Now that we're into 2010, it's time for a proper progress report.
Last November, we released Hotaru 0.8.2 Beta. That gave everyone a good taste of what to expect from Hotaru, but we were promptly hacked and Hotaru was temporarily withdrawn so that we could add some CSRF protection.
Rather than rushing out a new version after that, I opted to rebuild the entire CMS. Why? Because 6 months and 30 plugins later, I felt that the original plugin system could have been better, so this was an opportunity to make some major improvements before going public with Hotaru.
And that's where we are right now. A quick glance at our Event Stream shows that barely a day goes by without further commits to the Hotaru 1.0 SVN branch.
As I write this, 22 plugins have been designed or converted to this new version of Hotaru, but there are 18 more from 0.8.2 that still need converting. They will be done this month and then we'll enter an extended period of testing during which time you can get Hotaru from the SVN.
Personally, I think it would be wise to concentrate on making a really great CMS, and not get bogged down in constantly updating .zip files and their respective forum posts - that's a huge chore for a guy who's made dozens of plugins!
So, here's the outlook for the first few months of 2010:
- Finish plugin conversion
- Testing on the SVN
- Rewrite documentation
- Training in plugin and theme development
At some point during that time, I'll convert my social bookmarking site from SWCMS, and I'm sure other members here like Carlo and Jon will also go live with Hotaru.
I could go on to talk about all the exciting plugins and features I hope to add during the year, but I'll save that for my blog. Instead, I'll just say that I love Hotaru (!), and I hope some of you will adopt it as your favorite CMS this year and get as much pleasure out of working with it as I do.