It is great to see a lot of new users of Hotaru, and many people taking part in the forums, both asking questions and helping to answer them. This last week the forums have been busy and I have seen a good mix of new to established users.
We have made some good progress on the core development of Hotaru and now have close to 100 plugins available for use. The number of themes is picking up too and feedback is good.
Thanks to all who have helped.
If you are not sure what you can do to assist, consider the following ideas
- Helping with plugin development
- Making themes
- Testing beta releases of Hotaru
- Suggesting ways we can improve Hotaru
- Promoting Hotaru by telling others how they can make their own sites
There may be other ways to help as well. Let us know if you want to pitch in, by dropping us a line in these forums. We are here to help as much but need as many hands on deck as we can get to really make Hotaru a success for all.
In connection with help, I would like to ask site owners to consider having a link or reference back to http://hotarucms.org from their sites to show that the software was made with Hotaru. Since the cost of hotaru is free and no advertisements are required to be placed on your site, this is the only form of promotion we have to encourage others to use Hotaru.
I understand you may want to hide the great secret of Hotaru away and not let your competitors get at it, but if we dont get enough people using the software then we cannot continue to support it. Right now we have less than 1,000 people using the software and we need to increase that.
Your promotion help is needed to
- provide a link on your site to http://hotarucms.org
- could anyone help making some small link banners
- tell others on Twitter, Buzz, Facebook etc about Hotaru
- Encourage theme developers from other platforms to also write for Hotaru
- Does anyone now how to get hotaru listed in some of the quick-install packages of major host companies?
I have seen a few sites that proudly display (c) mysite.com. It would be nice to think alongside the big copyright mark you mind find some space for the hotaru link as well.
Thanks to you all in advance. Nick and I are working hard on the next version 1.4 as well as on modifications to plugins and some support sites. Things are moving fast at Hotaru and we need the help of everyone to keep us growing in the right direction.