WP Hive 0.5 Release

The latest version of WP Hive is now available for download. New Features Include: * Easier / Single-click installation * Administration GUI * Support for subdirectory sites * Support for wildcard domains and subdomains * Fix for favicon.ico handling * Much of the code was re-written and cleaned up. The installation instructions have been updated. This represents a major milestone in the project. Many thanks to everyone who contributed and supported so far! *Note* This release works well, provided that WordPress is installed and accessed from the root (eg: domain.com/ or sub.domain.com/) for all sites in the hive. There are reports of problems when WordPress is installed in a subdirectory (read the post about subdirectories) or when it is installed in it’s own directory. An update is in the works to address this...

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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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WP Hive Survey

Please find below a link to an online survey related to WP Hive that will help ensure future development meets your needs and to help find a sustainable path forward.  We are weeks away from releasing a new version 0.5 and also have lots of exciting things planned for version 1.0 in the Fall. Click here to begin: http://wp-hive.com/survey-1 The responses will be kept confidential and you can answer anonymously if you wish.  Thanks in advance for your participation.

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