Pligg v1.0 RC1 Review
Well after a long year of developers telling us the release of Pligg 1.0 was coming, we finally now have a release candidate and hopefully a final product soon.
So, what can you expect with the new release? Probably not what most users were asking for.
For example, one of the biggest pains with the Pligg has always been the category manager. Adding categories was simple enough but it required a full page reload after you added a category, this is not an efficient method and a pain. Sub-categories were always the major problem, again a full page reload to add it, then dragging it usually twice and dropping it over the parent category, again a full page reload each time. Pligg needs to tap into existing resources within the CMS and make this section ajaxed and create a better manager like SWCMS has.
Another feature that everyone has asked for, is reCaptcha during the submit process. We released a module for this but Pligg should have included this in the v1.0 release as it is a core function that is critical for running a successful Pligg install. Why this wasn’t added is beyond me, as all major social networking websites, Digg, Mixx etc…, use it to control the spam submissions by bots.
Another feature I would have liked to see was a better way to ban problem users. The current system is a joke and this is made evident by users having multiple logins. A better way to ban users would be via IP, not username or email address as is the case now. Pligg only had to look to their forum powered by VB, it bans users via their IP address.
A major addition to this release is the “Groups” feature. While it is a neat feature, it’s not one that I was dying to have as I don’t think most Pligg installs will require it or will have enough people to utilize this to the point that it was worth all the time and effort to create. But, a great job implementing it and it’s still nice to have the option available.
Luckily they have included an easy way to disable the “Groups” feature via the admin panel.
Finally, god is not the default username. Quite possibly the worst username they could have picked, is now no longer. A neat feature during the install is you cann pick the admin username.
The biggest addition in my opinion is the control panel. It has taken on a major transformation and is the highlight of this release.
There is finally an option to create and manage pages withing the control panel, pages like Terms, Tools etc… this was a much asked for feature.
Goodbye yget and hello Wistie. Another ridiculous theme name, yget, has been tossed aside for a much better look. Wistie is a clean design and provides a better framework for customizing it to fit your needs easier.
They have included an advanced search feature, well not really. It’s called an advanced search but it’s pretty well the same old search function. Why can’t we see a search option for users to search a URL? Now that’s an advanced search option. Would it not be nice to display how many submissions a certain website/blog has submitted, I think this would be a nice addition, not critical but nice. Don’t call it an advanced search when it clearly isn’t complete.
Conclusion, v10. is on the right track, but, after all this time and after all the additions posted by members in the forums, this release is a major let down. There isn’t much to get excited about.
What do you think of the new version? Was there anything you were hoping to see?
Be sure to check out a review by my good friend Lincoln over at Social CMS Buzz.
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- admin panel template
- site admin page