hope to make it easier to understand at first glance. Right now it does not provide the most beginner-friendly environment for managing modules, and I believe that a redesign will clear up a lot of questions that people have when they first view the page.
There is no set time frame for either of these releases at this point. Most likely a 1.0.4 version will not be too far off, my best estimate would be that it will be ready in early March. If you have any suggestions for improving the admin page please leave a comment and we will consider it for the 1.1.0 version.