Just a brief post today to say that work continues on Hotaru 1.4 and a beta will be made available soon for testing.
The most significant changes are deep in the core code where shibuya246 has made some fantastic progress on a multi-site feature that will enable admins to run multiple Hotaru sites from a single installation. While the bulk of the coding has been completed in 1.4, it's unlikely the "Multi-Site Manager" plugin will be released until later to give us ample time
If you haven't already seen it, the demo site has been changed to look like this:
The reason for the change is to demonstrate that Hotaru can be used for anything, not only social bookmarking. The new demo is currently just a one page website with Hotaru widgets in it, but I'd like to add pages and maybe a "wall" to it eventually.
The social bookmarking demo has been moved to vote.hotarucms.org and is still accessible from
As I said in my previous blog post, I've started converting the theme from my SWCMS site to Hotaru CMS. I've had to update both Hotaru itself and a few plugins to get this far, but that's partly why I'm doing it - to find flaws in Hotaru when building themes.
Here's the original JapanSoc site:
And here's what I've done so far on Hotaru:
As you can see, the general feel of the site is done, though
I decided the best way to focus on the most essential needs for Hotaru is to start copying my JapanSoc theme across. I'll post screenshots when I've got a bit more done, but right now I've managed to copy the headers along with the fonts, colors, and other site-wide CSS thingies.
I spent a couple of hours today changing the default theme from the cute, green and white, rounded corners look (complete with firefly), to a rather more serious, black and white look:
See a live demo!
So why the change? For one thing, the original theme didn't validate at W3C because of the CSS rounded corners, so they had to go. Secondly, it's much easier