Maybe it's about time ! Coucou PluXml.
back to PluXml after 10 years and then a couple of month later , i realize, that not much happen for PluXml in facts beside its core. It is still a small CMS missing the main attributes to be easily spread and used. No way to install it from a single automated file, unless you use KzInstall. Updates requires to be able to backup your data folder, but also the theme and plugins folder, lol I remember my sister's look when i set her first website online ...first amazed and then scared and sorry thinking she would not be able to use it !
Its about time to think about those 101 functions :
- easy install
- easy updates
- easy find, install,use, update plugins
- Stop playing geek around, each new version should come with an update of the official plugins, so they keep working and also improve.
As soon as a User gets stuck on one of these situations, you sure it becomes a wordpress(or else) addict. Why ? , because it's easy and keeps working !
For instance, I Just add a look at the PlxMySearch plugin and very fast found a few bugs (that i was able to fix, that's fortunate ... for me only) :
- it dislikes articles related to more than one categorie (turned a string to an array and a loop)
- it will get false positive if your search word appears to be matching an attribute, or value attribute (added
- else ? (I did not notice anything else yet beside the p olding an ol ! )
Official plugins (or at least most wanted/needed) are also not part of the latest archive avalaible for install, it should be to avoid new lambda user getting lost or frustrated. Have you ever looked for that very plugin you need, with your own (naive because your not a geek) words ?.
What's happening here ? Something great at first about 10 years later. PluXml is still around, and being updated (even that the original code is still quiet around , many functions similar did not merge into a single one, but it's on its way from what I saw so far) ! That was my first and good surprise.
I''m like most of us hanging around here. i can write a litlle bit of code and have fun doing it, but that's not what regular CMS user expects, it should install on a click, update on a click and easily find and install a plugin (some of them should already be part of PluXml itself Search, Contact, gallery, editor... , so other plugins can extend their basic function and follow updates) .
Why do I complain?
- probably because that's in my DNA (I'm french if you're not )
- Mostly because i'm fed up to hear , sounds great, but how do I install it on my own, create my page, update it, add a search form, a gallery and a contact form that is easy to add, not buggy and easy to use ? If those questions seems legitimate in most case, there are not from a devopps or people already familiar with the use of a CMS (that's real personal experience and actual ).
So what's next after PluXml 6.0 ? Will it be a PluXml willing to be A French Super Hero or still being an undercover CMS for bored off-duty coders ?
Note that: to me if PluXml is to switch to json instead xml, it's fine with me. The xml part did not reach my first expectation back then and now anyway.
Pourquoi ce post en anglais ? bah .justement, on parlait d'ouvrir le forum aux anglophone il y a plus de dix ans déjà.
Quant aux autres aspects évoqués, je suis persuadé que beaucoup (re)découvrant cette pépite seraient heureux, fier d'y participer et d'y apporter leur expertises où d'y trouver une vocation . Je regrette personnellement de ne pas avoir ce niveau d'expertise pour booster PluXml.
Bonne fin de printemps à tous, on finira bien par se lâcher (déconfiné).
Sinon, pas de méprises ! J'ai un Gros respect pour tout ceux qui tiennent PluXml sur leurs épaules et à bout de bras et qui font que PluXml existe toujours.