Looking Forward

December is almost past, and still little to show for it here. It’s not that one wanted it to be this way, but it just happened. Now into the first full week of “Winter Break” , one would think there would be time to do things that could not be done in the semester. However, thanks to some interesting projects one is part of, the free time will not show itself for yet another week or two. That brings us to January 2009.

There will be no Breadcrumb NavXT 3.0.3, no critical or minor bugs have been reported for 3.0.2, so this month’s release would be pointless. Comming January, Breadcrumb NavXT 3.1.0 will feature some changes in the way default settings are loaded. This may cause a change in the anchor templates, but will allow localized default settings. The Tabular plugin will be removed, and its usefull parts integrated into the Administrative interface.

Berry will be updated with the Build 100 Cran-Berry code. There will be a design refresh either in late January or in late March. No code names yet, but it will probably be a red color scheme again.

A new, previously unannounced navigation plugin will rear its head near the end of December to early January. It is dependent on theme setup, and has been tested to work with Berry and the WordPress Default theme. More on that next week.

The Weblogs.us transistion to its new apache server is suspended until later this week. We setup the new server. Now a process of testing, transfering, and opening up ports on the firewall must take place before things go live. Expect the transition to take place near the end of the year.

-John Havlik

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Server Upgrades

Weblogs.us will be migrating hosted blogs over to the new Apache and SQL servers beginning  on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 4:00PM CST. This will continue through the end of the week. During this time availability of this blog and all others hosted by Weblogs.us may be sporadic. Once the migration is complete, speed and availability for hosted blogs should greatly increase.

-John Havlik

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Something Fresh, Coming Soon

Yep, it is launch time; stay tuned for a band-new weblogs.us website. New features include a automated sign-up queue form, automated Recently Updated Blogs section, an official Weblogs.us blog, a automated testimonials section, a new “web 2.0” design with logo, and some AJAX magic. Contrary to popular belief, this is not the final revision. Something much better is coming this spring; simply put the next launch will introduce a new platform based on WordPress.

-John Havlik

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The Next Few Weeks

Busy does no justice to the state of my schedule for the next few weeks, especially this weekend as the finishing touches are placed on the new Weblogs.us website and it goes live. Freshening up the blog and ‘standard’ page layout occupies most of my free time, which isn’t very large right now. This last weekend some refinements to the various plug-ins were made to include their JavaScript file in the header only on the front page, this reduces the page load size for the blog and all non-front-page pages. As for this the CSS files were separated so that the special calls for the homepage don’t have to load in all the other pages, and vice versa.

My studies in the next few weeks will take much more time than in the previous weeks, causing the allotment of time dedicated to this blog and working on the new Weblogs.us website will dwindle for the time being. Naturally the new website will take priority over this blog for the time being so it may be a week or two before the next update, depending on when the new site is launched.

-John Havlik

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