v0.5 RC Now Available

I’m happy to announce that WP Hive v0.5 RC is now available. Download here: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wp-hive.0.5.zip I expect this version to stay in RC for only a very brief time (read <24 hours). I’ll do some more serious testing tomorrow and will fix up some documentation. If all goes well, it will be posted as the official current version in the WP plugin repository tomorrow evening.

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v0.5 Beta – Available

The latest development version 0.5 is now available at http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wp-hive.0.5.zip for testing. This one includes all the features that I think will be in the RC. Upgrades from v0.4.x are supported. Just remove all the files in wp-content/plugins/wp-hive/ and place the new files for v0.5 in that directory instead. Make sure db.php is in /wp-content, and load the site in your browser as normal. Here’s one extra feature in v0.5 that I didn’t put on the previous list: Wildcard sub-domains are supported! At this time there are no known issues. Notes: WP Hive depends on the plugin. If WP Hive loads (eg: db.php is in place in /wp-content), then it will force the WP-Hive plugin to be active as well. All new sites must be added through the GUI (WP-Admin > WP Hive > Add New) Feedback is much appreciated. Please join the WP Hive Developers Group for discussion and/or bug reporting. Happy...

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v0.5 Pre-Alpha Release

The first alpha of WP Hive 0.5 is available at http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wp-hive.0.5.zip for testing. Change Log: – New GUI – Supports Subdirectories – Updated the way favicon.ico is handled in PHP <5. Do not install on a production site. This is an alpha release, so it will probably break something. Installation instructions are a little different (and easier): Install one copy of WordPress according to standard instructions. Make sure it works. Put the contents of wp-hive plugin folder into /wp-content/plugins/ wp-hive. Copy db.php into /wp-content. To add a new site, go to WP Admin > WP Hive. Run the WP Install for the new site by clicking “Install Site”. If you are adding a new domain or subdomain, you must also point it (using DNS and Webserver) to the directory that contains index.php (as per previous instructions). Subdirectory sites can be added at will,  without mucking with the Webserver. Known Issues, to be fixed: Won’t upgrade an existing version of WP Hive. (Must install on a clean db / site). If you can’t access a subdirectory site (eg: domain.com/site1) after a new install, log into the root site admin (eg: domain.com/wp-admin) and re-save the permalinks by going to Settings > Permalinks > Save Changes. Notes: If you are in WP Admin for a subdirectory site (eg: domain.com/site1/ wp-admin), you must log-out in order to edit the root site (eg: domain.com/wp-admin) or any other sites for that root (eg: domain.com/site2/wp-admin) WP Hive depends on pretty permalinks.  WP Hive will force WP to use default permalinks if / when it notices that they are not active. You can change the permalink structure to whatever you want, as long as you leave it enabled. WP Hive depends on the plugin. If WP Hive loads (eg: db.php is in place in /wp-content), then it will force the WP-Hive plugin to be active as well. Sites cannot be ‘auto-added’ by bringing it up in the browser anymore. It was a security issue. The only way to add new sites now is through the Admin GUI. Feedback is much appreciated. Please join the WP Hive Developers Group for discussion. Send bug reports / issues to...

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Thanks for the Input

The survey is now closed. Many thanks to everyone who contributed! A lot of feedback was received (43 individuals responded) and based on the results, I am very confident that this project is sustainable and will move forward in the direction that will be beneficial to everyone involved. Version 0.5 is scheduled for alpha release in about 1-2 week’s time. It will have a user interface and will support subdirectoy sites (eg: domain.com/site1, domain.com/site2). Version 1.0 is scheduled for release late in October or in November. It will have a plethora of additions (which I won’t get into right now). When this version is released, WP Hive will be moving to a freemium model. To clarify the “Freemium” part, version 1.0 and any subsequent version will be absolutely free and basic functionality of WP Hive will always be available. However, premium subscriptions will be offered which will provide: Access to a special support forum for premium subscribers A downloadable “premium pack” that will add features and enhancements to WP Hive, which will be added-to and updated regularly. We will be offering a discount-in-perpetuity premium subscription, for anyone wishing to ‘get in on the ground floor’. Stay Tuned. Thanks again for all the support on this project. With the past behind, I am now looking forward to what the future holds for WP Hive. *NOTE* Dates & version numbers are a guideline only. Features will be released as they are written, and v1.0 could ultimately be v0.5.x,...

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Long Overdue

Well…… It would be an understatement to say that I’m a little ashamed that I haven’t been able to release the promised version of WP Hive in so many months. Of course, I could name plethora of  reasons for this. But, when it all comes down to it, I can whole-heartedly agree that a new version should have been released a long time ago. So, with much determination, I  WILL be releasing a new version. It will not be the big 1.0 version (even though it is well in the works). It will be a interim version dubbed v0.5, and will address the few of the big issues that users have requested: Support for Sub-directory sites (the single most requested feature) Fixes for auto-adding multiple and/or similar domains & subdomains Fixes for Favicon handling w/ PHP 4 I am finding more time for coding recently, so in accordance with my optimism and if everything goes as planned, you can expect to see this within a few weeks (as opposed to months). Since we’re clearing the air, I should also address the forthcoming WordPress / WPMU merge. For those you who haven’t heard yet, Auttomatic (the organization behind WordPress) has announced that WordPress and WPMU will be merged into a single codebase at some time in the future. There is some speculation as to when / how this will be done, but with this now on the table, it is clear that WP Hive’s days are numbered. However, in the meantime, I see no reason why development should not continue on this project.  Until a suitable replacement is included in the core product, WP Hive will remain a viable solution to running multiple blogs with a single installation of WordPress. This, I believe, is all the more reason to support WP Hive. I can’t stress this enough. Financial donations are excellent. Contributions from developers, writers, testers, promoters, etc… are just as good.  I can assure you that this is the most effective way to speed up development. On a similar note, I am seriously looking for corporate sponsorship. If you are part of an organization that would like to attach your name to this project, or potentially anything else that I can develop in the future, please contact me! There are a hundred different ways that we could put together a win/win/win association. I am open to options and am just looking for an entity that I can work with to make it happen. Finally, developers or anyone interested in knowing the intimate details / progress of WP Hive development should join the WP Hive Developer’s Group, where you can provide input and gain insight on the future of this project. Thanks again for using and supporting WP...

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Version 1.0 Update

At long last, I can definitively say that the next version of WP Hive is coming soon! Development of version 1.0 has been very steady and I expect the beta version will be released in the next few weeks. The feature enhancements included in the upcoming version are: Support for a multiple blogs as subdirectories (eg: domain.com/blog1, domain.com/blog2) An administration console, with options to manually add and remove blogs from the hive, among other options Ability to define which blogs have administrative rights for the hive Better handling of wp-hive plugin installation, activation, and deactivation; with “single click installation” (eg: no need to manually copy db.php) Better handling of special files & rewrites (eg: robots.txt, etc..) Support for most WP-Config definitions, which will allow: Multi language support (each blog can be a different language) Sharing user tables across multiple blogs Additional customization possibilities Fully rewritten and cleaned up code with more-efficient algorithms A robust API to allow simple development of features and add-ons A host of other enhancements While I can’t guarantee everything here will make it into the release, I am certainly going to try. It will all depend on how testing goes. Development is definitely under way and I would ask that you please consider supporting the development of this new version of WP Hive, particularly if you are using it, or plan to use it, for commercial purposes. All contributions, large or small, are most gratefully...

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