Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This holiday season we will be celebrating our 5th year of development for Pligg CMS and we are excited about the amount of progress made over the past 18 months. Our previous release introduced some new features related to user Karma scores and a ranking system, and the next version of Pligg will make use of those Karma scores in a new voting method that is Karma weighted. More information on this update will be covered in a future blog article, but for now lets go over some equally exciting news… Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales!
We’ve noticed that spammers are creating Pligg accounts across multiple Pligg websites and they are using the user profile homepage field to insert links to spam websites. To help you fight this kind of spam we have added a small change to the Akismet module that will have it check user profile fields for spam and block suspicious profile changes. This update will be included in the next version of Pligg CMS, along with a few other features to help prevent this unwanted content from appearing on your domain.
Today we are releasing version 1.1.2 of Pligg CMS. This update includes a number of bug fixes and general improvements to make Pligg CMS compatible with the latest version of the EVB module as well as the new Karma module. There has been at least one security fix applied to this version of Pligg, so it is highly advised that all users make the upgrade in an appropriate amount of time. The most recent security fix was pointed out to us by Mike from Sitewat.ch, who contacted us a few days ago about the potential exploit. We prepared a fix within a day and have decided to release this new version to make sure that this issue does not get exploited before members have a chance to patch their sites through the 1.1.2 update.
Karma, the most mysterious feature built-in to Pligg, is finally getting some much needed attention from the Pligg developers. For years we have been talking about how we could improve karma, but it wasn’t until this week that we finally did something about it. Coming soon, to a Pligg version near you, is the Pligg Karma module. This module will allow you to finally keep your user Karma scores up to date without you having to set up a cron job. “What’s all this Karma jibber jabber?” some of you may be asking yourselves. Well read on and find out!
We currently have 2 Pligg.com banner advertisement spots available for purchase. If you would like to display an ad across all of Pligg.com, with around 1,000,000 ad impressions each month, you can reserve an ad slot from BuySellAds.com today. We are interested in working with companies who operate in the technology field and are interested in marketing to tech professionals. If you have a product or service that you would like to advertise, don’t hesitate and buy an ad before the slots are filled!
Packt publishing has recently announced a call for nominations for this year’s Open Source CMS Awards. This is your second opportunity this week to WIN AN AMAZON KINDLE! By nominating or voting for your favorite Open Source project (a.k.a. Pligg CMS), you will be entered in a drawing to win an Amazon Kindle! What better way to read the upcoming Pligg CMS book?
Owning an Amazon Kindle just got a lot easier! We at Pligg CMS are proud to announce that we are holding another contest for developers. This time around we are asking developers to create free Pligg widgets to share with the community. What’s even better is that widgets are REALLY EASY to develop!
This release addresses a security issue discovered by Secunia Research. We thank Secunia for alerting us of the problem. At the same time we apologize to Pligg users who might have to make a second upgrade after the recent 1.1.0 release. The good news is that the upgrade process from 1.1.0 to 1.1.1 is very simple.