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BoltWire 7.00 Released!
Over the last few years, I've always tried to do something big on my birthday, as a way to give back to the many people who have been so good to me in my life. And this year, I have the exciting privilege to announce the release of BoltWire 7.00. This is a massive release--you are definitely going to want to check out. But be sure to read the changelog in the release history page!
Big Skin Upgrade
Just published a new blog post on what I'm planning for the our new skin upgrade. I have it 95% working. Just a few little details to polish up and iron out. Read all about it, right here: Big Skin Upgrade...
Major Skin Progress
I've been working hard the last few days updating the skin system, and updating some 20 different built in skins. This is something I've long needed to do, and the skins aren't perfect, but they are all looking pretty good, and because they are in the core, we can hopefully keep them updated and provide ongoing support. Today I'll be finishing up a new skin command which will allow admins to import, export, edit, and publish skins very easily which should make customizing them even easier. I also plan to write up a full blog post on the new skin system, and once that is done I should be able to release the first beta for BoltWire 7. I still have more to do in terms of plugin management, the membership system, and a site admin center, but those should be relatively easy compared to this. So at least 3 more betas and then we make the jump!
Engine Script Streamlined
I've been working hard to get 7.xx ready, and it looks like it is going to take at least a few steps. One involves streamlining the engine.php file. Yesterday, I made good progress on that, moving (and fixing) ipblocking to a super easy plugin, making ajax auto updates possible via a plugin, and improving the import/export feature (now called curly) to a plugin. And writing documentation! I also moved other engine functions to a utilities.php script. Today I'll be working on the stopwatch function. I'm leaning toward putting many of these simple, easy plugins right in the shared folder of the download installation, so any of them can be turned on in a snap. Future work involves updating the member management system, how skins are managed, a new feature to load plugins dynamically, and other minor tweaks. Look for our first beta, soon...
First Blog Post
Just published my first Growth Guide to kick off our shift to 7.xx. It actually asks a really relevant question: what's your most important first task in any big project? The answer may surprise you. The title: Start Here!
New Website Uploaded
After a week of thinking through every feature on our site, settling on terminology, and then fine-tuning the text of our site, I've got the visitor portions of our site more or less finished. I don't have all the content, and I have some more stuff to do inside, but people can at least see where I'm going and offer feedback on my plans. I'm uploading it today!
Welcome Tour Done
Just completed work on the Welcome Tour in our Training Area. Spend a lot of time updating that. If you haven't read it in a while, it might be worth a refresher!
Latest News System
One of my first projects was creating an improved system for managing the Latest News page. Will probably create a nice tutorial on it as it is quite simple, but uses a lot of nice features. Really illustrates the power of BoltWire well. I'm also planning to add the news page and news action into the core.
New Site Design
I've pretty much got the new site design for BoltWire completed. It's largely based on work I've done recently on my main production site, but it's cleaner and more generic. Actually, I've got some nice css I need to import back to my own skin!
Released BoltWire 6.03
Released an upgrade to our 6.03 series, with several fixes and a few nifty new features. The goal here is to wrap up our 6.xx series so we can turn our focus toward aggressive development of 7.xx.
An All New BoltWire
Finally committed to launching the BoltWire 7 project. I've been wanting to do this for months, but kept prioritizing my main website. Now at last, it's time to expand!